Sunday Videos and Reads

Listed below are a few things that might help with your Common Core implementation efforts. (And keep you busy on a Sunday afternoon)

The California Department of Education has produced the following seven-minute video that explains how to read the ELA/literacy standards. The refresher is helpful especially if you’ve forgotten key terms like anchor, cluster, and strands and/or which standards hit outcomes like text types and purposes, production and distribution of writing, and research to build knowledge.

Dr. Tim Shanahan explains why you shouldn’t give the Common Core State Standards a close reading.

CCSS Graphic Organizer (here)

Dylan Wiliam Tweets, “Teaching in which students connect emotionally with teacher and content matters more than rigor or lively teaching.” (Full article here)

A new Fordham Foundation study describing the Common Core implementation efforts of four school districts. (Ok, I’ll admit it. I am only listing it because it mentions Washoe and the Core Task Project!)

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About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at coretaskproject@gmail.com
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