WCSD Educators Share the Core Task implementation Project at IRA

Educators from Washoe County had the opportunity to present on the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) at the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. Their symposium focused on “Embracing the Common Core Shifts: An Inquiry-Driven Model for Sustainable Change.”

The CTiP functions as a cross-school Professional Learning Community, employing the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle.  Using free and vetted resources teachers plan lessons, reflect on student work, engage in professional learning and plan again for lessons to be taught between meetings. The work incorporate the Instructional Shifts required of the Common Core and has proven to be a successful and replicable model for site-based learning.

IRA CTiP PowerPoint

6 = 3 Instructional Shifts Crosswalk

Close Read Discussion Format

CTiP Resources

CTiP Video

Close Read Exemplar New Colossus

SEL Goal Setting Handout

ELA Instructional Shifts

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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