Monthly Archives: August 2014

46 New Read Aloud Lessons Added

Forty-six new Read Aloud Project (RAP) lessons have been added to They are divided into different subjects based on the Next Generation Science Standards and popular state social studies standards. You can find well-vetted lessons on Animals, Insects & … Continue reading

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Document Based Questions—Support and Materials

Many of you may already be using Document Based Questions in your 6th grade classroom but if you are not, it is an excellent resource to consider. DBQs reinforce important Common Core outcomes including building content knowledge with rich non-fiction; … Continue reading

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BAP Essential Understanding–Planning Tool

Kristen Campbell, the K-12 Professional Learning Facilitator with the Northwest RPDP, and Cathy Schmidt, the Striving Readers Elementary Training Coordinator, have synthesized key information from the BAP into a nice planning tool. They pulled the Big Ideas, Key Understandings, and … Continue reading

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Promoting Civic Education through Open Discussions

A big part of doing Common Core well involves kids engaged in rich and rigorous conversations. The positive benefits of this have been documented in several posts on this blog including this one from Dr. Lauren Resnick and this one … Continue reading

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Presentation to Board of Trustees, August 12, 2014

I was asked to present to the Washoe County School Board of Trustees on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The time to speak was brief—10 minutes—and in that time I moved the trustees through the principles that … Continue reading

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More/New Common Core Inservice Courses Available

A number of new Common Core inservice classes have been added to the Solution Where catalog. You can read the descriptions of each course below and click here to register for those that fit with your professional learning goals. CCSS … Continue reading

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Free Next Generation Science Standards Videos

Paul Anderson, a high school teacher who publishes under the name Bozeman Science, has created sixty Youtube videos for the Next Generation Science Standards. If you are a NGSS novice like me, the videos are proving well worth the view. … Continue reading

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Core Task Project Inservice Course Posted

If are interested in moving through the Core Task Project, you can earn a half credit by signing up for the course here. Most people reading this blog know of the CTP but if you need a reminder The Core … Continue reading

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CCSS and the Arts Training Materials

Secondary art teachers, from throughout the district, gathered to bridge art outcomes with the Common Core State Standards. The effort focused on a review of the instructional shifts followed by connecting the CCSS to the habits of Describing, Analyzing, Interpreting, … Continue reading

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Common Core Learning Modules

We have gotten a lot of requests for the learning modules, matched to the Common Core and the Instructional Shifts, that were developed last summer. You can access them, if you have an Edmodo account, here. (If you do not … Continue reading

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