Monthly Archives: February 2015

NNCCS 2015 Juicy Sentences Session

The instructional move Juicy Sentences was shared at the Northern Nevada Council for Social Studies 2015 Conference. Juicy Sentences, created by academic Lily Wong Fillmore, has student diving into syntax to make, as Fillmore describes, “the invisible, visible.” You can … Continue reading

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Dr. Frederick Hess, Author of Cage-Busting Leadership, Coming to Reno

Dr. Frederick Hess will be visiting Washoe County School District this Friday as part of the Leadership Institute of Nevada. If you don’t know Dr. Hess’ work, and if you are not attending the event, it might be worth watching … Continue reading

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How “Practice Retrieving It” Leads to Greater Retention

Does more studying lead to higher test scores? The answer isn’t no but it turns out that a better strategy to retain information is a combination of studying and testing. Dr. Henry Roediger, citing work done by he and his colleague … Continue reading

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Core Task implementation Project, Session 5: Syntax

The focus for the February sessions of the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) has educators working with the importance of teaching syntax—both why and how. This learning started with a video from Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore followed by reading how … Continue reading

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Early Elementary Document Based Questions

2nd grade teacher Chris Hayes and Washoe’s Social Studies Coordinator Angela Orr have been working on creating Document Based Questions (DBQs) for the primary grades with connections to the Core Knowledge Domains. Their first efforts are linked below and Angela and … Continue reading

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CTL 746 Presentation Materials

Students in Dr. Margaret Ferrara’s CTL 746 class—a course focused on the principles of curriculum development—moved through some foundational pieces on the Nevada Academic Content Standards and the Common Core. Participants learned about the instructional shifts, the Instructional Practice Guides, … Continue reading

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35 Mini-Assessments Added to 63000Resources.com

The full set of Mini-Assessments has been added to http://www.63000resources.com through the link here. The Mini-Assessments are well aligned to the Next Generation Assessments and teachers throughout Washoe have discovered that they are a good gauge of how students are … Continue reading

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