Core Knowledge Overview Session Materials

At the district’s February 6th Blue Friday, Implementation Specialists could attend a session to overview the Core Knowledge materials and a second session on specific Core Knowledge implementation successes and challenges. Both sessions included opportunities to clarify misconceptions including the following:

  • There is no district mandate to use the CK materials. Sites that are interested in using the resource can opt into inservice classes, download all the materials completely free of charge in the CK section of, and attend specific CTiP sessions that take the CK materials through the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle.
  • The Core Knowledge Listening and Learning strand is only one component of strong literacy instruction. It does not supplant the need to teach foundational skills in the elementary grades.
  • The Core Knowledge Listening and Learning Strand is a read aloud.
  • The Core Knowledge Listening and Learning Strand covers many of our state’s Nevada Academic Content Standards in ELA and Social Studies; but not all of them.
  • The Core Knowledge Listening and Learning Strand is not a program. Teachers are encouraged to enhance the lessons with engagement strategies and varied pedagogical approaches.

Overview Session PowerPoint (fixed link)

Reflection Session PowerPoint (fixed link)

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
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