At the March 13th IS training, educators were presented with “differentiated” session choices for future spring gatherings. The session options reflect current learning from the 2014-2015 academic year as well as a review of material from previous school years. If enough interest is expressed in a topic, content will be presented on the topic in the coming months. You can review the PowerPoint introducing the choices as well as look over the last slides that list vetted ELA material for the elementary grades.
Number 1: An overview of the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) sessions this year with an opportunity to engage in the same work 200 teachers have. This would include learning from Lauren Resnick, Timothy Shanahan; Robert Pondiscio; and Lily Wong Fillmore.
Number 2: There are a number of resources that K-6 ELA is using to help classroom teachers shift instruction. The list includes BAP, RAP, Text Sets, In Common, Core Knowledge, nonfictionminute, close reading exemplars, Text Project and ReadWorks. This session would focus on the aforementioned resources, implementation ideas, and the learning that helps support their appropriate use.
Number 3: Text Complexity. A review of content shared during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years with a close look at the research that informed the inclusion of reading standard 10 in the CCSS.
Number 4: Building a Coherent Body of Knowledge: Again, review from previous school years with discussions about video from Dr. Daniel Willingham, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, the ACT Report, Reading Between the Lines, and the MetaMetrics study on Lexile Measures.