K-6 ELA Differentiated Session Opportunities

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.

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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