Introduction to Core Knowledge Course Materials

Staff from Caughlin Ranch, Roy Gomm and Hunter Lake Elementary gathered for the district’s “Introduction to Core Knowledge—Short Course.” Professional learning, domain and lesson exploration, video of lesson demonstrations, and time for planning around the Core Knowledge scope and sequence framed the day. You can find all of the training materials in the links below.

Core Knowledge Short Course PowerPoint

WCSD CK Recommended Sequence

CK Foundation Recommended Sequence

Domain Planning Tool

Instructions for Downloading Core Knowledge

K-2 Instructional Practice Guides Daily

K-2 Instructional Practice Guides Yearly

Washoe currently has 21 schools using the Core Knowledge materials that are all available for free through the Foundation or through www.63000resources.com. Next academic year, as many as 30 elementary schools will be using the resource in Washoe County.

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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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