Category Archives: Instructional Shifts

Videos to help Transition to the CCSS

Oregon’s Salem-Keizer Public Schools has produced four very short videos to help practitioners transition to the Common Core. If you are still wrestling with any of the topics below, it likely worth the two or three minutes it will cost … Continue reading

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Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core

The original post with these materials became corrupted and the links would not open. Thanks for your patience as we rebuilt the links. On May 20th and 21st, educators moved through a new course offering—Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common … Continue reading

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Are Your Materials Aligned to CCSS?

A popular question is, “How do I know if the resources I am using are aligned to the Common Core?” One way to assist with finding this answer is to use the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons and Units (3rd through … Continue reading

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Assessment and Instruction in the Era of CCSS

University of North Carolina Greensboro professor Dr. Karen Wixson shares a webinar on the CCSS and the instructional shifts. There are several key pieces of information that are worth reviewing including: a)     the “claims” are driving the assessment and not … Continue reading

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Educators Work through CTP Materials

At Teach Fest, Learnzillion educators worked through elements of the Core Task Project. They talked about the close reading strategy, identified features of complex text and studied the guide to writing text-dependent questions. The Powerpoint can be found here and … Continue reading

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Sharing the Common Core with Parents

The World of Inquiry School has posted a video (here) of site educators moving parents through the Common Core State Standards. They start with having parents discuss page 7 of the introduction and then review two key learning targets: 1) … Continue reading

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Evidence Guides for CCSS Implementation

At the April 19th Administrative and Supervisory Meeting, district leaders explored the CCSS Guides for Planning and Practice. Developed by Student Achievement Partners, the guides aim “to provide concrete examples of what the Common Core State Standards for English Language … Continue reading

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School Psychologists Review Shift 1

School district psychologist learned more about the “instructional shifts” with specific attention to shift 1—building a coherent body of knowledge with rich non-fiction text. The videos, which included a review of a MetaMetrics study and a presentation by Robert Pondiscio, … Continue reading

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Wagner’s 21st Century Learning Skills and the CCSS

Teach Indy has helpfully posted a professional development video that overviews the Common Core State Standards, the instructional shifts, and several PARCC performance tasks here. In addition to the aforementioned, the presenters in the video make explicit connections between Tony … Continue reading

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Flipped PD

Sheleen DeLockery, working in School District 62 in Illinois, has put together the following flipped professional development around the ELA “instructional shifts” (here). Sheleen moves viewers through the shifts using video content and print resources and she has all of … Continue reading

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