Category Archives: Professional Development

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 … Continue reading

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Last Session—Session 5–of Literacy Units Project

The final session of the Literacy Unit Project finished with participants vetting the units before sharing them with members of C&I, RPDP and Striving Readers for final edits. The Literacy Units, which span grades 3rd through 5th, will be available … Continue reading

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Dr. Frederick Hess, Author of Cage-Busting Leadership, Coming to Reno

Dr. Frederick Hess will be visiting Washoe County School District this Friday as part of the Leadership Institute of Nevada. If you don’t know Dr. Hess’ work, and if you are not attending the event, it might be worth watching … Continue reading

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Core Task implementation Project, Session 5: Syntax

The focus for the February sessions of the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) has educators working with the importance of teaching syntax—both why and how. This learning started with a video from Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore followed by reading how … Continue reading

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CTL 746 Presentation Materials

Students in Dr. Margaret Ferrara’s CTL 746 class—a course focused on the principles of curriculum development—moved through some foundational pieces on the Nevada Academic Content Standards and the Common Core. Participants learned about the instructional shifts, the Instructional Practice Guides, … Continue reading

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Darling-Hammond & Polikoff on Standards and Assessment

In a presentation before the Maryland State Education Association, Stanford professor Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond and University of Southern California professor Dr. Morgan Polikoff overview the Common Core State Standards and contextualize previous state standards and assessments. Certainly worth watching the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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