Tag Archives: Common Core

Principal Leadership Team Session 2

Educators gathered for the second session of the Principal Leadership Team inservice course. The focus was on the ELA Instructional Shifts and working to build capacity and a vision around these outcomes. The class is a unique opportunity for Washoe … Continue reading

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Nevada PTA: Summer Leadership Training PowerPoint

Nevada PTA: Summer Leadership Training Linked below is the PowerPoint that Dr. Amy Weber-Salgo and I shared with the Nevada PTA at their Summer Leadership Training. I introduced the Common Core ELA Instructional Shifts and some of the evidence that … Continue reading

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The Essentials of Developing Reading Fluency

Dr. Timothy Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education at Kent State University, describes the “essentials” of developing reading fluency in the video linked here. The claims he makes throughout the presentation are buttressed with strong evidence and, moreover, he is quite … Continue reading

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A Look at the Math Standards—Unfiltered

As I prepare for the classroom, I’ve asked trusted colleagues what math resources I should be looking over. Almost without exception, they direct me to the Progressions Documents for the Common Core State Standards. If you are unfamiliar with these, … Continue reading

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Presentation Before the Reno Lodge 13 – Free & Accepted Masons of Nevada

Reno Lodge 13 – Free & Accepted Masons of Nevada gathered for their monthly meeting which including a presentation on the Common Core State Standards. Dr. Amy Weber-Salgo and I reviewed the difference between standards, assessment and curriculum before reviewing … Continue reading

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Ideas for the First Week of Math Instruction

“A great question for any teacher… is where to begin.” I remember David Coleman, one of the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards, saying this at a speech before educators in 2012. I find myself asking this same … Continue reading

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Back to the Classroom to Teach 4th Grade

For the last four years, I have been introducing myself as a Teacher On Special Assignment working for Washoe’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. That changes in a few weeks when the new academic year begins and I officially become one … Continue reading

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