Tag Archives: Professional Development

Using Bloomboard to Promote Professional Learning

I recently started making regular visits to the website https://next.bloomboard.com/. I like the site because professional experiences have been curated around content directly matched to the classroom. Topics include early literacy, writing, classroom management, planning, Shakespeare, blended learning, Project Based … Continue reading

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Slavin and “Evidence” Based Reform in Education

My first full time position as a homeroom teacher was at Veterans Elementary in Reno, Nevada. Veterans was a Success For All school and I was introduced to a reading program, with distinct reading components, as well as elements of … Continue reading

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Literacy Unit Project, Session 3

Third through fifth grade teachers continued to make progress on developing literacy units, mapped to essential understandings, that stretch across all three grades. Those EUs have been finalized and include: How does conflict and compromise shape culture? How does setting … Continue reading

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Winter Professional Development Opportunities

Washoe County School District’s Curriculum & Instruction Department is offering a range of half-credit literacy inservice courses to support teachers with Common Core outcomes. The courses build backwards from the instructional shifts with classes on building content knowledge, shift 1 … Continue reading

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Realizing the Common Core Summit

The Contra Costa County Office of Education hosted the San Francisco Bay Area Common Core State Standards Summit: Realizing the Common Core. The Summit included keynotes by William McCallum, lead writer of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics; Deborah … Continue reading

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iTunes University CCSS Course Series

The Council of Chief State School Officers has created a series of iTunes University courses to prepare educators for the Common Core and the necessary instructional shifts. The courses provide experiences with critical outcomes and provide “classroom-ready resources.” You can … Continue reading

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2013-2014 Professional Development ‘Sessions’

Washoe’s elementary teachers worked through a number of Common Core sessions as part of the district’s professional development launch. The sessions, all of which can be accessed on Edmodo (group link here) include content to connect to CCSS in the … Continue reading

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