Tag Archives: Shanahan

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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Shanahan on Test Preparation—What not to do

In a presentation titled, “What Not to do to Prepare for the Assessments,”Common Core Work Team Member Dr. Timothy Shanahan share some provocative insights into PARCC and SBAC. Among these is his claim that test preparation likely does not work. … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Text Complexity and Using Rich Nonfiction

The Melton Elementary staff reviewed evidence describing why all students should be working with complex texts and rich nonfiction. This included looking at the MetaMetrics study on Lexiles and Dr. Tim Shanahan’s review of the ACT study, “Reading Between the … Continue reading

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Session 3 of Core Task implementation Project

Session 3 of the Core Task implementation Project continued to take well-vetted instructional materials through the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. The session allowed for opportunities to reflect with peers, share ideas and resources, and have conversations around “focus” students. Teachers reviewed the … Continue reading

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Literacy Unit Project Begins

Third through 5th grade teachers, from throughout Washoe County, gathered to begin work on developing Literacy Units for their respective grades. Session 1 focused on building a strong understanding on the research governing the Common Core Reading Standards and models … Continue reading

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Integrating Fluency and Syntax Instruction with Complex Text

In the video linked here, Dr. Timothy Shanahan describes the value of students developing fluency with “hard” text and its syntax. Although the video is short, it is includes a lot of good information including a short lesson demonstration of … Continue reading

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Sunday Videos and Reads

Listed below are a few things that might help with your Common Core implementation efforts. (And keep you busy on a Sunday afternoon) The California Department of Education has produced the following seven-minute video that explains how to read the … Continue reading

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CCSS and Skills Based Reading Instruction

As we move deeper into Common Core implementation, knowing the position of skills instruction and how to build a “coherent body of knowledge” becomes paramount. This was the focus of Friday’s professional learning with video from Dr. Tim Shanahan and … Continue reading

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Breaking the Standards into Parts

In this past we have linked to resources and video presentations from Dr. Timothy Shanahan. You can review some of this work, from the former president of the International Reading Association, on CCSS topics including policy (here) the instructional shifts … Continue reading

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Multiple Texts with Close Reading

Dr. Timothy Shanahan responds to a teacher’s question about using multiple texts with the close reading method (here) He notes that once you have read a text closely “then it is perfectly reasonable to wonder about how this work connects … Continue reading

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