Tag Archives: Washoe

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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Coherent Body of Knowledge Presentation Materials

Educators gathered to review the research and the opinions that have helped inform Washoe’s decision to focus on building a coherent body of knowledge using rich non-fiction. This included editorials by Deborah Meiers and Robert Pondiscio, research by cognitive psychologist … 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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OSP Review of Core Knowledge Implementation

The Office of School Performance reviewed the current implementation of Core Knowledge. The 15-minute presentation focused on current supports and conditions for success. You can review the PowerPoint that was shared here.

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Core Task Project Inservice Course Posted

If are interested in moving through the Core Task Project, you can earn a half credit by signing up for the course here. Most people reading this blog know of the CTP but if you need a reminder The Core … Continue reading

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WCSD Educators Share the Core Task implementation Project at IRA

Educators from Washoe County had the opportunity to present on the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) at the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. Their symposium focused on “Embracing the Common Core Shifts: An Inquiry-Driven Model for Sustainable Change.” … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Readiness Resources

Kindergarten teacher Haley Snyder has created a webpage detailing how parents can support their children with the Nevada Academic Content Standards/Common Core. There are three specific areas to help families including sections on, What is Common Core, Kindergarten Prep, and Parent & … Continue reading

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Spanish Springs HS Students Explain SBAC and Field Testing

Students at Spanish Springs High School created a terrific video to explain the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) test. The video is clear and on point in helping all stakeholders understand the implications of SBAC and the field testing … Continue reading

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Common Core ELA Shift Song

Shawn Leer, an Implementation Specialist in Area 5, has written and recorded the following song about the Common Core. Titled, “You Gotta”, Shawn has cleverly managed to describe the instructional shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides (IPG) in lyrical form. … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Learning

In a TEDx speech shared at the University of Nevada, Reno, Trish Shaffer describes the importance and value of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Shaffer highlights studies that demonstrate the academic value of using SEL strategies in the classroom. Shaffer argues … Continue reading

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