Tag Archives: WCSD

Using Kohlberg’s 6 Moral Principles in the Classroom Presentation Materials

At Washoe County School District’s conference, MTSS in Action: Strengthening the Relations between Students and Educators around Academic and Behavior Performance, I shared a session on using Kohlberg’s 6 Moral Principles in the classroom. The idea came from former classroom … 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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‘Being smart isn’t all you need to succeed’

In a blog post for the Hechinger Report, writer Anya Kamenetz connects Social Emotional Learning and academic success. She writes, “Non-cognitive or meta-cognitive skills such as self-awareness, self-control, empathy, communication and cooperation ” deserve being measured and taught in our schools. It’s a … Continue reading

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Common Core Exemplar Videos and Free Lesson Plans

Washoe County School District teachers Loree Gerboth and Sara Holm were filmed for a project developed by America Achieves with videos being created to provide examples of what Common Core looks like in the classroom. The videos by Gerboth and … Continue reading

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Bridging CCSS Efforts Between UNR and WCSD

Faculty from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Education and personnel within Washoe County School District’s Office of Academics met to discuss work around the Common Core State Standards. The day started with an overview of the ELA/Literacy instructional … 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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Liben Presentation to WCSD Educators Now Available

David Liben, Meredith Liben, and Rachelle Etienne, of Student Achievement Partners, were in Reno on August 20th sharing strategies to effectively implement the Common Core. They focused on text complexity, text-dependent questions, syntax, academic vocabulary, writing to sources and the … Continue reading

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The WCSD Writing Philosphy

Washoe’s 7-12 ELA Program Coordinator, Kim Cuevas, was instrumental in crafting and sharing a “Writing Philosophy” within the district. The document has eight elements including the importance of teachers using a mentor text, graphic organizers, and conferencing with their students. … Continue reading

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Martinez’s Administrators Retreat Presentation

During his presentation at the Administrators Retreat this week, new Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez makes mention of the Common Core at minute 35:50 (here).  The CCSS reference fits within a larger context in which Martinez asks how we can … Continue reading

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Washoe Educators Participate in the BAP

Last spring elementary school teachers, Implementation Specialists, and staff within the Office of Academics, worked through a process to more closely align the Houghton Mifflin Reading materials to the Common Core State Standards. A specific writing protocol was followed, developed … Continue reading

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