Free Instructional Coaching Course – Register Now!

A free course will be available soon from Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at the University of California, Davis School of Education that introduces participants to the importance of coaching within a professional learning system. This course serves as an introduction to coaching and thought about how a school or district might begin the journey toward implementing coaching roles in their learning communities. It’s online, it’s self-paced, and it’s free!.. Read More

High-Impact Practices for Literacy: A Free Professional Learning Opportunity

For the past year or so I’ve been involved in an exciting project that has enormous potential for improving the teaching and learning of literacy in our schools. The SOAR (Strategic Observation and Reflection) Teaching Frames™ for Literacy are a research-based tool that articulates instructional practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement and address the Common Core Standards. The Frames clearly define those practices and the professional growth.. Read More

The Best Resource for Common Core Writing is Finally Here!

I am beyond excited to share a remarkable and extremely valuable resource that’s available free online. It’s called Understanding Proficiency, and it’s fantastic! Of course, I’m biased because I was one of the lucky educators who helped develop the content for the site. But I think you’ll quickly see how valuable the materials are for teachers, administrators, coaches, you name it! It’s the resource I’ve wished for since the Common.. Read More

Do You Have What it Takes to Create a Performance Task? Yes You Do!

Performance Tasks play an important role in next-generation assessments of Common Core State Standards.  This leaves teachers wondering: What defines a quality Performance Task?  How do Performance Tasks used in on-demand assessments compare with those used in the classroom?  What is a Performance Task anyway? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the professional learning experience I’ve created here at LitCentric.com.  It’s easy to follow,.. Read More

Academic Language MOOC Coming Soon – and it’s free!

Take a look at this free MOOC hosted by Stanford University.  “Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject” is taught by the authors of Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Dr. Susan O’Hara of UC Davis, Dr. Jeff Zwiers of Stanford University, and Dr. Bob Pritchard of Sacramento State.  I’m looking forward to everything I’ll learn!  Join me and sign up soon, it starts.. Read More

Peer Conferencing Tool for Writer’s Workshop

  Conferring with student writers is both a rewarding and frustrating task.  The best teachers I know love writing conferences during writer’s workshop because they allow them to better understand the needs of their students and help them teach in the most responsive way possible.  They also help them get to know their students as the amazing people they are. But there’s another side to writing conferences, a darker side,.. Read More

The New Bloom’s Taxonomy

Most of us probably “grew up” in college education courses in which Bloom’s Taxonomy was referred to, again and again and again.  So much so that we started to roll our eyes (even if only secretly) every time a professor pulled out the infamous triangle.  But with the Common Core upon us, Bloom’s is gaining ground again and has a new partner in crime called Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  Stanislaus.. Read More

Common Core 2nd Grade ELA Unit – Incredible!

I am so fortunate to work with some incredible educators, many of whom I consider Common Core experts. They have worked with the new standards for several years, deconstructing each one, analyzing student work, collaborating to design new units, and learning new instructional strategies to meet their students’ needs. Pretty remarkable. One such educator I work with is a talented second grade teacher in a high-needs school. We worked together.. Read More

Learn About Close Reading

I’m excited to share that this July I’ll be hosting a 3-day institute all about close reading! We’ll be exploring the strategy and learning how K-2 students can be taught to read closely. But that’s not all! We’ll learn how to relate our close reading lessons to writing across the three text-types in the Common Core. Read all about it: Follow this link to the homepage of the Area 3.. Read More

UC Davis Academic Literacy Summit 2014

Greetings to everyone involved in the ALS this year! I’m posting my workshop packet here so that participants, and other interested parties, can access it as needed. I love that most workshops and conferences now are going green, and I love to have digital handouts that I can access whenever I wish. It’s great! I’m presenting my workshop entitled “Close Reading and the Common Core: What Does it Look Like.. Read More

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