English / Language Arts UpdateCommon Core Standards Georgia Council of Teachers of English Brenda Schulz, Ed.D. February 23, 2013
The BIG Shifts for ELA • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction • Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
How are we addressing these three BIG shifts? Three BIG Shifts Building knowledge ..… content-rich nonfiction 2. …..evidence from text 3. …..complex text…..academic language Provide Instructional Resources Develop Partnerships and Relationships Provide Quality Professional Learning
CCGPS Instructional Resources • ELA webcasts, • New ELA webcasts called Common Core Tools • Find all webcasts posted on georgiastandards.org (ELA/professional learning); • Can be viewed in entirety or in chunks • All documentation is posted • Wealth of resources posted on georgiastandards.org and grade band Wiki pages • New resources for content literacy • Revised units (summer 2013) • New CCGPS lessons (summer 2013)
CCGPS Instructional ResourcesUnit Revision and New Lessons • Review and revision of units this spring and summer • The Tri-State Rubric will be used to rate each unit • Based on this review, some revisions will be made • No book titles will be removed, but an alternative title may be added • A cover sheet showing the unit “at-a-glance” will be added • This will include an overview of the unit, the standards covered, titles of the extended texts, academic vocabulary that needs to be taught, and assessment. • Hopefully, this will show that the focus of the unit is on the standards being addressed, not the book.
CCGPS ResourcesTri-State Rubric http://www.achieve.org/files/TriStateELA_LiteracyRubric1pageoverviewv4.1%20071712CC%20BY.pdf
New Lessons • Coming this spring and summer • CCGPS lessons submitted by teachers, reviewed using the Tri-State Rubric, and posted on georgiastandards.org • Honorariums provided for teachers submitting exemplary lessons • We will send out information through the ELA Reporter, CIA Newsletter, ELA Listserves, and Twitter.
Where do we find all of these resources as well as information about upcoming resources?
Resources and information can be found…. • ELA Reporter – join the listserves • CIA newsletter and webinar • ELA / Math webinars • Georgiastandards.org • Wiki pages
Common Core GPS ELA/MathGeorgiastandards.org • Join the list serve • Visit the Wikis • Use the Resource Documents • Watch the Webcasts
CCGPS ResourcesGeorgiastandards.org • Choose a grade band. • Expand the grade level • Standards, Teacher guidance, transition standards, planning template, curriculum map
CCGPS ResourcesLiteracy in Social Studies, Science & CTAE • Standards • LDC • Literacy and Learning Resources and Webinars
Quality Professional Learning • Provide online and face-to-face professional learning on specific topics such as: • Understanding the intent of the standards • Designing common core lessons • Integrating technology into the classroom • Courses available Summer 2013
Quality Professional Learning • Content Literacy workshops • Offered around the state to social studies, science, and CTAE teachers • Media Specialists workshops • Offered in each of the RESA districts • Have been very successful and well attended • Summer Academies 2013 • Plans are currently being made to offer regional summer academies • Professional learning will focus on building literacy partnerships
Continue our collaboration among our partners to help coach, guide, and facilitate ELA instruction and assessment • Media specialists • RESA reading specialists • Advisory council • GCTE, GRA, GACIS • School improvement department • Striving Readers
Young Georgia Authors • Thank you for your partnership • Writing entries are due April 5, 2013 • Winners will be announced on or before May 17, 2013
Top Ten Recommendations 1. Check the GeorgiaStandards.org website for the latest resources. 2. Increase the volume of reading for students – good mix of literary and informational. 3. Include more informational texts in the school-wide literacy instructional plan. (50%-70%) 4. Learn how to ask / write good questions that are text dependent, are worthwhile for class time, and require the student to “dig deep” for the answers. 5. Use close reading appropriately. It isn’t necessary to analyze every text. Use this strategy to develop specific skills.
Top Ten Recommendations 6. Thoughtfully increase the complexity of texts students read. 7. Explicitly teach foundational skills in K-2. Don’t forget that these students must learn to read. 8. Teach students to write and speak using evidence from the text. 9. Teach academic vocabulary. 10. Talk, share, collaborate, read professional books and articles!
Some Suggested Resources • Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading Nancy Frey, Diane Lapp, Douglas Fisher • Do I Really Have to Teach Reading CrisTovani • Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Christopher Lehman • Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms Steven Zemelman, Arthur Hyde, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels **Basal Alignment Project – Edmodo.com Join as teacher – search for BAP group – group code is etuyrm
Supplement to Education Week – November 13, 2012 Common Standards Drive New Approaches to Reading States Target 3rd Grade Reading New Literacy Research Infuses Common Core Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula Scale Tips Toward Nonfiction Under Common Core Literacy Instruction Expected to Cross Disciplines Retooled Textbooks Aim to Capture Common Core N.M. School Builds Bridge to Standards for ELLs
ELA Team Team: • Brenda Schulz, Ed.D. English Language Arts Program Coordinator K-12 404-463-1933 email@example.com • Gail Humble, Ed.S Education Program Specialist K-12 firstname.lastname@example.org • Susan Jacobs, M.Ed., NBCT English Language Arts Program Specialist K-12 404-656-0675 email@example.com • Daniel Rock Education Program Specialist / Literacy 6-12 404-463-0507 firstname.lastname@example.org