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Common Core workshop Learning Forward 2012-Donna Ogle

10 december 2012

Common Core workshop Learning Forward 2012-Donna Ogle

Common Core

Donna Ogle


Ilinois, Chicago

National Urban Alliance

Developed the KWL strategy

Cartoon, stop asking us if we're there, we're nomads for crying out loud.

Standards are still being developed, not all of them are research based.

The vision: college and career readiness.

1/3 of college students are taking remedial courses, in reading, writing,and math.

ABC Graffiti: Janet Allen

Getting started activity

Boxes with alphabet, brainstorm key ideas in small groups

Take three of the words to connect into a sentence. Then write a question.

Share out and have the group determine what words were used from the chart.

Key ideas of the vision:

Text Complexity: key

Research: students should do this at least 4 research pieces a year, ongoing, derived from student generated questions, present and share the information with others

Close Reading: reading historical documents

Informational text

Argumentative writing: can you articulate? Writing in the content, daily. Essays. If you argue, you have to evidence

Knowledge building: historical, technical knowledge. Integrated curriculum.

Content vocabulary

Maximizing our time with students

"alot of people love these kids, but few can teach them"

Short bursts of writing each day, responding to text

Preparing students for these expectations

More close reading of informational text.

Integrating content: projects in science and social studies

Team across content levels

Reorganize curriculum, problem based learning teams

Inquiry based, problem based, project based (not drilling of skills)

Sally Hampton

Reason for raised lexiles, came from an analysis of college textbooks. Gap of 200 lexiles between high school and college

Build stamina for difficult texts, support them. Close reading

Close Reading

Read it more than once.


Focus in beyond grades K-1, those should focus on building foundational skills

Rich Instructional Diet

Efrida Heibert:

powerpoint on there about text complexity

6 modules to address

Text Complexity:

3 different dimensions

Quantitative, Qualitative, Reader and Task

Appendix A of CCSS

Wisconsin: has measures for the qualitative dimension

Standards 1 and Standard 10 are the bookends. Focus on the independence!

4th grade: 50% Informational, 50% Fiction/Literature

Assessment of comprehension through writing:

Beyond the Bubble: using evidence to frame comprehension, measuring interpretation


She has a new book in spring about vocabulary, not prominent in comprehension for some reason, she disagrees with this

Found in CCSS Language

Pull out and work with teams about this

Comprehension success is 98% correlated to vocabulary

Listening and Speaking

The collaborative and presentation piece in the CCSS going to fall to districts to meaure, they've decided it's too difficult to measure at the national level.

Use the school assessment from her with Tier 2 team in classifying our initiative lists. Have/create one similar for math. Great strategies for collecting cause data! Take to Curriculum Team too.

Data Collection:

Quality Texts:

What was the author trying to say, instead of did you like text.

Look at our questioning skills.

Review lesson plans, look at the questions from GHGR and analyze the depth of questions there

Videotape and analyze the questions and interactions with text


Create a list of key ideas and create a learning plan for teams/staff. Focus knowledge buiding for teachers in that area, try stratgies, measure impact.

Close reading, questioning, genre varieties in reading and writing, productive conversations/cooperative learning, vocabulary (analyzing)

Take this task to Tier 2. Prioritize ideas. Determine how to do this, WHO? Jana? Do we need to reorganize our team and vertical team meeting schedules to build this knowledge. Semester 2, summer, next year.

National Science Teachers Association puts out a list of the best iinformational texts each year. On Pearltree

Routine to use to use Close Reading: PRC2 Strategy

PRC2 Partner reading in content

1. Previewing

2. Reading Together: same level, one book between them, dealing with the text themselves, 2 page spreads at a time, each re-read their page a second time. Write a question for their partner. Re-read their page to their partner, ask their partner the question.

3. Discussing ideas from the questions asked.

4. Kids come back together to discuss their learning.

5. Take to writing

20 minutes or so each day

Develop a unit. Book list to support the content at many levels. You can use textbook reading too. Do a pre-assessment. Gather key vocabulary and background knowledge about the vocabulary. Rate thier knowledge.

Kids stay together for one unit.

Done in both SS and Science

Read with pen in hand, note taking, post it notes minis to use in the book use to put ideas on and then categorize them close reading and questioning

Sentence frames

Accountable Talk protocol

Critical Friends tool for discussion and questioning

Exploding an idea:

Choose their learning and elaborate on it..

Cheska book on Improving Questions