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The PD 360 platform hosts the world's largest library of differentiated professional development videos for educators. The PD 360 library is regularly awarded for its quality and scope, having recently earned the Tech & Learning "Best Upgraded Product" in 2011. Common Core 360's growing library is also made with the same award-winning quality, depth, and training for educators integrating the Common Core State Standards. Our new Livebook content, and our ongoing courses, show the same commitment to quality and research-based learning.

We at the School Improvement Network are committed to bringing you the newest, most relevant professional development on an ongoing basis. Our content development specialists are constantly creating new-up-to-date videos and adding them to our library. For example,

1,197 minutes of new content were added to our library in 2011, spread out over 239 new segments.
Overall, our library consists of 1,705 segments and an astounding 16,044 minutes.

Our educational experts and client development specialists are constantly interacting with our clients to make sure that we identify current professional development needs and develop programs to meet them. Click the links below for up-to-date information on the different types of professional development we offer.

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New PD 360 Content

June 27, 2013

Innovation Lab Network: Kentucky

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a network of 9 states that engage schools, districts, and state education agencies to identify new designs for public education to empower individual students to thrive as productive learners, workers, and citizens. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supports these states in the development of the following six critical attributes in their schools:

  1. World class knowledge and skills
  2. Comprehensive systems of support
  3. Personalized learning
  4. Performance-based learning
  5. Anytime / anywhere learning
  6. Student ownership of learning

This program features Kentucky as a member of ILN, and highlights the collaboration between teachers, school leaders, district, state and national officials to support Bate Middle School in Danville, East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, and Eminence High School in Eminence, KY as part of Innovation Lab Network.

Segment 1: Vision 2020: Voices of Innovation

This segment paints a vision of what a typical classroom can and should look like in 2020.  It serves as a general outline of the steps schools and districts in Kentucky have taken to realize student achievement through innovation.  It follows students, teachers, and state and district leaders as they outline the process of their transformation, from recognizing a need for innovation to embedding hands-on projects and technology into daily learning experiences to showing how innovation prepares students for success in college and career.

Segment 2: College and Career Readiness: Project-Based Learning

This segment explores innovative practices around project-based learning in schools across Kentucky. As teachers transition from the role of content deliverer to facilitator of content application, students take greater ownership of their learning and realize transformational improvements in academic achievement, development of 21st-century skills, and college and career readiness. 

Segment 3: Student Achievement Through Personalized Technology

This segment showcases the progress of Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, KY to support student learning through innovative, highly personalized technology. It highlights students, teachers, and district leaders illustrating the academic and personal growth that students gain from effectively implementing Web 2.0 instruction, one-to-one device initiatives, and other 21st-century technologies into the school day.  It also emphasizes student use of an online learning management system, the first Wi-Fi-enabled school bus in Kentucky, and interactive collaboration tables that facilitate digital collaboration among students.   

 

May 6, 2013 

Teaching Strategies

This program presents thirteen 1-3 minute segments that feature examples of effective classroom practices from teachers around the country.

Elementary

Segment 1: Songs to Reinforce Math Content - 1:44

Kindergarten teacher Carol Stafford at Altruria Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, uses songs to activate and reinforce math content as her students learn to decompose the number five. Songs in this segment define the number-sense concept of “decompose” and remind students how to spell, add, and subtract the number five.

Segment 2: Group Work: Talking Chips – 1:09

Fourth grade teacher Comeshia Williams at Northaven Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, uses “talking chips” to promote participation and help students take turns during group work.  

Segment 3: Assessment: Peer Evaluation – 1:18

Fifth grade teacher Yvonne Copprue McLeod at Harriet Tubman Elementary in Newark, New Jersey, provides her students with a rubric to help them evaluate each other’s work. Student groups assess each other’s collaborative essays and respond to questions about the characterization of the protagonist in the short story “Iditarod Dream.”

Segment 4: Whole Brain Teaching: Mirror – 1:53

Fourth grade teacher Sharlene Kreager at Central Elementary in Artesia, New Mexico, and kindergarten teacher Carol Stafford in Shelby County, Tennessee engage students in direct instruction and review using “mirror,” a Whole Brain Teaching method. The mirror strategy requires students to imitate the teacher’s actions and/or words. As they do so, students engage their motor memory, and are better able to engage and retain important content knowledge. 

Segment 5: Classroom Cheers – 1:05

Elementary school teachers from around the United States demonstrate their use of classroom cheers, which contribute to a positive learning environment by encouraging students to celebrate each other’s efforts.

Segment 6: Attention Getters – 1:05

Elementary school teachers from around the United States demonstrate various chants, call backs, rhymes, and sayings to quickly gain student attention during classroom activities.

Segment 7: Group Work: Collaboration Skills – 2:10

Fourth grade teacher Comeshia Williams at Northaven Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, guides her students as they develop effective collaboration skills by reviewing criteria for successful group interaction. After a class activity, students reflect on their collaboration skills using these criteria.

Segment 8: Warm-Ups: Letters to the Class – 1:37

Two elementary school teachers use mail, or letters to the class, to introduce the learning target of a math lesson. The letters appeal to the students’ imagination and create a setting for problem-based math instruction. 

Secondary

Segment 9: Formative Assessment: Whiteboards – 1:08

Secondary teachers from around the United States formatively assess student learning using whiteboards.  Whiteboards are an effective, informal way to determine each student’s level of mastery and provides an opportunity for teachers to clarify any break downs in understanding new content. 

Segment 10: Skills Practice: Snowball – 1:18

High school algebra Carrie Bala in Heber, Utah, uses the unique and engaging “snowball” method of distributing practice problems that her students have created to other students in the class.

Segment 11: Differentiation: Algebra Tiles – 1:04

Ninth grade ECE algebra teacher Dwan Williams at Westport Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky, uses manipulatives called Algebra Tiles to differentiate instruction for his class. Students are able to deepen their understanding of concepts by using algebra tiles to visually represent and solve algebraic equations.

Segment 12: Reading: RATE Method – 2:05

Twelfth grade teacher Christy Reasons at Germantown High School in Shelby County, Tennessee,helps her students analyze an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Society and Solitude.” Using the RATE method, students read, annotate, and think about the text. They then “encode,” or explain their understanding of and connections to the text, as they discuss it in groups.

Segment 13: Math Tasks – 1:38

Seventh grade teacher Dawn Barson and eighth grade teacher Travis Lemon, at American Fork Jr. High in American Fork, Utah, assign their students math tasks to solve in class. Math tasks present real-world mathematical problems that allow them to strengthen their content knowledge and skills.


April 2, 2013

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new programs under the PD Video “Student Centered Learning” folder.

Innovation Lab Network: Introduction

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a network of nine states that engages schools, districts, and state education agencies to identify new designs for public education. The purpose of the ILN model is to empower individual students to thrive as productive learners, workers, and citizens. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supports ILN-affiliated states in developing six critical attributes in their schools:

1.     World-class knowledge and skills

2.     Comprehensive systems of support

3.     Personalized learning

4.     Performance-based learning

5.     Anytime/anywhere learning

6.     Student ownership of learning


The following program features New Hampshire and its partnership with ILN.  The following segments highlight the collaboration between teachers, school leaders, district, state, and national officials to support innovations that will transform education within New Hampshire.

Innovation Lab Network: New Hampshire

Segment 1: Moving Forward

This segment serves as an introduction to Manchester School of Technology (MST), an innovative four-year high school program that embeds rigorous academic standards into career and technical educational courses. MST demonstrates the educational attributes promoted by the ILN through its innovative, personalized approach to preparing students for college and career.

Segment 2: Supporting Competency-Based Learning

This segment explores MST’s competency-based instructional model, in particular the collaborative practices educators use to embed academic standards into career and technical courses.  This segment features courses in design communications, cosmetology, and integrated history/ELA.

Segment 3: Student Success in an Integrated Curriculum

This segment showcases the unique opportunity for MST students to pursue a dual pathway of traditional academic subjects and career and technical training. MST students are able to graduate from high school having accumulated hours towards licensure in fields such as nursing, cosmetology, and electrical work, which provides a head start towards a career as well as higher earning potential for students who will work while attending college.


Innovation Lab Network: Wisconsin

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a network of nine states that engage schools, districts, and state education agencies to identify new designs for public education to empower individual students to thrive as productive learners, workers, and citizens. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supports these states in the development of the following six critical attributes in their schools

1.     World-class knowledge and skills

2.     Comprehensive systems of support

3.     Personalized learning

4.     Performance-based learning

5.     Anytime/anywhere learning

6.     Student ownership of learning

This program features Wisconsin as a member of ILN, and highlights the collaboration between teachers, school leaders, district, state, and national officials to support Asa Clark Middle School in Pewaukee, WI, and Waukesha STEM Academy in Waukesha, WI as part of Innovation Lab Network.

Segment1: Innovation Lab Network

This segment serves as an introduction to CCSSO and the Innovation Lab Network (ILN), outlines ILN’s six critical attributes, and includes interviews with chiefs from several states and classroom examples from Wisconsin schools highlighted in the program.

Segment2: Personalized Learning in a Math Learning Center

This segment explores the innovative math learning center at Asa Clark Middle School, in Pewaukee, WI, which has begun a school-wide, one-to-one laptop initiative. This access to technology allows students to receive mathematics instruction through ALEKS®, an online educational platform.  This segment demonstrates how teachers supplement and personalize learning for students through individual and small-group instruction, assessment, remediation, and extension activities. 

Segment 3: Academy 21: Personalized, Cross-Content Learning

This segment introduces “Academy 21” at Asa Clark Middle School in Pewaukee, WI. At Academy 21, students engage in cross-content learning in four core subject areas: math, science, language arts, and social studies.  The process of student-teacher mentoring, student research, and the unique ways students demonstrate learning on a digital portfolio are highlighted.  Students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders discuss how Academy 21 promotes college and career readiness in an authentic learning environment. 

Segment 4: Waukesha STEM Academy: Achievement Through Problem-Solving

This segment outlines the project-based instructional model at the Waukesha STEM Academy, in Waukesha, WI.  Viewers will see the authentic learning students experience through partner and group projects centered around real-life problems.  At Academy 21, students participate in “Connect” — a daily time period in which students schedule time to work with teachers or peers, complete projects, and even eat lunch.  Project ownership and time management are central tenets to the program’s success in helping students gain authentic learning experiences and get the support they need when they need it.  

March 7, 2013

New Segments on PD 360: Implementing Educator Effectiveness
 
School Improvement Network offers a variety of on-demand professional development tools as part of the Educator Effectiveness System, including PD 360 and Observation 360. This program highlights two schools—Central Elementary School in Artesia, New Mexico, and South Garland High School in Garland, Texas—that have successfully implemented tools and resources available through PD 360 and Observation 360. This program may be used as a how-to guide that assists educators in answering the question, “How can I effectively use the tools provided through PD 360 and Observation 360 to maximize teacher learning and student outcomes?” Each of the four segments demonstrates how PD 360 and Observation 360 may be used effectively.
 
Segment 1: Supporting Student Success
 
This segment serves as an introduction to PD 360 and Observation 360. It demonstrates how these tools are used at Central Elementary and South Garland High School to provide effective, differentiated professional development for educators to support student learning.
 
Segment 2: Using PD 360 Video Content
 
This segment demonstrates ways in which Central Elementary and South Garland High School use PD 360 videos at the district,PLC, coaching, and individual educator level. This segment describes how districts and PLCs may assign PD 360 videos for educators to watch individually, as well as how they may use them in conjunction with the guidebook provided for each segment to hold an effective professional development session. This segment also features leaders following up with teachers through usage reports and recorded reflection questions from each video segment.
 
Segment 3: Observation 360 in the Classroom
 
In this segment, administrators and teachers highlight the technological advantages of using Observation 360 over traditional paper-and-pencil observations, such as submitting immediate feedback, attaching action steps such as viewing PD 360 videos or reading articles, determining observation criteria, increasing teacher observations, and improving teaching practices.
 
Segment 4: A Complete Principal Observation
 
This segment serves as a step-by-step guide for completing an observation using Observation 360. Featuring the principal atCentral Elementary School performing a real-time observation of a beginning teacher, this segment includes highlights from the class, principal-led step-by-step completion of the observation, and a debrief session with the principal and teacher.


November 8, 2012
New Segments on PD 360: 
Teaching with Math Tasks

Summary

The Teaching with Math Tasks program outlines the principles and structure of a task-based approach to math education, demonstrating these components with examples of math lessons in authentic elementary and secondary classrooms. In these video segments, math specialists, coaches, and teachers engage in a statewide professional learning initiative to take math tasks from theory to practice. Math tasks that are embedded into Common Core-aligned lessons offer students opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving. Also, in the relevant, meaningful context created by math tasks, student learning is more likely to be sustained as well as applied in new situations. 

Description

The program consists of fourteen video segments. Four of the videos offer a rationale and procedure for developing math tasks; ten videos are authentic K-secondary classroom examples of task-based lessons. 

Two sets of supporting videos will be added to this program in the coming weeks. One set contains extended versions of the existing K-secondary classroom examples. These extended versions minimize editing and remove narration so that educators can see the majority of the lesson as it unfolds. The other set features these same extended versions with classroom commentary from the teacher and an instructional coach as they watch the complete classroom footage and discuss the planning and execution that contributed to the lesson. 

Instructionally adapted versions of these K-secondary classroom videos will also be presented in a 'learning progression' sequence on the Common Core 360 platform. Through this sequence, the videos illustrate the depth and breadth that a single Common Core standard adds to the standards preceding it. 

Segment Information

Segment Length

Math Tasks: The Need for an Instructional Shift -- 6:41

An Overview of Math Tasks -- 10:07

Creating a Math-Task Culture in the Classroom -- 8:11

How to Develop and Teach a Math Task  -- 9:08


 



Observation 360


The new Observation 360 is now integrated in the PD 360 Mobile app! You now have the following unique features on your mobile app as you use observations to help every teacher become more effective:
 
This combined mobile app gives you a seamless user interface with all mobile resources from School Improvement Network. NOTE: Be sure to delete the old Observation 360 app from your device and download the new PD 360 Mobile app which now includes the new Observation 360 features. Your login credentials will remain the same.
 
Download for Apple products
 
Download for Android products
 
You can access the Observation 360 Mobile User Guide, available completely free on LiveBook 360 where you can ask questions, discuss issues with other users, and more. Click here to read the guide.
 


Common Core 360

The Common Core 360 programs will include tools to help educators transition to and implement Common Core standards at the state, district, and classroom levels. The Common Core 360 library will grow in the 2012-2013 school years as we continue to follow and capture featured states and districts as they expand their Common Core initiatives. These programs also feature guiding questions that state, district, and building leaders should address in order to facilitate a seamless transition, define roles, and develop ownership at all levels.

Currently, the Common Core 360 library includes 123 segments and 746 minutes.



New Common Core Content 

July 23, 2013

Common Core in the Classroom – Georgia – Fourth Delivery

Summary

The Common Core in the Classroom series from School Improvement Network spotlights real-life classrooms across the country in which effective lessons aligned with Common Core standards are being taught. In addition to offering authentic examples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerpts from teacher interviews that highlight the lesson’s successes and describe the impact that the Common Core is having on student learning.

Description

The Common Core Standards reflect a spiraling progression that is sequential yet recursive. As students progress, the learning targets do not change essentially, but continue to expand in breadth and depth, allowing teachers and students multiple opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills defined by the standards.

These newly released video segments feature one elementary ELA lesson, two elementary math lessons, and one secondary math lesson. All were filmed in Forsyth County, Georgia.

Each video is accompanied by a guidebook available for download from the PD 360 platform. These guidebooks contain the featured teacher’s lesson plan as well as a viewer response form and discussion prompts that guide viewers to reflect on the lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

Segment Information

ELA Lesson

4th Grade: Drawing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis
Ms. Angana Ghate, a 4th grade teacher at Shiloh Point Elementary School in Cumming, Georgia, encourages her students to think like historians as they gather evidence and evaluate their sources to identify the character traits of George Washington. The lesson is aligned with Common Core standards RL.4.1 and W.4.9.

Math Lessons

1st Grade: Number Sense: Grouping Classroom Items 
Ms. Laura Serra, a 1st grade teacher at Shiloh Point Elementary School in Cumming, Georgia, leads her students to develop number sense by grouping items of classroom supplies into bundles of ten. Her lesson is aligned with math content standards 1.OA.5 and 6 and 1.NBT.2.a and 4, as well as math practice standards 1, 2, and 7.    

3rd Grade: Equivalent Fractions
Ms. Liz Ralston, a 3rd grade teacher at Midway Elementary in Alpharetta, Georgia, engages her students in activities that develop their understanding of equivalent fractions. Her lesson is aligned with math content standards 3.NF.3a & b and math practice standards 5 and and 7.

8th Grade: Calculating and Measuring the Volume of Cones
Ms. Lisa Arends, an 8th grade math teacher at Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming, Georgia, facilitates a hands-on lesson that involves determining the volume of a cone and choosing between the cone and cylinder shapes in a real-world context. Her lesson is aligned with math content standards G.9 and math practice standards 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

 

Segment Length

ELA Lesson

4th Grade: Drawing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis — 8:41

Math Lessons

1st Grade: Number Sense: Grouping Classroom Items — 9:22

3rd Grade: Equivalent Fractions —7:49

8th Grade: Calculating and Measuring the Volume of Cones — 10:19

 

Featured Grade Levels

1, 3, 4, 8

 

Featured Location

Forsyth County, Georgia

 

July 9, 2013

Common Core in the Classroom – Georgia (Third Delivery)

Summary

The Common Core in the Classroom series from School Improvement Network showcases real-life classrooms across the country in which effective lessons aligned with Common Core standards are being taught. In addition to offering authentic examples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerpts from teacher interviews that highlight the lesson’s successes and the impact of Common Core standards on student learning.

 

Description

These newly released video segments feature three segments: three ELA lessons (one Kindergarten lesson and two 1st grade lessons), all filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas.

Each video is accompanied by a guidebook that can be downloaded from the PD 360 platform. These guidebooks contain the featured teacher’s lesson plan as well as a viewer response form and discussion prompts that guide viewers to reflect on the lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

 

Segment Information

Kindergarten: Informational Writing About Oviparous Animals

Ms. Maggie Tompkins, a kindergarten teacher at Shiloh Point Elementary in Cumming, Georgia, guides her students to incorporate facts from research into their informational writing. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards W.K.2 & 7.

1st Grade: Research and Persuasion for a Classroom Pet

Ms. Stephanie Buquoi, a 1st grade teacher at Shiloh Point Elementary in Cumming, Georgia, engages her students in a writing project in which they apply elements of research and persuasion to appeal to the manager of a Petco store to donate a pet to their classroom. This lesson aligns with Common Core ELA standards W.1.6-8, RI.1.5, SL.1.1, 3 & 5.

1st Grade: Identifying Facts in a Variety of Informational Texts
Ms. Bridget de Turck and her 1st grade class at Shiloh Point Elementary in Cumming, Georgia, identify factual information about star-nosed moles from a variety of written and visual texts. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards RI.1.6 & 7.

 

Segment Length

Kindergarten: Informational Writing About Oviparous Animals —8:27

1st Grade: Research and Persuasion for a Classroom Pet —14:02

1st Grade: Identifying Facts in a Variety of Informational Texts —8:28

 

Featured Grade Levels

K-1

 

Featured Locations

Forsyth County, Georgia

 

June 26, 2013

Common Core in the Classroom – Georgia (Second Delivery)

Summary

The Common Core in the Classroom series from School Improvement Network showcases real-life classrooms across the country in which effective lessons aligned with Common Core standards are being taught. In addition to offering authentic examples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerpts from teacher interviews that highlight the lesson’s successes and the impact of Common Core standards on student learning.

Description

These newly released video segments feature four segments: one ELA lesson (12th grade) and three math lessons (7th and two 8th grade lessons), all filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas.

Each video is accompanied by a guidebook that can be downloaded from the PD 360 platform. These guidebooks contain the featured teacher’s lesson plan as well as a viewer response form and discussion prompts that guide viewers to reflect on the lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

Segment Information

ELA Lesson

12th Grade: “Words, Words, Words”: Determining Contextual Meaning

Ms. Alyssa Montooth, an ELA teacher at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and interrelated teacher Ms. Cassandra Domineck help students master unfamiliar vocabulary encountered in their study of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standard L.11-12.4.

Math Lessons

7th Grade: Triangulation Using the Pythagorean Theorem
Mr. Robert Oswald, a math teacher at Piney Grove Middle School, in Cumming, Georgia, engages his students in a math task that requires them to locate lost cell phones using the Pythagorean theorem and principles of triangulation. The lesson aligns with Common Core math standards 8.G.7 and MP.1, 5, & 6.

8th Grade: Identifying Quadrilaterals by Their Diagonals
Mr. Robert Oswald, a math teacher at Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming, Georgia, guides his students to identify quadrilaterals based on the properties of their diagonals. The lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards G-CO.11 & 12 and MP.5, 6, & 7. 

8th Grade: Systems of Equations: Choosing the Best Method
Mr. Shawn Atkinson, Ms. Tara Atkinson, and Ms. Amanda Sherer, math teachers at Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan, Georgia, engage their 8th grade students in solving systems of equations using graphing, substitution, and elimination. Their lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 8.EE.8 and MP.1 & 5.

Segment Length

ELA Lesson

12th Grade: “Words, Words, Words”: Determining Contextual Meaning —5:50


Math Lessons

7th Grade: Triangulation Using the Pythagorean Theorem —10:33

8th: Identifying Quadrilaterals by Their Diagonals —9:56

8th: Systems of Equations: Choosing the Best Method —7:06

Featured Grade Levels

7-8, 12

Featured Locations

DeKalb and Forsyth counties, Georgia

 

June 11, 2103

These 5 new segments have been added to the CC 360, Common Core in the Classroom folder.

Common Core in the Classroom – Georgia (first delivery)

Summary

The Common Core in the Classroom series from School Improvement Network spotlights real-life classrooms across the country, in which effective lessons are aligned with Common Core standards.  In addition to offering authentic examples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerpts from teacher interviews that highlight the lesson’s successes and describe the impact that Common Core is having on student learning.

Description

The Common Core Standards reflect a spiraling progression that is sequential, yet recursive. As students progress, the learning targets do not necessarily change, but continue to expand in breadth and depth. This allows teachers and students multiple opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills defined by the standards.

These newly released video segments feature five segments: four ELA lessons (1st grade,9th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade), and one math lesson (10th grade), all filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as surrounding areas.

Each video is accompanied by a guidebook available for download from the PD 360 platform. These guidebooks contain the featured teacher’s lesson plan, as well as a viewer response form that guides viewers to reflect on the lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

 Segment Information

ELA Lessons

1st Grade: Delicious Interactive Poetry Writing (11:51)

Ms. Stephanie Buquoi, a 1st grade teacher at Shiloh Point Elementary in Cumming, Georgia, explores with her class the poetic forms of haiku and cinquain, and identifies words that appeal to the senses in order for the students to create poems of their own. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RF.1.2 and RL.1.4.

9th Grade: Gathering Evidence for a Research Paper (11:37)

Ms. Alexandra Salivia, a sheltered English teacher at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Georgia, guides her ESOL students as they research real-world topics. The lesson aligns with ELA standards W.9-10.7-9, SL.9-10.1d, and L.9-10.4c. 

10th Grade: Multiple Accounts of a Single Topic: Japanese Internment Camps (8:11)

Ms. Kendra Radcliff, a 10th grade ELA teacher at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Georgia, guides students as they explore various historical accounts and documents related to civil rights violations. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RI.9-10.1 and 7, W.9-10.9, and SL.9-10.1. 

12th Grade: Plot, Symbolism, and Character inOthello (10:22)

Ms. Alyssa Montooth, an ELA teacher at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Georgia, teaches her students about plot, symbolism, and character development in Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RL.11-12.3, 4, and 6, and SL.11-12.1. 

Math Lesson

10th Grade: Trigonometric Ratios (10:39)

Ms. Stephanie Reiss, a math teacher at Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and special education teacher Ms. Virginia Stephenson, review special right triangle formulas and geometric properties with their students before introducing them to trigonometric rations. The lesson aligns with math standards G-SRT.6 and MP.6. 

Segment Length

ELA Lessons

1st Grade: Delicious Interactive Poetry Writing —11:51

9th Grade: Gathering Evidence for a Research Paper —11:37

10th Grade: Multiple Accounts of a Single Topic: Japanese Internment Camps — 8:11

12th Grade: Plot, Symbolism, and Character in Othello —10:22

Math Lesson

10th Grade: Trigonometric Ratios —10:39

Featured Grade Levels

1, 9-10 and 12

Featured Locations

DeKalb and Forsyth counties, Georgia


January 21, 2013

Common Core in the Classroom – Shelby County 
 
Summary
School Improvement Network’s Common Core in the Classroom series spotlights classrooms across the country in which lessons aligned with Common Core standards are being taught. In addition to real-life examples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerpts from teacher interviews that highlight successes of the lesson and the impact the Common Core has had on student learning.
 
Description
The Common Core Standards reflect a spiraling progression that is sequential yet recursive. As students progress, the learning targets do not change essentially, but continue to expand in breadth and depth, allowing teachers and students multiple opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills defined by the standards.
 
This Common Core in the Classroom program demonstrates the learning progression inherent in the Common Core standards by featuring one classroom segment for an ELA standard at each grade level from K through 12th grade, and one for each grade level in a K-12 set of related math standards. This release features eight video segments featuring Math and ELA lessons, one each from kindergarten through 3rd grade.
 
Segment Information
 
Math Lessons
 
Kindergarten: Decomposing the Number Five features Ms. Carol Stafford, a teacher at Altruria Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, presenting her students with activities that involve decomposing the number five. The lesson aligns with mathematical practice standards K.OA.3, K.MD.3, mathematical practice standards 1, 7, & 8, and ELA standard K.RL.10.
 
1st Grade: Relating Counting to Addition features Ms. Andrea Cotner and her students atDonelson Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, as they relate counting toaddition. The lesson aligns with mathematical content standards 1.OA.2, 4, & 5 and mathematical practice standards 1, 2, & 4.
 
2nd Grade: Exploring Odd and Even Numbers features Ms. Tina David, a teacher at Donelson Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, as sheguides her students to use different strategies in determining whether the number of objects in a group is even or odd. The lesson aligns with mathematical content standards 2.OA.3 and mathematical practice standards 1, 2, 4, & 7.
 
3rd Grade: Interpreting aQuotient to Distributing Birthday Party Favors features Ms. Christine Bingham and her class atArlington Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, engaging in a math task that involves interpretation of the quotient of a whole-number division problem. The lesson aligns with mathematical content standard 3.OA.2 and mathematical practice standards 1, 5, & 6.
 
4th Grade: Finding the Rule in a Pattern for Place Settings In this segment, Ms. Comeshia Williams, a 4th grade teacher at Northaven Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, engages her students in a math taskthat involves finding a pattern and rule to determine the number of tables needed for a parents' meeting at the school. The lesson targets math content standards 4.OA.5, math practice standards 1, 4, 5, 6, & 8, and ELA standard SL.4.1.
 
5th Grade: Comparing Patterns in Linear Relationships In this segment, Ms. Joan Donahue, a 5th grade teacher at Crosswind Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, leads her students in analyzing patterns in linear relationships. The lesson aligns with math content standards 5.OA.3, 5.G.2, and math practice standards 1, 2, & 8.
 
6th Grade: Rations, Rates, and Percents: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose In this segment, Ms. Dynelle Rinkes, a 6th math grade teacher at Collierville Middle School in Shelby County, Tennessee, guides her students to apply theprinciples of ratios to identify and model rational relationships and to solve real world problems involving percentages as parts of a whole. The lesson aligns with math content standards 6.RP.1 & 3 and math practice standards 2, 3, 4, & 8. 
 
7th Grade: Proportional Relationships in Selling a Mobile App In this segment, Ms. Melissa Hurt, a 7th grade math teacher at Houston Middle School in Shelby County, Tennessee, presents her students with a math task in which they use proportional relationships to determine percentage. The lesson aligns with math content standards 7.RP.2b & 3 and math practice standards 1, 2, & 3.
 

ELA Lessons

 
Kindergarten: Main Idea and Details features In this segment, Ms. Robbin Pennington, a kindergarten teacher at Lucy Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, guides her students as they identify the main topic and key details of a text about the fall season. The lesson aligns with ELAstandards RI.K.2 & 4.
 
1st Grade: Main Idea and Key Details – Pumpkins features Ms. TerriPlunk and her students at Crosswind Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee,identifying the main idea and key details of a science text about pumpkins. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RI.1.1, 2, & 3.
 
2nd Grade: Finding Main Ideas in a Science Text features Ms. Monica Gallimore, a 2nd-grade teacher at Arlington Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, as she guides her students in learning to identify the main ideas in a multi-paragraph science text. Her lesson aligns with ELA standard RI.2.2.
 
3rd Grade: Identifying Main Idea features Ms. Kizzy Barbee, a 3rd gradeteacher at Arlington Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, guiding her students to use contextual evidence in identifying the main idea and supporting details of a science text about frogs and toads. The lesson aligns with ELAstandards RI.3.1 & 2.
 
4th Grade: Main Idea and Supporting Details: Water Striders In this segment, Ms. Angie Todd, a 4th grade teacher at Donelson Elementary inShelby County, Tennessee, guides her students in using contextual evidence to identify the main idea and supporting details of a science text about waterstriders. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RI.4.1 & 2.
 
5th Grade: Finding Main Idea and Details in Historical Texts In this segment, Ms. Michelle Sutton, a 5th grade teacher at Crosswind Elementary in Shelby County, Tennessee, guides her students as they analyze informational texts about slavery. The lesson aligns with ELA standards RI.5.2 & 4.
 
7th Grade: Determining the Central Idea of a Text In this segment, Ms. Julie Allgyer, a 7th grade ELA teacher at Arlington Middle School in Shelby County, Tennessee, guides her students as they determine two central ideas of an informational text and craft an objective summary. The lesson aligns with ELA standard RI.7.2.
 
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K - 7
 
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Shelby County, Tennessee
 

August 27, 2012 - Common Core in the Classroom

Summary

The Common Core in the Classroom series was created to provide educators with authentic classroom examples of Common Core practice. Each segment features a classroom lesson aligned with one or more Common Core learning targets. These newly released video segments feature 2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade classes in Delaware, Kentucky, and Utah. 

Description

School Improvement Network’s new Common Core in the Classroom series spotlights classrooms across the country in which lessons aligned with the Common Core standards are being taught. In addition to real-lifeexamples of teacher and student engagement, these segments include excerptsfrom teacher interviews in which they reflect upon the success of the lesson and the impact the Common Core has had on student learning.

These newly released video segments feature 2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade classes in Delaware, Kentucky, and Utah.  Each video has an accompanying guidebook that includes the classroom lesson planprovided by the teacher featured in the video. This guidebook also has a viewer response form that helps viewers reflect on the teacher’s lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

Segment Information

Main Ideas of an Informational Text features Maggie Miller’s 2nd grade class at John M. Clayton Elementary in Frankford, Delaware. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards RI.2.2 & 6. 

Finding the Volume ofRectangular Prisms features Jen Buttars’ 5th grade class at Bellview Elementary in Sandy, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 5.OA.1 & 2 and MP.1 & 4.

Using Arrays to Multiply Two-Digit Numbers features math staff developer Jamie Wyman and her 4th grade class at Kerrick Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 4.NBT.5, MP.1, 3, 5 & 6.

Using Equations in a Hiring Decision features Dawn Barson’s junior high math class at American Fork Junior High in American Fork, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 7.EE.4 and MP.4.

Determining Price Points in Fixing a Furnace features Travis Lemon’s junior high math class at American Fork Junior High in American Fork, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 8.EE.8 and MP.4 & 6.

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Featured Grade Levels

2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade

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School Improvement Network’s new Common Core in the Classroom series

These newly released video segments feature kindergarten 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th grade classes in Kentucky, New Jersey, and Utah.  Each video has an accompanying guidebook that includes the classroom lesson plan provided by the teacher featured in the video. This guidebook also has a viewer response form that helps viewers reflect on the teacher’s lesson and consider what they might apply to their own practice.

Segment Information

Poetry Analysis and Appreciation features Rosalinda Petinglay’s 2nd grade class at Harriet Tubman School in Newark, New Jersey. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards RL.2.4 and SL.2.2 & 5.

Levels of Questioning features Amy Fry’s 7th grade class at Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria, Kentucky. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standard SL.7.1.

Decomposing Numbers for Addition and Subtraction features Kerri Gray’s kindergarten class at Kerrick Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards K.OA.1, 3, 4, & 5.

Multistep Word Problems features Kalina Potts’ 4th grade class at Early Light Academy in South Jordan, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core mathstandard 4.OA.3.

Representing Addition and Subtraction Using Manipulatives features Lisa Romero’s kindergarten class at Horizon Elementary in Murray, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 4.NF.3a-d and MP.3.

Solving a Playground Problem features Tom Little’s 3rd grade class at Lakeview Elementary in Brigham City, Utah. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standards 3.OA.1-4, & 8.

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Featured Grade Levels

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th grades

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July 11, 2012
School Improvement Network’s new Common Core in the Classroom series 
Segment Information

Strategy for Open-Ended Questions features Yvonne Copprue-McLeod’s 5th grade class at Harriet Tubman School in Newark, New Jersey. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards RL.5.1, RF.5.4, SL.5.1, and SL.5.4.

Understanding Cause and Effect in Literature features Cathy Dorey’s 2nd grade class at John M. Clayton Elementary in Frankford, Delaware.  This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standard RL.2.1.

Character Analysisfeatures Sabina Bruno’s 4th grade class at Harriet Tubman School in Newark, New Jersey. This lesson is aligned with Common Core ELA standards RL.4.3, W.4.9, and SL.4.1.

Measuring and Graphing features Ondra Massey’s 2nd class at John M. Clayton Elementary in Frankford, Delaware.  This lesson is aligned with Common Core Math standards 2.MD.1, 2.MD.9, and 2.NBT.4.

Solving One-Step Equations features Julia DeBerry’s 8th grade class at Westport Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky.  This lesson is aligned with Common Core Math standards 8.EE.7a, MP.3 and MP.6.

Symmetry and Tessellation features Sabina Bruno’s 4th grade class at Harriet Tubman School in Newark, New Jersey. This lesson is aligned with Common Core math standard 4.G.3.

Measuring Data and Using Bar Graphs features Yvonne Copprue-McLeod’s 5th grade class at Harriet Tubman School in Newark, New Jersey. This lesson is aligned with Common Core Math standards 6.SP.1, MP.3, MP.4, and MP.6.

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Featured Grade Levels

2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grades

Featured Locations


Common Core 360 Content Delivery Schedule:

The Common Core classroom segments, from Kentucky, Utah, Delaware, and New Jersey, build on the foundational videos that provide insight into how the Common Core Standards impact educational systems. These segments show how to implement these Standards into daily instruction. They also demonstrate the progression from state and district implementation down to the school and classroom level. Teacher lesson plans and other supplementary materials are included to allow for seamless implementation.

June 2012

Classroom Examples

The classroom examples that will be released this month show educators who are committed to delivering Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics with high rigor. These schools see themselves as “ahead of the game” in adopting Common Core Standards, and the educators in these videos demonstrate how the Standards can help all educators improve their practice. You will see lessons centered on many of the Common Core Standards. These include: finding inferences in texts, understanding multiplicative comparisons, learning mental math strategies, classifying insects, making textual connections, and finding archetypes and themes in literature.

July 2012

Classroom Examples

The classroom examples that will be released this month show educators who are committed to delivering Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics with high rigor. These full classroom examples include high-quality teaching on topics such as: using measurement standards, solving linear equations,making historical connections and analyzing characters, learning geometric shapes, and creating bar graphs.

September 2012

Utah Progression 

The series of videos in the Utah Progression illustrates how one Mathematics Standard is taught, re-visited, and built upon in successive grades. These videos feature an Operations and Algebraic Thinking Standard as it is taught in each grade from K-6. Each video shows specific classroom practice, and includes full commentary from each teacher and an instructional coach.



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