Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core

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To help K–12 educators in our region incorporate educational equity into policies, procedures, and classroom practices to ensure that all students receive what they need to succeed academically, the Region X Equity Assistance Center is hosting a webinar series this spring. In addition to these offerings on systemic and classroom improvements in mathematics, check out our upcoming series on:

Elementary teachers are well-versed in English Language Arts shifts in the Common Core Standards—but are they equitable?

That’s a matter of practice. In our Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core webinars, we’ll unpack each shift and strategies to ensure the shift is applied to meet the needs of each learner.

Shift 1: Regular Practice With Complex Texts and Academic Language

May 4 , 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Presenter: Erin Lolich

As we increase the complexity of texts and academic vocabulary, we must also ensure the texts, lessons and instructional strategies are relevant to our students of all races, ethnicities, languages and abilities. We’ll explore practical ideas for getting to know the cultures of elementary students and using this information to differentiate and scaffold rigorous literacy tasks.

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Shift 2: Reading, Writing, and Speaking Grounded in Evidence From Literary and Informational Texts

May 11, 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Presenter: Erin Lolich

Students are being asked to read carefully and respond with evidence from the text that informs or persuades the audience. This requires careful text selection driven by the interests and needs of the students. Modeling, practice and feedback should be gradually released so that eventually cooperative student groups make sense of the text, find evidence and develop responses collectively.

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Shift 3: Building Knowledge Through Content-Rich Nonfiction

May 17, 2016, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Presenter: Erin Lolich

Informational text is a vehicle to build strong general knowledge and vocabulary—assets in college, career, and life. The K–5 standards call for a 50–50 balance between informational and literary reading. Informational reading includes content-rich nonfiction across subject areas. This webinar will explore how to select texts and teach students to select texts that systematically develop their knowledge about the world. We’ll also discuss culturally-responsive approaches to non-fiction reading and writing tasks across subject areas.

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