Professional Development

Below are some informative webinars for educators’ professional development.


NY DOE- Text complexity– “There is still room for leveled readers!” ( 15 min)

This is a 15 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 3 –Staircase of Complexity. By unpacking Shift 3, the discussion addresses the benefits and challenges in shifting to a practice where all students are asked to encounter grade-level complex texts. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is Shift 3? What will this mean we have to change about our practice? What challenges will we face as we make this shift? What is one complex text, possibly chosen from Appendix B of the Common Core around which we can build a unit this semester? What will we do less of in order to make room for the time it will take to read this text closely? Which portions of the text should we focus on? Which portions should we ask students to re-read multiple times? What role can independent reading play in this unit for students who struggle to access the central text on their own? What other supports will we need to provide for these students? When was the last time I was challenged by a text? What did I do to handle/ manage/ work within that frustration?

*Close reading-The Alliance for Excellent Education
Presents a Webinar on Implementing English Language Arts
Common Core State Standards: Close Reading of Text( 50 min.)

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Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core State Standards, Part One: Linking Assessment with Content and Quality Instruction ( 2nd webinar on the page) presenter  Nancy Frey Recorded December 12, 2012

This webinar session grounds formative assessment practices to the instructional shifts of the Common Core ELA/literacy standards. Using a gradual release of responsibility instructional framework, Nancy Frey discusses the opportunities we can create each day to check for understanding to ensure that students are advancing toward the goals of the standards for language arts and literacy. ( 60 min)

This is the powerpoint handout in a PDF:


Addressing the Role of Text Complexity in the Common Core (2nd webinar on page) Presenter Patricia Davis

This webinar will help prepare teachers to deliver lessons that support the student learning expectations set in the Common Core standards. Based on research from the second edition of Classroom Instruction That Works, this webinar begins with an overview of powerful instructional strategies that are shown to have a positive effect on student achievement. Presenter Patricia Davis will discuss how to match these strategies to specific types of learning outlined in the Common Core standards and provide insight on how teachers can become more proficient at engaging students while addressing the increased rigor of the new standards. (6o min)

This is the powerpoint in a PDF form:

Doug Reeves- Center for Learning;  Webinar on “Keys to implementing the Common Core Standards” ( 50 min) ( scroll down to find title)


Achieve the Core: Introduction to the Math Shifts ( Go to FIRST PowerPoint with Video and with Notes complete in about 1 hour; you have to “Save” the powerpoint, then view it.  It has video in it)


In this excerpt Phil Daro, one of the principal authors of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, discusses the mathematical practices and issues surrounding acceleration. ( 11 min )    

andPhil Daro goes into detail on the problems of “Answer-getting,” one of the practices that the new Common Core Standards intend to greatly reduce ( 17 min.)

and The Common Core in Mathematics: Overview -John B. King, Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education, introduces instructional strategies for successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards in Math. David Coleman, Contributing Author, Common Core State Standards, parallels the three main goals of the Common Core with successful international models and frames the six “shifts” in instruction in mathematics to be examined more thoroughly in following segments.( 17 min)

Implementing the Math Common Core Standards from the Council of Great City Schools ( 56 min)


The Common Core in the Classroom

Dr. Sandra Alberti of Student Achievement Partners gives a presentation on the Shifts teachers need to make in order to implement the Common Core in their classrooms. (36-min video)

-David Coleman gives a keynote speech at Chancellor Walcott’s Principal Conference, touching on some key aspects of the Common Core standards ( 29 min)  .

Pathways to the Common Core State Standards: The Challenge to Understand and Implement the CCSS” a discussion and cocktail reception with Dr. Lucy Calkins, Robinson Professor in Children’s Literature and Robinson Professor in Children’s Literature, Director of the Literacy Specialist Program, and Founding Director of the Reading and Writing Project. ( 54 min)


*How can differentiation be achieved—without putting too much burden on teachers? ( 50 min) ( scroll down to find title)

Presenter: Dr. David Sousa

*Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do about It (60 min) (Scroll down to find title)Presenter: Eric Jensen


The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education—a panel of distinguished experts in testing, education practice, and policy chaired by the eminent psychologist Edmund W. Gordon—issued a report in March that calls for transforming assessment to better support teaching and learning by measuring a broader set of knowledge and skills and by identifying how students think, not just documenting what they know and can do. These changes would have profound effects on teachers and schools in the coming decades. In this webinar—the first of two that will examine the Gordon Commission’s findings and their implications—panelists explored what these findings suggest for classroom and school practice. Commission member Shael Polakow-Suransky discussed the implications for schools and school districts; Sharon Robinson discussed the implications for teachers and teacher education; and Bob Wise, also a commission member, moderated the discussion. ( 55min)

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