Spotlight Article
A New Year
January 9, 2012 at 9:16pm

A new year is here and there is much new to report at the TCRWP! There has been lots of enthusiasm and momentum created by our "all hands on deck" call for historical fiction and nonfiction texts. Suggestions for texts have poured in from all directions! We've taken your recommended titles and created text sets around particular time periods. These text sets are now available to the general public for a limited time. In a short while, they'll be made available only to the schools with whom we work and staff develop. Make sure that you download and browse the lists now while they are open to all. You can find them on our website under Resources.

The TCRWP has also been continuing to do curriculum mapping for all units of study. Our maps provide a birds eye view of each unit, offering a sense of the larger purposes as well as the trajectory of work involved in helping students reach the goals of the unit. These maps have been shared with the schools for whom we are doing staff development. Be sure to check Atlas Rubicon for the latest maps for current units. If you don't currently work with us and have never seen a curriculum map,click here to see an example.

One of the TCRWP's next projects will be to create Science Performance Assessments. The Common-Core-Aligned performance assessments we have created for the city on nonfiction reading and information/argument writing have been making student understanding visible to teachers and helping teachers to align their instruction to the specific needs of students. We are now working to create rigorous assessments in Science that will help assess scientific literacy and provide information to teachers to enable them to revise and further develop instruction in this area. Stay tuned for these! They'll be coming soon!

In other news, we are hearing many responses back from our October Coaching Institute and we are looking forward to our January Coaching institute on Whole School Reading Reform (taking place from January 22nd-26th). This application for this Institute has long since been closed.

There is still room to attend our February Mini-Institute-- "Content Area Literacy and the Common Core Standards: Using Performance Assessments and Studies of Student Work to Reach Ambitious New Standards"-- but space is filling up fast so register soon! This mini-institute will take place from February 20th-23th. Those who join us will get the opportunity to learn methods and strategies to teach higher level comprehension skills as well as argument writing and information writing across the content areas. You will get to work with our newest tools for assessment, revise curriculum and hear all of the latest thinking on content literacy. Click here for more information.

Lastly, we are thrilled to announce our 82nd Saturday Reunion! Our Spring Saturday Reunion will be Saturday, March 24th. Our keynote speaker will be Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Esperanza Rising, among so many other beloved titles. Sarah Weeks, author of more than fifty picture books and novels, including the best selling So B. It will be our closing speaker. Come one and all to a day that includes over 140 free workshops on powerful state-of-the-art ideas and methods for ratcheting up the level of literacy instruction and the work of our students! Our entire community will be ready to welcome you!