TextProject, a non-profit corporation founded in 2010 by Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert, begins its free Common Core State Standards (CCSS) webinar series today, January 25, at 12:00 noon Pacific Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time) with the topic "Research and the Common Core: Can the Romance Survive?" with Dr. P. David Pearson from the University of California, Berkeley. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now.
As states move into implementation of the CCSS, questions are arising. The answers to these questions are many and often conflicting. Opinions, interpretations, advice, materials, and lessons are being offered by legions of consultants and companies. This series of webinars on the Common Core State Standards offers educators the chance to hear from, and talk with experts who served in advisory roles to the CCSS development team. In their webinars, experts will discuss the knowledge base of the original CCSS report, ancillary documents, reports of foundations and policy groups, current implementation projects, and newly published research. The webinars will give educators the opportunity to focus on the core goals of the CCSS and to chart a course that supports literacy levels needed for the 21st century.
P. David Pearson
Pearson's presentation considers the research foundations of the CCSS, especially as it pertains to comprehension. Professor Pearson begins with the research underlying the Standards themselves and then considers the research evidence underlying content of follow-up documents such as the Publisher's Criteria (produced by CCSS writers). Pearson then describes defensible positions which educators can take in keeping policies and practices grounded in the Standards themselves and not in supplementary recommendations that did not go through the rigorous review of the Standards themselves. Dr. Pearson's presentation slides are available at his Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading website. For more information about Dr. Pearson please visit his faculty website.
Upcoming webinars in the series include:
CCSS and Education Policy with Dr. Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago
Quantitative Measurement of Text Complexity with Dr. Elfrieda H. Hiebert, TextProject and University of California, Santa Cruz
Key Shifts in Assessment and Instruction Related to CCSS-ELA with Dr. Karen K. Wixson, University of Michigan
This presentation will illustrate the shifts in assessment and instruction related to the CCSS in English Language Arts identified by the developers of both the CCSS-ELA and the forthcoming assessments. These shifts include: 1) Regular practice with complex text and its academic language; 2) Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from literary and informational text; and 3) Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.
Informational Text and the CCSS: Pitfalls and Potential with Dr. Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan
For more information on these webinars, visit the TextProject website.
All of these webinar hosts will also be presenting at the International Reading Association's 58th Annual Convention on April 19-22, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Use the iPlanner event search feature to find their programs, and visit the convention website for more information.
International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel Chaired by P. David Pearson
Online CCSS Resources from the International Reading Association