Upcoming Events and Updated Resources

In an effort to respond to feedback from GBSD’s April 25th S&A Day, we’ve made some updates to the Events and Resources pages; we invite you to explore!

If you click on the Events tab at the top of the page, you’ll find a listing of several opportunities coming your way: the Teen Author Lecture on May 14th, STEM and math course offerings, Lanny Ball’s two upcoming writing workshops, and several other summer PD opportunities for educators of all stripes!

After sharing district data about student results on 7th and 10th grade Performance Assessments, we were asked about resources for replicating such tasks in the classroom. In Science and Social Sciences we’ve included a few text sets (different articles/perspectives on a certain topic) from which you may build constructed response or performance task questions. The ones included were vetted by Columbia Teachers College staff. Although aimed for use w/middle and high school students, you may want to consider adapting the articles to bring their Lexile Level down to meet the intended grade level band for which you are aiming. For help with this or finding texts for specific topics, creating constructed response or performance task questions, check in with your trusty Instructional Coaches!

For ELA folks, we’ve added a Mini-Performance Task courtesy of Canby High School.

Additional resources for ready-made teaching modules with embedded Common Core tasks can be found at Literacy Design Collaborative Core Tools.  Access to the modules does require you to create a FREE account, and I can attest I have not been inundated by emails or other SPAM because of my “membership.”

Still another site worth checking out for both Math and ELA folks is Engage New York, the website designed and maintained by the State Education Department of NY to support the implementation of Common Core. Again, full-blown teaching modules are available for public download and experimentation in your classroom.


Finally, Teacher’s College Reading Writing Project has files of text sets (from which I gathered the ones profiled in this post), on several ELA, Social Science, and Science topics. Additionally, staff have developed some Common Core aligned performance assessments available for free download, too.

We’ll keep adding to these. If you want 1:1 or team assistance in creating SBA-type assessments, please invite us in; we’re more than happy to help!


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