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Aaron G

Huffaker Elementary School

We developed the Core Task Project in Washoe County, Nevada (Reno). The effort was teacher-driven and involved teachers finding great professional learning experiences (more often than not on Youtube) and sharing them with each other. In turn, we would find or create curricular resources matched to the learning and take everything through the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle—something akin to Japanese Lesson Study. Instead of others going to conferences and telling teachers what to do, we flipped the script. We found the conference keynotes (academics like P. David Pearson, Timothy Shanahan, Dan Willingham) and brought them to us through video. It was teachers who coconstructed meaning from these videos and were able to match theory to practice. And, because all the video was online, our effective cost was nothing.


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Over 3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Aaron, welcome do the RDC and thank you for sharing. This is really cool. I am actually going to be out in Reno this summer doing some presentation work at the state Literacy & Leadership conference. After hearing this, I am even more excited to be out there. When you think about this experience, when did you find the time to discuss these videos with other teachers?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Aaron G

Huffaker Elementary School

We leveraged every avenue we could… remember, this was teacher driven. This started with 18 teachers who watched "unfiltered" content from authors, work team and validation team members of the Common Core. In turn, these teachers would ask principals to yield some staff meeting time to watch parts of these videos. This is how we got to scale. In several instances, I was downloading and burning content to DVDs and CDs to share with governance. This helped with one cohesive message that was consistently shared. We were not reinterpreting but allowing everyone access to the information so they could construct meaning with peers. Finally, I keep a website, www.coretaskproject.com, that allows anyone to opt into the information.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Aaron G

Huffaker Elementary School

How when you are in Reno, lets have coffee or lunch!

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