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How might we enrich video with other resources or experiences so that it better supports your practice?

In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.

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Aaron G

Huffaker Elementary School

Teachers at the Center of Matching Theory with Practice

The project involves taking professional learning from those most intimately involved with the Common Core--from the authors to the work team and validation team members and putting it directly in front of teachers without being "filtered." Moreover, the learning will come with free and vetted resources as well as lesson demonstrations.

Potential Impact

If we really want teachers to change practice, they need not just great professional learning, they need resources and pedagogical moves to support the learning. The project could bring great learning, materials, and instructional strategies to districts without incurring any additional cost.

Possible Implementation

The learning cannot happen in a vacuum. Instead, the learning needs to be matched to well-vetted and free resources (e.g.,, text so that a practitioner can bring the research into the classroom. Moreover, the learning and resources need to have video of lesson demonstrations including strong Social Emotional Learning practices, engagement strategies, and evidenced-based instructional moves so that educators can see how to breath life in the resource. The requisite resources to make this happen already exist. A simple guide would annotate the video, link to resources that support the learning, and include lesson demonstrations--also already on the Internet.

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4 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Hi Aaron, thanks for jumping in with your idea and welcome to RDC! I am Val. Can you speak a little more about what a teacher/educator would actually do? Are you saying we should combine many of the resources we already have online? Just trying to clarify and make sure I understand. Thanks so much for being patient with me.

4 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Aaron, I love that mention including video lesson demonstrations that breath life into a resource. Would the videos be created by teachers who are currently implementing the strategies within their classroom? Thank you for sharing!

Almost 4 Years Ago

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Aaron G

Huffaker Elementary School

Hi Val. I'll give you a specific example. Dr. Timothy Shanahan, work team member of the Common Core, often talks about the limits of skill based reading instruction; especially the challenge of diagnosing skill deficits. So suppose a teacher has that learning, they are more likely do use the Basal Alignment Project resources at achievethecore or the close reading exemplars at But being more likely to use the resource is not enough; especially for novice teachers. Therefore, it is important that teachers also have access to lesson demonstrations where they can see the theory applied (e.g. Shanahan), the resource being used with students (the resource being something like Basal Alignment Project) and a strong teacher matching the aforementioned with engagement strategies, Social Emotional Learning, and evidence based instructional moves. Does that help clarify?

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