Implementing NH CCR Standards

Saturday Morning Workshops with David Pook

What Teachers Need to Know and Do

David Pook will address the following:

Complex Texts (April 12)

Close Reading (May 31)

Writing to Sources (June 21)

About the Presentations

Everyone talks about implementing the ELA instructional shifts within the Common Core, but what does that really mean for a classroom teacher? This series of three half-day workshops will show educators how to address key challenges facing teachers like understanding text complexity (April 12), employing close reading practices (May 31), and writing to sources (June 21). Participants will learn best practices regarding how to align instruction to the CCSS through generating text dependent questions, designing close reading exemplars using complex text, and addressing the emphasis on argumentative writing. The half-day sessions will offer attendees timely constructive feedback about how to proceed with the opportunities and challenges that stem from implementing NH College and Career Readiness Standards based on the Common Core and Next Generation assessments. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the CCSS and the teacher friendly tools they need to successfully implement the standards in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

About the Presenter

Dr. David Pook is a New Hampshire high school and college teacher with 20 years classroom experience. In his work as an educational consultant he helped craft the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with the Council of Chief State Officers. In conjunction with numerous consulting organizations like Student Achievement Partners, Achieve, The Aspen Institute, StandardsWork, EdFirst, and WETA, he has helped evaluate and design English and History standards, curriculum, and professional development for numerous states, districts, dioceses, and schools. David helped design the PARCC Model Content Frameworks and the CCSSO Framework for English Language Proficiency Standards. He currently has several projects underway on work aligned with the CCSS, including close reading best practices and curriculum design for ELLs. He works with both large urban districts such as Boston, New York, Chicago, Memphis, Phoenix, and Tampa as well as smaller districts in New England and elsewhere on implementation issues related to the CCSS.

David has his Master’s and doctorate in Philosophy from Indiana University, and his teaching awards include the American Star of Teaching from National Presidential Scholars Program. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire with his wife Elizabeth, daughters Beatrice and Imogen, and his Old English Sheepdog Morangie. When he’s not teaching or consulting about teaching, he reads, cooks, and stacks wood (and thinks about teaching).

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Choosing Complex Texts for Grades 6-12:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Teaching Close Reading:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Writing to Sources:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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