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Common Core ELA – Short Focused Research Projects

Co-sponsored By The Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Educational Service Agency (ESA) Network

LAPDA and CVEDC will be co-sponsoring this event which will be held in one location (Hampton Inn)

Vermont DOE content specialists, professional developers and Vermont educators have been collaborating to develop short focused research project.

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This workshop will concentrate on short focused research projects that connect English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) Common Core Standards in meaningful ways.  These research projects represent one strategy for achieving instructional shifts required by the ELA/L Common Core Standards.  Morning sessions will concentrate on unpacking these models.  Afternoon sessions will be an opportunity for teams to construct their own short focused research project.

Each school team (K-5 and 6-12) should be composed of educators who are willing to bring this work back to their colleagues in order to support implementation at the classroom level.  School teams should ideally include:
– Classroom English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies teachers (K-5 teams: K-2, 3-5 grade cluster representation; 6-12 teams:  6-8, 9-12 grade cluster representation)
– Principals*
– Special Educators
– Content Specialists (e.g., Literacy Coaches, Department Chairs, Curriculum Coordinators

Prior to this workshop, each team will need to:
1) select a science or  social studies grade expectation that will be the topic of their research
2) bring along related books/resources in order to effectively use the afternoon time
3) bring at least one laptop to do research and record information.

Since one professional development day does not change classroom practice, we plan to hold follow-up webinars that will dig deeper into specific components of short focused research projects. Additionally, Vermont Education Exchange (VE2), an online collaboration platform, will provide an opportunity for ongoing conversations about the successes and challenges related to this work.

* Principals are encouraged to attend in the morning, but are certainly welcome to stay for the day.