Lucy Calkins Writing with the common core. Rita Purvis-K Anna Johnson- 1 st Kimberly Slate- 2 nd Cat Watson- Academic Interventionist. Oakbrook Elementary School. Mission and Vision.
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Rita Purvis-KAnna Johnson- 1stKimberly Slate- 2ndCat Watson- Academic Interventionist
Oakbrook Elementary School
Mission: Dorchester School District Two leading the way, every student, every day, through relationships, rigor, and relevance.
Vision: Dorchester School District Two desires to be recognized as a “World Class” school district, expecting each student to achieve at his/her optimum level in all areas, and providing all members of our district family with an environment that permits them to do their personal best.
As Oakbrook transitioned to the Common Core State Standards, which place a strong emphasis on writing, we noticed that our students across the board were very weak writers which was a reflection of weak writing teachers. Last year, as a staff, we met with Eve Hayes to work on the writing process itself, but as we continued to work with each other, we were seeing a lot of the “same” across grade levels, and not enough growth in this area. We needed to increase the rigor of our writing curriculum. Our challenge this year has been to try LUCY and although it has been just that “a challenge”, we have seen huge growth by using this curriculum.
Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. For more than thirty years, the Project has been both a think tank developing state-of-the-art teaching methods and a provider of professional development. As the leader of this renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy makers, school principals, and teachers to initiate and support schoolwide and systemwide reform in the teaching of reading and writing. She played an important role in developing the CCSS. She is also a renowned author of teacher resources.
The Common Core Workshop Curriculum is a scripted curriculum of 90 lessons which focus on developing student communication through writing.
Using the 2nd grade rubric, how would you score this writing piece?
Now, we are going to give you a chance to calibrate one of the samples that you brought. Work as a team to make sure that everyone is on the same page as far as grading.
We are going to “teach” you a part of a lesson from each grade level. Remember this curriculum is scripted and there is not much room for deviation.
Most of our students made great progress and growth. Here are writing samples from the post unit writing from the same students that we showed you their pre-writing.
Session EvaluationParticipants are asked to complete a session evaluation for each session attended. Credit (attendance, renewal, and/or technology) will be added following evaluation completion.
For each question, use 1=Strongly Disagree, 2=Disagree, 3=Neither Agree nor Disagree, 4=Agree, 5=Strongly Agree. Your responses will assist us in planning future professional development in Dorchester School District Two.