Webinar Series: Exploring the Major Shifts in the Common Core

This series of recorded webinars explores the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards. Participants will understand what the shifts mean, the research behind them, and how to recognize them in the classroom. Participants will also develop habits for providing feedback to teachers on making the shifts.

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is pleased to present this webinar series as part of the Leading for Higher Academic Standards Project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Webinar 1: Supporting Close Reading: Common Core Shifts 2, 4, and 6
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During this webinar, participants will engage in a series of activities designed to help them observe teaching and learning and understand what shifts 2, 4, and 6 require from principals, teachers, and students.  In addition, participants will also develop a way to give feedback that supports the implementation of these shifts.

Webinar 2: Understanding the Implications of Raising the Complexity of Text: Common Core Shifts 1 & 3
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During this webinar, participants will engage in a series of activities designed to help them understand classroom and systemic “look fors” associated with shifts 1 and 3, specifically as they related to text choice and complexity.   

Webinar 3: Writing From Sources: Common Core Shift 5
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During this webinar, participants will engage in a series of activities designed to help them envision the types of writing prompts/tasks, student work, and instruction expected by shift 5.  Additionally, participants will learn how to look at classroom practice and analyze the alignment of the overall prompt/task, standards, and instruction.

Webinar 4: Supporting Common Core Shifts: Question and Answer Session
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During this webinar, participants will view a very brief recap of the webinars and review questions submitted by webinar participants.

About the Presenter


Joanna Michelson is a project director at the Center for Educational Leadership where she supports teachers, coaches and principals in secondary literacy instruction and literacy coaching. Prior to joining CEL, Joanna worked as a middle school language arts teacher, secondary literacy coach and as a consultant. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Washington College of Education with a focus on coach learning.

About the Content Developer


Jennifer McDermott is a project director who has been coaching for CEL since 2004. Jennifer's work focuses on supporting teachers in secondary literacy, supporting literacy coaches with their coaching practice and helping schools and districts design professional development. Prior to her work at CEL, Jennifer taught high school English, coached middle school literacy teachers and worked as a secondary literacy coach for the Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago.

About the Host

Rimmer_J_52-175x175Dr. June Rimmer joined CEL in 2011 as an associate director.  In this role she develops and manages district partnerships committed to building leaders’ expertise in instructional leadership and to transforming central office. Prior to joining the CEL team, June served in numerous leadership roles in urban education settings most recently as chief academic officer in Seattle. Before coming to CEL, she served as a program director with the Stupski Foundation in San Francisco coaching and providing technical assistance to urban district leaders committed to reform. In addition she was part of a research team examining powerful student learning experiences that lead to 21st century skills and competence as well the system-level change needed at both the district and state levels to support 21st century learning. June’s professional interests lie in the design of equity-based instructional systems and building expertise in educators’ practice to ensure that all students, particularly our most vulnerable children, exit our systems able to thrive in our dynamic, interconnected, global community.