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ELA CCSS Workshop Focuses on Quality Questioning Techniques

Classroom, Inc. hosted a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers on Wednesday, May 21. We had Common Core State Standards (CCSS) expert and career educator Meesha Brown on hand to lead an interactive discussion on quality questioning and the CCSS. Participants dug into various exercises on ways to use questioning most effectively in the classroom to spur deep dialogue among students. Using Ms. Brown’s A.P.T. approach (Assess Students & Text; Practice with Purpose; and Tailor Tasks), teachers turned quality questions into tasks and learned what to look for in student responses and behavior that can be used as real-time data.

Meesha Collage_trimmedMs. Brown has served in schools and communities as a teacher, instructional leader, and administrator. She was the director of literacy for NYC Public Schools, where she helped pilot the CCSS implementation effort. “The standards are a great picture of what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared for the world. And teachers are the ones who can make this a reality.” There’s no question there have been challenges with implementation, but Ms. Brown points out why she’s optimistic: “It’s encouraging to see the teachers that I’ve worked with be so open to embracing the new ways of teaching and learning, and understanding the value for students. We need to make sure the supports are in place and that we’re patient during this transition.”

We know that we’re facing a transformative time in education across the country—both with the advent of rigorous college and career-ready standards and with advances in technology. While exciting, this time is also one of the most difficult for educators to navigate the dramatic shifts in their workplace. Ensuring we provide professional development, like this workshop, is part of Classroom, Inc.’s ongoing commitment to support teachers in improving student outcomes and creating engaging classroom environments.

This workshop was made possible by the support of our generous funders.