The Arizona ELA/Literacy campaign supports teachers by building knowledge and strategies that identify, analyze, and create quality questions and tasks to support students in accessing complex text. There are four initiatives within this campaign:
- Teachers understand the criteria for quality questions and tasks, and evaluate those in their local curriculum for alignment to these criteria.
- Teachers identify and develop quality questions and tasks for existing curricular resources.
- Teachers share quality questions and tasks with colleagues throughout the network.
- Teachers analyze local (classroom, school, district, state) assessments for quality questions and tasks.
The Arizona Mathematics campaign helps teachers understand and apply the concepts of Focus and Coherence in the Standards to support student needs across the spectrum of performance. There are three initiatives within this campaign:
- Teachers are familiar with and connect instruction to the Standards’ Progression Toward Algebra, and how concepts build and are developed K-Algebra.
- Teachers identify within- and across-grade connections in mathematics and make those connections explicit as they plan units and lessons.
- Students can verbalize connections between the math concepts they are learning and concepts they previously learned.
Our ELA/Literacy campaign is led by Kristie Martorelli, Professional Development Coordinator in Dysart Unified School District
Our Mathematics campaign is led by Misha Quarles Freeman, Professional Development Coordinator in the Avondale School District.
Hear from AZ Core Advocates
"The Arizona Core Advocates training was the most effective, practical, and influential training I have received for Common Core instruction. The curriculum is designed in a hierarchy, starting with the three most important concepts, and narrowing down to the specific factors, studies, and examples a teacher needs. I believe every teacher can benefit from the three overarching principles: 1) that regular practice with complex text can and will change a student, 2) students who can identify key features of a text or speech can become better readers and writers, and 3) students who understand how to identify and produce evidence will leave high school prepared to read the world and the discipline or work force they enter." ~ Angela Buzan
Meet the State Captain
Dayna Burke is a First Grade Teacher in Sahuarita Unified School District for 9 years, with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Structured English Immersion. In 2014 she was named Pima County Teacher of the Year and a finalist for AZ Teacher of the Year. Dayna is a NBCT candidate, anxiously awaiting final scores, and working towards her Master's in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. In addition to teaching, she is a professional development facilitator, training new teachers, in K-2 writing, and The Foundations of Reading Instruction. She is a Teacher Champion Fellow for The Collaborative for Student Success and served as First Grade lead for the AZ Department of Education's Standards Review Committee.