• NV Core Advocates

    The Nevada Core Advocate network is composed of educators from across the state who are passionate about the Shifts and our Nevada Academic Content Standards. We are committed to providing the highest quality education for our students and building teacher capacity around the Shifts. Our network believes that high academic standards are necessary to ensure that all Nevada students are college- and career-ready.
    We hope that you will join us in this work by taking the Core Advocate survey.

  • Our Mission

    We understand that the ELA shifts are regular practice with complex text; reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from the text; and building knowledge through content-rich text. Core Advocates know that the math Shifts are focus, coherence and rigor. Core Advocates know that  these Shifts are essential to meaningful instructional change. We plan to facilitate meaningful professional learning that is shared between colleagues and not replicated through a top down model.

    Nevada has very active Core Advocates engaged in work in their schools, across their districts, the state of Nevada, and nationwide.

  • Our Work

    ELA Challenge:  Students have difficulty accessing complex text.

    Nevada ELA Campaign Focus:   The ELA focus is to build teachers’ knowledge of the CCSS Foundational Skills (phonics/word recognition, phonemic awareness, fluency, phonological awareness).  K-3 teachers will use a critical eye to examine how existing resources build Foundational Skills.  Teachers will leverage this critical standard to provide aligned, systematic Foundational Skills instruction to all Nevada students.  This instruction supports our state's Read By 3 initiative to ensure that all students are showing adequate progress towards accessing grade level complex text required by our CCSS.


    Math Campaign Focus: Teachers who focus on grades 3-8 will gain knowledge and skills to recognize, develop, and implement quality tasks that promote conceptual mathematical understanding.

  • Who We Are

    Nevada Core Advocate Captain - Donna Wood

    Donna has her M.Ed. and is currently a National Board Candidate.  Her first and foremost job is teaching 2nd grade students in Reno, NV.  She also serves on the NV State ESSA Advisory Committee and the ESSA Teacher Leader Work Group.  She has worked for her District on the Math Leadership Team and is a Family Literacy presenter for WCSD.  Donna has worked as a reviewer for EdReports, written math units for Achieve, and worked with SAP on the Lesson Planning Tool and the Nevada Text Set Project.  Donna is passionate about supporting teachers in their efforts to provide highly aligned instruction to all students.

    ELA/Literacy  Content Lead - Chris Hayes 

    Chris Hayes is a 2nd grade teacher and learning strategist in Washoe County School District.  She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher with a master’s degree in literacy.  She has taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in Washoe County for 23 years.  She has worked with organizations such as LearnZillion, EdReports, Student Achievement Partners, and UnboundEd creating and reviewing curriculum and facilitating content about the standards for other educators around the country.

    Math Content Lead Katy Scherr

  • Stay Informed

    To be a part of our work please contact us at NVCoreAdvocates@studentsachieve.net

    Follow us on Twitter: @NVCoreAdvocates