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For more information on Summer 2014 professional learning opportunities, please follow the link below and download the flyer and registration form.






Gradual Release Videos:


Common Core Basics (Some Are Hunt Institute Videos):

Introduction to the Common Core


Writing to Inform and Argue


Expository Texts


Compare and Contrast for Teachers *Very Informative*


Teaching Channel Videos for Common Core:

Watch exemplary teaching addressing Common Core language arts and social studies literacy standards:


Smarter Balanced Practice Test Items

(You may need to copy and paste the follow links into the URL)

Reading Tasks Grade 11


Writing Task - Argument Grade 11


Argument Grade 8


Reading including some writing in explanatory mode: Grade 8


Argument writing and some explanatory tasks: Grade 7


Performance Task - Argument: Grade 7


Grade 3



Central Washington Writing Project


“I consider the Central Washington Writing Project my professional home.  Since my participation in the Summer Institute in 1992, I have worked alongside colleagues to polish our practice, celebrate our students, and share our learning and leadership across the region, state, nation, and world.” 

-Susan Johnson, Cle Elum-Roslyn S.D. High School English, 2009 Washington State Teacher of the Year

"I could take all of the lessons/units and tweak them to fit my students’ needs and have a year or more of lesson ideas and plans.  It was confirming to me to see that no matter the grade level or the content or the genre, good writing is good writing.”

-Glenn Kessinger, Yakima S.D. Instructional Facilitator.