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Courtney Hanes

Mrs. Courtney Hanes is a Staff Development Specialist for grades 7 - 12 at the Riverside Virtual School in Riverside, Ca. Follow Courtney on Twitter @CourtneyHanes.

Shifting from Persuasive Writing to Argumentative Writing: Where do you start?

By: Courtney Hanes. We are asking our students to do much more challenging and meaningful writing. There are many ways to start. In the Riverside Unified School District in California we began with purposeful argumentative essay writing.

How To Start the New School Year Feeling Fresh

A new school year is on the horizon. Here are some back to school tips to starting the school year feeling fresh and ready to rock!

Success: If We Can’t Define It, How Can We Expect It?

What would most help all students (in -- fill in your district) to be successful? How many times have you heard this question? My response is -- how do you measure success? What is success? And, how do we know we have achieved it?

What Educators Can Learn From Pete Seeger

With all the current talk about Common Core Standards, I can’t help but wonder why there is not a larger focus on civics education, on creating thoughtful and informed citizens who care enough to get involved, and are liberated to make a difference. This is what educators can learn from Pete Seeger.

Teaching Common Core Through Integrated History and Language Arts

We will walk participants through the websites to highlight how we use them in our integrated History/Language Arts model, focusing specifically on the Zoot Suit Riots and Scopes Monkey Trial. As an English teacher, it is my responsibility to support literacy across the disciplines. If History is an account of the past, Language Arts is how we tell the stories.

Teaching the Common Core Standards Means Designing Real and Engaging Learning Experiences

Regardless of what you call it, good teaching is good teaching. The Common Core Standards are not new when you look at them carefully. They are refreshing. There, I’ve said it.

Riverside Unified School District Gooru Pilot Project

RUSD has created small pilot groups consisting of teachers and Instructional Services Specialists that will assist in supporting and training teachers to integrate technology into the classroom, and contribute to the RUSD “Build Your Own School” initiative.


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