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Ms. Kate Gerson

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Senior Fellow
Regents Research Fund

Senior Fellow
New York State Education Department

CCSS Fellow
NY Regents

Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow
Common Core

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Asking Good Questions | Burkins & Yaris [cached]

In a recent presentation at the Nassau Reading Council/Long Island Language Arts Council Spring Conference 2012, Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow with the Regents Research Fund in New York, spoke in depth about text-based questions and the need for close readings of text. In her presentation, she explained, "A good question is one that allows you to stay with the text."

To give context to her assertion, Kate invited the educators in the audience to explore the impact of text-based questions by sharing a series of questions about Abraham Lincoln's TheGettysburg Address.
So I asked Kate to clarify the thinking behind this question because to me, while it is based on the text, it seemed rooted in background knowledge that some readers may bring to the text, but others may not.
To add to Kate's comment "A good question is one that allows you to stay with the text," I would say, too, that a "good" question is borne in the company of colleagues and unless we are working collaboratively with others to develop "good" questions, we may find we aren't asking the questions we intended.

Regional School District 13 - Staff Resources [cached]

Education Commissioner John King, David Coleman and Kate Gerson explain every key aspect of Common Core standards in depth.

Produced in partnership with NYS PBS stations WCNY/Syracuse and WNET/New York City, the series illuminates the Common Core through conversations between Commissioner King, a former high school social studies teacher and middle school principal; Coleman, a contributing author of the Common Core State Standards; and Gerson, a Senior Fellow with the USNY Regents Research Fund and a former high school English teacher and principal.

Resources and Information [cached]

Finding Optimism in Challenging Times - Ken Slentz, NYSED Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education & Kate Gerson, NYSED Senior Fellow for Common Core and Educator Engagement

Regents Reform Agenda - Dr. Kristen Huff, Senior Fellow for Assessment, and Ms. Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow for Common Core & Educator Engagement, Regents Research Fund

Common Core | The New York History Blog [cached]

The keynote will be presented by Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow for Common Core and Educator Engagement for the NY State Department of Education. Continue reading →

Speaking at the RIMA's High ... [cached]

Speaking at the RIMA's High Expectation's Conference, keynote speaker Kate Gerson says, "The number one way we love our students is by rescuing them from struggle. We hate and feel so uncomfortable with kids struggling."

When you pose a challenge just out of a kid's reach, she's forced to think. She'll have to sort through what she already knows to come up with an educated, if not necessarily correct, answer. The kid blinks at you, deer in the headlights. You assure her she can figure it out, but the wait for her to wrestle through the problem is nerve-wracking. Often we spare her the struggle and give her the answer, which she'll never remember. Had she dug around in her prior knowledge and figured it out - or even come up with a wrong but thoughtful solution - she'd have exercised her mind.
Gerson, teacher, principal and now CCSS Fellow with the NY Regents, explains that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) encourage just this kind of challenge. They cover fewer topics, allowing time for a deeper understanding of each. (CCSS offer clearly-written one-pagers about their philosophies about math and ELA that cut through a lot of the noise generated by the media.)
Gerson distinguishes between "productive struggle and toxic struggle."
Gerson says, "The CCSS demand that every single student gets smarter.
Gerson sees "students who know what you [the teacher] are looking for, so they know what words you want them to use. But do they actually get what's going on?"
As a high school English teacher, Gerson all but danced Alice Walker's The Color Purple to convey her own passion for the book to her students.
CCSS is a complicated subject; Gerson did a good job.
Common Core, Common Core State Standards, Kate Gerson, TEACHING STRATEGIES, Teaching thinking

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