Thursday, September 27, 2018

Super Saturday Year 2, NGSS Foundations and Lesson Design

Register for Professional Development 

Super Saturday Teacher Academy - Moving Theory to Action with Equity


Super Saturday Teacher Academy Year II is a continuation and deepening, the work of implementing Equity and Culturally Conscious Teaching Principles (CCTP). The participants will engage in 3 Saturday professional learning sessions, grounded in the research of Teacher Efficacy and Educational Equity, the training sessions will guide site administrators and teacher leaders with aligning; mindset, instructional planning and culturally conscious teaching to reaching the academic and behavior needs of all students. The cohort will examine and implement research-based practices and methodologies through the cycle of a continuous cycle of improvement and racial/cultural consciousness. 


In alignment with key district’s initiatives, many of the training outcomes will provide experiential learning for the participants, the following (but not limited to), will be covered; cultural consideration to multi-tiered system of support (MTSS); techniques to facilitate instructional planning time, understanding the intersectionality of race/culture and teaching practices, implementation of culturally responsive classroom management strategies. 

The professional learning sessions will provide the participants the opportunity to engage in small and large group discussions. Equity article discussions and case study scenarios will guide the participants to practice the training session outcomes. Lastly, the academy will have inter-session assignments to gain key learning in moving educational theory to daily practice. 

These three sessions will build upon one another, each one will be new, unique content. All sessions will run from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM in the Board Room at the Central Office. Click the link to register for each individual session. Search SUPER SATURDAY and register all three!
Saturday, October 13th 
Saturday, January 26th
Saturday, April 6th


NGSS Foundations for Grades 3-5


This three part series will provide a foundational introduction to NGSS in the elementary classroom. The series will build from one session to the next, but you are not required to attend all sessions. Sessions are on the following dates:
October 3, 2018
October 24, 2018
November 7, 2018

  • A demonstration to illustrate the foundational aspects of NGSS instruction in K-8 science classrooms 
  • An interactive session about navigating the NGSS framework and standards documents. 
  • The identification of correlations between Common Core and NGSS 

NGSS Lesson Design for Grades 6-8

This three-part series will provide lesson design support for NGSS in the middle grades classroom. The series will build from one session to the next, but you are not required to attend all sessions. Sessions are on the following dates:
October 3, 2018
October 24, 2018
November 7, 2018

  • An experiential lesson that will show how NGSS instruction can look in a 6-8 science classroom. 
  • An interactive session focusing on navigating the NGSS framework and standards documents and PQM literacy and sense-making framework. 
  • A structured dialogue about a vision for the integrated science classroom. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Super Saturday Teacher Academy - Equity and Cultural Consciousness - NEW Cohort!!

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Don’t work harder than your students!

Did you miss out on the Super Saturday Teacher Academy last year? Never fear! We are bringing the series back! There will be an follow-up to this series for those of you who participated last year.

Over three Saturdays, teachers will be provided clear and concrete strategies to improve their practice of working with all students. Through culturally conscious teacher principles, the participants will increase their efficacy in three essential components for student motivation: Mind-Set, Planning and Instructional Delivery. The participants will engage in experiential learning through multi-media, small group and large group discussion.

The sessions will offer instructional strategies to increase student engagement in deep learning. Through Powerful Pedagogy, the teachers will learn how to empower their students to be “producers of knowledge” and not “consumers of knowledge.” The training series will guide the participants in the implementation of instructional approaches of tapping into the students’ culture and learning profile. In addition, teachers be given time to develop student-centered lessons and activities. Teachers will also understand how the principles of culturally responsive instruction can be an intrinsic motivator for students to empower the student to take on rigorous academic tasks.

The Teacher Academy learning outcomes:
  • Enhance pedagogical approach to engage diverse learners
  • Strategies and lessons that can be implemented immediately
  • Examine how culture impacts deep learning in all students
  • Learn and implement structured oral language strategies to increase academic conversation
  • Design culturally conscious lessons to increase student engagement
  • Transform mind-set to improve teacher and student efficacy
  • Connect academic and behavioral strategies to decrease school/classroom conflicts
  • Learn management strategies to increase collaborative group work
These three sessions will build upon one another, each one will be new, unique content. All sessions will run from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM in the Board Room at the Central Office. Click the link to register for each individual session. Search SUPER SATURDAY and register all three!

Saturday, September 15th 
Saturday, December 8th
Saturday, March 2nd


We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Registration Platform for Professional Development

We have dramatically updated our platform for registering for professional development. We believe this new system will make it easier to find and register for PD. The new process works a lot like online shopping, a process many are already familiar. Please follow the link below:


How to Register for PD - A step-by-step guide

The graphic below shows a quick view of the landing page. You'll notice there are several ways to search or browse for different PD courses to find the ones you want. Once you have identified the course or course you want to register for, click the Add to Cart button.


If you choose to view more information you will be taken to a page that looks like this:


Don't forget to Checkout!

Once you click Checkout you will automatically be taken to the login page. Your PD Registration is linked to your district login, so make sure you use your full district email and password if prompted. If you are already logged in to your district Google account, your login will automatically be created.



The first time you login you will be asked to update your profile. Click the Pencil to edit your information. You will need to select you Affiliation: Certificated or Classified.


Once you have added your information, please REMEMBER TO SAVE by selecting the blue save icon. You will be able to come back to this page in the future to edit your information or to quickly see what courses you have registered for or completed.


From here (first time only) you will need to click your cart and then select the Green Checkout button.
     

You will then be taken to a page to review all of the courses you have selected. You can add more or select the green Proceed to Next Step button at the bottom to complete your registration. Normally, you will go immediately to this page to complete your registration.


When you have completed the registration, you will see an Order Receipt like the one shown below. You will also be sent a confirmation email to the email address attached to your login. If you select the green Back to User Home button, you will be taken to your My Account page.


Your My Account page now shows a copy of the email confirmation that was sent, as well as a log of which courses you are registered.  If you need to cancel your enrollment, you can select the option from the drop down box indicated next to your course.


We hope this process is easy and helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions with the registration process!

Melissa Farrar - MelissaF@fsusd.org
Rayna Holsworth - RaynaH@fsusd.org

Monday, April 16, 2018

Joy and Wonder of STEM

We would like to let you know about an exciting FREE workshop happening on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at UC Davis. The event and parking are free, but they are requesting people register in advance. The event is available to all, but topics are most relevant to K-12 math and science teachers.  Please CLICK HERE for the event flyer and see below for more information. This event is eligible for Buy Back and Salary Credit.


UC Davis Earth & Physical Sciences Building
Parking Free – use lot 46
Registration is from 8:00 - 8:30

Keynote Address by Mary-Betty Stevenson from UC Davis CalTeach/MAST 
Keeping the Joy and Wonder in our STEM Classrooms

Session Topics:

  • Keeping the Fun in Elementary Science 
  • Wolves Return to Yellowstone – (math and science) using real data to study the exciting changes with the eco-system
  • Rethinking Formative Assessment: A Modest Proposal for End-of Year Math Review”
  • Fractals for K-2 Mathematics! 
  • PhET – Interactive Computer Simulations for Teaching STEM 
  • Math Steeplechase Activities for Classrooms as well as Competitions 
  • Experience Hands on Activities for Building Community in the K-12 Math/Science Classroom


Resource Closet and Door Prizes: Visit our resource closet and take home free resources for your classroom.  Know any retiring teachers? Encourage them to bring items to give away.

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The conference is free as a thank you to all of you who strive to keep the joy and wonder in STEM. While walk-ins are welcome, please try to register by April 20th so they can have enough supplies.

Email the follow information to MESCANDMASTCONF@gmail.com

Name: School/Grade:
Address: e-mail:



If you need special accommodations or have questions, please email event organizers at MESCANDMASTCONF@gmail.com no later than April 16. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Super Saturday Teacher Academy - Equity and Cultural Competency

Equity Specialist logo 042110
Don’t work harder than your students!

Over four Saturdays, teachers will be provided clear and concrete strategies to improve their practice of working with all students. Through culturally conscious teacher principles, the participants will increase their efficacy in three essential components for student motivation: Mind-Set, Planning and Instructional Delivery. The participants will engage in experiential learning through multi-media, small group and large group discussion.

The sessions will offer instructional strategies to increase student engagement in deep learning. Through Powerful Pedagogy, the teachers will learn how to empower their students to be “producers of knowledge” and not “consumers of knowledge.” The training series will guide the participants in the implementation of instructional approaches of tapping into the students’ culture and learning profile. In addition, teachers be given time to develop student-centered lessons and activities. Teachers will also understand how the principles of culturally responsive instruction can be an intrinsic motivator for students to empower the student to take on rigorous academic tasks.

The Teacher Academy learning outcomes:

  • Enhance pedagogical approach to engage diverse learners
  • Strategies and lessons that can be implemented immediately
  • Examine how culture impacts deep learning in all students
  • Learn and implement structured oral language strategies to increase academic conversation
  • Design culturally conscious lessons to increase student engagement
  • Transform mind-set to improve teacher and student efficacy
  • Connect academic and behavioral strategies to decrease school/classroom conflicts
  • Learn management strategies to increase collaborative group work
These four sessions will build upon one another, each one will be new, unique content. All sessions will run from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM in the Board Room at the Central Office. Click the link to register for each individual session at PD Place. 

Saturday, March 3rd 
Saturday, March 17th
Saturday, April 14th
Saturday, TBD

We hope to see you there!

Friday, February 9, 2018

New PD Offerings on February 17th!

Be sure to check out PD Place to view and register for upcoming professional development opportunities as they are continuously updated. Professional Development opportunities happen throughout the week, but I wanted to highlight a few of the great things we have coming up on Saturday, February 17th. Click the link below to register and to see additional opportunities:

Using Benchmark Universe Resources And Online Assessments to Enhance Learning
This follow-up session is designed to help educators learn the Why, What, and How of Benchmark Universe. The session incorporates guided practice in site navigation, use of key features to promote technology-integrated instruction, and opportunities for interactive, engaging practice. Navigating the data interface and assessment reports is emphasized to build toward a data-driven model of instruction. Scoring constructed response items is included for educators of Grades 3–6. 

Participants attending this session will learn about:
  • Resources on Benchmark Universe that support lesson planning, delivery of instruction, student practice opportunities and online assessment;
  • Steps for creating e-book and online assessment assignments for students by class, group, and individuals;
  • Customization tools for Weekly Presentations and e-books that support literacy development and language acquisition;
  • Online assessment reports; score constructed responses (educators Grades 3–6).

Implementing Routines and Pacing That Support a Workshop Model
This session will highlight the resources available within BA to establish a workshop model. Teachers will discover lessons that offer strategies for developing a community of learners and managing whole-group, small-group, and independent time. A guided review of the program design will reinforce how BA supports the gradual release of responsibility to help move from mastery to transfer. 

Participants attending this session will learn about:
  • How program design supports a gradual release of responsibility
  • Establishing and maintaining classroom expectations 
  • Strategies to support management of a workshop model 
  • Characteristics of a workshop model
Narrative Writing with SpringBoard and the Common Core
Session three in this series of three Saturdays focuses on analyzing, understanding, and augmenting SpringBoard to achieve the expectations of both the CCSS and the CAASPP Performance Tasks with Informational Writing. Please bring your SpringBoard teacher’s edition and your laptop or device. Preferred audience will be 6-8 ELA teachers.


Monday, January 29, 2018

PD on February 8th - Everyday Math

Be sure to check out PD Place to view and register for upcoming professional development opportunities as they are continuously updated. Professional Development opportunities happen throughout the week, but I wanted to highlight a few of the great things we have coming up on Thursday, February 8th for Grade K-5 teachers. Remember there are still a few spaces available for the Saturday, February 3rd Springboard and BenchMark PD's. Click the link below to register and to see additional opportunities:

Everyday Math- Open Response and Re-engagement PD 
The Instructional Specialists are offering implementation support for the Everyday Math 4 two-day Open Response and re-engagement lessons. These PD's are grade level specific, so be sure to select the correct grade level when registering. Each grade level will be meeting in a different location. Please bring your volume 2 teachers manual with you to the PD.