The CBEA EDGE

Educator Development, Growth & Enrichment (November 2015)

Welcome to the EDGE!

This newsletter is created by the CBEA Instruction and Professional Development Committee, a committee dedicated to promoting the educational objectives of the association. These objectives include fostering the continuous improvement of instruction and curriculum in order to assist each student in realizing his or her maximum potential.

Council for the Advancement of Public Schools

To check out what other Associations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are doing, take a look at the CAPS Facebook Page. The CAPS program (Council for the Advancement of Public Schools) is unique to the Mideastern Region of PSEA and is funded by our dues dollars. This Facebook page, similar to the one for CBEA, is dedicated to garnering the positive support of our community members for the good work done by public school teachers each day.

Course Spotlight: University of the Arts

The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is one of several select institutions nationwide to be a part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program through the Library of Congress. As the only arts-focused participating institution, students are given a wealth of materials through the LoC and other community-based organizations throughout the region, including the Please Touch Museum, UPenn Museum, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and more, so teachers from all disciplines can benefit. Courses focus on a variety of artistic ways to incorporate primary sources into any classroom, with courses focusing on literacy, music, photography, media, theater, and comics/graphic novels. The six courses in the program, three credits each, are offered as week long summer institutes, with significantly reduced tuition costs ($475 for the whole course, free for non-credit students). UArts provides free parking vouchers and includes visits to museums and other area attractions as well as a pre-loaded flash drive full of digital resources in the cost of the course. This dynamic partnership is sure to give you new ideas to bring into your classroom in an affordable, teacher-friendly format! Human Resources approved the course on photography and identity in images last summer with the information provided on the Teaching With Primary Sources website, www.tps.uarts.edu. Many thanks to Tamanend's Christa Reitz for this course spotlight. Please fee free to contact Christa with any questions about University of the Arts courses.

From CB Staff Development

On November 9, CB teachers were engaged in different professional development activities throughout the district. Elementary teachers participated in professional development and collegial conversations regarding 2015-2016 building goals. Many building conversations were focused on the district goal of formative assessment. While middle school content area teachers conducted parent conferences, high school teachers and all special area teachers participated in workshops with their departments. Topics included descriptive feedback, assessment writing, co-teaching practices, technology tools to increase student engagement, and curriculum writing.


We’re excited to invite you to an upcoming iPad workshop December 10th from 4:15 to 5:15 PM at Doyle Elementary. Regardless of your comfort level using iPads in your classroom, we believe that it is important to meet regularly to share ideas, resources, and best practices. Guest presenter Brandon Lutz from the BCIU will highlight effective app use in the elementary classroom. Please consider registering for Session #10583 Elementary (K-2) iPad Integration Ideas . Please contact Jason Jaffe or Suzanne Dailey with any questions.

CB West National Art Honor Society Students Earn First “Newfield” Ribbon

At this year's Pumpkinfest, the Youth Pumpkin Gallery featured carved pumpkins by Central Bucks high school art students in the National Art Honor Society. Students competed for the top prize of the “Newfield” Award, named in memory of CBSD art teacher Kristen Newfield. Pumkinfest is hosted by the CB Cares Educational Foundation in partnership with the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation. This event supported the organization’s drug and alcohol prevention efforts. The event coincides with National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which is October. Pictured below: Rich Timmons and PHL 17 anchors Jason Lee and Francesca Ruscio (all judges) with the winners of the Newfield Award Katie Samkavitz and Shannon Goldhahn (CB West)
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Featured PSEA Member Discount: PSEA MB - Access Discount Program

Welcome to your PSEA MB - Access Discount Program discounts & deals program! Take advantage of your shiny new PSEA cards! They just arrived in the mail and you can use them to save money on restaurants, hotels, travel, automotive services, shopping and more! Use this link to register and start saving money with these valuable offers!

Barnes & Noble Educator Holiday Shopping Event in Willow Grove: December 5th

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Support Small Business Saturday at the Doylestown Bookshop

Saturday, Nov. 28th, 12-3:30pm

16 South Main Street

Doylestown, PA

Shop Small with the Doylestown Bookshop on Small Business Saturday (11/28). Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 28th. Please come out and support our neighborhood and community!There will be free parking in town on this day! From 12:00pm to 1:30pm come and meet some local authors. They'll be sharing with you some of their favorite books as well as their own books. From 2:00pm to 3:30pm we will have some community members to talk about books that they love. From 4:00pm-5:30pm come and listen to musicians from The School of Rock.

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About the CBEA Instruction and Professional Development Committee

Please email Lisa Mancini, IPD Chairperson, with questions, comments and suggestions. Contact information listed below.
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