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Welcome to the CIA September Newsletter

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We hope you enjoy the resources we have included in our September communication. The Muskingum Valley ESC Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) Department will work to help make your school year the best it can be!
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Gifted Highlights

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is a comprehensive resource for the education of gifted children! Resources for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and even the gifted children themselves can be found on this website. It's full of great information, with links to the most complete, easiest to use, resources on nearly every aspect of gifted education available on the Internet. You will see lots of annotations and firsthand information provided by parents facing the same challenges that you are facing.

September Website

Rewordify - lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively. It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach a global audience. It has many more features, and it's all free.

September App

PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone. This app also allows you to import documents from your favorite cloud storage sites (dropbox, evernote, etc.). PaperPort Notes brings you a complete note taking experience on the iPad.

Cost - FREE

September College and Career Ready: New Career-Tech Social Media Network

An Ohio high school graduate is getting career-tech students to talk to other students through a new social media network, iAmCareerTech.com. This interactive site targets prospective, current and former career tech students. Read more here.

Connecting the Arts with Ohio’s New Learning Standards and Next Generation Assessments

Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core


Where and how do I start integrating Common Core standards within the arts classes? How do I get students to think at the levels that the Common Core requires?


A good place to start says Bruce D. Taylor is with understanding Common Core vocabulary. He concludes that both students and teachers need to have an understanding of the critical vocabulary terms of the Common Core standards (Common Sense Core Arts, Working Within the Box). Marilee Sprenger and Donna Walker Tileston, authors of many books on children’s brain and literacy development links the conceptual understanding of 55 common core key terms to 85% of student achievement success on standardized tests.


Common Core refers to Isabel Beck’s work on Tiered Vocabulary. Tier I words are the words of everyday speech. Tier II words are far more likely to appear in written texts than in speech. They appear in all sorts of text (informational and literary). Tier III words are specific to a domain or field of study.


Tier II vocabulary makes the connection between content domains whether it’s the arts, mathematics, ELA, science or social studies. Understanding Tier II vocabulary words will help students overall, regardless of the subject matter. Taylor identified Tier II vocabulary that Common Core uses frequently. Click here for a list of Taylor’s Tier II vocabulary.


Taylor says that you can get students up to speed and able to apply the thinking that is needed for the Common Core once we make sure that students understand the key terms within the standards. Taylor matches critical “action” terms with what the Common Core targets as listed in the standard. Click here to see a summary of what the Common Core wants the students to do.


“If kids understand the meanings of these words and are able to employ the “habits of mind” developed through them, they will be able to transfer those capabilities in a variety of learning domains. It is my belief that arts education can contribute significantly to overall student achievement in this era of Common Core because these ELA standards are, in reality, ARTS standards! Furthermore, these “habits of mind” can be taught through artistic practice while still teaching the arts.” Bruce D. Taylor


Taken from Bruce D. Taylor – Arts and Education Consultant

Big Ideas 4 Little Learners

Big Ideas 4 Little Learners will help you enhance the learning experiences of the youngest students through weekly video conference professional development. This professional development series is designed specifically for teachers and administrators in PreK-3rd grade classrooms.


These interactive PD sessions are offered weekly from 4-5 p.m. EST. You may attend from your home school or at the Muskingum Valley ESC Zanesville office. Teachers and early childhood staff will have the opportunity to gain research-based practices from one or all sessions.

Do you need graduate credit, continuing education hours or even "Step up to Quality" time? No problem! This series has it all. Contact Leslie Charles to see what educational opportunities are available to you and your staff.

  • MVESC Distance Learning Members can attend Big Ideas 4 Little Learners sessions for FREE!
  • Graduate credit options available through Muskingum University
  • Non-member schools can attend via video conference for a per-building site fee of $85.00.

September PIN- 25 Clever Classroom Tips

Citizenship: It's Your Right!

Citizenship: It's Your Right! is an interactive video conference for grades 3-6 that looks at many different aspects of citizenship and basic government structure. Students will explore the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the branches of the United States government, and patriotism.

Lesson Objectives: As a result of this interactive lesson, students should better understand:

1. Citizen rights and responsibilities

2. First Amendment Rights

3. Basic rights of individuals are guaranteed by the Constitution

4. Major responsibilities of each of the three branches of the United States government

5. Power versus Authority

To book a program, please visit CILC or book directly through our MVESC website.