Coweta's Professional Learning

November 2015

Providing high quality, research-based professional learning for CCSS teachers

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Coweta's beliefs:

  • We believe, as a learning community, we must continuously improve.
  • We believe, as leaders of learners, we must see students as volunteers in their learning.
  • We believe the Coweta County School System, in partnership with the family and the community, must focus on providing challenging, interesting and satisfying work for students.
  • We believe we are responsible for the success of each student.

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Building Relationships - Developing environments that promote positive relationships so that rigorous standards can be mastered

Self-contained Special Education Teachers Professional Learning Opportunity

November 2, 2015 - 3:45pm - Werz CO - PLC

This opportunity is focused for Middle and High School Teachers


Self-contained Special Education Teachers Professional Learning Opportunity

November 3, 2015 - 3:45pm - Werz CO - PLC

This opportunity is focused for Elementary School Teachers


Professional Learning Advisory Committee Professional Learning Opportunity

November 9, 2015 - 9:00am - 10:30am - Werz CO - PLC

This professional learning session will be focused on building relationships, diversity and embracing cultural classrooms.


RTI Professional Learning Opportunity

November 13, 2015 - 8:30-11:30 - Werz CO - PLC

Representatives from the State Office of Standards, Instructions and Assessment will be in attendance to discuss Response to Intervention strategies.


Professional Learning for Elementary School Gifted Teachers

November 16, 2015 - 2:00 pm - Werz CO - PLC

Session 1 to review Achievement Level Descriptors and a curriculum review


Professional Learning for Middle & High School Gifted Teachers

November 16, 2015 - 3:30 pm - Werz CO - PLC

Session 1 to review Achievement Level Descriptors and a curriculum review

Problem Solving - Utilizing innovative approaches to solve problems

Assessment and Accountability Professional Learning Opportunities


Data analysis and usage for Middle and High School Math teachers

November 9, 2015 - 4:00-5:30 pm at Werz CO - PLC

Middle and high school math teachers will discuss research-based strategies and pertinent issues related to student learning through the effective use of achievement data to promote content mastery with balanced assessment. Presentation will include best practices shared by CCSS teachers Amy Westbrook (Northgate) and Elizabeth Doster (Newnan).


Data analysis and usage for Middle and High School Science teachers

November 10, 2015 - 4:00-5:30 pm at Werz CO - PLC

Middle and high school science teachers will discuss research-based strategies and pertinent issues related to student learning through the effective use of achievement data to promote content mastery with balanced assessment. Presentation will include best practices shared by CCSS teachers Kelley Finger (Newnan) and Shirley Wold (Newnan).


Data analysis and usage for Middle and High School ELA teachers

November 12, 2015 - 4:00-5:30 pm at Werz CO - PLC

Middle and high school English language arts teachers will discuss research-based strategies and pertinent issues related to student learning through the effective use of achievement data to promote content mastery with balanced assessment. Presentation will include best practices shared by CCSS teachers Catherine Coleman (Evans), Hillary Perry (Northgate) and Kelli Sowerbrower (Newnan)


Professional Learning for Counselors

November 10, 2015 - 9:00-10:30 am - Werz CO - PLC

Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors will all be included in this session.


Pre-K Professional Learning Opportunity

November 17, 2015 - 3:00-4:30 pm - Werz CO - PLC

Powerful practices in the social, emotional and physical development as well as approaches to play and learning in language and literacy and major content areas.


Professional Learning for Coweta Psychologists

November 18, 2015 - 1:30-4:00 - School Nutrition Conference Room

This month's agenda will include the Testing schedule to date, interpretation of regulations, and the district's PAWS program.


Professional Learning for Curriculum Principals

November 19, 2015 - Times TBA - Werz CO - PLC

This session will focus on standards and data analysis with plans for continuous improvement.


Professional Learning for HS Lead Counselors

November 19, 2015 - 1:00-4:00 pm

This session will include Infinite Campus (scheduling) topics.

Advanced Opportunities - Creating opportunities to stretch learning to higher levels

Implementing Orton Gillingham Strategies in the Classroom

November 2, 2015 - 4:00 - 5:00pm - Werz CO - SD#2

This professional learning opportunity will be an introduction to Orton Gillingham with implementation ideas for elementary and secondary classrooms.


Geometric Reasoning with Shapes and Attributes

November 3, 2015 - Webinar, 2:45-3:45 p.m

This session explores strategies for developing geometric reasoning skills. The focus will be on laying a strong foundation and identifying critical attributes. Offered as a webinar, the session will be recorded for future reference.

Register by 4 p.m. at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2Geo on November 2 to participate in the webinar.


Transferring strategies from Listening to Reading Comprehension

November 4, 2015 - Western Elementary

This professional learning opportunity is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers at Western Elementary. This multi-day activity will show how the same strategies used for listening comprehension can be used to teach students how to gain a deeper understanding to what they read.


Building Numeracy: Multiplication (Grades 3-5)

November 5, 2015 - Webinar, 2:45-3:45 p.m

This professional learning session is designed for regular/special education/IEP teachers in grades 3-5 as well as instructional coaches to help students develop models and strategies for building numeracy skills in multiplication. Offered as a webinar, the session will be recorded for future reference.

Register by 4 p.m. at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/35Mult on November 4 to participate in the webinar.


Google Chrome for Middle School Math

November 10, 2015 - 4-5 p.m. - Evans Middle School

Strategies using Google Chrome to integrate technology into middle school math will be shared in this session. Collaboration, student-created products, and evaluation of student work are some of the ways these tools can be utilized. Participants will need to bring their Chromebooks to the session. No registration required.


Using GOFAR Resources for Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction

November 11, 2015 - 2:45-3:45 p.m. - Newnan Crossing Elementary School

Open to all Newnan Crossing Elementary teachers, this professional learning session will explore GOFAR as a formative assessment tool to inform instructional decisions. No registration required.


CAFE Workshop

November 12, 2015 - 2:30 - 4:00pm - Thomas Crossroads Elementary School

This professional learning opportunity is for any teacher interested in an in-depth study of the CAFE model.


U.S. Economic History

​November 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 3:00 - Werz CO - PLC

A one-day workshop for fourth and fifth grade teachers. This workshop teachers application for the traditional history class. This PL opportunity is presented by GCEE. Instructional materials and lunch will be provided. The cost of substitutes will be reimbursed. Please register at www.gcee.org


Number Talks for Parents

November 12, 2015 - 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. - Welch Elementary

Number Talks is a powerful routine which helps students develop fluidity and flexibility with numbers and operations. Parents of Welch Elementary students will have the opportunity to learn about the structure of Number Talks and see them in action. A morning session and evening session are offered to accommodate parents’ schedules.


Common Math Assessments

November 13, 2015 - 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Ruth Hill Elementary

Open to all Ruth Hill Elementary teachers, these professional learning sessions provided to each grade level will focus on the purposes of using common assessments and how to create common math assessments using GOFAR and Pearson resources. No registration required.


Leadership Academy IV
(Module 3) Organizational Management
November 17, 2015
WERZ Central Office PLC 4:00-6:00 PM


Re​cipe for Reading 01

November 18, 2015 - 3:00 - 4:00 - Thomas Crossroads Elementary

This PL opportunity is the first of a series to explore REcipe for Reading, a research-based, comprehensive, multisensory, phonics-based reading program designed for beginning readers in grades k-3 as well as at-risk and struggling readers through 6th grade and beyond.


Cross Grade Level Focus Group – Number Talks

November 18, 2015 - 2:45-3:45 p.m. - Western Elementary School

This Professional Learning Community at Western Elementary is focusing on Number Talks as a means for improving base-ten understanding. Strategies and resources will be shared. No registration required.

Goal Setting - Establishing and monitoring goals for success

Professional learning for In-School Coordinators

November 12, 2015 - 2:30pm - Werz CO - PLC

District Special Education Specialists will guide discussion and analysis of CCRPI data and strategies for improving student achievement to all schools.


Professional learning for In-School Coordinators

November 12, 2015 - 2:30pm - Werz CO - PLC

District Special Education Specialists will guide discussion and analysis of CCRPI data and strategies for improving student achievement to all schools.


Mindset Certification

Staff can sign up for classes and select a date using the following link http://goo.gl/forms/tJuo4fQqC6 or email Darrell Hynson at clifford.hynson@cowetaschools.net with preferred date and time.

November 18, 2015

November 19, 2015


Facilities, Operations, Safety Professional Learning

The first Tuesday of every month - Food Service Conference Room - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

All CCSS operations based maintenance, school based maintenance, and ground maintenance personnel will meet to learn about and discuss topics relevant to these areas of responsibility.