Coweta's Professional Learning

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December 2016 Professional Learning Opportunities

Thank you for your commitment to continuously grow and improve as a professional.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Definition of Professional Development

ESSA, the nation's new education law, redefines the standards for high-quality professional development. The update includes the definition of professional development to include activities that are:

  • sustained (not stand-alone, 1-day, or short-term workshops)
  • intensive
  • collaborative
  • job-embedded,
  • data-driven
  • classroom focused

Does your professional learning goal reflect these characteristics?


Pierce, D. (2016, May 24). ESSA Redefines Professional Development for Teachers. Are You Ready for This Shift? Retrieved December 5, 2016, from

Problem Solving

Dec. 2 & Dec. 9 @ Werz PLC - 9:00-1:00PM

Infinite Campus Elementary Clerk professional learning

Topics include grading, scheduling, State Reporting, affidavits

December 6, 2016 - Newnan Crossing Elementary Media Center - 1:00-4:00pm.

Elementary Media Specialists Professional Learning

Topics include

  • Hour of Code/STEM ideas/MakerSpace

  • Book Awards (voting or other ideas?)

  • Dewey Undew: Genrefying Dews, Don’ts, and Whys (Anne Graner, Ruth Hill Elementary)

  • Lexile - to label or not to label? How to help students find those elusive books.

  • Update on JLG ordering issues.

Building Relationships

Science Professional Learning Opportunity

January 2017 is 4th grade Planetary Forces Field Trip Month!

Our highly qualified instructors will come to your students, in your classroom and engage them in learning about forces, Newton's Laws of Motion, and how forces relate to planetary motion by experiencing a show in our state of the art digital planetarium! Students will discover that differences in applied force and differences in the mass of objects affect the speed and motion of objects. They will participate in demonstrations of Newton’s Laws of Motion and create a balloon rocket car to take home. Students will identify and locate planets in the sky as they differentiate planets and stars. By modeling the position and motion of the Earth, students will observe the changes that occur over a period of time. They will also identify the phases of the moon as they view the moon, planets and stars in the Digital Planetarium. (Please note: planetarium requires gym or large room set up.) The cost is $6 per student and the field trip is 2 hours long. There are lots of great dates still available!

Register here:

Instructional Technology Professional Learning

Instructional Technology is forming a Tech Team which will consist of at least one representative from each school to help strengthen the communication among district schools and also to help identify specific needs and areas for growth in the use of classroom technology. Any feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Staff training is also available at any time on any training needed in the area of instructional technology such as digital assessments, Chromebook use, and monitoring, etc... Email John Vaughn if you have any needs to schedule a date and time.

Advanced Opportunities

ELA Department Update:

The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is on the horizon!

Each school is invited to submit one entry per grade level (K-12) for the district level competition. Students may write from a genre of their choice. Attached is the 2016-2017 Official Rules Booklet. At the district level we will follow all guidelines provided in the booklet. Entries may include: Short Stories, Poetry, Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis, Journalism, Academic/Research Reports, Personal Narratives, or any other original student work. School level winning entries must be received by Friday, February 17, 2017, 5:00pm. Please send three copies of each winning entry, the original piece, and the completed 2016-2017 Entry Form with parent signature. A panel of reviewers will select the Coweta County School System grade level winning entries. District winners will be announced by March 17th.

Young Georgia Authors Official Rules Booklet

Goal Setting

Math Department Update:

In the last few days, the state posted updated Georgia Milestones EOG Study/Resource Guides. You can access these documents from the links below or on our curriculum website (

Also, view the monthly newsletter at: December Math Newsletter