Coweta's Professional Learning

October 2016



COWETA COMMITTED TO STUDENT SUCCESS

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

SHBP Employee Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment will begin October 17, 2016 thru November 4, 2016.


Each employee will be required to have a current user name and password in order to enroll with medical insurance. If you were employed last year, you will be able to use the same user name, however all passwords expire every 45 days, therefore everyone will be required to go to www.myshbpga.adp.com to update before Open Enrollment.


All New Hires should use the user name and password created when hired. If it has been over 45 days, the password will need to be updated, as well. Please see below for instructions on updating your password.

Content Mastery and Problem Solving

The CAFE Book Study. This is an online professional learning opportunity to read and discuss The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment I Instruction. The book, authored by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser “The 2 Sisters,” will be the foundation for this opportunity. Participants will use the book and collaborative discussion as a springboard to improve basic literacy pedagogy. The October-November discussion will center on Chapters 3-4. The Google class code: 2lqu59b


The Daily Five Book Study.

This is an online professional learning opportunity to read and discuss The Daily Five, by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser “The 2 Sisters.” Participants will use the book and collaborative discussion as a springboard for teachers to benefit and improve individual literacy pedagogy. The October-November discussion will center on Chapters 4-6. The Google class code: zhji5eb


Learning A-Z Support Group. This google classroom is an online professional learning opportunity to allow teachers to share knowledge and ask questions about Learning A-Z.

The google class code: 69cb7x7


Coweta 3D Science PLC

The Coweta 3D Science PLC is a self-paced learning community designed to introduce teachers and administrators to the "3D" approach to science that is required by the new Science Georgia Standards of Excellence. The PLC consists of 10 modules designed to be completed within grade level/team/department groups at your school. Each module takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Complete all 10 modules and submit the reflection form for each and you'll receive a "3D Science Level 1 Educator" certificate and be recognized at the end of the year. This PLC is appropriate for teachers of all grade levels. Join the Google classroom for more details. Google Classroom code: c6mbx8


October 5, 2016

FTE Meetings with teachers of Gifted classes

Timeslots have been assigned.


October 14 & 28, 2016 - 1:30 PM -

School Psychologists

This Psych meeting will continue to be on the new RTI process which is being implemented at the elementary level. The other grade levels will soon follow.


October 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

RTI Professional Learning Opportunity


October 13 & 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM-3:30 PM.

Student Services Department

Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) is now being implemented in 19 Coweta County Schools! Two PBIS Cohort schools will have their team training the above listed dates.


October 27, 2016 8:30 and 10:30

8:30 - Elementary Assistant Principal Meeting

10:30 - Middle and High Assistant Principal Meetings

Building Relationships and Setting Goals

October 4, 2016

Strategic Thinking for Eastside Elementary: Eastside's School Building Leadership Team (SBLT) will participate in a strategic thinking session to analyze the school's historical CCRPI and benchmark data to identify trends and next steps for improving student achievement.


October 4, 2016

Milestones Resources: Elm Street Elementary grade level teams will review the GADOE website for Milestones resources for use in improving instructional practices to increase rigor, build relevance and improve student achievement.


October 6, 2016 - Western Elementary School

Developing Understanding of the Standards for Proficiency and More

This session is part of a monthly series of professional learning. It will focus on diving deep into the current and/or upcoming content standards by examining aligned assessment items and engaging in tasks that will help students construct conceptual and procedural understanding. Although participation in the face-to-face sessions is limited to Western Elementary teachers, resources will be made available to all Coweta teachers through the K-2 Math and 3-5 Math Google classrooms after the presentations.


October 11, 2016 - WERZ Central Office - PLC - 6pm -7:15pm

Elementary Parent Chromebook Training

Elementary Parent Chromebook training in the PLC conference room. In this training opportunity it will introduce parents to how to use the Chromebooks, common applications students are using, and answer any questions parents may have about their use. Please forward the link below in any documentation sent out to parents such as in a newsletter, PTO mailings, reminders, etc... After completing this training at several schools across the district, the parents need and requests for this class have been tremendous.

https://docs.google.com/a/cowetaschools.net/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTvsdwUBYYM9x20FTzvLjwFlqvJCS6F5UQUzKqmRJ3qsjFLQ/viewform


October 11, 2016

Strategic Thinking for Jefferson Parkway Elementary: Jefferson Parkway's staff will participate in a strategic thinking session to analyze the school's historical CCRPI and benchmark data to identify trends and next steps for improving student achievement.


Oct. 13, 2016 - K-2 Math Webinar - 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Games Using Ten-Frames (Part II)

This is the second of a two-part series of sessions. Participants will learn about more games using ten-frames to develop number sense and strengthen concepts related to addition and subtraction in this session designed for teachers of Kindergarten through Grade 2. Register by 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 at https://goo.gl/forms/96pBEBAzOuTl7WJ42 to receive an invitation to join this session.


October 18, 2016 - 3-5 Math Webinar - 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Fractions and Decimals (Part I)

In this first of a series of sessions, a collection of high-leverage tasks to assist in building conceptual understanding of fractions will be examined. This session is designed for teachers in Grades 3-5. Register by 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 at https://goo.gl/forms/X73pyiSWLoHcc0Br1 to receive an invitation to join this session.


October 19 & 20, 2016

Coweta Effectiveness Evaluation Visit for Willis Road Elementary: A team of Coweta County teachers and leaders will conduct a program effectiveness evaluation visit to Willis Road Elementary. Participants will observe classrooms and review trend data to measure the school's program effectiveness on student achievement to identify school strengths and opportunities for growth.


Oct. 25, 2016 - East Coweta Middle School - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Practical Tips for Making Fractions Come Alive and Make Sense

Suggestions based on research and classroom practice that make fractions make sense for middle school students will be explored in this face-to-face session. Participants are asked to bring their Chromebooks. No registration is required.


October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm - Werz Central Office - PLC

Secondary Chemistry, Physical Science, and Physics

This session will focus resources for improving instruction in middle and high school Chemistry, Physical Science, and Physics. Resources will be shared that can be implemented in your classroom the next day!

Innovative Practices

October 4, 2016 - 3:30pm - Werz Central Office - SD2

Elementary Science: Upgrading to 3D Science in K-2

This session will focus on incorporating literacy skills in elementary science specifically for K-2 teachers. Special interest will be paid to the transition to the new Georgia Standards of Excellence. Sample lessons will be shared from Coweta's Science Ambassadors.


October 11, 2016- Werz Central Office - PLC- 8:30am

Social Media Strategies for Your High School Econ Class.

This is a one-day workshop presented by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Participants will receive resource materials, substitute reimbursement and lunch. Teachers will examine and participate in activities designed to help implement various Social Media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook into their economics classrooms. The workshop details: https://www.gcee.org/workshops/register/?workshopSessionId=3188


October 11, 2016 - Werz Central Office - PLC - 3:00pm

Redelivery of the Georgia DOE “Building a Culture of Writing” - Elementary

This professional learning series will offer collaborative conversations as an interactive presentation to build teachers’ capacity for writing instruction while cultivating a culture of writing. The K-5 grade band will work through several sessions where researchers and educators share best practices and practical application.

Follow this link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/zQGNgh2BkS3dCFLG3


October 12, 2016 - Werz Central Office - PLC - 3:00pm

Redelivery of the Georgia DOE “Building a Culture of Writing” - Secondary

This professional learning series will offer collaborative conversations as an interactive presentation to build teachers’ capacity for writing instruction while cultivating a culture of writing. The 6-12 grade bands will work through several sessions where researchers and educators share best practices and practical application. Follow this link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/9nhVTb3mNJ736ATI3


October 13, 2016- Werz Central Office - SD-1 - 8:00 – 4:00

ELA Middle Grades Resource Development Day

English Language Arts Middle Grades teacher leaders will continue the review of state, district, and school-based documents. The team will develop common planning guides, learning targets, and teacher resources.


October 18, 2016 - Werz Central Office - 8:00 – 4:00

Social Studies Professional Development Day

This professional learning opportunity will allow representatives from grade 5 and grade 8 to discuss the SS standards to ensure consistency and rigor. Participants will redeliver the information shared with their respective schools.

Advanced Opportunities

October 7, 2016 - 8am-3pm - West Georgia Technical College Newnan Campus

Coweta Manufacturing Day

The Coweta County School System, in partnership with the Coweta Development Authority and local manufacturers, will be offering Coweta teachers the opportunity to see first hand the advanced manufacturing going on right here in Coweta County. Participants will get to meet local manufacturing employees and hear about the skills their jobs require. They'll get to meet local student apprentices from the CEC who are participating in our first of its kind GA CATT industrial mechanic German apprenticeship program. You'll also get to interact and network with local business leaders to hear first hand what their needs are and how what you do in the classroom adds to their bottom line and in turn, directly benefits you!


October 18, 2016 - WERZ Central Office PLC 4:00-6:00 PM

Leadership Academy IV (Module 8)

Making Sound Leadership Decisions in Regards to Special Education, IDEA, 504

Coweta County School System views its educational leaders as being significantly influential in a school community which pursues high learning through continuous, systematic and sustained improvement.


The 2015-2017 Leadership Academy IV is designed to identify, develop and inspire current administrators and aspiring administrative candidates.


Module 8: Making Sound Leadership Decisions in Regards to Special Education, IDEA, 504’s will include the following topics:


  • Staffing and Certifications

  • RTI

  • IDEA, Special Education Law

  • Discipline (things to avoid)


The program is open to current principals, assistant principals and teachers who wish to gain further knowledge of leadership roles and responsibilities. Due to the nature of the program, participation will be limited. A sign-up format will be implemented, and candidates may choose the individual sessions they wish to attend.


To register: Leadership Academy