CIES Wednesday Envelope

for Elementary Staff ~ April 29nd, 2015

In This Newsletter:


  • Social Studies Meeting for Next Year's 3rd Grade Teachers
  • Summer Institute Updates and Presenter Application Form
  • Optional Schoology Training
  • Required Spring Assessments
  • Benchmark Literacy Book Labels

Optional Social Studies Meeting for Next Year's 3rd Grade Teachers

Third grade teachers will use the MPCC 3rd Grade Social Studies Course to instruct Social Studies next year. There is an optional meeting to discuss these new instructional materials and the digital tools that will be available for 3rd grade use. Please register in KeepCertified to get CEU credit-3rd Grade Teachers: 2015-2016 Social Studies Instructional Materials. KeepCertified


Date: May 12th

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM

Place: ESC Forum Room

Summer Institute Updates and Presenter Application Form

This year the focus of Summer Institute is Culturally Relevant Instruction in the areas of effective math instruction and adding rigor through questioning, differentiation and higher order thinking skills. Registration will begin May 18th.


If you are interested in presenting a session at the Summer institute please fill out the Session Proposal Form by May 11th. If you have questions please contact your Staff Development Assessment Specialist.


ELEMENTARY (PreK-5) Summer Institute will take place:

June 8th-11th from 8:00 - 3:30

June 17th from 12:30 - 3:30 (Keynote Speaker)


SECONDARY (6-12) Summer Institute will take place:

June 8th from 12:30 - 3:30 (Keynote Speaker)

June 15-18th from 8:00 - 3:30


Highlights:

  • Brian Housand will present on Monday June 8th. Click here for information on Brian Housand. (elementary session AM, secondary session PM)
  • Yvette Jackson will present on Wednesday, June 17th. She is the author of Pedagogy of Confidence. Click here for more information on Yvette Jackson. (elementary session PM, secondary session AM)

Optional Schoology Training this Summer

There will be three dates this summer for optional Schoology training. Training will consist of small group training and supported work time. These training sessions will be unpaid. Please see the dates below.


  • June 12th, 8:00-11:00 training and 11:00-1:00 supported work time
  • August 13th, 8:00-11:00 training and 11:00-1:00 supported work time
  • August 18th, 8:00-11:00 training and 11:00-1:00 supported work time

Please register in KeepCertified.

Required Spring Assessments

Benchmark Literacy Book Labels

Some teachers have mentioned that they would like labels for their small books. Val Iverson, Resource Manager at Edinbrook, has graciously shared labels that are ready to go. We do not have the budget capacity to print these for you, but you are welcome to print them if you find them helpful for your classroom organization.


The labels can be found on the Core Instruction page of the Local Literacy Site, or by clicking here.

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