EUSD New Teacher Newsletter

January/February News Everyone Can Use

Marigold Awards

Congratulations to the following teachers who recently received a Marigold Award. These teachers are outstanding examples of positive professionalism as outlined in California Standard for the Teaching Profession Standard 6:

  • Marigold Awards for Year 1:

    • Misty Barros - LR Green

    • Rebecca Schmidtke - Rincon

    • Christine Welsch - Bear Valley

    • Marcella Sisson - Mission

    • Abigail Wirshing - Rincon

  • Marigold Awards for Year 2:

    • Sonja Reimnitz - Felicita

    • Gina Wagner - LR Green

    • Sierra Turner - Rincon

Are you a marigold or a walnut tree? Find out more about the Marigold Award by clicking on this link

Celebrate - Yesenia Chavez

What an honor! Second Year BTSA teacher, Yesenia Chavez, has been nominated by the California League of Schools Region 9 as"Educator of the Year" award. Yesenia is an Education Specialist at Del Dios Middle School. Congratulations, Yesenia. You represent BTSA and EUSD well! We are proud of you!

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

The definition of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, as described by Zaretta Hammond is:

An educator’s ability to recognize students’ cultural displays of learning and meaning making and respond positively and constructively with teaching moves that use cultural knowledge as a scaffold to connect what the student knows to new concepts and content in order to promote effective information processing. All the while, the educator understands the importance of being in a relationship and having a social emotional connection to the student in order to create a safe space for learning.

This is a very powerful definition. Our Year 2 teachers had the opportunity to discuss what this means to them and how "Culturally Responsive Teaching" and biases affect teaching and learning. This presentation was based on the book by Zaretta Hammond titled, "Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Brain." (linked here). Teachers were also provided with this thought provoking article from Edutopia titled, "The Myth of the Culture of Poverty". (linked here) Great information that will provoke self reflection and discussions!

Differentiation and Assessment Professional Development

On January 27th, our Year 2 Teachers participated in an all day class titled, "Assessment and Differentiation." This presentation was based on the book by Carol Ann Tomlinson, "The Differentiated Classroom - Responding to the Needs of All Learners. Take a look below at all the new strategies they learned!
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Discussion Boards

Our teachers reflect on their learning and respond to others' reflections through an online discussion board format. Here is a great reflection from Brenda Mendoza, kindergarten teacher at Central School.

"After reading the chapter 2 from the book: The Differentiated Classroom written by Carol Ann Tomlinson, I agree with the author when she states that " A learning environment actively supports learners by welcoming and valuing students for what they are." (p15). I agree with this statement because I believe that every student has strengths that they bring into the classroom with them. I try to make sure my students feel appreciated every day, and I am always at the front door welcoming them into "our" classroom. I also feel that in order to have a productive learning environment the students have to work and collaborate together to make learning a fun experience. I also believe that my goal as a teacher when my students come into the classroom is to actively attend to their needs".

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Module C Work is Underway- It's all about Plan, Teach, Reflect and Apply

The purpose of formative assessment is to improve teaching, as measured by the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the Induction Program Standards, in relation to the state-adopted Academic Content Standards and performance levels for students. In collaboration with a support provider, participating teachers assess their practice with a set of specific criteria. They gather information, collaborate with (and/or observe) a colleague, develop an action plan, implement the action plan, reflect on collected evidence and apply new learning to future practice. The results of this process are used by participating teachers and support providers to explore the impact of instruction on student achievement while guiding the participating teacher's future professional development.
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Ready to Be Impressed?

Take a look at the focus questions for some of our Year 2 teachers. These questions were used to guide the work on their inquiries.

David Saldana - Pioneer School

How will investigating and using various instructional strategies that focus on students thinking critically (assess and communicating reasonableness of answers and evidence) help my students improve their answering of multi-step word problems? (Grade 5: Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions)

Lauren Ballard - Glenview School

What strategies can I research to teach students to ask and answer questions that will promote their critical thinking about key details in narrative text?

Elizabeth Esquivel-Hofstedt - Del Dios

How do rubrics, peer and self-assessments, and goal setting help students increase their writing proficiency in personal experience narrative writing?

Chris Numbers - Adaptive PE

How can planning instruction that incorporates appropriate Adapted Physical Education strategies help improve my students aerobic capacity?

Jessica Merry - Education Specialist Farr Elementary

What instructional strategies can I research and implement to increase student engagement and student stamina with specific regard to independent working time during literacy groups?

Wonderful Websites

Teachers are creating and updating classroom websites and adding them to their professional portfolios. Here are some shining examples

Alicia Leger - Central School

Christine Welsch - Bear Valley

Gerri Vaughan - Central School

Kathleen Barlow - Music Teacher

Triad Meetings

Year 1 and Year 2 Teachers are meeting with their support providers and principals to discuss their induction coursework. Thanks for your time and support, Principals! Our new teachers are benefiting from your interest, encouragement and expertise as they strengthen their teaching skills. Here is a link to the triad protocols.

Save the Date

This year's colloquium will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 3:30 at LR Green School. Be ready to Rock and Roll as this is the theme for our end of the year celebration! Back Stage Passes (also known as invitations) will be sent out in March.