Coweta's Professional Learning

September, 2018

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Welcome to Coweta County School System's Professional Learning Newsletter!

Inside this newsletter you will find quick instructional tips, resources and research, and upcoming professional learning opportunities offered in our district.

Research from John Hattie's Visible Learning

Last year, administrators received a book, Visible Learning for Literacy (Fisher, Frey, & Hattie, 2016), that discussed influences on student achievement. The research not only shared strategies that worked but also included the effect size, which quantified the results on a universal scale to help us understand how powerfully the intervention worked. We learned that there were specific influences that had a high effect size on the results of student learning. Some had an effect size that yielded more than a year's growth. This newsletter will share some of these influences with you - specifically the influences with a high effect size.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je7WcaONNGM
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Quick Video Tips

Beginning of the Year - When Students are Reluctant to Engage

Professional Learning Opportunities

September 11, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA Kindergarten Meeting

Kindergarten teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.


September 12, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA 1st Grade Meeting

Grade 1 teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.


September 19, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA 2nd Grade Meeting

Grade 2 teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.


September 20, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA 3rd Grade Meeting

Grade 3 teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.


September 25, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA 4th Grade Meeting

Grade 4 teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.


September 26, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, East Coweta Middle School Media Center

6-8: Middle Grades Department Meeting

The session will focus on development of rigorous lessons with effective reading, writing, and instructional strategies. Middle school teachers will participate in vertical and horizontal discussion regarding implementation of key vocabulary and spiral instruction.


October 2, 2018 - Werz, PLC 3:15 - 4:15

ELA 5th Grade Meeting

Grade 5 teachers will review the Curriculum Guide, Georgia DOE resources, and research-based strategies. Participants should bring their Chromebooks. Please register HERE.

Science Content Information - Dr. Donald White

Social Studies Content Information - Mr. Phillip Sykes

Math Content Information - Mrs. Michelle Clarke

Middle School Math Collaboration

September 26, 2018 - Arnall Middle School, 4:00 - 5:00

Grade level teams will work together to discuss the updated pacing guides at the first district-wide middle school math meeting. Deconstructing standards and spiraling will also be discussed and strategies shared. Participants are asked to bring their chromebooks to the session.

Other Opportunities

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Werz PLC starting at 9:00.

Media Specialist Meeting

The meeting will include professional learning on standards, Destiny cataloging, the Clever tool, novel usage and Cornerstone.


Monday, September 10, 2018 - Werz CO 2:30-5:00pm PLC

MTSS Coordinators Meeting


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Werz CO 3:30pm SD2

PBIS Coaches Meeting


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Werz CO 11:00-4:30pm SD1

SEEKS Training


Friday, September 14, 2018 - Werz CO 9:00-12:00pm CCR

GHP Counselor's Meeting


Friday, September 14, 2018 - Werz CO 2:00-5:00pm SD1

Speech Meeting


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Jackson Street 2-4 pm

School Nurses' Meeting


Friday, September 21, 2018 - - Werz CO 8:00-5:00 P.M. in SD1

Test Coordinator's Meeting - Assistant Principals

Annual Assessment training for test security and administration


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - - Werz CO 8:00-5:00 P.M. in SD1

Test Coordinator's Meeting - Principals

Annual Assessment training for test security and administration


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - - Werz CO 3:00 P.M. in SD2

Pre-K Teachers’ Professional Learning

  • GRC Notebooks

  • Behavioral Strategies

  • WSO

  • Audits and Site Visits

  • Field trips

  • Relationship Building


Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Werz

NEARPOD TRAINING

There will be a county-wide Nearpod training on September 27th at Werz from 4:00 to 5:00 (PLC). Come join all the content specialists as we provide a training session on how to use Nearpod in your classroom. This will include how to set it up, create lessons/activities, and implement it in your classroom. Please bring your chromebook. There is no cost to attend! *This is the first of the Instructional Technology Training sessions for this school year to be held on the last Thursday of each month. Register Here.

Resources:

Fisher, D., Frey, N., and Hattie, J. (2016) Visible learning for literacy: Implementing the practices that work best to accelerate student learning. New York: Corwin.


Hattie, J. (2009). Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. New York: Routledge.


The Teaching Channel. Teaching through silence. Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/teaching-through-silence.


The Teaching Channel. Give some snaps! Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/showing-appreciation.


The Teaching Channel. Use posters to encourage collaborative thinking. Retrieved from

https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/student-engagement-posters.


The Teaching Channel. Helping students follow directions. Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/follow-direction-strategies.


U. S. Department of Education & Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. What is Visible Learning? Retrieved from http://moedu-sail.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Visible-learning-Infographic.pdf on September 4, 2018.


Visible Learning Plus. (June 8, 2014). Intro to VL research 2 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je7WcaONNGM.


Visible Learning Plus. (August, 2017). Visible Learning Plus: 250 influences on student achievement. Retrieved from https://www.visiblelearningplus.com/sites/default/files/250%20Influences%20Final.pdf.