Week of March 21, 2016
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Enjoy your weekend,
Troy, John, and Karen
Georgia Milestone Practice Test Tickets
Georgia Milestones Practice Website
The link to the public Georgia Milestones test is listed below. These practice sessions do not generate a score; it is only used for becoming familiar with the site. This resource now includes examples of the 'technology-enhanced' items. Items of this type will appear on this spring's test forms as FIELD TEST items only (meaning that they will not apply to student scores).
Another important feature in this refresh is the availability of the Standard read-aloud (text-to-speech) accommodation.
Using a Chrome browser only, enter the following link to access the site: http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/
Creeks to Coast Educator’s Workshop 2016 workshop - July 12-19, 2016. Click here for information.
Costa Rica | Professional Development Field-based Learning Seminar: Rainforest Ecology and Science Education - June 21, 2016 - June 25, 2016 - Click here for information.
Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support - June 5-7. Click here for information.
K12week™ - the largest free online event for K-12 leaders. Gain insight and learn strategies for preparing for ESSA, measuring social-emotional learning, school climate, equity, school improvement, data-informed decision making, and professional learning.
K-12week brings together the top minds in education for the most important event in education. Keynote speakers include David Osher, Peter Worth, Glenn Singleton, Renee Pryor and David Kirp, and top institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley.In addition to these and other notable speakers, you’ll have the chance to connect with other school districts and leaders around the country and discover strategies to improve student achievement.
When: March 28 - March 31
Where: Online, no travel required! Watch from the convenience of your home or office, entirely on-demand! If you can’t attend live, we’ll have the webinars and content available to download after the event. Register for free at K12week.com.
Do you know an inspiring teacher? If so, nominate them for the K-12week InspireAward. This award is dedicated to educators making a difference in their classroom, school, and community. We want to recognize one outstanding teacher to receive the InspireAward for their service and a $10,000 grant to fund their classroom! To nominate an inspiring teacher, register for free at K12week.com and take the survey to tell their story.
Celebrate National Reading Month with Newsela-
When students make connections with what they are reading, their comprehension and engagement rapidly increases. You are invited to join a webinar series about reading strategies. During this webinar, you'll learn how to apply Newsela's Annotations to cultivate close reading in your classroom.
MATH PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Foundations of Algebra Professional Learning Sessions Now Available Virtually
The Summer 2015 3-day Foundations of Algebra training session is now available for use in professional learning for classroom teachers, administrators, mathematics coaches/leads, and others.
Video segments and materials can be found at: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/FOA/Foundations-of-Algebra.aspx
What does it look like when Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks tasks are used in classrooms?
To answer this question, we filmed several classrooms in two Georgia elementary schools in which teachers are using Georgia Curriculum Frameworks tasks. The resulting brief video is designed as a professional learning resource intended to spark discussion and reflection among teachers, mathematical instructional coaches, parents, administrators, and parents. You can view the video at: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/Looking-Inside-Mathematics-Classrooms.aspx
Something special is happening for professional learning this summer of 2016! The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) will be holding the several Summer Institutes in Atlanta:
A flyer with details regarding these Summer Institutes is attached can be found at Math Professional Development Institutes - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunity
The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-SE), is hosting a workshop for Georgia’s RESA Mathematics Mentors and has agreed to expand the outreach to include district mathematics supervisors, coaches, and teachers in Georgia. The workshop, Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers, will be held at the Macon Marriott Conference Center on March 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm. Lunch is on your own from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. There is no registration fee.
SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators (ELIPSE) is the theme for the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) District II (northeast Georgia) Conference. Click HERE for more information.