T&L Essentials

USD #232

September 2013

The Teaching and Learning Department would like to welcome you back to the 2013-2014 school year! The goal of T&L Essentials is to keep USD 232 staff members informed on cutting edge educational trends and current information relating to curriculum.



Full Day Kindergarten is Here!

The 2013-2014 school year marks an exciting time for students in seven kindergarten classrooms who now have the opportunity to attend kindergarten all day. Each elementary school has one full-day program. These classrooms range in size from 18-22 students. Half-day programs continue to be offered in each school. Even though this program is paid for by the parents, our patrons made it clear that they were eager to have this opportunity for their children.


Next Generation Science Standards

In June, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards as the Kansas College and Career Standards for Science. Kansas is the third state in the nation to formally adopt the rigorous, internationally benchmarked standards. The new standards serve as a guideline for where students should be academically from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal of the standards is on core understanding of science, allowing educators to engage students in science practices to explore those understandings in depth. The Kansas College and Career Standards for Science can be found on the "Staff Drive" in each grade level.


Lights! Camera! Animals! Using Windows Movie Maker to Investigate

Our own Brandi Leggett from Prairie Ridge Elementary School has been published! Her article about using Windows Movie Maker to investigate her classroom pets can be found on Reading Today Online. Check it out!

Integrating Technology and Writing for Secondary Education

The website, tenbyten.org, provides the top 100 world images that hour, ranked in order of importance, reading left to right, top to bottom.

How to use 10X10 in the classroom:


  1. Have the students select one of the 100 words and write a short piece of creative writing using just the word and image as inspiration.
  2. As part of a creative homework task, ask your students to follow the 10X10 page at the same time every day for a week. Get them to look for patterns and to investigate if there are certain themes developing.
  3. Display 10X10 on your whiteboard in the mornings as a starting point for discussion and focus.


Need Technology Resources?

Visit Lund Tech Integration for flipped instruction resources, Common Core material, media for all content, and a new section on integrating technology and the tools that support technology and Common Core Standards. www.tinyurl.com/techbylund


Let's take a peek into some classrooms!

Upcoming Events:

9/25-26: Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/21: Dr. Daggett Presentation




Dr. Daggett Presentation

Monday, Oct. 21st 2013 at 8am-12pm

35000 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Dr. William Daggett is the founder and Chariman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He inspires educators to embrace what is best about our education system and to make necessary changes to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century.

Teaching and Learning Department

USD #232


Jessica Dain, Ed.D

Director of Teaching and Learning


Christy James

Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning


Lisa Lund

Technology Integration Coordinator


Doug Kapeller

High School Curriculum Coordinator


Kristl Taylor

Elementary/Middle School Curriculum Coordinator