Teach to the Top

October 2016

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Meg Strnat

HSE High Ability Coordinator


13485 Cumberland Road

Fishers, IN 46038

Congrats to Holly Miller

Holly Miller at RI was recognized as a Mike Neden STEM Champion Award recipient during the STEM Expo 2016 in Branson, Missouri on October 10 - 11, 2016. She is "...one of only six recipients of this award during the October 11th Awards Session at the conference. The Mike Neden STEM Champion Awards program honors public and private elementary, middle, high school teachers and teacher educators that have served as a champion for integrated STEM education in their school and/or community. This awards serves as a standard of excellence for individuals who promote integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education." Way to go, Holly!

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No Junior Great Books Required

Junior Great Books discussions are a staple in high ability classrooms whether or not teachers have the books. You can use any short story or poem for a JGB shared-inquiry discussion. Just recently I was in a classroom where Stellaluna was used. Shared-inquiry discussions push all students to the highest level of thinking. Contact me at mstrnat@hse.k12.in.us if you'd like me to come and model a shared-inquiry discussion with your students.
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Thanks to SCE for the above display of deep student thinking when discussing the macro-concept balance in one of their classrooms. Notice how students connected balance to friendships, family, emotion, disasters, culture, architecture, age, power, the human body, science, etc. Pretty exciting! Please email me at mstrnat@hse.k12.in.us with photos of how you are using a macro-concept in your classroom and I'll share the pictures in my next newsletter.

October HA Elementary Coordinator Meeting Update

Ask your high ability coordinator for more details about this month's Coordinator Meeting agenda:

  • Funding for the HA Grant 2016-2017 has been delayed, but will not affect high ability teachers attending the Indiana Association for the Gifted Conference in December.
  • CogAT testing for all K and 2 students is scheduled for January 16th-27th. Webinar training is planned for January 2nd.
  • Schools shared first attempts at using macro-concepts in classrooms. Macro-concepts are fundamental to a high ability classroom. It will be exciting to see how students and teachers use their chosen macro-concept over the school year.
  • The DOE's model for highest high ability achievement was evaluated. Teachers then created a rough draft of a high ability golden circle.

Coordinator Upcoming Meetings

Please update your calendar for changes to the below coordinator meeting schedule. Changes are in red.
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