Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Staff Development this week

Starting this week, we will begin using our staff development trailer.

RBES~ Alignment with the LSPI

I want to provide clarity for you as it relates to your RBES goals. One goal has already been determined for you in the area of technology integration. Your first technology staff development is scheduled for this Thursday, October 1st. During this first session, you will learn more about the implementation plan you will use to reach your goal. Be prepared to take notes.

Your second RBES goal is determined either by the individual teacher or by grade level, content area (Math or Reading/ELA). The goal is a broad goal that is in direct alignment with the school's LSPI goals. Remember your goal establishes your intention to move student achievement forward based on their overall performance in that content area. Your goal is not to be so specific that you only focus on one content domain, strategy, etc. in that content area. Your implementation design plan is that place to focus on strategies to improving student achievement.

Here is an example for you.

LSPI Goal in Mathematics:

100% of students who participate in SPGs (1-3) and District Assessments (4-5) will make expected (meets) or high growth (exceeds) on the Mathematics end of year assessment. 30% of our students will show high growth (exceeds).

RBES Goal in Mathematics:

100% of students will make expected (meets) or high growth (exceeds) on the Mathematics EOY assessment. 30% of students will show high growth (exceeds).

Baseline data: BOY Mathematics Pre-Assessment

Ongoing data: 9 week Benchmarks, Big 20, Exemplars

Implementation Design Plan: this is where you are specific about instructional strategies, using assessment to drive instruction, etc.

ex. flexible, fluid guided math groups, clear learning targets, student goal setting, fact fluency practice, problem solving, constructed and extended response

You have a copy of the school's LSPI goal. You know where your strengths and weaknesses lie in the implementation design plan. Your RBES goal is a place to make that commitment to improving your teacher practices.

Gallup Survey

This is a reminder that the Gwinnett County Public Schools Q12 Employee Engagement Survey is available to you now. If you have already completed the survey, thank you. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a moment to do so now. The survey will close at the end of the day on Monday, October 5.

Oct 1st Parkview Foundation Grant Deadline fast approaching!

This is a reminder that you have an opportunity to apply for a Parkview Foundation grant.
Applications are due Oct. 1 and you may turn them in to my mailbox (Young). I will sign them and forward them on to the grant committee.
Applications may be printed off the website. Go to ""grants," "application."
Please let me know if you have any questions. There are no limits on the amount of the grant request.

Resending an email from Ms. Stocks requesting updated class schedules

Good Evening All,

First let me start by saying thank you for all the time you have dedicated to parent teacher conferences this week! You have done an amazing job of making parents feel welcome and showing them how much you care about their child's well-being and education. Hat's off to you!

I am currently working on EIP FTE and need to ask a favor. After 7 weeks of school, many of you have worked out the kinks in your original classroom schedule or have added new kids to your support caseload. For these reasons, it may look a little different than it did when you submitted a copy to the front office. If you have made any changes, no matter how big or how small, can you please send me an updated schedule. I need the most updated information in order to schedule EIP services. Thank you for your help and I hope you have a wonder weekend. You deserve it!

Request from Ms. Segars- Depositing checks received

Please write teacher's name on the lower left corner of all checks being submitted with RMC's for deposit. You don't have to write the student's name - just your last name. When a check is returned, I have to know which class the check was posted to.

Thank you for your help.

FOCUS Program

Hi All! You are WELCOME to come and peruse and check out enrichment materials for your classroom. The items are in 2 large black boxes right by the window in my (Fran's) room. One is for K - 5th booklets etc. and one is for the bulkier games and kits (K - 5).

Approved asthma research study

Asthma is a leading cause of absenteeism among elementary students. A study is under way by UGA researchers to learn what teachers know and think about asthma, and the results will be used to aid schools, teachers, and families in managing this growing obstacle to student learning.

The researchers have selected a very few teachers (up to two or three) at nearly all of our elementary schools to invite to participate in their short survey. The researchers will email the teachers directly to request their voluntary/optional participation, and they will attach my letter of approval for their study (also attached here). The text of the researchers' email to teachers is also attached.

I understand the increased sensitivity to the proliferation of surveys, so when your teacher(s) ask you about this one, I recommend that you let them know that:
  • the survey is legitimate;
  • their participation should help with asthma intervention planning, if they can afford the time to contribute; and,
  • if not, it's okay.

As always, thank you for your support of educational improvement and the research that informs it.


Colin Martin, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Research and Evaluation
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Phone 678-301-7090

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