ALP Newsletter

April/May 2017

Welcome to ALP

We would like to welcome you to the Advanced Learner Program this year. There are so many wonderful sessions to take part in throughout the year, that we have developed this monthly newsletter to help keep you up to date. Please keep this link handy so that you stay current on all of the fantastic ALP opportunities for both students and learning coaches, as well as view the recorded sessions.

***If you would like the Learning Circle and Book Club invitations to appear directly on your OLS plan, be sure to fill out the survey below!!!***

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. It's going to be a great year!


Michele Hutchison and Kim Smith


National Learning Circles and Book Clubs

What are Learning Circles?

They are optional, one-hour instructional presentations on a specific topic that may be of interest. Students are invited to create and present a ‘project’ from their own investigation of the topic.

What are Book Clubs?

Book Club is an opportunity for students to dig deeper and study ‘what makes a good book’. After presentations on the a specific characteristic of a good book, students select their own book, read it during the month and then create a presentation on that characteristic to share with the group.

16-17 Upcoming National Learning Circle Sessions and Parent Trainings!!!

Remember... sign up in the survey above to have the links to Learning Circles on your OLS

Musical Composition: Composing Your Own Original Piece of Music

Thursday, April 6 (Session 1, How to Use Finale NotePad):

Grades 3-5 11:00 am -12:00 pm EST

Grades 6-8 1-2:00 pm EST

Thursday, April 13 (Session 2, Let’s Write a Song - Songwriting Techniques Using Finale NotePad):

Grades 3-5 11:00 am -12:00 pm EST

Grades 6-8 1-2:00 pm EST

Thursday, April 27: (Session 3, Composition Showcase, all grade levels): 1-2:30 pm EST

Zetangled Art– May 8th

Recorded Sessions!

Learning Circle Recordings from Last year

Recorded Links to Last Year's Learning Circles and Book Clubs

11.6 Book Club and Learning Circle Recording

Click Here to Watch: Book Club - Themes in Childrens Literature and Learning Circle - Mysteries in Mathematics


Our final session for the 2016 -17 School Year is April 26th at 1:00 ET

Check your daily plan for the Class Connect Session. We would love to see you there! We are excited to see some fantastic student creations!!!! :)

Parent Training Sessions

Some Great Resources

Kim Smith

ALP and ithink club

Michele Hutchison

ALP and ithink Club