Keansburg School District

November 14, 2014

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

District Whole Child Conference Call for Proposals Now Being Accepted

From Ms. Mignoli, on November 4, 2014

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Keansburg School District will be hosting and facilitating our 2nd Annual Whole Child Conference on Friday January 30th, 2015.

Last year we hosted our first Whole Child Conference and the feedback that we received amongst Pre-K through 12 staff members was resoundingly positive. Further, the sessions and information that were presented at least year's conference were integrated into instruction, social and emotional child development, and the overall climate and culture of the district.

Part of what made last year's conference such a positive and impactful one were the sessions that were constructed and presented by our very own district educators. With that being said attached in this email is a call for proposals, indicating our need for presenters for each breakout session. Much like our district educator led PD academies, these sessions will generate learning and walk aways associated with our district non-negotiables and the tenants of the Whole Child initiative. It bears repeating, these sessions last year evoked positive change in our instruction and our approach with students that were notable district wide. Not only is a call for proposals document attached in this email but a comprehensive document that outlines the tenants of the Whole Child initiative is attached for you to refer to, you can also access the ASCD Whole Child website if you click here. So please, if you have had success with an instructional tool or theory that is aligned with the Whole Child initiative please submit a proposal! Lastly, it should be noted that all presenters are compensated for preparation time above and beyond the contract associated with their sessions as per the statement or work; all proposals are due November 26th, 2014.

Please refer to her email for copies of the Tenets of the Whole Child and the Outline for Proposals

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ASSESSMENT

PARCC Information on the Marlboro Schools website

Curriculum » PARCC Important Information

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The following information details basic information regarding this new assessment that our students will have to take starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

PARCC is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They will also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help.

PARCC States

PARCC is made up of: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The states in PARCC educate more than 15 million elementary, middle and high school students across the country. In addition, Pennsylvania, is a "participating state."

PARCC Twitter Office Hours Focused on Access for All

PARCC continued its series of monthly twitter office hours last week with a focus on PARCC's accommodations and accessibility features in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Participants shared resources and had questions answered by PARCC accessibility experts.

In case you missed it, we have archived all of our office hours sessions.

Our next office hours session will be held on November 20, 2014 from 5-6 ET. PARCC will announce the date and topic for office hours each month through the PARCC Updates newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook.

We would love to hear your suggestions for future office hours topics. Tweet us @PARCCplace using the hashtag #askPARCC.


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ASCD and PARCC Post New Educator Resources Project on iTunes

PARCC is pleased to announce - along with our partners ASCD and Apple - the release of iTunes U Common Core Resources collections, designed by teachers for teachers, and free for all educators.

Teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre, and ASCD teachers created this curation of instructional resources and assessment sample items that will help educators successfully implement the new standards and teach effectively using iPads. Each of the 23 courses, organized by subject, grade level and standard, presents targeted and appropriate resources, including:

Lesson and activity ideas, useful apps, books, videos, and web content as well as Instructional content and assessment information.PARCC and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items.


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RESOURCES

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  • standards and curriculum management
  • custom course creation and publishing
  • data analysis and reporting

Users can access at: https://ple.platoweb.com/Account/SignIn


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Account Name: kbsd7

User Name: Student User Names are the first and last names of the student (JohnSmith).
Teacher User Names are first initial of first name plus the last name (jsmith).

Password: Teacher: 123456 or Password which was previously set Student: keansburg

Teacher Resources

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