CSD Teaching and Learning Team

MARCH 2016 Update Vol 5

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

ACT | A K-12 Celebration!

Last spring was the first time schools administered the ACT to all juniors in Wisconsin. This year, Cedarburg’s average composite score was 24.1 with the Wisconsin state average for testing was 19.9 out of a 36-point scale. This is the first time that our ACT scores have been the best in Ozaukee County! A reason to CELEBRATE!!

This outstanding achievement attained by Cedarburg students reflects the work of every teacher in the district from kindergarten through twelfth grade and is that team effort that allows us to celebrate the success of our students. Specifically, the high school staff and administration are recognized for efforts that have focused on increasingly rigorous curriculum and instruction and the implementation of best practices in the classroom. They have increased the focus on College and Career Readiness and engaged in professional development and dialogue on the College and Career Readiness Standards, with an emphasis on literacy across all disciplines.

"With all high school students taking the ACT, it gives an opportunity to compare achievement across districts where in the past it was only the college bound students that were being compared,” said Jeff Nelson, Cedarburg High School Principal. “As a comparison, the Class of 2011 had 83% of the class take the ACT and had a composite of 24.0. The growth of our students on standardized test scores is reflective of the great education that our students not only receive at CHS but also the preparation that each student receives in our outstanding middle and elementary schools. We are fortunate to have great teachers and supportive parents in our district. Although not the only data point we use with students as they graduate CHS, ACT scores are a kind of capstone of their entire K-12 experience. These scores will now be baseline data for us as we attempt to help all students in the future be college and career ready as they leave CHS."

VirtCon Cedarburg!

You are invited to attend a great Professional Learning opportunity on Saturday, April 16th from 9AM-2PM at the CHS IMC.

The VirtCon is a bi-annual conference that brings our community together to hear cutting-edge keynotes, be inspired by thought-provoking presentations, and participate in engaging discussions with the Discovery Education Community across the whole country. Streamed live from our headquarters in Maryland, VirtCon parties tune in to the broadcast as well as offer live presentations and collaboration with which to hear from your peers, share ideas and instructional tools, and discover new resources available to you. See below for a partial list of confirmed speakers.

No need to submit this for FLex PL hours as it is already approved. Bring laptop, Chromebook or other device, headphones, and a willingness to share and collaborate. Lunch, prizes, Breakout Room and new connections!

Registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/0hYyUZL3L8

Confirmed sessions include:

Formative Assessment Using Free Digital Tools
Media Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
Personal and Personalized Learning
Engaging Students in STEM
Personalized Learning

Cedarburg RtI Model | GT Services

As we near completion of the new Cedarburg RtI Model, it includes a system of support for advanced learners to address the different aspects of their needs and a vision for the district Gifted and Talented Program. Ted Noll's presentation to the School Board on March 16, 2016 can be viewed here.
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The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
― C.S. Lewis

MARCH Digital Teacher Challenge is LIVE

The March Digital Teacher Challenge is live and ready for your review! The focus for March is Feedback. Not just giving feedback for learning, but receiving feedback for instruction. What ways can you use to give and get feedback with your students.

I will add resources as I find them to the grade leveled lists. Enjoy this challenge!


Each month the newsletter will highlight an exciting event as we celebrate our schools.

Parkview students have begun collecting sap from our trees and cooked the first batch of maple syrup! Through a CEF Grant for equipment, Mr. Keller works with volunteers and students to produce the "Parkview Woods Syrup". What a fabulous early spring activity!

2016 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI)

The UWM Writing Project, a chapter of the National Writing Project, invites teachers of all levels and content areas to apply for its 2016 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI). Applications are due April 1, 2016.

The ISI is an opportunity to critically examine your own teaching of writing, to pose a question about your own practice, and to research potential approaches and strategies to answer that question. It is a time to explore your own writing processes and to get to know teachers from all around southeastern Wisconsin.

Participants will engage in extensive writing experiences and reflect on their own writing, will be acknowledged for their own expertise in the teaching of writing, and will become members of an elite cadre of Teacher Consultants throughout the nation with the National Writing Project.

The UWM Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, 2016
  • Tuesday through Friday, July 5-8, 2016
  • Monday through Friday, July 11-15, 2016.

More information is included on the application which is due April 1, 2016.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
― Plutarch


This process explains the steps a staff member / department / school would follow when looking to propose any large scale or change. The accompanying packet explains the overall process, the timeline to follow and the accompanying forms to complete. To ensure district alignment, curriculum council and curriculum committee of the board input, the process is initiated approximately 18 months prior to the year of its implementation. Some examples of past/current proposals include:

  • New textbook for a course
  • New course
  • Schedule redesign: legacy schedule to a block schedule

New Initiatives, New Courses & Program Modifications form can be found here. Watch for a new Teaching & Learning site coming soon.

Discovery Education Academies

The first week in March Cedarburg and Mequon-Thiensville School Districts partnered to bring the Discovery Education Academies to educators across the state of Wisconsin. Over 100 people attended the academies with over a dozen from Cedarburg. Each of the 4 days focused on a different topic within digital literacy (Mathematics, Literacy, STEM and Leadership). It was great to partner with educators across the state while learning new ways to engage our students.

Reflect, Refresh, Recharge

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." ~ William Shakespeare

All of this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of all staff members. Thank you for all you do for the students in Cedarburg schools. We appreciate your commitment! Have a wonderful, relaxing Spring Break!



Please use the District’s FLEX PL Website whenever you are considering an out-of-district opportunity, have a course proposal or want to check on your accumulated hours. There are links under the "Forms" tab for all of these issues, as well as links to other valuable information and resources. REMINDER - Important due dates below.

MARCH 24 Last day to submit 2015-16 Professional Learning hours. (For all hours completed or expected to be completed by June 15)

JUNE 14 & 15 Educators who have not completed 13 hours of PL prior to June 15 must attend the June PL days.

"What we resolve to do in school only makes sense when considered in the broader context of what the society intends to accomplish through its educational investment in the young."

Jerome S. Bruner

Cedarburg School District Teaching & Learning Team

Curriculum & Instruction Director: Alan Groth

Instructional Technology Administrator: Rachel Yurk

Student Services Director: Ted Noll

Technology & Assessment Director: Kirstin Rose

T&L Administrative Assistant: Karen Egelhoff

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