Secondary English Weekly #13
VOLUME THREE, ISSUE THIRTEEN /January 4-8, 2021
- MOY Testing: iReady (6-8), StudySync Benchmark Form 2 (9-12); Window Open through January 22nd; Use this guide if you need help with Assigning the StudySync Benchmark Assessments. Use this guide if you need help with Accessing the StudySync Benchmark Reports.
Monday, January 4th
- StudySync Webinar: How to Create and Grade Assignments 4-4:30 PM --- Register
Tuesday, January 5th
- StudySync Webinar: Customize Assignments for Personalized Learning 4-4:30 PM --- Register
One Book-One Community Session: 3pm Register
- Thurber House Young Writers' Studio 6:30-8:30pm Register
- StudySync Webinar: Basic Training for New Accounts 4-5 PM --- Register
YOUR RESPONSE NEEDED ON SURVEY FOR UPCOMING CCS PD ON FEBRUARY 3RD: NEEDS & PRESENTER REQUEST
Please take a few minutes to answer the questions on this FEB. 3RD PD FORM so that the district PD on February 3rd can be tailored to the needs you identify.
We are looking for teachers who have had success with the following items and could present a session on the item on February 3rd to show your colleagues how you did it and help them to do it, too. If you can do any of these, please indicate it on the final question on this FEB. 3RD PD FORM (same form as Needs Survey). You may present by yourself or with a colleague.
- How to Connect StudySync to Google Classroom and the Infinite Campus Grade Book
- Model a Lesson from StudySync Using Clear Learning Intentions from Ohio's Learning Standards (Must Allow for Student Ownership of Standard Mastery)
- Show a Few Tools and Tips for Enlivening StudySync Lessons in a Remote Setting (Must Show How Tools/Tips Enhance StudySync Items)
CCS Course Meeting Time ON SECOND TUESDAYS OF THE MONTH: Talking with your colleagues about the work
- share how they are making the most of our adopted resources (e. g. StudySync) to maximize student learning,
- show teaching ideas that have worked well this year,
- ask other colleagues how they are handling something you want to try, etc.
The district will plan to have some Course Meetings every second, Tuesday of the month (1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11). We may not be able to have every course, every month due to the available number of hosting Zoom rooms, but we will offer as many as we can.
Here are the offerings for January 12th as of the time of this publication. This list will be updated as more host Zoom rooms are procured.
JANUARY 12TH COURSE MEETINGS
- English 6 3:30-4pm Link Coming Soon
- English 7 3:30-4pm https://ccsoh-us.zoom.us/j/2162955157
- English 8 3:30-4pm https://ccsoh-us.zoom.us/j/84021115388?pwd=MUN3eXhjUUpvdDhwMjhSMUNjMzZMZz09 ID: 840 2111 5388; Passcode: 414957
- English 9 3-3:30pm https://ccsoh-us.zoom.us/j/8620769563
- African American Literature 3-3:30pm https://ccsoh-us.zoom.us/j/6110347461 ID: 611 034 7461
NOTE: If you would also like to have Course Meeting Time on the February 3rd PD Day, please indicate that on the Needs Survey (FEB. 3RD PD FORM) introduced above.
$2000 Opportunity from OSU/Digital Media and Composition Institute Aided by AP/Honors Text Author Renee Shea
-The Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC) is seeking to fund three teams of teacher scholars to create cross-disciplinary instructional modules on the broad topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion in digital contexts for their upcoming online institute (May 3-10, 2021). Supported by the generous funding of the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme at The Ohio State University, these teams will create robust instructional modules that could include assignments, syllabi, curricula, workshops, classroom activities, bibliographies, and community-engaged project ideas. These modules will serve multiple purposes. They will become a part of the regular DMAC curriculum, they will serve as instructional materials that DMAC participants and their colleagues/students can use at their home institutions and within their local communities, and they will be available to Ohio State instructors across disciplines and academic units who wish to use them in their classes and community outreach. In addition to building asynchronous, stand-alone instructional modules, teams will also participate in a 1-hour, synchronous video conversation during DMAC 2021 to discuss their work and to answer any questions participants may have.
-Teams will be made up of two teacher scholars who can illustrate cross-disciplinary perspectives on pedagogy and/or methodology. Eligible teams can be made up of Ohio State graduate students, faculty, and staff as well as DMAC alumni from other institutions. At least one member of the team must have attended DMAC in the past. Team members will be granted the title, “Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme Fellow at the Digital Media and Composition Institute.” If selected, each team member will receive a stipend of $2000. In addition to team members being credited for the work, all materials must acknowledge support from GAHDT and DMAC with specific branding language and graphics and must include DMAC Creative Commons Licensing.
-Renee Shea, one of the authors of our adopted AP and Honors texts, is a DMAC alum. She has been in touch with Scott DeWitt about this opportunity, who told her that he recently had such a positive experience working with a group of Columbus high school teachers; he strongly urged her to to put together a CCS high school team for this proposal. One requirement is that one member of the team must be a DMAC alum, and she is willing to serve that purpose.
-The proposal is due January 15th. If you have any interest, reach out to Renee Shea asap (firstname.lastname@example.org) to form your team and begin work on the proposal. It seems a wonderful opportunity to continue thinking about the form and function online learning will take on once we have returned to "normal" school. The "equity, diversity, and inclusion" is 100% part of the mission in Columbus City Schools.
-They seek 1–2-page proposals that describe the instructional modules teams would build if named a GAHDT Fellow at DMAC. Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Diversity and inclusion: Do teams illustrate how their instructional module will address specific pedagogical goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, access, activism, and social justice in digital contexts?
- Cross-disciplinary relevance and impact: Do teams explain how they plan to utilize and make explicit cross-disciplinary methodologies and pedagogies in the development of their instructional materials?
- Instructional materials: Do teams describe the kinds of instructional materials included in their module? Do they explain how DMAC participants will be able to adapt these materials to their home institutions and within their local communities, including assignments, syllabi, curricula, workshops, classroom activities, bibliographies, and community-engaged projects?
- Multimodality: Do teams offer specific examples of how they plan to create multimodal materials for their instructional modules that reflect the mission of DMAC?
- Timeliness and responsiveness: Do teams take into consideration how their instructional modules address issues related to diversity and inclusion in this contemporary moment and yet could be responsive to changing situations and conditions?
-In addition to the 1–2-page proposal, submissions should include a bibliography (if applicable) as well as a CV for each member. Teams must be able to adhere to the following timeline:
- January 15, 2021: Proposal deadline
- January 22, 2021: Fellows announced
- February 1-5, 2021: Meeting with Fellows and DMAC directors
- March 1-5, 2021: Presentation of draft materials for instructional modules
- April 5, 2021: Draft instructional modules submitted to directors
- April 26, 2021: Final instructional modules due to directors
- May 3-10, 2021: Digital Media and Composition Institute 2021
-Please submit your proposal and supporting documents at the following link. This Qualtrics form for will ask for names and contact information for each team member and will accept .docx and .pdf files. https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5aHYLQUwXvQKJPT
NCTE MINDFUL WRITING SERIES PD (SATURDAYS FROM JAN 9-FEB 13)
A Mindful Writing series from NCTE will take place every Saturday from January 9th through February 13th from 11am-12:15pm. The opportunity is open to both NCTE members (free) and nonmembers ($10 per session). This series will help teachers refuel and find balance as we take the turn into a new year. In each session, participants will be invited to do a guided meditation and then a restorative activity that combines writing with mindfulness, including already-perfect meditation, working with preconceptions and story lines, caricature of our internalized critics, and mantra for self-compassion. Some sessions will include guest speakers and experts on mindfulness with an opportunity for Q&A; guest speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Please note: This series is NOT sequential. Feel free to join one, two, or any number of the sessions—whatever works with your schedule. Each date will be a unique time to get together and meet you where you are. Register HERE
Kami Connect 2021
Kami Connect 2021 is a free virtual conference for educators on February 18th. Join them for an action-packed day of professional development, inspirational speakers, previews of new Kami features, prizes, and much more! Sessions include Fostering collaboration, Whiteboarding, Inclusive classrooms and accessibility, Social and emotional learning, New Kami features and product tips, Expert panel discussions, and Inspiring keynotes. Register HERE for Kami Connect
2021 Princeton Summer Journalism Program
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. They are currently planning to run the program virtually for the summer of 2021. Over seven weeks, students will attend virtual workshops to learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They will also attend virtual lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton University professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event, attend a virtual theatrical production, and interview subjects for their feature stories, which will be published in the Princeton Summer Journal. Review the 2020 Program Schedule for a sample of what to expect. After the program, students work with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist or program alum, to complete their college applications.
Program Flyer: PSJ 2021
Program dates: mid-June through early August 2021
Cost: None. There is no cost to students to participate in this program.
Eligibility: To apply, students must be:
- Current high school juniors (Class of 2022)
- living in the United States permanently
- with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
- who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)
- and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
- The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
- The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch.
- The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.
Applying: The online application is available on this website and due no later than Monday, February 22, 2021. Students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process and find answers to FAQs online.
2020 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award Winners
The Buckeyes are one of the only state reader’s choice awards in which students get to nominate the titles as well as vote on the final winners. The only adults who may submit nominations or votes are teachers and librarians who are representing a group of students from their school or library. This allows the Buckeyes to be truly a student-chosen award in all aspects. Here are the 2020 Winners which were announced in December.
- Grades K–2: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
- Grades 3-5: Shelby’s Story: A Dog’s Way Home Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
- Grades 6-8: Guts by Raina Telgemeier
- Teen: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Don’t forget to have your students make their nominations for the 2021 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards!
- 3 Aspects of Comprehension Instruction by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
- Quarter Turns: Supports to Access Complex Text Across Disciplines
- Want Kids to Like Books? Give Them Time to Read
- Using Peritext and Epitext to Support Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Creativity
- How Teachers Can Use Their Own Writing as Model Texts
- Want to Learn More Effectively? Take More Breaks, Research Suggests
- Enhancing Remote Learning and Student Engagement With Online Tools
- Education Technology in 2020: 8 Takeaways From a Chaotic Year
- A Powerful Strategy for Fostering Student Motivation
- Using High Expectations to Boost Students’ Sense of Belonging
- How to help ELLs acquire content-specific language
- Fueling Teachers' Passion and Purpose
- The Resilient Educator / The Lowdown on Burnout
- Coping with Change and Uncertainty
- Show & Tell: A Video Column / Regaining "Compassion Satisfaction"
- Why students are cyberbullying themselves
- This Awful Year in 6 Words (2020)
- Movies about teachers are a great way to escape and either laugh at a relatable comedy or cry at a moving drama about the power of education.
MOY Testing WINDOW
SEMESTER EXAMS ARE OPTIONAL
As you know the district began semesterization this school year. This has brought up the question as to whether Semester Exams will be required. The answer is no. Teachers do have the choice to offer a semester exam if they want. For English 6-12, the exam could be one of the tests in the StudySync Assessment Suite. Some good choices from that suite would be a Benchmark Assessment (Grades 6-8), a State Test Preparation Assessment, or an End of Unit Test. Since the Benchmarks are used for the BOY, MOY, and EOY in Grades 9-12, they should not be used as the semester exam at those grade levels.
Here is the official word about semester exams from the district.
-Based on BOE Policy #5421 approved on April 15, 2015, semesterization is permitted with teachers having the OPTION to give final exams.
-Below is a guide for teachers to use to calculate final grade WITH or WITHOUT semester exams. For those teachers, especially Science and Social Studies, who are interested in creating semester exams, Mastery Connect could be a good tool to use. Math and ELA teachers have the option of using the assessment tools in their McGraw Hill resources.
Classes Granting Fewer Than One (1) Credit
-For a class granting less than one (1) credit for which a final exam is not given, the final grade shall be calculated by adding the quality points for each quarter's grade. The total shall then be divided by four (4). The final grade shall be determined by applying the resulting quality points to the Final Grade Calculation Scale.
-For a class granting less than one (1) credit for which a final exam is given at the discretion of the teacher, the final grade shall be calculated by first doubling and adding the quality points for each quarter's grade, and then adding those quality points and the quality points for the exam grade. The total shall then be divided by five (5). The final grade shall be determined by applying the resulting quality points to the Final Grade Calculation Scale. This Grade Calculator has two formulas for semester grades (one with an exam and one without an exam).
COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY WINTER READING CHALLENGE
This year’s program is online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out this Winter Reading Challenge video to learn more.
Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 – Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
Participants: Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade
How can I join Winter Reading Challenge? Go to columbuslibrary.org/winterreading. Select “register,” then “I’m registering for Winter Reading Challenge.” Sixth grade teachers are able to sign up their entire class by selecting "I'm a teacher signing up my class" after hitting the register button.
How do I complete Winter Reading Challenge? Earn 6 Super Winter Reader badges by completing 6 reading activities of your choice. The required 6 hours of reading are built into the activities.
What prizes will I earn if I complete Winter Reading Challenge? You will earn a book, bookmark, mechanical pencil, a Raising Cane’s coupon and a Donatos coupon booklet. They will be mailed to the mailing address you provide when you sign up.
FLIP THE PAGE: CENTRAL OHIO'S TEEN LITERARY JOURNAL-ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS THROUGH JAN. 29TH
Flip the Page is written, staffed, and produced by Central Ohio teens. The mission is to provide a showcase for the work of young local writers and offer opportunities to learn about submission, critique, editorial design, and publication. All accepted writers and artists receive a complimentary copy of the journal, and writers receive an invitation to read their work at the Columbus Arts Festival. Submissions are juried by a committee of teen writers from Thurber House's Young Writers' Studio (See Above). Submissions are OPEN for the 2021 edition of Flip the Page. Please read all guidelines carefully. Submission Deadline: January 29, 2021
Writing Submission Guidelines
- Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
- Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
- They are interested in short stories, poems, songs, essays, play excerpts, and especially humor pieces
- Maximum of 800 words per piece
- Limit of two entries per person
- Accepted formats are Word documents and shareable Google documents
SUBMIT TO FLIP THE PAGE
Artwork Submission Guidelines
- Must be a resident of Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, or Licking counties)
- Open to teens ages 13 to 19 years old
- We are interested in 2-D and 3-D pieces, as well as digitally-created or edited artwork
- Each artist can submit up to five pieces
- Artwork must be submitted as a .jpg, .tiff, or .png file
- Resolution should be 300 dpi or higher
- Send artwork to email@example.com (or click the submit button below)
- Include artist's first and last name, date of birth, title of piece, contact email, school, and art teacher's name with submission
- At times, to accommodate the design of the journal, we must grayscale or crop artwork, but we always try to maintain the integrity of the piece
THURBER HOUSE'S YOUNG WRITERS' STUDIO FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STARTS JANUARY 5TH
Students in 9th–12th grade who love writing stories, crafting new worlds, and building never-before-seen characters, should sign up for Thurber House's Young Writers' Studio! Young Writers' Studio will be held online on Zoom until it's safe to meet in person. They meet every other week with author and English professor Robert Loss. They kick off the first hour with quality writing prompts and activities. They wrap up the last hour with the chance to workshop pieces that you or others share. It's a safe, low-key, fun way to enjoy writing and meet others!
Winter/Spring 2021 Schedule (6:30-8:30pm on Select Tuesdays)
- Tuesday, January 5
- Tuesday, January 19
- Tuesday, February 2
- Tuesday, February 16
- Tuesday, March 2
- Tuesday, March 16
- Tuesday, March 30
- Tuesday, April 13
- Tuesday, April 27
A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OHIO POETRY ASSOCIATION 2020-2021 HIGH SCHOOL POETRY CONTEST
The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA) is sponsoring its annual high school poetry contest, offering prizes and publication to winners in nine categories. A grand prize-winning poem will be published in Common Threads, OPA’s annual poetry journal. Winning poems will be sent to the Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. The OPA contest is open to any student in grades 9–12 in public schools, private and faith-based schools, and to home-schooled students in Ohio. There is no entry fee. Rules are set out below. To avoid disqualification, all of the following guidelines must be followed.
- All poems must be the original work of the student and must be unpublished (in print or online, including social media) and not accepted for publication.
- Each poem must be titled. There may be only one entry per student in any category, and no poem may be entered in more than one category. There is no limit on the number of categories to which a student may submit. NOTE: For Manningham eligibility, there is a limit of 30 lines for any poem; only one poem per student can be sent.
- All poems must be typed or computer-generated in a plain font no larger than 12-point. Times New Roman is the suggested font.
- All poems must be in English, single-spaced, printed on one side of the page only, and all category requirements must be observed. No illustrations or decorations.
- Two copies of each poem must be submitted. Each copy must contain the name Senior Division and the category (number only) in the upper left-hand corner. On the second copy only, the name of the student, name of the school (or if home-schooled, your mailing address), grade level, and language arts/English teacher (or parent-teacher for home-schoolers) must appear in the upper right-hand corner.
At the bottom of the page with the student name and school address identification, the following statement must be typed and signed by the student. This can be signed electronically if poems are emailed.
“I certify that this poem is my original work and has not been copied in whole
or in part from any author’s poems in print or posted on the Internet."
- All entries from the same school should be mailed together, flat in one envelope, with the name of the teacher or parent-teacher on a note inside or marked clearly on the envelope. Alternatively, poems can be emailed. Teachers should compile all their student entries into one WORD document file. See below for email and mailing information.
- ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED OR EMAILED BY JANUARY 25, 2021.
Special Note for Teachers: Teachers are strongly encouraged to read all student poems for appropriateness. No personal names of friends or family members should appear in poems. No poems will be returned.
Contest Categories & Sponsors
- Voices from the Past – A persona poem in any style in the voice of someone or something from history or prehistory (e.g., a person/animal/artifact). Sponsor: Mark Hersman
- Ethos – Ethos is a Greek word defined as the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution or the fundamental character or spirit of a culture. Write a poem that reflects in some way your own ethnicity or cultural heritage. Any form. 30-line limit. Sponsor: Chuck Salmons
- New Beginnings – Using your imagination and fresh imagery, describe how change of any kind can affect your life. 30-line limit. Sponsor: Great Expectations Writers
- Free Verse – A poem of no more than 10 lines on any subject. Sponsor: Jessica Bentley
- Humor – A poem that makes us laugh—amusing, humorous, funny (but clean enough to print) in any form. 30-line limit. Sponsor: Pat Snyder Hurley
- Metrical Measures – Write a poem in a form that is metrical, e.g., sonnet, villanelle, blank verse. 30-line limit. Sponsor: Betsy Hughes
- Ekphrastic – Choose a work of art from any art museum you visit on-site or online, and write a poem in response to that work. At the bottom of your page, note the name of the work of art; the artist; the museum where you viewed it; and a website location (URL) of the art, if available. 30-line limit. Sponsor: The Pentapoets
- A Sense of Place – A poem that captures a memorable landscape, cityscape, seascape, building, or interior. Any form. 30-line limit. Sponsor: William R. Reyer
- “There’s One Who Doesn’t Know We’re Twins” – Maybe or maybe not separated at birth or in a dream or somewhere else in the universe. Write about a “possible twin” you may have. 30-line limit. Sponsor: Springfield Writers Club
Prizes & Publication
Awards for each category are $25, $15, and $10, with the possibility of honorable mentions. All judges reserve the right not to award a prize in a category if entries do not meet the category criteria and/or judge’s requirements. Chapbooks with winning poems will be sent to each school by mid-April. Please email or mail all poetry submissions by January 25, 2021.
SEND ALL POETRY SUBMISSIONS TO:
Regular mail: Send submissions in one envelope to:
Sharon Fish Mooney, OPA Student Contests
86545 Cramblett Road
Scio, Ohio 43988
For further inquiries or questions send an email to: email@example.com
POETRY OUT LOUD 2020-2021
Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.
NYC MIDNIGHT'S SHORT STORY CHALLENGE
The 15th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 4 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round kicking off on January 22nd, writers are placed in groups and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words. The judges choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 2nd Round where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have 3 days to write a 2,000-word short story. The judges again choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 3rd Round where writers receive new assignments and have 2 days to write a 1,500-word short story. Judges select finalists and the remaining writers are challenged to write a 1,250-word story in just 24 hours in the fourth and final round of the competition. Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners. In addition, they will be donating two dollars from each entry to global charities dealing with some of the most critical issues affecting our world, and writers choose where that donation goes. Learn more about the competition, register, and read winning stories from previous competitions at the link below. Good luck and stay safe writers! Registration Deadline: January 21, 2021.
NCTE STUDENT WRITING AWARDS
Here are two writing contest from NCTE.
This school-based writing program encourages high school students in their writing and publicly recognizes some of the best student writers in the nation. Deadline February 15
This school-based writing program stimulates and recognizes student’s writing talents and emphasizes the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Deadline February 15
HUMANITIES STUDENT/CLASS SUBMISSIONS
Through the National Humanities Center’s Humanities Moments project, users submit short videos and essays recalling how an encounter with the humanities, whether through a book, film, document, performance, or something else, profoundly affected their lives.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR THE 2021 NCTE ANNUAL CONVENTION
Program Chair Valerie Kinloch chose "Equity, Justice, and Antiracist Teaching" as the theme for the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention, and she invites you to submit a program proposal today! Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 13.
ONE BOOK-ONE COMMUNITY: TWO MORE CHANCES TO BE PART OF THE TALK
Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting two more virtual community book talks as part of #centralohioreads One Book - One Community. During the sessions on January 5th at 3pm and January 21st at 7pm, you can live chat with panelists from your computer or mobile device. Register for these free virtual programs HERE.
They’re encouraging all central Ohio families, friends and co-workers to read STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. This program is designed to cultivate conversations around race and social justice based upon the shared reading experience of the greater Columbus community. Through the reading of a singular book, the community can reflect together upon the institutional and systemic inequalities that have impacted our community and nation for far too long. For more events, book club reading guides and additional resources to learn about race and racism visit columbuslibrary.org/one-book. Can’t attend the live stream? Sign up and watch the recording afterwards.
OCTELA (OHIO COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS) CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 20-27
Due to the current pandemic, OCTELA 2021: Equity will be held virtually on February 20-27th. They hope that this format will satisfy your need for top-notch professional development while also being able to accommodate the various schedules that teachers have this year. This year’s OCTELA virtual conference will include four keynote sessions (Laurie Halse Anderson, David Bowles, Dr. Jocelyn A. Chadwick, and Dr. Peggy O'Brien) that will be live streamed on Saturdays. There will be a mixture of live breakout and pre-recorded sessions available to attendees throughout the week. Virtual seats in live breakout sessions are limited; however, recordings of live sessions will be available for a minimum of thirty (30) days after the conference. All pre-recorded sessions will be available for on-demand viewing for up to one (1) year after the conference. As always, CEUs and graduate credit will be available.
Go to https://www.octela.org/conference/ for more information.
2021 Registration Prices: Standard Registration: $73; Undergraduate registration $33
BULK BOOKSTORE GIVEAWAY
HERE is the contest to win $500 in Books.
TEACHINGBOOKS BLOG-CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS
HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways for December 2020.
WE ARE TEACHERS-CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS
HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways.
What are the secondary english curriculum resources?
Here is the CCS Adopted, Supplemental, and Intervention Resources List that contains all of the resources available to secondary English teachers.
- The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English)
- The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000
- The Supplemental Resources (in general) are TeachingBooks and DBQ
Visit the ELA 6-12 Webpage. It is a single site for all Secondary English Curriculum/Resources.
- Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 (Quick Link on site for Middle School)
- Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 (Quick Link on site for High School)
NOTE: To access many curricular and district, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.
Content Priorities-What Matters Most in English Under the Constraints of Remote/Pandemic Teaching and Learning
Priority I: Essential Practice
significant instructional time with ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion
strategies/scaffolds for comprehension and composition that transfer across texts/contexts
Priority 2: Standard Alignment
questioning/activities/lessons/assessments that apply standard knowledge and skills to ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion
- heavier focus on targeted standards from OST
- awareness of PreAP/AP standards (Honors & AP)
Priority 3: Adopted Resource
use of StudySync (English 6-12) for integrated, on-grade-level, scaffolded lessons that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2
- use of Bedford texts/Launchpad (Honors & AP) for foundational, skill, and theme/topic lessons that that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2
-In general, the first priority focuses on the essential practices for your classroom time. The second priority lists the standards that you should focus on the most for questions, activities, lessons, and assessments using the grade-level, complex texts from your essential practice in priority one. It may be that those priority standards become your narrowed focus for the rest of the year. The third priority shows you how the adopted resources inherently meet priorities one and two. It should be noted that in StudySync, you teach all of the standards listed in priority two in the first four CORE ELA units for your grade level. It may be that you try to do just those four units instead of six this school year due to our slower pace caused by remote learning.
-Below are the slides with the priorities detailed including which standards are the most important for preparing a student to be college and career ready and to do well on the OST. You will find resource links from the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage and our adopted resources for meeting the priorities. You will find research behind each of the priorities and why they are the most important for a narrowed focus. You will want to read through each carefully as they each contain several items of information.
CONTENT PRIORITY SLIDES FOR SECONDARY ENGLISH
-You can also find the Content Priority Slides on the ELA 6-12 Webpage in the "CCS ELA GUIDING DOCUMENTS" section of the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 and the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 Quick Link pages.
StudySync: Tier One Instructional Resource for English
-Your classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes are for first semester and the Y classes are for second semester. If you want to change the names of your classes in StudySync, follow this guide: StudySync-How to Change Course Names
-Here is information about liking StudySync to Google Classroom.
- Webinar: StudySync Google Integrations
- Teachers: Linking Your Account with Google Classroom
- Students: Linking Your Account with Google Classroom
-Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a co-teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC.
-Remember, if you have a question that deals with CCS infrastructure as it relates to StudySync (Clever, rostering, IC, etc.), those questions would be for Tim Wangler.
Tutorials, Trainings, and Webinars
- Tutorials (Some of the most popular tutorials)
- Trainings (Recorded CCS StudySync trainings from July -October)
- Weekly/Monthly Webinars Several Available Each Week
- For the latest information at StudySync, sign up for the SyncUP monthly newsletter. Opt-in here: studysync.com/subscribe
- CCS-only Ask-an-Expert Sessions (Every Thursday at 3:30PM)
Remote Teaching Documents
- StudySync_ Asynchronous v. Synchronous–First Read
- StudySync_ Asynchronous v. Synchronous–Skill Lesson
- StudySync_ Asynchronous v. Synchronous–Close Read
- StudySync_ Asynchronous v. Synchronous–Blast
Resources/Bit.ly Links from StudySync Training Presenters
Teacher Resources from StudySync: https://bit.ly/3iZJigI
Administration Resources from StudySync: https://bit.ly/3jsuLua
Here are the finalized/updated support emails/numbers for McGraw Hill.
Teacher Support McGraw Hill
- Phone: 614.328.4805
- Email: CbusTeacherSupport@mheducation.com
Administrator Support McGraw Hill
- Phone: 614.328.4811
- Email: CbusAdministratorSupport@mheducation.com
- Phone: 800.437.3715
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford/Launchpad: Tier One Instructional Resource for Honors and AP English
BEDFORD access and support
To get to Launchpad through Clever http://clever.com/in/columbuscity, click the Launchpad icon and click on the name of class/textbook. Student texts were sent to the buildings. All students have a hardback text, Honors students should also have a workbook.
SupportHELP CENTER FORM: https://macmillan.force.com/bfwhighschool/s/
Trainings and Tutorials
Bedford Overviews, Slideshows, Trainings, and Tutorials
TeachingBooks: Supplemental Resource
TeachingBooks Access and Support
You AND your students access TeachingBooks via the Clever icon or http://clever.com/in/columbuscity. Click on the TeachingBooks icon.
- Discover TeachingBooks! - Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 3PM
- Fresh Ideas Ready-to-Use from TeachingBooks - Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 3PM
- Literacy Inspiration for STEAM lessons with TeachingBooks - Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 3PM
- Reflect on Cultural Representation with Literature - Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 3PM
-TeachingBooks is the tool that houses the lists of books we have in the warehouse and in the Secondary English Curriculum Office. Use this TeachingBooks Tutorial to learn how to access the CCS book lists.
- TeachingBooks also is a place to get additional novel and author resources. These Overview videos/trainings from TeachingBooks can help you understand the resources: Introduction video I Slide Presentation and Training Script.
-October 16th PD Session: Virtual and Blending Learning Recording
DBQ Literature Mini-Qs: Supplemental Resource access and support
did you miss earlier issues of the secondary english weekly newsletter?
Each week, this Secondary English Weekly Newsletter will be linked in an email sent to ELA and ELA-related teachers in Grades 6-12 and posted on the CCS English Language Arts 6-12 Page (https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12). It will contain all of the latest information that could prove useful to you and your students. If you know of anyone who needs to be added to the mailing list, please send their name(s) to email@example.com. Happy Educating!