CSD Teaching and Learning Team

MAY 2016 Update Vol 7

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

Albert Einstein

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day | A Day to Pause, Honor and Remember

Wishing you a happy, safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

Literacy Collaborative 16-17

Looking to next school year, our Intermediate and Middle school teachers will continue to implement the Literacy Collaborative framework within their classrooms as well as participate in coaching sessions with their Literacy Coach. Third through eighth grade teachers will continue to refine reading and writing workshop practices and work toward implementing a comprehensive and responsive word study component for all grade levels.

Beginning in August, the three elementary Literacy Coaches will begin training at OSU for Primary (4K-2) Literacy Collaborative. Teachers of students in grades 4K -2 will begin to participate in Literacy Collaborative training with their school's coach, beginning with rationale and key foundational ideas that define the Literacy Collaborative project. Those teachers will continue their training into the 2017-2018 school year. Cedarburg School District is excited to move forward with this effective initiative and the primary grade level teams!

We are educators; we were born to make a difference!

Rita Pierson

PBIS Framework

As part of the K4 implementation and development team, the K4 Social - Emotional work group has been developing behavioral supports for our young learners in the new K4 program by aligning their work to the PBIS framework using a framework from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) which is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

The CSEFEL approach uses a Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in young children. They have developed extensive, user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources which are available directly from this website to help educators implement this model in their schools. Check out the CSEFEL website for more information.


Students, staff and admin are asked to take part in our BrightBytes questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. Your answers will help our school choose the right technology for their classrooms, build professional learning experiences, and develop instructional practices.

For any questions or link to the your building survey, refer to the email sent by Rachel.

Please complete the survey by June 3rd. Your feedback is important to us!

Teaching & Learning Site

Last month, we debuted our NEW Teaching and Learning website which is designed specifically for teaching staff.

For convenience, we placed a link to our site on the district website under "Staff Resources" (pictured below). Please visit us often for "all things teaching and learning" and for the latest, up-to-date information as it pertains to each of our departments. This website will provide you with the latest updates, forms, processes and procedures....all things current or new.

Once again, we are so grateful to serve and support each of you!

Ted, Kirstin, Alan, Rachel and Karen

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ACT 138 | HS Math Credit for Grades 7 & 8

We are excited to announce that this week a letter was sent to parents of select math students in grade seven and eight of a decision recently made by the School Board. Seventh and eighth grade students who currently or will be enrolled in Geometry, Honors Algebra 2 w/ Trigonometry or a more advanced math class, are now entitled to receive one high school credit for the successful completion of that course. Please read the full letter that provides additional details to families. This information will be included in Webster's handbook next year.

Partnership with Concordia University

Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) has partnered with the Cedarburg School District to offer graduate education professional development opportunities to our staff. Interested school personnel will receive a discount on coursework leading to a certificate or master's degree with courses available through an online delivery, at the Mequon or an off campus location. Check out and take advantage of the Programs Offered Through CSD Partnership.

Flex PL UPDATE | 2016-17 School Year

The NEW 2016-17 Flex PL website is live!

You will notice a new streamlined site so the steps of Selecting/Requesting, Submitting & Reflecting are easy to follow.

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SAVE the Dates: August 22 & 23, 2016 FLex PL Academy

New for 2016-17:

TWO August FLEX Professional Learning Days at the start of the school year!

August 22 & 23, 2016 are essentially replacing the June PL days that have been available in the past. Cedarburg educators must still attain at least 13 hours of professional learning over the course of the 2016-17 school year, but there WILL NOT be June PL days available at the end of 2016-17. While the August 22nd & 23rd dates are not required, those dates are a great way to attain the necessary PL hours for 2016-17.

These dates in August will offer excellent opportunities to acquire PL hours that are directly linked to District initiatives and will help educators prepare for the upcoming school year. Schedules for the August PL dates are currently being developed. Sessions offered on August 22nd & 23rd may include:

  • Project-Based Learning

  • Workshop Model (classroom learning structure that promotes differentiation)

  • NWEA / MAP

  • Moby Max (Compass Learning replacement)

  • LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention)

  • Math Interventions - Tier 2 (Do the Math/elementary, Do the Math Now/middle)

  • Aimsweb (progress monitoring)

  • SCEFELS (PBIS for early elem)

  • Digital Citizenship Lessons

  • Blogging with Students

  • Classroom Website Development

  • Using Alpine to set and track an SLO

  • Digital Tools for the Classroom

If you are interested in offering a Flex PL session on August 22nd or 23rd (or during the school year), proposals can be made through the 2016-17 Flex PL website.

The target date for registration for the August sessions is June 6, 2016. An email will be sent when registration for the August sessions is open. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

In appreciation

As we approach the end of the school year, we wish to thank each one of you for your hard work all year long; you educate, innovate, encourage and support students. Every day you make a difference and your impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom, hallways and building walls......In appreciation for all you do!
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"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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