Elementary Curriculum Connection

April, 2015

Croffut's Corner

It's hard to believe that in a short few weeks, we will bring closure to another successful school-year. As educators, you all work so hard throughout the year to expand the minds' of your students that it can become challenging to find opportunities for you to develop your own personal and professional learning. This summer, it's time to recharge and refuel your brain! Check out the professional learning opportunities being offered this summer. These are great opportunities to earn CEUs while enhancing your own professional knowledge. I hope you will find one or more opportunities to engage in learning this summer.

Summer Math Institute

The Elementary Education Department is offering a summer math institute the week of June 22. Sessions will be offered at each grade level. Participants will explore, through hands on activities, the progression of major grade level concepts by advancing through concrete, pictorial, and abstract stages. Attendees can expect to leave with "make and take" items to use with their students. CEUs will be issued for full participation.




Registration information and final details will be forthcoming.

Children's Literature Summer Book Club

Fourth and Fifth grade teachers are invited to participate in a children's literature book club. Teachers will participate in a discussion forum through Google Classroom.


This is a great opportunity to catch up on some good literature that can be introduced to your students next year.


Book titles include:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I Survived True Stories - Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

The Junkyard Wars by Patricia Polacco

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


This Professional Development will be facilitated through Google Classroom. To join the class, enter the class code: y9a3gm.

To receive 1.0 CEU in literacy, register for 4-5 Children’s Literature Summer Book Club in the UCPS Staff Development Manager by June 12, 2015.

If you have questions please email Carrie Rule at carrie.rule@ucps.k12.nc.us

Summer Conference

The Elementary and Middle School Education Departments have planned an exciting summer conference August 3, 4, and 5. Each day of the conference will include a special keynote speaker. All teachers and administrators are invited to attend.


Monday, August 3

On Monday, August 3rd, Dr. Richard Allington will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Allington is a Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee and is a well known teacher educator and instructional researcher. His research interests include reading/learning disabilities and effective instruction, especially in classroom settings. His publications include over 100 articles, chapters, monographs, and books.


Tuesday, August 4

On Tuesday, August 4th, Dr. Juli Dixon will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Dixon is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She has a multitude of publications including books; textbooks; book chapters; and articles and international, national, and state invited keynotes and presentations.

Wednesday, August 5

On Wednesday, August 5th our guest speaker will be Maria Grant. Maria C. Grant is an associate professor in education at California State University. Dr. Grant has authored numerous publications centered on close reading, the Common Core State Standards, science literacy, formative assessment, and reading in the content areas. She works closely with Dr. Douglas Fisher, national presenter on the Gradual Release Model.


During this session, Dr. Grant will focus on the Gradual Release Model.

Participant Details

Each day will consist of morning and afternoon sessions. The morning will include breakout sessions lead by teachers and curriculum staff. The afternoon session will feature the guest speaker for the day.


CUEs will be issued for each session attended. Participants can attend one, two, or all three days as well as morning and/or afternoon sessions.


Registration details will be forthcoming.