Secondary Scoop - District News in One Place - 1 / 28 / 2020
Innovative Teacher Spotlight
How can technology provide a platform for students to tell and show the progression of their ideas?
This week’s Innovative Teacher spotlight focuses on how using Micro:bits amplified student creativity and expression in Marketing classes at Westview High School.
Check out images and video of their creative interactive displays using lights, sounds, and more for their Fashion Design projects with Heather Baldwin, and view resources for how to incorporate Micro:bits into your next project.
Interested in borrowing some 3D printers? Not sure where to start? We can help!
Email Kristin McCartney or Katie White for more details.
February 12, 2020
3:30-5:00pm (Elementary and High School Teachers)
4:15-5:45pm (Middle School Teachers)
Merle Davis 33 at Beaverton High School
Bring a laptop or Chromebook
"Educators have an exciting role to play in today's struggle for a more equitable society, for we can help equalize opportunity on a moment-to-moment basis. We can treat all students as equally complex and worthy. We can teach them to treat other people that same way. We can team with outside opportunity providers to secure opportunities schools cannot provide; but above all we can ensure that our schools and classrooms are sites for counteracting inequalities on a daily basis."
-- Everyday Antiracism by Mika Pollock
Our work to improve equity in our CTE programs is not something we can ever check off a To Do list as anti-racist work must continually filter through every aspect of what we do with our students. However, as a way to stay focused, each CTE teacher committed to implement a new practice in their classroom this year based off our learnings at the CTE Equity Workshop in October. I hope that you are all trying new strategies to ensure that all students in your classrooms have the opportunity to learn and thrive. I look forward to everyone sharing their efforts/outcomes when we meet again this Spring.
This week, try just #onething to support you and your students!
Problem: Semester 2 just started and I need help with getting my Canvas courses up and running
Solution: See instructions below.
Preparing your Semester two Canvas courses can be as easy as 1,2,3:
Click on this LINK for instructions to import content into S2 courses from previous Canvas courses.
Click on this LINK for a guide to transition to semester 2 courses. [helpful for teachers/students]
Don’t forget to publish your Canvas courses to take advantage of WeVideo, Newsela, Turnitin and so much more!
*This information can also be applied to Quarter and Hexter classes.
** Caution: Content you import will be published, be sure to unpublish content unless you want students to access it.
***Disregard this message if your courses are full year (ex. Elementary, most middle school courses)
Please don’t hesitate to contact me (Chris Giles) or your school Canvas Facilitator if you have any questions or concerns.
February is right around the corner, providing another opportunity to celebrate various aspects of Black History Month. No matter your role in the district, check out the links to join in the celebration.
- U.S. Census Bureau African-American (Black) History Month background and information
- Association for the Study of African-Aerican Life and History Black History Themes page
- BlackPast African-American History page
- TravelPortland’s Black History Month in Portland
Check out the latest edition of our newsletter. https://www.smore.com/d8afk
Reading Promotion PD Opportunity
Mr. Schu from Scholastic will be speaking to interested BSD educators on February 25th, 4-5:30 at Capital Center.
There are two great professional learning opportunities coming up! While there is a cost for signing up, consider requesting tuition reimbursement to cover costs.
Robert Kaplinsky’s Empowered Problem Solving Workshop online workshop to help mathematics educators implement problem-based learning and higher Depth of Knowledge problems
Making Math Moments that Matter: Helping Teachers Empower Students To Become Resilient Problem Solvers You’ll learn how to build and adjust your own lessons that engage students, build deeper understanding of math, and promote resilience in problem solving.
GoFormative - Reach out to Jennifer Mann if you have any questions or would like more training opportunities.
The first K-12 Social Studies Cadre meeting in this Thursday, 1/30. Stay tuned for a copy of the slides and agenda (for those interested) next week. The work begins now!
Are you attending BSD's Community-Wide Conversation Around Race this Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. @ Southridge? The Social Studies team will be there, along with Chris Rempel, BSD's American Indian/Alaska Native Coordinator. Join us! More info here.
February 3-7 is the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. Check out their website with lots of curriculum and resources here.