T&L Tuesday

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.

Join the Community Conversations about Race

Our students and our district need you to join in conversations about race. Listen to keynote and choose from a variety of sessions/conversations.

THIS Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Southridge High School

3:30 to 6 p.m.

Computer Science

3D printing!

Interested in borrowing some 3D printers? Not sure where to start? We can help!

Email Kristin McCartney or Katie White for more details.

micro:bit PD

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

Other Upcoming Events


"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.

Digital Tools

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:

  1. Click on this LINK for instructions to import content into S2 courses from previous Canvas courses.

  2. Click on this LINK for a guide to transition to semester 2 courses. [helpful for teachers/students]

  3. Don’t forget to publish your Canvas courses to take advantage of WeVideo, Newsela, Turnitin and so much more!

  • I want to start using Canvas, how do I get started? Use this LINK
  • Important FAQs, click on this LINK

*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.


Classroom library books have been ordered and the orders are being filled now. Expect shipping to start in 45 days. If you have any questions, please ask your Literacy Leader.

New Ignite Ideas


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.

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter. https://www.smore.com/d8afk

Fine Arts

Check out info on Common Middle School Experience meeting details as well as links to LIVE registrations for Solo and Ensemble in this week's Monday Music Memo.


Reading Promotion PD Opportunity

Mr. Schu from Scholastic will be speaking to interested BSD educators on February 25th, 4-5:30 at Capital Center.

BSD Event Details and TeacherSource Sign-up

Mentor Program

The January Edition of the Newsletter is here!

Check it out for some ideas on creating classroom culture featuring an article and blog post about Repairing Harm with Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy.


There are two great professional learning opportunities coming up! While there is a cost for signing up, consider requesting tuition reimbursement to cover costs.

- Reach out to Jennifer Mann if you have any questions or would like more training opportunities.

Signal 2 Noise (S2N)

Calling all judges! It’s not too late to be a Signal to Noise judge. Sign up here

Student Projects are due by Friday, 1/31/2020.

Check out our Facebook page for updates

Social Studies

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.