Curriculum Corner

North Callaway R-1

Notes from Niki

No matter what position I have had in education, one of the things that I thrive on is that no two days are the same. There are continual challenges and problem-solving opportunities whether it is figuring out how to re-teach because half of the class still thinks that "animals do respiration and plants do photosynthesis," trying to develop a replacement behavior for the kid that keeps pushing buttons to get out of reading, or how to provide instruction in the time of COVID-19. While these challenges are at times stressful, reflecting on the "why" sure helps. It has been great to get out into buildings and see my "why" again. Seeing NC teachers kick butt in the classrooms and kids actively building knowledge has been awesome. I look forward to getting into each classroom by the end of this semester if not before.


This newsletter will be published occasionally, hopefully, every month, in order to keep you up to date on PD opportunities, provide interesting articles that I run across, and give details for upcoming district-wide PD and provide BYOC information. Please let me know what questions you have and how I can be of help to you.

PD for September 21

The main goal of our PD day on September 21 is to complete the Active Shooter training for this year in order to assure student safety. At the August Board Meeting, it was agreed that a portion of this day would also be used to as release time for those teachers that reported to work earlier than required for the first two weeks of school, there will be several different schedules and not a whole lot of time will be left to address other training needs. Please find below the schedule for your building:


Williamsburg and Hatton-McCredie


  • 8:00- noon- Active Shooter Training by the Callaway County Sheriff's office and Fulton Police Department (All building staff are required to attend this training)
  • Noon- 12:30- Lunch
  • 12:30- 1:20- Building Time (organized by building principals)
  • 1:20- Early release of those who were required to report early prior to Labor Day, any remaining certified staff should work on Curriculum



NCMS


  • 10:40- Late Start for those who were required to report early prior to Labor Day; any other certified staff should work on Curriculum
  • 10:40- 11:30- Building Time (organized by building principals)
  • 12:00- 4:00- Active Shooter Training by the Callaway County Sheriff's office and Fulton Police Department (All building staff are required to attend this training)



NCHS


  • 8:00- 11:30- Building Time (organized by building principals)
  • 12:00- 4:00- Active Shooter Training by the Callaway County Sheriff's office and Fulton Police Department (All building staff are required to attend this training)

Professional Learning

The links below are for videos, articles, webinars... that affect a wide variety of educational positions. I hope you find something interesting. This month the links include:


  • Instructional Shifts to Support Deep Learning- an article by Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver
  • A link to register for a free 30-minute webinar on how to use Google Jamboard. The webinar is provided by Simple K12.
  • If you are pretty proficient with Google Classroom and looking to use it in more powerful ways, you might enjoy Matt Miller's (of Ditch that Textbook fame- not NCHS fame) blog about 10 add-on's to try.

District Continuous Improvement (DCI)

Last year, NC began its participation in the Missouri Model Districts program, which is now known as DCI. We will collaborate with a team from the regional professional development centers so we may support effective teaching and learning to achieve exceptional student outcomes. The goals of DCI are to:

  • Establish an environment supportive of instructional change through the enhancement of structures and processes
  • Implement an evidence-based framework for instruction, which includes components that have a demonstrated positive impact on teaching and learning outcomes and
  • Improve student outcomes through incremental, yet impactful changes at the district, building, and classroom levels.

The more I learn about DCI, the more pleased I am to be a part of it. I love that it helps us use our existing programs but helps us leverage research to make them more effective. The focus on training and using a coaching approach is also consistent with the PD research that I am doing for my doctorate, so that is exciting.


You will hear more about DCI in the coming weeks as we collect data and engage in some goal-setting for the year. I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

BYOC

The BYOC audit seems like an endless task right now. As I get subjects complete, I will be sending a report to levels chairs. Those of you who are teaching new courses, please add a course description and create units for your classes. Then work on adding unit durations, topics, and learning targets, as well as aligning standards as you teach the units throughout the year.

For courses that are not new, the level of expectation is below.

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