SHARING STRATEGIES, HELPFUL TIPS, AND MUCH MORE!
Lancaster Learning Institute- April Offerings:
Check back throughout the month for additional offerings.
You can also access PDExpress through Classlink!
Some Gentle Reminders for Paid Virtual PD Training
- The ONLY way we can verify your attendance for a training and ensure you are paid is through the sign in form we give in every PD. If you want to get paid, you MUST click on that form and sign in during the training time.
- While keeping your camera on is always optional, we all know how hard it is to teach and collaborate to a blank screen. If possible, please keep cameras on to engage and participate in the course.
- We are always trying to build courses that are engaging, relevant, and needed. Please complete the evaluations at the end of each course or email CIA/ITS with requests, affirmations, or needs for PD. :)
Recorded Professional Development and Helpful Resources
Click HERE to take a look!
LACOE PD OPPORTUNITY - On-Campus Learning for Physical Education
Physical education plays an important role in the development of the whole child. During this time, it remains crucial to provide quality physical education for all students.
Please join us on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a presentation on Strategically Planning for In-Person Physical Education in K-12 schools.
Presentation will include:
- resources that support instructional planning, while maintaining COVID-19 guidelines for in-person instruction.
- templates to guide conversations with school/district stakeholders
- COVID-19 and Reopening In-person Instruction Framework
It is important for physical education stakeholders take an active approach in shaping the future of physical education. Do not miss this opportunity to ask questions, connect with colleagues and receive valuable resources to guide physical education instruction.
*Because we don't have a way to verify attendance through most LACOE PDs or presentations, this event is not paid for by Lancaster School District. But it is free to attend for those that are interested.
ELA & Math Resources One-Pagers
StudySync Blast + Text Pairings
Looking for a way to hook students and keep them engaged with grade-level texts? Try pairing a high-interest Blast with a related reading from the Library! With new Blasts posted daily, the themes are endless. We've made suggested pairings below, and included video instructions to make your job easier. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @studysync for weekly suggestions.
Go ahead and make it a pair! "Reaching for the Stars" is suggested for middle school.
Click HERE for additional pairings.
3 STEPS TO MAKE IT A PAIR:
- Search the Blast title in the Blasts Library and Assign. Customize the assignment by toggling research links “on” and adding a Teacher’s Note.
- Search the Spotlight Skill title in the Skills Library and assign.
- Search and assign the Text(s) from the Text Library and customize the Writing Prompt.
For more detailed information on how to customize and assign Blasts & texts, click HERE and scroll down to the middle of the page.
Scarborough’s Reading Rope
In 2001, Dr. Hollis Scarborough introduced Scarborough’s Reading Rope as a way to represent how related complex skills need to work together so an individual can become a skilled reader.
The Reading Rope builds on the concepts that Gough and Tumner (1986) had in their Simple View of Reading formula. This formula states:
DECODING + LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION = READING COMPREHENSION
And it shows us that both of these components are essential for a reader to understand what they are reading.
In Scarborough's Reading Rope, you can see that the two components from the Simple View of Reading, decoding and language comprehension, are part of the Reading Rope. In the Reading Rope, there are two main skills, Word Recognition and Language Comprehension. Each of these skills is comprised by subskills within the strands of the rope.
2020-21 CREATE Information
We will be collecting your submissions (no application process required), via this Google Slides template. Once we receive your submissions (by May 7th) we will organize a District website, for the public's viewing pleasure, to be launched on May 24th.
Unfortunately, due to our current circumstances, there will be no mini-grants awarded this year. That said, if you are still interested in doing some CREATE-ive projects with your students, Gina Wilson has put together some great presentations that include low cost/no cost ideas for "Distance Learning Engagement through Arts Integration." Take a look below!
If you haven't already, check out our School Buzz podcast where we discuss the CREATE Festival and how we are adapting it for this school year.
We look forward to celebrating and showcasing all of your CREATE-ive endeavors!
CREATE 2020-2021 Important Dates:
- May 7th - All Google slide submissions must be shared with Kristi Zenno (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gina Wilson (email@example.com) no later than May 7th
- May 24th- The district CREATE website will be active and available for public viewing.
Readworks.org Differentiation Options
ReadWorks content makes it easy to differentiate to meet your students' individual needs—whether you're printing or assigning to your digital class.
There are even more differentiation tools available if you create a digital class. See those supports here and learn about offline mode here.
Differentiate with Reading Passages
Teachers can differentiate in their classrooms by assigning or printing related reading passages at different levels for their students. Students never see the grade level—online or printed out.
eBooks are available for over 100 of our reading passages to engage and support comprehension for readers at all levels. eBooks feature rich illustrations and expressive human-voice audio, both helpful for prefluent, struggling, or reluctant readers. Some of the lower-level eBooks also have the option to have the words highlighted along with the read-aloud.
For 2nd through 12th grade, StepReads preserve key text structure attributes, vocabulary, syntax, and content of the original passage but scaffold emerging, beginning, or struggling readers by allowing them to read a more accessible version of a passage before tackling the original grade-level text. Teachers assign these in addition to the original text so that students can read the StepRead first and then challenge themselves to read the more complex version.
For kindergarten and 1st grade, StepReads contain words with a higher rate of decodability that stretch beginning readers to apply their phonics skills to informational texts. These StepReads still preserve the content and some of the vocabulary of the original passage but focus on repeated practice of sound-letter correspondences. We recommend that students still listen to or read the original passage in order to fully answer the comprehension questions.
Find reading passages with StepReads
Differentiate with Article-A-Day
Boost and Challenge Articles:
Boost and challenge articles are texts that are topically relevant to the overall Article-A-Day set but at varying text complexity. Research has shown that readers can become frustrated and discouraged when reading below grade-level texts because they feel "babyish." Instead, boost articles are grade-appropriate in topic while written at a lower level, allowing students to fully participate in background-knowledge building with their peers. Challenge articles provide higher complexity for students who are reading above grade level and/or are motivated by their interest in the topic. Teachers can assign boost and/or challenge articles as part of an Article-A-Day topical set to the whole class, groups of students, or individual students.
Find Article-A-Day sets with boost and challenge articles
Collections for EL:
ReadWorks provides Article-A-Day text sets with passages on topics that may be familiar or interesting to varied groups of ELLs. Many of them are about food, clothing, sports, or cultures that may be relevant to students' backgrounds. Research has shown that starting with familiar and concrete topics can support ELL students in learning the English words and labels for the things and concepts they already know. Teachers can assign these sets to their whole class, groups of students, or individual students.
Find Article-A-Day collections for ELLs
Understanding Proficiency- Learning From Student Work on Performance Tasks
Click HERE to develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards (ELA & Math) by learning from student work on performance tasks.
- Real student work from Smarter Balanced performance tasks
- Scores and annotations by practicing educators
- Tools and videos to support professional learning
April EL Newsletter
Take a look at this month's EL Newsletter HERE!
In this issue:
- Important Dates
- ELPAC Information & Schedule
- Strategies for EL Instruction
- Ways for Strengthening Your EL Program
- EL Professional Development Opportunities for Administrators, Coaches, Teachers, and SDC Teachers.
Congratulations to our lucky March gift card winners:
Cynthia Broadbent (EN) & Brittany Symons (DI)
Complete the Google Form below to enter April's drawing!
Winners will receive a gift card through their school email.
*Past winners, be sure to look for the email from Starbucks in your inbox!
Not sure if you are a past winner? Click HERE to see the list.
Who says you can't go back?
Past CIA Tidbits Newsletters/Highlights:
2019October- CCSS Anchor Standards, RACE strategy, Number Talks, SBAC Content Explorer
November- Reading Foundations, CCSS Staircase of Complexity, Close Reading/Text Dependent Questioning, CCSS Templates/Bookmarks, Growth Mindset
December- Math Coherence Maps, CA Healthy Youth Act, Literacy Points, E+R=O Student Behavior Reflection
January- CAASPP Writing Exemplars, CA Career Zone, AV Community Resource Guide
February- Readworks.org Black History Resources, Remembering Kobe Bryant Through Literacy, 3-Act-Tasks (math), Wonders Tier 2 Intervention, Leap Year Resources
March- DV VAPA Night, Women's History Resources, Verbal De-escalation, Narrative Hooks, Standard Templates/Instructional Clarity, i-Ready Data Trackers, Text Features
April- COVID/Remote Learning Resources/Updates, Digital Curriculum Resources/Help
May- LSD Teacher Care Page, Virtual Arts Resources, CIA/Tech PD offerings (distance learning), McGraw-Hill Initial Program Training
June- Demo Codes, ELA Handbook/Priority Standards, Math Priority Standards, TWIG Implementation Modules
August- Lesson Design Resources, ELA Priority Standards diagram, Digital Curriculum Resources/Help
September- ELA Priority Standards "I Can" one-pagers, District-wide PDs (videos/slides presentations), DESMOS Platform, BPST Skills Assessment in Illuminate, Math e-Assessments (ConnectEd), StudySync Priority Pacing, Sync Blasts, Using Visuals to Inspire Thinking (One Upon a Picture), Digital Whiteboards
October- Connecting Curriculum to the HPS (PD), Nearpod "Draw It" Tool, i-Ready Teacher Toolbox, Deleting Old Classes in ConnectEd, Wonders Priority Pacing/Remote Resources, IMPACT Help/Student View, Addressing Learning Loss, Digital Timer/Name Generator
November- i-Ready Virtual Learning Tips, Monitoring Program Participation, StudySync Remote Resources, Digital Escape Rooms, Kami/Google Classroom, Snipping Tool, Classroom Screen
December- StudySync Updates, i-Ready Teaching and Learning Pack, Recorded PD Folder, UDL Remote Learning Flow Chart, Digital Graphic Organizers
January- Wonders Instructional Routines Handbook/Model Lesson Videos, StudySync HPS Pacing and PD (recording, slideshow), i-Ready New Improvements, i-Ready/Nearpod District Library Lessons, Arts Integration in Distance Learning, Conga Kids Dance Lessons (videos)
February- 2021 Poet Laureate, StudySync Webinar Series/Deleting Students from Roster, Wonders Culturally Responsive Lessons, iReady Standards Mastery, Black History Month Resources, Math Intervention Strategies, Parent Conferences vs. SSTs, Coaches Corner- Building & Maintaining Relationships in a Virtual Environment
March- 6-8 Science adoption, CAHYA Instructional Unit, LACOE SS offerings, Virtual Math Manipulatives, SBAC Tools for Teachers, Nearpod Updates, Scaffolding vs Differentiation, 2021 Virtual CREATE Festival info
2020-21 Instructional Coaches
We Are CIA!
Krista Thomsen, ext 301 - Director Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Katie Weber, ext 301- CIA Admin Secretary II
Connie Hobson, ext 321 - Induction Administrative Secretary I
Renee Rubio, ext 322 - Induction Facilitator
Michelle Lambeth, ext 323 - Induction Facilitator
Kristi Zenno, ext 311 - District Instructional Coach (ELA, History/Social Science)
Gina Wilson, ext 312 - District Instructional Coach (Reading Intervention, Arts Integration)
Allison Harmon, ext 314 - District Instructional Coach (MTSS and Inclusive Practices)
April Gridler, ext 313- District Instructional Coach (Math, Science/NGSS)