BASD Coaching Rundown

January 2022

Happy New Year, BASD!

Wow! Is it really 2022 already? We know you're all STILL facing unprecedented challenges. Remember that we are here to support you! We've shared a pic of our coaching menu below as a reminder of some of the ways we can collaborate with you this school year. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
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Monthly Raffle Winners

Thanks to all who participated in our last newsletter challenge by focusing on student engagement during the month of January! We had many teachers attend our trade time session on the topic, request copies of articles from Ed Leadership, and invite us in to use an engagement tracking protocol. Congrats to our winners! Please take a moment to fill out the form below so that we can gift you your prize!

Mary Boyle-Fedor (Learning Support Teacher, BAHS)

Christa Calabro (3rd Grade Teacher, Benner)

Jeff Hodgson (Reading Specialist, Pleasant Gap)

Sabrina Sandoval (Gifted Teacher, District-Wide)

Nicole Tucker (Art Teacher, BAMS)

Amy Wilson (2nd Grade Teacher, Bellefonte)

Prize Selection Form:

WORDLE in the Classroom?

Have you heard of WORDLE? If not, you're missing out! With all of the negative things being spread on social media these days, it's nice to see that a literacy-based game is gaining in popularity. The story behind why the game was developed is actually a love story! Read this article from

The New York Times for the cute tale.

Of course, as teachers, we're always trying to hijack the latest trends for our own (nefarious?) use in the classroom. WORDLE is surely a game students of all ages will be interested in playing! Visit the following link (shoutout to Sarah Rodgers to finding this!) to create a custom WORDLE related to your own content:

In addition to the link above, there are a number of different adaptations for use in the classroom, including similar games that incorporate math concepts (number sentences, order of operations, times tables, prime numbers), and even a Spanish version of WORDLE. Variations are summarized in this blog post:

Lastly, check out this brief ASCD article written by Nell Duke that summarizes what WORDLE reminds us about effective phonics and spelling instruction.

MAP Testing, Round Two

Students in grades 1-8 will soon be taking the second round of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. From what we've been told, students in grades 9 and 10 will also be taking the assessment at some point soon. Stay tuned for more info.

The official Winter MAP Testing Window is scheduled for the week of February 7th. Teachers in grades 1-8 will assess their students in Math and Reading. Grade 4 and Grade 8 teachers should also assign and plan to administer the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment during this window. The Language test is available and optional for teachers to pilot as well.

The tests to administer are listed below:

Grade 1: Growth Math K-2, Growth Reading K-2

Grades 2-5:Growth Math 2-5, Growth Reading 2-5

Grades 4: NGSS Science 3-5

Grades 6-8: Growth Math 6+, Growth Reading 6+

Grade 8: NGSS Science 6-8

Please take some time this week to review the MAP testing procedures in order to be ready to test. Please reach out to Allison or Dr. Vancas if you any questions leading up to the assessment.

For additional help, please check out the tutorials found at Once on the Professional Learning tab, click on Courses. Here the "Get Yourself Ready to be a Proctor" and the "Get Your Students Ready" courses may be most helpful for those that need a refresher.

Data! Data! Data!

How many times have you heard the phrase, data-driven instruction? It's definitely a term thrown around often, and while you may be tired of hearing it, we all know that as educators, it's critical that we regularly collect and analyze data to determine what our students know and are able to do, where gaps exist in their learning, and what they're ready for next.

With the second round of MAP testing on the horizon, it's important that we learn the data available to us and how to use it to for future planning. While not all teachers will have MAP data at their fingertips, we all have assessments of some sort! Therefore, we encourage you to give data-driven decision making a particular focus during the month of February.

Newsletter Challenge

Staff members who do any of the following will be entered in our monthly prize raffle:

  • Reflect upon a recent assessment via this brief form.

  • Set up a time to chat one-on-one with a coach about data. The chat can be geared to your specific data/assessment needs.

  • Stop by one of our "Open Door Data Days" during the month of February. We will be traveling to each building and will bring snacks! More information will be shared soon.

  • Visit this Youtube Playlist and watch one or more of the videos. There are several informative videos that address common questions, such as: Is growth dependent on prior years' growth? Is it possible for high achieving students to show growth? There are also many videos that review how to navigate the various reports within the PVAAS system. Send an email to a coach with the link to the video you watched along with a brief reflection. You might also consider using the videos as an external trade time opportunity if you're still in need of hours.

STEM Spotlight

So what really is STEM? In the last newsletter, Allison broke down COLLABORATION. This month, she explains the importance of CREATIVITY:

Some people consider themselves naturally creative, and others don't, but in reality every person has a creative spot in their brain that can be nurtured. Coming up with new, novel ideas takes some out-of-the-box thinking and letting your brain have space to explore. Encouraging all our kids to brainstorm, think big, use different resources, and really just give them time and space to come up with new ideas is important in the STEM process. Some of the top companies in the world give their employees time to simply be creative and some great ideas (post-its, gmail) have come from that time. Encouraging creativity in problem solving at all grade levels will make our students better employees and problem solvers in the world. Check out two articles below that address the importance of creativity:

Creativity in the Real World @ Google and 3M

Creativity is the Secret Sauce to STEAM

Also, if you haven't had a chance to check them out yet, click on the links below to access the recent STEM newsletters:



Bellefonte READS...about The National Parks!

The Bellefonte READS Committee is very excited about the 2022 book collection! The feature title is the beautiful picture book, YOU ARE HOME: AN ODE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS, by Evan Turk. The book will be paired with several amazing companion texts to meet all age ranges -- including adults!

So far the committee has raised over $14,000 via grants and business donations this year, which will be used to provide 1,300+ copies of the books below for FREE to our community! Check out the link below for a YouTube playlist featuring the big book reveal and a few personalized videos from this year's authors:

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Say Cheese!

Check out photos of some of the cool things happening around the district!

Trade Time Reminders

The purpose of Trade Time is to encourage you to take ownership of your own professional growth by engaging in learning experiences that are directly applicable to you and your students. In a nutshell, Trade Time provides you with the opportunity to attend sessions outside of contractual hours and then “trade” the time you earn in place of the last district-wide Professional Learning Day. The 2021-2022 Trade Time day is scheduled for May 27th, which is the Friday before Memorial Day. Please click on the document below to view important trade time reminders and links to the various forms you may need to complete the process.

Upcoming Trade Time Opportunities

Internal Trade Time Opportunities:

Marketing via Instagram

Thursday, April 7th

3:30-4:30 p.m.

In this session, participants will learn strategies on how to use Instagram as a marketing tool. They will also receive tips on how to teach students these skills and provide students with the knowledge that Instagram can be a business tool and not just a hobby activity.


The Art of Photography Composition and Editing

Thursday, April 21st and Thursday, April 28th


In this session, participants will learn the art of taking a photograph and the basic composition behind it. They will also learn how to professionally edit a photograph using Photoshop and the average editing software. This practice of creativity can then be transferred to lesson planning, point of view discussions, and photo journalism.


Recognizing Gifted Learners (Gifted PL Series, Part 1)

Self-Paced via Pear Deck

In this session, participants will engage in a self-paced Pear Deck presentation to learn more about the characteristics of gifted students. Not only will they learn critical info about recognizing and supporting gifted learners, but they'll see how the student-paced version of Pear Deck works. Additionally, participants will reflect upon the most prevalent myths in gifted education and understand why it's important to differentiate for this unique group of learners.

*Note: This is the same presentation offered at district-wide PL days over the past 2 years. If you already attended this session on a district PL day, you can not participate in this for trade time. You must attend this session BEFORE before attending Part 2 or Part 3 of the Gifted PL Series.


Differentiating for Gifted Students (Gifted PL Series, Part 2)

Self-Paced via Pear Deck

In this session, participants will engage in a self-paced Pear Deck presentation to learn about best practices for differentiating for gifted learners. A variety of strategies that can be implemented with this unique group of students will be shared.

*Note: This session is an extension to a previously offered training titled, "Recognizing Gifted Learners." Teachers signing up for the gifted differentiation session must have attended the first session in the series (see description above).


Developing a Gifted Differentiation Plan (Gifted PL Series, Part 3)

In this self-paced session, participants will develop a Gifted Differentiation Plan for one of their current gifted students. Samples and a template for completing the plan will be provided as part of the session.

*Note: This session is an extension to two previously offered trainings titled, Recognizing Gifted Learners and Differentiating for Gifted Students. Teachers signing up for the this 3rd session in the series must have completed both of the previous sessions (see descriptions above).



External Trade Time Opportunities:

Remember that you must submit an External Trade Time Approval Form in advance if you plan to engage in any of the activities for trade time credit.

Developing Strong Readers: Proven Practices for Tier 2 Intervention

Tuesday February 8, 2022 - 4:00pm

Webinar hosted by Core

While most elementary-age children learn to read well when they receive strong Tier 1 instruction based on the science of reading, every classroom has students who need additional help. Join Drs. Carrie Thomas Beck, Michelle Hosp, and Monica Ng for this timely webinar to learn practical solutions for providing Tier 2 interventions to students struggling to learn to read. They’ll share:

  • An overview of a three-tiered system of support
  • How to use diagnostic data to plan Tier 2 interventions
  • The components of effective Tier 2 interventions
  • Tips for monitoring student progress in Tier 2 interventions


Spirit Work and the Science of Collaboration

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 3:30pm

Webinar hosted by Corwin

Based around the stories of 8 school districts, this webinar with Michael Fullan and Mark Edwards will share their insights about how deep caring for others linked to collaboration can achieve amazing results under complex conditions. Through powerful case studies and vignettes, the authors will discuss how spirit and collaboration represent revolutionary potential for education and pave the way to a brighter future.


Teaching, Persevering, & Thriving in 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 3:00pm

Webinar hosted by Corwin

The continued challenges of the pandemic have brought more unexpected changes to a destabilizing school year. In this webinar, school leaders Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey focus on addressing current demands around student behavior, teacher morale, and compassionate leadership.


Answers to the Most Pressing Questions About Teaching

Monday, March 7, 2022 - 3:30pm

Webinar hosted by Corwin

In this webinar, the authors of the Five to Thrive series will share actionable answers to the most pressing questions about teaching reading, writing, math, and creating a classroom community. New and veteran educators alike will come away with timely, up-to-date guidance that ensures they continue to deliver the best learning experiences for their students. Administrators will also find this session useful as they plan induction programs as well as to learn helpful tools to help support their staff.


Collective Equity

Monday, March 14, 2022 - 3:30pm

Webinar hosted by Corwin

Collective Equity is the catalyst for transforming learning environments into equitable spaces for increasing engagement, accelerating achievement, and enhancing belongingness and self-efficacy for all students. The Collective leverages relational trust where all members can individually and collectively show up in the fullness of who they are. When the Collective Equity Framework is implemented, the learning community is strengthened through a laser-like focus on increasing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and stamina of educators in order to implement culturally fortifying practices that are visible.


Culturally Relevant Math Tasks in the Classroom

Monday, March 21, 2022 - 3:30pm

Webinar hosted by Corwin

In this webinar, the authors of Engaging in Culturally Relevant Math Tasks will explore how teachers can find, adapt, and implement math tasks that engage and empower students by helping them learn and understand math more deeply and make connections to themselves, their communities, and the world around them.


What Adolescent Learners Need for Good Reading Comprehension That Is Often Ignored

On Demand Webinar

Webinar hosted by Core

When it comes to reading comprehension, teachers generally think of vocabulary, comprehension skills, and background knowledge as the critical components for students entering the middle grades. While this is true, we’re learning it’s an incomplete picture. Reading fluency is also vital to becoming a competent reader. During this on-demand webinar, Dr. Claude Goldenberg will discuss reading fluency and aspects of reading fluency that are often ignored once students are no longer in the stage of early literacy development. You will learn:

  • Why reading fluency matters for adolescent readers
  • Why reading fluency might particularly matter for English learners
  • The four key components of reading fluency
  • Strategies to help both English learners and non-English learners experiencing reading difficulties due to a lack of reading fluency


Book Nook

Check out a few newly-released educational resources below. The second book featured is one written by current SCASD teacher, David Rockower! Click on the book covers for more info about the contents. If you're interested in reading one of these books, let us know and we will order a copy to be shared across the district.

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Allison D'Ambrosia

K-12 STEM Coach

Nicole Kohlhepp

K-5 Literacy Coach

Jackie Wynkoop

6-12 Literacy Coach