Keansburg School District

Weekly Roundup - January 22, 2016

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GREAT STUFF

Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

ED POLICY

Cultivating Healthy Students

Body A bipartisan reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act was just passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (PDF) aims to protect recent improvements to school nutrition policies. The bill would maintain current fruit and vegetable requirements for school meals but relax the whole grain and sodium requirements to help schools that have struggled to meet more stringent standards imposed by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. The bill marks another instance of congressional leaders putting ideology aside to do what’s right for kids.


Emphasizing the importance of student health, states and local school districts now have access to a new toolkit that promotes better collaboration between the education and health sectors. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) have teamed up to provide local stakeholders with resources and tangible next steps in offering students the health services they need. These steps include providing and expanding health services in schools and promoting healthy school practices through nutrition, physical activity, and health education. Read more.

ASCD has long recognized that healthy students are better able to learn. ASCD’s free School Improvement Tool can be used by educators, parents, and administrators to assess how well schools are meeting the comprehensive needs of their students—ensuring that each is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

An upcoming webinar hosted by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools will feature several communities that have successfully implemented cross-sector, school-connected, child health initiatives. Register here to participate in the webinar, which takes place Tuesday, January 26, at 12:00 noon eastern time.

In other news, acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King delivered his first big speech in his new role and used the opportunity to emphasize the need for equity in education. Speaking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King highlighted progress, such as recent improvements in minority student graduation rates. He also shared his concern that black, Latino, and low-income students still fall below their white and more affluent peers on measures of achievement, in large part due to inequitable access to resources, effective educators, and rigorous coursework. You can watch King’s speech here.

Lastly, as a reminder, today is the final day for the public to submit written input on the Every Student Succeeds Act Title I regulations. Guidance for submitting comments is available here (PDF), and you may submit your comments through the government’s regulations website.

PARCC and Assessment

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Registration for the 2016 Spring Professional Development Academy is OPEN!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Spring Professional Development Academy will open, Wednesday, January 20th at 4:00pm. All Spring PD will be during the months of February-June. Any staff member will be able to enroll in these professional workshops through My Learning Plan. Please take a moment to look at all the workshops listed in the district catalog by signing in MLP.


Some tips when reviewing the catalog:

  • Each listing contains all relevant information- times and registration requirements
  • Read through each description before signing up
  • Make sure the workshop is geared to your grade/content area
  • Take note of times and dates of each workshop to be sure that you can attend
  • Some workshops may require that you attend multiple sessions, make sure that you are available to attend each session listed
  • Only sign up for workshops that you have NOT yet attended
  • All workshops are first come first serve

***Please note that registration will close on January 31st.


If a conflict arises and you can no longer attend a workshop, email me as soon as possible. This will allow me to fill your spot with someone on the wait list if given enough notice. Do not drop yourself from the workshop without notifying me.


All room locations are subject to change. It is your responsibility to check your email for any changes before attending any workshop. All participants must park in the front lot when attending any workshop at Bolger.


We hope you will support our professional development academy by taking the time to attend and grow through the workshops offered. Please send any feedback or suggestions to me at any time.

NOTEWORTHY INFORMATION

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