Coweta's Professional Learning

December 2018

Celebrate the gift of learning this season. December is a very busy month, and this professional learning newsletter reflects the hustle and bustle of trying to squeeze as much as possible into a limited number of days. Take advantage of what is being offered and make the most of these opportunities.


As we end this semester and look forward to time with family and friends, remember to plan for time to relax and rejuvenate. You have worked hard over the last few months to create the best learning environment for your students. Take time for yourself and enjoy your holiday season making sweet memories with family and friends!

As you plan for more discourse in your lessons, use the grid below to generate deeper questions.

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ELA Professional Learning - Dr. Paula Baker



ELEMENTARY

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, webinar

edWeb.net

Misconceptions About Student Literacy: Why Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It

In this professional learning session Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer with Renaissance will address the importance of literacy acquisition, strategies to assist students with building wider vocabulary and stronger background knowledge. Register for the webinar here. The recording will be available on Wednesday, December 5th.


Wednesday, December 5, 8:30 - 3:30 p.m., Auburn, Univ.

West GA RESA

Strategies and Structures for Reading and Writing

In this professional learning session teachers will draw from The Writing Strategies Book and The Reading Strategies Book. Jen Serravallo - author and presenter. Interested participants should communicate with school administration to complete registration process. Registration cost will be covered by respective school.


MIDDLE

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, webinar

edWeb.net

Misconceptions About Student Literacy: Why Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It

In this professional learning session Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer with Renaissance will address the importance of literacy acquisition, strategies to assist students with building wider vocabulary and stronger background knowledge. Register for the webinar here. The recording will be available on Wednesday, December 5th


Tuesday, December 11, 4:00 p.m., Evans Middle School

Middle Grades ELA Department Meeting

The District and School Connect is a comprehensive educational platform designed to meet instructional and assessment needs of our schools. In this professional learning session participants will continue the discussion on the GCA item bank and Assesslet data. As time allows the participants will discuss the integration of Edgenuity MyPath and Renaissance STAR. Participants are asked to bring a Chromebook.


Thursday, December 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Werz, SD1

Middle Grades ELA Department Meeting

In this professional learning session select school representatives will continue the data dig into the Assesslet data from the November 2018 administration. Participants are asked to bring a Chromebook.


HIGH

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, webinar

edWeb.net

Misconceptions About Student Literacy: Why Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It

In this professional learning session Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer with Renaissance will address the importance of literacy acquisition, strategies to assist students with building wider vocabulary and stronger background knowledge. Register for the webinar here. The recording will be available on Wednesday, December 5th

Math Professional Learning - Mrs. Michelle Clarke


2019 STEAM Winterfest

Jan 5th, 2019 - West Georgia RESA, 8:30 - 1:00

Spend a day collaborating, sharing and learning the newest trends in STEAM education. Winterfest is for all grades and content areas. Event is free.

Register here.


Middle School Math Collaborative Meeting

Jan 23, 2019 - Lee Middle School, 4:00 - 5:00

Collaborative Meeting among 6-8 teachers, review scope and sequence (2nd 9-weeks), and other updates. Please bring a charged chromebook to the meeting.


Making Sense of Mathematics, Grades 3-5: Algebraic Reasoning and Geometric Decomposition

January 29, 2019 - West Georgia RESA, 9:00 - 3:00

This workshop is intended to support content teachers, co-teachers and teacher leaders in situating this knowledge within learning progressions, classrooms, and the TQE (tasks, questioning, and evidence) process.

Register here.


GoFormative Training: Instructional Technology Training

Jan 31, 2019 - Werz - PLC, 4:00 - 5:00

Training session on using GoFormative in your classroom to assess students in an effective way to collect data and item analysis. Want to learn more? Join us on Jan 31st. Please bring a charged chromebook and a short assessment (about 5 questions). Registration will open the beginning of January.

Science Professional Learning - Dr. Donald White

Social Studies Professional Learning - Mr. Phil Sykes

Other Professional Learning Opportunities

December 3, 2018 - 8:00am - 3:30pm

MS/HS Gifted Professional Learning - West GA RESA


December 3, 2018 - 2:00pm - SD#1

Elementary Gifted Professional Learning


December 4, 2018 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm - SD#1

Sexual Abuse Curriculum Committee



December 5, 2018 - 3:00pm - PLC

Assistant Principal training on OCR topics


December 6, 2018 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm - SD#1

ACCESS Test Coordinators


December 10, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - SD#2


MTSS Professional Learning


December 11, 2018 - 3:30pm - SD#2

PBIS Professional Learning


December 2018, School Nutrition Building

School Nutrition - ServSafe training


Federal Programs

Title I Technical Assistance Meeting

Wed., Dec., 12, 2018 SD#1

Immediately after the principals meeting

Topics of discussion: Budgets, Corrective action plans, Property inventory, and Parent engagement resources

References

George Lucas Educational Foundation: Edutopia. (2018, July 25). What is the Social Brain? The research is in: Learning is a social endeavor. Retrieved from

https://www.edutopia.org/video/what-social-brain on December 3, 2018.


George Lucas Educational Foundation: Edutopia. (2018, July 25). The social classroom.

Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/video/what-social-brain on December 3, 2018.


Spicer, B. Building reading comprehension through questions, inquiry, and sketchnotes.

Retrieved from https://www.renaissance.com/2018/09/13/blog-building-reading-

comprehension-questions-inquiry-sketchnotes/ on December 4, 2018.