CLN 4 Newsletter

May 2016

Thank you CLN4 Teachers!

We wish you a big, heartfelt thank you for all the work you've done and will do this school year. There are not enough words, to appreciate someone whose words and actions empower our children to chase their dreams.

Teacher Appreciation Quotes

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.”
Abraham Lincoln


“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.”
Patricia Neal


"And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed!
Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!"

Dr. Suess

CLN4 Academic Concentration

Rigorous third grade task?

How is the fluency, conceptual understanding and/or application evident in this problem? This task is grounded in 3.OA.A.3 which is a major cluster standard. The previous standards that led to this were 3.OA.A.2 and 3.OA.A.1. However, a clear understanding of 2.OA.C.3 and 2.OA.C.4 was necessary for students to fully understand 3.OA.A.1.

What evidence does our students have to show understanding and application of their knowledge that is required by the standard 3.OA.A.3 ? Click on the word "problem" to see the solution to this task.

End of Year Reflection

May is here, which means many people are winding down this school year and reflecting on changes for next year. Need some inspiration for reflection?


Tech Corner

Kahoot!

Create a fun learning game in minutes (we call these ‘kahoots’), made from a series of multiple choice questions. Add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!

  • Fun learning games created in minutes or chose from millions ready to play or adapt.
  • Works on any device with an Internet connection.
  • Zero setup time, no player accounts required and one-click gameplay.
  • Connect and play in realtime with others in 180+ countries.
  • Fosters social learning and deepens pedagogical impact.
  • It’s free to create and play – and always will be!

Click here for more information. A PDF with that information can be obtained through this link.

Socrative

Socrative empowers you to engage and assess your students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.

Math

Reading in Mathematics

Close reading is an important part of Common Core because it helps students think and reflect deeply on any text. Since reading and understanding math worded problems can be quite a challenge, the close reading strategy can help our students to work out how to solve these types of problems.

Pacing and Assessment

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Recommended Math Resources

Earlier in the school year, principals and lead teachers in CLN 4 were introduced to the following unpacked standards tool. Several of our schools have purchased this resource for teachers. If you are looking for a one-stop guide for teaching, planning, assessing, collaborating, and designing powerful mathematics lessons, this tool is for you.


It clearly lays out:


  • The mathematics embedded in each standard for a deeper understanding of the content
  • Examples of what effective teaching and learning look like in the classroom
  • Standards connections within each domain so teachers can better appreciate how they relate
  • Priorities within clusters so teachers know where to focus their time
  • The three components of rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skills, and applications
  • Vocabulary and suggested materials for each grade-level band with explicit connections to the standards
  • Common student misconceptions around key mathematical ideas with ways to address them


Click on the links below for more information.

Math Mini- Conference

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Literacy

EOY Amplify Testing Reminder

This is a reminder that the EOY Amplify testing window opens Monday, May 9th. The testing window runs from Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 27th.


Please work with teachers to create a schedule for testing. It is highly recommended that teachers plan to assess approximately 2-3 students per day (depending on classroom size) during small group instruction time. Testing schedules should be collected and monitored every couple of days to determine any extra supports needed or adjustments that should be made. We are striving for 100% completion by the close of the testing window.


The Assessment Team will complete an all-in-one replace on 5/4 and 5/26 which will update class rosters. You should expect fresh rosters the following days (5/5 and 5/27). Any students who transfer to another school in our district during the testing window will be removed from your roster during the refresh on 5/26.

Recommended ELA Resources

Special Education

CASE MANAGEMENT REMINDERS

PLAAFP: Current student data from multiple sources should be included in PLAAFP section of the IEP. Sample data sources include: PARCC, I-Ready, Amplify, Unit Assessments, WJ-IV, etc. Please contact Sherry Beaulier, Education Specialist, with any questions.

IEP Chairs

Make sure you are keeping up on your data cleansing and resolving errors within a timely manner. Any questions, contact Denny Bernhardy at 410-350-9782.

AU Course Opportunities

"Teaching Math in Multiple Grade Level Service Delivery Models" (1 AU credit)

Summer Course Dates: June 22, 2016 - June 23, 2016

Course Description: Special Educators (resource and/or self-contained) will participate in DDIT professional development and activities in order to develop and implement collaborative lessons, modified instruction, and interventions. Teachers will implement a modified math instructional model that will address multiple grade level service delivery models and specialized instruction in order to guide small group instruction and intervention centers that will maximize the limited teacher directed instructional time. Teachers will be able to collaboratively develop effective instructional strategies by utilizing District Assessments to reflect and adjust in alignment with the District Instructional Framework.

*Must Register through PGS*

"Teaching Literacy in Multiple Grade Level Service Delivery Models" (1 AU credit)

Summer Course Dates: July 11, 2016 - July 12, 2016

Course Description: Special Educators (resource and/or self-contained) will participate in DDIT professional development and activities in order to develop and implement collaborative lessons, modified instruction, and district interventions. Teachers will institute a modified Literacy instructional model. This model encompasses the Literacy Lesson Sets that will address multiple grade level service delivery models and specialized instruction; in order to guide small group instruction and intervention centers that will maximize the limited teacher directed instructional time. Teachers will be able to collaboratively develop effective instructional strategies by utilizing District Assessments and research based interventions. This will allow for reflection and adjustments to ensure alignment with the District Instructional Framework.

*Must Register through PGS*

Science

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Summer EdCamp

Registration is now open for the Summer of Edcamps!

Please register today, tickets will sell out.

http://bit.ly/2016summeredcamps

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MSDE Summer Online Course Registration

CLN4 Team

Margo Berish Math ACL mberish@bcps.k12.md.us

Melanie Watkins Lit ACL mwatkins2@bcps.k12.md.us

Denny Bernhardy SEL DTBernhardy@bcps.k12.md.us