Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share
Friday, October 13
DISTRICT-WIDE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY THIS MONDAY
On Monday, October 16th CSD faculty will gather together for our next Professional Learning Day. The October 16th Professional Learning Day has two foci, which each teacher will engage in during different portions of the day.
Innovation in the Classroom: We are honored to be hosting George Couros, a leading expert on innovation in schools and author of The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.
Race, Equity and School Culture: Our long standing commitment to Cheltenham's diversity continues through engagement with Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Gwendolyn Miller, Dr. Barbara Moore Williams, Dr. Ali Michael, and Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky. Our teachers are working with the above partners in school based groups as part of long term professional learning program that will continue throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
George Couros is an “Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant”, as well as the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset“. Formerly, he was the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, and has over 17 years of experience as an educator, in a myriad of roles from K-12. He is passionate about distributed leadership within education, and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders, it will help to ensure that we meet the best needs of all children.
Barbara Moore Williams
Barbara Moore Williams is the CEO and founder of BMW & Associates, an educational consultant company working in school districts and charter schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and surrounding states. During her over forty-year career which began in the School District of Philadelphia, she has gained a stellar reputation and deep expertise in teacher professional growth, instructional coaching, induction, anti-racist and cultural proficiency training. She has developed multiple cultural proficiency cadres comprised of teachers and other school staff, trained district administrators and school boards, conducted multiple sessions for new teachers and community groups that support the growth and development of a set of skills and knowledge to be used in classroom and schools. Her work includes sessions with student groups to support their learning about issues of race and culture and how it affects schooling and achievement leading to their become advocates for change in their schools.
Dr. Moore Williams recently facilitated the development of training modules that are currently being piloted in schools for individual, small or large groups. She has taught for Cheyney and Temple Universities and delivered numerous seminars at University of Penn, Drexel and Widener Universities. She lives in Philadelphia and continues to support public education in her hometown.
Dr. Howard Stevenson
Dr. Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor for Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies in the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served for 32 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in neighborhoods across the country. His research and clinical work has been centered on the development of culturally relevant "in-the-moment" strengths-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy skills to youths and adults alike.
Dr. Stevenson is also the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) which researches, develops programs, and trains community leaders, researchers, authority figures, and communities, to study and promote racial literacy and health in neighborhoods and schools. He has developed a range of successful programs. Cheltenham will specifically benefit from his Can We Talk? program, a classroom-based racial negotiations skill-building intervention for teachers and students.
Dr. Ali Michael
Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015). She’s also the winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.
She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press). She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Dr. Michael teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. In the 2017-18 school year, she will hold the Davis Visiting Professorship at Ursinus College. Dr. Mchael’s article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016 piece What Do We Tell the Children? on the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.
Gwendolyn Miller has worked with district leaders and school faculties dedicated to promoting positive inter-ethnic student-teacher relationships. She has addressed issues on diversity for over 30 years as a teacher, consultant, facilitator, researcher, writer, and speaker. In her professional career, Ms. Miller has worked with many private and public academic institutions, non-profit agencies, and school districts promoting positive inter-ethnic student-teacher relationships.
Ms. Miller received her Master’s of Science in Education from the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has presented on the impact of micro-aggressions on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of marginalized groups at numerous conferences: National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference, American Psychological Association Convention, National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, Teachers College Roundtable on Multicultural Psychology and Education, and National Association for Multicultural Education.
Before starting her role as dean and vice president for academic affairs at Gratz College, Guzofsky acted as interim executive director of the Drexel University Goodwin College of Professional Studies. Through her effective use of strategic partnerships and educational technology, she has led the Goodwin College in successfully marketing and delivering its educational offerings.
Guzofsky also served as director of professional programs and summer sessions at the University of Pennsylvania's College of General Studies, where she launched three new professional master's degree programs. During the preceding 12 years, Guzofsky worked at Moore College of Art & Design, rising from tutorial coordinator to dean of the Center for Professional Development and Education. During her tenure, she established the continuing education program at Moore.
*Wednesday, October 18th K-12 early dismissal:
Elementary ~ 2:45 pm
Elkins Park ~ 2:37 pm
Cedarbrook ~ 2:03 pm
CHS ~ 1:25 pm
MEET CSD’S MINDFULNESS AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY COACH
Having founded Glenside Elementary’s Rainbow of Friends, a program that celebrates student citizenship, Goldberg is also the face of the district-wide TV program, Eye on Cheltenham, a regular segment that spotlights the wonderful accomplishments of our very own teachers.
Committed to the tenets of the School District’s Strategic Plan, specifically Pathway 4 - Holistic Experiences, Goldberg has been one of CSD’s Mindfulness Ambassadors, is a Center for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) graduate, and is a full-time personal practitioner of mindfulness.
Goldberg will now share her passion for mindfulness and positive psychology with all CSD students and her colleagues. Some of Goldberg’s professional responsibilities as CSD Mindfulness and Positive Psychology Coach are listed to the right.
• Facilitate professional development sessions and mindfulness and positive psychology practices
• Facilitate and conduct parent/guardian evening trainings on mindfulness and positive psychology practices
• Conduct weekly meetings with and provide guidance/ support to Positive Psychology Teacher Leaders
• Organize and coordinate all activities associated with May Mindfulness recognition month and the annual Family Flourishing Festival
• Serve as District liaison for designated Township Committees to promote and communicate mindfulness and positive psychology
• Facilitate and coordinate monthly meetings for Culture Club Ambassadors
• Work with District professionals to promote mindfulness and positive psychology activities and events
• Measure effectiveness of mindfulness and positive psychology programming on improving teacher/student social and emotional well-being
GLENSIDE ELEMENTARY TO CELEBRATE UNITY DAY
On October 24th, Glenside Elementary School will be celebrating Unity Day. This is a national event that aims to educate, inspire, and involve students in the prevention of bullying, both at home and in school.
All Glenside students are invited to wear orange in honor of this event. It could be a t-shirt, socks, shoelaces, sweater, etc. Why orange? Orange has been declared the official color for bullying prevention awareness.
We will also be conducting special activities in recognition of Unity Day and bullying prevention.
Students will have the opportunity to enter our poster/essay contest. Students can enter by writing one page or less about what uniting against bullying means to them OR by creating a poster themed around bullying prevention. All entries are due to the student’s classroom teacher before October 16th. Students who submit an entry will have their work displayed in the hallways and receive a special UNITY DAY wrist band.
2.Mix It Up @ Lunch
On Unity Day, student will be “mixing it up” in the cafeteria during their lunch period. This event gives students the chance to cross social boundaries and interact with students they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to speak with.
Mr. D. will be talking about this important topic with all of our classrooms.
4.Human Peace SymbolStudents will create a human peace symbol in the school yard.
ROBOTICS FUN AT MYERS!
CSD Myers Elementary 4th grade students have learned that robots operate off of algorithms. In order to accomplish a task, a robot needs an algorithm it can run. Algorithms program a robot to perform specific set things, such as turning a certain direction or speed.
These students worked in groups and took turns writing increasingly difficult algorithms for their robot friend (another student in their group)! These algorithms “programmed” their robot friend to run to stack cups. As you can see from the pictures, it's hard to tell which task they liked better: being the "robot" or writing code!
GLENSIDE ELEMENTARY RECOGNIZES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD
A Maker Space is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing, technology, building and problem solving can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. On October 26, 2017, Wyncote Elementary will host Maker Dad’s Day. A mobile lab will set up a variety of maker space activities on the grounds of Wyncote Elementary. Classes will be scheduled to rotate through the labs at set times during the day. WE NEED DADS TO SIGN UP TO HELP US BUILD. All skill levels are welcome.
More About Wyncote’s iLAB
Wyncote Elementary is developing an iLAB for innovation and creation. This is a brand new space that will be created based on students' and teachers' needs and visions. It will be a place to extend the learning in the classroom using PBL, STEAM, and Design Thinking.
We are building this from the ground up. It will grow as the students create and learn more about design thinking and STEAM. As our kick-off event, we have recruited the expertise of Dr. Joe Mazza of Makerdads. He has created a tailgate style event with 25 labs that incorporate the ideas of empathy, innovation and empowerment while using STEAM concepts. These are hands-on and interactive activities that require the men and the children to work together while utilizing their problem-solving skills.
Dr. Mazza is an expert in the field of family engagement and has been involved in many programs that are geared toward bringing the community together to support student achievement. He is scheduled to host this event all over the country in the coming months. We were extremely lucky to be able to bring him here to host in his own backyard just as this adventure takes off and soars. Don't miss out!
Make a Day of It!
8:30 am - 9:30 am - Set-up the Event
9:30 am - 10:30 am - 2nd Grade Makers
10:30 am - 11:30 am - 1st Grade Makers
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - 3rd Grade Makers
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Kindergarten Makers
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - 4th Grade Makers
**evening labs are available, click on sign up above to see times
COUNT DOWN FOR LAUNCHING OF WE iLab!
Wyncote is almost ready to launch WE iLab. This new innovation lab is being created with the students vision and help. We are using the makerspace model to start the process. This week and next, students are being introduced to what a makerspace is and why we want to create one in our school. One female student ran up to Dr. Clark after learning about this and exclaimed, "I CANT WAIT TO GET IN THERE AND CREATE! I am so excited to learn new things. I am going home to research more!"
Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science,technology, engineering, math and tinkering.This new space is connected to the CSD Strategic Plan in many ways. It needs community and family engagement, encourages the project-based learning philosophy and develops 21st century skills for all of our learners.
We will kick-off the iLab with our Makerdads event of October 26, 2017. Please support our tech drive! See attached flyer for more info!
CHS BASEBALL SPRING TRIP INFORMATION
Attention parents of incoming freshmen as well as current CHS baseball players! The 2017-18 Spring Training trip and current fundraiser information was sent by email to all parents and players who are currently on the CHS Baseball Parent Association email distribution list. If you are not on the email distribution list, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday October 14th requesting to be added. Communication of player intent to participate in the Spring trip is due this weekend!
GOLFERS & SPONSORS WANTED! ~ CHS BASEBALL ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
On Tuesday October 17th enjoy a few hours of golfing at LuLu Country Club (Glenside) in support of the CHS baseball program. Can’t make it? There are still opportunities for individual and business sponsors. See the below/attached flyer for details!
OPTIONAL CHS BASEBALL OFF-SEASON WORKOUTS!
EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 6:30pm
Administration Building; 2000 Ashbourne Road; Elkins Park, PA 19027
EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 6:30pm
Administration Building; 2000 Ashbourne Road; Elkins Park, PA 19027
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
THE THIRD ANNUAL CHELTENHAM CHOIRS CAR WASH IS HERE!
Come out to CHS this Saturday, October 14th between 9am-1pm!
~Water & Soft Pretzels while u wait!
This is a great way to support the choir programs at CHS and a great car wash for the price!
See attached flier for details.
GLENSIDE ELEMENTARY PHOTO FUNDRAISER STARTS TOMORROW!
It’s time for the Glenside Elementary Photo Fundraiser at the Curtis Arboretum. Saturday 10/14 and Sunday 10/15 come meet photographers Jami Leavitt and Patrick Snook, who are teaming up with Glenside PTO for this amazing fundraiser opportunity! For $50 you will have a 30 minute photo session and half of the fee will be donated to the Glenside PTO! Pictures will be made available online, for ordering individual prints etc., or you may buy a USB thumb drive including all edited picture files for an additional $125, which will allow you to take and have the prints made at a lab of your choice, post online, etc. To schedule your desired date and time (9:00 am to 3:30 pm) contact our photographers directly: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.