Coweta's Professional Learning

Sept. 2017

School and District Improvement and Professional Learning Communities

Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement framework (pictured below) focuses on systems and structures (the “what”) that must be in place for sustained improvement in student outcomes. The framework utilizes a problem-solving model (the “how”) to provide a clear process to identify improvement needs, plan for improvement, and implement, monitor, and evaluate the improvement efforts. Coweta County School System is also utilizing this improvement framework to guide our improvement efforts this year.


The graphic below shows each of the five systems and the continuous process that is involved. As we participate in professional learning communities across our district, we will be involved in aspects of the five systems as we grow as educators. This edition of the professional learning newsletter highlights the Coherent Instructional System because it deals directly with what occurs in our classrooms on a daily basis. Coherent Instructional System is the major system of the improvement process that guides the "what" and "how" of instruction. The system includes processes that:


  • Plan for quality instruction
  • Deliver quality instruction
  • Monitor student progress
  • Refine the instructional system.
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By clicking on the text below (Coherent Instructional System), you can access additional information about this component of the improvement process.

ELA Professional Learning

Open eBooks

Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and to serve as a bridge to reading for children.


September dates to remember

September 4th - Labor Day

September 6th - Fight Procrastination Day

September 8th - International Literacy Day

September 11th - National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 15th - National Online Learning Day

September 22nd - Autumnal Equinox (First Day of Fall)

September 24th - National Punctuation Day


ELA/Social Studies Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/u96bt

Upcoming Instructional Technology Dates


September 7, Werz Central Office:

4:30-5:30 Google Level 1 Certification Informational Meeting


September 13, Werz Central Office:

4:00-7:30 Google Level 1 Cert Tests- pre-registration required


September 14, Werz Central Office:

4:00-7:30 Google Level 1 Cert Tests- pre-registration required


September 18, Werz Central Office:

4:30-5:30 Google Forms Beginners Training Register HERE


September 20, Werz Central Office:

4:00-7:30 Google Level 1 Cert Tests- pre-registration required


September 21, Werz Central Office:

4:00-7:30 Google Level 1 Cert Tests- pre-registration required


Please visit our new Instructional Technology Website designed to provide help documents and videos regarding all things for classroom technology.

Please email john.vaughn@cowetaschools.net if you have any suggestions or would like to see anything added.


https://sites.google.com/cowetaschools.net/instructionaltechnology/home

Math Professional Learning

Thursday, September 14 - East Coweta High, 4 - 5 p.m.

9-12: High School Math Collaboration

Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss progress on pacing guides and share resources and instructional strategies at the first district-wide high school math meeting at East Coweta High School. Participants are asked to bring their Chromebooks to the session.


Tuesday, September 19, 2:50 - 3:30 p.m.

K-2: Planning with Learning Targets in Mind

John Hattie’s research shows that teacher clarity has an effect size of 0.75. This session for K-2 teachers and administrators will look at using learning targets to help achieve that clarity. Register by 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2017, at https://goo.gl/forms/ALdVpw1T93Ktm4tv1to receive a link to join session.


Thursday, September 21, 2:50 - 3:30 p.m.

3-5: Planning with Learning Targets in Mind

John Hattie’s research shows that teacher clarity has an effect size of 0.75. This session for grades 3-5 teachers and administrators will look at using learning targets to help achieve that clarity. Register by 4 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2017, at https://goo.gl/forms/Lm25Zz9BhPfteWBp1 to receive a link to join session.


Wednesday, September 27 - East Coweta Middle, 4 - 5 p.m.

6-8: Performing with Pentominoes

Learning activities with pentominoes reinforce and improve flexible thinking, spatial skills, logical thinking, and deductive reasoning while also teaching middle grades math content. This session will focus on ways pentominoes can engage students and develop critical thinking.


SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS FOR 2017-2018


Student Services Information

Bullying Policy

The Coweta County School District strives to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. All schools within the District will promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students, staff, and volunteers. Behavior that infringes on the safety of any student, staff, or volunteer will not be tolerated.

For more information about the Coweta County Bullying Policy please click the link below: https://docs.google.com/a/cowetaschools.net/document/d/111w3wCdvTHG7mpHQPh96VDiCaA53LE50ZB0kUKm_g7A/edit?usp=sharing


PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Coweta County will have 29 PBIS schools as of fall 2017. PBIS is a research-based framework that helps to support effective learning environments for students. This framework has been proven to have a positive effect on academic performance, school attendance and student behavior.


Many of our PBIS schools have seen a significant decrease in discipline referrals as a result of implementing this framework.

Feedback on Dance and Music Standards

The Georgia Department of Education welcomes your feedback and comments regarding a survey opportunity for the review of the Dance and Music Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). This survey feedback will be used to inform the development of Dance and Music Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).


The survey will be posted for 30 days beginning on August 14, 2017, and close on September 12, 2107, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

We ask for your assistance in communicating this survey opportunity to your Dance and Music teachers, administrators, parents, and other education stakeholders. The link below will provide access to the standards and survey.


https://www.georgiastandards.org/Pages/Fine-Arts-Standards-Survey.aspx

Thank you for your assistance in the standards revision process for Dance and Music.


If you need additional information, please contact Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Program Specialist, at jbooth@doe.k12.ga.us.