Secondary English Weekly #30


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Monday, May 10

  • Thurber House Adult Writing Class: Making Memories: Infuse Your Fiction and Nonfiction with Context 6:00 – 8:00pm Register
Tuesday, May 11
  • StudySync Webinar: Solutions for Summer Learning 4-4:30pm Register
Wednesday, May 12
  • English Chair Meeting 3:30-5:30pm
  • StudySync Webinar: Basic Training: Introducing StudySync 4-4:30pm Register
Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

  • Central Ohio High School Journalists: Deadline Submission for THE MARTYS

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If you are going to be supporting English teachers next year as a coach, literacy specialist, English chair, PAR person, etc., become part of the new StudySync Coaches Community. Support professionals have limited time and are juggling multiple responsibilities, but they are instrumental to teacher and student success. StudySync created a learning community with resources, professional development events, and personalized support so that coaches are better equipped to influence positive change with the teachers and students they support. Whether your title is Instructional Coach, Teacher on Special Assignment, English Chair, PAR Professional, or Literacy Specialist—this community is for you.

The StudySync Coaches Community gives you access to:

  • Live events including video conferencing sessions and office hours throughout the year to share success stories and best practices with professional peers.

  • Printable coaching-cycle resources that can be utilized to support in-service training and one-on-one sessions with teachers.

Kick-off a year of free virtual professional development with a keynote by Dr. Catlin Tucker on Friday, June 4th at 12pm. Learn More & Register


The Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, Dispatch Magazines and ThisWeek Community News are proud to announce the 2021 installment of The Martys, an editorial contest for Central Ohio’s high school journalists. Winners in the contest’s five categories will earn cash prizes and framed award certificates. Additionally, a story on the winners will run in ThisWeek Community News editions across Central Ohio and on, and A Best of Show winner who is awarded The Marty will be chosen from the five category winners will be named and honored at Central Ohio SPJ’s annual awards dinner, which will be held in fall, pandemic permitting.

The Categories Six awards will be presented, with one winning entry in each of these categories:

  • Best Feature Writing (such as personality profiles, trends, etc.)
  • Best News Writing (hard news, such as school board, testing, policy changes, etc.)
  • Best Opinion Writing
  • Best Photography (single photo; no photo illustrations)
  • Best Sports Writing

Contest rules

-Any form of print journalism is eligible: newspaper, magazine or online publication. Each category winner will be awarded $100 by Central Ohio SPJ.

- Entries must be from the current school year, published by April 30, 2021.

- There is no entry fee. Limit three entries per category, per school.

- Entries must be emailed on or before May 14, 2021.

- Entrants must include a copy of THIS MARTY FORM with each entry.

-Only published stories and photographs are eligible. Please send tearsheets/PDFs (no Word files), one entry per PDF. For online publications, supply a hard copy/PDF and URL.

-Questions can be addressed to Julanne Hohbach at or 614-984-2081.


PD in Your PJs Series: Balance with Blended Learning Book Study, June 7

Do you find yourself delivering instruction in a hybrid or blended format? Are you feeling more overwhelmed than ever? Have you lost what little work-life balance you once had? Let blended learning expert Catlin Tucker come to your rescue! In this self-paced, online book study based on Tucker's latest book, Balance with Blended Learning, you will explore the practical and concrete strategies that she has used over the past decade to rethink the roles, responsibilities, and workflow in her own classroom. You will also learn how Tucker has used blended learning to reimagine her teaching by effectively partnering with her students to assess, track, and reflect on their learning. Discover how this redefinition of roles encourages students to take ownership of their learning while helping teachers to feel more effective, efficient, and energized. Don't miss this convenient learning opportunity! Save Your Seat

It's Not The Swing of a Pendulum: What Every K-12 Teacher Needs to Know About the Science of Reading, June 9

Nearly every PreK-12 teacher has heard buzz about "the science of reading," but most of us have had a hard time following the conversation, and we may not be clear on the implications of this national discussion. Join Margaret Goldberg, a current teacher (former literacy coach, interventionist, and district leader) and Co-founder of The Right to Read Project for a session devoted to the theory, research, and instructional implications associated with the science of reading. Sign Up Today

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is accepting entries for its 2021 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. This year, the topic for the contest is “BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride.” NCAC invites students to create a one-minute video using film, animation, photographs, music, or anything else to show the importance of expressing oneself and one’s gender identity through personal appearance.

Contestants must be living in either the US or its territories (but need not be citizens) and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. Judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned filmmakers, writers, artists, and activists. The submission deadline is June 1, 2021. LEARN MORE



  • ALL Students Deserve the Real Thing: Teaching Shakespeare to English-Language Learners, Thursday, May 13, 2021 8:00 - 9:00PM Shakespeare is for everyone! Join Dr. Christina Porter, Director of Humanities for Revere Public Schools (Revere, MA), as she shows you an easy-to-use technique to make Shakespeare's plays accessible to all students, particularly English-Language learners. Learn how to approach the Bard while honoring the rich experiences of learners who are acquiring English. Experience the same tried-and-true technique that Dr. Porter has used to help ALL students succeed with Shakespeare, whether your students be in an AP class, an inclusion classroom or outside of the mainstream classroom. This workshop is OPEN to all educators. Register
  • Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race. It is? Thursday, May 26, 2021, 8:00 - 8:30PM How do we teach our students to see what's there and what's not there in Shakespeare? To see whose stories are told and whose are not? Join Corinne Viglietta, Associate Director of Education, for a quick, jam-packed 30-minute exploration of "Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race." You will walk away with 4 scenes to grapple with as you close out the year and we'll share with you a special opportunity to dive more deeply into this work this summer. Come! Participate! Join the conversation! Explode how Shakespeare's been taught traditionally and see Shakespeare in a new way, with a fresh urgency. This workshop is OPEN to all educators. Register


Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race, A Virtual Workshop July 19-23, 2021 Learn More

WHY SHAKESPEARE AND RACE? When we teach Shakespeare, we teach our students lessons about race, whether we realize it or not.

  • In Shakespeare, after all, whiteness often stands in for beauty (“her azure veins, her alabaster skin,” Lucrece) and honor (“far more fair than black,” Othello).
  • In Shakespeare, we meet poetry and characters that both impress and injure.
  • It is all too easy to skip uncomfortable moments or gloss over students’ questions about “the rich jewel in the Ethiop’s ear” (Romeo and Juliet).
  • But in Shakespeare, we encounter language and situations that necessitate difficult conversations about race, difference, and power.
This program will provide the tools to do just that, starting by bringing all students deeply and critically into the language of a text.

WHY NOW?All students need to

  • See Shakespeare as he really is: what’s there, what’s not there, whose stories are told, whose stories are not told.
  • Learn how to talk about race with each other.
  • Know how and why to use literature and their own voices to understand, expand, challenge, and improve their world.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS DO? Participants will work with leading scholars, mentor teachers, and Folger staff. As with any Folger program for teachers, participants will leave with scholarly knowledge and classroom tools to help students grapple with the real thing: Shakespeare’s words, critical race work, representation and power in literature, and how all these things connect. Help students use their own minds and voices—and the power of the humanities—as a force for good. Teach Shakespeare for a changed world.

All are welcome. Every interested teacher should sign up.

TEACHER MEMBER DISCOUNT: Cost: $330 for Teacher Members of the Folger / $400 for non-members.



The OSU College of Education and Human Ecology is offering its inaugural Summer Institute from June 1-July 16. The theme is "Teaching Beyond the COVID-19 Era: Rebuilding for the Future" and is open to K-12 educators. Topics covered will include teaching for equity and social justice, teacher wellness, and much more. The institute will provide K-12 educators with 57 online learning experiences that will change how they approach teaching. Review workshops HERE but do NOT register there if you want to apply for full or partial CCS funding.​

TO OBTAIN CCS FUNDING:​ Pre-registration will open Wednesday, May 12th at 11:30 a.m. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER.

  • Upon pre-registering, CCS will then enroll you with OSU. Do not enroll yourself unless you want to self-pay.
  • Workshops will fill on a first come first served basis. Space is limited/funding is limited. You will be notified if you are officially registered for the course. You will also be notified if you are waitlisted.
  • Maximum number per certificated staff member = 18 credits in total. If you enroll in a course that is more than 18 credits, OSU will send you an invoice for the difference ($15.00 per credit). For example, if you enroll in a 30 credit course, CCS will cover 18 credits (if credits are still available). You would then owe $180 payable to OSU for the remaining 12 credits (12 credits x $15.00 = $180.00).
  • Credits: Participants will receive documentation for the successful completion of their workshops. No university credit will be earned as the workshops are based on OSU continuing education credits. Contact hours, listed as credits on the Summer Institute website, are defined as time spent under scheduled instruction, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. 1 OSU continuing education credit = 1 contact hour (NOT 10) (synchronous or asynchronous) = .1 LPDC CEUs (NOT 1.0). Click HERE for directions on how to request CEUs upon completion of your workshop(s).
  • If you make it into a course(s) via the CCS pre-registration process, please attend the workshop(s) as you will be taking a seat and CCS will be funding your seat. If you find you are unable to attend, please let Karmen McCaslin,, know immediately so she may offer the spot to one of your colleagues.

If you do not make it into your preferred workshop(s) via the CCS pre-registration process or if you would like to take more than 18 credits, you may register yourself and self-pay. Go to the website to register and personally pay.​ Contact Karmen McCaslin,, with questions.
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According to the district testing calendar, here are the EOY windows:
  • IReady for 6-8 (May 3-27)
  • StudySync Benchmark-Form 3 for 9-12 (May 10- 26)


Log into StudySync via Clever and Click on the Assess tab. Filter for the Benchmark Assessment and your grade level. Click on Form 3. After you click on the Benchmark Form 3, go under Actions, and choose "Use for new Test Assessment." Then, assign the test to your classes using the dropdown menu called "Targets," and set the date(s) you want the test to be open. The dates automatically set for the next day, so if you want them to have access immediately, be sure to change the date. When students log into StudySync via Clever, the benchmark assessment will be on their landing page for them to do. They can work on it in multiple sessions as long as they don't submit it until they are completely finished.

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Nominate an Outstanding ELA Educator In quite an unprecedented school year, have you witnessed a colleague who has gone above and beyond to support students, families, or community? OCTELA is accepting nominations for the 2022 Outstanding ELA Educator Awards! All nominations for This award are DUE by May 31, 2021.


Build your book knowledge and your classroom library with an upcoming Build Your Stack® virtual event. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

-Build Your Stack® with the Best Books of the 2020-2021 School Year

Tuesday, June 15, 7–8:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW

This event will include whole-group portions and breakout group presentations by grade level (Elementary, Middle, and High School).


Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Each year, the Folger Poetry Board, supporters of the O.B Hardison Poetry series, selects a distinguished poet to share their favorite poems from other poets and to read from their own work. This year's Folger Poetry Board reader is Billy Collins, named “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times and a former United States Poet Laureate. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently The Rain in Portugal, and his many honors and awards include the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry. Learn more, Register

You will need a Folger account to access this virtual event. If you do not have an existing account, please register during checkout or contact the box office at 202.544.7077.


Thurber House Online Adult Writing Workshops and Master Classes cover a variety of topics and are designed for adults (18+) of all levels of writing experience.

Click to Register for Any of the Sessions Below

  • Making Memories: Infuse Your Fiction and Nonfiction with Context, Monday, May 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Tracy Lawson Learn More
  • Commit to Submit!, Monday, May 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder Learn More
  • Go Rogue! Short Story Writing & Setting the Scene, Thursday, May 20 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Instructor: Katherine Matthews Learn More
  • Poetry Boot Camp, Monday, May 24 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Instructor: Scott Woods Learn More


Recognizing the extraordinary challenges teachers face, the Bonnie Chambers Grant Committee will award a one-time $2,000.00 grant to purchase books for K-6 students in an Ohio public school building.

This Bonnie Chambers Grant is designed to help teachers who strongly promote the use of quality literature in their classrooms. Teachers will use the grant money to select and purchase their own book choices (fiction or non-fiction) dealing with understanding and coping with COVID, racism and equality issues, and/or mental health issues for children and their families.

Application Criteria

  • This grant is open to any* Ohio public school teacher(s) in grades K-6 who demonstrates a need for money in the purchasing of classroom books for their elementary building.
  • If a group of teachers apply, one teacher will apply on behalf of the building and serve as the contact teacher.
  • Need can be demonstrated through free-lunch ratios, recent school-levy results, extraordinary events, etc.

Applications for the 2021 Bonnie Chambers Grants are available and due by December 31, 2021. Visit the Bonnie Chambers Grant page for more information:


Andy Chow with Ohio Public Radio/TV would like to start a speaking/outreach program where he and his colleague talk to high school students about the career possibilities in journalism and broadcasting. They would visit your classes (virtually) to talk about the careers and answer any questions. If you are interested in this, please reach out to Andy at


Here is the line-up for the upcoming author events at Gramercy Books on Main Street in Bexley.


Here is the rest of the supurb line-up for this season.

  • Lisa Wingate (Before We Were Yours), August 29, 2pm
  • Wil Haygood (Tigerland), October 7, 7pm; Remember this is the book about East High School. You could plan to read it at the beginning of next school year and have your students attend his author talk.
  • Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half) December 5, 2pm


The Department of Education is partnering with the ESC of Central Ohio to continue the Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment learning series. Please be sure to register early for this sessions as it will fill up quickly. Visit the Resources page to find the schedule and links for other upcoming English Language Arts and Literacy Virtual Meetups and additional resources.

  • Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment - Intensive Decoding (PreK-8) Michelle Elia will spotlight the best strategies and resources to use when providing intensive literacy interventions in a small group virtual setting that are designed to help students improve their decoding skills on May 19, 3:45 - 5 p.m. This special edition of the Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment series was created especially for educators supporting students in grades PreK-8 who are having difficulty mastering decoding. Registration for this event is open until May 18. Registrants will receive a ZOOM link the morning of the session.


Join ASCD for the 2021 Annual Conference: Empowered and Connected from June 23–25, and be inspired by these speakers. Register Today

Vijay Gupta, who shares his vision for transformative community engagement in the form of musical keynote lectures, is an esteemed musician and thought leader serving to create spaces of belonging, healing, and wholeness through music.

Ruby Bridges, born in Mississippi the same year the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision ordering the integration of public schools, is a civil rights activist who, at the age of six, was the first Black student to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans.

Mari Copeny, whose activism has led her to meet President Obama, President Bill Clinton, and a host of other politicians, gives voice to the unheard hardships of Americans trapped by a collapsing and toxic infrastructure.


You’ve been on the frontlines for a year, protecting the growth and development of our future generations. And yet, as we begin to see glimpses of normalcy, we’re reminded our work to rebuild with equity continues. You are invited to join UnBound Ed this summer for a two-day professional development event where expert facilitators guide you to produce meaningful, engaging in-person and virtual classroom experiences. You have your choice of dates: June 15-16, June 23-24, June 29-30, July 28-29, or August 3-4. The Summit runs from 11am-5:30pm each day. Visit the registration page for more on the learning pathways, early registration pricing, and schedule, including the full keynote lineup featuring Dr. Alfred Tatum on day two. Register Now. Day 1 Keynote: Lacey Robinson President & CEO, UnboundEd; Day 2 Keynote: Dr. Alfred Tatum Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver.


DBQ is currently a supplemental resource for secondary ELA. This summer DBQ Project will offer opportunities for dynamic teachers to become official DBQ Lead Teachers! This PDF has all the information as well as the registration links. There are several dates for you to choose from: June 22-25, July 13-16, July 20-23, or August 3-6. CCS will be limited 10 teachers that either teach social studies or English. The cost is free. The commitment is 4 days, 3 hour "live" sessions followed by one hour of independent coursework required each afternoon.


Join Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nicole Law at the Virtual Reading Comprehension Institute on June 21-25, 2021 from 12-4 PM for a deep dive into evidence-based reading instruction that provides a structured framework developed to teach the foundational skills of reading while developing the motivation and critical reasoning students need to become lifelong readers. Here is the lineup of sessions:

  • What Does It Mean to Comprehend a Text?
  • What Instructional Strategies Promote Students’ Comprehension of Text?
  • What Should Be the Next Steps for Students Who Struggle to Comprehend?
  • Writers Read Better
  • Writers Read Better Part 2

Cost: $299. Learn More/Register Here.


AMLE will host an Institute for Middle Level Leadership July 11-14 at Renaissance Orlando at Sea World in Florida. In addition to providing unparalleled training for middle school leaders and teams, the Institute will also be an opportunity for educators to reflect and grow from this past year’s challenges and look to the future. Registration is open! Space will be limited due to social distancing, to save your spot get your name on the list today. Reserve your Spot.

In addition to providing world-class faculty who will provide personalized coaching on the most pressing topics in middle school education, this Institute will be a unique opportunity for attendees to receive in-depth training on AMLE’s newly updated foundational text, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe.


HERE is the contest to win $500 in Books.

HERE is the grant opportunity to win $1,000 in Books


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways for MAY 2021.


HERE are the highlighted contests and giveaways.

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Summer Courses for Students from Folger and Black Shakespeare and Women Poets

The Folger is transforming the way Shakespeare is taught in American classrooms, through not only rigorous professional development for teachers, but also the creation of innovative curriculum. Here are two offerings in conjunction with available for students this summer.

  • "Black Shakespeare" is a course developed by the Folger with scholars and teachers that dives into the rich connections between Black Americans and Shakespeare. This summer, high school students will analyze three Shakespeare plays — Macbeth, Othello, and The Merchant of Venice — through the lens of the Black experience. Black Shakespeare
  • The Folger is also partnering with to offer a poetry workshop for ages 10-14, "Standing on Her Shoulders: A Workshop on Black Women Poets." Poetry Workshops [Other course offerings at this site are Black Poets Society (10-12 yrs), S.P.I.T - Archeology of Self (11-14 yrs), Lil' Speakers Union - Black is King (9-11 yrs), Spoken Word (9 - 14 yrs)]


CCS students are encouraged to work with artists, teachers, and professional authors over five days filled with fun activities designed to develop every young writer’s talent at one of the Thurber Summer Writing Camps. This year, they're offering two options to enjoy camp: virtual OR in-person. The in-person and virtual camps are almost identical in activities, so students should only register for one week either for in-person or online.

  • In-person camps will be held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, from 9:00 am–12:00 pm. For parking and accessibility information, click here.
  • Virtual camps will be held on Zoom from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Eastern Time. You don't have to be in Ohio during the time of the camp to join the virtual camps.


RISING 4TH–6TH GRADERS July 12–16, July 19–23, July 26–30, OR Aug. 2–6

  • In-person camp (Thurber Center): 9:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Virtual camp (Zoom): 1:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time
  • They've packed your week full of so many writing adventures that you might get writer's cramp! They have mysteries for you to solve, new poetry styles for you to try, ghost stories to write, fairy tales to rewrite, and more. Tuition: $175

RISING 7TH–9TH GRADERS June 7–11, June 14–18, June 21–25, OR June 28–July 2

  • In-person camp (Thurber Center): 9:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Virtual camp (Zoom): 1:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time
  • Writer's block? Not this week. You will learn how to get inspiration from everything, from creepy photos to letters to poems to music to personal experience and more. Not only will you have fun writing, but you'll learn all the tools to fight writer's block! Tuition: $175


Humanities Moments

Through the National Humanities Center’s Humanities Moments project, users submit short videos and essays recalling how an encounter with the humanities, whether through a book, film, document, performance, or something else, profoundly affected their lives.

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What are the secondary english curriculum resources?

Here is the CCS Adopted, Supplemental, and Intervention Resources List that contains all of the resources available to secondary English teachers.

  • The Tier I Instructional Resources are StudySync (English 6-12) and the Bedford Texts/Launchpad (Honors and AP English).
  • The Tier II Intervention Resource is Achieve3000
  • The Supplemental Resources (in general) are TeachingBooks and DBQ.

You can see more about StudySync, Bedford, TeachingBooks, and DBQ below in this same section of the newsletter. This information will remain here all year for your convenience.

Visit the ELA 6-12 Webpage for all Secondary English Curriculum/Resources. You will find your COURSE FOLDERS on the Curriculum/Instructional Resources Quick Links for your Grade Level. The COURSE FOLDERS have everything you need for your courses including Curriculum Maps, Standard docs, digital novels, adopted resource trainings/tutorials, Course Intros, etc.

NOTE: To access many curricular and district, you must be logged into Google using your CCS credentials and not a personal account.


As you are adjusting to life back in your buildings, you may be coming across bags or boxes of novels that you were unable to return to the curriculum office at the end of last school year. These would be ones borrowed from the curriculum office, not ones from the warehouse. This is the list showing the current record of books that are checked out from the curriculum office: SECONDARY CURRICULUM BOOK ROOM-BOOKS CHECKED OUT. See if you have items to be returned.Those can be sent through CCS delivery services to Southland Center, Suite 125, 3700 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207 to the attention of Carla Mae Phillips. If you need to arrange for them to be picked up, email

Content Priorities-What Matters Most in English Under the Constraints of Remote/Pandemic Teaching and Learning

We all know that remote teaching during a global pandemic inherently leads to a slower teaching and learning pace. The director of Secondary Curriculum asked me to put together some slides for how to adapt to the slower pace by showing what the three main priorities would be for teaching English in our new normal. The priorities are not much different than what they would be in a face-to-face situation, but they are narrowed and more focused.

Priority I: Essential Practice

  • significant instructional time with ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion

  • strategies/scaffolds for comprehension and composition that transfer across texts/contexts

Priority 2: Standard Alignment

  • questioning/activities/lessons/assessments that apply standard knowledge and skills to ELA disciplines: reading, writing, discussion

  • heavier focus on targeted standards from OST
  • awareness of PreAP/AP standards (Honors & AP)

Priority 3: Adopted Resource

  • use of StudySync (English 6-12) for integrated, on-grade-level, scaffolded lessons that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2

  • use of Bedford texts/Launchpad (Honors & AP) for foundational, skill, and theme/topic lessons that that inherently include Priorities 1 and 2

-In general, the first priority focuses on the essential practices for your classroom time. The second priority lists the standards that you should focus on the most for questions, activities, lessons, and assessments using the grade-level, complex texts from your essential practice in priority one. It may be that those priority standards become your narrowed focus for the rest of the year. The third priority shows you how the adopted resources inherently meet priorities one and two. It should be noted that in StudySync, you teach all of the standards listed in priority two in the first four CORE ELA units for your grade level. It may be that you try to do just those four units instead of six this school year due to our slower pace caused by remote learning.

-Below are the slides with the priorities detailed including which standards are the most important for preparing a student to be college and career ready and to do well on the OST. You will find resource links from the CCS ELA 6-12 Webpage and our adopted resources for meeting the priorities. You will find research behind each of the priorities and why they are the most important for a narrowed focus. You will want to read through each carefully as they each contain several items of information.


Content Priorities ELA 6-8

Content Priorities English 9-12

Content Priorities Honors 9-10/AP 11-12

-You can also find the Content Priority Slides on the ELA 6-12 Webpage in the "CCS ELA GUIDING DOCUMENTS" section of the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 6-8 and the Curriculum/Instructional Resources 9-12 Quick Link pages.


-You AND your students access StudySync via the Clever icon or Click on the McGraw Hill icon. Then, launch the StudySync App.

-Your classes are marked with X and Y. The X classes were for first semester and the Y classes are for second semester. If you want to change the names of your classes in StudySync, follow this guide:

StudySync-How to Change Course Names

-Here is information about linking StudySync to Google Classroom.

-Here is the demo code for StudySync in case you have a student teacher, building coach, or admin that wants to see the platform and they do not have a class aligned in Clever/IC.

  • DEMO:
  • UN: studysync2021
  • PW: MHEela21


Help Center

Finding the Help Center in StudySync (video)

-Remember, if you have a question that deals with CCS infrastructure as it relates to StudySync (Clever, rostering, IC, etc.), those questions would be for Tim Wangler.

Tutorials, Trainings, and Webinars

Ask-an-Expert Sessions

Remote/Hybrid Teaching Documents

Resources/ Links from StudySync Training Presenters

Teacher Resources from StudySync:

Administration Resources from StudySync:

Here are the finalized/updated support emails/numbers for McGraw Hill.

Teacher Support McGraw Hill

Administrator Support McGraw Hill

Student/Parent Support McGraw Hill

studysync usage

StudySync should be used in the same manner as any adopted "textbook." It is the place where the CORE ELA Units for Grades 6-12 are housed (print-student consumable; digital-StudySync online). It is where students access grade-level, complex texts that they will read, write about, and have discussions around. It is the resource that offers scaffolding at point of use for students to access complex texts. It is the place where standards are mastered using reading, writing, and skill lessons. It is the place where you have a up-to-date information on how your students are mastering standards because the StudySync grade book has a Standards view that allows you to see every assignment a student has done aligned to a standard and offers ideas for remediation (StudySync Gradebook & Data Analysis). It is NOT a literacy intervention tool like Achieve3000 that has programmatic goals for students. It is important to make this distinction because teachers need to take ownership of using StudySync as their Tier 1 Instructional resource. The bulk of your curriculum should come from StudySync. Teachers are still free to add and take away from the units, just as you might have a textbook in the past. However, it is not ok to just use StudySync for testing and blasts. If you have been doing that, please make the change to using StudySync's CORE ELA Units. The first read, skill, close read routine found there is exactly what our students need to master standards using complex text. It is also important to note that StudySync is not a supplemental product, like TeachingBooks or DBQ Online. Those are available for your use but should not be the place you go to for the bulk of your curriculum.

BEDFORD/LAUNCHPAD access and support


To get to Launchpad through Clever, click the Launchpad icon and click on the name of class/textbook. Student texts were sent to the buildings. All students have a hardback text, Honors students should also have a workbook. If you experienced problems with Launchpad since the change to second semester, those should be fixed now. Reach out to Tim Wangler if you encounter any other issues.



Trainings and Tutorials
Bedford Overviews, Slideshows, Trainings, and Tutorials

AP Professional Development Online Workshops

Learn More about these online workshops. Register Here.

Updated AP Course Pacing Guides (Due to Pandemic)

End-of-Year Guidelines

TeachingBooks Access and Support


You AND your students access TeachingBooks via the Clever icon or Click on the TeachingBooks icon.

UPCOMING PD (20-Minute Webinars)


-TeachingBooks is the tool that houses the lists of books we have in the warehouse and in the Secondary English Curriculum Office. Use this TeachingBooks Tutorial to learn how to access the CCS book lists.

- TeachingBooks also is a place to get additional novel and author resources. These Overview videos/trainings from TeachingBooks can help you understand the resources: Introduction video I Slide Presentation and Training Script.

-October 16th PD Session for CCS: Virtual and Blending Learning Recording

-February 3rd PD Session for CCS: Booklists, Virtual Ideas, and More on TeachingBooks


DBQ Literature Mini-Qs: Supplemental Resource access and support

DBQ has given us FREE access to the Literature Mini-Qs this school year. You access them via via the Clever icon or Click on the The DBQ Project icon. Each school also has a hard-copy binder of the lessons. Making copies of these for subs would be a great way to have standard-aligned, high-quality lessons since subs will not/may not have access to StudySync.

--Access Live and Self-Paced PD for DBQ Here.

  • Open Self-Paced Courses: asynchronous course with a run time around 5 hours that aims to familiarize teachers with The DBQ Project Method.
  • Open Virtual Workshops: live workshops with a DBQ Project Professional Development Lead. 2 hours long, these workshops are built to help teachers with DBQ Project material and DBQ Online with a specific focus on remote and hybrid-learning needs.

--Here is a Smore for DBQ Online Educator Support.

--Here is a Smore for DBQ Online Student Support

--Check out the newest addition to the DBQ Platform, Unit Trailers, with this sample for

How Does The Great Gatsby Reflect America in the Twenties?


DBQ is currently a supplemental resource for secondary ELA. This summer DBQ Project will offer opportunities for dynamic teachers to become official DBQ Lead Teachers! This PDF has all the information as well as the registration links. There are several dates for you to choose from: June 22-25, July 13-16, July 20-23, or August 3-6. CCS will be limited 10 teachers that either teach social studies or English. The cost is free. The commitment is 4 days, 3 hour "live" sessions followed by one hour of independent coursework required each afternoon.


The DBQ Summer Rollover will occur in July. During the Rollover, as part of our efforts to protect student data; all classes, assignments, and work will be removed from the site. Teachers and students will still be able to login, and teachers will be able to access binders and units, but the content in their “Classes & Assignments” page will be removed. The only exemption is for teacher’s Assignment Templates. Templates are the best way to save teacher work between school years (follow this link Creating Assignment Templates for instructions on making them). The specific supports and any annotations made in Teacher Markup Mode will be saved in the template and will be available after the rollover. Note: The template will not save any annotations created outside of Teacher Markup Mode (like the teacher “View” or “Manage” modes).

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