The end of the school year is upon us and it seems like the 21-22 school year FLEW by! With most state testing wrapping up this week, we are excited to see the progress and growth that our amazing students demonstrate this year. The last two and a half school years have been disrupted tremendously with the COVID-19 pandemic, but these sweet little Coyotes and Lobos have rocked on regardless. No matter the outcome, we are SO proud of our teachers, staff, and students for their commitment to learning and personal growth.
Our biggest goals for the Learning and Innovation Team at UCISD are to increase student achievement and student agency in classrooms through personalized and blended learning strategies. For most classrooms, this includes goal-setting, personal conferences, personalized skill practice, and personal data-tracking. Research shows that when students own their learning and understand the WHY behind what they do in the classroom, they are more likely to be successful. Read more here.
TEA Blended Learning Grant Program
As a reminder, the graphic below shows the rollout plan for the TEA Blended Learning Grant Program for your reference. However, it is important to note that all grade levels and classes will benefit from the best practices embedded within blended learning this year. PK-12th grade teachers at Uvalde CISD have gained knowledge and training to support a variety of blended learning implementation strategies to ensure we are using technology with intention in our classrooms.
If you are wondering what Blended Learning is and why we are implementing it at Uvalde CISD, please check out our website at www.ucisd.net/blendedlearning and explore some of our resources.
Instructional Rounds Highlights
April and May provided time for UCISD leadership teams to conduct instructional rounds. Through these rounds, a group of people visits each campus and walks through classrooms to look for specific activities, behaviors, strategies, etc. These rounds help us collect data that gives us insight into the opportunities we have to expand our support, especially for our most critical initiative, blended and personalized learning. Below you will find some photos and a presentation of the data findings from instructional rounds.
Ms. Espinoza, Flores Elem.
We loved seeing Ms. Espinoza getting comfortable with her students with small group conducted on the rug in her classroom.
Ms. Mireles, UHS
Ms. Mireles and Mrs. Garcia, Robb Elem.
This dynamic teaching duo had so many great things happening in their classroom. Students were self-starters and motivated to get things done. It was clear that they have ownership in their learning!
Mr. Hernandez, Flores Elem.
Mr. Hernandez lead a great discussion with his students during a class reading activity where he guided their inferencing and predicting skills with questioning and answering strategies that encouraged them to think and re-read.
Mrs. Deming, Robb Elem.
Mrs. Deming used the Thursday before Easter as a day to get students having fun while they learned. Students cracked Easter eggs outside in collaborative groups as they put their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to use on a beautiful day. So much fun!
Ms. Hill, Flores Elem.
Ms. Hill does a fantastic job pulling small-group for students based on their individual needs while her partner, Mrs. Bradfield works with the rest of the class. Another dynamic duo, for sure!
Mrs. Garza, MJH
Mrs. Griselda Garza's students showcased the power in collaboration as they problem-solved and challenged each other to complete a task during station rotation. Mrs. Garza is a pro at creating systems to make things work and we enjoyed watching her class in action!
Mrs. Chavez, Robb Elem.
Students in Mrs. Marleen Chavez's, class were eager to share their progress in their data trackers and tell us all about their personal goals. It is clear she empowers her students to take ownership of their learning!
You may remember in our last bulletin we announced the upcoming LMS (Learning Management System) changes coming to UCISD. We are happy to update you today with the following information.
Through Canvas, which is also our district professional learning management system, admin, teachers, and staff have begun to learn all about Canvas and Seesaw through various self-paced courses. Below is a peek at who has taken on these challenges early!
We know that change can be hard, but we are committed to supporting our teacher and staff through the inevitable challenges that come with progress. We are so proud of each and every one of these leaders for their initiative and leadership!
Canvas Level 1
The following individuals have earned the Canvas Level 1 badge as of May 11, 2022:
- Danielle Alaniz
- Maria Aviles
- Rhiannan Bates
- Klarisa Carranza
- Kristen Coggins
- Kathy Cortez
- Hilda Davis
- Vanessa Enriquez
- Kris Harrell
- Cameron Hernandez
- Guillermo Hernandez
- Gracie Hinojosa
- Gabriela Martinez
- Nicole Ogburn
- Cheryl Renfro
- Deyanira Rios
- Jennifer Taliancich
- Shawna Wolbert
Seesaw Level 1
- Samantha Castano
- Audrey Castillo
- Veronica Mata
- Tamra Wash
Apple Teacher Blitz
The last time we shared an Apple Teacher update with all of you, we had 204 Apple Teachers across Uvalde CISD. We are happy to share that as of May 11, 2022, we now have 276 Apple Teachers!
Digital Learning Specialists continue working on handing out the window clings for our Apple Teachers to show off their recognition and hard work. For more photos of recognitions and celebrations, please visit our website or Facebook page!
Teachers, for more on how to become an Apple Teacher click here.
IXL is designed to support students toward authentic skill mastery, and research shows this approach works. When students consistently reach proficiency and mastery of IXL skills, schools see as much as a 16-point bump on state assessments. Research shows that schools, where students answer at least 15 questions per week, outperform all the others (IXL.com). This month, we would like to celebrate district and campus achievement on IXL. Every student in the district in grades PK-12th grade has access to IXL for Math and Reading, and 2nd - 8th grade students also have access to IXL for Social Studies and Science.
Below, you will see a preview of the skill gains per school. Robb Elementary is currently leading the district in terms of skills MASTERED and proficient. Way to go, Robb!
DigLit at Home
The purpose of this section is to share tips and updates with parents and guardians about how to support digital learning at home through programs and platforms supported by Uvalde CISD.
LMS Parent Support Updates
Canvas Accounts are now LIVE!
- Students, parents and teachers can now login to Canvas! Get all the info at www.ucisd.net/Page/2804. Check out this quick video to get started with your Canvas Parent account!
Canvas and SeeSaw Parent Guides
- To get started with Canvas and Seesaw, parents are encouraged to review the Seesaw and Canvas Parent Guides. Spanish coming soon!
Virtual and In-Person Parent Training, Summer 2022
- Continue reading to find out when you can get personalized training to access Canvas and Seesaw at home!
LMS Support and Resources
We are also happy to announce that the district website has been updated to reflect the LMS changes and resources are now available for parents, students, and staff to find anytime. Just visit www.ucisd.net and scroll down to find the button that says "LMS Support" then, select the LMS you need help with and get started. You can also visit https://www.ucisd.net/Page/2804 to access the LMS Support landing page.
Campus Parent Support
Additionally, we have also added a layer to campus-level support for parents with the LMS by training parent liaison's PK-8 Grade and the counselor's secretaries at Uvalde High School to help parents gets connected to the LMS and answer questions from the office as they arise. Use the sheet linked below to identify your point of contact for 1:1 support!
How Can Families and Communities Support Personalized Learning?
The “Smart Parents” project studied the ways parents can find and create powerful, personalized learning experiences for their children. The authors concluded that parents must be involved, informed, intentional and inspired.
Involved. Parents are involved in their children’s lives. They promote student-centered learning exploring options for how, where and when their children learn. They encourage college and career preparation by ensuring that they are progressing at a pace that is right for them, not bored or overwhelmed. They learn alongside their child and involve them in the world of adult work.
Informed. Parents are informed about their children as learners. They are advocates for their learning. They use trips and technologies to activate learner interests. They share information with teachers, mentors, and other providers involved in the son/daughter’s learning. They do the research and look for schools that support student-centered and competency-based learning.
Intentional. Parents are intentional about creating powerful learning experiences. They cultivate mindsets and habits that support lifelong learning. They share intellectual curiosities and model the struggles and joy of learning. They spot opportunities to learn and demonstrate learning in the community through internships and service projects. They promote ownership and involve learners in determining when they feel ready to try something new or on their own. They eat dinner together and talk about the world.
Inspirational. Parents are inspirational as learning guides and role models. They find ways to encourage learners to try, to persist, to present and to progress. They watch, listen, empathize, connect and activate.
Source Credit: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities, iNACOL
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