The CIA Report

February 2016 Edition

Welcome to the February 2016 Edition of The CIA Report!

We hope you enjoy this edition of The CIA Report! Please take time to read through this update before the February 23 admin meeting.

If you have any questions, please post them on this document so that we may address them during our admin meeting:


Keri & Karen

Feeding Your Professional Soul...Learning Today...

Changing the Leadership Archetype

Earlier this year, we spent some time discussing our leadership legacies. At times I think it's a considerable challenge to be the leader we truly want to be.

This Edutopia article, Cultivating a New Leadership Archetype, by Eric Saibel extends this challenge by asking us to reconsider the leadership archetypes we know (and perhaps cherish?). Some of the suggestions are things we have considered together this year already (play, joy, celebrations) and are worth revisiting, some are new ideas that are worth checking out.

Happy reading!

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From the Left-Brained Center of the CIA

STEM Week is Feb 29 - March 4; STEM Olympics is March 2

STEM Olympics is March 2 at Liberty High School

Roughly 300 K-8 students will compete in a design challenge to be named the District STEM Olympic Winner for their grade level. In addition to the competitions, we will have Minute to Win It challenges, a MakerSpace and food trucks. Everyone in the WSD community is invited to join the fun!

  • Please e-mail me if you are interested in helping with the grade level competitions.

  • Kelly Mantz is working on a flyer to post on your school website.

  • Stacey Wade is designing a STEM t-shirt your teachers and you can purchase.


Elementary and Middle School teachers experienced a 3 Dimensional science lesson including Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts on the 2/12 PD day. The proposed Science standards from the state are designed to teach science by having fun doing science. Look for students to be getting their hands in science, creating models, talking with other students about what is happening, and constructing their own knowledge. Kids and teachers will have so much fun learning this way!

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Middle School & High School

  • Teams in PE, Computers, Business/Marketing, FACS, and Math have been working hard to create and update curricula. Some of the common themes emerging are having students engage in authentic work that is more rigorous. High School teachers are also writing curricula to prepare students for industry recognized certifications. I am so proud of my teams for caring so much about preparing their kids for the future.

  • Our math training with Robert Kaplinsky on 1/19 and 1/20 was amazing. We had 92% agree/strongly agree “I will utilize the information presented.” 51% strongly agree. I am working on supporting 23 teachers (who expressed interest) in their learning of this work which focuses on students grappling with messy, real world problems and creating multiple ways to get to a solution. These problems kick up the rigor from DOK1&2 to DOK3&4.

On our second day of training, several teachers said that they knew giving kids experiences like these would make them like and understand math better. Their fear is that there is not enough time to cover all of the content in the curriculum AND add this work. Robert Kaplinsky mentioned that data suggests if a student can solve these higher DOK, real world problems, they are very proficient in solving the lower DOK problems. I also have data from TIMSS (international math test) that shows students in Singapore were more proficient in solving problems that had content they had never seen than US students who had been exposed to the content. In Singapore, teachers can typically spend the hour on these Robert Kaplinsky-type problems making them better problem solvers. We will continue to have conversations on how to balance both learning needs: content and complex problem solving.

Please reach out to me with any questions you may have. Karen

From the Right-Brained Center of the CIA

Curriculum Update

Curriculum teams for K-12 Art, K-12 Music, Student Publications, Speech, Theatre, and Social Studies continue to engage in this year of research and study for curriculum revision. The work they are doing is awesome!

By the end of February, each team will have met and completed their draft of the Mission/Vision/Values for their content areas. I highly encourage you to check out the work the teams have done on these documents! These will be used as a communication and advocacy tool with our Curriculum Review Committee, with our School Board and with our parents and community. In addition, these will serve as guiding documents for decision making around curriculum, instruction, and professional development in each area.

To access the Missions/Visions/Values, please click here:

Content-Specific PD

I'm so pleased that this year teachers in several content areas have had the opportunity to engage in content-focused PD during our district PD days! This year we've had content-specific PD for K-5 ELA (Words Their Way), 6-8 ELA (Workshop), 9-12 ELA (choice reading), K-12 Art, K-8 Music, World Languages, and Social Studies.

I am currently meeting with department chairs and lead teachers to set professional development goals for the 2016-17 school year. These conversations have been very good, and I look forward to continuing to support content-focused PD next year!

The Flipped Approach

We hope you are continuing to enjoy this flipped approach to information delivery. It is our intent to model the practice of sharing via memo what can be, and to communicate in person that which is truly necessary.

Please be sure to indicate any questions on the document referenced at the top of this memo.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Karen and Keri