Coweta's Professional Learning

February 2015

We believe we must continuously improve.

School and district administrators gathered recently to focus on a mid-year review on our District Strategic Plan and AdvancED standards. Included in this work session, participants delved into student achievement data, analyzed school improvement plans for strategic plan alignment, and discussed flexibility opportunities for the future.
Coweta Administrators work collaboratively to plan for continuous improvement.
Analyzing data for continuous improvement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoXfOnFp9qg

See the fantastic opportunities below that are offered to Coweta County Educators in the month of February!

Professional Learning Sessions focused on PROBLEM SOLVING

February 2, 2015

Creating Assessments from GOFAR

Workshop for Brooks Elementary School teachers to create assessments with both selected response and constructed response items available in GOFAR. (Brooks Elementary)


February 3, 2015 - 8:00 - 4:30 - PLC

Principals February 2015 Leadership Workshop

School and district administrators will focus on CCRPI data, Coweta County Strategic Plan, Preparing for AdvancED and Investing in Educational Excellence.


February 5, 2015 4:00 - 5:00 At Werz in SD2

ACE Strategies with Rigorous Reading

This session is for teachers of Kindergarten through 8th grade.


February 10, 2015

High School Math: Making Connections and Using Representations

This workshop will focus on fostering students’ abilities to make mathematical connections and use effective and appropriate representations in mathematics. Target audience: high school regular/special education teachers (Northgate High main campus media center, 4 – 5 p.m.)


February 12, 2015

(Rescheduled from Feb. 5)

Grade 2: Outstanding Math Guide

Designed for second grade regular/special education/EIP teachers and instructional coaches, participants will create an “Outstanding Math Guide” of differentiated graphic organizers for key concepts aligned to grade-level math curriculum and receive a packet for having their students create their own OMGs. (SD1, Werz, 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Register by 4 p.m. on February 11, 2015, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Gr2-OMG


February 12, 2015 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Werz in SD1

Holistic Grammar: The Context of Writing

This opportunity is offered for middle and high school teachers.


February 23, 2015 - PLC

Professional learning for In-School Coordinators

District Special Education Specialists will guide discussion and analysis of CCRPI data and strategies for improving student achievement.


February 24, 2015

Middle School Math: Making Connections and Using Representations

Workshop will focus on fostering students’ abilities to make mathematical connections and use effective and appropriate representations in mathematics. Target audience: middle school regular/special education teachers (Smokey Road Middle media center, 4 – 5 p.m.)


February 24, 2015

Professional Learning for PreK teachers

This session will focus on best practices for working with our young learners.


February 25, 2015

Math Strategies for Puzzled Parents

Workshop for Western Elementary parents to develop an understanding of instructional strategies for number sense and mathematical concepts so that they can help their students. (Western Elementary, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)


February 26, 2015 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Werz in SD1

Relating ELA Standards to Content Area Standards

This opportunity is available for middle and high school teachers.


February 26, 2015 - Werz Building

Professional Learning for Assistant Principals

8:30-10:00 a.m. - Middle and High, and 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Elementary

Assistant principals will meet with members of the curriculum department and discuss data analysis and curriculum updates. Participants will work with Excel to analyze data.

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Professional Learning Sessions focused on ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES

February 9, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Werz Building

Professional Learning for ESOL and ESOL support teachers

Teachers will analyze data and focus on best practices for student achievement.


February 9, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.

United Way training meeting


February 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 10:30

Dual Enrollment - Providing advanced opportunities for students

Pat Blenke, from Georgia Department of Education, will conduct a training session for middle and high school lead counselors on the latest updates on dual enrollment opportunities for students.

Integrating the Arts, Black History and EL students

Building Relationships

February 6, 2015 1:30 p.m. - Food Service Conference Room

Professional Learning for Coweta Psychologists

The focus areas of this session will be on Cyber-bullying and Sexual Harrassment guidelines. In addition, participants will discuss the ISC Academy with Chrissy Dement.


February 10, 2015

Teachers as Leaders

Our next session for instructional leaders will be an online opportunity. Dr. Golden will send the link to participants who attended the first of the series of Teachers as Leaders.


February 23, 2015 8:30 - 11:30 & 1:00 - 4:00

Strategies for Helping Students of Poverty

West GA RESA will present a three hour professional learning session focused on understanding challenges that poverty presents as well as sharing strategies for the classroom to help students who are faced with poverty. Participants can choose between the morning or the afternoon session.


Mindset Certification

Multiple training sessions are available.

The next available Initial Certification Classes are:

March 30 – 31

June 1 – 2

July 27 – 28

The next available Re-Certification Classes are:

February 23 (8:30 – 12:00) and (1:00 – 4:30)

February 24 (8:30 – 12:00) and (1:00 – 4:30)

June 2 (1:00 – 4:30)

July 28 (1:00 – 4:30)

Staff can sign up for classes and select a date using the following link http://goo.gl/forms/tJuo4fQqC6 or email Darrell Hynson at clifford.hynson@cowetaschools.org with preferred date and time.

Building Relationships

Goal Setting

February 19, 2015 - 3:30 - webinar

Data-Driven Preparation for Georgia Milestones Assessment

This 30-minute webinar will cover best practices including:

  • Identifying key standards for your remaining test prep time
  • Determining parameters for real-time student progress
  • Highlighting immediate implementation strategies


February 24, 2015 - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Werz SD1

Analyzing data using Excel

This session is offered for administrators to work with Excel spreadsheets to analyze student achievement data and set goals.

To register, go to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EXCELWORKSESSION

Upcoming sessions in March

March 12, 2015 - 8:30 - 3:00 at Werz in PLC

Georgia Economic History

This session is offered through the Georgia Council on Economic Education for eighth grade teachers. The deadline for registry is two weeks prior. Please email Dr. Paula Baker by February 25th to register.


March 23, 2015 -- 8:30 - 3:00 at Werz in PLC

Teaching Economics through Biographies

This session is offered through the Georgia Council on Economic Education for third grade teachers. The deadline for registry is two weeks prior. Please email Dr. Paula Baker by March 9 to register.

Other Opportunities...

February 3, 2015

Monthly Safety Training for Maintenance Personnel

Procedures and techniques will be shared to promote high levels of safety management and updates for the maintenance department.


February 27, 2015

Fair Labor Standards workshop

Dan Murphy will conduct a Fair Labor Standards workshop at Werz from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.