Community Learning Network 7

Spotlight on Math, Science, Literacy & Special Education

Preparing for PARCC

We have about seven instructional days before students begin the end of year testing.

How are you preparing students for PARCC?

Here are some suggestions from around CLN 7...

Online Test Practice

Have students practice using the PARCC tools by completing the online practice tests.

Use Plickers to get immediate feedback!

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Here's what some teachers are doing...

  1. Gather all the multiple choice test items from the PARCC released tests and add them to the Plickers library.
  2. Set up classes in Plickers.
  3. Print out the Plickers card set.
  4. Project a problem and get the results using your smart phone.
  5. Use this data to form targeted small group instruction.

CLICK HERE for more information!

Use Front Row as a tool for targeted, adaptive practice!

Front Row is a FREE standards-aligned technology for K-8 classrooms.

  1. Students can take a diagnostic to identify what they excel in and what they would benefit most from practicing.
  2. Students then have practice sessions where the questions update in real-time, providing each student with unique practice.
  3. The teacher dashboard has rich data on student performance, detailed session data for each student, and student grouping by skill level.

CLICK HERE to sign up for FREE


Celebrate Spring & Earth Day with these math resources!

SY 2015-2016 Math Pacing Snapshot

All Unit & Topic assessments should be administered on the last date in each Unit or Topic window.

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Summer Research Experiences for Teachers

Are you interested in brushing up on your lab skills? Would you like to spend your summer working alongside scientists? Click here for more information and to apply for a summer research experience. Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

DUE APRIL 8, 2016 - Next Generation Science Standards

Maryland has adopted the new NGSS and will officially begin implementing them in the 2017-2018 school year. Join us this summer to explore NGSS and learn more about incorporating three-dimensional teaching and learning in your classroom.

  • Teachers of Grades 3-5: Insects in the Classroom: Engaging your students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices through Entomology. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due April 8.

Secondary Science Teachers: NGSS in Your Classroom: Engaging your students in the Science and Engineering Practices. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due April 8.

Literacy Lowdown

Module 4 Literacy Scopes:

Module Scopes - CLICK HERE


Upcoming Assessment Dates

  • Amplify Cycle 3 Progress Monitoring (intensive students): April 18th- April 22nd
  • Amplify EOY Assessment Window (K-2): May 9th-May 27th

Inventory of Literacy Curriculum Materials and Reordering

As we move through Module 4, now would be a good time to get a head start on the collection of literacy materials in order to support inventorying and reordering. As you conduct inventory and reflect on the full implementation of the instructional model, please consider leveled libraries for your classrooms and a resource room of leveled texts to support independent reading and small group instruction. The materials listed below should be considered for each component of the literacy instructional model. If you need documents to support reordering please contact Kelly Jones.

Word Study:

K-3 - Fundations: student consumables, durables and teacher kits (as needed)

4-8 - Building Vocabulary: student consumables, teacher kits (as needed)

Whole Group Reading:

1-5 - American Reading Company module texts (as needed) Please see the attached Year at a Glance Inventory List for titles.

6-8 - LDC module texts (as needed)


K-5 - Explorations in Nonfiction Writing (teacher kits as needed)

MSDE Literacy Lead Meeting

Thursday, May 12th, 8:30-11:30am

900 Woodbourne Avenue

Baltimore, MD


Join Scholastic on July 14, 2016, for a one-day, professional learning conference, designed to inspire educators with a fresh view of independent reading strategies for their school communities. Network with nationally recognized educators and authors, participate in two professional development workshops of your choice, and earn CPE Credits.

For more information: CLICK HERE


Intervention Materials

  • Mueni Muthui is currently working on SPIRE placement testing (for applicable schools) and End-Of-Year

  • If you need documents to support ordering considerations for intervention, please contact Mueni Muthui.

IEP Chair Monthly Training

Wednesday, April 20th, 8:30am-3:30pm

2500 East Northern Parkway

Baltimore, MD


  1. Please Monitor Data Cleansing reports DAILY!!! Meetings should be held ON TIME and IEPs in DRAFT should be closed ON TIME!!
  2. ALL amendments require approval from Education Specialist-please email L. Huffman when you need to make an amendment and wait for a response as to approval/next steps.
  3. PARCC - Reminder for students with Verbatim Reading - there needs to be an Appendix-D uploaded in MDOIEP for students with this accommodation - please pay special attention to those students in third grade and follow intervention eligibility requirements.
  4. PLAAFP: Current student data from multiple sources should be included in PLAAFP section of the IEP. Sample data sources include: PARCC, I-Ready, Amplify, Unit Assessments, WJ-IV, etc. Please contact Lara Huffman, Education Specialist, with any questions.



Virginia Millard (#35), Nina McQueen (#60), Ashley Bynum (#95), Ronella Tan (#107),

Mila Aguas (#150), Rosario Mahinay (#150), Dawn McCrea (#150)


  • SRPNP (Student Registration Personal Needs Profile)-must be completed and submitted to School Testing Coordinator (STC) for students receiving accommodations
  • Appendix D-must be uploaded for IEP students receiving Verbatim Reading Accommodation
  • NEW-Allowable Math Manipulatives (see PARCC accommodations Manual)

Solving for Why: Understanding, Assessing, and Teaching Students who Struggle with Math

PD Topic: K-8 Mathematical Instructional Best Practices

Dates: April 18, 2016 – May 6, 2016

Overview: This course will be a study of the text, Solving for Why. This researched-based text offers educators the tools and guidance essential for successfully solving for why students struggle with mathematics. The step-by-step, RTI (Response to Intervention)—like approaches, focused on assessment and communication with students, helps teachers gain insight into student understanding in a remarkably different way than recipe-type approaches that assume the same solution applies to learners with similar struggles.

Course Format: Blended-Learning which will incorporate face-to-face sessions as well as a webinar portion.

Required Textbook: Solving for Why: Understanding, Assessing, and teaching Students Who Struggle with Math, by John Tapper

How to Register: Professional Growth System (PGS) found on your Employee Self-Service Page.

For more information, contact:

Jalima Alicea (

OR Ernestean Connally (

Other PD Opportunities!

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DHF’s Maker Workshops for Educators are designed to introduce educators to emerging technologies so that they can help their students to be creators, and not just consumers. The knowledge gained in the workshops can be applied to a variety of age groups and across content areas from math and science, to English and technology. Teach storytelling and entry level coding after Interactive Games for Educators, learn how to collect and analyze date about the surrounding world using simple electronics and networks in Internet of Things (IoT) for Educators, or help your students visualize and start making in three dimensions (and bring home a 3D printer for your school) in 3D Printing for Educators*. Prepare your students for a creative, technical world, and have fun learning how to do it! Workshops generally take place Friday evening and Saturday during the school year and are held mid-week during the summer. To view workshop details, dates and registration, please CLICK HERE!

*This workshop, along with our Making for Educators is approved for MSDE CPD credit.


Summer online courses are now open for registration! Registration will run until May 25th. Please share the attached catalog with your contacts.

To register:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

NEW-AU Course Opportunity