Coweta's Professional Learning

March 2015

We believe we must continuously improve.

Included in this newsletter, you will find professional learning opportunities that are available for Coweta educators in the sections below. Thank you for your commitment to student success!

Goal Setting

Professional Learning Opportunities for Goal Setting

IXL Math and Georgia Milestones

March 5, 2015 at 3:30

RtI: Helping All Students Succeed on the GA Milestones Assessment

Our 30-minute RtI webinar will include tips on:

  • Organizing students into tiered learning groups
  • Creating and working towards individual learning goals
  • Revisiting foundational skills to build fluency

Elementary Physical Education Teachers Professional Learning

March 5, 2015 at 3:00 - PLC

This session is designed for elementary PE Coaches to plan for the upcoming Elementary Track Meets. The emphasis of this time will be instruction on entering student data into a Google Docs format.

IXL Professional Learning Webinar

March 10, 2015 At 3:00

The 60-minute session will empower staff with all the tools needed to produce exceptional growth for your students. This training will be run by IXL's training specialists focused on the specific needs of our district. Please contact LeeAnne Brown if you are interested.

In-depth Administrator training in SLDS

March 23, 2015 12:30 - 3:30 - SD2

A member from the DOE Technology Team will be at Werz to lead participants in the Longitudinal Data System.

Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Training in SLDS

March 27, 2015 - Werz - 9:00 - 12:00 a.m.

A member from the DOE Technology Team will be at Werz to lead participants in the IIS portion of the Longitudinal Data System.

Advanced Opportunities

Professional Learning Opportunities for providing Advanced Opportunities for All Students

ESOL Teachers Professional Development
March 4, 2015 at 8:30 - 11:30 - PLC
The focus will be on instructional strategies to prepare for the End of Course and End of Grade assessments for our EL students.

Georgia's Parent to Parent
March 20, 2015 - 1:30 - PLC
Georgia’s Parent to Parent Director, Georgia Fruechtenicht will present information on the Parent to Parent Program to Special Education, Social Workers, Psychologists and Counselors. Parent to Parent provides support, information and training for families and individuals impacted by disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Building Relationships

Professional Learning Opportunities for building relationships with your students

Q-Interactive webinar - Psychology Services Professional Learning
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 - RV Room
This webinar is to review online testing applications, discussion of Youth Mental First Aid conference highlights, review of Multi-tiered systems of support..

Extended Responses for K- 8 Professional Development
March 12, 2015 - 4:00 - 5:00 - SD #2

A one hour workshop that will allow participants to share strategies that support students in answering questions that require Extended Responses.

BYOT Professional Development

March 19, 2015 4:15 - 5:45 - PLC

The focus of this BYOT meeting will be on coding and computer science for students in the classroom. It will address opportunities for introducing students in all grade levels to coding. Free resources and additional opportunities for training will be shared.

Counselor's Professional Development
March 23, 2015 - 9:00 - 11:30 - SD #2

Counselors will discuss ways to support students and their various needs. Hubert Bennett from the Georgia Department of Education will be here to share an update of resources for data analysis in our State Longitudinal Data System.

Mindset Certification

March 30 - 31, 2015 - 8:00 - 4:30 - SD #2

Multiple training sessions are available.

The next available Initial Certification Classes are:

June 1 – 2

July 27 – 28

The next available Re-Certification Classes are:

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 or email Darrell Hynson at with preferred date and time.

Problem Solving

Professional Learning Sessions focused on Problem Solving

Professional learning for In-School Coordinators

March 10, 2015 - 2:00 - 4:30 - PLC

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

Georgia Economic History
March 12, 2015 - 8:30 - 3:00 - PLC
This session is a one-day workshop for eighth-grade teachers with interactive lessons on Georgia economic history and economic concepts found in the GPS. There is no registration fee. Instructional materials will be provided. Please register at

SLDS In-depth Training for Assistant Principals

March 23, 2015 12:30 - 3:30

Hubert Bennett from Georgia Department of Education will be here to guide administrators through an in-depth training on SLDS.

Pre-K Teachers Professional Learning
March 24, 2015 - 3:00 - PLC
This session will focus on Best Practices for working with our young learners.

Professional Learning for Principals

March 27, 2015 - 9:00 - 12:00 in SD2

This session is designed for principals to analyze data using the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Data Analysis Tool. IIS is an application that provides school-level and district-level users in Georgia LEAs with the ability to create customized reports using the assessment, attendance, and student growth model data that is available in the SLDS tunnel. The IIS Data Analysis Tool also allows users to collaborate and sha​re the reports that they hav​e created with other users in the school or district.

Using Biographies of Great Americans to Teach Economics
March 26, 2015 -- 8:30 - 3:00 - PLC

This session is a one-day workshop for third grade teacher. Instructional materials will be provided. Basic economic concepts will be presented through the lives of great Americans identified in the Georgia Performance Standards. A story from the life of each individual is presented in two formats – an adult “read aloud” and a Lexiled student reading. Lesson plans specific to each great American highlights economic and personal finance concepts from the life of that person.

Professional learning for In-School Coordinators

March 31, 2015 - 3:30 - 5:00 - PLC

District Special Education Specialists

Professional learning opportunities for Paraprofessionals

From our needs assessment last spring, the top two requested areas for professional learning were technology and classroom management. From the PDNow Online training tool that is available for paraprofessionals, the following sessions are provided:

Classroom Management:

Classroom and Behavior Management

Implementing and Monitoring Behavior Intervention Plans

Providing Positive Behavioral Supports for Individual Students

Supporting Students with Attentional Concerns

Supporting Students Who are Non-compliant

Strategies to Defuse a Defiant Student

Managing a Student in Crisis

Student Behavior: Noncompliance and Being Out of the Seat

Student Behavior: Inappropriate Language and Inappropriate Touching

Student Behavior: Property Destruction and Self Injury

Building and Maintaining Respectful Relationships with Students

Next month, we will highlight sessions available on Technology.