Coweta's Professional Learning

March 2017

Marching into Professional Learning...

This month's newsletter is filled with a variety of professional learning formats. You will find advertisements for face-to-face sessions, webinars, twitter chats, videos and online professional reading. Links are also provided for English Language Arts, Mathematics and Instructional Technology newsletters. Thank you for a continued commitment to learn and lead.

Content Mastery and 21st Century Learning

March 7, 2017 - K-2 Math Webinar - 3pm - 4pm

Avoiding Math Misconceptions in Grades K-2

Children try to make sense of what they see and hear in terms of numbers, measurement, shapes, money, and time. And they can develop misconceptions that create issues for conceptual understanding. This session will examine some common math misconceptions children have in K-2 and discuss instructional ideas and activities that can be implemented to address these misconceptions. Register by 4 p.m. on March 6 at to receive an invitation to join this session.

March 21, 2017 - Smokey Road Middle - 4pm - 5pm

Determining Power Standards

Teacher teams will apply the criteria of endurance, leverage, and readiness to grade level math standards, along with the state assessment blueprint, to determine a draft list of power standards. Teams will vertically review draft power standards at each grade level for gaps and redundancies in order to create the final list. This work is in preparation for the creation of 2017-2018 course pacing guides later in the spring. Participants are asked to bring their Chromebooks. No registration is required.

March 28, 2017 - 3-5 Math Webinar - 3pm - 4pm

Avoiding Math Misconceptions in Grades 3-5

Aside from making careless errors and having incomplete mastery of basic facts, the other mistakes students make are due to misconceptions. This session will examine some common math misconceptions children have in grades 3-5. Instructional ideas and activities that can be implemented to address these misconceptions will be discussed. Register by 4 p.m. on March 27 at to receive an invitation to join this session.


Guiding Early Literacy with Raz Plus on March 7th at 3:00pm

Gain knowledge and confidence to flexibly and seamlessly use Reading A-Z to supplement your core reading instruction, target key pre reading skills, and move your students toward reading proficiency! Teachers will explore foundational skills and the many resources offered to help support balanced literacy. Training ID: 220-118-764

Leveled Readers and Lesson Plans on March 14th at 3:00pm

Dig deeper into our popular leveled library of books. Learn ways to determine student levels with our benchmarks and/or easy to use correlation chart. Teachers will get an overview of the lessons and materials that come with each book. Training ID: 224-821-564

Comprehension Skills Packs and Visual Devices on March 21st at 3:00pm

Comprehension skill packs are a great way to introduce or review critical comprehension skills. Our lessons provide teachers with materials to introduce the skill, model the skill, and give students a chance to practice and apply the skill. Check out why comprehension skill packs are one of our most popular resources! With Visual Devices, help your students better understand charts, graphs, and more with our visual device resources. Training ID: 227-605-276

Shared Reading on March 28th at 3:00pm

The print concepts and reading strategies that can be modeled in the Shared Reading books support the building of a variety of literary and foundational skills. Following the five-day lessons, even the youngest students can learn to read the text more closely. Students can then practice the skills independently using the read and listen versions of the books on Kids A-Z. Training ID: 232-624-924

Personal Finance for K-5 on March 2nd

Teachers will learn to use concrete experiences and stories about children to teach personal finance concepts. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students understand how their economic decisions are important. This workshop helps teachers bring economics concepts home for these young learners with hands-on activities. This PL opportunity is presented by the Georgia Council of Economic Education.

Goal Setting and Advanced Opportunities

March 6, 2017 - Werz CO - PLC - 2:45pm

Elementary Physcial Education Teachers Professional Learning Opportunity

To discuss upcoming county track meet information, fitness gram and other end of year information.

March 21, 2017 - Werz Co - PLC - 3:30pm

Gifted Teachers Professional Learning Opportunity

To discuss upcoming Milestones testing, summer transition and gifted folder plans.

21st Century Learning through Twitter Chats

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Grow as a professional, plus stay at home in your pajamas! If this sounds intriguing to you, then hop on Twitter and join in on our professional development chats on Sunday nights at 8! Just type in the hashtag #CowetaEdChat and read, and join the chat. In just a few sessions, you will grow and become connected to a family of educators across the county who want to make a difference for Coweta students!

The Upcoming Chats Include:

Sunday, March 12th at 8 with host Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a PIRATE and publisher of a fantastic series of professional development books!

Sunday, March 26th at 8 with host Michelle Clarke, math teacher extordinaire at Madras Middle School. She will discuss math strategies and formative assessments that make a difference in student achievement!

We can't wait to see you there!

To learn more about a Twitter Chats or information about joining the conversation contact: Laura Farmer at

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2017 Tech Summit

The Coweta County 2017 Tech Summit will be held again at the Newnan Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 1 from 8-4. The summit will consist of presentations from teachers and district leaders focusing on all things technology. Sessions will be approximately 50 minutes long and include a catered lunch. Presenters have the registration fee waived. Please click here to submit a presentation proposal. Contact Dr. Donald White or John Vaughn with any questions.

Upcoming Webinars

The operational launch of the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) Readiness Check, below is additional information on training designed specifically for kindergarten teachers. The operational launch will involve administering the GKIDS Readiness Check to all kindergarten students statewide at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

GKIDS Readiness Check Kindergarten Teacher Training Series (Optional)

We invite kindergarten teachers to join an optional What to Expect Webinar Series. This informational series has been designed to introduce teachers to the GKIDS Readiness Check. Kindergarten teachers may register for both sessions below to learn more about the GKIDS Readiness Check; please share this information with your kindergarten teachers.

What to Expect Webinar Series

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 1 - GKIDS Readiness Check Overview:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2 - GKIDS Readiness Check Online Platform:

Sessions will be recorded for those who may be unable to attend at the times above.

The webinar platform requires that each participant pre-register, using the registration links above. After pre-registering, you will receive a unique link to use in entering the actual webinar session on its scheduled date/time. Your pre-registration will also generate automatic reminders (that will be sent to the email address you provide) prior to the session.

The registration links may be shared with those that may need to attend the sessions. They must also pre-register – and upon doing so will receive their own unique link to enter the session.

GKIDS Readiness Check Kindergarten Teacher Training Webinar (Required)

More detailed information about the administration of the GKIDS Readiness Check will be provided in the GKIDS Readiness Check Teacher Training Webinar. Kindergarten teachers are required to participate in this webinar. Registration links for this training webinar are listed below.

Kindergarten teachers must register for one of the following sessions. The sessions are repeated to provide alternate dates and times to participate. Pre-registration is required as described above. The webinars will also be recorded.

GKIDS Readiness Check Training Webinar

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Live Repeat:

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Live Repeat:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Live Repeat:

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Live Repeat:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Live Repeat for Newly Hired & Reassigned K Teachers:

Following the training sessions above, kindergarten teachers should complete the GKIDS Readiness Check online training modules (Module 1 – Module 6) to conclude their training (prior to the beginning of the school year). These modules will be available within the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Details on how to access the modules will be shared during the webinar.

School and district leaders will be responsible for monitoring teachers’ completion of the online modules, as outlined during the STC/School Administrator training sessions.

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Ashley Hope, Assessment Specialist – Early Learning Measures, at or (404) 657-0312 or Dr. Jan Reyes, Test Development Program Manager, at or (404) 463-6665.

Please note this information is also posted on the GaDOE Assessment webpage under the ‘For Educators’ link: