To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 19: March 10, 2015

EdCamp?? What's that?

I will be attending the EdCamp Chicago held at Bednarcik Jr. High School on May 9th. Who's with me?

EdCamp is based upon the idea that educators are a powerful "community of empowered learners." It's an "unconference." What this means is that the sessions form the morning of the event, based upon what the attendees want to discuss. The format is collaboration and discussion based. There is a facilitator for each session, not a presenter. It's meant to encourage the open flow of ideas, sharing of resources, and building of shared knowledge.

EdCamps are a revolution in professional development and they are happening all over the United States.

The EdCamp's I've gone to have been amazing experiences. I missed the last EdCamp Chicago because I didn't sign up quickly enough. There will be educators from many different districts in attendance. Registration is open to SD308 teachers from now until March 18th. After that, it's open to the rest of Chicagoland.

Please see below for the flyer.

I'm incredibly excited about this day - I hope that some of you will join me!

Use this link to register

EdCamp 101

News & Info

Parent-Teacher Conferences

On the calendar it shows that the spring conferences are on March 25 and 26. You may use the week of March 23rd to conduct​ you​r 4 hours of flex time at any time that week outside of ​your regularly scheduled work hours.

Please let us know if you plan on working after 4:30 pm any evening that week.

Thank you!

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Next Meeting - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Topic: 5 Essentials Survey and Team Collaboration

All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.

Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

TEAM Website and Information

Use the link below to access information about TEAM, including the TEAM calendar and paperwork. If you've recently submitted paperwork to me, you'll receive a problem-solving meeting date soon. We're working through some challenges with scheduling during PARCC testing.

If you ever have any questions about TEAM, including how to bring up a student, any member of the team can assist you. Don't hesitate to ask. :-)