I have spend the week in Denver, Colorado attending the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference with my colleagues from Washoe County School District's RISE Academy for Adult Achievement. At the conference, the leaders at RISE Academy presented From Stagnation to Rise: The Restoration of an Adult Education Program. This session focused on RISE's process and lessons learned over the last year during the major reform of the Washoe's adult education school. The Prezi from the session can be found here and details the framework to restructure adult education programs and the results of RISE Academy's efforts.
Options Area science educators gathered this morning for their first session of 'Focusing on the Core for All' , the Options NVACS professional learning cycle for the 2015-2016 school year. This group includes teachers from Options Area schools, Implementation Specialists from MTSS and Student Support Services departments, Student Support Services area administrators, and Options Area school site principals, each of whom has chosen a content focus for the year (English Language Arts, History-Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics). The professional learning cycle for this year builds on that of past years (namely, the High School Core Task Project and Shifting Instruction to the Core ) and is focused on supporting teachers, implementation specialists, and administrators in the Options Area to expand and deepen alignment of instruction, materials, and programs Common Core Standards and Instructional Shifts so that all students are prepared for college and career.