Options Area ELA, history, and science teachers and Options Area administrators gathered this morning for the fourth and final session of Shifting Instruction to the Core. This session focused on next steps educators might take this year and during the 2015-2016 school year. Participants began the session by using the EQuIP Student Work Protocol to review students performance on mini-assessments from various classrooms. (Links to Session III: Next Generation Assessments: ELA, History, and Science ). Educators then moved to investigating instructional implications based on this student work evidence. These implications were used during a Keep It or Junk It during which participants to created a focused answer to the question, "What professional support would best serve CCSS-aligned teaching and learning for the 2015-2016 school year?". This educator-generated work will form part of the basis for professional support provided all Options Area teachers during the next school year. Materials for the session are linked below.
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.