Florida educators gathered last week at a conference, “Leading Change, Shifting Practice”. Supported by Florida Association of District School Superintendents, the two day conference focused on creating a deeper understanding of the demands and intent of the standards and supported district teams to generate a plan for leading change back in their schools and communities. One session among many at the two-day conference was, "EQuIP ELA & Literacy Rubrics for Lessons and Units: Elementary & Secondary School". Participants worked collaboratively to better learn the ELA & Literacy Rubrics, use the rubrics and quality review process to evaluate materials, and plan to use the rubrics to support collaborative, evidence-based inquiry around the alignment of literacy lessons and units at their own school sites and districts. 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.