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February 6, 2017

North Star Online School - Core Support PL, Session 3

Teachers at North Star Online School gathered to continue their professional learning to support Common Core-aligned teaching and learning (see session 2 materials). North Star teachers have spent the last quarter observing one another's Live Lessons, taking low inference notes. Today's session focused on reflecting on these observation using the Instructional Practice Guides. Teachers began by reviewing their content area IPG and coding their notes accordingly. Teachers then worked in small groups to record observations on a shared IPG, discussed both areas of strength and areas of need at their school site, and determined next steps to improve instruction.  Materials for the session are linked below.

February 2, 2017

SEL Mini-Conference: Academic Integration

Teachers, administrators, and parents from Washoe County School District schools gathered on Thursday evening to learn about Social Emotional Learning.  Participants attended a keynote and a selection of break-out sessions, one of which focused on the integration of SEL and classroom instruction. During the session, educators engaged with instructional moves aligned to both SEL standards as well as the Common Core and reflected on how they might implement these strategies at their own school sites. The session began with a TED talk on the growth mindset by Carol Dweck, participants then used Shared Annotations and Evidence Ranking to dig deeply into and prepare to write about Dweck's talk. Materials for the session are linked below.