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.
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.