High Impact Professional Learning

Hello High Impact Professional Learning Session Members,

Just a reminder to bring your book, Intentional Interruption:  Breaking Down Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice to our session on Thursday, December 8th.  Chapters 1 through 4 will be the focus of our learning.  As you read, keep in mind your experiences with professional learning and how does this professional learning change your practice and / or thinking?  What allows true learning to happen?

Looking forward to growing our learning together to support all teachers and student learning.

Tracy and Nelli

Using Data to Improve Literacy 3B – September 2016

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth assessment conversation.

In this first session we had a chance to explore the different types of assessment that we are using in our educational systems to improve student achievement.  We brainstormed what the different assessment data we collect means and what measures we are collecting that satisfy these different assessment types.  We also briefly explored reliable and valid data and rolled out the Outcomes-Driven Model for analyzing and interpreting our assessment data.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/2cr95km

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared with assessment data to use in activities that we will accomplish.  We will be looking into identifying and validating the data that we are currently collecting.  Modeling will be included.

Essential Early Literacy Practices 1A – September 2016

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth early literacy  conversation.

In this first session we had a chance to explore the Essential Early Literacy Practices.  This discussion was centered around the Essential Early Literacy Practices Document that came out for the State.  In our discussion we talked through the key information on the first pages and explored the structure of how the Essentials are laid out in the document.  We also had the opportunity to dig deeper in to Essential #1 with our own KISD Early Literacy Coach Sarah Shoemaker.  A special thanks to her for being available and sharing her learning around that practice.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/2crKiL8

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to further explore Essential Practice #4.  Kent ISD Literacy Coach Jennifer Merkel will be taking us through this work and digging deeper into what the practice calls for in our work.

Individual Exploration Activity Reminder

Hi Everyone,

Craig and I are excited to meet with all of you again this Thursday.

We know it’s been a while since we last met, so we thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick review of the individual exploration activity we asked you to complete between last session and this Thursday.

  • Since we are using  Google Classroom for this session, we asked you to explore using this tool with your students. We hope you had a chance to do this. If not, there is still time!
  • Using Google Classroom, we asked you to complete 1 digital writing activity with your students.
  • After this activity, we asked you to reflect on the implementation of your digital writing activity and identify areas of success and challenge.

We will discuss your individual exploration activity (and more) at our next session on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you then!

– Andrew and Craig

The Motivated Brain

Greetings!  I am attaching the powerpoint we shared on the first LCN date.  The presenter notes should open when prompted.   As you read the assignments (pp. 23-31) on the Eight Possible Reasons for diminished student engagement and motivation, and then (pp.39-45) on the Role of Dopamine as a neurotransmitter of motivation, I would  encourage you to think about these two questions:

How might the reasons for disengagement  fit your content or grade level and ultimate day to day work?

What new learnings are you taking away about the role of dopamine and the SEEKING system?

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When we gather in December, we will start with some reflections about these questions!

See you then!