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November 14th, 2017

November Professional Development Opportunities

K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #1- Overview November 21, 2017
STEM: Teaching Engineering to the Power of the 5Es (Grades K-8) – Monday, November 27th, 2017
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar For Authentic Writing – Overview – November 28, 2017
K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #2- Handwriting November 29, 2017
Webinar: Teaching Civic Education Through Service-Learning And Extra-Curricular Activities – November 30, 2017 Open 193 Free
Using Children’s Books and Literacy Skills to Inspire STEM Learning in Grades K-2 – Thursday, November 30, 2017

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November 9th, 2017

Science Standards Revision – November 6 Update

Science Standards Revision – November 6 Update

On November 6, the Science Standards Revision Working Group continued their work in revising Arizona’s Science Standards and preparing the draft for public comment. A total of 32 Arizona educators participated, representing 3 institutes of higher education and 31 districts/schools, including 2 charter schools. Participants were from 9 Arizona counties: Apache, Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma. The next step will be to open the public review process at the December 4th State Board of Education meeting. The draft and survey will be opened following the State Board meeting, and will remain available through January 19th, 2018. We encourage all science educators, parents, students, and community members to review the draft and provide feedback during this upcoming public comments period.

Download the November 6, 2017 agenda
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October 24th, 2017

Development of K-12 Computer Science Standards to begin

Help Develop Arizona's K-12 Computer Science Standards

Development of K-12 Computer Science Standards to begin.

The Arizona Department of Education is seeking public comments to guide the process of developing K-12 Computer Science Standards. Please take the survey by November 30, 2017 to help inform and guide the development process.

The ADE is currently accepting applications from K-12 educators, higher education/post-secondary educators, business stakeholders, and parents/community members to serve on working groups and focus groups. We hope you will consider applying for the opportunity to participate in this important work. We would like to have representation from around the state. The standards review process will use an accordion model for committee selection; an individual might be selected to serve once or multiple times, depending on the focus of the work and their expertise. Members unable to serve for a particular meeting due to schedule conflicts or other concerns are still eligible to be selected to participate in future meetings. Applications will be accepted throughout the entire development process. Working groups will convene starting in January 2018.

Please visit ADE’s Computer Science Standards Development page to access the applications and for more information.

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October 20th, 2017

Science Standards Revision – October 18 Update

Science Standards Revision – October 18 Update
On October 18, the Science Standards Revision Working Group continued their work in revising Arizona’s Science Standards. A total of 28 Arizona educators participated, representing 2 institutes of higher education and 26 districts/schools, including 2 charter schools. Participants were from 8 Arizona counties: Apache, Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Yavapai, and Yuma.

Download the October 18, 2017 agenda
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October 12th, 2017

Students are highly motivated by STEM challenges!

Students are highly motivated by STEM challenges!

This natural engagement activates authentic curiosity and desire to apply reading and writing skills purposefully. In this workshop we will enhance your STEM instruction using quality children’s literature to promote higher level thinking/questioning, problem solving, reading, writing and vocabulary development. We will use the 5E instructional model and science and engineering practices as a strategy to present STEM concepts while building literacy. Participants will receive a copy of NSTA’s book, Picture-Perfect Science Grades 3-6.
Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning PD

Check -in begins at 8:15 a.m. Workshop: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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October 12th, 2017

Science Standards Revision – October 11 Update

Science Standards Revision – October 11 Update

On October 11, a Parent and Community Focus Group convened to provide feedback on the development of the Science Standards. Thirteen applicants were invited and 6 attended; participants were from 2 Arizona counties: Maricopa and Pima. The feedback from this focus group will be used to inform decisions made by the Science Standards Working Groups later this month as they continue the development of the Science Standards.

We are still accepting applications from K-12 educators, post-secondary science content and science education researchers/instructors and parents and community members to serve on the working groups. New working group members are selected to participate throughout the entire revision process.

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October 11th, 2017

Science Standards Revision – October 10 Update

Science Standards Revision – October 10 Update

On October 2 and 10, a small Science Standards Revision Working Group convened to focus on the high school science standards. The work from this small group will be reviewed by the parent and community focus group and by the full committee later this month. A total of 8 Arizona educators participated, representing 8 districts. Participants were from 2 Arizona counties: Maricopa and Yuma.

We are still accepting applications from K-12 educators, post-secondary science content and science education researchers/instructors and parents and community members to serve on the working groups. New working group members are selected to participate throughout the entire revision process.

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October 6th, 2017

Social Studies Standards Revision August – October Updates

On August 1, the Social Studies Standards Working Group convened a small group of K-3 teachers to continue the process of revising the Arizona Social Studies Standards. A total of 4 educators participated representing 3 districts and 1 institute of higher education. Invitees represented Maricopa County. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify theme and content for the K-2 grade band due to the fact there were no K-2 teachers at the July 19th meeting and that work needed to be complete so the committee could move on at the next meeting.

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On September 12, the Social Studies Standards Working group convened to continue the process of revising the Arizona Social Studies Standards. A total of 50 educators were invited representing 5 institutes of higher education and 43 districts/schools, including 6 charters schools. A total of 26 educators participated representing 4 institutes of higher education, 20 districts/schools and 3 charter schools. Invitees represented 9 Arizona Counties: Apache, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, and Yuma

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On October 2, the Social Studies Standards Working group convened to continue the process of revising the Arizona Social Studies Standards. A total of 47 educators were invited representing 5 institutes of higher education and 32 districts/schools, including 4 charter schools. A total of 30 educators participated representing 4 institutes of higher education, 17 districts/schools and 3 charter schools. Invitees represented 10 Arizona Counties: Apache, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, and Yuma

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On October 30, the Social Studies Standards Working group convened to continue the process of revising the Arizona Social Studies Standards. A total of 45 educators were invited. Twenty-five educators attended the meeting representing 3 institutions of higher learning, 22 districts/schools including 1 charter. Invitees represented 8 Arizona Counties: Apache, Cochise, Maricopa, Mohave Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma.

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October 6th, 2017

📅October Professional Development Opportunities w/ Updates

Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text – Part 1- October 2, 2017

Webinar: Statistics in Middle School Grades 6-8 – October 2, 2017 K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation 2017 – October 3, 2017

STEM: Teaching Engineering to the Power of the 5Es (Grades K-8) – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #1 Overview October 4, 2017

Webinar: Incorporating Economics Standards in 6th – 8th Grade Instruction – October 5, 2017

Webinar: Math Teaching Practices 4,5,&6: Discourse, Purposeful Questions, Fluency – October 10, 2017

K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #2 Handwriting October 11, 2017

Webinar: Nonfiction in the ELA Classroom – October 12th Oct 12, 2017 Oct 12, 2017

Arizona English Language Arts Standards Implementation and Planning Workshop– October 16th, 2017

Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text Part 2 October 16, 2017

Webinar: Math Teaching Practices 7 & 8:Support productive struggle and evidence of student thinking – October 16, 2017

Multisensory Grammar – October 17, 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Oct 17, 2017

K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #3 Spelling October 18, 2017

Number Sense Tasks and Routines in K-2 – October 19, 2017

Webinar: Blending Writing Types for Authentic Audiences – October 19th

Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text – Understanding and Identifying the Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence – Part 3 Rhetorical Grammar – October 24, 2017

Webinar: Developing STEM in the Classroom for K-2 – Tuesday, October 24, 2017

K-3 Writing Foundations Standards Implementation Webinar Series – #4 Sentence Construction October 25, 2017

Webinar: Research and Information Fluency – October 26th

Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text – Understanding and Identifying the Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence – Part 4 October 30, 2017

Webinar: Developing STEM in the Classroom for Grades 3-5 – October 30th, 2017 Oct 30, 2017

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