K-12 June Newsletter

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Professional Development

Grades 3-5 Writing Series (Webinars)

June 8-11, 9:00-10:00 am, Free

This series of four webinars focuses on grades 3-5 writing instruction and standards implementation. The research from Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers: A Practice Guide by Steve Graham and Alicia Bollinger (2012) will be used to help participants explore the essential elements of writing development and the components of solid writing instruction in intermediate grade classrooms, specifically focusing on how daily writing can create a community of engaged writers.

State Board Approves Revised Standards
On May 18th, the State Board of Education unanimously approved three revised sets of standards: Arts, Physical Education, and World and Native Languages. These standards were revised by committees of content-area educators from across Arizona. The 2015-16 school year will be a transition year for each of these new standards, with full implementation during the 2016-17 school year. Each of newly approved standards can be found on the ADE K-12 Standards page.

Arizona Department of Education extends a big thank you to all of the educators who participated in the committee work, to their administration for providing them opportunities to participate, and to all the other educators, parents, and community members who provided invaluable comments during the public review and feedback period.

Teachers’ Institute

End of the School Year Special! If you register a general education and special education teacher (or paraprofessional) from the same school by June 3, 2015, you can add an additional individual at no cost! That is three attendees for a total of $300.00!  If you are taking advantage of this offer, put “GROUP” in the registration section labeled Payment Number. After June 3, 2015, the discounted group fee of $150.00 per person will apply if registering a general and special education teacher from the same school. Individual registration fee is $199.00.


Professional Development Spotlight


Ed. Tech Event of the Month:   Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

From instructional videos, to YouTube, to the Flipped classroom, teachers and students are using digital video tools to transform learning. When used effectively, student created videos offer students choice and voice as well as leadership in their own learning. During this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to harness the enthusiasm students have for movies and videos into an engaging, standards aligned learning experience. Register today to learn how to inject collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation into classroom content, lessons and ideas through powerful and engaging videos.

Register for the June 15 workshop


Awesome Upcoming Ed. Tech Workshop:  Game Based Learning:  How Digital Games Support the Standards and Student Achievement in Reading and Writing (2 Day Workshop)

Ever wonder how teachers using digital games in their classroom? This 2 day hands-on workshop aims to present participants with research based strategies, examples and appropriate game based learning methods to integrate into their classrooms to support reading, writing, foster collaboration and critical thinking skills. 

Register for the July 14-15


Online Intel Teach Elements Courses through IDEAL  June 3-June 23

ADE is offering two (2)facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses. For more information and to register click the link IDEAL.  Intel® Teach Elements is a series of high interest, professional development courses that provide deep exploration of 21st century learning concepts. Each course is modular, with interactive activities and exercises to help access the content.

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Ed. Tech. Productivity Tools in the Classroom and Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series.

Join us for engaging Webinars that explore a variety of digital tools that support learning and engagement in the classroom. Exploring “how digital tools help us do what we do better”, these two Webinar series bring to the classroom digital tools that are free, easy to use and that can produce immediate benefits in the classroom.

  *All webinars start at 3:30 unless otherwise noted


The Teaching Channel (www.teachingchannel.org) has a vast array of resources for teachers. Their video banks are especially comprehensive, offering information and classroom examples of strategies for teaching to the standards. 


As an example, this video presents an examination of how one teacher helps her students analyze Shakespeare’s use of rhetorical devices to persuade readers to side with either Brutus or Mark Antony in the seminal play Julius Caesar. These same rhetorical devices, and their uses, form a central component of our spotlighted professional development opportunity, Argument Literacy, which is listed below.



Professional Development Spotlight!


Argument Literacy

There is no doubt that argument writing plays an important role in Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. But, what, exactly, does that mean? This webinar is designed to build educator confidence about teaching and implementing argument writing in the ELA or content-area classroom. The webinar will introduce the core elements of Argument Literacy: the basics of rhetoric, building blocks of argumentation, rhetorical modes/purposes, effective use of evidence/writing from sources, and using argument in the ELA/content classroom. Participants will be eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit.


Using Socratic Seminar to Meet Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Listening, Thinking, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Socratic Seminar is a deep analysis of works of quality and substance by a group of students facilitated by a teacher. A text can be a piece of literature, informative text, such as social studies and science, historical documents, or a piece of art or music. The main goal is for students to build conceptual understanding of the texts and ideas by asking questions, citing evidence, and conversing with each other to make meaning. Often, seminars are followed with a reflective piece of writing. Effectively implemented, Socratic seminars enhance reading comprehension, speaking, listening and writing skills; a perfect vehicle for teaching Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.

Participants will receive and use the following book in the session: Teaching Critical Thinking – Using Seminars for 21st Century Literacy by Terry Roberts and Laura Billings. Participants will eligible for 6.5 hours of professional development credit.


English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities


6-1 to 6-5

Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) – 5 day training


Webinar: Grades 6-12 Argument Literacy


Webinar: Grades 4-12 Research and Information Fluency


Webinar: Grades 6-12 Academic and Argument Writing


Webinar: Instructional Shifts, Literacy Practices, and Student Outcomes


Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – Overview and Daily Time to Write


Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – The Writing Process: Task, Audience and Purpose


Webinar: Grades 3-5 – Writing Fluency


Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – A Community of Engaged Writers


Grammar Foundations 1


Grammar Foundations 2

6-22 to 6-26

Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) – 5 day training


Verb Tense Study


Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Overview
Research, Writing and information Fluency

Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Handwriting Fluency
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Spelling
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Sentence Construction
Argument Literacy
Webinar: Research and Information Fluency
Socratic Seminar and AZCCRS with Diana Green    
7-27 to 7-31       
TOT Teaching Reading Effectively

Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – Overview and Daily Time to Write
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing-The Writing Process
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Instruction for Authentic Writing
Academic and Argument Writing: Entering the Conversation
Webinar: Grades 3-5 – Writing Fluency
K-2 Writing Foundations
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – A Community of Engaged Writers


Check Out the revised ADE Mathematics Standards website

The ADE Mathematics Standards webpage has a new look and some additional resources. 

Click here to check out the Mathematics Standards at the following link.  Make sure and also click on the Mathematics Professional Resource Page link found at the bottom of the main Mathematics page.

Professional Development Spotlight!


Math Boot Camp for Grades 3-5 is coming to Phoenix – June 23-25- $75

Multiplication! Fractions! Measurement! Place Value! All of this and the connections among them will be explored in this 3-day boot camp. We will examine researched methods on developing fluency with multiplication, understanding fractions and their operations as well as the relationship between place value and all major content.

The book, Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades 3-5 (Volume II)(2nd Edition) by John Van de Walle, will be provided for this training as well.

• Investigate major concepts within grades 3-5
• Explore tasks to develop conceptual understanding
• Develop a progression of learning for concepts in grades 3-5
• Determine how to implement effective workstations aligned to the standards
• Understand and be able to implement place value throughout the school year.
• Utilize Table 2 from the standards to develop conceptual understanding and fluency with multiplication, division and fractions.

Participants will be eligible for 19.5 hours of Professional Development credit.


Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

Summer Math Webinar series start in June!  Join us!

The summer webinar series will focus on grade level bands including K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and High School.  Each series will occur over the course of a week and will be offered in the morning at 10am to 11am each day.


Click here to download the complete June – September PDs.

K-2 Math Webinar Series – June 15th-June 18th                           


Development of Number Sense in K-2

Addition and Subtraction in K-2

Student Strategies for Addition and Subtraction

Parents as Partners in K-2


3-5 Math Webinar Series- July 13th – July 16th                              


Development of Fraction Sense Grades 3-5

Problem Solving in Grades 3-5, Using Table 2

Student Strategies for Multiplication and Division

Parents as Partners in the 3-5 classroom


6-8 Math Webinar Series- July 20th- July 23rd                                


Ratio and Proportion in Grades 6-8

Geometry in Grades 6-8

Statistics in Middle School, Grades 6-8

Parents as Partners in the 6-8 Classroom


High School Math Webinar Series – June 22nd – June 25th         


High School Progressions Series:  Coherence

High School Progressions Series:  Graphs

High School Progressions Series:  Functions

High School Progressions Series:  Transformations



Face to Face Professional Development Opportunities in Mathematics


The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6


Problem Solving & Critical Thinking in HS Geometry


3-5 Boot Camp: Getting Ready for the 2015-16 School Year



K-2 Boot Camp:  Getting Ready for the 2015-2016 School Year


Problem Solving in 4-8: Implementing Math Tasks that Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving


Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12


Looking for research that supports best practices for science instruction? The National Academies of Science publishes reports that are available as free PDF downloads. Check out a few of these titles.


A Framework for K-12 Science Education
This document developed by the National Academies of Science’s Board on Science Education outlines a vision for K-12 Science education, focusing on 3-dimensional learning.






Ready, Set, Science! is filled with classroom case studies that bring to life the research findings and help readers to replicate success. Most of these stories are based on real classroom experiences that illustrate the complexities that teachers grapple with every day. They show how teachers work to select and design rigorous and engaging instructional tasks, manage classrooms, orchestrate productive discussions with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of students, and help students make their thinking visible using a variety of representational tools.

Literacy for Science articulates the knowledge and skills teachers need to support students in developing competence in reading and communicating in science. This report considers design options for curricula and courses that provide aligned support for students to develop competencies in reading and communicating, and addresses the role of district and school administrators in guiding implementation of science and ELA to help ensure alignment. Literacy for Science will be a useful point of reference for anyone interested in the opportunities and challenges of overlapping science and literacy standards to improve the learning experience.

Professional Development Spotlight!


For More Details, visit the Science and STEM Professional Development Page

Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8
August 20th – $50
Learn to successfully incorporate scientific explanation in your classroom using a variety of strategies, rubrics, and guidelines for designing assessment items. You will break down the complex practice of scientific explanation into claims, evidence, and reasoning, and view examples of what the science practice explanation looks like when it is successfully implemented in the classroom. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science by Katherine McNeill and Joseph Krajcik.

What Are My Science Students Thinking? (Grades K-8)
September 16th – $50
What science ideas do your students bring to your classroom? What prior ideas do they retain even after instruction? This session will explore ways that formative assessment practices help inform teaching and learning in the science classroom. Participants will practice using science probes, formative assessment classroom techniques, and the Making Sense of Student Work Protocol, which can be used in PLCs or with teams of teachers to inform classroom teaching and student learning. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Science Formative Assessment, 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning by Page Keeley.

Making Sense of Science – 5-day Energy Course for Teachers
Developed by WestEd, this comprehensive professional development course for science teachers provides all the necessary scaffolds for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, inquiry, and literacy. This 5-day course will be split across 2 weeks.

This course is about making sense of the science of energy. It focuses on science, questioning, and literacy — all in the service of building a scientific way of thinking and instilling that way of thinking in students. Through the course activities, you’ll learn practical, relevant strategies for teaching science — how to guide hands-on science learning, support evidence-based discussions, and help your students develop the academic language, habits of mind, and communication skills necessary for sense making and scientific reasoning. As a way to investigate teaching, you’ll read and discuss cases written by teachers for teachers. The cases, which include rich examples of student work, allow you to grapple with science content, navigate typical teaching challenges, and experience authentic dilemmas that occur when teaching energy to students. Although this course is designed for middle-school science teachers, it is open to all grade levels of science teachers interested in further developing their own conceptual understanding of energy and how their students learn about energy.

Science Professional Development Opportunities



Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades K-2)


Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades 3-5)


Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades 6-8)



Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades K-2)


Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades 3-5)


Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades 6-8)



Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8



What Are My Science Students Thinking? (Grades K-8)



Making Sense of Science – 5-day Energy Course for Teachers



Congratulations! The Arizona Educational Foundation recently named social studies teacher John-David Bowman as Arizona’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Bowman teaches IB Theory of Knowledge, IB History of the Americas, and AP U.S. History at Westwood High School in Mesa Public Schools. As the Teacher of the Year, Mr. Bowman will spend next year serving as an advocate for the teaching profession by giving presentations across the state and will also compete as the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.


Visit ADE’s Social Studies Resource page for professional and instructional resources and to view recorded ADE webinars.

Professional Development Spotlight!


Interpreting Primary Sources using a Geographic Lens
June 24th – 26th – Free
Grades 5-12 teachers learn about five new tools that were developed by geographers to interpret documents, maps, political cartoons, photos, and audio-visual primary sources. While this workshop is free, a deposit of $40 is required to reserve your seat (and will be promptly refunded if you attend).


2015 ACHE Conference
Engage, Excite, Enrich: Making History Education Matter
August 15th

The Arizona Council for History Education will hold its annual conference on August 15, 2015 at the Mesa Arts Center. The theme for the conference is: Engage, Excite, Enrich: Making History Education Matter.  With the timing of the conference right before the start of school, this year’s theme is intended to encourage presentations that will engage, excite, and enrich history instruction and history learning in Arizona. Sessions will include U.S., world, and Arizona history; innovative ways to teach and share history; and address the Arizona literacy standards for history/social studies.



The “E” in STEM can sometimes be scary for teachers as they begin to embrace STEM teaching and learning, but fear not! Engineering is all around us and in practically everything we do and the best part…  students are naturally born engineers!

The National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education states, “Any science education that focuses predominately on the detailed products of scientific labor – the facts of science – without developing an understanding of how those facts were established or that ignores the many important applications of science in the world misrepresents science and marginalizes the importance of engineering.” The Framework continues by identifying two implications that this statement has for science education standards:

  • Students should learn how scientific knowledge is acquired and how scientific explanations develop.
  • Students should learn how science is used, in particular through the engineering design process, and they should come to appreciate the distinctions and relationships between engineering, technology and applications of science.

Source: E+S Integrating Engineering + Science in Your Classroom, Eric Brunsell, 2012

Join us for the FREE webinar on August 11 to learn and share more about the “E” in STEM!


STEM Resources

Looking for helpful resources to support your interdisciplinary STEM planning?

  • OpenEd.io is the largest K-12 educational resource library, offering over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans. It’s free to sign up and get started building your own “classes” with resources to support your STEM classroom. 
  • The Design Squad Nation website is a resource to help build engineering design challenges into your STEM lessons.

Professional Development Spotlight


STEM Boot Camp

June 1st-2nd or July 6th-7th  – $50

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should not be viewed as curriculum, but rather a way of organizing, integrating, and delivering instruction through an intentional interdisciplinary mindset. There is an increasing need to better understand STEM and provide for more rigorous, relevant and engaging interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning opportunities. This 2-day ‘boot camp’ will energize and motivate teachers by building background, providing tools and resources with support to successfully implement integrated STEM connections.


Through this engaging, hands-on 2-day STEM Boot camp participants will:

  • Develop a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of STEM teaching and learning
  • Build their own STEM teaching toolkit based on research and best practices
  • Create a framework to develop and sustain a STEM learning environment

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

August 25th – $50

Have you ever wondered how to get your students to think like a mathematician or ask questions like a scientist? This professional development opportunity will help teachers set up a classroom environment that encourages students to talk, read and write or argue to improve their understanding in science and math. Connections using The Practices are the foundation for effective classroom discourse. Includes the book: Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing


Registration and Applications Now Open

Interested in presenting at the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate conference in Phoenix during January 21-23?  Applications for presenters, vendors, and field trip hosts are now being accepted. In addition registration is now open.  Visit the conference page for more information or to register.



STEM Professional Development Opportunities





STEM Boot Camp


Webinar: Infographics in STEM


Webinar: STEM in the Primary Classroom


Webinar: STEM Learning Using the 5Es Instructional Model



STEM Boot Camp


Webinar: Developing STEM Literacy through the Practices



Webinar: Effective Discourse Communities in the STEM Classroom Using the Practices


Webinar: “E”ngineering in the STEM Classroom


Webinar: Reading & Writing in the STEM Classroom


Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices





English Language Arts Resources

Arizona English Language Arts Standards

Arizona English Language Arts Standards

Appendix ASupplement to Appendix A

Appendix C

Overview of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

English Language Arts Professional Development Face-to-Face  Webinars

Arizona English Language Arts Assessment


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Arizona Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time

Arizona English Language Arts Certification and HQT Information


Arizona English Language Arts Certification and HQT Information

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Link to the English Language Arts Instructional Resource Page

Link to the English Language Arts Professional Resource Page

Contact Information

Sean RossDirector of K-12 ELA and Humanities

K-12 Academic Standards

Arizona Department of Education


Mary WennerstenDirector of K-3 Literacy

K-12 Academic Standards

Arizona Department of Education




Research and Information Fluency

Event information

Webinar: Research and Information Fluency – Teaching students to strategically navigate massive amounts of information available through multi-media has become a priority as we increase our demand for incorporation of evidence and reasoning in student work. And not only do students need to know how to strategically navigate and evaluate information from multiple media formats, they need to be able to use that media to strategically and collaboratively share information as well. Does how we teach ‘research’ need to change? How has it evolved?

Participant is eligible for 1 hour of Professional Development credit.

To register for Webinar: Research and Information Fluency on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM MST go to: https://student.gototraining.com/r/5659977257170534400

After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Test Event

Event information

TUSD TRE December_January

AZ Educator Opportunities

Arizona Educator Opportunities

By uniting and mobilizing the education community behind a common purpose for preparing our students for college- and career- success, the Arizona Department of Education is welcoming educators from around the state to be an active contributor to ensure a seamless and effective implementation of Arizona’s Common Core Standards.

The Arizona Department of Education values the input of our educators. This webpage will host a variety of opportunities for you to become a part of what’s happening in Arizona education. Below are applications for different committees that the we would like for you to consider.

Arizona Standards and Assessment Committee Application
Complete this application if you are interested in serving on Arizona’s standards committees or AIMS committees.

Master Educator Instructional Resource Development Team Application
Interested Arizona educators can apply to be a part of Arizona’s Common Core Standards Development Team to develop new resources which help support Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Complete the entire application. You will be notified if you are selected to be a part of this Development Team.

Master Educator Instructional Resource Review Team Application
Interested Arizona educators can apply to be a part of Arizona’s Common Core Standards Resource Review Team to review existing and new resources which help support Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Complete the entire application. You will be notified if you are selected to be a part of this Review Team.