March Newsletter 2016

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March 2016

Seeking Passionate Math and English Language Arts Teachers

for the ADE Standards Work Groups

If you are interested in applying to be a member of a grade-level working group, please complete the application found at the

Arizona Educator Engagement Opportunity webpage.

Tech Tuesday Webinar Series

In this interactive series, Ed Tech experts will cover topics such as Google Apps for teaching, interactive assessments, coding, online teaching resources and more!


Tech Tuesdays is presented by ASU Learning Forever in partnership with Arizona Technology in Education Association.

Visit the AzTEA site to learn more and become a member!

Register here

 Check Out What’s New!

Teaching The Big Idea

As we focus on thetransition into three dimensional teaching, it is important to focus our teaching on the Big Ideas.  What are the scientific ideas that we want students to know and be able to understand as they move through the progression of learning in science?  How do these critical ideas translate into the storylines of science?  Join us for a webinar on the Arizona Science Storylines and how we can use these storylines to help us teach the big ideas in science.

Webinar Series: Arizona’s Science Storylines

Investigate how Arizona’s Science Standard develops storylines that inform instruction and deepen student understanding in life science, physical science and earth science.  Evaluate how the Big Ideas in science translate to the K-2 grade band and fit into the learning progression of science that spans Arizona’s entire K-12 science standard.

Hands-On Engineering!

Hands-on engineering design challenges provide students with the opportunity to not only learn how something works, but why! Defining problems and designing solutions are engineering practices found in A Framework for K-12 Science Education that get students DOING science and engineering. has great design challenges from 14 categories that align well with the Arizona academic standards for science, math, and technology.

The ‘M’ in STEM!

What unifies science, technology, and engineering?  Mathematics, of course!  Facility with mathematical thinking is essential to student understanding of all STEM Fields.  This event will focus upon mathematical activities and practices that support our students as they make connections between content areas.  The experience will be at Hamilton High School in Chandler on April 2, 2016.  10:00am-1:00 pm.  $10 in advance. 

Click here for more information or to register.

2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest- 50 Years After The Miranda Decision

The theme of this student contest is the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona.  In that 1966 case, the court ruled that a person taken into police custody must be informed of their constitutional rights against self-incrimination.  Students can write an essay or produce a video in this contest.  Cash prizes are awarded to the winners.  The deadline is April 15, 2016. 

For contest details, click here.

Teacher Scholarships Available for Travel to Spain

Tia Tula Spanish School, in collaboration with the government of Spain is offering 10 scholarships for Spanish Teachers in the U.S. to travel and take part in a professional development program.  It is a great opportunity to travel, meet other Spanish teachers, and find new resources for teaching Spanish. Click here for more information or to register.

June 13 -18 2016 Salamanca Spain

The National

Conference 2016

Join thousands of education professionals at the ILA 2016 conference on July 9-11 in Boston. Keynote speakers will include Kwame Alexander and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Information on the conference can be found here.

Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Are you looking for a free way to improve physical education instruction at your school? The Presidential Youth Fitness Program provides a model for fitness education within a comprehensive, quality physical education program. The program provides resources and tools for physical educators to enhance their fitness education process.

This includes:

FITNESSGRAM® health-related fitness assessment Instructional strategies to promote student physical activity and fitness Communication tools to help physical educators increase awareness about their work in the classroom. Options to recognize fitness and physical activity achievements

Make the move to become a PYFP School Today!

Tune into the Need to Embrace Digital Citizenship

As more schools embrace policies such as BYOD (bring your own device) and 1:1 (one to one computing) the more vital it becomes to promote Digital citizenships to students inside and outside the classroom.  Digital citizenship can be defined as appropriate, responsible behavior with how technology is used and it should be seen as an integral part of student learning and not as a separate subject. For more information on Digital citizenship visit ISTE’s Essential elements of Digital citizenship as well as take a look at Edutopia’s resource roundup.

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Digital Tools: Produce, Publish, Interact and Collaborate in Digital Writing

April 20, 2016

There are many digital tools that specifically address the ELA and Education Technology standards. Participants in this workshop will make use of multiple digital tools and integration strategies throughout the day that support students when producing and publishing their writing. Continue


Research Based Vocabulary Instruction for Grades 3-8

March 21, 2016

In this training, participants will learn the dynamics of vocabulary development in children and how to help students overcome the barriers to vocabulary acquisition. This session will include background on tiered words (common, academic, domain-specific), strategies on which words to highlight and…Continue

Inquiry, Discourse, and Debate

April 7th, 2016

We all know how important it is for students to read and write critically. Speaking and listening critically is equally important. This full-day training will discuss and…Continue



Promoting Productive Struggle in the Math Classroom grades 3-8

April 4th $55

Promoting Productive Struggle in the math classroom is a critical component in Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.  In this professional development we will examine the following and how they relate to promoting productive struggle:...Continue

Developing Fluency with Addition and Subtraction in K-2

April 12th $50

Participants in this mathematics training will examine multiple ways to develop and support fluency with addition and subtraction in K-2nd grade.  The progression of learning will be examined through the lens of developing conceptual understanding of young students. …Continue


Formative Assessment in the Science Classroom (Grades K-8)

May 10th – $70

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…Continue


Project Citizen Institute:  Inspiring Youth to Create Change

4/28-4/30- Free

Honorary Speaker: Mary Beth Tinker

We the People: Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary program for grades 5th-12th that focuses on state and local government.  Youth become directly involved in public policy by examining community issues and proposing workable solutions to be implemented.  The program develops participatory citizenship skills, is an excellent model for performance assessment and an exemplary method for implementing project based learning.…Continue


A 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Social Studies (STEMSS) Institute

6/13-6/16 and 6/21-6/24- Free (they pay you a stipend)

This is a ten day institute at ASU SkySong sponsored by the Arizona Geographical Alliance. Click the above link for more information and application.  Applications are due April 4th

The “E” in STEM: Engineering Habits of Mind

April 19, 2016 – Free

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.”

Please see Science and STEM PD flyer for additional dates and costs.


CALPER Summer Workshops

June 2016, Penn State University

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education will be hosting several summer workshops at Penn State University through the month of June.  Click the link above for more information on dates and cost.



January Newsletter 2016

JANUARY 2016                                       

Content Specific Mailing List    

In This Issue

3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference-March 4th 2013

Cost $60.00

The Arizona Department of Education and Maricopa Community Colleges are pleased to present the 3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference at Paradise Valley Community College. Join Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble, representatives from Arizona Civic Engagement Schools, Adult Education and Community College faculty as they discuss the importance and implementation of the six proven practices in civic learning through engaging workshop presentations. 

Click here to register.  All participants are required to create an ADEConnect account in order to take the class survey and receive seat hours.  If you already have an ADE Connect account you do not need to create another unless there has been a change in your contact information.

Click here to create an ADEConnect account: 

The 12th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day is almost here. This conference will be held at Tucson High Magnet School on January 23rd. Register now! The deadline for registration is 5:00 PM Monday, January 11.  Click here to view the session descriptions.  For more information, and to register for the MEAD conference please visit the following link.

21st Century STEM:  Integrate 2 Innovate- A Conference Designed by Teachers for Teachers.You are the “M” in STEM!!! Join your colleagues at the national 21st Century STEM Conference.  The conference flyer contains information on concurrent sessions and the Inspring Keynotes. Conference dates are January 22-23, 2016. Registration and additional information about the conference and pre-conference field trips are included on the conference website.  


    Professional Development Spotlight!

Spotlight PD: Online Intel Teach Elements Courses. Mark your calendars, ADE will be offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses in February 2016.  Both Intel® Teach Elements courses are a series of high interest, professional development courses that provide deep exploration of 21st century learning concepts. Each 18 hour course is modular and online with interactive activities and exercises to help access the content.

Register for:

Intel® Teach Elements: Moving into Mobile Learning

Intel® Teach Elements: Creativity in the Mobile Classroom

Awesome Upcoming Ed. Tech Workshop:

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 for the January 13, 2016 workshop.

Upcoming Ed. Tech—ELA Workshop:

Using Digital Tools to Engage Students in the Writing Process

This training is designed for teachers who are beginning the process of integrating digital tools to engage students in the writing process.

Register for the February 3rd event by CLICKING HERE

Participants will receive the book Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis, to support further learning.


Professional Development Spotlight!

STEMinars: Effectively Using Socratic Seminars to Enhance Your STEM Teaching & LearningIn this training, participants will learn and apply the process for implementing Socratic investigation in STEM lessons for grades 3-8. The course will focus on using critical thinking to promote deeper understanding of phenomena, an in-depth examination of concepts and ideas from STEM lesson texts, discovery and discourse in the classroom, and the connection to standards.

Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of professional development credit.

Teaching Reading Effectively

In support of A.R.S. 15-701 – Move On When Reading, A.R.S. 15-704 – AZ READS, and Arizona’s ELA standards, the Arizona Department of Education is providing Teaching Reading Effectively. The content of TRE includes current research and evidence based practices that are necessary to develop a student’s oral language, decoding and encoding skills, academic vocabulary, and reading comprehension. One of the important components of each school’s MOWR Literacy Plan is to have a systematic reading program. The TRE is designed to empower your teachers to develop proficient readers, competent writers, and critical thinkers. The TRE was created for K-3 general education teachers, K-5 special education teachers, literacy coaches, and leaders to improve classroom instruction and school wide literacy programs.

Participants will be eligible for 32.5 hours of professional development credit. 

English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation 1/14
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Part III: Writing Fluency 1/20
Webinar: Argument Literacy 1/21
Webinar: Research and Information Fluency 1/25
Research Based Vocabulary Instruction for Grades 3-8 1/25
Teaching Reading Effectively (Jan-April Cohort) 1/26
Academic and Argument Writing 1/27
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Part IV: A Community of Engaged Writers 1/27
Socratic Seminars and AZCCRS with Diana Green 1/29
Digital Writing Process in the Classroom 2/03
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part I 2/04
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations: Overview of Skills 2/08
Research and Information Fluency 2/09
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part II 2/11
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations: Handwriting Fluency 2/16
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations: Spelling 2/17
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part III 2/18
Inquiry, Discourse, and Debate 2/22
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations: Sentence Construction 2/23
Teaching Reading Effectively (Feb-Apr Cohort) 2/24
MARCH     2016
Argument Literacy 3/01
Webinar: Grammar Basics: Eight Parts of Speech 3/01
Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation 3/02
Teaching Reading Effectively (March-May Cohort) 3/07
STEMinars: Effectively Using Socratic Seminars to Enhance Your STEM Teaching and Learning 3/08
Webinar: Text Complexity 3/09
Webinar: Grammar Basics: Standards and Multisensory Approaches Part 1 3/15
Research Based Vocabulary Instruction for Grades 3-8 3/21
Webinar: Grammar Basics: Standards and Multisensory Approaches Part 2 3/22
Webinar: EQuIP ELA: Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment with the Arizona ELA Standards 3/22
Academic and Argument Writing 3/24
Literacy in Social Studies 3/29
Webinar: Grammar Basics: Standards and Multisensory Approaches Part 3 3/30
Webinar: Instructional Shifts, Literary Practices, and Student Outcomes 3/31
APRIL 2016
Research and Information Fluency 4/05
Inquiry, Discourse, and Debate 4/07
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar: Overview 4/12
K-2 Writing Foundations 4/14
Webinar: Research and Information Fluency 4/19
Teaching Reading Effectively (April-May Cohort) 4/22
Socratic Seminar and AZCCRS with Diana Green 4/26
Webinar: Argument Literacy 4/26


Friday Institute at NC State is offering Massive Open Online Courses for Eduators (MOOC-ED).This spring NC State is offering two mathematics educations courses focused on Fraction Foundations (designed for grades K-5 educators) and Teaching Statistics (designed for grades 6-12 educators).The courses launch January 25th. Registration is FREE!

Nominations are open for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Grades K-6.

Nominate an outstanding teacher today! Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding individuals who teach mathematics and science and bestows upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 

By completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website  (  anyone–principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public–may nominate exceptional individuals who teach kindergarten through 6th grade mathematics or science (including computer science).  Nominations are now open with applications due May 1st, 2016.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Publications – Free Preview!!!

As math teachers, we are all extremely aware of how wonderful the NCTM website is.  Currently the high school journal, Mathematics Teacher has an article titled Engaging Students in Survey Design and Data Collection.  Need a resource for statistics in high school, here it is and it’s free!  This is just a reminder that even if you do not subscribe to all of the NCTM monthly publications, they offer a free preview each month.  Make sure and check it out.  

Professional Development Spotlight!

Problem Solving (Cognitively Guided Instruction- CGI) for K-3     Jan. 26th and Feb. 29th  $40This two day workshop will be based on Cognitively Guided Instruction practices and pedagogy.  Learning goals will focus on problem types from Table 1 outlined in AZCCRS, student solution strategies, analysis of student work and student interviews, and connection to fluency expectations.  Participants will receive the second edition of  Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction by Thomas P. Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Megan Franke, Linda Levi and Susan Empson.

The Progression of Fraction Understanding Grades 3-6    Jan. 25th      $55

This learning experience focuses on the pedagogical content knowledge needed to teach fraction understanding effectively in grades 3-6. Helping our students to reason and make sense of fractions is critical to mathematics in high school and beyond. Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) and Mathematical Practices will be embedded throughout this workshop. Outcomes for the day include:

• Understand the Big Ideas associated with the progression of fractions across grades

• Implement appropriate activities associated with grade-level fraction expectations

• Build understanding of high quality tasks

• Analyze student work related to fraction tasks

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

Webinar:  Where do I focus my math instruction?  Grades 3-8(3:30 – 4:30) 1/19
Webinar:  Understanding Equality and the Equal Sign, K-2 (3:30 – 4:30) 1/19
The Progression of Fraction Understanding in Grades 3-6 1/25
Webinar:  Understanding DOK in the math classroom(3:30 – 4:30) 1/26
Problem Solving (Cognitively Guided Instruction – CGI) for K-3 (Day 1 of 2) 1/26
Webinar:  Teaching and Learning Measurement, K-2 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/01
Math Problem Solving in Grades 4-8:  Great Tasks that Promote Reasoning 2/02
Fluency in Multiplication, Grades 3-5 2/08
Webinar:  Exploring Geometry in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/08
Webinar:  Supporting Place Value through Problem Solving, K-3 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/16
Understanding Learning Progressions in the Math Classroom:  Grades 3-8 2/17
Integrating Science & Mathematics in Grades 7-12 2/19
Standards Based Math Stations in K-3 2/22
Webinar:  Development of Fraction Sense in Grades 3-5(3:30 – 4:30) 2/22
Webinar:  Effective Discourse in Mathematics, Grades 9-12 (3:00 – 4:00) 2/24
Problem Solving (Cognitively Guided Instruction – CGI) for K-3 (Day 2 of 2) 2/29
Webinar:  Fraction Equivalence and Comparison Grades 3-5(3:30 – 4:30) 2/29
MARCH 2016
Webinar:  Operations of Fractions Grades 4-6 (3:30 – 4:30) 3/07
Webinar:  Counting Collections (3:30 – 4:30) 3/07
Standards Based Math Stations Grades 3-5 3/14
Writing in Mathematics, Grades K-5 3/16
Webinar: Math Problem Solving:  Multiplication and Division in Grades 3-5(3:30 – 4:30) 3/22
Fluency with Multiplication Grades 3-5 3/24
Webinar: Parents as Partners in Today’s K-5 Math Classroom (3:30-4:30) 3/29


Is your physical education program making the grade? Over the past two decades, physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus and now is recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living. One way to determine if your physical education program is effective is by using SHAPE America’s Essential Components of Physical Education guidance document. The guidance document identifies the four essential components of an effective physical education program as policy and environment; curriculum; appropriate instruction; and student assessment.

What does assessment look like in physical education? It can be as simple as teachers observing students performing a specific skill or as complex as student created fitness portfolios. While it’s important to focus on district guided assessment, it’s also beneficial to learn from your peers across the country. PE Central is a great free website where PE teachers share lesson plans and assessment strategies for all grade levels. You can find out more information by visiting their website at


Focus on the Framework – Three Dimensional TeachingA Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines three dimensions for science education; Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas.

This month we spotlight Dimension 3 – Disciplinary Core Ideas

The disciplinary core ideas are divided into four subsections:

Physical Science:  The goal of learning in the physical sciences is “to help students see that there are mechanisms of cause and effect in all systems and processes that can be understood through a common set of physical and chemical principles.”

Life Science: “The life sciences focus on patterns, processes, and relationships of living organisms.”

Earth and Space Science: “Earth and Space sciences investigate processes that operate on Earth and also address its place in the solar system and the galaxy.”

Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science:  “An understanding of engineering practices can develop as they are used in the classroom to help students acquire and apply science knowledge.”

A Framework for K-12 Science Education – NRC 2012

These four core ideas provide the connections and big ideas for the main disciplines of science. These core ideas are integrated with the other two dimensions to produce three dimensional teaching and learning.

In the resources below, explore the connections between our current Arizona State Standard and the Disciplinary Core Ideas.

Join us for a webinar or professional development session on Bridging the Gap between the Arizona State Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Disciplinary Core Ideas Resources:

Comparison of AZ Science Standard and Disciplinary Core Ideas  – Arizona Department of Education

A Framework for K-12 Science Education – National Research Council 

Professional Development Spotlight!

February 9, 2016

In this introductory session, we will explore the design of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and evaluate the three dimensions that make up this research document.  We will also compare and contrast the Framework to our current Arizona Science Standard and evaluate the connections between them. This webinar is for those participants who have not previously attended one of the Bridging the Gap sessions.

Goals of the session:

•       Understand current research on science education

  1. A Framework for K-12 Science Education
  2. Learning Progressions

•       Analyze Arizona’s current science standard


Science Professional Development Opportunities

Webinar: Focus on the Framework 1/26
Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (Grades K-12) 1/28
Webinar: Focus on the Framework 2/09
Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and theFramework for K-12 Science Education (Grades K-2) 2/11
Webinar: Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and theFramework for K-12 Science Education (Grades 3-5) 2/18
Arthur Beauchamp Presents “Success in Science Through Dialogue,Reading, and Writing” 2/24-25     


Participant highlights of this one day conference include:* Speaker, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian* Learn about Arizona’s new Civics Test Requirement

* Network with fellow conference participants

* Engage in interactive sessions presented by current Arizona K-12 and Community College educators

* Examine the six proven practices in civic learning and take away strategies on how they can be  implemented with your own students

* Gather valuable information and resources from leading civic organizations

* Receive Professional Development hours for re-certification

Click here to register.  All participants are required to create an ADEConnect account in order to take the class survey and receive seat hours.  If you already have an ADE Connect account you do not need to create another unless there has been a change in your contact information.

Follow this link to create an ADEConnect account:

Call for Presenters at the 3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference-March 4th 2013 

If you are interested in presenting a session at the Civic Learning Conference, fill out the proposal form no later than January 22, 2016.  Presenters will be notified by the end of January.  Click here to fill out the proposal form.

The Carolyn and Herb Nathan 2016 Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust

Feb. 15, 2016

Join educators from around the state for this very important day of learning. Six sessions will be offered as well as lunch. Registration begins at 7:45 and the conference ends at 3:30pm.  Click here for more information as well as registration to this event.

NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators

Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. (Many of these programs are within driving distance.) Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. (Information about the overall NEH Summer Program can be found at

Echoes and Reflections Moral Courage Student Essay Contest

Using the Holocaust as a lens, middle and high school students are encouraged to recognize those individuals throughout history who took a strong stand on a specific issue based on their personal beliefs or convictions, regardless of the danger or threat to their personal safety. Not only will students write about how that person’s moral courage has an impact on the world, but also and perhaps most importantly, how those actions have an influence on their own lives today.

This contest is open to students in grades 7-12. Deadline is March 3, 2016. For full contest details and instructions, please click on both links below.

2016 Moral Courage Essay Information

2016 Moral Courage Essay Application Form

Excellence in Civic Engagement Program Applications Now Open

The Excellence in Civic Engagement Program is designed to recognize and support the important role schools play in ensuring our students are informed and engaged citizens.  A school can earn the title of Arizona Civic Engagement School and is designated as School of Merit, Distinction or Excellence by demonstrating certain levels of understanding and implementation of the six proven practices in civic learning.  To request an application please contact me at [email protected]

Visit our Civic Engagement website to find helpful resources, exemplars, and notice of upcoming trainings at

Application deadline is May 1, 2016

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

Creating Historical Thinkers, Readers, and Writers Using the Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 1/19    
The Power of Primary Sources in the Classroom:  FDR, World War II, and the Holocaust 1/22
Webinar:  How to Facilitate Class Discussions on Controversial Topics 1/28
Webinar:  Questioning Strategies to Promote Student Engagement Using Primary Sources 2/04
Webinar:  Incorporating Economics Standards in K-2 Instruction 2/09
The Power of Primary Sources in the Classroom:  Westward Expansion 2/23
MARCH 2016
Building Literacy in Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom 3/29
Webinar:  Using Video Games to Illustrate Economic Concepts Grades 2-5 3/31
APRIL 2016
The Power of Primary Sources in the Classroom: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the Progressives 4/15
Creating Historical Thinkers, Readers, and Writers Using the Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 4/27


Time for a quick midyear STEM check-up! Read more from STEM expert, Anne Jolly, as she discusses five STEM progress indicators that will help you look for successes and for opportunities to improve certain aspects of your STEM teaching and learning:

1.      Indicators of STEM lesson progress

2.      Indicators of STEM teamwork progress

3.      Indicators of student attitude and confidence

4.      Indicators of student skill development

5.      Indicators of strong STEM instruction

Professional Development Spotlight!

Supporting Integrated STEM Learning Using Future Ready SkillsTarget Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

January 30, 2016

Join co-facilitators, Jen Gutierrez of ADE and Barbara Reinert of Scottsdale Unified School District, to learn more about how to get your students ready for a future we can’t yet define.  Integrated STEM teaching and learning using future ready skills across the curriculum can help support students in this journey. In this workshop participants will look at and consider the instructional shifts needed for developing real-world, relevant and rigorous instruction that will take student learning deeper, impacting the classroom, school, community, and their future. STEM education can open the minds of students to deepen their learning using future ready skills.

In this workshop participants will:

·   Gain an understanding of future ready skills

·   Make connections between future ready skills and interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning

·   Develop a vision and instructional plan that support future ready skills across the STEM disciplines

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mohave District Annex, SUSD

8500 E. Jackrabbit Road, Rooms A/B, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


New World and Native Language Standards On May 19th, 2015 new standards for World and Native Languages were approved. While the 2015-2016 school year is in a transition year, full implementation of the new standards will happen in the 2016-2017 school year. Click on the link above to access the new standards.

AZLA Spring Workshop– Saturday February 20, 2016

at Cactus Shadows High School 9am-3:30pm

Are you ready?  The new Arizona World and Native Language Standards.

Workshop Description:Come and explore the updated K-12 Arizona World and Native Language Standards with a group of educators who facilitated these revisions. This workshop will introduce the newly-revised state standards, noting significant changes and offering strategies that align with these standards. Participants will have a chance to get up close and personal with the new Arizona World and Native Language Standards, collaborate with colleagues and work together to develop materials for immediate implementation.

Registration: Registration will be available on January 1st, 2016!  

Please visit our WEBSITE( for more information.

Questions: Send an email to [email protected]

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Teacher/Student Opportunities

Fifth Annual Chinese Speech Competition for High School Students- Feb. 23, 2016 9:30am

Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability in the target language by competing with other students of the same level from different high schools at the ASU World Language Fair.  Click for flyer

Japanese Language Teachers Needed for Summer Programs June 26-July 17, 2016

The Virginia Governor’s Japanese Academy is currently looking for Japanese Language Teachers.  The salary is $4,100.00- $4,800.00 for the 3 week Academy.

Click here for more information.



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:

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