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.

Curiositymachine.org 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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ED. TECHNOLOGY

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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

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MATH

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

SCIENCE

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

SOCIAL STUDIES

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

STEM

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.

WORLD & NATIVE LANGUAGE

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.

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

Teachers in grades 3-8

April 14th  $10

Standard 6 of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS)in ELA states that students need to use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Strand 1 in the Arizona Technology Standards requires students demonstrate their use of digital collaborative tools to produce original works.  What digital tools address these standards and how can these tools be integrated into teaching and learning? 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. In addition, participants will share and discuss their own strategies that support teacher integration of technology as a tool for effective instruction.

Regional Center Upcoming PD – Maricopa ESA

AZCCRS Mathematics:  Phase 3 Response to Intervention in Mathematics- April 21st and 22nd

Infographics in the STEM Classroom     

April 22, 2015     Cost is $20 per person

Students need to understand and be able to think critically about information presented in visual graphical forms. Teachers can help students develop a deeper understanding of graphical information through infographics while helping their students build 21st Century data and information literacy. The goal of this workshop is to equip teachers with the knowledge of how infographics can be used to gather and present complex information. Infographics are a stunning blend of art, science, and numerical information that is displayed in a format that requires students to interact with the data on a deeper conceptual level of understanding. More

Math Problem Solving in the 4-8 Classroom

April 28th – $15

Participants will learn what makes a quality mathematical task, how to determine the cognitive demand of the task, and how to implement the task at the rigor of the standards. AZCCRS in Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice will be a focus for all mathematical experiences.

Regional Center Upcoming PD – Southern Region

Writing Strategies for Teachers in Grades 3-8 – May 26th and 27th – FREE

Summer Math Institute – June 2-4, 2015 Tucson, AZ 

What do Dan Meyer, Susan O’Connell and Bill McCallum have in common besides being amazing math leaders?  They will all be key note speakers this summer in Tucson!! Join the K-12 Standards Math Team and NBCT Teachers in a 3-day Summer Math Institute sponsored by the K12 Center and the ADE!

Click here for additional details regarding the key note topics and registration information!  Hope to see you in Tucson!

Online Intel courses available in May and June!

Starting May 6th and June 3rd, ADE is offering two 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. Register is open for these 15 hour courses

School Readiness Summit

June 11th-13th

Presented by AZ DEPT. OF ED. Early Childhood education and the ALESI Group LLC

The School Readiness Summit will be a 3 day professional development opportunity for Preschool and Kindergarten teachers and staff. This summit will launch the recently completed Arizona’s School Readiness Framework document, working to establish a common definition of school readiness across the state

THE KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE

A Professional Development Series Focusing on Evidence–‐based Practices in Kindergarten Series supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust April 24–‐25, 2015

More information here.

Assessment Section Committee

The Assessment Section at the Arizona Department of Education will be seeking educator involvement in several upcoming projects related to

AzMERIT including Performance Level Descriptors, Item Review and Standard Setting just to name a few.

If you are interested, please complete or update a  committee aplication as soon as possible to be considered.

Check out the redesigned Math SAT-starting in Spring 2016.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-suite-assessments/practice/math

The redesigned SAT’s Math Test focuses on the math that matters most to college and career readiness.

To succeed on the redesigned SAT, students will need to demonstrate mathematical practices, such as problem solving and using appropriate tools strategically.

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 

Ed. Tech Tip of the Month:  Develop Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

How do you connect with other educators? Each day thousands of educators from around the globe connect, share ideas and collaborate through social media such as Twitter and Google+.  The idea of connecting and sharing ideas is nothing new to many of us, we do so naturally with our colleagues. Developing a PLN leads to connections with other teachers, schools and experts from around the world. Developing a PLN leads to expansive  learning opportunities and to networking with others, enabling you to share your passion for learning with others like yourself. Want to know more, visit the TeacherChallenge Blog.  Do you already have a PLN, expand your audience with 8 great ways to jumpstart your Google+/Twitter PLN .

Ed. Tech Event of the Month:  Hands on Digital Tools Workshop

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. In addition, participants will share and discuss their own strategies that support teacher integration of technology as a tool for effective instruction.

Awesome Ed. Tech Event:  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

Professional Development Spotlight!

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.

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

April
4/14 Digital Tools: Produce, Publish, Interact and Collaborate in Digital Writing
4/21

Webinar: Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series: Going Interactive with Thinglink

4/21
Webinar: Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series: Going Interactive with Thinglink
4/22 Full Day Hands on Infographics in the STEM Classroom
4/23

Productivity Tools in the Classroom Series: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 1

4/23 Productivity Tools in the Classroom Series: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 1
May
5/4 Webinar: Productivity Tools Webinar Series: Digital Classroom Collaboration with Lino
5/11 Webinar: Productivity Tools Webinar Series: Become More Productive Using Evernote  Part 1
5/12 Webinar: Assistive Technology Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students
5/18 Webinar: Productivity Tools in the Classroom Series: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 2
5/21 Webinar: Productivity Tools Webinar Series: Become More Productive Using Evernote  Part 2
5/28 Digital Tools: Produce, Publish, Interact and Collaborate in Digital Writing
June
6/1 2 Day STEM Boot Camp for 3-6 Teachers ( 6/1 -6/2)
6/9 Webinar:Technology Integration in the SEI Classroom: Digital Collaboration with Digital Tools 10:00am
6/9 Webinar: Technology Integration in the SEI Classroom: Digital Collaboration with Digital Tools 3:30pm
6/15 Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom
July
7/6 2 Day STEM Boot Camp for 3-6 Teachers ( 7/6 -7/7)
7/14 Game Based Learning: How Digital Games Support the Standards and Student Achievement in Reading and Writing ( 7/14 – 7/15)
August
8/13 Back to School:  Transforming Student Writing with Digital Tools
9/2 Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

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WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Why Teach Spelling?

This resource is a compilation of three documents that support the teaching of spelling in today’s schools: a discussion of “Why Spelling Instruction Matters,” a checklist for evaluating a spelling program, and English/Language Arts standards that are linked to spelling instruction. For your convenience, we have also included a Word formatted file of the checklist that is downloadable for use in evaluating your own spelling program. (Center on Instruction at RMC Research Corporation)Download PDF

Professional Development Spotlight!

Research, Information, and Writing Fluency:

Developing Independent and Engaged Researchers and Writers (April 14 – $40)

Teaching students to take control of their own research is critical if we want them to become independent, engaged, and active learners rather than passive receivers of information. How can we engage students in the research process so they see it as a relevant, transferable skill and not an assigned school task?

Socratic Seminar  (April 29 – $95)

This seminar models for teachers how to facilitate deep analysis of text in a group setting. The main goal is for students to build a conceptual understanding of the texts and ideas by asking and answering questions, citing evidence, and conversing with each other in order to make meaning.

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English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

April

4/9

Webinar: Argument Literacy
4/14
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations Sentence Construction   Part 4 of 4
4/16
Webinar:  Addition and Subtraction Problem Types in K-2 
4/29

Special Engagement: Socratic Seminar Level I

May
5/7

Special Engagement: Socratic Seminar Level I

Webinar:  Geometry in Middle School Grades 6-8

5/12
Multisensory Grammar
5/12 Argument Literacy
5/13 Close Reading in the Classroom
5/14

Research, Information, and Writing Fluency: Developing Independent and

Engaged  Researchers and Writers

5/14

Webinar: Evaluating Instructional Materials and Aligning them to AZCCRS –

PART 2 of 2

5/18

Webinar: Evaluating Instructional Materials and Aligning them to AZCCRS –

PART 2 of 2

Last minute addition! – Academic and Argument Writing: Entering the

Conversation Grades 6-12  MAY 28! ( link coming soon)

June

6/1

6/1

6/2

6/3

6/4

6/8

Teaching Reading Effectively – 5 Day training (6/1 – 6/5)

Argument Literacy

Reseach and Information Fluency

Academic and Argument Writing: Entering the Conversation

Instructional Shifts, Literacy Practices, and Student Outcomes

Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-Overview,

Perspectives and Daily Writing

6/9

Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-

The Writing Process and Purpose

6/10
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-Writing Fluency
6/11

Webinar:  3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-A

Community of Engaged Writers

6/22 Teaching Reading Effectively – 5 Day training (6/22 – 6/25)
July
7/6

Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations Overview

7/7

Webinar: K-2Writing Foundations-Handwriting Fluency

7/8 Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations-Spelling
7/9 Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations- Sentence Construction
7/27

TOT Teaching Reading Effectively (you must have attended and pass the

post-test from Teaching Reading Effectively)  (7/27 – 7/30)

WHAT’S NEW IN MATHEMATICS

Mathematics in the Mountains

      2nd Annual AATM North Regional Spring Conference

Saturday May 2, 2015 8:30-3:30. Registration is limited to sign up today!

This one day conference will include 4 sessions with concurrent workshops/presentations focused on mathematics content and pedagogy.

Northern Region Mathematics Newsletter

On behalf of the Northeast Regional Center, the CCESA Office of Innovation and Development will be providing a mathematics standards based bimonthly newsletter.  This edition of the newsletter focuses on the progression of fractions.

Test Your Test Sense – NCTM President Diane Briars- February 2015

With AzMERIT testing fast approaching, take a moment to read about “test prep” activities that are intended to help our students.  This “test” will assess your “test sense”.  When the question asked about assessment items related to PARCC and SBAC, just replace those terms with  AzMERIT.

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

April

4/8

Webinar: Teaching Subtraction in K-2
4/8
The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6
4/9
Statistics in College and Career Ready High School Algebra
4/20 Webinar:  Addition and Subtraction Problem Types in K-2 
4/21
Problem-Solving (CGI) for K-2 Teachers (Day 2)
4/22
Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12
4/22 Webinar:  Geometry in Middle School Grades 6-8
4/23
Writing in Mathematics Grades K-5
4/27 Webinar:  Math Journals in K-2
4/28 Webinar:  Writing in Mathematics, grades 6-12
4/28 Problem Solving in 4-8: Implementing Math Tasks that Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving
May

5/4

Developing Fluency with Addition and Subtraction in K-2
5/4 Statistics in Middle School Grades 6-8
5/5 Engaging in Problem Solving in HS Algebra
5/5 Webinar:  Measurement in K-2
5/12
Understanding Ratio and Proportion in Middle School
5/19 Functions and Modeling in Algebra, Grades 7-12    Date Change
June
6/2 Summer Math Institute with  Arizona K12 Center
6/15 The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6
6/15 Webinar:  Development of Number Sense in K-2
6/16 Webinar:  Addition and Subtraction in K-2
6/17 Webinar:  Student Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
6/18 Webinar:  Parents as Partners in K-2
6/23 Webinar:  Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12
6/23 3-5 Math Boot Camp: Getting Ready for the 2015-16 School Year (3 day event)
July
7/13 Webinar:  Development of Fraction Sense Grades 3-5
7/14 Webinar:  Problem Solving in Grades 3-5, Using Table 2
7/15 Webinar:  Student Strategies for Multiplication and Division
7/16 Webinar:  Parents as Partners in the 3-5 classroom
7/16 Problem Solving in 4-8: Implementing Math Tasks that Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving
7/20 Webinar:  Ratio and Proportion in Grades 6-8
7/21 Webinar:  Geometry in Grades 6-8
7/21 Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12
7/22 Webinar:  Statistics in Middle School, Grades 6-8
7/23 Webinar:  Parents as Partners in the 6-8 Classroom
August
8/25 Problem Solving & Critical Thinking in High School Algebra

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WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held their annual conference in March. At that conference, one message was repeated over and over again: quality science instruction includes three-dimensional learning and focuses on helping students understand scientific phenomena.

Much of science involves finding patterns in observations and explaining them in terms of a small number of principles or ideas (disciplinary core ideas or DCIs). For students to appreciate how science works, they need to have a sense of the range of observations (phenomena) that are used to form the patterns and the helpfulness of the principles or ideas in explaining them.

In addition to engaging students with phenomena—real-world objects, systems, and events—relevant to important science ideas, instruction needs to directly address incorrect ideas that students may already have and guide students in reconciling phenomena with scientifically accepted ideas.

The research publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education, emphasizes the importance instruction that interconnects three dimensions of science learning: disciplinary core ideas, the science and engineering practices, and the crosscutting concepts. Teaching at the intersection of these three dimensions leads to deeper student understanding of scientific phenomena.

Arizona will continue to implement the 2004 Science Standard during the 2015-16 school year. In order to help you shift your instruction to three-dimensional instruction using our current standard, the ADE has developed a series of questions to consider while planning your curriculum and instruction for next year. This planning document can be found on the ADE website.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8

August 20, 2015    Cost is $50 per person

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.

Science Professional Development Opportunities

April
4/28 Webinar: Scientific Habits of Mind Developing (Part 3 of 3-part series on Nature of Science
August
8/20 Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8
 On- Demand : View a recorded Science webinar
External Professional Development and Partnerships

Making Sense of Science Teacher Courses

Each course is developed and hosted by WestEd, and will be facilitated by NAU. Courses will be held at NAU North Valley (Phoenix) location.

Visit the WestEd Website for more information or to register.

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WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

National History Day in Arizona

Judges are needed for the National History Day in Arizona (NHDAZ) state competition on April 18th (ASU-Tempe). NHDAZ is a yearlong historical research competition for 6th-12th graders which culminates in a regional, state, and national competition; for more information on NHDAZ please visit http://www.nhdaz.org/j—a.html

Check out Hstry.co

Hstry.co is a FREE timeline creation tool and perfect for the “show me what you know” styles of assessment in standards-based classrooms.  Hstry is designed for historical timelines, but there are infinite possibilities for creating projects, sharing resources, assignments, and student portfolios integrating images, video, audio and reflections.  This visual resume demonstrates how accomplishments can be highlighted. Hstry was recently featured on Free Technology for Teachers and is being used in multiple subjects spanning all grade levels.

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.

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

On-demand    View a recorded webinar

                        Presented by ADE

8/15              Annual Conference of the Arizona Council for History Education

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WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

Looking for helpful resources to support your interdisciplinary STEM planning?

Here is great resource from Arizona’s very own! Susan Rodriguez is a STEM Curriculum Developer for a school district on a reservation in the White Mountains of Arizona. Check out Susan’s blog for excellent tips, resources and ideas to help support your growing STEM classroom http://steamingaheadwithsusan.blogspot.com/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT

Infographic in the STEM Classroom

April 22, 2015     Cost is $20 per person

Students need to understand and be able to think critically about information presented in visual graphical forms. Teachers can help students develop a deeper understanding of graphical information through infographics while helping their students build 21st Century data and information literacy. The goal of this workshop is to equip teachers with the knowledge of how infographics can be used to gather and present complex information. Infographics are a stunning blend of art, science, and numerical information that is displayed in a format that requires students to interact with the data on a deeper conceptual level of understanding.

Through this workshop participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of what infographics are and how they can be integrated into STEM teaching and learning classrooms.
  •  Investigate how the use of infographics enhance students’ ability to research, analyze, interpret, and communicate data.
  • Use a variety of digit tools to generate infographics that align the current STEM discipline standards.

STEM Boot Camp

June 1-2, 2015      Cost is $50 per person (includes book: STEM Lesson Essentials – Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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 25, 2015    Cost is $50 per person (includes book: Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing)

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.

Through this workshop participants will:

  • Make connections between The Math and Science Practices
  • Determine how to make use of literacy techniques to increase student understanding in math and science
  • Build understanding of high quality tasks
  • Build understanding of high quality engagement techniques in discourse

 

STEM Partnerships:

Save the Date! –  January 21-23, 2016

Collaboration between Science Foundation Arizona, ADE and the professional organizations of ASTA, AATM, AzTEA (STEM AZ Education Collaborative) are hosting a national STEM conference, 21st Century STEM – Integrating to Innovate. Showcasing best practices through STEM programming and curriculum, business partnerships and advocacy, as well as support for the STEM workforce pipeline are just a few of the exciting strands that will be featured in downtown Phoenix. Registration information coming soon.

K-12 Academic Standards   //  1535 W. Jefferson Bin #5 Phoenix, AZ 85007  //  http://www.azed.gov/

 

 

January Newsletter 2016

JANUARY 2016                                       

Content Specific Mailing List    

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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. http://crr.math.arizona.edu/appreciate.php

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.  

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 

    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.

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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

JANUARY 2016
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
FEBRUARY 2016
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

WHAT’S NEW IN MATHEMATICS

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  (www.paemst.org)  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

JANUARY 2016
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
FEBRUARY 2016
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

WHAT’S NEW IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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 http://www.pecentral.org.

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

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


JANUARY 2016
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
FEBRUARY 2016
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     

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

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: https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sr=true

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 http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.)

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 http://www.azed.gov/civicengagement/

Application deadline is May 1, 2016

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

JANUARY 2016
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
FEBRUARY 2016
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

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

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

WHAT’S NEW IN WORLD AND NATIVE LANGUAGES

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(azla-online.org) for more information.

Questions: Send an email to [email protected]

Join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/Azlanguageassociation/

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.

 

 

December Newsletter 2015

In This Issue

TOP FEATURED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Arthur Beauchamp presents:

“Success in Science Through Dialogue, Reading, and Writing” (Grades 6-12)

February 24-25, 2016 – $225

Learn how to deepen student understanding of science concepts through science literacy. Experience a framework for designing lessons that incorporate dialogue, reading, and writing into instruction. Integrate science literacy into instruction and work with tools for structuring lessons that increase student engagement and the quality of student writing in science. Participants will receive a copy of Arthur’s book, Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing

Congratulations to Christine Marsh!!

For being named the 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation! Christine teaches 11th and 12 grade Advanced Placement English at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. In addition to being an amazing teacher in the classroom, Christine is also a dedicated educator who serves on the Arizona Standards Development Committee and the English Language Arts 11th Grade Standards Review Working Group. Thank you, Christine, for all that you do for Arizona’s kids!

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

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!

For more information and to register, click the link: https://goo.gl/KqRi7C

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 starting 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:  Harness the Power of Video

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.

Awesome 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 by CLICKING HERE

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

Productivity Tools in the Classroom and Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series:

Join us for engaging Face-2-Face PD and 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.

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The annual Plain Talk about Literacy and Learning conference is being held in New Orleans on February 17th-19th, 2016. Hosted by the Center for Development and Learning, the Plain Talk conference features sessions and speakers on key research and issues in literacy. Featured speakers include Doug Fisher, Anita Archer, Louisa Moats, Timothy Rasinski, and Timothy Shanahan. Information on the conference can be found at http://www.cdl.org/plain-talk-about-reading-institute/ .         

Professional Development Spotlight!

At the recent National Council of Teachers of English conference in Minneapolis, two dominant trends emerged from the sessions: A focus on the teaching of rhetorical analysis and the use of technology in the ELA classroom. The ADE offers several trainings that will help teachers build their toolboxes for teaching rhetoric and for incorporating technology into the writing process.

Rhetorical Grammar

This full-day workshop will encourage teachers to rethink/reevaluate their approach to grammar as descriptive/prescriptive to one that is functional and pro-active. Grammar should be approached as an important tool that shapes and enhances a writer’s message as she considers the task, purpose and audience. Participants will have an opportunity to read various articles about current methodology/research in effective grammar instruction as well as practicing using authentic texts to discuss and identify different grammatical elements used for different outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring any texts that they are currently using with their students, either literary or informational.

Digital Writing Process in the Classroom

This training is designed for teachers who are beginning the process of integrating digital tools to engage students in the writing process.  Participants will learn about and use digital tools for:       

  • Topic generation to help students consider task, audience and purpose as they narrow their topic to begin writing.
  • Prewriting strategies using graphic organizers and mind mapping.
  • Bookmarking and note cards.     
  • Cloud Computing (Writing Applications and Storage).

Participants will also be introduced to the SAMR Model to assist them with understanding the levels of digital implementation. 

January

Webinar: EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ State Standards  1-6

Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Part I: Overview, Perspectives,

and Daily Writing 1-7

Rhetorical Grammar 1-11

Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Part II: Task, Audience, and Purpose 1-12

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

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

February

Digital Writing Process in the Classroom 2-3

Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part I 2-4

Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations: Overview of Skills 2-8

Research and Information Fluency 2-9

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

WHAT’S NEW IN MATHEMATICS

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  (www.paemst.org)  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.  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  $40

This 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.

Promoting Productive Struggle in the Math Classroom, Grades 3-8

Jan. 11th     $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:

  • Choose appropriate Tasks to promote reasoning and productive struggle
  • The value of student discourse 
  • How teacher questioning can promote productive struggle
  • Getting your students to ask great questions

Integrating Science & Mathematics in Grades 7-12

Jan. 12th     FREE

Interested in how the coordination of science and mathematics can better motivate and reinforce important skills and processes for students?  This workshop will offer techniques and strategies for departmentalized teachers to integrate science and mathematics to support problem solving, critical thinking, and connections to real world applications.  Integrating “S” & “M” facilitates development of STEM pathways. 

Outcomes for the day include:

  • Identify ways to collaborate across classrooms
  • Investigate types of integration
  • Identify planning tools for integration
  • Analyze content and practice for effective integration 

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

January  2016

Webinar: Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding,Grades 9-12

(3:00-4:00) 1/5

Promoting Productive Struggle in the Math Classroom Grades 3-8 1/11

Integrating Science & Mathematics in Grades 7-12 1/12

Webinar:  Meaningful Math Homework in 3-5 (3:30 – 4:30) 1/12

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

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices in grades K-12 1/28

February  2016

Webinar:  Teaching and Learning Measurement, K-2 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/1

Math Problem Solving in Grades 4-8:  Great Tasks that Promote Reasoning 2/2

Fluency in Multiplication 2/8

Webinar:  Exploring Geometry in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/8

Implementing Rigorous Mathematics Tasks, Grades 9-12 2/9

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

Webinar:  Development of Fraction Sense in Grades 3-5 (3:30 – 4:30) 2/22

Supporting Productive Struggle in Mathematics Learning, Grades 9-12 2/23

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

WHAT’S NEW IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

New standards can always present some challenges for any teacher or administrator. ADE is working to create supporting resources for the new standards including a cross-walk document and a physical education webpage devoted solely to resources that are aligned to the new standards.

Until the supporting resources are available we encourage you to visit http://www.pecentral.org/ for lesson and assessment ideas. We also recommend that you visit our current webpage http://www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/school-health-programs/physical-education/ for program support.

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

Focus on the Framework – Three Dimensional Teaching

A 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 2 – Crosscutting Concepts

“ …the crosscutting concepts can provide a connective structure that supports student understanding of sciences as disciplines and that facilitates students’ comprehension of the phenomena under study in particular disciplines.”    

                                                               ~ A Framework for K-12 Science Education – NRC 2012

In moving forward with the instruction that focuses on the integration of the three dimensions, it is important to recognize the connections that already exist with our current standards.   The Crosscutting concepts are arranged differently yet still resemble the Unifying Concepts that can be found on page viii of the introduction to the Arizona State Standard. 

“These unifying concepts can be introduced in early grades and developed appropriately through the elementary and high school.  The unifying concepts in science education focus instruction and provide a link to other disciplines.”

~ Arizona State Standards Introduction Page viii

In the resources below, explore the connections between our current Arizona State Standard and the Crosscutting concepts. Utilizing the crosscutting concepts allows students to make connections between the disciplines of science as well as connect their learning to other ideas and content areas.

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.

Crosscutting Concept Resources:

Comparison of AZ Science Standard and Crosscutting ConceptsArizona Department of Education

The Second Dimension – Crosscutting ConceptsBy Richard Duschl

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

Professional Development Spotlight!

Integrating Science and Mathematics in Grades 7-12

January 12, 2016 – Free

Interested in how the coordination of science and mathematics can better motivate and reinforce important skills and processes for students?  This workshop will offer techniques and strategies for departmentalized teachers to integrate science and mathematics to support problem solving, critical thinking, and connections to real world applications.  Integrating “S” & “M” facilitates development of STEM pathways.

Outcomes for the day include:

  • Identify ways to collaborate across classrooms
  • Investigate types of integration
  • Identify planning tools for integration
  • Analyze content and practice for effective integration

What’s Your Evidence? – Grades K-5

January 13, 2016 – $60

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, What’s Your Evidence – Engaging K-5 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science by Carla Zembal-Saul, Katherine L.McNeill, and Kimber Hershberger.

Outcomes for the day include:

  • Learn a framework to construct scientific explanations
  • Learn to incorporate scientific explanation into your curriculum materials
  • Learn to use information from assessment tasks to inform your instruction.

Focus on the Framework Webinar

January 11, January 26, or 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

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference-March 4th 2016  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 and Community College faculty as they discuss the importance and implementation of the six proven practices in civic learning. 

Participant highlights of this one day conference include:

  • Speaker, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian
  • Learn about Arizona’s new Civics Test
  • 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: https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sr=true

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 http://www.azed.gov/civicengagement/

Application deadline is May 1, 2016

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

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

25 STEM Education Apps – Technology to Support STEM Teaching & Learning

A question we get asked often is how to make STEM teaching and learning even more interactive, educational, and engaging for students. Indeed, it has become a national priority to develop new ways to entice students to STEM careers and offer engaging ways to teach STEM that dismantles old and less-effective learning methods.

Apps are potentially powerful learning tools, but good scientists, technologists, engineers, or mathematicians are not made by apps alone — fostering collaboration and critical thinking and integrated learning opportunities is key for transfer and a successful STEM learning environment.

Professional Development Spotlight!

21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate National Conference

January 21-23, 2016

STEM National Conference right here in Phoenix hosted by the STEM AZ Education Collaborative, Science Foundation Arizona and ADE.

Supporting Integrated STEM Learning Using Future Ready Skills

January 30, 2016

How do we get our 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 K-12 educators 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

Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mohave District Annex

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

WHAT’S NEW IN WORLD AND NATIVE LANGUAGES

New World and Native Language Standards

On May 19th new standards for World and Native Languages were approved and will replace the Foreign and Native Language Standards.  While the 2015-16 school year will be 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(azla-online.org) for more information.

Questions: Send an email to [email protected]

Join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/Azlanguageassociation/

Teacher/Student Opportunities

    

Bring the World to Your School by Hosting a Uruguayan Educator 

Are you interested in learning about education in other countries? Host a Uruguayan educator in your school or school district for two weeks this winter as part of the Visiting Uruguayan Educator Program! This program provides a professional development opportunity for K-12 U.S. and Uruguayan educators to work together on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools and students. From February 6 to 20, 2016, Uruguayan educators visit their U.S. counterpart’s school to job-shadow and share best practices in teaching strategies/instruction, personnel administration, school systems and management, and develop joint educational projects toward the goal of globalizing schools/classrooms. Funded by the U.S.-Embassy in Uruguay and implemented by American Councils for International Education and the Uruguay Fulbright Commission, this opportunity covers program costs for the Uruguayan educators as well as a small hosting stipend for the U.S. host schools.

The application deadline is December 14, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST). Click here to learn more and apply!  If you have questions please contact [email protected].

Start or Grow an Arabic or Mandarin Program

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) aims to help U.S. K-12 schools start or grow an Arabic or Mandarin Chinese language program. TCLP places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, and ongoing program support.

To speak with a host school alumnus about their TCLP experience, join an online webinar at 4:00pm (EST) on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4pm EST: http://goo.gl/59fmij

TCLP Application Deadline: January 25, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST)

For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.tclprogram.org/.

You can also e-mail your questions to [email protected]

 U.S. Department of State Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers     merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.  Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015.  Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany.  The programwas established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.  Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to [email protected].

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at http://hosting.state.gov

Applications Available Online to be a Host School for the Japanese Language Education Assistant Program (J-LEAP)

This program seeks K-12 Japanese language teachers to apply to team-teach with young, native Japanese assistant teachers who have studied Japanese language pedagogy.

Benefits to the hosting school:

  1. The site receives an assistant teacher for two years in order for the lead teacher to experience team teaching.
  2. The site receives an assistant teacher who represents the culture of young Japanese (age is under 35 years of age).
  3. The site would receive a $1,000 stipend to purchase teaching materials for the Japanese language program.
  4. The Lead Teacher will receive professional development in the area of Japanese language pedagogy and learning team teaching skills – training, travel, lodging, meals during training covered by J-LEAP; clock hours or graduate credit available.
  5. Salary, housing costs, and car related stipends for the assistant is covered by          J-LEAP
  6. There are no financial responsibilities on the part of the host site

J-LEAP is looking for teachers who:

  • Teach or wish to teach more in the target language
  • Seek to improve or develop their teaching skills as Japanese teachers
  • Are open to new ideas
  • Are eager to team teach and prepare lessons accordingly

 Please note that our assistant teachers cannot serve as independent teachers in the classroom. They are not certified and need to be supervised by a certified teacher. 

 More information can be found on the J-LEAP website. (Deadline: all application materials need to be in our Seattle office by January 19. Note that a 10 minute video needs to accompany the application so please plan accordingly.)

 

 

September Newsletter 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

FEATURED

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teaching Reading Effectively (Oct-Nov 2015 Cohort)

As part of the Move On When Reading (MOWR) legislation (ARS 15-701), the ADE offers a five-day training for K-3 teachers called Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE). 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. The TRE is designed to empower teachers to develop proficient readers, competent writers, and critical thinkers.

Online Intel Teach Elements Courses

Mark your calendars, ADE will be offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses October 21 through November 10, 2015. 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.

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

September 30 $50

Join us for a day focused on experiencing and creating quality mathematical tasks from grades 4 through 8. Participants will learn what makes a quality mathematical task, how to determine the cognitive demand of the task, and how to implement the task at the rigor of the standards. AZCCRS in Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice will be a focus for all mathematical experiences.

Seeking passionate Math and ELA Teachers for the ADE Standards Work Groups

The K-12 Standards division of the ADE is currently accepting applications from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, and members of teacher professional organizations and foundations for grade-level working groups for the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards review process. 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. http://tinyurl.com/pean3dp

Attention Parents and Educators:

Provide Your Feedback on the Arizona Math and English Language Arts Standards

The State Board of Education is currently seeking public feedback on the Arizona English Language Arts and Math standards. This feedback will serve as a starting point for the standards review and revision process. As the state enters its review of these standards, you can provide feedback on the standards as a whole or you can provide specific feedback related to the individual standards or the Standards for Mathematical Practice. http://k12.standards.az.gov

Mathematics and Science Partnership Grants – Professional Development grants for Math and Science

A new round of MSP (Mathematics and Science Partnership) Grants opened on August 25, 2015. If your district or county is looking for grants that focus on professional development in mathematics or science, we highly suggest checking these out. Current math grant opportunities include K-8 Mathematics utilizing the Intel Math Professional Development Content and 7-12 Mathematics focusing on rigorous mathematics content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Click here for additional information on the MSP grants.

Providing Free, Focused Practice

The redesigned SAT begins in March 2016. Khan Academy offers free practice for the redesigned experience.The October 2015 PSAT is in the style of the new SAT. Click here for an information flyer from Khan Academy. This flyer could be distributed to parents.

ADE Launches New Calendar of Events

You can narrow your search for events hosted by the K-12 Standards Section by going to the Program Area box and selecting K-12 Academic Standards from the dropdown box.

You can narrow your search by event type. By default, most event types are selected. If you just want to attend webinars, you can click on each of the other event types (meetings, conferences, workshops) to deselect them.

If multiple events are offered on the same date, not all of them will display on the calendar. Click the bar (with the three dots) at the bottom of the date in order to see all events offered on that date.

Following your registration, you will receive a confirmation email. If you are attending a webinar, the link to join the webinar will be in your confirmation email.

If you are paying for your registration using a personal check, we recommend bringing your check with you to the training, rather than paying in advance.

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Speak Up National Survey

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

For additional promotional materials please visit: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/arizona.html

Surveys will be open for input October 1st – December 18th, 2015: Click here

Own Your Data: By assigning a primary contact school districts will be able manage their data information and obtain free, online access to the aggregated results with state and national comparisons starting on February 4, 2015.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Online Intel Teach Elements Courses

Mark your calendars, ADE will be offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses October 21 through November 10, 2015. 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.

Courses offered in October:

Intel Creativity Intel® Teach Elements: Creativity in the Mobile Classroom – Register here

Intel MobileLearn Intel® Teach Elements: Moving into Mobile Learning – Register here

Game Based Learning: How Digital Games Support the Standards and Student Achievement in Reading and Writing

Ever wonder how teachers using digital games in their classroom? This 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 here

 

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

Join us for engaging Face-2-Face PD and 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.

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Arizona Reading Association: Fall Institute 2015

Focused on closing the gap between struggling and proficient readers, the 2015 Arizona Reading Association Fall Institute features a full-day workshop with Dr. Timothy Rasinski, a national expert on literacy. Held at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) on Saturday, November 7th, this is a chance for Arizona teachers to learn about the latest research on literacy and to network with other educators from around the state.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Teaching Reading Effectively (Oct-Nov 2015 Cohort)

As part of the Move On When Reading (MOWR) legislation (ARS 15-701), the ADE offers a five-day training for K-3 teachers called Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE). 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. The TRE is designed to empower 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, and leaders to improve classroom instruction and school wide literacy programs.

Participants are eligible for 32.5 hours of professional development credit.

Academic and Argument Writing

Academic/Argument Writing: Entering the Conversationwill address the challenges of effective writing instruction required by the Arizona English Language Arts standards. This training will utilize some of the approaches found in TheySay, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. Each participant will also receive a copy of the book.

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

English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

September 2015

Argument Literacy

9-17

Socratic Seminar and AZCCRS with Diana Green (*Special Engagement)

9-21

Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part III

9-22

Webinar: K-2 Writing: Spelling

9-23

Webinar: K-2 Writing: Sentence Construction

9-28

October

Teaching Reading Effectively Oct-Nov 2015 (10-1, 10-2, 10-19, 10-20, 11-17)

10-1

Evaluating Text Complexity

10-6

Webinar: Close Reading in the Classroom

10-6

Webinar: Text Complexity

10-12

Webinar: EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ State Standards

10-15

Research and Information Fluency

10-19

Webinar: Argument Literacy

10-19

Webinar: Grammar Basics Part I: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

10-21

Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

10-22

Academic and Argument Writing

10-27

Close Reading in the Classroom

10-28

Webinar: Rhetorical GrammarIntroduction and Overview

10-29

Please see ELA PD flyer for additional dates and costs.

WHAT’S NEW IN MATH

2015 Presidential Award for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teacher

The Arizona Department of Education is proud to announce four state finalists for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teacher. Your secondary high school mathematics finalists are

Nicole Whitt from Empire High School in the Vail School DistrictLuz Marizza Bailey from Basis School in Scottsdale

Congratulations to our Arizona 2015 Finalists! These finalists are now competing at the national level for the Presidential Award.

Something Old & Something New

Instead of a section on what is new in mathematics, we decided we would start including the oldies but goodies that are always great to look back on, refresh our memory of or remember…WOW!!! We have known this research since when?

Something Old….

The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel – 2008

In late 2007, the Panel synthesized this Final Report by drawing together the most important findings and recommendations, which are hereby issued with the Panel’s full voice. This report connects in many places to the eight reports of the task groups and subcommittees, which carry detailed analysis of research literature and other relevant materials. These supporting reports cover work carried out as part of the Panel’s overall mission, but they are presented by only those members who participated in creating them. This Final Report represents findings and recommendations of the Panel as a whole.

Something New

Math Standards Implementation Tool – Simplifying the search for trusted research & Information

This website simplifies the search for trusted research and resources for anyone assisting educators in implementing college and career ready math standards. From state based mathematics and assessment specialists, to district coordinators, the Math Standards Implementation Tool is a hub that makes current research and promising practices for teaching college and career ready math standards more accessible.

Professional Development Spotlight!

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

September 30 $50

Join us for a day focused on experiencing and creating quality mathematical tasks from grades 4 through 8. Participants will learn what makes a quality mathematical task, how to determine the cognitive demand of the task, and how to implement the task at the rigor of the standards. AZCCRS in Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice will be a focus for all mathematical experiences.
Outcomes for the day include:

• Build understanding of high quality tasks

• Create high quality tasks

• Implement mathematical discourse in the classroom

• Analysis of student work related to quality mathematical tasks

• Experience a model of implementing quality mathematical tasks

• Develop understanding of why mathematical tasks are essential for mastering the standards

• Build understanding of teacher and student actions associated with the implementation of high quality tasks.

Implementing Rigorous Mathematics Tasks, grades 9-12

October 8th $50

Does it meet the rigor of the standards? This Mathematics professional development opportunity is focused on experiencing and creating quality mathematics tasks for high school. Participants learn what makes a quality mathematics task, how to determine the cognitive demand of the task, and how to implement the task at the rigor of the standards. AZCCRS-Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are the focus for all mathematical experiences.

Outcome for the day include:

• Identify, experience, and create, high quality tasks

• Explore effective mathematics classroom discourse

• Investigate student perspectives of quality mathematics tasks

• Build understanding of teacher and student actions associated with the implementation of high quality tasks.

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

September 2015

Webinar: Geometry in Middle School, Grades 6-8 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

9/21

Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 1: Coherence (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

9/22

Webinar: Addition & Subtraction Problem Types in K-2 (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

9/24

Webinar: Statistics in Middle School Grades 6-8 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

9/28

Standards Based Math Stations K-2

9/28

Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 2: Graphs (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

9/29

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

9/30

October 2015

Webinar: Developing Fluency with Addition and Subtraction Facts K-2 (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

10/5

Writing in Math Grades K-5

10/5

Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 3: Functions (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

10/6

Implementing Rigorous Mathematics Tasks, Grades 9-12

10/8

Coaching Actions that Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students (Part 2 of 4) 8:00am-11:30am- registration is closed

10/9

Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 4: Transformations (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

10/13

Standards Based Math Stations 3-5

10/14

Webinar: Writing in Math Grades K-5 (3:30-4:30pm)

10/14

Webinar: Meaningful Homework in K-2 (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

10/19

Teaching and Learning Place Value in 1st – 3rd Grade

10/26

Webinar: Development of Fraction Sense in Grades 3-5 (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

10/26

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices in Grades 4-8

10/27

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices in High School

10/29

Please see Mathematics PD flyer for additional dates and costs.

WHAT’S NEW IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

New PreK-12 Physical Education Teaching Certificate

Effective July 1, 2015, PreK-12 Physical Education teachers will have the option to apply for a single PreK-12 Physical Education certificate. Under current Board rules, Physical Education teachers are required to apply for either/both a Secondary or Elementary certificate and a Physical Education Endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education. The establishment of the PreK-12 Physical Education certificate will help to streamline the Certification process and reduce costs by removing the requirement to add an endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education. The PreK-12 Physical Education Certificate is a stand-alone certificate; additional approved areas and endorsements, with the exception of the SEI, Full English as a Second Language (ESL) and Full Bilingual Endorsements, will not be added to this certificate. For more information on the PreK-12 Physical Education Certificate visit http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/certificate-requirement/teaching-certificate/

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

2015 Presidential Award for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teacher

The Arizona Department of Education is proud to announce four state finalists for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teacher. Your secondary science finalists are

  • Leah Jenks from Madison Traditional Academy in the Madison Elementary School District
  • Celeste Lucier from Kingman Academy Middle School in the Kingman Academy of Learning
  • Michael McKelvy from Basha High School in the Chandler Unified School District
  • Chelle Myrann at Cesar Chavez High School in the Phoenix Union High School District

Congratulations to our Arizona 2015 Finalists! These finalists are now competing at the national level for the Presidential Award.

Three-Dimensional Science Instruction

The ADE Science Team continues to support teachers in understanding how to bridge the gap between current science standards and the research in the A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Templates and examples of how to bundle performance objectives for three-dimensional instruction are available on the ADE’s Science Resource Page.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Arthur Beauchamp presents “Success in Science Through Dialogue, Reading, and Writing” (Grades 6-12)

Bridging the Gap between the AZ Science Standard and the Framework for K-12 Science Education

October 15, 2015 FREE Grades K-5

November 3, 2015 FREE Grades 6-12

How can you align your curriculum and instruction to Arizona’s Science Standard, yet teach to the 3-dimensions (practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas) of the Framework for K-12 Science Education? Participants will examine the science learning progressions identified within A Framework for K-12 Science Education and how they connect to Arizona’s Science Standard.

Science Professional Development Opportunities

September 2015

Webinar: Making Sense of ILLPs and Science (Grades 6-12)

9/17

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

9/29

October 2015

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

10/7

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

10/15

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

10/20

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices (Grades 4-8)

10/27

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices (Grades 9-12)

10/29

November 2015

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

11/3

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

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

SRP Social Studies Classroom Connections Grant

SRP offers Social Studies Teachers the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $2,000 dollars to fund classroom projects that present academic content and teach academic skills in the interrelated disciplines of history, geography, civics, government and economics. The application period is from October 1, 2015-February 29, 2016. A free grant writing workshop is being offered by SRP. Visit www.srpnet.com/education for date, time, and registration.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Creating Historical, Thinkers, Readers, and Writers Using the Standards for Literacy in History/Social StudiesOctober 8th – $30

This training focuses on interactive strategies to teach students how to think, read, and write like a historian. Participants will utilize the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards in History/Social Studies to dig into historical content. Teachers will leave this hands on session with several good lessons and strategies to make history come alive in the classroom.

Participants are eligible for 6 hours of professional development credit.

2015 ACSS Fall ConferenceOctober 24th

Social Responsibility: Teaching Global Awareness and Citizenship

The Annual Fall Conference of the Arizona Council for the Social Studies will be held on Saturday, October 24th at César Chávez High School. Registration for this event opens on August 15th and registration fees include ACSS membership through the end of 2016.

iCivics.org: Increase Civic Knowledge Through GamesOctober 29th Free

Arizona’s newly required civics test has changed the focus of this training. Through the use of online games and engaging lessons, students can increase their knowledge of civics while having fun. Participants will learn how to use specific online games and lessons to prepare their students for the required civics test.

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

The National Academies Press offers publications as free PDF downloads (register with your email address). They have recently published several documents to support understanding of STEM education. Check out these latest publications on STEM education.

STEM Learning Is Everywhere:
Summary of a Convocation on Building Learning Systems (2014)

STEM Integration in K-12 Education:
Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research (2014)

Exploring Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership:
Summary of a Convocation(2014)

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education:
A Nation Advancing? (2013)

Professional Development Spotlight!

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

October 27 – Grades 5-8

October 29 – Grades 9-12

Cost is $50 per person (includes book: Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing)

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.

Through this workshop participants will:

  • Make connections between The Math and Science Practices
  • Determine how to make use of literacy techniques to increase student understanding in math and science
  • Build understanding of high quality tasks
  • Build understanding of high quality engagement techniques in discourse

Developing Integrated Curriculum for STEM K-5

November 17, 2015 – $25

Integrating content across subjects has been promoted as a productive educational reform across several decades. With the global demand for 21st Century literate students, STEM teaching and learning is gaining momentum. Providing students with a STEM experience that includes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning supported with hands-on, problem-based, relevant learning experiences is critical for helping them develop a deeper conceptual understanding.

  • In this workshop participants will dig deeper into integrated STEM teaching and learning using the 5Es Instructional Model.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively to create a standards-based STEM lesson/unit.

21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate National Conference

January 21-23, 2016

STEM National Conference right here in Phoenix hosted by the STEM AZ Education Collaborative, Science Foundation Arizona and ADE.

STEM Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN WORLD AND NATIVE LANGUAGES

New World and Native Language Standards

On May 19th new standards for World and Native Languages were approved and will replace the Foreign and Native Language Standards. While the 2015-16 school year will be 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.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Arizona Language Association Fall ConferenceOctober 2nd -3rd

The Arizona Language Association will be having their Fall Conference on October 2nd and 3rd at Arizona State University-Tempe Campus. The theme of the Conference in AZ Rising: Engage, Share, Grow. Participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions and workshops, network with other educators, connect with professional associations, and earn professional development hours.

 

October Newsletter 2015

 

OCTOBER 2015 Content Specific Mailing List Download PDF

K-12 Academy Standards Contact Us

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FEATURED

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Online Intel Teach Elements Courses

ADE is offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses October 21 through November 10, 2015. 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. More…

Standards Based Math Stations 3-5

October 14th $20

This training will focus on extending the understanding of number in grades 3-5 through standards-based math stations. Mathematical practices and AZCCRS will be embedded throughout the day. More…

Fluency with Multiplication

November 9th $60

This learning experience focuses on the impact of modeling and representation on the understanding of major topics in grades 3-5 including multiplication and division. The progression of learning will be examined up to and including fluency of the operations in these areas.Mathematical Practices, problem solving, and the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards are embedded throughout this workshop. More…

Engagement and Problem Solving in Geometry, grades 9-12

November 4th $55

Problem solving and critical thinking are important skills in the 21st century. Mathematics learning environments are a great place to learn these skills. This mathematics professional development opportunity is designed to assist high school educators in developing resources aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS). Mathematical Practices and AZCCRS-Mathematics are the focus for all mathematical experiences. More…

Resources for AzMERIT result

The AzMERIT website has great resources for students & families as well as teachers. Resources by districts to support teachers and parents on AzMERIT test results are also available. Here are just a couple that we are highlighting.

Dysart Unified School District has a great website that is titled – A Parent Guide to Your Child’s Test Results. This resource includes an FAQ section as well as the sample paper reports and other statewide resources to help your child success.

Mesa Public Schools has also created an AzMERIT website that includes resources for all school districts to utlize. Resources include videos and brochures in English and Spanish. All resources can be downloaded for any shcools use. Thank you to Dysart and Mesa for sharing your AzMERIT resources.

The Arizona School Boards Association has also made available resources to educate parentts on AzMERIT results. The ASBA website includes an infographic about how students performed on AzMERIT and a link to a parent webinar that was recorded by Expect More Arizona.

Attention Parents and Educators:

Provide Your Feedback on the Arizona Math and English Language Arts Standards

The State Board of Education is currently seeking public feedback on the Arizona English Language Arts and Math standards. This feedback will serve as a starting point for the standards review and revision process. As the state enters its review of these standards, you can provide feedback on the standards as a whole or you can provide specific feedback related to the individual standards or the Standards for Mathematical Practice. https://k12standards.az.gov/.

Seeking passionate Math and ELA Teachers for the ADE Standards Work Groups

The K-12 Standards division of the ADE is currently accepting applications from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, and members of teacher professional organizations and foundations for grade-level working groups for the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards review process. 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

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 (www.paemst.org) 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.

The SCOOP

The SCOOP is published by the Coconino County Education Service Agency and provides resources for all things P-12 in the Northeast Arizona Region. Resources are included for schools, families and citizens.

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Ed. Tech Event of the Month

October 24, 2015- Join us for an exciting full day workshop hosted at the Arizona K12 Center:

Technology Within Arizona’s College and Career Ready ELA Standards – Grades 3-8. In this workshop, multiple technology tools and integration strategies will be explored throughout the day that support students when researching, writing, and publishing and support teacher integration of technology as a tool for effective instruction – More information and to register for this event: http://www.azk12.org/event/29098/details

Ed Tech Conference

Join other educators from around Arizona at the Digital Learning Showcase, “Problems, Projects & Possibilities” (P3) in beautiful Prescott. Saturday, October 17.

Learn ways 2 integrate digital tools 2 transform student learning! For more information and to Register click the link: bit.ly/azteaP3

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!

For more information and to register, click the link: Here (https://goo.gl/KqRi7C)

Professional Development Spotlight!

Online Intel Teach Elements Courses

ADE is offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses October 21 through November 10, 2015. 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.

Intel Creativity Intel® Teach Elements: Creativity in the Mobile ClassroomRegister here

Intel Mobile Learn Intel® Teach Elements: Moving into Mobile Learning Register here

Productivity Tools in the Classroom and Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series

Join us for engaging Face-2-Face PD and 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.

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The National Association for Gifted Children National Convention is Coming to Phoenix!

Each November, NAGC hosts the country’s largest convention devoted to gifted and talented learners. Classroom teachers, gifted/talented coordinators, school administrators, researchers, parents, college and university faculty, and more, will converge in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12-15, for the 62nd Annual NAGC Convention. Throughout the pre-convention events, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, exhibit hall, general sessions, Parent Day (Saturday), and networking events (both formal and informal!), you will explore everything gifted under the sun!

Arizona Reading Association: Fall Institute 2015

Focused on closing the gap between struggling and proficient readers, the 2015 Arizona Reading Association Fall Institute features a full-day workshop with Dr. Timothy Rasinski, a national expert on literacy. Held at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) on Saturday, November 7th, this is a chance for Arizona teachers to learn about the latest research on literacy and to network with other educators from around the state.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Digital Writing Process in the Classroom

This training is designed for teachers who are beginning the process of integrating digital tools to engage students in the writing process. Participants will learn about and use digital tools for:

*Topic generation to help students consider task, audience, and purpose as they narrow their topic to begin writing.

*Prewriting strategies using graphic organizers and mind mapping.

*Bookmarking and note cards.

*Cloud Computing (Writing Applications and Storage).

Participants will also be introduced to the SAMR Model to assist them with understanding the levels of digital implementation. To support further learning, participants will receive the book Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis.

Rhetorical Grammar

This full-day workshop will encourage teachers to rethink/reevaluate their approach to grammar as descriptive/prescriptive to one that is functional and pro-active. Grammar should be approached as an important tool that shapes and enhances a writer’s message as she considers the task, purpose and audience.

Participants will have an opportunity to read various articles about current methodology/research in effective grammar instruction as well as to practice using authentic texts to discuss and identify different grammatical elements used for different outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring any texts that they are currently using with their students, either literary or informational. An electronic device such as a laptop or tablet is also encouraged to access materials electronically

English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

October

Teaching Reading Effectively Oct-Nov 2015 (10/1, 10/2, 10/19, 10/20, 11/17)

10/1

Evaluating Text Complexity

10/6

Webinar: Close Reading in the Classroom

10/6

Webinar: Text Complexity

10/12

Webinar: EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ State Standards

10/15

Research and Information Fluency

10/19

Webinar: Argument Literacy

10/19

Webinar: Grammar Basics Part I: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

10/21

Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

10/22

Academic and Argument Writing

10/27

Close Reading in the Classroom

10/28

Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar – Introduction and Overview

10/29

November

Webinar: Grammar Basics Part II: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

11-3

Digital Writing Process in the Classroom

11-5

Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

11-5

Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar for Authentic Writing

11-12

Webinar: Grammar Basics Part III: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

11-16

Rhetorical Grammar

11-17

Webinar: Academic Discourse and Debate

11-19

WHAT’S NEW IN MATH

Time for a field trip to Tucson!!! Come visit Puzzles, Proofs, and Patterns exhibit at the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center & Panetarium. The exhibit is sure to engage your mind and tease your brain through more than twenty interactive mathematical puzzles and problems to solve. Opens in November.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something in the News

Instead of a section on what is new in mathematics, we decided we would start including the oldies but goodies that are always great to look back on, refresh our memory of or remember…WOW!!! We have known this research since when? We are also including a section on borrowing something from the international scene and something that is currently in the news about mathematical learning.

Something Old….

The Myth of “I’m Bad At Math”

Basic ability in math isn’t the product of good genes, but hard work. Read the October 2013 article in The Atlantic by Miles Kimball and Noah Smith that talks about mind set as a key to success. Great links are attached to this article.

Another oldie but goodie is found in The Wall street Journal in August of 2012. This article is called a Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents. Parents play a pivotal role in kids’ math attitudes and skills, starting in toddlerhood. This article reinforces what a critical role parents play in their child’s learning. This would be great to share!

Something New…

AzMERIT has a tutorial for the Equation Response Editor. This is an amazing site for teachers and students to be able to practice using the Equation Response Editor found in the AzMERIT assessment.

Something Borrowed….Thanks New Zealand

Thank you to our friends in New Zealand for the New Zealand Centre of Mathematics. This site is the access point for online “maths” support materials to; parents, students, teachers and university lecturer. Great GeoGebra resources too!

Something In the News….

Literally Math is in the newspaper and it happens to be the Wall Street Journal. Each week, the Wall Street Journal and MoMath are featuring Varsity Math, a new weekly math challenge featuring two new puzzles a week. In the WSJ Puzzles section or through the online blog, problems from the National Museum of Mathematics are highlighted. Problems come in three levels. Answers and tips are posted the following week.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Standards Based Math Stations 3-5

October 14th $20

This training will focus on extending the understanding of number in grades 3-5 through standards-based math stations. Mathematical practices and AZCCRS will be embedded throughout the day.

The learning goals of this training will include:

• Learning how to create and implement appropriate math stations
• Focusing on multiplication, division, and fraction stations
• Extending the mathematical understandings in 3-5
• Managing and assessing student progress
• Exploring meaningful mathematical tasks
• Using technology within math stations

Engagement and Problem Solving in Geometry, grades 9-12

November 4th $55

Problem solving and critical thinking are important skills in the 21st century. Mathematics learning environments are a great place to learn these skills. This mathematics professional development opportunity is designed to assist high school educators in developing resources aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS). Mathematical Practices and AZCCRS-Mathematics are the focus for all mathematical experiences.

Outcomes for this workshop:

• Identify major concepts in AZCCRS High School Geometry
• Define Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
• Engage in worthwhile mathematical tasks
• Analyze the attributes of problem-solving environments
• Make connections among problem-solving, mathematical practices, and classroom culture

Fluency with Multiplication

November 9th $60

This learning experience focuses on the impact of modeling and representation on the understanding of major topics in grades 3-5 including multiplication and division. The progression of learning will be examined up to and including fluency of the operations in these areas. Mathematical Practices, problem solving, and the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards are embedded throughout this workshop.

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

October 2015

Coaching Actions that Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students (Part 2 of 4) 8:00am-11:30am

10/9

Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 4: Transformations (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

10/13

Webinar: Writing in Math Grades K-5 (3:30-4:30pm)

10/14

Webinar: Meaningful Homework in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

10/19

Teaching and Learning Place Value in 1st – 3rd Grade

10/26

Webinar: Development of Fraction Sense in Grades 3-5 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

10/26

Standards Based Math Stations 3-5

10/27

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices in grades 5-12

10/29

November 2015

Webinar: Fraction Equivalence and Comparisons (3:30-4:30pm)

11/2

Engagement and Problem Solving in Geometry, Grades 9-12

11/4

Coaching Actions that Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students (Part 3 of 4) 8:00am-11:30am

Webinar: Teaching and Learning Subtraction in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

11/9

Fluency with Multiplication

11/9

Webinar: Overview to Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) (3:30-4:30)

11/10

Webinar: Integrating Technology to Support Writing Mathematics, 7-12 (3:30-4:30)

11/16

Using Mathematical Tasks to Develop Conceptual Understanding of Number K-2

11/17

Webinar: Operations of Fractions grades 4-6(3:30-4:30 p.m.)

11/17

December 2015

Webinar: Sharing Student Work in K-2 (3:30-4:30)

12/1

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking in High School Algebra

12/3

Coaching Actions that Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students (Part 4 of 4) 8:00am-11:30am

12/4

Webinar: Daily Math Review in 1st-3rd Grade (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

12/8

Webinar: Math Problem Solving: Multiplication and Division in grades 3-5

12/10

WHAT’S NEW IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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. Arizona’s new standards create a foundation for Arizona’s students to become physically literate and embrace physical activity as a valuable component of a healthy lifestyle. Our role as physical educators is to not only ensure that we are teaching the essential components of physical education but also to identify physical education as a key element of a well-rounded education for all students. SHAPE America’s “The Essential Components of Physical Education” guidance document helps to provide a framework for teachers and administrators alike to foster a physical education program that is effective in creating physically literate students.

SHAPE America leads the way in providing resources for physical education programs in the United States. Their resources provide an opportunity for physical education teachers and leaders to increase rigor and relevance in their programs. The Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines for K-12 offers more guidance than ever for teachers, administrators, parents/guardians and policymakers on creating and maintaining appropriate physical education learning environments, instructional strategies, curriculum, assessment and professionalism.

Physical Education Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education and SRP, have developed a cadre of science teacher leaders from around the state for Phase II of the Developing Leaders for the 21st Century Science Education program. Teachers selected to be Ambassadors for this program will meet face to face and online throughout the 2015-16 academic year. This professional development program specifically targets the vision and implementation of researched based, best practices for science education as documented in the Framework, and gives teachers the knowledge and skills to be change agents in their schools, districts, and the state.

During the first meeting, participants gained a better understanding of the design of Arizona’s Science Standard by comparing the vision of the A Framework of K-12 Science Education with Arizona’s Introduction pages viii-xxi.

Key ideas in Arizona’s Science Standard:

  • The Science Standard was written for ALL K-12 students (page viii) Science instruction must begin at the early grades and progress to more sophisticated understandings at higher grades (page viii)Concepts are designed to spiral or scaffold across grades within a larger grade band (pages xx-xxi)Major science concepts/understandings need to be developed over an entire K-12 education (page viii)
  • The Science Standard was designed for three-dimensional instruction The six strands and five unifying concepts are intended to be taught together, to represent the true nature of science (page x)Unifying concepts develop across all grades, connect science disciplines, and connect science to other disciplines (page viii)Strands 4, 5, and 6 are not intended to be taught in isolation; Strands 1, 2, and 3 are designed to be taught and embedded within each of the content strands (page x)
  • The Science Standard was designed to build conceptual understanding of core ideas and practices in science The core ideas associated with each strand are summarized (pages xi- xii)Each strand is divided into concepts; the core idea of each concept is summarized (pages xiii-xviii)Performance objectives provide specific knowledge and skills to build deeper understanding of the concepts and/or strandsPerformance objectives may be combined and taught in any order; teachers should decide how to best organize the content to meet the needs of their students (page x)
  • Teachers are encouraged to integrate writing, math, social studies, technology and other academic standards with the Science Standard (page xii)

Professional Development Spotlight!

Bridging the Gap between Arizona Science Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education for K-12 Educators

How can you align to Arizona’s Science Standard, yet teach to the 3-dimensions (practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas) of the Framework for K-12 Science Education?

Join us as we evaluate the current Arizona Science Standards and compare them with The Framework for K-12 Science Education. We will look at how the three dimensions, Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas work to create a solid foundation for science teaching and how these shifts can be used to make meaningful connections with our current science standards. These sessions will utilize the learning progressions from the framework, grade band specific examples and a science curriculum analysis worksheet to develop a process to bundle standards and make connections with the three dimensions using an organizational template.

Bridging the Gap Fall Opportunities:

  • October 7 – Webinar: Bridging the Gap between Arizona Science Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education for K-12 Educators – HS Earth Science
  • October 15 – Professional Development Day – Bridging the Gap between Arizona Science Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education for Grades K-5 Cost – Free
  • October 20 – Webinar: Bridging the Gap between Arizona Science Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education for K-12 Educators – HS Physics
  • November 3Professional Development Day – Bridging the Gap between Arizona Science Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education for Grades 6-12 Cost- Free

Dr. Ken Wesson presents “Brain-STEM: Growing the Best Brains Possible” at the annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association.

Ready, Set, Explore Science! will be held on November 6-7, 2015 in Phoenix at NAU North Valley Phoenix Campus. Over 300 science educators will share ideas and work together to advocate research-based science teaching and learning for all of Arizona’s children. Click Here for more information or to register.

Science Professional Development Opportunities

October 2015

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

10/15

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

10/20

Webinar: Making Sense of Student Work – Mental Models for Grades 3-5

10/28

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices (Grades 5-12)

10/29

November 2015

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

11/3

Webinar: Making Sense of Student Work – Mental Models for Grades K-2

11/18

December 2015

Webinar: Making Sense of Student Work – Mental Models for Grades 6-8

12/2

Constructing Explanations in Science (Grades 5-8)

12/3

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

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

Professional Development Spotlight!

Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

Celebrating the “E” in STEM this month here are two great links to build your Engineering toolkit!

Discovering Big Ideas in Engineering, Connecting with other Educators, and Preparing to Teach & Learn are just some of the resources and support you’ll find at brand new site, LinkEngineering, a new educator exchange linking PreK-12 teachers to expertise and content sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering.

Support students’ engineering and STEM literacy by having them read and comprehend informational texts independently and proficiently using passages found at ReadWorks.org

Professional Development Spotlight!

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

October 29 – Grades 5-12

Cost is $50 per person (includes book: Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing)

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.

Through this workshop participants will:

  • Make connections between The Math and Science Practices
  • Determine how to make use of literacy techniques to increase student understanding in math and science
  • Build understanding of high quality tasks
  • Build understanding of high quality engagement techniques in discourse

Developing Integrated Curriculum for STEM K-5

November 17, 2015 – $25

Integrating content across subjects has been promoted as a productive educational reform across several decades. With the global demand for 21st Century literate students, STEM teaching and learning is gaining momentum. Providing students with a STEM experience that includes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning supported with hands-on, problem-based, relevant learning experiences is critical for helping them develop a deeper conceptual understanding.

  • In this workshop participants will dig deeper into integrated STEM teaching and learning using the 5Es Instructional Model.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively to create a standards-based STEM lesson/unit.

21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate National Conference

January 21-23, 2016

STEM National Conference right here in Phoenix hosted by the STEM AZ Education Collaborative, Science Foundation Arizona and ADE.

WHAT’S NEW IN WORLD AND NATIVE LANGUAGES

World and native Languages Professional Development Opportunities

 

May Newsletter 2015

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OPPORTUNITIES

Webinar: Effective Discourse Communities in the STEM Classrooms using the Practices May 6, 2015

Teaching students how to participate in productive science talk in the classroom is a key way to help them learn about and enact the Science & Engineering Practices, as well as the Mathematical Practices

Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8

August 20, 2015 Cost is $50 per person

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.

Regional Center Upcoming PD – Southern Region

Writing Strategies for Teachers in Grades 3-8 – May 26th and 27th – FREE

Participants will learn writing strategies to help students complete analytical paragraphs. In addition, teachers will gain practical skills in running effective Socratic Seminars which logically lead to Persuasive and Argument Writing.

Happy Teacher Appeciation Week!

Thank you does not begin to cover the gratitude our department has for what you do every day for students. Your dedication to providing outstanding learning opportunities and feedback to students and parents is certainly noticed and respected. You inspire, motivate, and make a positive impact on countless lives everyday. Thank you for believing in your students and recognizing the best in every one of them. The extra time you devote before work, after school, and over weekends to plan meaningful and engaging lessons, cohesive units, and strategic learning progressions for students is valued and appreciated. As stated recently by Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Johnson, “What you do matters!”

Thank you for all you do every day for the 1.1 million students in Arizona.

Sincerely, the K-12 Standards Team!

K-12 Standards is currently accepting applications from teachers, higher education faculty, teacher professional organizations and foundations for involvement in the review of the Arizona Standards.

If you are interested in being a part of a standards review committee, please complete the application found on the Arizona Educator Engagement Opportunities website.

May 19th – $45

END THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH… FUNCTIONS AND MODELING IN ALGEBRA FOR GRADES 7-12

Join the ADE and NAU on May 19th to end the year with a “radical” mathematical event. Shannon Guerrero and Amy Rushall will be leading an engaging one-day workshop that will focus on essential knowledge in promoting conceptual understanding of functions. Participants will engage in various activities that promote a robust understanding of functions. Click here to register

June 3-June 23

 

ONLINE INTEL TEACH ELEMENTS COURSES THROUGH IDEAL

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 free, 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.

The Arizona Department of Education is hosting the Teachers’ Institute.

Tailored to the needs of both general education and special education teachers, the institute will cover topics such as Standards and content, Instructional planning and resources, Behavioral/classroom culture, Teacher leadership, Assessment system and data, and Special topics. This two-day conference will feature both national and Arizona educators. Register here.

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Hands on Digital Tools Workshop

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. In addition, participants will share and discuss their own strategies that support teacher integration of technology as a tool for effective instruction.

Awesome Ed. Tech Event: 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

Ed. Tech Tip of the Month: Develope Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

How do you connect with other educators? Each day thousands of educators from around the globe connect, share ideas and collaborate through social media such as Twitter and Google+. The idea of connecting and sharing ideas is nothing new to many of us, we do so naturally with our colleagues. Developing a PLN leads to connections with other teachers, schools and experts from around the world. Developing a PLN leads to expansive learning opportunities and to networking with others, enabling you to share your passion for learning with others like yourself. Want to know more, visit the TeacherChallenge Blog. Do you already have a PLN, expand your audience with 8 great ways to jumpstart your Google+/Twitter PLN .

Professional Development Spotlight!

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.

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

May
5/11 Webinar: Productivity Tools Webinar Series: Become More Productive Using Evernote Part 1
5/12 Webinar: Assistive Technology: Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students
5/18 Webinar: Productivity Tools in the Classroom Series: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 2
5/21 Webinar: Productivity Tools Webinar Series: Become More Productive Using Evernote Part 2
5/28 Digital Tools: Produce, Publish, Interact and Collaborate in Digital Writing
June
6/9 Webinar:Technology Integration in the SEI Classroom: Digital Collaboration with Digital Tools 10:00am
6/9 Webinar: Technology Integration in the SEI Classroom: Digital Collaboration with Digital Tools 3:30pm
6/15 Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom
July
7/6 2 Day STEM Boot Camp for 3-6 Teachers ( 7/6 -7/7)
7/14 Game Based Learning: How Digital Games Support the Standards and Student Achievement in Reading and Writing ( 7/14 – 7/15)
August
8/13 Back to School: Transforming Student Writing with Digital Tools
9/2 Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

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WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Why Teach Spelling?

This resource is a compilation of three documents that support the teaching of spelling in today’s schools: a discussion of “Why Spelling Instruction Matters,” a checklist for evaluating a spelling program, and tables of Common Core State Standards that are linked to spelling instruction. For your convenience, we have also included a Word formatted file of the checklist that is downloadable for use in evaluating your own spelling program. (Center on Instruction at RMC Research Corporation)Download PDF

Professional Development Spotlight!

English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

May
5/7

Special Engagement: Socratic Seminar Level I

Webinar: Geometry in Middle School Grades 6-8

5/12
Multisensory Grammar
5/12 Argument Literacy
5/13 Close Reading in the Classroom
5/14

Research, Information, and Writing Fluency: Developing Independent and

Engaged Researchers and Writers

5/14

Webinar: Evaluating Instructional Materials and Aligning them to AZCCRS –

PART 2 of 2

5/18

Webinar: Evaluating Instructional Materials and Aligning them to AZCCRS –

PART 2 of 2

June
6/1 Teaching Reading Effectively – 5 Day training (6/1 – 6/5)
6/9

Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-

The Writing

Process and Purpose

6/10
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-Writing Fluency
6/11

Webinar: 3-5 Writing Standards Implementation Webinar Series-A

Community of Engaged Writers

6/22 Teaching Reading Effectively – 5 Day training (6/22 – 6/25)
July
7/6

Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations Overview

7/7

Webinar: K-2Writing Foundations-Handwriting Fluency

7/8 Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations-Spelling
7/9 Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations- Sentence Construction
7/27

TOT Teaching Reading Effectively (you must have attended and pass the

post-test from Teaching Reading Effectively) (7/27 – 7/30)

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WHAT’S NEW IN MATHEMATICS

Mathematics in the Mountains

2nd Annual AATM North Regional Spring Conference

Saturday May 2, 2015 8:30-3:30. Registration is limited to sign up today!

This one day conference will include 4 sessions with concurrent workshops/presentations focused on mathematics content and pedagogy.

Summer Math Institute – June 2-4, 2015 Tucson, AZ

What do Dan Meyer, Susan O’Connell and Bill McCallum have in common besides being amazing math leaders? They will all be key note speakers this summer in Tucson!! Join the K-12 Standards Math Team and NBCT Teachers in a 3-day Summer Math Institute sponsored by the K12 Center and the ADE!

Click here for additional details regarding the key note topics and registration information! Hope to see you in Tucson!

Updated High School Course Guidance Documents. These documents are designed to assist LEAs in making decisions about content for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry courses. The Course Content Boundaries tables located in these documents have been updated to align with AzMERIT. These tables’ help educators make decisions about content standards included in more than one course.

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

May

5/4

Webinar: Writing in Math K-5
5/5
Webinar: Math Practices in Grades K-5
5/5
Webinar: Measurement in K-2
5/12 Webinar: Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, Grades 6-12
5/18
Webinar: Math Problem Solving: Multiplication and Division in Grades 3-5
5/19
Functions and Modeling in Algebra, Grades 7-12
June
6/2 Summer Math Institute with Arizona K12 Center ( June 2 -4)
6/15 The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6
6/15

Webinar: Development of Number Sense in K-2

6/16

Webinar: Addition and Subtraction in K-2

6/17

Webinar: Student Strategies for Addition and Subtraction

6/18

Webinar: Parents as Partners in K-2

6/23

3-5 Boot Camp: Getting Ready for the 2015-16 School Year (June 23 – 25)

6/22

Webinar: High School Progressions Series: Coherence

6/23
Webinar: High School Progressions Series: Graphs
6/24

Webinar: High School Progressions Series: Functions

6/25 Webinar: High School Progressions Series: Transformations
July
7/13 Webinar: Development of Fraction Sense Grades 3-5
7/14 Webinar: Development of Fraction Sense Grades 3-5
7/15

Webinar: Student Strategies for Multiplication and Division

7/16

Webinar: Parents as Partners in the 3-5 classroom

7/16

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

7/20

Webinar: Ratio and Proportion in Grades 6-8

7/21

Webinar: Geometry in Grades 6-8

7/21

Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12

7/22 Webinar: Statistics in Middle School, Grades 6-8
7/23 Webinar: Parents as Partners in the 6-8 Classroom
7/28

Webinar: Integrating Technology to Support Writing in Mathematics

7/30

Webinar: Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, Grades 6-12

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WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held their annual conference in March. At that conference, one message was repeated over and over again: quality science instruction includes three-dimensional learning and focuses on helping students understand scientific phenomena.

Much of science involves finding patterns in observations and explaining them in terms of a small number of principles or ideas (disciplinary core ideas or DCIs). For students to appreciate how science works, they need to have a sense of the range of observations (phenomena) that are used to form the patterns and the helpfulness of the principles or ideas in explaining them.

In addition to engaging students with phenomena—real-world objects, systems, and events—relevant to important science ideas, instruction needs to directly address incorrect ideas that students may already have and guide students in reconciling phenomena with scientifically accepted ideas.

The research publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education, emphasizes the importance instruction that interconnects three dimensions of science learning: disciplinary core ideas, the science and engineering practices, and the crosscutting concepts. Teaching at the intersection of these three dimensions leads to deeper student understanding of scientific phenomena.

Arizona will continue to implement the 2004 Science Standard during the 2015-16 school year. In order to help you shift your instruction to three-dimensional instruction using our current standard, the ADE has developed a series of questions to consider while planning your curriculum and instruction for next year. This planning document can be found on the ADE website.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8

August 20, 2015 Cost is $50 per person

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.

Science Professional Development Opportunities

August
8/20 Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8
September
9/16 What Are My Science Students Thinking? (Grades K-8)
9/24 Making Sense of Science – 5-day Energy Course for Teachers ( 9/24 – 26, 10/9 – 10)

On-demand

View a recorded Science webinar

Presented by ADE

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

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.

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Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities

On-demand View a recorded webinar

Presented by ADE

8/15 Annual Conference of the Arizona Council for History Education

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

STEM Resources

Looking for helpful resources to support your interdisciplinary STEM planning?

The ELA/Literacy standards play a very important role in STEM teaching and learning! ReadWorks provides units, lessons, and leveled non-fiction and literary passages for grades K-12. It’s FREE to register http://www.readworks.org/search/site/STEM

STEMJOBS: Do What You Love! This website for middle and high school students and STEM teachers is a great resource for finding information and generating enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering, and math careers. http://stemjobs.com/

What’s “News” in STEM?

STEM is a growing young initiative in the K-12 learning arena. Many people are still trying to wrap their heads around it. Teachers ask all the time, “What makes something STEM?” or “How do I know I’m doing it?”

Here are some essential elements to consider for in K-12 STEM teaching and learning:

· Students are engaged and interested in being scientists, mathematicians, and engineers

· There is a strong focus on the 21st Century Skills: creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking

· Lessons and learning are tied to real world, relevant, and rigorous STEM work

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT

STEM Boot Camp

July 7-8, 2015 Cost is $50 per person (includes book: STEM Lesson Essentials – Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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 practicesCreate a framework to develop and sustain a STEM learning environment

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

August 25, 2015 Cost is $50 per person (includes book: Success in Science through Dialogue, Reading and Writing)

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.

Through this workshop participants will:

· Make connections between The Math and Science Practices

· Determine how to make use of literacy techniques to increase student understanding in math and science

· Build understanding of high quality tasks

· Build understanding of high quality engagement techniques in discourse

STEM Partnerships:

Save the Date! – January 21-23, 2016

STEM National Conference right here in Phoenix hosted by the STEM AZ Education Collaborative, Science Foundation Arizona and ADE.

Registration information coming soon

STEM Professional Development Opportunities

May

5/6 Webinar: Effective Discourse Communities in the STEM Classrooms using the Practices
June
6/10

Webinar: Infographics in STEM

6/16 Webinar: STEM in the Primary Classroom
6/24 Webinar: STEM Learning Using the 5Es Instructional Model
July
7/6

STEM Boot Camp (July 6 -7)

7/22 Webinar: Developing STEM Literacy through the Practices

August

8/5

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

8/11

Webinar: “E”ngineering in the STEM Classroom

8/20

Webinar: Reading & Writing in the STEM Classroom

8/25

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

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June Newsletter 2015

JUNE 2015 Content Specific Mailing List Download PDF Version

IN THIS ISSUE

FEATURED
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.

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

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

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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

June

6-1 to 6-5

Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) – 5 day training

6-1

Webinar: Grades 6-12 Argument Literacy

6-2

Webinar: Grades 4-12 Research and Information Fluency

6-3

Webinar: Grades 6-12 Academic and Argument Writing

6-4

Webinar: Instructional Shifts, Literacy Practices, and Student Outcomes

6-8

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

6-9

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

6-10

Webinar: Grades 3-5 – Writing Fluency

6-11

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

6-18

Grammar Foundations 1

6-19

Grammar Foundations 2

6-22 to 6-26

Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) – 5 day training

6-29

Verb Tense Study

July

7-6
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Overview

7-6
Research, Writing and information Fluency

7-7
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Handwriting Fluency

7-8
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Spelling

7-9
Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Sentence Construction

7-13
Argument Literacy

7-16
Webinar: Research and Information Fluency

7-23
Socratic Seminar and AZCCRS with Diana Green

7-27 to 7-31
TOT Teaching Reading Effectively

August

8-4
Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

8-6
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – Overview and Daily Time to Write

8-11
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing-The Writing Process

8-13
Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Instruction for Authentic Writing

8-18
Academic and Argument Writing: Entering the Conversation

8-19
Webinar: Grades 3-5 – Writing Fluency

8-24
K-2 Writing Foundations

8-25
Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – A Community of Engaged Writers

WHAT’S NEW IN MATH

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

10am-11am

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

10am-11am

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

10am-11am

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

10am-11am

High School Progressions Series: Coherence

High School Progressions Series: Graphs

High School Progressions Series: Functions

High School Progressions Series: Transformations

June

Face to Face Professional Development Opportunities in Mathematics

6/15

The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6

6/16

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking in HS Geometry

6/23-25

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

July

7/13-14

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

7/16

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

7/21

Integrating Mathematical Practices in Instruction, 6-12

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

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

June

6/8

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

6/15

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

6/22

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

July

7/7

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

7/14

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

7/21

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

August

8/20

Constructing Explanations in Science, Grades 5-8

September

9/16

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

9-24-25,

10/9-10

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

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL STUDIES

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.

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM

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

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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

June

6/1-2

STEM Boot Camp

6/10

Webinar: Infographics in STEM

6/16

Webinar: STEM in the Primary Classroom

6/24

Webinar: STEM Learning Using the 5Es Instructional Model

July

7/6-7

STEM Boot Camp

7/22

Webinar: Developing STEM Literacy through the Practices

August

8/5

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

8/11

Webinar: “E”ngineering in the STEM Classroom

8/20

Webinar: Reading & Writing in the STEM Classroom

8/25

Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices

 

 

August Newsletter 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

FEATURED

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

September 24-26 & October 9-10, 2015 – $200

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. More

Statistics and Probability in AZCCRS High School Algebra

September 15, 2015 – $50

College and Career Ready High School Algebra courses integrate in statistics and probability standards. More

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

September 16, 2015 – $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. More

Formative Assessment Insights is an online course developed by Margaret Heritage. This course is free and will begin in September.

Click here for additional course information. A course overview, sample learning activities, and a course syllabus are available on the FAI website. This course includes five modules over a five-month period representing approximately 40 hours of professional learning. Register today!

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Welcome Back to School!

Happy New School Year! Whether you are in your first year or your fortieth, there is nothing quite as exciting as the first day of school. The energy and sense of anticipation as new groups of students enter the classroom, ready to learn, is something all educators look forward to. While it’s always hard to see the summer go, it is all worth it when that student’s eyes light up with interest in a new subject, pride in a new understanding, or joy in trying something for the first time. Enjoy the energy, your wonderful new students, and another fantastic year!

The K-12 Standards division of the ADE is currently accepting applications from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, and members of teacher professional organizations and foundations for grade-level working groups for the English and Math standards review process. 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.

In your application, please highlight your experience with your preferred grade level, as well as any school leadership, curriculum development, and/or standards articulation and alignment experience.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

On July 1, 2015, President Obama named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

Arizona Department of Education is proud to announce our state recipients for 2013-2014: Shannon Mann and Marni Landry.

Marni Landry has been a high school biology teacher for 15 years at Paradise Valley High School. Marni teaches Introduction to STEM Research, Principles of Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology, all honors courses (high school freshmen through seniors). Marni has a B.S. in biology from Arizona State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix. She is certified in secondary biology and career & technical education.

Shannon Mann has been a mathematics educator for ten years at Osborn Middle School. She has taught Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Geometry to eighth graders. Shannon is Osborn’s master teacher for math, advising teachers on the development of content knowledge and instructional strategies. Shannon has a B.A. in psychology and economics from the College of the Holy Cross and M.Ed. in secondary education and educational leadership from Arizona State University. She is certified in 6-12 secondary education and endorsed in middle grades math, high school math, and psychology.

New Standards for World and Native Languages

On May 19th new standards for World and Native Languages were approved and will replace the Foreign and Native Language Standards. While the 2015-16 school year will be a transition year, full implementation of the new standards will happen in the 2016-2017 school year. Click on the link below to access the new standards. More information on World and Native Languages Standards

WHAT’S NEW IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Upcoming Ed. Tech. PD: Face-2-face and our Productivity Tools in the Classroom and Digital Tools for Digital Learners Webinar Series.

Join us for engaging Face-2-Face PD and 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.

Online Intel Teach Elements Courses –SAVE the DATE

Mark your calendars, ADE will be offering two (2) facilitated online Intel Teach Elements courses October 7 through October 27, 2015. 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. More information and registration coming soon.

Courses offered in October:

Intel Creativity Intel® Teach Elements: Creativity in the Mobile Classroom

Intel MobileLearn Intel® Teach Elements: Moving into Mobile Learning

Ed. Tech Tip of the Month: Fund Your Classroom

This month why not spend some time applying for grant money to fund amazing and innovative projects in your classroom. eSchool News has compiled a list of new education grant opportunities. In addition, through grants from DonorsChoose.org , Wells Fargo, and AzTEA and Century Link , classrooms could earn money to to fund classroom needs.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Ed. Tech Event of the Month:

Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

September 2, 2015

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 September 2 workshop

Educational Technology Professional Development Opportunities

August

8/25 Webinar: Digital Tools and Formative Assessment: Part 1 of 3

8/26 Webinar: Digital Tools and Formative Assessment: Part 2 of 3

8/27 Webinar: Digital Tools and Formative Assessment: Part 3 of 3

September

9/2 Harness the Power of Video to Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

9/16 Webinar: Productivity: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 1 of 3

9/23 Webinar: Productivity: Chrome Extensions for the Classroom–Part 2 of 3

9/30 Webinar: Productivity: Chrome Apps for the Classroom–Part 3 of 3

October

10/6 Game Based Learning Workshop: How Digital Games Support the Standards and

Student Achievement in Reading and Writing

10/14 Webinar: Creating and Using Infographics in STEM Part 1 of 2

10/15 Webinar: Creating and Using Infographics in STEM Part 1 of 2

10/24 EXTERNAL EVENT in collaboration with Arizona K12 Center: Investigating and

Exploring Technology and Arizona’s College and Career Ready ELA Standards

WHAT’S NEW IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The 2015 Arizona English Teachers Association conference is coming on Saturday, September 26th.

There will be English teachers from around the state both participating and presenting on myriad ELA topics designed to inspire and improve your practice. The conference also features keynote speaker, author Chris Crutcher, whose works have helped to define the modern landscape of adolescent literature. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your practice, exchange ideas, and build local networks. Information on registering for the conference can be found here.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Rhetorical Grammar Webinar Series (Parts I-III)

September 10, 2015

Based on Constance Weaver’s book Grammar to Enhance Writing, this 3-part series will encourage teachers to rethink their approach to grammar as descriptive/prescriptive to one that is functional and pro-active. Grammar should be approached as an important tool that shapes and enhances a writer’s message as she considers the task, purpose and audience.

Participants are eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit.

Grades 3-5 Writing: Research-based Writing Instruction and Standards Implementation

September 1, 2015 $40

While supporting Standards implementation in grades 3-5 classrooms, this writing training will use research from Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers: A Practice Guide by Steve Graham and Alicia Bollinger to help participants explore the essential elements of research-based writing instructions and the components of solid writing instruction in intermediate grade classrooms. The work of Kelly Gallagher, from his text Write Like This, will also be featured and examined. Participants will be provided ideas for topic generation utilizing many different tasks, audiences and purposes. The use of a direct, explicit strategy to teach self-regulatory behaviors will be modeled to teach opinion writing.

All participants will receive the book Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher to support continued learning.

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

English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities

August

8/13 Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Instruction for Authentic Writing

8/18 Academic and Argument Writing: Entering the Conversation

8/19 Webinar: Grades 3-5 – Writing Fluency

8/24 K-2 Writing Foundations

8/25 Webinar: Grades 3-5 Writing – A Community of Engaged Writers

September

9/1 Grades 3-5 Writing: Research Based Writing Instruction and Standards

Implementation

9/8 Webinar: K-2 Writing Foundations – Overview

9/9 Research, Information, & Writing Fluency: Developing Independent and Engaged

Researchers and Writers

9/10 Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part I

9/15 Webinar: K-2 Writing: Handwriting Fluency

9/16 Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part II

9/17 Argument Literacy

9/21 Socratic Seminar and AZCCRS with Diana Green (*Special Engagement)

9/22 Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar Part III

9/23 Webinar: K-2 Writing: Spelling

9/28 Webinar: K-2 Writing: Sentence Construction

October

10/1-10/2 Teaching Reading Effectively (Cohort 1) Oct_Nov 2015

10/6 Evaluating Text Complexity

10/6 Webinar: Close Reading in the Classroom

10/12 Webinar: Text Complexity

10/15 Webinar: EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ

State Standards

10/19 EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ State

Standards

10/21 Webinar: Grammar Basics

10/22 Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

10/27 Academic and Argument Writing

10/28 Close Reading in the Classroom

November

11/2 Multisensory Grammar

11/3 Webinar: Grammar Basics Part II: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

11/5 Digital Writing Process in the Classroom

11/5 Webinar: Reading for the Rhetorical Situation

11/12 Webinar: Rhetorical Grammar for Authentic Writing

11/16 Webinar: Grammar Basics Part III: Standards and Multisensory Approaches

11/17 EQuIP ELA – Evaluating Instructional Materials for Alignment to the AZ State

Standards

11/19 Webinar: Academic Discourse and Debate Part Ic

WHAT’S NEW IN MATH

Parents as Partners in the Math Classroom is a single page handout designed to assist parents with some clarifying points on standards and curriculum as well as questions parents can ask their students at home. Our goal is for you to share this document. Please feel free to add your class, school or district logo. If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. We are in the process of creating a Spanish translation of this handout.

Student Achievement Partners in conjunction with Achieve the Core have developed an online tool for educators to reflect on their instructional practice and knowledge of our Standards. This tool was designed with the Professional Learning Community setting in mind as it is designed to spark conversation, identify areas for growth, and offer concrete ways for teams of educators to continue to align their work to the shifts in the Standards.

The redesigned SAT begins in March 2016. Khan Academy offers free practice for the redesigned experience. The October 2015 PSAT is in the style of the new SAT.

Professional Development Spotlight!

Statistics and Probability in AZCCRS High School Algebra

September 15, 2015 – $50

College and Career Ready High School Algebra courses integrate in statistics and probability standards. This professional development opportunity is designed to assist educators in getting to know the statistics and probability standards integrated into AZCCRS Algebra courses and to experience rich and engaging learning experiences for students to meet these standards. Participants will:

· Build understanding of the AZCCRS in Mathematics High School Statistics and Probability standards.

· Investigate the skills, concepts, and student outcomes related to the statistics and probability standards

· Experience classroom activities that teach and build mastery of the AZCCRS statistics and probability

standards.

Coaching Actions that Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students- 4 meetings 8 am-11:30am – $75

September 11, 2015 – $75

This four-part series will guide instructional coaches, teacher leaders, school and district leaders in helping to strengthen mathematics teaching and learning at your school or district. Outcomes for this professional development are:

Align the mathematical practices and content standards to effective teaching and learning.Support productive beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics.Justify the implementation of high quality tasks to promote mathematical reasoning.​Compare and contrast teacher and student roles in effective classroom discourse.Distinguish between productive and unproductive beliefs in regards to access and equity in mathematics.Utilize the 8 Mathematical Teaching Practices to strengthen mathematics teaching and learning for all students.

All participants will receive the NCTM book, Principles to Actions-Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.​

Please note, this event consists of 4 – half days sessions (8:00am-11:30am). The dates are: September 11, October 9, November 6, and December 4, 2015. A one-time fee of $75.00 will provide all four days of professional development as well as the book.

Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

August
8/17 Writing and Solving Story Problems in K-2 $20
8/18 Webinar: New Year in K-2 Classroom(3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Free
8/20 Webinar: MathProblem Solving: Multiplication and Division in Grades 3-5

(3:30 – 4:30)Free
8/24 Using Mathematical Tasks to Develop Conceptual Understanding of Number K-2 $20
8/25 Effective Discourse Guided by the Math and Science Practices Grades 4-8 $50
8/25 Problem Solving & Critical Thinking in High School Algebra $35
8/26 Webinar: Development of Fraction Sense in Grades 3-5(3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Free
8/27 Geometry in Middle School, Grades 6-8 $15

September
9/1 The Progression of Fraction Understanding grades 3-6 $40
9/3 Webinar: Authentic Science Fair Research & Projects in High School(3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Free
9/9 Writing to Learn Mathematics, Grades 8-12 $40
9/11 Coaching Actions that trengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning for all Students

(Part 1 of 4) 8:00am-11:30am $75
9/14 Webinar: Ratio, Proportion and Proportional Reasoning Grades 6-8 (3:30-4:30) Free
9/15 Statistics and Probability in AZCCRS High School Algebra $50
9/15 Webinar: Math Journals in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Free
9/21 Webinar: Geometry in Middle School, Grades 6-8 (3:30-4:30) Free
9/22 Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 1: Coherence (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)Free
9/24 Webinar: Addition & Subtraction Problem Types in K-2 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Free
9/28 Webinar: Statistics in Middle School Grades 6-8 (3:30-4:30) Free
9/28 Standards Based Math Stations K-2 $45
9/29 Webinar: High School Progression Series – Part 2: Graphs (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Free
9/30 Problem Solving in 4-8: Implementing Math Tasks that Promote Reasoning and

Problem Solving $15

WHAT’S NEW IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is proud to announce the new K-12 Physical Education standards.

These new standards are the work of a committee of educators from across the state with careful consideration of the public feedback received throughout the process.

It is standard policy at ADE to include a transition period for schools to have time to analyze and align local curriculum to the new standards. This allows for the local creation of scope and sequence charts, pacing guides, and new curricular materials for implementation the following year. The shift from the previous 2009 standards to the new standards is significant and ADE wants to ensure that schools have time to make the necessary adjustments.

The new standards include grade level outcomes and performance indicators to guide teachers as they work with students to achieve physical literacy. ADE will convene teacher work groups to assist with the local implementation of the 2015 Physical Education standards. The 2016-2017 school year will require full implementation of the new standards for all public school districts and charters in Arizona.

For current guidance and resources, please visit ADE’s Physical Education webpage at: http://www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/school-health-programs/physical-education/

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE

The ADE science team hopes everyone had a great summer and had a chance to