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2013-2014 Northwest RESA News Updates
 

July 16, 2013       
Dive into Text Complexity, Close Reading and Informational Texts

Instructor Lora Drum, Instructional Coach, Catawba Co. Schools, provided this staff development to Classroom Teachers in grades K-5. Lora said "Summer and the perfect time to dive into text complexity, informational texts, and deep or close reading strategies." The workshop explored ways to incorporate these Common Core English Language Arts shifts into classroom literacy instruction.  Practical ideas, activities and strategies to take back to the classroom this Fall were shared.

July 24, 2013       
Art: Navigating the New Normal

Penny Freeland, a 20 year veteran and art teacher conducted a practical, fun-filled day with fellow art educators.  She inspired with ideas and lessons galore.  Teaches were given ways to build their instructional repertoire with hands-on activities aligned with the New Essential Standards geared to expand artistic literacy, encourage collaboration, and promote 21st century learning.  Lesson ideas using recycled or “repurposed” materials were shared and teachers. Participants presented abbreviated art lessons, about 10 minutes each, providing them   with a myriad of new lessons that correlated with the New Essential Standards and Artistic Literacy. The training was enjoyable and a day to remember!

In order to receive 1.0 Art (or) Reading Renewal Credits, teachers were asked to write one lesson and email it to the presenter. Each lesson was to correlate to the New Essential Standards, include an emphasis on artistic literacy, and contain digital pictures of student works to complete the lesson file. Teachers were asked to come prepared to teach their favorite lesson to the group, allowing about 10 minutes each.  Penny’s contact information: Penelope.freeland@yadkin.k12.nc.us.

July 26, 2013       
Give Your Guided Reading a Common Core Facelift -FULL

Instructor: Kathy Keane, Principal, Banoak Elementary School, Catawba County Schools , provided classroom teachers in Grades 3-5 ways to recognize what guided reading looked like in the Core. She posed the questions: "How can I solve the age-old dilemma of teaching my students at their instructional reading level while still leading them to interact meaningfully with more complex, grade-level texts?  How can I balance whole group instruction and small group instruction to meet the needs of all my students? 

This workshop provided answers to those questions and demonstrated ways to seamlessly integrate science and social studies content into the literacy block, even as budget restrictions impact the availability of resources.

August 13, 2013   Cultivating Creativity in You and Your Students Trimella Chaney, Professor, Theatre Arts, ASU, provided teachers in grades 7-12, Language Arts and Social Studies, English, Creative Writing and Drama to attend this informative workshop designed to nurture a teacher’s personal and professional creativity.  With today’s educators seeking new ways to engage learners and develop problem-solving skills in their students, most often, there are commonly held beliefs that creativity is not a “real world” skill and will not boost test scores.  Contrary to this thinking, creativity is not a separate subject or another competency to add to the checklist.  This workshop illustrated the value of a creative approach in the content areas and offer information and strategies for nurturing the creative problem solvers of the future.
August 14, 2013
Superintendent's Council meeting
Attorney Rachel, Attorney Legislative and Community Relations Director & Greg Alcorn, Member of NC State Board of Education was the guest speaker.
August 19, 2013   EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT Instructional Support Workshop

ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, and School/District Level Administrators attended these sessions in collaboration with NCDPI and ACT).  The Instructional Support Workshops (ISWs) were conducted by ACT staff and focused on providing best practices for using EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT assessment data to improve student success through teaching and learning relative to ACT’s College and Career Readiness Standards.  Topics/activities included: how to optimally use the data from the student and school-based EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT reports to improve Classroom Instruction.  It also included understanding the structure and content of each assessment in EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT with hands-on activities as well as review of resources from ACT to use in developing instructional strategies. 

September 6, 2013
Curriculum & Instruction Director's meeting
Carolyn Guthrie,  Director of Regional Consultants for the NC Department of Public Instruction, K-3 Literacy, Reading 3D, was guest speaker. 
 
September 10, 2013 ITES for Principals and Human Resource Representatives

School Executives (Principals and APs) and District HR Representatives attended this 3 hour session, designed to learn how the NC Professional Teaching Standards for School Library Media Coordinators and Instructional Technology Facilitators can assist in developing strategies for effectively leveraging these positions to support teaching and learning that positively impact student achievement.

September 11, 2013 Superintendent's Council meeting. Dr. Stuart Hobbs was presented with a plaque from NWRESA Executive Director Joe Sinclair, recognizing him for his many years of service in education. Dr. Hobbs began his retirement in September, 2013.
NC Read to Achieve
September 12, 2013

Elementary School and District  Administrators, Testing Coordinators, Teachers attended this session designed to provide guidance on the implementation of the NC Read to Achieve Program.  Participants learned details about the portfolio, summer reading camps, the NC Reading Plan, and the Read to Achieve Alternate Test.

Close Reading of Deep Texts in English/Language Arts
September 18, 2013

Early Adolescent ELA Teachers, Grades, 6-9 enjoyed a worked presented by Martha Lamb, ELA Consultant, NWRESA. Ms. Lamb asked: Have you introduced complex texts to your students, but need strategies for close reading?  This workshop helped teachers to learn how to develop text-dependent questions that require students to dig into the texts, and they participated in a variety of activities that would require students to think critically about what they read and support their interpretations with text evidence.  Literary and informational texts were utilized, and participants left with strategies to take back to your classroom for immediate use and 0.5 Reading Unit.

NCEES: Fostering Global Awareness
September 24, 2013

Teachers, Building-Level Administrators, Curriculum Specialists attended Fostering Global Awareness to assist as they prepare students for college and career, knowing that knowledge of the world is invaluable.  What each is doing to foster global awareness and global empathy in classrooms was discussed as well as what responsibility educators in North Carolina have to teach students about the world.  Ideas were shared for global education. The Final Report of the State Board of Education’s Task Force on Global Education was examined. Participants focused on the correlation between global education and the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards.  Participants examined specific links to the observation rubric. Participants received 0.3 Social Studies  for half-day & 0.5 Social Studies renewal credit for full-day.

Teacher Leaders as Catalysts for Change
October 1, 2013

Elementary School and District  Administrators, Testing Coordinators, Teachers were provided guidance on the implementation of the NC Read to Achieve Program.  Participants learned details about the portfolio, summer reading camps, the NC Reading Plan, and the Read to Achieve Alternate Test.

Ratio and Proportion Connecting Across Middle Grades Curriculum
October 2, 2013

Math Teachers, Grades 6-8, had the opportunity to attend this workshop presented by Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA. Ms. Hanlin stressed that even though we’ve taught Ratio and Proportion in middle grades forever, what were the differences with Common Core?   Through the use of tools like tape diagrams and double number lines, students will gain insight and understanding so they can use proportional reasoning in all the other domains of the curriculum.  Participants explored Ratio and Proportion from a fresh perspective and will begin to use these concepts across the curriculum.  This was a workshop, taught in Caldwell County, and  well received by teachers.  Participants will receive a notebook full of prepared lessons and ideas and 0.5 math renewal credit.

Home Base - Principal Evaluation Tool
October 3, 2013

This face-to-face session provided support for the October 1st launch of the new online Principal Evaluation System located within the Home Base Educator Evaluation System. This was a Train-the-Trainer opportunity and participants attending were trained on the following:  how to initiate the orientation process; how to document the initial meeting; how to complete the mid-year evaluation; how to document the summary evaluation conference held between evaluator and evaluatee; and how the tool can be used to house various artifacts during the school year. The training covered the various roles identified within the system and how these roles may be used to complete the year-long evaluation process. Each earned 0.5 General Administration Unit.

Information and Technology Essential Standards for School Library Media Coordinators
October 8, 2013
School Executives (Principals and APs) and District HR Representatives attended a  3 hour session, using the NC Professional Teaching Standards for School Library Media Coordinators and Instructional Technology Facilitators to develop strategies for effectively leveraging these positions to support teaching and learning that positively impact student achievement.
Number Base Ten and Fraction, Grades 3-5 October 9, 2013

Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA presented this workshop to Teachers, Grades 3-5. Questions were answered as to what was new with Common Core since teachers have used the Number Base Ten and Fractions for years.  This workshop focused on understanding, misconceptions, interventions, and effective teaching, the first of a series offered this year.  Focus of not teaching tricks and shortcuts, but balancing skills and procedures with conceptual understanding and application using the Standards on Mathematical Practices, mathematical modeling, and inquiry based learning.  Each participant received a notebook of lessons and ideas and earned 0.5 Math renewal credit.

Close Reading of Deep Texts in English/Language Arts, Grades 3-5
October 9, 2013

Martha Lamb, ELA Consultant, NWRESA conducted this workshop for Reading/Language Arts Teachers, Grades, 3-5.  The introduction of complex texts to students presents the need for strategies for close reading. Teachers learned how to develop text-dependent questions that would require students to dig into the texts. They participated in a variety of activities that would make students think critically about what they read then support their interpretations with text evidence.  Literary and informational texts were utilized, and each left with strategies to take back to their classroom for immediate use.

Curriculum and Instruction Standards Mathematics (K-12)
October 10, 2013

Curriculum and Instruction Leads on Summer Institute Teams put the Mathematical Practices into “Action.”  They explored each practice using high-leverage tasks that provided opportunities to utilize Mathematical Practices.   K-5 and 6-12 were in separate rooms, in order to delve deeper into the content for each grade band.  Participants earned 0.6 renewal credit.

Home Base North Carolina Educator Evaluation System Online Tool (True North Logic) Refresher
October 15, 2013

District NCEES Trainers attended training that provided NCEES District Administrators with an update on their responsibilities in managing the NC Educator Effectiveness Online Evaluation System tool located within the Home Base system. District Administrators received a refresher on establishing Superintendent and Principal rights for observations, correcting and validating information within the system, accessing historical data, and using reporting features of the tool. District administrators were introduced to the new user interface scheduled to be released October 1st.  A portion of the agenda  was devoted to answering user-specific questions. Participants earned 0.6 General Instruction renewal credit.

Home Base Schoolnet (IIS) Refresher
October 15, 2013

District Schoolnet Trainers  attended this exclusive workshop to train educators on the daily functions of the Home Base platform, including such topics as creating the items used to build tests, creating an assessment, administering an assessment, and sharing grades with PowerTeacher Gradebook and parents.  Educators explored the teacher tool set available in PowerTeacher, including gradebook setup specific to scoring principles and effective communication, managing assignments and scores that have been uploaded from Schoolnet, and analyzing data points. Beyond the use of the tools, the trainer guided participants to engage with each other and their peers back at their schools regarding data discussions and instructional impact. Each earned 0.6 General Instruction reneweal credit.

October 16, 2013 Dr. Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer was guest speaker at the Superintendent's Council meeting.
Effectively Integrating Primary Sources
in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom
October 17, 2013

Lora Drum, Title I, ESL, Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools encouraged teachers to invite their students to do the work of a historian and explore the “new west” -  Common Core and Essential Standards, done through instructional strategies that empower students to discover mysteries found in historical documents, including primary and secondary sources such as: photographs, graphic representations, maps and other historical documents.  Educators left with “tools” and resources to effectively integrate sources into their classroom instruction with a focus on student engagement, critical thinking skills, literacy skills, and expanding their knowledge of the world around them. Teachers earned 0.5 Reading (or) Social Studies renewal credit.

 

Fall Fidelity Check
October 22, 2013

Local teams of 4 district and charter school representatives from Summer Institute that included district staff, principals, and teachers/teacher leaders attended the Fidelity Check Support Sessions assist local leadership teams in gauging progress with implementation plans for RttT initiatives.  During fall and spring Fidelity Check sessions, local teams reviewed goals established at Summer Institutes to identify progress and needs and established the next steps toward goal attainment.  Goals target improved measureable student achievement. 0.6 General Instruction Unit was earned.

Probability for 7th Grade teachers
October 24, 2013
Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA, presented a refresher course for seventh grade teachers on the Probability Standards of Common Core, at a time when sixth grade teachers were getting comfortable, Probability was moved to the seventh grade! Participants spent a day reviewing content through activity based lessons to use with their students.  Ms. Hanlin said that teachers cannot just teach tricks and shortcuts, but must balance skills and procedures with conceptual understanding and application using the Standards on Mathematical Practices, mathematical modeling, and inquiry based on learning.  Each participant received a notebook of lessons and ideas and 0.5 math renewal credit.
Elementary and Special Education Preparation Programs Collaborative Planning for IHEs (For College/University Faculty Only)

October 28, 2013

This workshop was for College/University faculty with responsibility for Preparing Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum educators.  Campuses were strongly encouraged to send a team of four/five faculty members.  Team members assigned to the areas below based on their content background and/or teaching experiences were in attendance:

  • Foundations of Reading

  • General Curriculum: Mathematic

  • General Curriculum: Social Studies

  • General Curriculum: Science

  • Arts Integration*

*Arts Integration faculty can have the option of attending the afternoon session only or could choose to attend the entire day, participating in the Foundations of Reading breakout session.

IHE faculty from multiple campuses collaborated to ensure teacher candidates are prepared for the new licensure exam requirements (Foundations of Reading for NC and General Curriculum for NC) effective July 1, 2014. Participants learned about the NC Pre-Service Arts Integration Initiative.  This initiative represented a collaborative effort between the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Arts Council, and Appalachian State University to support campuses as they prepare elementary candidates to integrate the arts across the curriculum as required by NCGS 115C-296.

Curriculum and Instruction Standards – English Language Arts
October 29, 2013

Curriculum and Instruction Leads on Summer Institute teams, and previous RESA participants received additional recommendations regarding the use of resources and strategies to further implement the Common Core State Standards.  All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending this session.  Participants received 0.6 General Administration Renewal Unit.

Curriculum and Instruction Standards – Guidance October 30, 31, 2013 Curriculum and Instruction Leads on Summer Institute Teams, Lead Counselors OR District Supervisors/Central Office attended this  training intended to provide participants with information regarding Data for School Counselors, Home Base, and the ASCA National Model.  The sessions discussed strategies for implementing the new School Counselor Evaluation.  All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending the session. Participants received 1.2 General Administration (or) School Counseling credits.
November 6, 2013
Information and Technology Essential Standards for Instructional Technology Facilitators

Licensed Instructional Technology Facilitators participated in this full-day session to explore, in depth, the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards for Instructional Technology Facilitators.  They worked collaboratively to develop strategies for a) implementing the standards to support teaching and learning and b) creating 21st century technology programs that positively impact student achievement and each earned 0.6 Technology credit.

November 6 & 7, 2013
Social Studies – Understanding and Developing Concept-Based Lesson Plans
Curriculum and Instruction Leads for Social Studies enjoyed this two-day training session designed to help social studies educators make more informed decisions about what students should understand, know, and be able to do according to the North Carolina Social Studies Essential Standards and effective practices for concept-based lesson planning.  During the session, participants gained an understanding of how to develop a concept-based lesson plan and developed a lesson plan from a concept-based unit of instruction.  All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review materials from Webinar #2: Concept-based Lesson Planning (November 27, 2012) posted at http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/SS+Webinar+Series before attending the session.  Participants earned 1.2 Social Studies credit.
November 14, 2013
Data Literacy for District or School Level Data Teams

School or District Level Data Teams of 4-6 Members attended this session designed for school and district-level educators who serve as members of a data team or those who will be charged with building capacity to develop local data teams.  Participants worked collaboratively as a team during the session to build an understanding of analyzing and utilizing relevant data (using real data from NC School Report Cards or other sources brought by teams) to make informed decisions on a continuous basis and to develop plans of action that improve student achievement. Each participant earned 0.6 General Administration credit.

November 19, 2013
Home Base: Creating Assessments in Schoolnet
 

District Schoolnet Trainers attended this one day session to practice making and taking assessments in Schoolnet, including assessments using clickers, answer key only scanner tests, and classroom tests to be taken online.  A demonstration overview of Open Class was also provided. The afternoon was used as differentiated work time where participants created assessments in their own Home Base accounts or practiced in the demo site.  Participants could focus on creating ClassScape tests in Schoolnet, creating district benchmark assessments, creating classroom-level formative or summative assessments, or other topics as needed.  A Pearson representative was also available for individual question and answer time.   0.6 Renewal Credit was earned by each participant.

November 21, 2013
College and Career Ready English Language Learners: Exploring the Challenges, Strengths, and Strategies

Instructor Lora Drum, Title I/ESL/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools provided a day of training for ESL Teachers, Grades K-8. The training was designed specifically for English Language Learner teachers.  Participants dug into ways to make the ELA standards come alive in their classes and “construct” ways to keep the students engaged in learning.  Participants received ideas, strategies, and activities to add to their “toolbox” and earned 0.5 Renewal Credit.

   
 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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Northwest RESA News Updates
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2012-2013 NWRESA News

2012 Summer Institute
July 10, 11, 2012

Reading and Writing to Meet Standards, Build Communities and Prepare for the Future
July 16, 2012

Common Core Math: Grade 6
July 16, 2012

Literacy, Leadership and the 2012 Election
July 17, 2012
Region 7 PD Lead
Heather Mullins
ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshop
August 2, 2012

Superintendents welcome Ann McColl
August 15, 2012

Meet Jan King
Regional Lead - Regions 7 & 8

Curriculum & Instruction Directors
August 17, 2012

Teacher Evaluation Process Training for Beginning Teachers & Inter-Rater Reliability and Fidelity
August 22, 2012

Superintendents Hear Lou Fabrizio
September 12, 2012

Principal Evaluation Process Training
September 18, 2012

Common Core Math: Grade 7
September 19, 2012

NWRESA Board Meets
September 26, 2012

Teacher Evaluation Training
September 27, 2012

Guidance Content Support
September 28, 2012

Common Core Math: Grade 8
September 27, 2012

Social Studies PD/Process Training
October 1, 2, 2012

Math Professional Development
October 9, 2012
ELA Professional Development
October 9, 2012

EVASS
October 19, 2012

Region 7 Fall Fidelity Check
October 23, 2012
Creating a 21st Century Skills Classroom
October 25, 2012

ITES (Data Literacy for Media and Technology Programs) Training
October 26, 2012

Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS)
November 7, 2012
Legislative Forum
December 6, 2012

EVAAS District Level Reporting: What It Means and How to Use It
December 10, 2012

EVAAS Reporting for School Improvement: Fine-Tuning Plans for Enhanced Student Progress
Principals & District Administrators

December 10, 2012
ITES
January 22, 2013

 

K-12 North Carolina Science Essential Standards  PD Session
January 24

Superintendents Council
January
16, 2013
Philip Price, Chief Academic Officer
Regional Superintendents Meeting
Morganton, NC
January 29, 2013

English Language Arts - Writing Instruction and the Common Core
February 5, 2013

     

 

 

 

 

Northwest RESA Scores Outstanding PD Leads in Heather Mullins  

 

Meet Your PD Lead!

Heather Mullins, Professional Development Lead – Region 7

Heather Mullins has taught, led, and served the teachers and students of North Carolina for over 16 years.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher who taught for twelve years as a high school English teacher.  During her tenure in the classroom, Heather provided professional development to English teachers around the state.  She also served for four years as a Curriculum Specialist where she served as a mentor, professional development coordinator, and consultant for district administrators, principals, and teachers.  She has provided professional development for the Northwest RESA for many years on topics such as:  The Vertical Alignment Process, The Paideia Method, Clear Learning Targets and Essential Questions, Vocabulary and Literacy Strategies, The Power of Formative Assessment, The Hero’s Journey, and Sheltered Instructional Strategies.  Heather also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is currently working with the Department of Public Instruction as a professional development consultant for region 7.  Heather has a graduate degree in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and an undergraduate degree in English Education from Western Carolina University where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.

Contact Information

Heather Mullins, Professional Development Consultant, Region 7
heather.mullins@dpi.nc.gov
828.244.8759

Wiki: www.rt3region7.wikispaces.com
Blog:
www.mullinshe.wordpress.com

   
   

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Northwest RESA Welcomes Regional Lead


Jan King

Northwest RESA is pleased to welcome Jan King who serves as the NCDPI regional lead for Regions 7 and 8. Jan's role is working with the regions to ensure the Statewide System of Support functions in a way to serve LEA's and Superintendents as well as organize Regional Roundtable activities. Jan replaces Keith Eades who recently accepted another NCDPI position. Jan was previously selected as the North Carolina Principal of the Year.

District leaders may contact Jan with questions about their district's Race to the Top Plan, budget questions surrounding their Detailed Scope of Work (DSW), and other state initiatives.
Email: jan.king@dpi.nc.gov                   Phone: 828.606.0177

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English Language Arts - Writing Instruction and the Common Core
February 5, 2013

 

K-5 and 6-12  participants were engaged by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ELA Consultants on the use of effective writing strategies using mentor texts.  Participants were asked to read like a detective and write like an investigative reporter!  All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending this session.

 

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K-12 North Carolina Science Essential Standards  PD Session 1.24.13
January 24, 2013 

 

Target Audience: Teachers/Leaders Responsible for  Science PD

LEA registration limited to: (2) for K-2, (2) 3-5, (2) 6-8, (2) 9-12

In this workshop, the NCDPI Science Consultants led participants to delve into A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  Participants learned about the framework and its three dimensions as well as how it could be utilized to support the Science Essential Standards in North Carolina.  Participants  also received strategies and resources for the integration of literacy, technology, and 21st century skills in the science classroom.  All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending the session. 

 

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ITES - Evaluating Teaching With Technology 1.13.13
January 13, 2013

 
 

School-Based Administrators and Media/Technology Summer Institute Representatives examined observation strategies for Teachers, Media Coordinators and Technology Facilitators based on the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System. During the workshop, participants  aligned these strategies to the NCEES, with specific focus upon IV-D (knowledge of appropriate use of technology to maximize student learning; helping students use technology to learn content, think critically, solve problems, discern reliability, etc.) Participants  received an overview of TPACK, a model for the integration of pedagogical, content and technology knowledge into classroom practices. The sessions will end by transitioning to the Digital Literacy training and the ethical digital citizen.

 

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EVAAS Reporting for School Improvement:
Fine-Tuning Plans for Enhanced Student Progress
Principals & District Administrators

December 10, 2012

 

Dr. Sandra Horn, Senior Educator Support Specialist, SAS EVAAS for K-12, presented to Principals and District Administrators on the usage of EVAAS Value Added Reports. These reports provide a wealth of information about how effective districts, schools, and teachers have been in helping students make academic progress.  Participants learned how to interpret their EVAAS reports, including the new Teacher Value Added Reports, and how to use the information as they work collaboratively with teachers in professional learning communities to create executable plans for improving student progress.  This workshop provided a new perspective for incorporating data into plans for individualizing instruction to meet the needs of students at all academic levels.

 

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EVAAS District Level Reporting: What It Means and How to Use It
December 10, 2012

 

Dr. Sandra Horn, Senior Educator Support Specialist, SAS EVAAS for K-12, presented to District-Level Administrators on EVAAS District Level Reporting: What It Means and How to Use It.

EVAAS provides reporting that enables district-level administrators to view the progress of students in schools, individually and across the district.  These tools allow the comparison of progress in schools teaching the same grades and subjects, making it possible to identify schools where students are making excellent progress, which can be used as examples and resources for weaker schools, and also to identify schools that need support.  Summary reports are also available for Teacher Value Added Reports, which will be used as part of a teacher’s evaluation in connection with Standard VI of the Standards for Teacher Evaluation.  Participants learned how to interpret the EVAAS District-Level Reports and create executable plans to improve student progress that address identified weaknesses and build on identified strengths. 

 

 

Northwest RESA Superintendents Hold Legislative Forum
December 6, 2013

 
The Northwest RESA Superintendents' Council met with legislators at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro to discuss current, critical political issues involving the public schools. Legislators in attendance included: Representative Hugh Blackwell, Representative Jonathan Jordan, Representative Jeffrey Elmore, and Senator Dan Soucek. Superintendents and legislators held a three hour meeting and discussed major concerns which included budget, calendar, tenure, merit pay and charter schools. Those in attendance considered the meeting to be very informative and productive. The next Superintendents' council meeting will be on January 16, 2013, with guest speaker, Mr. Philip Price, Chief Financial Officer, with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  

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Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS)11.7.12
November 7, 2012

 

Registration was open for School-Based Administrators, Lead Teachers, and Central Office Administrators from any NC LEA and/or Charter School.

This full-day training provided participants with a deeper understanding of the Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) in order to prepare them for making productive data-based decisions in their school or district.  Participants reviewed reports and various analysis tools available through EVAAS.

 

 

ITES (Data Literacy for Media and Technology Programs) Training
October 26, 2012

 


School-Based Administrators and Media/Technology Summer Institute Representatives met for either a Morning or
Afternoon Session  designed to
assist administrators in being able to identify data sources for their districts/schools used to  evaluate Media and Technology Programs.  Data-driven decision-making, defined as the “process of collecting, analyzing, reporting, and using data for school improvement” (Dahlkemper, 2002), was used to share and analyze data sources for decision-making and evaluating programs.  Participants understood the principles of data literacy and ways to i to build on current data in order to improve data literacy for their schools.  This session ended with a connection to Evaluating Teaching with Technology and using data to review processes.

 

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Creating a 21st Century Classroom

 
LEA/Charter School, School-Based Administrators, Lead Teachers, and Central Office Administrators met Thursday, October 25, 2012 for this informative session.

The 21st Century Skills presentation provided an overview of the Framework for 21st Century Learning with an emphasis on critical thinking and creativity. Through hands-on activities, participants identified 21st Century Skills in a classroom setting and participated in brainstorming ideas for inclusion of 21st Century Skills across all disciplines. In addition, the Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge model (TPACK) reinforced the importance of evaluating technology use and effective integration.

 

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Fidelity Support Session
October 23, 2012

 
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, teams including representatives from the Summer Institute team along with one district-level leader responsible for decision-making, met for this required session. The Fidelity Support sessions are designed to facilitate follow-up sessions with local leadership teams that will gather information on progress being made with  implementation plans as well as continued support for their district leaders.  

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Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) Training
October 19, 2012

 

School-Based Administrators, Lead Teachers, and Central Office Administrators from any NC LEA and/or Charter School met at the Wilkes County Schools, Stone Center for a full-day training intended to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). This training is beneficial in order to prepare educators in making productive data-based decisions in their school or district.  Participants reviewed reports and various analysis tools available through EVAAS.

 

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NCDPI - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10.9.12

 

Are Your Lessons Aligned to the Common Core?

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This session was held Tuesday, October 9, 2012, with the target audience of 2 participants each from K-5 and 6-12.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ELA Consultants coached participants with an alignment rubric to lessons and units.  Discussion focused on the use of the alignment process with teachers with resources provided to assist with alignment. All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending this session.

 

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NCDPI - Mathematics Professional Development 10.9.12

 

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 2 participants from K-5 and 6-12 attended the Mathematics professional development session facilitated by Northwest RESA.

To drive math instruction in school districts, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Math Consultants  modeled the effective use of the book, Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwand.  Participants received recommendations regarding the use of this document to lead LEA book studies, the book, and a Facilitator’s Guide.

All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ before attending this session.

 

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Social Studies PD & Process Training
October 1-2, 2012
 

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K-5  and 6-12 participants including their Summer Institute representative plus one other representative, attended this two-day training session designed to assist social studies educators in developing their local curriculum around rigorous, meaningful and engaging units of instruction to support the new K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards. 

During this workshop, participants collaborated to design a sample unit to be used with other social studies educators in their district or school.  Ultimately, this training session will help social studies educators make more informed decisions about what students should understand, know, and be able to do according to the NC Social Studies Essential Standards.  All new participants to North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction Content Sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/before attending this session.

 

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Guidance Content Support 9.28.12
September 28, 2012

 

On Friday, September 28, 2012, LEAs were asked to send representatives who attended summer institute along with one other representative for the Guidance Content Support training for the one-day training designed to provide participants with strategies to implement the NC Guidance Essential Standards using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. All new participants to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction content sessions were asked to review previous training materials posted at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net before attending the session.

 

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Common Core Math: Grade 8

 

Math Teachers, Grade 8, met on Thursday, September 27, 2012 with NWRESA Math Consultant Deanna Hanlin, and enjoyed a session inviting them to dig into the 8th grade Common Core Standards!  New topics, such as two-way tables were  explained in the context of student friendly lessons.  Also examined were familiar topics and how they should be addressed differently for depth, rigor, and coherence.

 

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Teacher Evaluation Training 9.27.12
September 27, 2012

 

 “New” Principals and District Level Staff Responsible for Observing Teachers, had the opportunity to attend a morning or afternoon session giving them the opportunity  to be introduced to the responsibilities and process they must follow for the NCEES in their school. Time was spent on Process and Fidelity with the session including basics of the Online Tool.
A follow-up session took a deeper look into the standards and how to use the evaluation tools.

 

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NWRESA Board Meets 9.26.12
September 26, 2012

 

The Northwest RESA board had their first meeting of the new school year on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro. Updates were give by Dr. Sinclair for the upcoming year including the ELA work being done to assist teachers with aligning content areas. Dee Hanlin, NWRESA Math Consultant, introduced new math matrices for elementary, middle and high school curriculum.  

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Common Core Math: Grade 7
 

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Math Teachers in Grade 7 had an action packed day with Deanna Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA, as they dug into the 7th grade Common Core Standards! New topics, such as Constant of Proportionality/Direct Variation: a bridge between 6th grade ratio/unit rates and 8th grade slope, were explained in the context of student friendly lessons.
Also examined were familiar topics and how they should be addressed differently for depth, rigor, and coherence as time permitted. Teachers earned a .5 math credit for their attendance.
 

  

Principal Evaluation Process Training
 

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Experienced Administrators spent a day exploring the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System process for Principals and Assistant Principals.  Those attending examined the North Carolina Standards for School Executives and the evaluation process, access the on-line tool and begin to create relevant connections between 21st century leadership and the evaluation system. The training was conducted by Region 7 PD Lead, Heather Mullins.  

 

 

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Superintendent's Welcome Lou Fabrizio 9.12.12
September 12, 2012

 
The Northwest RESA Superintendent's Council met on Wednesday, September 12 and welcomed guest speaker Lou Fabrizio, Director of Data Research and Federal policy for NCDPI. Jack Hoke, orth Carolina School Superintendents Association, announced that he had learned that MSLs would be postponed until second semester and that Dr. Atkinson would be sending a letter to all superintendents. Mr. Fabrizio discussed and reviewed such topics as MSLs and the time table for implementation. He also discussed the extended learning opportunities, how they are defined, the proposed timeline, and funding questions.  Also discussed was the Reading 3D program, Grading of Schools A-F, the ESEA waiver, Smarter Balance consortium, and testing questions. Jan King, Region 7 Roundtable representative, said that she would be glad to gather input from superintendents and forward it onto Dr. Atkinson for consideration when presenting to the legislative education onsight committee.  

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Common Core Professional Development
Teacher Evaluation Process Training for Beginning Teachers 8.23.12
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Inter-Rater Reliability and Fidelity of the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES) Training

 
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On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, two sessions were held for NCEES training. The morning session focused on Teacher Evaluation Process Training for Beginning Teachers with the audience made up of beginning teachers and those seeking an update on the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System process. Participants explored the NC Educator Evaluation System process and the NC Professional Teaching Standards. On-line tools were accessed to create relevant connections between 21st century instruction and the evaluation system.

The afternoon session focused on the Inter-Rater Reliability and Fidelity of the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES) Training. The afternoon was a refresher session for experienced administrators to review the ratings, elements of a 21st century classroom, teacher coaching, and using the online tool with Inter-rater reliability. Region 7 PD Lead Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons, NCEES consultant for NCDPI, conducted the sessions.

 

 

Curriculum and Instruction Directors Welcome
Mary Watson, EC Director at August, 17 Meeting

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Curriculum & Instruction Council Meeting August 17, 2012

 

Dr. Sinclair welcomed the many Curriculum & Instruction Directors back for the first meeting of the new school year. He briefed them on the legislative issues as presented by Ann McColl earlier in the week during her meeting with the northwest superintendents. He also provided information on the upcoming principal council meeting and speakers  committed to attending including NC State Superintendent June Atkinson and Philip Price, NCDPI Finance Section Chief. Dr. Sinclair indicated that this was a crucial year in that there would be eight board member changes on the NC State Board of Education as well as other political changes. He urged each director to stay in close contact with their superintendent on policies, curriculum changes, and the legislative standpoint.

Mary Watson, EC Director for North Carolina Public Education, gave updates regarding what to expect and what has changed in the exceptional children program.

Dee Hanlin, NWRESA Math consultant, explained to the directors what she can provide districts with full Northwest RESA membership such as cross curriculum matrices, model lessons, and content. She presented each of the districts with full membership with a math disk with model lessons, etc. She also encouraged each of the full membership LEAs to contact her at anytime to arrange a time that she can come to their school district, which may be during planning periods, after school, as a group, or however she is needed in order to assist math teachers who may have questions and direction about the new curriculum.

 

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Ann McColl Addresses Superintendents on Upcoming Legislation in the General Assembly
August 15, 2012

 
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Ann McColl, Legislative Director for the North Carolina State Board of Education , was guest speaker for the Superintendent's Council meeting on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro.  Ms. McColl gave an update on key legislation before the General Assembly. Among big picture issues are: What defines a school? What range of governance and flexibility would be helpful? How can this relate to the larger discussion on vouchers and privatization? Also discussed  were the roles in the legislative process of those interested in public education such as education associations, superintendents, other educators, business community, parents, citizens, advocacy organizations, and media.   Key legislation before the General Assembly includes:

  1. Improve K-3 literacy - diagnostics/assessments and 3rd grade retention (HB 950, Section 7A.

  2. School Performance Grades - A-F school report card (HB 950, Section 7A.3)

  3. School Calendar (HB 950, Section 7A.11 - added in SB 187, section 2.5)

  4. Process for approval of Cooperative and Innovative High Schools "Transfer of teacher salary funds on the step corresponding to six years of experience on the "A" Teachers salary schedule (HB 950, Section 7.18, amended by SB 187, Section 2.4(a))

  5. Transfer of teacher salary funds on the step corresponding to six years of experience on the "A" teachers salary schedule (HB 950,  Section 7.18, amended by SB 187, Section 2.4 (a))

  6. Five days of annual leave bonus for 2012-13 (HB 950, Section 25.5, added in SB 187, section 6B.1)

  7. Repeal of teacher prepay prohibition (B966)

  8. Return of PreK eligibility standards to pre-2011 session (H966)

  9. PEPs: eliminates the need for a separately issued personal education plan if the student's school report card provides all the required information (SB 724); PEPs required beginning in kindergarten (HB 950, Sec. 7A.1; PEPs can be considered in retention decisions (7A.1, 115C-83.1G)

  10. Mandates local boards to establish plans for the creation of transition teams and transition plans for students at risk in order to assist them in transition between elementary and middle and middle and high school years (SB 724).

  11. CPR required for graduation beginning 2013-2015 (HB 837); electronically record successful completion beginning in 2012-2013.Use NCWise to verify successful completion of healthful living course that has CPR instruction for the gap cohorts.

  12. New codified principal duty in 115C-288 to "develop a means for identifying and serving the unique needs of students who have immediate family members in the active or reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States." (SB 847)

  13. New class 2 misdemeanor for a student to intimidate or torment a school employee by acts such as building a fake profile or Website or posting real or doctored images of the employee; transfer of convicted student to another school is required with limited exceptions (SB 707)                                                                   

 

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ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshop
August 2, 2012

 
High School ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science Teachers,  and LEA Curriculum & Instruction representatives attended the ACT Instructional Support Workshops (ISWs) offered throughout North Carolina in coordination with ACT, NCDPI and the State RESAs on Thursday, August 2, at the Northwest RESA offices  in Wilkesboro. These sessions were conducted by ACT staff, with the target audience including ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies teachers, curriculum specialists, and school/district level administrators. The focus of these programs was to provide best practices for the use of data from PLAN and ACT assessments to improve student success through teaching and learning tied to ACT’s College and Career Readiness Standards. Topics/activities included:

• How to optimally use the data from the student and school-based PLAN and ACT reports to improve Classroom Instruction
• Understanding the structure and content of each assessment in PLAN and the ACT with hands-on activities
• Review of resources from ACT to use in developing instructional strategies
 
 

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Literacy, Leadership and the 2012 Election
July 17, 2012

 
Presenter Sandra Cook, NC Press Foundation, NIE, assisted teachers attending this workshop on ways to apply literacy strategies to content that matters most in a democracy—civic learning. Teachers were shown how to capture the excitement of the 2012 election and the conventions held in NC and Florida, share uses for print and online newspapers for focusing on leadership and on-going election coverage, and explore specially-designed websites, engaging youth at school, home and on their own. Websites included primary source documents that allowed readers to compare coverage of current and past elections and archived editions of the Mini Page which offered simplified background information on the election as well as allowing for comparisons. Voting and character education guides apply literacy strategies and core standards to all grades. Participants received directions on setting up a free NC mock election and samples of all materials.
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Literacy, Leadership and the 2012 Election

 

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Common Core Math: Grade 6
July 16, 2012

 
Presenter Deanna Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA, invited math teachers to come, dig in to the 6th grade Common Core Standards! New topics, such as Mean Absolute Deviation were explained in the context of student friendly lessons. Also examined were familiar topics and how they should be addressed differently for depth, rigor, and coherence.
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Dee Hanlin - Grade 6 Math

 

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Reading and Writing to Meet Standards, Build Communities and Prepare for the Future
July 16, 2012

 
Presenter: Sandra Cook, NC Press Foundation, NIE
This NIE workshop emphasized the text features and structures common to informational texts and focused on close reading to improve comprehension and find supporting evidence for arguments, developing vocabulary (Tier 2 & 3), integrating subjects, and determining the text complexity of what students read in newspapers. This workshop demonstrated ways to use print and e-editions and compare newspapers and introduces instructional resources available through local and state NIE websites.
 
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Reading, Writing to Meet Standards

 

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Addressing Student Needs in an Era of New Content Standards

 
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) featured their second round of intensive, blended professional development sponsored by Race to the Top (RttT) for LEAs and Charter Schools on July 10 & 11, 2012. The session was held at Maiden High School in Maiden, NC (Catawba County). The Summer Institute was a two (2) day face-to-face Summer Leadership Institute for local LEA and Charter PD Leaders across the state. This is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency; all NCDPI divisions, including Curriculum and Instruction, District and School Transformation, Educator Recruitment and Development, and Exceptional Children  participated in and facilitated at the institute. Attendance was expected from every district and RttT Charter School.

This blended PD focused on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards for all content areas (Math, English language arts, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, English Language Development (ELD), The Arts, and Healthful Living), Guidance and Information and Technology (ITES) Standards. North Carolina will implement these new standards for all content areas during the 2012-13 school year. In addition, information on Data Literacy, the NC Educator Evaluation System and Accountability was featured at the trainings.