Resources to Leap into National Reading Month & Women’s History Month

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

March is National Reading Month as well as Women’s History Month. This month we wanted to provide resources in celebration of both! We’ve also added a section this month with professional development resources & support for students with special needs. Check out the awesome resources below!

National Reading Month & Women’s History Month
PD Resources for Teachers
Resources for Students with Special Needs

 

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Professional Learning Ideas to Improve Cultural Responsiveness at Your School All Year!

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As you know, February is Black History Month. We know that school leaders are always looking for new ways to lead their school communities to positive change and growth.This month we hope to connect administrators to inspiring resources that encourage cultural responsiveness and inclusion not just in February, but all year!
Check out the articles, webinars, and professional learning options below and be sure to share them with your teaching staff!

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Free Online Professional Learning for February

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CPALMS: How to effectively implement Florida Standards

CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools, helping educators effectively implement teaching standards. The focus of this webinar is to learn about and navigate through CPALMS.

Date: 1/30/2020   Time:  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                       Register Now

Date: 2/25/2020   Time:  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                       Register Now

Khan Academy for MAP Users

The focus of this session is getting started with using Khan Academy for Mappers, specifically, how to create an account as an educator, how to create accounts for your students, how to assign practice opportunities, and how to use student data to differentiate instruction.

Date: 1/28/2020  Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                          Register Now

Date: 2/20/2020   Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                         Register Now

Student-Led Conferences: Using MAP Growth Data

The focus of this session is to use data from the MAP Growth assessments to empower students to own their learning and share what they have learned with their family members. Participants will leave with the tools to implement MAP Growth-based student-led conferences, including goal setting, in their classrooms.

Date: 2/6/2020   Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                          Register Now

Using Khan Academy with your Students

The focus of this session is getting started with using Khan Academy basics, specifically, how to create an account as an educator, how to create accounts for your students, how to assign practice opportunities, and how to use student data to differentiate instruction.

Date: 2/13/2020   Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  (EST)                                         Register Now

 

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“Fall” into Free Professional Learning Online

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SUFS Upcoming FREE Webinars:

Webinars from edWeb:

  • Fulfilling Students’ Potential Through Engaging Literacy Practices – 12/3/19 @ 5:00 pm  Click here to register!

Explore These Pre-Recorded FREE Webinars from ASCD and Innovative Educators:

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“Why don’t they get it?” How to Plan and Present Lessons that Your Students Understand

Erica Peron Professional Learning

Have you ever looked around your classroom and wondered why your students were looking at you blankly as you taught a lesson? Why don’t they just “get it”?

This year, the Office of Student Learning is offering a professional learning series centered around effective classroom instruction. One of the most difficult pieces of the effective instruction puzzle is presenting new knowledge to students in a way that they can understand. Our third course in this learning series will teach you to plan and present effective lessons using strategies for direct instruction, processing, and recording and representing new knowledge. Check out the full course description below.

Planning, Presenting, and Understanding New Knowledge

The focus of this training will be to help participants:

  • examine the benefits of using Robert Marzano’s direct instruction strategies of chunking lesson content.
  • incorporate the use of processing strategies and strategies to record and represent lesson content.
  • analyze the elements of effective lessons that allow students to “get it” and integrate new knowledge into their working memory.

If you are interested in this training, please contact your regional coordinator to discuss available sessions in your area or to schedule a session at your school. Click here to find your regional coordinator’s contact information!

Upcoming Webinars from SUFS:
Upcoming Webinars from edWeb:

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#ThankAPrincipal: Resources for You!

Erica Peron School Leadership Resources

October is National Principals Month! This month, we wanted to provide you with resources to help you learn and grow as an administrator. Explore the webinars, inspirational articles, and resources linked below. Thank you for all that you do to support your schools! #ThankAPrincipal

 

  • Struggling to make changes at your school? Do you feel like the mountain is too high to climb? See how a principal in Vero Beach, Florida transformed her school from an F to a C rating. Watch the video and read the article from NAESP here.
  • No matter what area of school improvement you are trying to impact, the Office of Student Learning has tools and ideas to help you get started! Check out our padlet full of free resources, guides, templates, and checklists for topics like school improvement, fundraising, compliance, safety, achievement testing, and so much more! Click here to explore the resources.
Professional Development Resources to Sharpen Your Saw

As administrators, sometimes we spend so much time and effort on professional learning for teachers, that we forget the importance of sharpening our own saws! Explore these free webinars and online learning options unique to administrators.  

Check out these other exciting free resources for your school!
  • Reading Eggs through Edmentum: Looking for support for your struggling readers aged 2-13? Reading Eggs is an award-winning program that uses games to engage students in learning to read. Reading Eggs is offering a FREE 4-week trial through October 31st.
  • Book It!: BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza from Pizza Hut. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.
  • Lead4change: Lead4Change is a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The ready to use lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free.

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Solving Your Parent-Teacher Conference Headaches with Student-Led Conferences

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

Student-Led Conferences offer an opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning and lead the conversation about their progress. Though these conferences require a little more preparation, the student-led approach solves some of the biggest headaches and pitfalls associated with parent conferences.
  • Will they even show up?– Attendance improves when parents are encouraged to attend with their children.
    • Parents are more likely to attend knowing their students are the stars of the show. Not only will parents get to see their child shine in a leadership role, but they will also receive valuable information about success and opportunities directly from their child.
    • Watch this video to see Student Led Conferences in action!
  • Lack of follow through – Knowing they must discuss their successes and challenges with parents encourages students to take ownership of their learning all year!
  • Defensive Parents – When students lead the conversation, parents are more likely to show support and encouragement rather than anger and defensiveness.
    • When students are responsible for explaining their growth and progress, teachers no longer need to justify the areas that students are struggling. Parents hear directly from the student and are able to brainstorm solutions with the teacher and student to become a part of their student’s growth.
    • Still nervous about discussing a difficult situation? Read this article from Edutopia on providing difficult feedback.

Want to learn more? If you are interested in trying Student-Led Conferences at your school, consider attending one of our online webinars or contact your regional coordinator to schedule an in-person session at your school!


Check out these exciting free resources for the month of October!

Reading Eggs through Edmentum: Looking for support for your struggling readers aged 2-13? Reading Eggs is an award-winning program that uses games to engage students in learning to read. Reading Eggs is offering a FREE 4-week trial through October 31st.

Book It!:  BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza from Pizza Hut. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Lead4change: Lead4Change is a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The ready to use lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free.

Why Tracking Progress Matters: How to Create Goals Your Students Understand

Erica Peron Professional Learning

Can you imagine trying to put together a 1,000-piece puzzle without looking at the picture on the box? This is how students feel without clear learning goals!

This year, the Office of Student Learning is offering a professional learning series centered around effective classroom instruction. One of the most influential pieces of the effective instruction puzzle is helping students identify learning goals and track their progress. Our second course in this learning series will teach you to unpack your unit plans to create clear learning goals for students. Explore ways to communicate the road map of learning to allow your students to take ownership of their knowledge progression. Check out the full course description below.

Unpacking Unit Plans to Create Clear Learning Goals

The focus of this training will be to help participants:

  • Distinguish key terms: units, lessons, learning goals, and learning scales.
  • Understand the importance of helping students track their own progress.
  • Create learning scales and clear learning goals for their unit plans.

If you are interested in this training please contact your regional coordinator to discuss available sessions in your area or to schedule a session at your school. Click here to find your regional coordinator’s contact information!

Ask about the other courses in our effective instruction series:

  • Planning, Presenting, and Understanding New Knowledge
  • Rethinking Classroom Management: Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture of Learning

What No One Told You About Classroom Management: How to Avoid the Classroom Behavior Blues

Erica Peron Professional Learning

This year, the Office of Student Learning is offering a professional learning series centered around effective classroom instruction. One of the most important components of effective instruction is the classroom environment & culture. Come learn how to alleviate your classroom behavior woes by rethinking classroom management! Explore strategies to create and sustain a positive classroom environment and culture of learning. Check out the full course description below.

Rethinking Classroom Management: Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture of Learning

This course focuses on strategies teachers can use to build a positive classroom culture instead of managing students with negative reinforcements or token economies. The goal of this training will be to help participants:

  • Emphasize culture over management.
  • Maintain firm boundaries with dignity and respect for all.
  • Establish clear procedures and rules with student input.
  • Prioritize building relationships.

If you are interested in this training please contact your regional coordinator to discuss available sessions in your area, or to schedule a session at your school. Click here to find your regional coordinator’s contact information!

Ask about the other courses in our effective instruction series:
  • Unpacking Unit Plans to Create Clear Learning Goals
  • Planning, Presenting, and Understanding New Knowledge

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Start the Year Off Right by Building a Positive Staff Culture

Erica Peron School Leadership Resources

One of the most important priorities for the new school year is fostering a positive school and staff culture. This month’s resources will support your efforts to plan effective faculty meetings, build positive school culture, and schedule meaningful professional learning.

Building a Positive Culture

Improving Faculty Meetings

Professional Learning

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