Community of Practice - Shared Classroom Initiative

I am excited to invite all K-12 ELA and Math teachers to participate in our Community of Practice – Shared Classroom Initiative. The purpose is to generate meaningful conversations about pedagogy by organizing opportunities for teachers to ‘share’ our classrooms as way of exchanging ideas.

The premise of the initiative is simple; by visiting other classrooms within our district we can gain exposure to varied teaching practices, reflect on our own practices and encourage conversation about the art and craft of teaching. In addition, this initiative will serve as another vehicle to ensure that our curriculum is articulated and aligned K-12.

The development of this initiative stemmed from last year’s “K-12 Math Tours.” Groups of teachers “toured” each other’s classrooms, this project received positive feedback from all teachers involved: host teachers and invited guests.

Who: All K-12 ELA and Math Teachers
What: Community of Practice – Shared Classroom Initiative
Where: Groups of teachers will visit a classroom (not within your own building) during each of the three “Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Days”
When: Dates for the ELA/Math “Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Days” are posted on Curriculum website. Each grade level/department will meet for three full days throughout the 14-15 school year.
Why: To generate meaningful conversations about pedagogy by organizing opportunities for teachers to ‘share’ our classrooms as way of exchanging ideas.
How: To sign up to be a ‘host’ teacher, simply add your name to the shared Google Doc. A representative from each grade level/dept. will email a host teacher to set up a visit. Once a visit is scheduled, please note it in the shared Google Doc.
 

NGSS Task Force Meeting - October 1, 2014

This year, North Smithfield Schools will begin to study the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.) The standards, developed by a consortium of 26 states, focus on content and practice. The standards have been internationally benchmarked, are organized across disciplines and grades and emphasize scientific inquiry. North Smithfield Schools is in the process of establishing a “NGSS Task Force.” The first task force meeting will be on October 1st, 2014 @ 2:30 in the NSMS Lecture Room.
Below is a “livebinder” with information and resources about to the Next Generation Science Standards.
 

Upcoming Initiatives

As you know we have quite a few curriculum and professional development days coming up. I will be sending out more information about specific initiatives via email. Just to keep you in the loop, some of the upcoming initiatives include:


• Foreign Language Curriculum Development
• K-12 Music Curriculum Development
• NGSS Study of the Standards
• Google Apps
• District Data Use Team
• Formative Assessment Resident Experts (K-12 Reading Specialists)
• Argument Writing Resident Experts (one teacher per bldg)
• Mathematics/ELA Curriculum and Instruction Refinement Project (this is a big one... each grade level/dept will have up to 3 full days to refine instruction)
• Math K-12 Common Core Task Force (after school)
• Foreign Language Curriculum Task Force (after school)
• ELA K-12 Common Core Task Force (after school)
• K-12 Music Curriculum Task Force (after school)

Important Dates:
September 9th- Professional Development Day

September 17th – Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)
September 17th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

September 24th- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

September 25th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS English 9/10 (3)

September 26th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS English 11/12 (3)

October 1st- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

October 2nd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS Math/ALg (4)

October 3rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 3

October 3rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- HS Math/Geo (2)

October 8th- Foreign Language I (French and Spanish)

October 9th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 1

October 10th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 4

October 15th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

October 15th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

October 16th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade K

October 17th- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 5

October 6th- K-12 Literacy Meeting/Formative assessment

October 6th- Professional Development Advisory Committee Meeting 3:00 @ KD

October 22nd- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

October 23rd- Curriculum and Instruction Refinement- Grade 2

October 27th- K-12 Math Task Force meeting 3:00 @ KD

October 29th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

November 3rd- Title I meeting/planning session 12:00-3:30

November 4th- Professional Development Day

November 5th- Foreign Language II (French and Spanish)

November 12th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

November 19th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

November 19th- Foreign Language Task Force meeting @ 2:45 NSMS room 348

November 26th- Foreign Language III (French and Spanish)

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Resident Experts - Wanted!

Are you interested in becoming a “Resident Expert?”  Our “Resident Expert” program in a system and structure that we have designed to do a deep study of a topic and provide professional development to faculty. Possible topics to be studied include: student engagement strategies, parcc assessment, Next Generation Science Standards, and questioning techniques. If you are interested shoot me an email. I will be bringing ideas to the Professional Development Advisory Committee. We will develop committees based on interest. Thanks for any consideration.