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.


 

General Information - Upcoming PD Day - November 4, 2014

I am sending along some general information about the 11/4/14 PD day.
 
·      All TA’s will meet in NSMS lecture room 221
·      Special Education teachers are invited to attend Autism PD at 12:30 – 2:15. Contact Mrs. Rathbun if interested in attending (seating is limited)
·      A menu of technology sessions will be sent to teachers for sign-up. The sessions were developed based on Tech survey feedback.
·      Based on teacher feedback, we will have a questioning techniques follow-up session with different presenters from Teachers21. Questioning Techniques professional development was a recommendation from the District Evaluation Committee (DEC.)
·      MS and HS (7-12) Science teachers will meet in room 310 of middle school for NGSS presentation (8:00-11:45.)
·      MS and HS (6-12) Math teachers will meet in Mr. Yeaw’s  at High School.
·      Guidance Counselors will meet with Mr. Pepin for a PARCC rediness meeting
·      Pre School teachers will meet with at NSES for standards based report card/teaching strategies gold session
 
Times
NSES/Halliwell (Gr 3 and 4)
NSMS and Grade 5 teachers
NSHS/SLP/Social/LBC/PSY/Guidance
MS & HS Math Teachers
MS & HS Science Teachers
Session One:
8:00-9:45
Grade Level/Dept Meetings
Questioning Techniques –Session held in High School library
 
Technology
A menu of sessions will be sent to teachers. Teachers will sign up via a google form. The sessions topics are based on Tech Survey results.
Technology
A menu of sessions will be sent to teachers. Teachers will sign up via a google form.
NGSS PD
NSMS room 310
Session Two: 10:00-11:45
Technology-
A menu of sessions will be sent to teachers. Teachers will sign up via a google form. The sessions topics are based on Tech Survey results.
Grade Level /Dept
 
Questioning Techniques
located in High School library
PD- Mr. Yeaw’s Room, 6-12 teachers.
Session Three: 12:30 – 2:15
Questioning Techniques – located in High School library
Technology
A menu of sessions will be sent to teachers. Teachers will sign up via a google form. The sessions topics are based on Tech Survey results.
Grade Level /Dept Meetings
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Grade Level/Dept Meetings
Technology
A menu of sessions will be sent to teachers. Teachers will sign up via a google form.
 
 

-Clare 

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.
 

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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.