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ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects September 2020

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network 2020-2021 - Update!


Dear Literacy Leaders & Coaches Network colleagues,


We have been exploring options for the LLCN format for the 2020-2021 school year.  After much conversation and some professional development decisions by Kent ISD as an organization, LLCN is moving to a virtual format for this school year. We have decided to keep the original dates as scheduled (September 16, 2020; November 18, 2020; January 13, 2021; February 24, 2021), however, we will be revising the structure of LLCN to focus on providing learning in a virtual format.

We are planning the first session (September 16th, 2020) to be an asynchronous LLCN Brief.  This LLCN Brief will be in the form of a podcast (audio capture) that will be shared via an email from Kent ISD.  This podcast will give more details on the shift of LLCN for the 2020-2021 school year,  provide some basic learning, and provide next steps for how to contribute ideas or questions to future LLCN Brief podcasts.

Please make a note of all LLCN dates on your calendar as we will be releasing new LLCN Brief podcasts on those dates throughout the school year.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we make these adjustments to Literacy Leaders & Coaches Network this year. We are committed to maintaining the professional learning and networking around literacy that you have come to expect from the LLCN. It may look a little different this year, yet, we’re here for you! 😊  

Tune in on September 16 for more information!

Sincerely,

Mark Raffler and Sarah Shoemaker

Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking (PASST) Assessment Building - Registration is Open! 

*Please note all of these offerings will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 School year.  Please register at the link provided and as the date for the session gets near you will be sent a link to zoom at access the meeting.

This state-wide, project based, year long training (consisting of four sessions and some online work) will focus on equipping teachers of 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, High School Government, High School Economics, and more this year . . . . with the knowledge and skills necessary to create and evaluate assessments that are similar to those being produced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.The training will focus on understanding: 

  • depth of knowledge
  • text complexity
  • question writing that assesses skills AND content
  • scoring Smarter Balanced-like items

Participants will collaboratively create an extensive end-of-course assessment for their grade level (3, 4, HS Economics, or HS Government, ). Spatial and temporal thinking skills will be infused within the skills demanded of the C3 Framework and CCSS ELA literacy standards for history/social studies. 

New this year even with 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, HS Economics, HS Government as the focus we will keep all grade levels in Social Studies open. The true nature of the work is about exploring the standards and using that analysis to drive assessment and instruction. With the potential of the new standards likely many grade levels will be interested in this work. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have at markraffler@kentisd.org.

More information and registration details can be found here.

 

Foundational Skills Training are up and ready for Registration at Kent ISD PD Hub

*Please note all of these offerings will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 School year.  Please register at the links provided and as the date for the session gets near you will be sent a link to zoom at access the meeting.
  1. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening K Phonemic Awareness and Basic Phonics Ins
    Thursday 9/24/2020 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
    https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0001-0020-a3eff4ff5887461ab290c6e0bbc3d61e
  2. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 1st Grade Phonemic Awareness and Basic Phonics Ins
    Thursday 10/1/2020 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
    https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0001-0020-0e285dfa24e74fcb81da75ecd4cf7370
  3. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 2nd & 3rd Grade Phonics and Fluency Instruction
    Thursday 10/22/2020 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0001-0020-320f715326e04dbf9c82d28bf285beb4
  4. Reading Foundational Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 4th-5th Grade Advanced Word Study & Fluency
    Thursday 11/5/2020 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0001-0020-6da79348b9c7432589e77d9ab5d75415
  5. Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding: Supporting Administrators and Coaches
    Thursday 12/3/2020 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
    https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0001-0020-ad5e4a67753a4ca7bb97387080b6c364
HOW TO ENROLL ONLINE:
  • Click Here to Enroll Online
  • You may search for this course by entering the title or course number.
  • Enter your User ID and Password or Create a New Account.
  • If you don't know if you have an account, you may contact the PD Hub at 616-365-2235.
  • To obtain a receipt for payment, you may log on to your account

If you have any special needs, require accommodations or have questions contact PD Hub 616-365-2235 or pdhub@kentisd.org
Thanks,
Mark

Disciplinary Literacy Professional Learning Offerings for the 2020-2021 School Year

The 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is proud to announce two learning opportunities for secondary English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Career Tech, Visual/Performing Arts, and World Languages teachers, as well as building leaders, instructional coaches, and educators at higher education institutions. These opportunities have been designed with flexibility and relevancy in mind. We can't wait to learn with you!

Click here for the flyer with more information and registration for one or both sessions!
 

Professional Learning around Holocaust Texts


Creating Context for Teaching Night

Learn how to prepare students to read and understand Night within the larger historical framework of the Holocaust.
Examine Jewish life in Eastern Europe to provide cultural context for Night.
Examine the history of antisemitism to provide context before students read Night.
Discuss and identify themes, life lessons and the current relevance of Night.
Explore the use of multimedia assets including using visual history testimonies and other primary sources and materials to support the effective teaching of Night.

For more details and to register click here.
 

Creating Context for Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank

Provide Michigan ELA teachers with strategies and resources to create context for teaching one of the most frequently-taught Holocaust texts: Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl.

Understand and apply pedagogical principles of effective Holocaust education to the teaching of Anne Frank's diary.
Explore the historical and cultural context within which Anne Frank and her family lived.
Explore and learn how to use a variety of resources, including visual history testimonies and other primary sources and materials, to teach Anne Frank's diary.

Bring your own book or books will be available to borrow for the training.

For more details and to register click here.

Read By Grade 3 Law Updates

 

2020-21 Early Literacy Assessment Guidance for Learning at a Distance

MEMO #COVID-19-100                            

For the 2020-2021 academic year, districts have created COVID-19 preparedness and response plans which will identify modes of instruction as learning at a distance, in-person, or a hybrid of the two. Regardless of the mode of instruction, districts are required to meet the two assessment-related requirements of the Read by Grade Three (RBG3) law.

 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Early_Literacy_Assessment_Guidance_700883_7.pdf

* To access all COVID-19 Updates, go to the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/mde.


Michigan Department of Education Read by Grade Three Law Webinar Series
 

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) hosted the first in a series of technical support webinars this morning.  The Read by Grade Three (RBG3) webinar can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG9DKAQTWbs.   A FAQ document will be created and posted at the conclusion of the webinar series by September 18th.

The intent of the webinars is to provide information and answer questions on Public Acts 147, 148, and 149 of 2020 for local education agency (LEA) staff around three important areas:

• Read by Grade 3 requirements during learning at a distance

• Benchmark assessments meeting the Return to Learn Law

• Pupil accounting for the 2020-21 academic year

Webinars will be repeated and recorded to provide flexibility for attendance.  Upcoming dates and times for the technical support webinars can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Technical_Support_Webinars_700656_7.pdf

Please note: Each webinar will accommodate up to 500 people.

If you have any questions, please email MDE-EarlyLiteracy@michigan.gov.


"Benchmark Assessments MEMO #COVID-19-095 Document from MDE"  

#COVID-19-095 Document from MDE
Approved Benchmark List Michigan’s “Return to Learn” legislation—House Bills 5911, HB 5912, and 5913—was signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on August 20, 2020. The bills were assigned Public Acts 147, 148, and 149 of 2020, respectively, and ordered to take immediate effect.  

 B. Section 104(4) of the state School Aid Act, as amended by Public Act 149 of 2020, states that the “statewide implementation of the Michigan kindergarten entry observation tool (MKEO), as described in this subsection, will be suspended for 2020-2021.” 

RE: Administration of the Michigan Kindergarten Readiness Observation (MKEO) /Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) for fall 2020:    

While mandatory requirement to administer he KRA is suspended for the fall of 2020 per Public Act 149, access to the online KRA portal and the administration site will remain open.  Districts, building administrators, and teachers will still have access to the assessment and will be able to download Individual Student Records (ISRs) to assist with informing instruction.  Administration for the fall 2020 administration window will be voluntary only.   

Districts choosing to administer KRA for the fall 2020 should contact Miriam White at kra@washtenawisd.org   

It is the intention that the MKEO/KRA requirement will resume for all Michigan LEAs/PSAs in the fall of 2021.  In addition, most ISDs have requested and received their funding allocation to support this year’s administration.  We anticipate that the expectation will be for ISD’s carry over the funds they have received and that these funds be now be used as support for the administration of the KRA in the fall of 2021.  In addition, 2020 KRA kits for each classroom teacher had already been shipped to every ISD.  Please retain and secure these kits, as they will now be used for the administration of the KRA in the fall of 2021. 

Mark Raffler
Kent Intermediate School District
Educational Consultant
2930 Knapp NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
 
Phone: (616) 447-3075
Fax: (616) 364-1489
Email: markraffler@kentisd.org
Resource Website: http://www.protopage.com/markraffler
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