Hometown Heroes: Piner-Olivet Union School District
KZST recognizes "Hometown Heroes," people who have "made a positive change in our community, ...who [have] gone the extra mile and made Sonoma County a better place to live." Last spring, Julie Brady, third grade teacher at Jack London, nominated our district as "Hometown Heroes" for the support that everyone provided to her and her family. KZST chose the Piner-Olivet Union School District for this honor. We are thrilled to have Julie back and proud of the outpouring of care and kindness that everyone showed. You all make our distirct a better place. You can listen to the KZST radio announcement below in your honor.
Keyboarding for Grades 3-6
We have set up accounts for students in grades 3-6 to access a web-based keyboarding application, Typing Club. Teachers and students can access the program by going to the District portal at: https://piner-olivet-union.typingclub.com. This application can be accessed using any internet connected device. Students can use the program at home or at school. Student can access the program by using their student Google Apps account or by entering their usernames (the four-digit student id# - found in Schoolwise). Passwords will be sent out separately. Teachers can access using their pousd.org gmail login.
K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum
Common Sense Media has FREE materials that are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. The website includes an interactive Scope & Sequence that you can use to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight lessons that address that topic.
Writing in the Common Core: Elementary
SCOE will be offering a three part series on Writing in the Common Core for elementary teachers. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for a focus on three genre of writing: narrative, explanatory/informational, and opinion. In this three-session series, participants will look at the three types of writing, concentrating on a different genre each evening. A variety of approaches to teaching writing will also be discussed. Participants should come prepared to spend time planning writing lessons to be used in their classrooms.
Three Tuesdays; meets 4:00-7:00pm at SCOE
November 5, 2013
January 14, 2014
February 18, 2014
Common Core and ELLs - Online PD opportunity
Massive Open Online Course for Educators around Common Core State Standards and ELLs. The team at Understanding Language at Stanford University will be offering a short Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for educators this fall. Below are some relevant details about the course. We hope that many of you can join so we can learn from your rich experiences in classrooms, schools, districts, and networks. This course is optional for teachers who are interested in participating.
Course Title: Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering the Language of the Common Core State Standards
Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University
Jeff Zwiers, Senior Researcher, Stanford University
Sara Rutherford-Quach, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University and the Understanding Language Initiative
Dates: Oct 21, 2013- Dec 09, 2013
Professional Development Opportunities
The California Reading Association is sponsoring a two day conference on November 1 and 2 at Sonoma State University. The conference will include strands on the Common Core, Content Literacy and strategies for supporting EL students. Keynote speakers will include:
Friday Evening Keynoter: Dr. Nell Duke Noted expert on teaching Informational text as well as author and coauthor of numerous books including Reading & Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms
Saturday Morning Keynoter: Dr. Linda Dorn Expert in Literacy and Intervention and author of Teaching for Deep Comprehension: A Reading Workshop Approach and many others
Saturday Afternoon Keynoter: Regie Routman Author of Writing and Reading Essentials and more.
Meeting the Needs of EL Students within the Common Core (K-5)
In this series of three workshops, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the essential instructional practices needed to effectively teach English Learners in the Common Core and help them attain 21st century skills. The three sessions will be organized as follows:
Meeting the Needs of EL Students within the Common Core (Gr. 6-12)
In these workshops, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the essential instructional practices needed to effectively teach grade 6-12 English learners in the Common Core and help them attain 21st century skills.
There will be three sessions on the following dates. Sessions are scheduled from 8:30-3:00 pm
Choose one, two, or all three days of the series
Cybersafety: Supporting Student Safety in the Digital Age
Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of the Internet and all information and communication technology devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, and webcams.
Working in conjunction with Yahoo and Common Sense Media, the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) developed a variety of material to support schools and districts in promoting cybersafety. Educators, parents, and interested community members are invited to receive information and resources that they can take back to local communities for awareness development and sharing. Topics will include:
Google Apps for Education -- PD Series at SCOE
SCOE is hosting a series of three workshops to assist local educators in gaining a deeper understanding of how to use Google Apps for Education with their colleagues and students to improve communication and collaboration.
Google Drive Overview -- September 30 4:00-5:30 pm
This session focuses on Google Drive, a file storage and synchronization service that enables users to share and collaboratively edit files. Google Drive is the home of Google Docs, a suite of productivity applications.
Google Blogger, Sites and Slides -- October 3rd 4:00-5:30 pm
This session will specifically focus on the Google tools and applications that allow users to create free blogs, website, wikis, and online presentations. An overview of the features and templates will provided.
Google Sheets and Hangouts -- October 7th 4:00-5:30 pm
This session will provide an overview of Google Sheets, an online spreadsheet app that lets users create and format spreadsheets, then simultaneously work on them with other people. Google Hangouts, a free plugin that supports voice and video conversations from a computer, will also be explored.