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