SACS Language Arts - Current Events

Current Events

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Successful Professional Development Day!

Thank you so much for your participation in our February PD Day!

Teachers from all over our district shared valuable information with each other to enhance our teaching practices.  Grades 6-12 continued to work on horizontal alignment as they collaborated to develop unit plans. 

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Time flies! 

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year!  As a SACS parent and educator, I have been so impressed by this district's passionate and dedicated educators! Thank you so much for all you do!

 

Using 21st Century Skills to Achieve the SACS Vision: 

Our district vision is to PREPARE TODAY'S LEARNERS FOR TOMORROW'S OPPORTUNITIES.  

How can we intentionally incorporate the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) into our instruction to help us reach our vision?

How do we intentionally assess the 4Cs? Click here to watch a short video about rubrics.

 

Assessment and College and Career Ready Resources (6-10) ELA:

Looking for resources to support you and your students as you prepare for our state tests?  Check out this handy page with helpful resources all in one place.

 

Creating Beautiful Work in English and Language Arts:

What would student work look like if it met educational standards, beautifully? What would students sound like when explaining their ideas if it was clear that they had mastered a standard? Would teachers, parents, or the students themselves know how to tell if their work demonstrated the understanding or skill required by the standard?

Ron Berger inspires teachers and students to create beautiful work!  

Click here to see his butterfly video that highlights the power of revision.  

Click here to see a lesson on critique and descriptive feedback using exemplary student work

Click here to access examples of beautiful written work you can use as models for your own students.

 

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Parent-teacher conferences are a wonderful opportunity to connect with our community members and show them the incredible partnership you have with parents as we support student learning and growth.  Click here for resources to help you make the most of your parent-teacher conferences.

 

 

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Let's Get It Started! Welcome back, friends and colleagues!  Please join me in welcoming our distinguished additions:

At Homestead High School, a big welcome to Sarah Hoeppner!

At Woodside Middle School, a big welcome to Lauren Hoyt!

At Summit Middle School, a big welcome to Sarah Jacobs and Shannon Harris!!

 

Looking for a new way to be intentional about parent interactions?

Check out this spreadsheet comparing the the latest apps to keep parents in the loop. Choose one that works for you!

 

Summer Reading:

A Summer Reading reminder was sent out to all Homestead students and parents at the end of June. Here is a link to that email.

 

Curriculum Work:

Middle school Language Arts teachers have been meeting this summer to align curriculum and teaching/learning goals.  Thanks to all of you who have been working over the summer!

 

Looking for reading and discussion activities that will engage all students as they think critically? Check these out!

Notice and Note Activities

Using Mentor Texts to Engender Daily Writing

Total Participation Techniques

Questioning for Classroom Discussion

 

How can we maximize the time we spend grading writing?

Use or modify this error-coding form to use while you grade and to plan differentiated follow-up activities.

 

Where do I want to be?

Where am I now?

How do I get to where I want to be?

Use these rubrics to self-assess your planning, teaching, and assessing practices.

 

SACS District Vision: 

Preparing Today's Learners for Tomorrow's Opportunities

SACS ELA Long-term goals:

    1. An intentional shift from compliance to growth among students and teachers
    2. An aligned, accessible, and transparent 6-12 curriculum that is living, developing, and continuously adapting to student needs and is delivered consistently within and across grade levels and buildings
    3. A common SACS Language Arts framework used in grades 6-12 to create and demonstrate both horizontal and vertical alignment and consistency
    4. A full overview of curriculum available to all stakeholders (students, parents, educators, community) through a digital platform
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