LD West Updates 2018-19

  • 9.24.18: LD West and the UCLA Math Project are excited to launch the UCLA Math Teacher Fellowship for grade 4-Algebra 1 teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.  

    The Quadrant Fellowship Goals are as follows:
    Goals #1: Develop Content Knowledge for Major Pre-Algebra and Algebra Clusters From Grades 4-Algebra 1.
    Goals #2: Develop Collaborative Inquiry Structures along with Rhythms and Routines for co-planning and  teaching the content using high-leverage math instructional routines, and reflecting on student work for the purpose of making instructional decisions and giving student feedback. Focus on noticing, interpreting, and responding to student mathematical thinking.
    Goals #3: Develop productive and positive mathematical identity and agency with teachers so they can do so for all of their students.
    Goals #4: Develop math leadership networks across schools.

    Who should enroll?
    Math teachers in grades 4-Algebra 1.  If possible, we encourage you to send a team of teachers since teams of teachers will have multiple opportunities to engage in collaborative inquiry.  Elementary schools that are considering doing CGI in the future will find this fellowship a good introduction to CGI concepts. Schools that have some teachers participating in the UCLA Cadre might want to enroll other math teachers in the UCLA fellowship so that all your math teachers get similar training.  Schools that had some teachers participate in the fellowship last year might want to enroll a few more math teachers this year so that all your teachers get similar training.

    Click HERE for the Flyer.

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  • 9.17.18 Eureka Math Institute in Orange County: In this essential PD for educators, Eureka Math facilitators will guide participants through a three-step process for customizing a lesson and a module. Educators will study the lessons in depth to discern the decisions inherent in each Eureka Math lesson and module, study the curriculum’s teaching sequences and learn how to customize curriculum materials to meet the needs of their students while maintain pacing. The training will take place on October 15-17, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.  For more information click on this link HERE.

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  • SCHOOL LOOP 2.0 IS HERE: Is your school using School Loop for your website? Haven't upgraded to School Loop 2.0? Now is the time. Contact Justin Frank at justin.frank@lausd.net to begin the process.

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  • SCHOOLOGY SUMMER TRAININGS: The Personalized Learning Systems team will be offering a number trainings for elementary administrators and teachers over the summer. One set of trainings will be 90-minute gradebook sessions for elementary administrators. Another will be a Salary point course for beginners that focuses on the grade book. Plus there will be 3-hour gradebook review sessions for elementary and secondary educators. For more details on how to sign up and to find the right session for you click here  and select the Schoology Training button to see the flyers.

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  • REIMAGINING HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY INSTRUCTION: Attention All 9-12 History Teachers. Come learn how to support targeted student populations utilizing the NEW instructional materials by attending publisher-led sessions. Gain an understanding of the instructional shifts highlighted by the new History History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools. Sign up on MyPLN to join us this June for a 1 day session. Click Here for more details. (please note that you may need to refresh your screen to view the flyer)

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  • NGSS MIDDLE SCHOOL INTEGRATED MODEL SUMMER PD: Explore the sequences and vignettes of the Middle School Integrated Model and develop your own pacing plan, Learn how to plan an NGSS unit using phenomena based instruction, Develop deeper understanding of the science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts, Dissect the new NGSS interim assessment and how to prepare your students for CAST, & Learn how to use Schoology tools in your science classroom to increase students engagement and develop your own assessment or quizzes

    Dates:  June 13 - June 15, 2018Location:  Virgil Middle School (152 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90004)Time:  8:00am - 3:00pmCompensation:  District training rateBreakfast and Lunch:  On Your Own  

    Participants my register for one, two, or all three days To access the registration flyer, please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/P2M6f7zrMa5c7bjD3

    If you have any questions email the Secondary Science Coordinator at the Division of Instruction Ayham Dahi at ayham.dahi@lausd.net.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL 3-COURSE MODEL SUMMER PD: Experience a complete NGSS unit in your content area, Learn how to plan an NGSS unit, Develop deeper understanding of the science and engineering practices, Dissect the new NGSS interim assessment and how to prepare your students for CAST, Explore the sequences and vignettes of the three course model and all additional resources available to support the implementation of the 3-Course Model, Learn how to use Schoology tools in your science classroom to increase students engagement and develop your own assessment or quizzez, & Get one year of free subscription to National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to strengthen your content background using the Scipack content modules and other tools and resources

    Dates:  June 13 - June 15, 2018---Location:  Virgil Middle School (152 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90004)---Time:  8:00am - 3:00pm---Compensation:  District training rate.  Participants my register for one, two, or all three days 

    Registration/Flyer:  http://bit.ly/HS-ScienceSummerPD --- For additional information, please contact Ayham Dahi, Secondary Science Coordinator, ayham.dahi@lausd.net, 213.241.6876

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  • TEACHING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: With the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide (April 24) many have asked for ways to teach this topic. One useful resource can be found at the Genocide Education Project's website. Click here to go to their teaching resources.

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  • SCHOOL LOOP 2.0 IS HERE: Is your school using School Loop for your website? Haven't upgraded to School Loop 2.0? Now is the time. Contact Justin Frank at justin.frank@lausd.net to begin the process.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEXTBOOK SAMPLES: Would your school like another copy of the textbook that you adopted for History/Social Science? I have a limited number of samples from the publishers. If you are interested please CLICK HERE to request what I have. It is first come first serve. BE SURE TO BE SIGNED IN TO YOUR LAUSD GOOGLE ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE FORM. Once the requests are in I will make arrangements to to deliver the books. If you have any other questions please contact me, Kevin Clanin at kjc3313@lausd.net.

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  • DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP CERTIFICATION: Are you interested in in becoming a Digital Citizenship Certidfied Educator or helping your school to become a Certified School? Common Sense Education offers a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:
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  • SCHOOLOGY HOME PAGE: Do you want to have quicker access to your Schoology courses? Click Here for a simple way to change your Schoology Home screen from showing your "Recent Activity" to schowing a "Course Dashboard".

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  • SCHOOLOGY UPDATES: Secondary schools are well into the second semester of implementation of using the Schoology gradebook/LMS. Here are some upcoming events and initiatives:

    Options Schools Webinar: Thursday March 22, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. MyPLN Keyword: "Options"

    Counselors' Webinar (Secondary): Tuesday March 20, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (MyPLN Keyword: "Counselor")

    Highlighting Star LMS Users: Do you have teachers who are excelling at implementing Schoology in the classroom? (Are they effectively incorporating curriculum on the platform and students are online and learning) We would like to know. The PLS team is looking for stories to highlight in Division of Instruction newsletter. Please send those stories to me at kjc3313@lausd.net.

    LMS Champion School of the Month: Is your school actively utilizing Schoology at all levels? The PLS team is looking to start highlighting a school of the month. It could be yours.

    LOCALIZED TRAININGS: go to https://bit.ly/ClaninPD to see a listing of PD options and to select a PD date.

    Other questions? Email me at kjc3313@lausd.net

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  • SCHOOLOGY UPDATES: Secondary schools are well into the second semester of implementation of using the Schoology gradebook/LMS. Here are some upcoming events and initiatives:

    Options Schools Webinar: Thursday March 22, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. MyPLN Keyword: "Options"

    Elementary LMS Champions "Virtual Office Hours": March 6 from 2:30-4:30.

    Counselors' Webinar (Secondary): Tuesday March 20, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (MyPLN Keyword: "Counselor")

    Highlighting Star LMS Users: Do you have teachers who are excelling at implementing Schoology in the classroom? (Are they effectively incorporating curriculum on the platform and students are online and learning) We would like to know. The PLS team is looking for stories to highlight in Division of Instruction newsletter. Please send those stories to me at kjc3313@lausd.net.

    LMS Champion School of the Month: Is your school actively utilizing Schoology at all levels? The PLS team is looking to start highlighting a school of the month. It could be yours.

    Other questions? Email me at kjc3313@lausd.net

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  • PK-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION TRAININGS: Interested in seeing how you can incorporate Computer Science into your classroom? Click Here for a listing of Computer Science trainings. Or go to the Computer Science website for more information. But hurry, seats are filling up fast!

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  • NEED UNIFIED ENROLLMENT SUPPORT?: The Friday, March 2 deadline is fast approaching. The "Find a School" section of the main LAUSD website is undergoing a makeover and each school site is being asked to provide five to seven photos (one must be of the front of the school) and a 5-7 sentence "Get to Know Your School" message for the LAUSD Unified Enrollment School Search. This a great chance to market and pitch your school to potential families! 

    Please Contact Social Media Assistant Justin Frank at justin.frank@lausd.net or (310) 650-3572 for support with:

    • Collecting/taking photos
    • Helping create your "Get to Know Your School" message.
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  • HAVE A SCHOOL LOOP WEBSITE? School Loop has just rolled out a new version of its software. School Loop 2 will make your site much more modern looking and aesthetically pleasing. Having School Loop 2 is not yet mandatory, but if you are interested in converting your site, please contact Social Media Assistant Justin Frank at justin.frank@lausd.net or (310) 650-3572.

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  • 2.13.18 SBAC Math Preparation Strategies: As we head into the last two months before the SBAC Math Summative Assessment it is important to be strategic and focus on the priority standards through the use of high-leverage tasks (word problems and performance tasks) and high-leverage instructional activities (number sense routines and problem solving lessons). Here is a link to a 1 hr 30 minute presentation and handouts. In the handouts folder the SBAC Math Prep Playlist PDF is a one stop shop for tasks and high leverage instructional activities which engage students with the Standards for Mathematical Practices in authentic ways and which support the NCTM Principles to Action Effective Math Teaching Practices. Click on this link for the presentation and materials:  SBAC Math Prep

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  • TECH TIPS-SIMPLIFYING YOUR PRESENTATIONS: Ever been in a meeting or PD where the presenter has packed every ounce of information on to their PowerPoint slide and you can't even read it? Have you had diffuculty creating a presentation because you have so much you want your audience to know but cannot choose what to leave out? Well, click here for some basic tips to create a balance between information overload and a baren wasteland. 

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  • 1. NGSS Palooza 2018

    The Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) and the UCLA Science Project invites secondary science teachers to attend a day of science teaching workshops on the latest NGSS teaching. 

    NGSS Palooza 2018

    Date:  Saturday, January 27, 2018

    Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:  CSUN (18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA  90330), Education Building (in Courtyard)

     

    NGSS Palooza 2018 Flyer

    The featured speaker is Emily Miller - expert on science teaching with English language learners. She will hold a workshop for middle school teachers and another for high school teachers. In addition there will be workshops on integrating science with Matthew d'Alessio and Gini Vandergon, authors of the CA Science Framework. Other workshops focus on topics including modeling, data analysis, argumentation and on technology tools for science. 

     

    Register online at https://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu/event/ngss-palooza-2018/

    Registration fee is $25, lunch included. Space is limited; please register early. For more information email bfoley@csun.edu

     

    2. Secondary Science Interim Assessments for Semester II
    Secondary science interim assessment for semester II is now available https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/6428 .

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  • MEDIA LITERACY RESOURCES: Are you and your teachers looking for ways to to help your students navigate the confusing and at times misleading world of digital media? If so here are some resources to get you started: https://sites.google.com/mymail.lausd.net/medialiteracyresources . If you have any questions please contact Kevin Clanin, Instructional Technology Specialist at kjc3313@lausd.net .

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  • FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT PD FOR NGSS INSTRUCTION (MIDDLE SCHOOL): During the 12-hour professional development Middle School teachers will:

    1-  Experience a grade level NGSS unit and how embedded formative assessments might support 3-dimensional learning
    2- Practice using Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques for NGSS instruction
    3- Learn how to use multiple free online platform to get instant feedback from students
    4- Receive the new Page Keeley book on science formative assessment with 75 practical strategies for linking assessment, instruction, and learning
    Dates:
    Gage Middle School  on January 20 and 27, 2018 Time:  8:00 am-3:00 pm 
    -Or-
    San Fernando Institute of Applied Media on March 3 and 10, 2018 Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm 
    Compensation:
    Hourly Training Rate
    Registration: 
    Use the following link to register http://bit.ly/LAUSD-FA-MS-PD
    Spaces are limited to 30 participants per grade level per site (90 participants per site) and availability is on first come first serve basis.
    Should you have any questions, please contact the Secondary Science Coordinator at the Division of Instruction Ayham Dahi at ayham.dahi@lausd.net or Kristine Tserunyan (LD West STEAM Coordinator) at kxt46712@lausd.net
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  • Federal and State regulations require time and effort documentation, in addition to time cards, for all personnel who receive any payment (compensation) from federal funds or from state categorical funds. This documentation will vary depending upon the funding source(s) or nature of the job duties.  Administrators should remind affected employees that periodic certifications (formerly referred to as semi-annual certifications) should be completed by January 31st and that monthly multi-funded time reports be completed if required. This documentation should be retained by the time-reporter at the site along with other payroll time-reporting documentation for a period of five (5) years.

    By January 31st school site administrators and offices should submit to their LD Operations Administrator or Division Administrator a written assurance (Attachment H from BUL 2643.8) that they have received the appropriate documentation for each listed employee and that any necessary payroll adjustments have been made.

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  • NEW HISTORY & CIVICS RESOURCES: The Stanford History Education has updated their website bringing a fresh new look and added new content. Go to https://sheg.stanford.edu to see the new site and check out their new Civic Online Reasoning section. 

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  • BUILDING EDUCATOR ASSESSMENT LITERACY 2.0 FOR HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHERS Dec. 9, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dymally High School.  The Division of Instruction, in partnership with the Local Districts, is offering a one-day professional learning opportunity for secondary math, SDC and RSP teachers interested in exploring math performance tasks and instructional implications. Teachers will practice scoring student responses to the SBA performance task.  Enroll on MYPLN using search word BEAL.    Flyer

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  • STEAM CERTIFICATION AWARENESS SESSION: Awareness sessions for the STEM/STEAM certification process have been scheduled for interested principals and instructional staff.  Attendance at one of the awareness sessions is voluntary.  Schools may choose from one of following sessions:

     

    In-Person Meeting: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Beaudry Building (333 S. Beaudry Ave.)

    Online Meetings:

    ·       Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

    ·       Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

     Registration: Registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/LAUSDSTEAM2017

     

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  • GIRLS BUILD LA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: The LA Promise Fund has announced that it will be hosting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at its first ever Girls Build LA Leadership Summit on December 15, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Summit is free to young women attending public middle and high schools across Los Angeles County. Food and transportation will be provided. Schools can register by clicking here. Attendance will be limited to 5,000 students. Seats are expected to fill quickly, so please spread the word as soon as possible to ensure your schools are represented. For more information about Girls Build LA, click here.
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  • ASVAB CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM: ASVAB is available to interested schools for more information click here or go to http://asvabprogram.com .

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  • TECH TIPS--CREATING APPOINTMENT SLOTS IN GOOGLE CALENDAR: Google calendar can be used for more than just what events are happening. You can also set you calendar up to accept appointment reqests. Please follow this link for a short video on how to create Appointment Slots. Be sure that you are in the Week or Day veiw of the calendar for this option to work. https://youtu.be/W8r5XPsH02o

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  • DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP WEEK: Are you and your students savy digital citizens? Do you need guidance in becoming so? Well now is the perfect time to get started. Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-24. Here are a couple of place to get good resources that can be used in developing your schools digital citizenship: Google's "Be Internet Awesome" & Common Sense Media

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  • NEW LDWEST TITLE 1 COORDINATOR

    Welcome Susan Jamerson! 

    Our New Local District West Title I Coordinator

    Contact Information:

    Susan.Jamerson@lausd.net

    (310)914-2145

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  • Elementary ELA Instructional Leaders Meeting

    The next ELA Instructional Leaders Meeting will be on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Charnock Road Elementary School. The topic will be "Close Reading with Benchmark Advance." The session is intended for Principals, Asssistant Principals, Coaches, and Coordinators. Registration is on MyPLN. Keyword:  LDW Literacy.

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  • Pickup of ELA/ELD Treasures Materials

    Click here to access REF-6707.1, Transfer of Obsolete ELA Materials to District Warehouse. For assistance or further information, please contact Integrated Library & Textbook Services at (213) 241-2733.

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  • CONSTITUTION DAY: September 17 is Constitution Day. There are many recources that your school can use to explore and celebrate this central piece of our republic. Click here: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/6825 to find links to resources for this event and the District memorandum with the sign off sheet which is due October 1.

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  • Elementary ELA/ELD Professional Development Make-Up Dates

    A one-day PD for the newly adopted ELA/ELD programs will be held for newly hired teachers and for teachers who were unable to attend the previous training. This is the same PD that was provided in June.

    Click here for more information on the Benchmark Advance ELA/ELD PD.

    Click here for more information on the Wonders ELA/ELD PD.

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  • STUCK IN THE PAST?: Are you seeing history being taught the old fashioned way? Or not at all? The new Framework for History/Social Social Science outlines how to bring the teaching of History into the modern age. For more information please contact Kevin Clanin at kjc3313@lausd.net or go to http://bit.ly/ClaninPD for some possible PD options and availability.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL APEX/EDGENUITY TRAININGS: If you or any of your staff members require training so that you can implement these online learning courses please go to https://achieve.lausd.net/mypln and search for either APEX or Edgenuity (depending on the program you are using) to see information on available trainings.

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  • TECH TIPS: Recently I have gotten many inquiries regarding the inserting of YouTube videos into Power Points. This can be done what it usually requires is that you download the video from YouTube on to your computer and then insert it into your PowerPoint. There are programs on the web to help facilitate this process but many of them are blocked by our district filter.

    An easier way is to create your presentation via Google Slides and insert it directly from YouTube. I have created a Google Slideshow to walk you through the process.  Click Here to access that show, be sure that you are logged into your LAUSD Google account so that you can access it. If you are in your personal account it will not grant you access. Thanks for reading and see you next time with more Tech Tips.

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