LD West Updates 2017-18

  • HISTORY TEXTBOOK ADOPTION RESOURCES: With so many choices it may be hard to select the right book for your school. The California History-Social Science Project, the main author of the new framework, has put together some tips to help you decide. Click here for more details.

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  • SECONDARY MATH BEAL 2 + 1 TRAINING ON PERFORMANCE TASKS.   This 3 day workshop gives teachers an in-depth look at the structure of the SBAC math performance tasks and then engages teachers in  planning, implementing, and analyzing student work from a task.   Days 1 and 2 are on January 30 & 31.  Teachers will then have time to implement the task and bring back student work on March 8 for Day 3.  Schools are asked to fund teacher attendance.Sign up on MYPLN using search keyword BEAL.  

     

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  • LDW / UCLA MATH FELLOWSHIP:  LDW is partnering with the UCLA Math Project to build the capacity of 120 teachers in problem solving, number sense routines, algebraic reasoning, and building positive mathematical identities in all students.   Teachers from Grades 3-Algebra 1 are invited to participate in this fellowship series of 4 Saturday sessions.  LDW is paying training rate for teachers who attend all 4 workshops ($600).     Please see the attached FLYER and encourage your teachers to attend.  

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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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  • FREE GOOGLE CERTIFICATION VOUCHERS: The Google for Education team is covering the cost of the Google Educator Certifications for teachers who are interested in taking the exam(s) before the end of the year. Exam vouchers will expire on 12/31/17. Click Here for more information.

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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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  • iOS updates are currently blocked until American Institutes for Research (AIR) completes testing and authorizes the use of the Airsecuretest secure browser on iOS 11 for CAASPP testing. Currently Interim tests and practice testing are not compatible with iOS 11. AIR has a 3-month testing window which should allow us to unblock updates around the beginning of November (this is dependent on AIR, not LAUSD-ITD). In the meantime, current iOS versions are compatible with the secure browser for interim and practice testing. Schools wishing to download updates with the above warning in mind can submit a Remedy ticket to do so. 

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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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  • ARTS ALLOCATIONS HAVE ARRIVED!

    On September 6, all principals received communication that their arts allocations had arrived.   This arts allocation is based on the school’s current Arts Equity Index (AEI).  Do know that these arts allocations are supplemental funding to a school budget that already includes support for arts education.  The arts allocations allow for additional arts resources, supplies, and materials.  Principals determine the usage of these arts funds that must be used by February 28, 2018 or unused funds will be recaptured by the Arts Education Branch.  Principals can find allocations in Fund: 010 and Program Code: 10423.  To see the amounts allotted to your school(s), go to the Arts Education Branch website (achieve.lausd.net/arts).  Find tab “arts allocation” at the top of the page.  Use your single sign on to access password protected Arts Allocation spreadsheet. 

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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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  • MATH ACCELERATION AGREEMENTS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.  Parents of students enrolled in accelerated math classes in middle or high school need to sign an acceleration agreement.   The signed acceleration agreements should be kept on file at the school.   The middle school acceleration agreement can be found in Attachment B of the middle school math placement memo.   The high school acceleration agreement can be found at https://achieve.lausd.net./Page/5775.  For more information contact Firoza Kanji, Secondary Math Coordinator, LDW at firoza.kanji@lausd.net.  

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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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  • MATH PLACEMENT MEMOS.   The middle school math placement memo #6812.1 and high school math placement memos  #6801, provide guidelines  for placing students in math courses,  Both memos can be found at  https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/5775.

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