November 2011

RttT Coordinators and Curriculum Leaders,

October and November have been busy months for us all. There have been many opportunities for collaboration this month including our Fidelity Check, Principals’ Phase II CCSS and NCES Training, and our English Language Arts Content and Process Support Sessions. As first semester winds down, we wanted to share the latest updates and resources with you.

What’s New on the Wiki? Kim and I are working hard to keep the wiki updated daily with new resources, materials, presentations, and news you can use! Here’s what’s new…


New Presentations and Materials Are Now Available
Click Here to Access Them

Watauga County EVAAS Training for Administrators: Terri Hall from Hickory Public Schools joined me to train WCS administrators to use EVAAS to make data-driven decisions. Presentation and handouts are located on the wiki.

Rowan-Salisbury CCSS/NCES Training for Administrators: Kim worked with principals and district-level staff to gain a greater understanding of the standards, what to look for in the classroom, and what questions to ask teachers as they prepare for implementation. Presentation and handouts are located on the wiki.

NCDPI Technology Updates: Neill Kimrey met with our regional superintendents to discuss technology updates. His presentation can be found on the wiki.

Region 7 Phase II Principals’ Training: ERD PD Consultants designed Phase II Principals’ Training based on the feedback we received after Phase I. We dove deeply into the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies. Principals had opportunities to network and collaborate in our rotation activity where they chose topics they wanted to learn more about. Presentation and handouts are located on the wiki.

Non-Tested Work Groups MSL Development Session for Secondary ELA: Kim and I worked with ELA Consultants from DPI’s Curriculum Department as 800 teachers joined us in Chapel-Hill to dive into the standards and discuss how each should be assessed. We worked with a group of high-flying English teachers from across the state who shared with us that the activities they completed at this training were the best they have had thus far on the CCSS. They shared that through evaluating each standard with specific questions they were forced to really look deeply at each standard and gain a greater understanding of how classroom instruction would be designed. We look forward to a Spring reunion with the MSL work groups as we continue our work in non-tested subjects. Presentation and handouts from our session are located on the wiki.

Yadkin County K-12 Social Studies NCES Updates: Kim traveled to Yadkin County to work with social studies teachers to discuss RBT and the conceptual design of the Social Studies Essential Standards. Presentation and handouts are located on the wiki.

Fall Fidelity Check for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams: We had an outstanding turn out for our Fall Fidelity Check. District teams assessed their current needs and collectively developed a SMART goal to meet by the end of this school year. We shared a variety of resources and provided multiple opportunities for LEAs and Charters to share their best as well as “borrow” from others. Kim and I were extremely impressed with the resources that have been developed in Region 7. You folks are really working hard for your teachers and students. The energy during Fidelity Check was amazing, and hearing all the great things that are happening around our region was a joy for us. Presentation and handouts are located on the wiki.

ELA Content Session: Julie Joslin and Dan Tetrault from DPI’s ELA Curriculum Department joined us to provide an opportunity for our ELA teachers and district leaders to gain a deep understanding of the Six Shifts in ELA. A link to their presentation, videos, handouts, and other materials can be found on the wiki.

ELA Process Support Session: Kim and I had a great turnout for our process support day for ELA. We presented on text complexity and how to use the quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task elements of text complexity triangle to evaluate accurately the complexity level of a literary or non-fiction text. Rubrics were provided to support teachers. Participants had an opportunity to work collaboratively. Many resources were shared on the wiki. Presentation, handouts, materials, and a link to the Kansas Department of Education Common Core State Standards Resources are located on the wiki.

New Additions to the Wiki
Click on each page title below for a direct link to the page.
Assessment Support Page: Additions include a link to the released SMARTER Balanced assessment items and a link to NC Test Preview – the site that houses prototypes for online delivery. (Please note that the site is designed to share the delivery model, not content inherent in the new standards.)
Content-Specific Chats and Webinars: Registration links to all currently scheduled content-specific chats and webinars can be found on this page.
Curriculum Mapping Support:Thanks to Alleghany, Burke, Elkin, Iredell-Statesville, and Surry for sharing their wonderful curriculum mapping support materials.
Developing a Professional Development Plan:Thanks to Cynthia Altemueller of Elkin City Schools for sharing her district’s mid-year CCES implementation assessment and feedback form.
ELA Process Support:The ELA Process Support Page has blossomed with resources from Wake County, the Kansas Department of Education, information on text complexity and tiers of vocabulary, and materials developed in your LEAs and Charters. Thank you to the numerous contributors to this page from across Region 7.
Math Common Core Collaboration:Burke County has shared their Math Live Binders, and Watauga County shared their CCSS Math Gap Document. Both resources are exceptional. Thank you both for your collaboration and willingness to share with others from around the region.
Math Process Support Page:I have added a link to Bill McCallum’s wiki. McCallum was a main contributor and writer of the CCSS for Math. His wiki is devoted to supporting the understanding and implementation of the standards. We have also added updates to NC High School Course One, Test Specifications for CCSS Math Assessments, and a humorous look at why we need CCSS by Amy LeHew from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
NC Evaluation Resources:Information and procedures for the abbreviated evaluation option have been added to the wiki.
RttT Updates:I will use this page to load Michael Yarbrough’s weekly RttT Updates.
Social Studies Process Support: Clarification on high school courses as well as the flyer for the two-day Unit Planning Training were added this month.
Upcoming Events: Our November trainings are located on this page.
Monthly Newsletter to RttT Contacts and Curriculum Leaders: I have uploaded our PD monthly newsletter on this page.

Heather’s Weblog
Check out my blog for instructional strategies, information on cool 2.0 tools and how they can be used in the 21st century classroom, hot topics in education, and more. My goal is to post weekly. If you have a topic you would like for me to explore, please let me know.
Feel free to subscribe: www.mullinshe.wordpress.com

This month, posts include:
The Complex Text Shift
Are Infographics the New PowerPoint for 21st Century Learners?
How are you making the “Switch”?
Computer-Based Assessments: The Future is Here!
New Changes to Delicious are Simply Divine!
Navigating the Resources
Reaching Gifted Students
Thinking Outside the Instructional Box: The Flipped Classroom
How can you use 10x10?

Summer Institute 2012
At our quarterly PD Consultants’ meeting in Chapel-Hill last week, we spent a great deal of time discussing logistics, scheduling, and content of Summer Institute. We have worked hard to take your feedback into account, and I think you will like the format of this summer’s institute. More information will be coming very soon!

Upcoming Trainings and Support
November 21: Phase II - Principals' Phase II Training -Implementing the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards Rowan-Salisbury Schools
November 28: Principals' Phase II Training -Implementing the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards Mt. Airy City Schools
December 6: Using EVAAS to make Data-Driven Decisions Elkin City Schools
December 7: Regional Principals’ Council Meeting Northwest RESA
December 7: Early Release Day Support Hickory City Schools
December 8: Principals' Phase III Training -Implementing the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards Foothills Higher Education Center – With Melanie Honeycutt Register for this event with Northwest RESA.
December 9: Northwest Region Curriculum and Instruction Council Meeting Northwest RESA
December 12: Professional Development Day Planning Session for ELA Teachers Catawba County Schools
December 15: DPI Regional Roundtable Wilkes County Schools
December 15: Monthly DPI-RESA Partnership Meeting Northwest RESA
December 19: Curriculum Mapping Review Session Alleghany County Schools

Keep in touch as needs arise.
Have a great Thanksgiving! Please get some well-deserved rest!**

Heather and Kim

October 2011

RttT Coordinators and Curriculum Leaders,


We know by now that you have are immersed in curriculum changes and have begun your work with teachers to develop local curricula. Kim and I have enjoyed working with you, your professional development team members, and your teachers as you have prepared to guide them through the process of learning the new standards. Continue to check our upcoming trainings and events on our Upcoming Events wiki page: http://rt3region7.wikispaces.com/Upcoming+Events


Please continue to check our wiki for resources that you may want to use in your trainings. Since our last update, the following resources have been added to **our wiki**:


ELA and SS Skype with Northwest RESA Curriculum and Instruction Council

ELA and Social Studies consultants provided updates for Curriculum Leaders in the Northwest. DPI provided an overview of their current work with the Common Core and Essential Standards. Presentations and Handouts are available.


Reading 3D Training

Kim and I attended a Reading 3D Training for master trainers. Some of the resources we received can be found on the wiki, including student activities, video, and the mClass quick reference manual.


WRESA Fall Drive-In Conference for Regions 7-8

Teacher Effectiveness updates, and Attorney Chris Campbell’s presentation on teacher evaluation can be found on the wiki.


Teacher Effectiveness/New Accountability Model Meeting

Dr. Lynne Johnson, Dr. Eliz Colbert, Jennifer Preston, Dr. Tammy Howard, and Robert Sox provided the latest information on teacher effectiveness, non-tested work groups, and new accountability information. Presentations and handouts can be found on the wiki.


Elkin City Schools – Online Tool Updates and Work Session

Kim conducted an online tool session in Elkin on Thursday, September 29. Handouts, presentation, and guidelines are available. Heather, Savon Willard, and Robert Sox were moderating Today’s Meet. The link will be available until October 29.


Upcoming Trainings


October 25: Phase II - Principals' Training Implementing the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards

Audience: Principals and Assistant Principals.

All attendees must have an understanding that they will return to their local district/school prepared to share the information and knowledge with their colleagues based on district needs.


This training, intended for school-based administrators, will focus on instructional leadership for rolling-out the new standards. Participants will take a deeper look at Common Core State Standards in Math and ELA as well as North Carolina Essential Standards in Social Studies. RBT, PLCs, Coaching, and Instructional Support Documents will also be explored. The half-day session will include opportunities for collaboration, an update on assessment, a look at available resources, and activities designed to assist administrators in knowing next steps for building-level implementation. This session will be facilitated by Regional PD Leads and Regional Leads.


November 3: District-Level and Charter Team Fidelity Check (Northwest RESA)

Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 6 participants)


The purposes of this session is to facilitate follow up sessions with local leadership teams that will gather information on their progress with their implementation plan as well as provide continued support for their district leaders.


November 14: ELA Common Core Support Session

(This session will be held at the Stone Center in Wilkesboro, NC)

Audience: Maximum of 8 teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development - K-2 (1), 3-5 (1), 6-8 (1), and 9-12 (1)


RESA Professional Development for English Language Arts will focus on the Six Shifts in ELA /Literacy in the Common Core State Standards. Brief segments of videos explaining the shifts will be shared with time for group discussions of each shift. Consultants will follow-up with suggested resources, “Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts” by Kimberly Hill Campbell and “Deeper Reading” by Kelly Gallagher.


November 15: Process Support Session for English Language Arts (Northwest RESA)

Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 13 participants)


This session will provide your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on your professional development roll out plan. Feel free to bring any or all members of your team that attended Summer Institute. At minimum, bring your ELA leads to continue the work on your ELA Common Core State Standards roll out.


NEW MODULE RELEASE!

New Online Course: Understanding Student Behavior in the Classroom

This new online course will help teachers develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in the classroom which may foster academic achievement for all students and decrease dropout rates. Many factors can influence an educator's ability to appropriately meet the needs of their students. One factor includes understanding and managing the behavioral health issues of students. Behavioral health needs are common, but dealing with them can be a very complicated issue. This course includes strategies for improving academic achievement, empowering students to manage their own behavior, working with families and dealing with anxiety, depression or self-esteem issues.

Course link: https://center.ncsu.edu/nc


Keep in touch as needs arise. Have a great weekend!


Heather and Kim


September 2011

RttT Coordinators and Curriculum Leaders,
We hope you are having a great start to the 2011-12 school year. Kim and I have been fortunate to meet with many of you and your professional development teams over the past couple of weeks. You are doing great work, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to support you in your RttT initiatives.

We wanted to remind you to check out our wiki at http://www.rt3region7.wikispaces.com for the latest information and resources we have available. We also would love for you to send us any great resources, activities, or tools that you have found worthwhile so that we may share them with our Region 7 LEAs and Charters.

Last week, our math teachers and professional development leaders experienced two great days at Northwest RESA where they were able to dig into the math curriculum. Their work products and resources can be found on our wiki as well.
We hope to see you on Friday at the Northwest RESA Curriculum and Instruction Council. Julie Joslin, ELA Section Chief, and Fay Gore, Social Studies Section Chief, will be joining us via Skype for an informal Q and A. If you are a member of this group, please come with your questions.

We are grateful for our NCDPI – RESA partnership. Dr. Joe Sinclair, Dee Hanlin, Linda Reeves, Carla Leslie, and Barbara Ledford have all been exceptional partners in our endeavors to provide you with the best professional development possible.
Over the course of the 2011-12 school year, we will be conducting a variety of training sessions at Northwest RESA for teachers, administrators, and other leaders in Region 7. Northwest RESA will be posting offerings on their website. Please register with Northwest RESA if you are interested in attending any of these offerings. Register Here: www.nwresa.org
If you have any questions, please let us know.

September 28: Teacher Effectiveness and New Accountability Model Meetings
November 16, March 21: Repeat Sessions
To bring together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies. To discuss the proposed new school accountability model, why we believe it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina and gather feedback on the proposed model.
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies; and to discuss the proposed new school accountability model, why we believe it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina and gather feedback on the proposed model.
Audience: These sessions are primarily targeted for teacher leaders. Principals may also attend with the teachers. Session size: 50-60 Lead Teachers and Principals. (4-5 slots per LEA). Different groups each session.
Time: 9-4
No CEUs given for this workshop.

October 25: Phase II - Principals' Training Implementing the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards
Phase III will take place in November – Date TBA
Audience: Principals and Assistant Principals. Can be the same participants who attended Phase I. All attendees must have an understanding that they will return to their local district/school prepared to share the information and knowledge with their colleagues based on district needs.
This training, intended for school-based administrators, will focus on instructional leadership for rolling-out the new standards. The half-day session will include opportunities for collaboration, an update on assessment, a look at available resources, and activities designed to assist administrators in knowing next steps for building-level implementation. This session will be facilitated by Regional PD Leads and Regional Leads.

November 3: District-Level and Charter Team Fidelity Check
Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 6 participants)
The purposes of this session is to facilitate follow up sessions with local leadership teams that will gather information on their progress with their implementation plan as well as provide continued support for their district leaders.

November 14: ELA Common Core Support Session
Audience: Maximum of 8 teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development - K-2 (2), 3-5 (2), 6-8 (2), and 9-12 (2)
RESA Professional Development for English Language Arts will focus on the Six Shifts in ELA /Literacy in the Common Core State Standards. Brief segments of videos explaining the shifts will be shared with time for group discussions of each shift. Consultants will follow-up with suggested resources, “Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts” by Kimberly Hill Campbell and “Deeper Reading” by Kelly Gallagher.

November 15: Process Support Session for English Language Arts
Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 13 participants)
This session will provide your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on your professional development roll out plan. Feel free to bring any or all members of your team that attended Summer Institute. At minimum, bring your ELA leads to continue the work on your ELA Common Core State Standards roll out.

November 16: (Repeat Session) Teacher Effectiveness / New Accountability Model Meetings
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies; and to discuss the proposed new school accountability model, why we believe it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina and gather feedback on the proposed model.
Audience: Teacher Leaders
Group Size: 50-60
No CEUs given for this workshop.

January 19: Science/Social Studies Professional Development Support Sessions
Audience: Maximum number of teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development TBA
Science: RESA Professional Development for Science will focus on North Carolina’s Transition to the new NC Science Essential Standards. This training extends and builds upon the initial kick-off 2011 Summer Institutes. The purpose of the follow-up training is to delve deeper into the Science Essential Standards by engaging in dialog and activities that will assist LEAs with refining and implementing their transition plan to the new Science Essential Standards.
Social Studies: RESA Professional Development for Social Studies will focus on developing rigorous and engaging assessments and learning experiences to support the new Social Studies Essential Standards. Participants should bring a copy of a unit that they have developed along with a computer with internet access.

January 20: Process Support for Social Studies and Science
Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 13 participants)
This session will provide your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on your professional development roll out plan. Feel free to bring any or all members of your team that attended Summer Institute. At minimum, bring your math folks to continue the work on your science/social studies North Carolina Essential Standards roll out.

March 8: Process Support
Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 13 participants)
This session will provide your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on your professional development roll out plan. Feel free to bring any or all members of your team that attended Summer Institute. At minimum, bring your math folks to continue the work on your K-12 Programs and Healthful Living North Carolina Essential Standards roll out.

March 9: K-12 Programs and Healthful Living Essential Standards Support Session
Audience: Maximum number of teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development TBA
RESA Professional Development for Arts Education will give Arts Education leaders continued training on the NC Arts Education Essential Standards, designed to provide more in-depth implementation strategies in preparation for full implementation of the standards in the 2012-13 school year. The newest instructional tools, including graphic organizers that will assist with implementation of the common clarifying objectives that area aligned with social studies content, and other support tools will be used, and there will be opportunities for collaboration and sharing of implementation strategies and plans.
RESA Professional Development for World Language will focus on the sharing of information, resources, and activities that can be used locally to help educators teach and assess for proficiency in the classroom. Research-based presentation materials, online training resources, and assessment tools will be discussed, and program-specific adaptations will be explored.
RESA Professional Development for ESL will provide an overview of WIDA’s Guiding Principles of Language Development which have guided the development of the 2012 edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards. ESL will discuss the new elements added to the strands of model performance indicators and the changes in the Performance Definitions, and Speaking and Writing Rubrics. In addition, we will continue to show connections with the English Language Development Standards (ELD SCS) and the Common Core State Standards.
RESA Professional Development for Healthful Living will extend and build upon the initial kick-off 2011 Summer Institutes. The physical education topics will include, but are not limited to motor skills, movement concepts, health related fitness. Health topics will include nutrition, mental/emotional health, personal/consumer health, and interpersonal communications and relationships.

March 14: District-Level and Charter Team Fidelity Check
Audience: Up to 6 decision-makers and team leaders (“drivers”) of each district/charter PD Leadership team who attended Summer Institute.
To facilitate follow up sessions with local leadership teams that will gather information on their progress with their implementation plan as well as provide continued support for their district leaders.

March 21: Teacher Effectiveness/New Accountability Model Meeting
Audience: Teacher Leaders
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies; and to discuss the proposed new school accountability model, why we believe it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina and gather feedback on the proposed model.
Group Size: 50-60
No CEUs given for this workshop.

May 2: DSW Meeting for District/Charter RttT Leadership Team Members
Audience: All local LEAs and Charter School teams (5-7 members) participating in Race to the Top (RttT). Teams are listed on DSW.
These are regionally based meetings to provide continued technical assistance to teams to help them complete their RttT DSW documents.


May 3: ELA and Math Common Core Support Session
Audience: Maximum of 8 teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development - K-2 (2), 3-5 (2), 6-8 (2), and 9-12 (2)
RESA Professional Development for English Language Arts will focus on the Six Shifts in ELA /Literacy in the Common Core State Standards. Brief segments of videos explaining the shifts will be shared with time for group discussions of each shift. Consultants will follow-up with suggested resources, “Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts” by Kimberly Hill Campbell and “Deeper Reading” by Kelly Gallagher.
RESA Professional Development for Mathematics will focus on specific content from each of the 4 grade bands. Content lessons will be modeled with participants being the students. After debriefing the mathematics we will have participants examine the lesson structure used. Connections will be made to Van de Walle’s Before, During, and After Lesson Plan. Additional connections to the Common Core State Standards For Mathematical Practice, 21st Century Skills, New Teacher Evaluation Standards, Universal Design for Learning, Professional Learning Communities, English Language Learners, and Exceptional Children will be emphasized.

May 4: Process Support Session
Audience: District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members (up to 13 participants)
This session will provide your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on your professional development roll out plan. Feel free to bring any or all members of your team that attended Summer Institute. At minimum, bring your math folks to continue the work on your ELA and math Common Core State Standards roll out.

If you have any questions about any of these offerings, please let us know. Kim and I look forward to our continued work with each of you. Please let us know how we can support your efforts this year.

Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons