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Monthly Cohort I Update – September 2019

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Third VALIN Institute

Our upcoming two days in Waynesboro will present us with the sustained chance to work together, understand innovations under active development in other Divisions as well as share and receive clear, powerful feedback. We can’t wait to engage in this work with you.

Please consider the following Key Queries as you prepare for our time together.

Stories from the Field

The Wonder in the Question

The Wonder in the Question

The questions we use during a coaching conversation can unlock powerful potential in our teachers to make a shift towards innovation. The Innovation Coaches in Hopewell are teaming together to leverage instructional rounds with video and PDSA cycles to refine their coaching practices. Read more

Cross District Collaboration

Cross District Collaboration

VALIN Cohort members from Cumberland, hosted Fluvanna, Bedford, Louisa, and Powhatan along with virtual-connected, Scott McLeod, to work on the 4Shifts Protocol for deeper learning and integration of the 5Cs. Find more evidence of their collaborations on Twitter.

Communicating with the Community

A special “thank you” to Jeff Jackson and Lisa Wolf from Manassas Park City Schools for sharing their story with our #VAis4Learners Network. During our 45 minute webinar on 9/19, they shared success stories, strategies and helpful tips for engaging the community. The recorded session is captured here for those who are interested and were unable to attend the live session.

What Webinars Might Interest You?

Do you still need copies of What Schools Could Be?

Do you still need copies of What Schools Could Be?

Becky Ellis has free copies of the paperback edition of Ted Dintersmith’s latest book, What Schools Could Be available for network teams. Please contact Becky to arrange to obtain copies. Want some help with getting the word out about innovation in your schools? Try using this study guide from Ted.

Follow us on Twitter #VaLIN #VAis4Learners

VALIN is Together Again in December

WHEN

Friday, Dec. 13th, 8am-4pm

WHERE

The Hull Center in Chesterfield County Public Schools

About Advanced Learning Partnerships

About Advanced Learning Partnerships

ALP is a partner, designer, and agent of change. We move beyond the expert mindset and one-size-fits-all, quick fix solutions.
Virginia is for Learners is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL), and James Madison University with support from Ted Dintersmith and Jobs for the Future. Coaching is provided by Advanced Learning Partnerships and Dr. Scott McLeod from the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

VaSCL: A PD Network with Deep Learning Focus

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IMG_6084Educators often find professional development (PD) experiences to not meet their needs often because they have little choice about participating, the session is pitched through a one-size-fits-all lesson design, or active engagement that is intentional just isn’t a focus of the session. On the other hand, educators will say that when they have a choice in attending sessions seen as connected to their work, that differentiated learning, and actively engages them in experiences that are transferable back into their classrooms, the value of the PD is clear to them. The Virginia School Consortium for Learning staff and planning committee of steering team practitioners see the 2019-20 professional development workshops and conferences as offering a continuum of choices, definitely differentiated, and grounded in active engagement.Here are highlights of upcoming workshops that are being run by practitioners for practitioners. To learn more about the full range of opportunities and to register, click here

These three examples represent the work done by the PD Planning Committee this year to develop VaSCL focus areas including development of assessment literacy, lesson designs for  mathematical competencies, and infusing Social Emotional Learning throughout the school day.  You can register for these by clicking on the link.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 CO-FACILITATORS “DEVELOPING HIGH-QUALITY PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS AS PART OF A BALANCED ASSESSMENT PLAN” (GRADES K-12) KELLEY AITKEN AND ANNIE EVANS

This session will familiarize participants with the fundamentals of performance assessment development by exploring how to unpack standards to craft high-quality learning goals, develop tasks that measure deep understanding and transfer of learning, create instructions that reflect learning goals and communicate clear expectations for student performance, and develop scoring rubrics that provide informative instructional feedback and align with the standards delineated by the VDOE Quality Criteria Tool.

teachers working on math developmentSEPTEMBER 19, 2019 MATH LEARNING PROGRESSIONS #1: BUILDING PATHWAYS FOR MATHEMATICS UNDERSTANDING – NUMBER SYSTEMS & OPERATIONS (GRADES 3-8 )FACILITATORS DR. JENNIFER SUH, DR. KIMBERLY MORROW-LEONG, SARA BIRKHEAD, LARRY BURNER, DR. DEB CRAWFORD, AMANDA RICKARD

All children follow natural developmental progressions in learning. Curriculum research has revealed sequences of activities that are effective in guiding learners through these levels of thinking. These developmental paths are the basis for math learning trajectories. The three workshops will address the following questions: How do students learn a topic?; What do equitable teaching practices look like?; How can we teach with visual tools within a learning progression?; What does math modeling look like at my grade level?; and, How can we systematically use evidence from formative assessment to monitor progress and guide instruction? The goal of these workshops is to help educators teach the way in which students learn, which will ensure that their programs offer equitable mathematics instructional practices.

IMG_1298OCTOBER 3 AND NOVEMBER 21, 2019) INFUSING SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING INTO ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE: PART I AND PART II (GRADES K-6) DR. CAROL DAVIS

This workshop is designed to support school-based teams of K-6 educators through a process for implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout their entire elementary school. Schoolwide SEL is a systemic approach to infusing social and emotional learning into every part of students’ educational experience — across all classrooms, during all parts of the school day, and in partnership with families and communities. When SEL is developed as an integrated model across curriculum and all aspects of the school community, research shows that SEL becomes a bridge to academic development, resulting in achievement that is at least 11% higher than in schools that do not incorporate SEL.

We hope you can join us for one of more of the workshops offered for members and others with an interest in the topics for PD.

You can follow VaSCL on twitter @scl_Va and catch up with our work at our website https://www.vascl.org/ .