Sunday, October 26, 2014

Learning at BC

We are so fortunate...

BC Staff have the opportunity to learn from several different avenues -- all which align with our Action Plan.

Two of these learning opportunities our #BCTLT learned about this week and we want to share with you the opportunity for you to participate and learn for FREE -- that's right -- we said FREE.  Benton Community is part of the i3 Consortium with GWAEA and because of that relationship, we have the opportunity to be part of their learning community.  
  • The first course is entitled:  No-Nonsense Nurturer. This course is designed to advance understanding of the strategies that can be employed to increase student engagement, build constructive relationships with students, and establis the routines, procedures and structures need to improve student learning. To register for the course -- click here.  
  • The second learning opportunity is for educators to learn how to incorporate math and literacy standards into any content area. We just learned last week that NTC has partnered with Coursera to offer two new MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for  free to any teacher anywhere.  
    • Common Core in Action: Literacy in the Content Areas - Exploring Literacy Design Collaborative Template Tasks
    • Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges - Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction
These two courses are two of the five that will be offered this year through NTC and they start today (Oct. 20).    Here is the link in case you would like to check them out. As soon as we get more info about about the other three classes -- we'll let you know.

Common Formative Assessment (CFA)
Another advantage we have of being part of Grant Wood AEA is they are partnering with eight local school districts in offering CFA (Common Formative Assessment) workshops during the 2014-15 school year.

The purpose of the CFA workshops series are to provide teachers with similar content areas to work together to design evidence based common formative assessments and develop scoring guides, implement the assessment, review student evidence from the assessments, and consider instructional changes.  Below are some pictures from our work on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.  Over 200 educators came together to work collaboratively on this process.

Iowa Core
Not only do we get the advantage of being in the GWAEA -- our state is also doing a great job of keeping us abreast of new developments.  The Iowa Core Website has been updated by the Iowa Department of Education.  This resource will be something we review in a future blog post.  But if you'd like to check it out -- there are great tools and resources for all content areas on this new site, as well as parent and community information.  

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