Monday, August 13, 2012

Pictures from the event!

Check out this picture of our teacher panel as well as other pictures from the day here:
Thanks again to all the teachers who made the event possible!

Friday, August 10, 2012

1AB. Introduction to the Math Common Core Standards

Description: Philip Daro works on advancing the design and use of leadership tools for change at every level of the educational system, and consults with states and school districts on their accountability systems and mathematics programs. He will also discuss implications for teaching students with variations in prior mathematics knowledge and language.

Presenter: Phil Daro Chaired the State led Common Core Standards Mathematics Workgroup that wrote common College and Career Readiness Standards on behalf of 48 states and was a member of the lead writing team for the K-12 Common Core State Standards. 

Phil is a Senior Fellow for Mathematics for America’s Choice where he focuses on programs for students who are behind in mathematics and algebra for all; he also directs the partnership of University of California, Stanford and others with San Francisco Unified School District for the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), with a focus on mathematics and science learning among students learning English or developing academic English, develops research agenda and projects that address priorities identified in the school district.

He has directed, advised and consulted to a range of mathematics education projects. The most extensive and intensive engagements include NAEP Validity studies, ACHIEVE, FAM(Foundations of Mathematics) program development for America’s Choice, Balanced Assessment Project (co – Director), Mathematics Assessment Resources (MARS), the El Paso Collaborative(consultant), Pittsburgh School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, New York CityBoard of Education, the state of Georgia, and the New Standards Project. From the mid ‘80s until the 90s, Phil was the state Director of the California Mathematics Project for the University of California. He has also worked with reading and literacy experts and panels on problems related to academic language development, especially in mathematics classroom discourse.

1C. Research Projects and CCSS: Integrating 21st Century Skills and Inquiry-Based Learning

Description: The CPS Literacy Content Framework, grounded in the PARCC Model Content Frameworks, provides guidance for a curriculum that includes a quarterly research project. This session will provide a scheme for designing research projects as well as lesson models supported by CPS-provided research web resources and free web 2.0 tools for student content creation. Participants in this session will need to bring a tablet or a computer with a web connection to this session.

Presenter: Jeremy Dunn has more than twenty years of teaching experience in classrooms and libraries ranging from sub-Saharan African to the City of Chicago and its suburbs. As a teacher librarian, he has focused on collaborating with teachers across disciplines to integrate research skills and the use of technology across curricular areas.He currently is Director of Department of Libraries and Information Services at Chicago Public Schools.

Kristin Appiah-Word has worked in the Chicago Public School System for 17 years, with work experience ranging from grades K-12. She has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed in Leadership and Supervision and is currently working on her doctorate at Walden University (ABD).


1D. Introduction to the ELA Common Core Standards

Description: This session will provide an overview of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and highlight their interrelatedness.  Key changes in reading, research and writing will be described.  Suggestions for how teachers can adjust curriculum priorities to reflect these changes will also be offered.

Presenter: Donna Ogle is a Professor Emeritus in the Reading and Language
program at National-Louis University. Her areas of work have included content literacy and school–based professional development. She was senior consultant to the Chicago Striving Readers Research Grant and is a director of the Chicago Literacy Initiative Partnership (CLIP) in Area 6 of the city. Donna is a past-president of the Illinois Reading Council, the International Reading Association and is an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Her publications include Partnering for Content Literacy: PRC2 in Action (2010), Building Literacy in Social Studies(2007), Engaging in the Language Arts (2009), All Children Read(in third edition, 2010), Coming together as Readers (2009, second ed.), and Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners (2009) (co-authored with C. Blachowicz). She and Camille are editors of the Tools for Literacy series published by Guilford Press.


1E. CCSS and WIDA Standards: Applications and Implications for Diverse Students at CPS

Description: This session will provide information and practice opportunities to understand the connection between the CCSS and the WIDA Standards. During the presentation we’ll discuss different forms to address the needs of ELLs while using both sets of standards: CCSS Standards and WIDA Standards. Throughout the session participants will collaborate in the completion of a Model Performance Indicator (MPI) and a Unit Plan.

Presenter: Jose Morales is originally from Mexico. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Masters from the American College of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with specialty in ESL. Jose's whole professional experience has been connected to education first at the Bilingual Program in Mexico (Mexican Board of Education) and at UNAM teaching Communications. Once in the US, he worked for several publishing companies developing educational materials for diverse students. Jose has taught in the Bilingual program for CPS and the Southwest Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas; the ESOL program for the Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida; and the ESL program for the Orange County and the Seminole School District in Central Florida.  He recently accepted a position in central offices at the Chicago Public Schools district, with the Department of Language and Cultural Education (DoLCE), as an ESL and Bilingual High School Specialist.


1F. Introduction to the CCSS Writing Standards: A Snapshot of Writing to Argue

Description: In this workshop, educators will explore the standards for writing arguments. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion and collaboration to determine the content for several writing lessons specific to grade level. This includes topics for minilessons, strategies for teaching, and indicators of student mastery. Educators will understand what the Writing Standards mean and they will generate content for several writing lessons.

Presenters: Christine Gialamas has been an educator for 17 years. She began her journey 
working as a Reading Coach for Posen/Robbins School District. Later in her career, Christine entered the classroom as a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher. This will be her 7th year working as a Reading Specialist for CPS. Although she loves reading, Christine's heart belongs to writing. She writes frequently herself and find it to be one of the most exciting crafts! Her inspiration is to ignite the minds of educators, so they may intern inspire their students to find the "LOVE" in writing.

Lakeisha Moody-Seymour has been teaching for seven years on the West Side of Chicago. She has seen significant gains in her students' performance and always strives to make children learn to love reading.

Susan Volbrecht was a 2006 Chicago Teaching Fellow, and currently teaches in the Englewood Gresham Network. In addition, she works seasonally as Curriculum Manager for the Chicago Teaching Fellows Program, and is honored to be a member of the Teach Plus Policy Fellowship Cohort for 2012.


1G. Selecting Common Core Aligned Texts for the Elementary School Classroom

Description: This session will focus on how to strategically choose rigorous text to implement in units. Using qualitative and quantitative measures, participants will use a graphic organizer and elementary texts to consider all appropriate factors determined by CCSS. By using multiple methods to determine text complexity, participants will be well informed about the shift in ELA that CCSS presents. Participants will be able to analyze qualitative and quantitative factors when choosing text for their units, and be able to distinguish appropriate text based on lessons’ objectives.

Presenter: Shirley Roberson is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been teaching 4th grade at Andrew Carnegie Elementary School for 7 years. She is the RTI coordinator for her school where she  works with her team to successfully implement PD for teachers with a focus in aligning curriculum to state standards. She is also a facilitator for the Nurturing Teacher Leadership Program where she mentors candidates striving to achieve National Board Certification. This past year, she joined the Chicago Teachers Union 3-5 interdisciplinary team to create a unit implementing Common Core State Standards.  She is a reflective practitioner always looking for ways to strengthen her pedagogy.