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    Shane Syfrett
    Director of Professional Learning
    Aquilina Howell Building
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    The mission of the Leon County Schools' Department of Professional Learning is to improve student achievement by providing support and resources that engage all educators in continuous professional growth. 

Weekly Updates

  • FAMU Virtual Recruitment and Scholarship Event

    Posted by Susan Walden on 10/25/2020 6:00:00 PM

    The CAFS Office of Recruitment, Student Support, and Alumni Affairs has created a comprehensive recruitment event, which is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The speakers are Dean (Robert Taylor), Commissioner (William Proctor), Vice President for Student Affairs (Dr. Williams Hudson, Jr.), Head Football Coach (Willie Simmons), Office of Financial Aid (Ms. Carita Evans), Miss FAMU (Ericka Johnson), and the world-renowned Marching 100 (Dr. Shelby Chipman), the Office of Recruitment Student Support and Alumni Representatives (Dr. Verian Thomas, Ms. Shanteva Leonard, AG Ambassadors and Ms. Taquasha Freeman) to showcase the amazing opportunities that we have at FAMU. 

    Review the flyer HERE for more information and a registration link.

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  • October 19 - Update

    Posted by Shane Syfrett on 10/19/2020

     

    Academic Services Weekly Update October 18, 2020 

    Professional Learning Opportunities and Meetings Calendar, October 19 - October 30, 2020  

    Unless otherwise noted, meetings are virtual and hosted through the Microsoft TEAMS application or Zoom.  

    For further details of digital meetings, please contact the appropriate instructional-area developer or coordinator as listed on the Professional Learning website.  

    Monday, 10/19 

    Tuesday, 10/20  

    Wednesday, 10/21 

    Thursday, 10/22  

    Friday, 10/23 

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    • A Virtual Innovative Mindset Professional Development Workshop (4:15PM-6:15PM)  
    • October Beginning Teacher Program Meeting (4:30PM-6:00PM) 
    • SRD Help Session for Elementary Reading Coaches (9:00AM-10:00AM) 
    • Early Interventions in Reading (12:30PM-3:30PM) 

     

    • Using Depth and Complexity to Raise Thinking Levels (4:30PM-6:30PM)  
    • Reading Mastery K-2 (9:00AM-3:00PM) 
    • SRD Help Session for Elementary Reading Coaches (3:00PM-4:00PM) 

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    Monday 10/26  

    Tuesday 10/27 

    Wednesday 10/28  

    Thursday 10/29 

    Friday 10/30  

    • Imagine Math PD (10:30AM-12:00PM) 
    • PLA October Q&A Help Session (2:00PM-5:00PM 

      

    • Seeing Stars Training (11:00AM-3:30PM) 

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    • Seeing Stars Training (11:00AM-3:30PM) 

     

    LCS Canvas for Administrators (9:00AM-10:30AM) 

     

    Professional Learning Information and Announcements  

    NEW** Initial Imagine Math PD-Overview for ELL Coordinators and ELL Teachers 

    Monday, October 26th form 10:30-12:00          

    Register on Leon LEADS, Course # 24540, Section # 29761 

     

    NEW**SRD Help Sessions for Elementary Reading Coaches 

    Tuesday, 10/20 9:00 – 10:00 https://leonschools-net.zoom.us/j/98963045309 

      

    Thursday, 10/22 3:00 – 4:00 https://leonschools-net.zoom.us/j/95690319156 

     

    NEW**Teacher Q&A Help Session Schedule and Links 

    On the November 2, 2020 planning day the Office of Professional Learning is happy to be able to support our teachers with drop-in Q&A help sessions via Zoom. Click HERE to find the schedule availability for our Curriculum Developer team and links to reach them during their open Q&A hours. We are here to help you brainstorm, answer questions, and listen to your needs! 

    NEW**Updated Schedule of Reading Endorsement Courses 

    Review the new schedule of course offerings available here. 

    NEW**Guided Mindfulness Series from Empowering Education 

    To register for this series, visit the sign-up site here. 

    NEW**FDLRS Collaborative Teaching Course November Offering 

    Review the flyer and sign up here. 

    Upcoming Events for Beginning Teachers 

    If you are a first-year teacher in the LCS College of Ed (COE) or Professional Educator Competency (PEC) program, or a mentor to someone in one of these programs, we are pleased to announce the following events in the month of October! If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Titze (titzej@leonschools.net).  

    • October Beginning Teacher Meeting- 10/20/2020   4:30-6:00

    FSU Virtual Science Collaborative  

    Need support navigating the challenges of teaching science virtually? Want to learn with others, share your experiences, and access materials and resources to help you navigate this new science education frontier? Check out the flyer here for more details.   

    A Virtual Innovative Mindset Professional Development Workshop – October 20th and October 27th 4:15-6:15 (you must be able to attend both sessions) Course #25188  

    In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Leon County Schools will be providing a two-part virtual professional development workshop. Designed to provide you with valuable strategies and instructional methods you will be immersed in an interactive and hands-on experience with all materials provided. Whether you are instructing face-to-face or virtual you will go away with new tools and ideas to inspire and engage your students to build creative confidence and instill an innovative mindset. 

    Using Depth and Complexity to Raise Thinking Levels (virtual training for elementary teachers who have gifted students in their class)- October 22nd, November 19th, and January 21st 4:30-6:30 (you must be able to attend all 3 sessions) Course # 25189  

    Looking for the Swiss army knife of differentiation? Join us as the Gifted Guru and author, Lisa Savangemert, will present a three-part course that shares how you can use the Depth and Complexity model to raise thinking levels of your students with the lesson plans you already have and the content you're already using. You'll learn real strategies that work with real students for in-person and virtual instruction.  

    LCTA Professional Development Opportunities  

    For information on the upcoming exciting LCTA PD opportunities coming this year, please review the flyer HERE

    i-Ready Q&A Sessions  

    Please join Erin Richardson for i-Ready Information Sessions and Q&A on Friday, October 30, 2020.  Feel free to join any 30-minute session that fits your schedule!  Have questions about i-Ready or your data?...just stay on the line after your 30-minute session for Q&A.  Erin will introduce you to i-Ready's (new) enhanced reporting to help diagnose unfinished learning and support instruction to prioritize progress towards proficiency. For times and access information, see below.  

    • 8:00-8:30 (8:30-9:00 optional Q&A)  
    • 9:00-9:30 (9:30-10:00 optional Q&A)  
    • 10:00-10:30 (10:30 optional Q&A)  
    • 11:00-11:30 (11:30 optional Q&A)  
    • 1:00-1:30 (1:30 optional Q&A)  
    • 2:00-2:30 (2:30 optional Q&A)  

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/829563589

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
    Access Code: 829-563-589   

    ______________________________________________________________________________  

    LCS Clinical Educator Training Fall 2020  

    This course is intended for teachers interested in becoming trained as a Clinical Educator. LEADS Sign-up and course details HERE.  

    ESE Curriculum and Instruction Personalized Assistance and Exemplars  

    ESE teachers struggling with Canvas, Zoom, Teams, or other ESE Curriculum and Instruction issues, please email fulaterc@leonschools.net to set up appointments for help. Additionally, please feel free to check out the new resource under the Digital Academy tab on the ESE Resources page, our Canvas Showcase. Leon County ESE teachers share their courses and the awesome things they are doing in Canvas.  

    Developing Quality IEPs Virtual Training  

    Please review the flyer here for more details. ESE teachers who have not previously had this training should take these sessions.  

    Training Opportunities for Non-Instructional Personnel  

    LCS Non-Instructional Personnel can now sign up for several self-paced professional learning opportunities directly in LEADS. For a full schedule of courses available, please review the document here.  

    Need to Use the Howell Building Production Room?  

    Sign-up is required to ensure social distancing. Please reserve your spot HERE before you come out! We look forward to assisting you! 

    Popular Links  

    FLVS Teacher Resources Including Answer Keys  

    NEW—To gain access to the FLVS Content Teacher Resources including supplemental powerpoints, discussion-based assessments, accessibility guides, and answer keys, complete the privacy statement in the forms here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2yopaSqnN0WqJNZ6b1ZCvAW-JyxCSrdHvEmIHpM1--pUMEpUS0dGUjFFRk1WM0FPOTBGSlY0Qzg0Ni4u.  

    At the end of the privacy statement, you will be provided with a link to an LCS Sharepoint site that contains the FLVS resources for all courses. Please utilize these resources with caution and be sure to keep them secure. Please note that some courses and grade level materials include ONLY answer keys.  

    ESE Curriculum Services Digital Academy Resources and Support  

    Now available online here and on the Digital Teacher Academy page from Professional Learning.  

    ESE Curriculum and Instructional Support Resource Page  

    Available HERE. This page features webinars and PD related to curricular support for ESE teachers and their students. For questions or additional information, contact Christy Fulater (fulaterc@leonschools.net)/  

    WFSU/PBS Media Resources for Distance Learning  

    The WFSU weekly broadcast schedule is now available via the following link: https://wfsu.org/education/curriculum-related-programming/, and there are resources for all subject areas and grades aligned to the Florida Standards available at https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/. For a brief tutorial on using the resources available from PBS Learning Media, check out this video as well. For Other PBS Instructional Resources, CLICK HERE!  

    Social/Emotional Learning and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings 

     

    Social & Emotional Learning  

    • SEL Basic (Keeth Matheny)  

    Register on Leon LEADS; Course #: 24826  - October 30, 2020  

    REPEAT SESSIONS: #3 (8:30-11:30AM) &  # 4 (12:30-3:30PM)  

    Mental Health Awareness  

    The following are FLDOE approved youth suicide awareness and prevention training for K12 instructional personnel per s. 1012.583, F.S., and 6A-4.0010, F.A.C.: (ONLY ONE COURSE REQUIRED PER YEAR)  

    Additional Trainings  

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    For all trainings, submit completion certificates to:  

    Tonja Fitzgerald (fitzgeraldt@leonschools.net) or  

    Ashley Anderson (andersona5@leonschools.net)  

     

     

     
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  • FDLRS Collaborative Training

    Posted by Shane Syfrett on 10/13/2020

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  • October 12 Weekly

    Posted by Shane Syfrett on 10/12/2020

     

     

    Academic Services Weekly Update October 11, 2020 

     

    Professional Learning Opportunities and Meetings Calendar, October 12 - October 23, 2020 

    Unless otherwise noted, meetings are virtual and hosted through the Microsoft TEAMS application or Zoom. 

    For further details of digital meetings, please contact the appropriate instructional-area developer or coordinator as listed on the Professional Learning website. 

     

    Monday, 10/12 

    Tuesday, 10/13 

    Wednesday, 10/14 

    Thursday, 10/15 

    Friday, 10/16 

     
    • Secondary Math Department Meeting (3:00PM-5:30PM) 
    • Media Specialist Monthly Meeting (3:30PM-5:00PM) 
    • Science Department Chair Meeting (4:00PM-5:00PM) 
    • Beginning Teacher Mentor Orientation (New Mentors; 4:30PM-5:30PM) 
    • Beginning Teacher Mentor Orientation (Veteran Mentors; 5:30PM-6:00PM) 

    Principal’s Meeting (8:30AM) 

    APC Meeting (8:30AM) 

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    Monday 10/19 

    Tuesday 10/20 

    Wednesday 10/21 

    Thursday 10/22 

    Friday 10/23 

    -- 

      

    • A Virtual Innovative Mindset Professional Development Workshop (4:15PM-6:15PM) 
    • October Beginning Teacher Program Meeting (4:30PM-6:00PM) 

    Early Interventions in Reading (12:30PM-3:30PM) 

    • Using Depth and Complexity to Raise Thinking Levels (4:30PM-6:30PM) 
    • Reading Mastery K-2 (9:00AM-3:00PM) 

    -- 

     

    Professional Learning Information and Announcements 

    NEW*** FSU Virtual Science Collaborative 

    Need support navigating the challenges of teaching science virtually? Want to learn with others, share your experiences, and access materials and resources to help you navigate this new science education frontier? Check out the flyer here for more details.  

     

    A Virtual Innovative Mindset Professional Development Workshop – October 20th and October 27th 4:15-6:15 (you must be able to attend both sessions) Course #25188 

    In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Leon County Schools will be providing a two-part virtual professional development workshop. Designed to provide you with valuable strategies and instructional methods you will be immersed in an interactive and hands-on experience with all materials provided. Whether you are instructing face-to-face or virtual you will go away with new tools and ideas to inspire and engage your students to build creative confidence and instill an innovative mindset. 

      

    Using Depth and Complexity to Raise Thinking Levels (virtual training for elementary teachers who have gifted students in their class)- October 22nd, November 19th, and January 21st 4:30-6:30 (you must be able to attend all 3 sessions) Course # 25189 

    Looking for the Swiss army knife of differentiation? Join us as the Gifted Guru and author, Lisa Savangemert, will present a three-part course that shares how you can use the Depth and Complexity model to raise thinking levels of your students with the lesson plans you already have and the content you're already using. You'll learn real strategies that work with real students for in-person and virtual instruction. 

      

    Tier 3 Reading Intervention Trainings 

    10/21 Early Interventions in Reading, Virtual, 12:30-3:30-LEADS Course # 25204 

    10/22 Reading Mastery K-2, Virtual, 9:00 am-3:00 pm-LEADS Course #25207 

    10/27, 10/29, 11/4 Seeing Stars, Virtual, 11:00 am- 3:30 pm *must attend all three days-LEADS Course #25206 

      

    LCTA Professional Development Opportunities 

    For information on the upcoming exciting LCTA PD opportunities coming this year, please review the flyer HERE.

     

    i-Ready Q&A Sessions 

    Please join Erin Richardson for i-Ready Information Sessions and Q&A on Friday, October 30, 2020.  Feel free to join any 30-minute session that fits your schedule!  Have questions about i-Ready or your data?...just stay on the line after your 30-minute session for Q&A.  Erin will introduce you to i-Ready's (new) enhanced reporting to help diagnose unfinished learning and support instruction to prioritize progress towards proficiency. For times and access information, see below. 

      

    • 8:00-8:30 (8:30-9:00 optional Q&A) 
    • 9:00-9:30 (9:30-10:00 optional Q&A) 
    • 10:00-10:30 (10:30 optional Q&A) 
    • 11:00-11:30 (11:30 optional Q&A) 
    • 1:00-1:30 (1:30 optional Q&A) 
    • 2:00-2:30 (2:30 optional Q&A) 

      

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/829563589 

    You can also dial in using your phone. 
    United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 
    Access Code: 829-563-589  

      

    NEW**WFSU Age of Nature Virtual Field Trip 

    For more info, review the flyer here

    ______________________________________________________________________________ 

    Upcoming Events for Beginning Teachers and Beginning Teacher Mentors 

    If you are a first-year teacher in the LCS College of Ed (COE) or Professional Educator Competency (PEC) program, or a mentor to someone in one of these programs, we are pleased to announce the following events in the month of October! If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Titze (titzej@leonschools.net). 

    • Beginning Teacher Mentor Orientation- 10/13/2020  4:30 PM-5:30 PM; Drop-In Q&A- 5:30-6:00
    • October Beginning Teacher Meeting- 10/20/2020   4:30-6:00

     

    LCS Clinical Educator Training Fall 2020 

    This course is intended for teachers interested in becoming trained as a Clinical Educator. LEADS Sign-up and course details HERE. 

     

    ESE Curriculum and Instruction Personalized Assistance and Exemplars 

    ESE teachers struggling with Canvas, Zoom, Teams, or other ESE Curriculum and Instruction issues, please email fulaterc@leonschools.net to set up appointments for help. Additionally, please feel free to check out the new resource under the Digital Academy tab on the ESE Resources page, our Canvas Showcase. Leon County ESE teachers share their courses and the awesome things they are doing in Canvas. 

     

    Disability Awareness Webinar from FDLRS 

    The first two weeks of October are Disability History and Awareness Weeks! FDLRS has developed this informational webinar to provide participants with an overview of disabilities. Register and find more information here

     

    Developing Quality IEPs Virtual Training 

    Please review the flyer here for more details. ESE teachers who have not previously had this training should take these sessions. 

     

    Training Opportunities for Non-Instructional Personnel 

    LCS Non-Instructional Personnel can now sign up for several self-paced professional learning opportunities directly in LEADS. For a full schedule of courses available, please review the document here

     

    New Elementary Math Resources from HMH 

    This year more than ever, educators will be challenged with meeting students’ needs for the current calendar year while addressing learning gaps produced as a result of COVID-19 related school closures. HMH worked with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and has identified the highest priority standards that need to be focused on, by grade level. These priority standards are built from hundreds of projects with thousands of educators around the country, which consistently show that prioritizing standards results in learning gains for ALL students, particularly students who are behind. Grade-specific HMH Essential Content Frameworks allows educators to focus on those standards most critical to a student’s success in achieving grade level proficiency and above, as well as providing specific content from the prior grade that can be used for scaffolding and re-teaching. The Go Math lessons for both the current and prior grade are specifically listed for you.  Please choose the grade level of your choice to see the amount of support and thought that has gone into creating these documents.  You may use them in conjunction with your scope and sequence documentation to identify critical skills, on-grade lessons, and expected prior-year learning that supports these standards. These resources are available on the Elementary Math Sharepoint site at the link provided previously in this paragraph or here

     

    Need to Use the Howell Building Production Room? 

    Sign-up is required to ensure social distancing. Please reserve your spot HERE before you come out! We look forward to assisting you! 

     

    Popular Links 

    FLVS Teacher Resources Including Answer Keys 

    NEW—To gain access to the FLVS Content Teacher Resources including supplemental powerpoints, discussion-based assessments, accessibility guides, and answer keys, complete the privacy statement in the forms here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2yopaSqnN0WqJNZ6b1ZCvAW-JyxCSrdHvEmIHpM1--pUMEpUS0dGUjFFRk1WM0FPOTBGSlY0Qzg0Ni4u

    At the end of the privacy statement, you will be provided with a link to an LCS Sharepoint site that contains the FLVS resources for all courses. Please utilize these resources with caution and be sure to keep them secure. Please note that some courses and grade level materials include ONLY answer keys. 

    ESE Curriculum Services Digital Academy Resources and Support 

    Now available online here and on the Digital Teacher Academy page from Professional Learning. 

    ESE Curriculum and Instructional Support Resource Page 

    Available HERE. This page features webinars and PD related to curricular support for ESE teachers and their students. For questions or additional information, contact Christy Fulater (fulaterc@leonschools.net)/ 

    WFSU/PBS Media Resources for Distance Learning 

    The WFSU weekly broadcast schedule is now available via the following link: https://wfsu.org/education/curriculum-related-programming/, and there are resources for all subject areas and grades aligned to the Florida Standards available at https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/. For a brief tutorial on using the resources available from PBS Learning Media, check out this video as well. For Other PBS Instructional Resources, CLICK HERE! 

     

    Social/Emotional Learning and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings 

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    Social & Emotional Learning 

    • SEL Basic (Keeth Matheny) 

    Register on Leon LEADS; Course #: 24826  - October 30, 2020 

    REPEAT SESSIONS: #3 (8:30-11:30AM) &  # 4 (12:30-3:30PM) 

    • Youth Mental Health First Aid: REGISTER in Leon Leads (Course #23951) – Dates: October 15, October 30, November 18 and December 9 
    • Florida School Personnel Mental Health Awareness Training (https://florida.kognito.com/

    Mental Health Awareness 

    The following are FLDOE approved youth suicide awareness and prevention training for K12 instructional personnel per s. 1012.583, F.S., and 6A-4.0010, F.A.C.: (ONLY ONE COURSE REQUIRED PER YEAR) 

    Additional Trainings 

    -------------------------------------------------- 

    For all trainings, submit completion certificates to: 

    Tonja Fitzgerald (fitzgeraldt@leonschools.net) or 

    Ashley Anderson (andersona5@leonschools.net) 

     

     

     

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  • FDOE Human Trafficking Webinar

    Posted by Susan Walden on 9/30/2020 6:00:00 AM

    This online training offered from FDOE on Thursday, October 1st. For more details review the information here.

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  • Online Coursework--Tobacco Prevention

    Posted by Susan Walden on 3/26/2020 7:05:00 PM

    Tobacco Prevention Flyer Tobacco Prevention Flyer 2

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