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 


  • 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) 


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) 


  • 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.

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  


For all trainings, submit completion certificates to:  

Tonja Fitzgerald (fitzgeraldt@leonschools.net) or  

Ashley Anderson (andersona5@leonschools.net)