[Curriculum Directors] FW: Wednesday Weekly - August 14, 2019 --- PLEASE Review

Throndsen, Jennifer Jennifer.Throndsen at schools.utah.gov
Wed Aug 14 14:39:15 MDT 2019

Wednesday Weekly Edition

August 14, 2019

Curriculum Directors Meeting Request (ACTION NEEDED)
In preparation for the 2019-2020 Curriculum Directors meeting, we are planning on developing learning teams for curriculum directors to collaborate on current problems of practice. Collaboration time and resources will be provided during curriculum directors meetings to work in these teams.

Considering the feedback on the areas of priority in the LEAs, the following four areas have been chosen for the options for the learning teams: English Learners, Social-Emotional Learning, Professional Learning Communities, and Personalized Learning.

In preparation, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSds1gC0D-SErB6UHTW2sGGXY6CcyXWuQKqyxt4hxMefuegnsQ/viewform?usp=sf_link and respond to the information so that we can best prepare for these groups.  Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Equity Lab 2.0
As you are aware, R277-700 Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program underwent some significant changes.  As part of our Equity Lab 2.0 for this year, we will be focused on improving the representation of underrepresented groups in early college courses and CTE pathways.  The Equity Lab experience will afford LEAs and schools with time to review their current data and to consider root causes, their theory of action, and action steps to move forward.  Participating in this year's Equity Lab 2.0 will provide invaluable support for improving inequities and access, as well as addressing the changes in the rule.  Below is more information about the opportunity:

In January our USBE staff offered our first series of Equity Labs for LEAs across the state. These Labs were designed to help LEAs meet the USBE objective of promoting equitable access to highly effective teachers. LEAs reported very positive experiences during this event and requested more opportunities of this kind. To honor this request, our staff is offering another Equity Lab, this time focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented student groups (e.g. gender, socioeconomic, ethnicity, race, ability, English language proficiency, etc.) in early college (AP, Concurrent Enrollment and IB) and career coursework. In similar fashion to the original Equity Lab, this one will focus on LEAs analyzing their own school-specific data in order to identify root causes to gaps in student performance, and constructing a theory of action that will lead them to a proactive plan to increase the participation of underrepresented student groups in early college and career coursework.

We have sent a request to your superintendent/charter director to put together a team of 3-5 representatives. We suggest selecting from the following positions:

  *   Charter Director
  *   District Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
  *   District/Charter Administrator who oversees accelerated programs (i.e., AP/CE/IB)
  *   Title IX/Title VI/Title I and Section 504 Coordinator
  *   Equity Directors
  *   District/Charter Counselor Specialist
  *   High School Administrator
  *   AP/CE/IB Teacher Leaders
  *   Student Service Directors
  *   CTE Director

Our labs will be held across the state from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the following locations and registration can be found in MIDAS.

September 9

Box Elder School District

960 South Main

Brigham City

September 13

Division of Services for the Deaf and Visually Impaired

250 N 1950 W

Salt Lake City

September 16

Iron County School District

2077 W Royal Hunte Drive

Cedar City

September 19

Wasatch School District Offices

101 E 200 N

Heber City

September 25

Carbon School District

251 W 400 N


September 26

Nebo School District

350 South Main

Spanish Fork

Contact Person: Holly Bell

Email: holly.bell at schools.utah.gov<mailto:holly.bell at schools.utah.gov>

USBE Meeting Summary Newsletter
Here is a comprehensive summary and resource of the USBE Board Meeting from August 1-2, 2019. https://mailchi.mp/8515eec83c70/usbeaug2019newsletter

Utah K-12 Mathematics Leadership and Coaching Institute Information and Application
Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce that the application for the Utah K-12 Mathematics Leadership and Coaching Institute is now open! We look forward to having Mona Toncheff, President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) as our national presenter for two of our six days together. Mona is also a co-author of "Mathematics Coaching and Collaboration in a PLC at Work", the book we will use in the Institute (participants will receive a copy!).

Please consider applying and sharing this information with others and email Joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov> with questions.

Utah K-12 Mathematics Leadership and Coaching Institute
An institute held over 6 days throughout the school year for elementary and secondary mathematics educators with strong content knowledge who are working in positions that involve leadership and coaching.
Application Due: August 30, 2019
Click here for details and a link to the application<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mXNrou7rDFF-GQYxStvafVm2Yubt4OTZa0_3OGOhS3Q/edit?usp=sharing>

For the 2019-2020 school year, the K-12 Mathematics Leadership and Coaching Institute participants will collaborate on and increase knowledge and skill-sets related to:

  *   Collective Efficacy and Supporting Teams
  *   Co-teaching
  *   MTSS
  *   Equity in Mathematics
  *   USBE Strategic Plan

Please also see below for additional opportunities for Elementary Mathematics Specialists/Coaches this year!

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Institute for NEW Elementary Coaches and Specialists
An institute held over 6 days throughout the school year for elementary mathematics coaches and specialists who are new to their positions (serving in current roles less than three years) and are currently transitioning from the classroom to the role of a specialist or coach.
Application Due: August 23, 2019
Click here for details and a link to the application<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-JCukKM_k0gcnEszUPjxIpAccdONeJgkW_FAVeDi-Z0/edit?usp=sharing>

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement Course Offerings
We have some exciting news! The Utah State Board of Education recently created an Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement as an option to earn in addition to the Elementary Mathematics Endorsement. USBE is sponsoring a cohort for elementary educators who have already earned the Elementary Mathematics Endorsement to complete the two new courses. The purpose of the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement is to prepare elementary teachers to focus on mathematics teaching as a special area of interest and for leadership or coaching responsibilities in schools and districts. Teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, specialists, and supervisors are welcome to apply; preference will be given to educators currently serving in leadership capacities.

Application Due: August 23, 2019
Click here for details and a link to the application <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Iypf9uzopPNFwbUZj1IfTBB_hS4EKWjkqYrbSZ12gYA/edit?usp=sharing>
Contact Persons: Joleigh Honey Joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov>;  Shannon Olson shanna.olson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:shanna.olson at schools.utah.gov>

Surplus Materials

Uintah High School (see attachment #1)

Contact Person: David Wilson
Email: David.wilson at uintah.net<mailto:David.wilson at uintah.net>

Grammy Museum Educator Award Opportunity
My name is Kait Nader and I'm the Director of Community Engagement at the GRAMMY Museum. We have a national program called the Jane Ortner Education Award that honors a non-music educator who uses music in her or his classroom. The application is short and straight-forward with educators being asked to submit an original lesson plan that they have used in their classroom. The winning educator is able to attend the GRAMMY Awards telecast with a guest (paid for by the museum,) gets a $3,000 personal honorarium, a $1,000 honorarium for their school and is honored at a GRAMMY Museum event. Additionally, there are professional development opportunities both in-person and via webinar for those interested in learning how to use music in their classroom.

Our application deadline closes in early December and I'm wondering if you would pass along information about the award to educators in your network? It's been a small award for the past few years, but we'd really like to expand in hopes we can create a larger network of opportunities for educators.

Please find our 2020 flyer attached and more information on our website: https://www.grammymuseum.org/education/janeortnereducationaward. (Attachment 2)

Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to answering any questions you might have.

Contact Person: Kaitlyn Nader knader at grammymuseum.org<mailto:knader at grammymuseum.org>

Replacement for Netsmartz?
If your LEA has used Netsmartz in the past, please note that USBE has contracted with a new vendor for the Internet Safety Program. Please see email below for additional information.

As many of you know, the five-year contract for the ICAC Internet Safety Program expired and so we were required to send out a new RFP.  We had several very qualified applicants. The applicant that won the bid for the state contract is Digital Respons-Ability. I want to introduce and welcome our new partner. We are very excited to move forward with this partnership and feel very confident that they will meet and exceed all expectations for the education of our students in the state of Utah. Here's a little about who they are:

Digital Respons-Ability is a local Utah company that works closely with K-12 students, parents and educators to teach digital citizenship, the ethical and responsible use of technology. They have partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Utah in order to provide trainings throughout the entire state of Utah.

Digital Respons-Ability is committed to educating and informing individuals to become empowered digital citizens in small classroom-based sequential workshops. Digital Respons-Ability uses a prevention science approach to build social and emotional learning skills that can protect young people from unhealthy digital behaviors. They use an evidence-based approach to this important topic and their research and strategies have been recently published through Rowman & Littlefield in Digital Citizenship: Teaching Strategies and Practice from the Field.

 Here is the contact information to start scheduling presentations with Digital Respons-Ability.

Contact Person: Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Email: carrie at respons-ability.net<mailto:carrie at respons-ability.net>

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Jennifer Throndsen, PhD
Director of Teaching and Learning
Utah State Board of Education

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