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We are kicking off this year’s Curriculum Leaders Symposium Topics with Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain. Find out about other upcoming events in the 2017 Autumn Events Newsletter.
During her two-day visit in Lane County, Zaretta will deliver a comprehensive introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching and the neuroscience behind it. Zaretta, a former writing teacher, is an education consultant who supports schools around the country in creating more culturally responsive instruction.
Throughout Zaretta’s equity-focused professional development and school support of over 18 years, she dispels the urban myths and misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching. She affirms that “a big myth is that CRT is about motivating students of color by mentioning cultural facts or naming famous people of color.” She also offers that “culturally responsive teaching” is less about “motivating disengaged students” and more about “rebuilding trust with them through a learning partnership, using that rapport and trust to get permission from students to push them into their zone of proximal development.”
Zaretta bases her work on brain research which confirms that “when students are in their ZPD, the brain responds by growing more neurons and dendrites – brainpower; with more brain power and cognitive routines they are able to do more rigorous work and build their background knowledge and deepen understanding.” Zaretta’s ascribes to a culturally responsive teaching approach that helps culturally and linguistically diverse students who have been marginalized in schools build their skill and capacity to do rigorous work. She states that “the focus isn’t on motivation but on improving their brainpower and information processing skills; motivation is only a small part of it.”
Tuesday, September 19th | Curriculum Leaders
Leading for Equity: Creating Systems That Support Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- With Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
- Opening Remarks by Colt Gill, Oregon’s first Education Innovation Officer
9:00 – 11:00 AM at Lane ESD 1200 Highway 99N, Eugene 97402
Intended Audience: Curriculum directors, superintendents, K-12 administrators, higher education faculty, board members, and equity leaders
Other Events with Zaretta Hammond
Tuesday, September 19th
- This Event is hosted by the UOTeach College of Education MA; Program Leadership, Julie Heffernan
Intended Audience: Teacher licensure university students from UO (UOTeach), Pacific University, NCU, Chemeketa Community College, and Lane Community College
Intended Audience: Teachers new to the profession and/or new to the concept of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Instructional Assistants
Wednesday, September 20th
Leveraging Culturally Responsive Teaching: Helping Students Become the Leaders of Their Own Learning
Intended Audience: Instructional coaches, TOSAs, teacher leaders, instructional leaders, instructional teams
Teams will have a chance to work together in the afternoon for a deeper dive into CRT strategies and principles from Zaretta Hammond’s book.
Read Ken Marshall’s review of the article “Four Characteristics of High Performing Leaders.” Although written for the business community, Ken offers concepts that are applicable to educational leaders looking for ways to set new professional goals for building principals and/or staff in leadership positions. Enjoy.
Effective leaders decide with speed and conviction, engage for impact, adapt proactively, and deliver reliably on their commitments
PS. Don’t miss our end of the year Curriculum Leaders Symposium, Tuesday June 20: Effective Ways of accessing, utilizing, and sharing data for systemic change.
Lane ESD is involved in a lot of great things this summer! Download the 2017 Summer Events newsletter to find out more!
Hi Tech Manufacturing Showcase | Advanced Manufacturing Technology
On May 16, Lane ESD and the Curriculum Leaders Forum hosted special guest, White House Champion of Change and Oregon Fab Lab Expert John Niebergall. John shared with us about his adventures aboard the Oregon Fab Lab bringing High Tech Skills to students all across Oregon. Also, local CTE teachers extraordinaire Polly Kohl (Thurston HS) and Chris McGowan (Willamette HS) with several of their students demonstrated the skills developed in their Career and Tech Education Courses. Discussion Topics Included: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, High Tech Software and Hardware in the Classroom, Computer Assisted Design (CAD), 3D Printing, Robotics, Digital Vinyl Cutting, Lean Manufacturing, MakerSpace How-To, And Much More!
Lane ESD District Members, in collaboration with LCC, pursue a Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Grant offered by Google.
The grant will help increase the number of computer science courses offered at the high school level and improve articulation of CS 160 Orientation to Computer Science with LCC.
Why CS 160?
- It is considered a “gateway” computer science course, and it is based on the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM 060) standards.
- It is one of four required programming courses in the statewide Oregon community college Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Computer Science degree.
- As a community college block transfer degree, students can transfer all courses to any Oregon community college and public university conferring a CS Baccalaureate Degree without a loss of credit.
- The course can also be part of a CTE Program of Study in Computer Science.
Next Generation Science Standards | NGSS
How do you present a convincing argument WHY it’s necessary to prioritize science education, particularly at the elementary level? What are the major tenants of the NGSS instructional shifts, and how do these shifts impact the teaching and learning of Science? These are the questions that Lane County educators discussed at our last Curriculum Leaders’ Meeting on November 15th. The discussion was facilitated by our guest Science Specialist Paul Hanson from the Hillsboro School District, Science TOSA and OSTA Director Region 1, alongside with Bob Curtis, Lane ESD Science Specialist. View Google Slides that contain NGSS Instructional Shifts and Science Adoption Process
- NGSS Overview for Principals
- The NGSS Playbook includes background, action steps, and resources needed to guide and support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) within your district or school, and among teams of teachers. This tool will give you implementation ideas, examples of best practice from the field, look-fors of quality science instruction, suggestions for integrating science instruction with the Common Core State Standards (English Language Arts and Math), and strategies for attending to equitable instructional and assessment practices: Culturally Responsive Teaching Guidelines.
- All Standards, All Students. What can classroom teachers do to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students; hence the title: “All Standards, All Students.” Successful application of science and engineering practices (e.g., constructing explanations, engaging in argument from evidence) and understanding of how crosscutting concepts (e.g., patterns, structure and function) play out across a range of disciplinary core ideas (e.g., structure and properties of matter, earth materials and systems) will demand increased cognitive expectations of all students.
- Step by Step Curriculum Adoption Process
- Oregon Instructional Materials in Science: ODE Website
- 2016 ODE Science Publishers Approved Contacts
Recent studies suggest that Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) demands paradigms that might be different than those that have been in place for generations and have not produced acceptable results. But the focus of new paradigms is more on orientations to teaching as ways of being in relationship with diverse students and subject matter than methodologies for teaching specific content.
During our October meeting (See Agenda), Curriculum Leaders shared the various ways in which they are addressing Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in their districts and organization. We also discussed what CRT looks like specifically in Mathematics. Learn more about the content of our discussion
November 19th: Game Jam Coming to Eugene
Free workshop: Learn about creating a computer game in a fun environment
Brought to you by Lane STEM, the Oregon Game Project Challenge, CoderDojo, and Lane Community College. Teachers, coaches, and students will learn about forming a gaming team to participate in a statewide game development challenge in April 2017.
- Thanks to OCSTA, coaches who attend Game Jam will have their $50/team registration fee for the April main event reimbursed.
- Lane STEM will also sponsor teams to attend the spring Main Event challenge in Salem. For more information, please connect with Heidi Larwick at email@example.com
November 18: Title IX Training
Register for this three-hour training with Karin Moscon, ODE Equity and Civil Rights Specialist. Training will be at Lane ESD on Friday, November 18th. 8:30 am – 11:30 am.
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As political opinion grows even more polarized and extreme rhetoric becomes commonplace during this election, how do we provide effective avenues in which all our staff and students, regardless of ideology or political affiliation, can respectfully engage in social and political dialogue?
As educational leaders we share the responsibility and moral imperative to model for our students proper conduct during the presidential election and beyond. Along with our pursuit of educational equity, we wish to promote in all our schools a fair and open environment for the exchange of ideas through “civil discourse,” which requires a high level of standard of conduct toward others rather than mere politeness.
- Fostering Civil Discourse in our Schools During and After the Presidential Election Campaign Season. See p. 2 To view classroom strategies.
- Talking Point for Administrators
- Civics Poster
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