This is the first issue of TIGER TOOLS, the Office of Learning’s communication tool. In an effort to streamline our communication we have designed a newsletter that will be sent out monthly during the school year.
Our goals for the communication are to:
- highlight upcoming in-house and regional professional learning opportunities
- develop a shared understanding of our K-12 areas of focus
- share relevant and interesting resources that support a deeper understanding of the foundational elements of our programs
- direct your attention to our Office of Learning website (formerly the Curriculum Office website) for further information and resources
We are excited to extend an invitation to the Office of Learning – Open House on Monday.
Please do stop by for snacks, conversation, and getting to know the office.
Opportunities @ AES
Professional Learning Series (PLS) on Leading Groups
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck
- Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci
- Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) w/ Eric Brunsnell
- Key Principles of ELL Education w/ Virginia Rojas
- Teaching the Process of Meaning Making in Reading (3-8) w/ Vicki Vinton
- ….and many more
“What strategy doubles student learning? According to 250 empirical studies (linked in the article) the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as ‘the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately.”
This section is dedicated to sharing relevant resources and articles that deepen our foundation and fundamental practices at AES.
Below are some key points to remember regarding screen time at AES:
- There is a key distinction between educational and entertainment screen time.
- There is probably a further distinction between educational creation screen-time (making stuff) and educational consumption screen time (watching Khan Academy videos).
- We do not promote (or even use in a significant way) computer based instruction (kids sitting in front of devices for long periods of time absorbing content and being quizzed on it).
- We do promote the balanced, authentic and intentional use of technology
The bottom line is that technology is used at AES most often for short periods of time and in conjunction with other materials and activities (lab journal, manipulatives, conversations with peers). It drifts in and out of our students’ days as one part of their total educational experience.