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Welcome to the Opening Week Science Mini Conference 2011. Today’s Schedule. 8:00 - 8:55 Opening Session 9:00 - 9:25 Safety by Content 9:30-10:15 Session 1 10:20-11:05 Session 2 11:10-11:55 Session 3. Staff. Marty Davis - Program Manager Marshall.davis@spps.org

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today s schedule
Today’s Schedule
  • 8:00 - 8:55 Opening Session
  • 9:00 - 9:25 Safety by Content
  • 9:30-10:15 Session 1
  • 10:20-11:05 Session 2
  • 11:10-11:55 Session 3
staff
Staff
  • Marty Davis - Program Manager
    • Marshall.davis@spps.org
  • Greg Childs - Elementary Science Coach
    • Gregory.childs@spps.org
  • Molly Leifeld - Elementary Science Coach
    • Molly.leifeld@spps.org
  • Nancy Geving - Secondary Science Coach
    • Nancy.geving@spps.org
welcome
WELCOME

John Iverson

Como Planetarium TOSA

congratulations
Congratulations!

Jamin McKenzie

Minnesota State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

mca highlights
MCA Highlights
  • SPPS average % proficient increased 1% while the state average % proficient decreased by 1%
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MCA Highlights
  • Elementary schools: 18 made gains against the state average in 2010. This year 26 made gains against the state average
mca highlights2
MCA Highlights
  • Jr. High: 2 schools made gains against the state average in 2010. This year, 6 made gains against the state average.
science mca s
Science MCA’s
  • MCA III’s will be administered this spring
  • All teachers should be

using the 2009 standards

and test specs

district wide efforts
District Wide Efforts
  • Engaging Classroom Assessments
  • PLC’s - Connect to ECA’s
  • Write to Learn
  • GANAG
  • Racial Equity as part of all we do
strong schools strong communities plan
Strong Schools Strong Communities Plan

Guaranteed Delivery of Curriculum

  • Pacing Guides are aligned to state standards and provide the framework for instruction.
  • Standards are prioritized within each content area.
  • New standards are implemented. ・
  • Learners are actively engaged.
strong schools strong communities plan1
Strong Schools Strong Communities Plan

Better Achievement for Every Student

  • Collaborative Data Teams/PLCs guide differentiated instruction.
  • Researched-based strategies drive interventions. ・ Clear and high expectations are established across all learning environments.

Use of Data to Improve and Inform Instruction

  • Formative and summative data guides instruction in all content areas.
  • Progress monitoring informs daily lesson planning.
curriculum guides managed instruction
Curriculum Guides(Managed Instruction)
  • Approved for use this year by SPPS administration
  • Teachers are expected to follow the guide for courses they teach
  • Slight flexibility on timing
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Curriculum Guides(Managed Instruction)
  • Elementary
    • Revised Frameworks
    • Managed Instruction Curriculum Guide
    • Found on The Center website:
      • http://thecenter.spps.org/k-6_science.html
  • Secondary
    • Listed by course at:
      • http://thecenter.spps.org/6-12_science.html
the center website
The Center website
  • This is a work in progress
  • Includes the updated syllabi for secondary courses (managed instruction curriculum units added)
  • Benchmarks for each course listed
  • Managed curriculum guide units
  • BYOC ????
stuff you need to know
Stuff you need to know!
  • Common core standards
    • New Literacy standards for 7-12 grade science
    • Look for sessions today
    • Note flyer for times to add your voice on the Common Core standards
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Stuff you need to know!
  • Professional Development Days
    • Secondary:
      • Oct. 19 - Engineering & ECA’s
      • Nov. 11 - Write to Learn & ECA’s
      • Apr. 6 - Sharing our Data/Data walls

(see Data Fair Presentation Board handout)

    • Elementary:
      • TBA
science house membership
Science House Membership

We still have it!

belwin outdoor science
Belwin Outdoor Science

40th year Anniversary

survey and evaluations
Survey and Evaluations
  • Please fill out Teacher Demographic survey, and put in boxes outside the auditorium on your way to your Safety Session.
  • Please complete the Mini-Conference evaluation after each session and put in the boxes outside the auditorium after your last session.