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CSRA RESA Newsletter

November 2016

the Director's Corner

Gene Sullivan, Executive Director

Georgia Public K-12 School Funding Fact Sheet

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has published an article entitled, "Student Success in the Balance: Update for 2017" which can be viewed on their website, gbpi.org.

Please take a few minutes to read the article in order to become more aware of how Georgia funds public K-12 schools and the changes that are being proposed. To download the article in PDF format, please click here.

Best wishes for a Happy and Restful Thanksgiving!

Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • November 4th - Nix the Math Tricks for Grades 3-5 Teachers
  • November 4th - Nix the Math Tricks for Middle/High Teachers
  • November 10th - SLDS Overview and Resource Folders
  • January 18th - SLDS Overview and Resource Folders

    For a complete list of courses and to register, please click here.

Have you ever tried to write a good multiple choice, true/false, or matching assessment item? Are you disappointed when you try to pull a good question from a test data bank? Have you struggled with how to write a viable written response assessment?

Today's assessments demand different types of test items. Don't pull your hair out trying to wrap your head around all of this. Don't depend on someone else to write your assessment item.

FIP module 41057: DSA: Creating and Using Selected Response Assessment will guide you on how to write viable questions! The module is easy to access and to go through on your time. To learn about written responses that are viable, try FP41054: DSA: Creating and Using Written Response Assessment. It is not as difficult as it sounds.

Yes, you are in control of your professional learning. FIP modules provide you with quality information at your own pace. Setting up your account is easy. Your administrator has your FIP code. It is as easy as ABC, and it counts for the professional learning needed for TKES and recertification.

If you need assistance, contact either Mary Stout (mstout@csraresa.org) or Laura Hooven (lhooven@csraresa.org).

submitted by Mary Stout


Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Update from Sandi Woodall and Brooke Kline:

  • Over 4000 responses to survey concerning standards
  • Approximately 225 applications for the Task Force
  • Advanced Finite Mathematics - proposed 4th course; Standards will be posted for public review soon.

Nix the Tricks at CSRA RESA on Friday, November 4, 2016

Spotlight on Literacy Lessons

Check out all the lesson plans on the
Literacy Library page at

Highlights of the Media Specialist PLC
held October 20th, 2016
Collaboration and Tour with Teacher Librarians
at Wheeler High School

Recipients of the 2016 Judy Serritella Exemplary
School Library Media Program

A few Top Tweets and Comments from #GaETC16

"feedback faster makes learning better"

"the person doing the work is the one doing the learning"-don't always give students templates and your work - let them make and create more

"use words to encourage and foster critical thinking"-
use video and other apps for various instructions, directions, tasks, or add them as an assignment in Google Classroom so student can mark done

"student-created video"- create to inspire, to illustrate, to summarize, to demonstrate, to educate"

"teach student blogging and commenting to improve writing and to develop 21st century communication skills"

Please click the image above to learn more about this interactive Professional Learning Series,

Collaborative Conversations on Building a Culture of Writing
Remember to use the SLDS platform
GOFAR, Teacher
Resources, Student Data,
Lexile, and Differentiation based on Data

Have questions? Ask a RESA consultant for help!

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