CSRA Regional Education Service Agency

4683 Augusta Highway SE
Dearing, Georgia 30808
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February 2017

Media Specialist PLC

March 6th, 2017

Tour and collaboration

with Susan Noland,
Mulberry Elementary School media specialist

Recipient of the
Judy Serritella Georgia
Exemplary Library Media Program 2016.

Please click here for more details and to register.

Highlights from Guided Reading and Lesson Planning 101 Workshop
Kathy Griffin, a Scholastic consultant from Oklahoma, shared practical ideas to grow readers during the morning session of the ABCs of Guided Reading. The Guided Reading session was sponsored by Scholastic.

The afternoon session was Guided Reading Lesson Planning 101. Several videos featuring Jan Richardson, the author of " Next Step to Guided Reading" were viewed and discussed. Sixty teachers from the CSRA RESA school districts attended, learned new techniques, and were recipients of great door prizes and new books for their classroom libraries.

"We've got Dendrites!"
In the video below, teachers are participating in a chant taught by Scholastic consultant, Kathy Griffin. It's a fun strategy to help children become aware of their own reading growth.

Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • February 23 - Special Education Records for 2017
  • February 28 - Making the Most of your 2016 CCRPI Results
  • March 1 - TKES: GaDOE TLE Electronic Platform Updates
  • March 6 - Media Specialist PLC
  • March 10 - Social Studies GSE Rollout for Rural Districts

    To register for courses, please click here.

Highlights of recent updates and releases for
Google for Education

  • Google Classroom app- assignments can now be given to one student or several students. This update supports differentiation easily and efficiently.
  • Parent email for child's updates in google classroom doesn't have to be a gmail address
  • Google Forms can now predict possible questions types and suggest potential responses
  • New Google Sites platform available for everyone
  • By having access to templates directly from Drive, it's easier to create files from templates in Docs, Forms, Slides and Sheets

(Think about creating separate classes in google classroom for enrichment or remediation within a rostered class.
Create a class for groups other than your rostered classes, for example: a PL class in your school, a reading/book club, a team you coach, Science Club, Technology Club, or Math Competition Team. It's an efficient way to share information and important documents.)

Also, new updates using Voice Typing:

Math Updates

  • New Staff Members at the Department of Education

Lya Snell

Mathematics Elementary Program Specialist


Felicia Cullars

STEM/STEAM Specialist


Bryan Cox

Computer Science Specialist


  • The K-5 Math Endorsement proposal was submitted. Now we wait to hear from the PSC for any changes that need to be made.
Spotlight on Literacy Lessons
Check out all the lesson plans on the
Literacy Library page at
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