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SmartPIKs: It Takes a Village
Creating a Community Literacy Involvement
Burke County School District

To be successful, our students must become competent, independent readers. I represent a huge population of educators and community stakeholders who simply want to do the right thing. Therefore, the Literacy Breakfast grew out of an idea called SmartPIKs. The primary purpose of SmartPIKs it to have a Positive Influence On Kids by providing books to children that will allow their imaginations to soar and their possibilites to expand.

Literacy is so important and it truly affects everyone. That is why we choose to use the theme: It Takes a Village. It is vital to all of us that we do whatever we can whenever we can to nurture a love for literacy in all children from a young age.

The Literacy Breakfast featured elementary, middle and high school student pianists and an elementary children's choir who sang "We Are the World" so beautifully. A student read a book to the attendees titled It Takes a Village. The brilliant and talented keynote speakers included Angela Moseley, Executive Director of Adult Education at Augusta Technical College; Mary Stout, Director of Professional Learning for CSRA RESA; and Ashley Roberts, Executive Director of Burke County Chamber of Commerce.

To no surprise and without hesitation, individuals and businesses made a commitment on the spot to give a student a book at least twice a year. This initiative has sparked interest among the local school board members, superintendent, administrators, teachers, other school employees, communities in schools, parents, chamber of commerce, Augusta Tech, sheriff's department, police department, ministers, car dealerships, grocery stores, the county library, Head Start, and Barnes & Noble.

The difference that you make makes a difference!

submitted by Dr. Frances Young
K-5 Curriculum Director, Burke County Schools

The Writing Center at CSRA RESA

CSRA RESA dedicates our new writing website to all teachers who must each day find ways to mold students into writers. This task is not easy, not quick, and not prescriptive. Each child brings his or her background, experiences, passion, and voice into expressing written thought. Every teacher, regardless of content expertise, must promote the thinking, the skills, the strategies, the reading, and the opportunity behind the art of writing.

Throughout this website, teachers can explore ideas to assist them in their writing instruction. They will find standards and glossaries, model learning targets, sample rubrics, sample prompts, extended lessons, and focused power lessons.

Our writing consultants will add new materials throughout this next year. We welcome your feedback and guidance as we build this writing resource. Our goal is to have a one-stop writing resource.

Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

    • December 6 - Building a Culture of STEM/STEAM Success
    • December 7 - Quantile Framework Training with MetaMetrics
    • January 9 - ELA PLC for Grades 4-12 Session 5
    • January 10 - Number Talks Training Grades 3-5
    • January 11 - Number Talks Training Grades 6-8

To register for these and other courses, please click here.

Real Teachers. Real Voices.
The “Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign highlights exceptional educators around the state.
Building and Fostering Relationships” features Rebecca Nevetral, 7th grade teacher, at Louisville Middle School in Jefferson County. Rebecca takes great pride in developing and fostering relationships with students, faculty and community.

Congratulations Rebecca!!

It's not too early
to start planning for
Digital Learning Day
February 22, 2018.


On February 22, 2018, teachers and students will participate in Digital Learning Day. The purpose of the day is to highlight great teaching practices and to showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

To learn more, find ideas on how to participate, and
view partners, click here.

Digital Citizenship: Helping Our Students Become Responsible Digital Learners

Our children and students on any given day are on the web to obtain information, complete assignments, play games, shop, connect through social media sites and the list goes on.

As parents and educators, are we assuming that an occasional conversation, an assigned video or even a signed responsible use policy guarantees that our children are practicing good digital citizenship? Are they being responsible users of information, the internet, and devices? Are they learning what it means to be a digital leader in their school and at home?

The conversation about digital citizenship and responsible use is one that should continue as children grow and move on in each grade. One of the seven ISTE standards for students is Digital Citizen.

In this article, I have curated resources that are current, valid and relative to this topic. They will supply you with a wealth of knowledge that will be beneficial to not only your students, but to your own digital footprint.

Google partnered with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition to create a curriculum within Google's new program Be Internet Awesome! This program also reaches students through engaging video games. Try it yourself! Their cornerstone topics are Smart, Alert, Strong, Kind and Brave.

In addition to the curriculum for students, Google has a training module for teachers within Google's Certification program. You will need a Google account to access this content. The module can be found at their training site. By completing this module, teachers and other school personnel will have a strong foundation for guiding students' responsible use.

Common Sense Media has been a leader in providing resources to address this topic. Their curriculum provides age appropriate activities. In addition, parents will find a rich resource of topics under the parent section.

NetSmartzKids hosts video lessons for kids to learn about being safe and responsible online. There is also a teen section that I often used with middle grades students. Meaningful conversation should accompany these videos.

Using images to generate conversations is a great strategy discussed in this article written for the ISTE blog by Kristen Mattson, who just recently published a book on Digital Citizenship.

Digital citizenship content does not need to be taught all at once. There are always opportunities to teach and review specific concepts within an authentic, real-world lesson or activity. Our role is to help students understand how to use digital resources responsibly and effectively for learning and living.

Submitted by Diane Griffin

Calling ALL Instructional Coaches,
Curriculum Directors, and Teacher Leaders!

CSRA RESA is excited to announce a unique opportunity for school and district leaders who focus on providing job-embedded professional learning to faculty members within districts and schools!

Facilitated by CSRA RESA’s dynamite professional learning consultants, these “train the trainer” professional learning pathways will provide participants with a variety of research-based strategies and materials, as well as opportunities to discuss ways of facilitating the information within a district or school professional learning session.

What is being offered for Instructional Coaches, Curriculum Directors, and Teacher Leaders?

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