August 2018 
Welcome Back! 

The 2018-2019 school year promises to be another year filled with amazing opportunities to serve our districts.  We look forward to strengthening our commitment to each of you as we work together to provide meaningful and rigorous classroom experiences for the students we serve. 

Through this newsletter, as well as our website and social media, we hope to inform you of the services we offer that can help strengthen your skills as a teacher and improve student achievement throughout the twelve districts served by CSRA RESA.

Gene Sullivan
Director, CSRA RESA 

Join us in welcoming Amber Phillips to CSRA RESA

I am excited to join the CSRA RESA team as the School Climate Specialist for the 2018-2019 school year. My mission will be to partner with educators to build healthy classrooms and school communities, who will create positive learning environments for all students.

Before coming to RESA, I spent ten years teaching students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and I served as a high school assistant principal for five years.

Although I learned some valuable lessons from my past experiences, I believe that it is essential to start each year with a fresh perspective and recognize that no two classes are the same, just as no two students are the same. 

My personal philosophy of classroom management is grounded in the importance of building strong, positive relationships with our students and demonstrating that we care by listening to their point of view. Experience can add to our knowledge base of good tips and strategies that help maintain a productive learning environment, but nothing can replace genuine empathy and kindness towards students. 

I am thankful for this opportunity to collaborate with the teachers and district leaders in the CSRA. I look forward with anticipation and excitement to the school year ahead!

Join us in welcoming Heather Yarbrough to CSRA RESA

I’m excited to join the RESA family and serve the wonderful schools in the CSRA. Last year, I was contracted by RESA to write model lessons, conduct trainings, and help teachers implement the new Science GSE. I am thrilled to continue that work as an official employee this year.

I’m originally from Elberton, GA, but currently live in McCormick, SC. I began my teaching career at Lincoln County High School in 1998, where I predominately taught Biology and AP Biology, but also occasionally taught Physical Science and Chemistry. During my 14 years there, I served in several leadership positions including Science Department Head, member of the School Improvement Team, System Improvement Team, and the SACS Accreditation Team. In 2004, I was awarded Lincoln County Teacher of the Year and named Teacher of the Quarter in 2009 and 2011. 

In 2011, after an extensive battle with cancer, I left the classroom to be home with my family.  Currently, I am homeschooling our daughter, Ellie Rae, and I am teaching science at our homeschool co-op. I am married to Scot Yarbrough and we attend Lincoln County United Methodist Church.

I believe that we learn science best by DOING science. I look forward to working with educators in the CSRA to implement hands-on science into their classrooms.
Investigate and Examine our
GSE Science Lesson Library

Professional Learning Courses

Upcoming Courses at CSRA RESA

    • August 1 - Legal Update for Administrators
    • August 13 - Gifted Endorsement begins 
    • August 16 - Gifted Training for AP/IB Teachers Online Course
    • August 21 - Thinking Critically about History at the Augusta Canal
    • August 23 - CSRA RESA Math Endorsement begins
    • August 30 - From Teacher Questions to Student Questions (Science)

    • September 11 - Math PLC for Grades K-2
    • September 18 - Pairing Passages for Fiction and Nonfiction (ELA) and Map and Globe Skills Workshop (SS)
    • October 2 - PreK-2nd grade: The Four Ps: Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Puppets
    • October 4 - Using Formative Assessment to Inform Instruction

For more information and to register for courses, please click here.

Math Updates

AFCEA Educator and Industry Forum

Held in conjunction with TechNet Augusta 2018, this one-day teacher training workshop and networking forum will focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for teachers in the CSRA and surrounding  school districts.

Educators will build connections with industry partners that may have local and/or under-used STEM education and training resources that can be brought to bear in K-12 settings regionally. The growing demand for a STEM-literate cyber workforce makes this the perfect time and place to strengthen the connections between the education and business ecosystems throughout the region.

When & Where:
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Student Auditorium, Augusta Cyber Center, Augusta, Georgia

Cost & Registration:
$50 per teacher 
Registration link below:

Thank you for supporting this AWESOME opportunity
for CSRA teachers!


Governor's Office of Student Achievement 
Growing Readers Grant

The GOSA Growing Readers Grant is in its fourth year. This year Mary Jo Kemp will continue working with Jenkins County K-3 teachers. Debbie Callan will continue working with K-3 teachers in Glascock and Richmond County (Jamestown and Rollins Elementary). Teachers will attend four days of professional learning throughout the year, add to their independent reading  libraries, receive on site support by coaching in visits by Mary Jo and Debbie, and reflect on how to make reading instructional practices stronger so that they can meet the needs of all of their readers. 

If your school would like support with K-5 ELA instruction, please email dcallan@csraresa.org. She is working with writing instruction with Warren County. She is also working with reading instruction with Emanuel and Burke County. There are only a few available dates for the first semester, so please contact her as soon as possible to reserve your date. 

Social Studies
It's almost time to welcome students back and begin another fantastic school year! Please take a few minutes to see what CSRA RESA Social Studies is offering in the coming month!
  • Our FIRST Social Studies Leaders PLC will be held at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Site from 9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. on August 21, 2018!  It will be an exciting day exploring the museum, taking a canal tour (10AM), learning about critical thinking in social studies, and recognizing local teachers! Please sign up, beginning August 1 through www.csraresa.net or your Ascentis account! 
  • Please see our latest BLOG post to get the dates, topics, and locations for the other Social Studies Leaders PLC's this year! We have an exciting schedule planned for you this year! 


Thanks to a partnership with MICROSOFT, teachers have access to all current Flipgrid features.


How can this tool be used for learning in the classroom? To make thinking visible, explain understanding, submit exit tickets, share reading responses, create book talks, connect with teacher-parent introductions, record reading with parent, and much more, check out these resources and discover other ways to implement this easy-to-use, highly effective tool in your class. Follow on twitter: @flipgrid, #FlipgridFever, #StuVoiceCon18 and www.flipgrid.com or contact me at dgriffin@csraresa.org, for help. 
Looking at Literacy

New teachers in McDuffie County recently participated in professional learning with RESA Professional Learning Director Mary Stout, School Climate Specialist Amber Phillips and ELA Consultant Laura Hooven.
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