November 2018 

Professional Learning Courses

Upcoming Courses at CSRA RESA


  • November 13 - PreK - 5th Grade: Oral Language and Comprehension 
  • November 27 -  Primary Sources Workshop 1 
  • November 28 - Digital Portfolios (Technology)
  • December 4 - Powerful Poetry: Engaging Middle and High School Students

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


English Language Arts Professional Learning Session
Grades 6-12

October 16th was a great day for the ELA In-house session!

Entitled “Differentiation in Text Selection and Activities to Master the Intense Skill,” the session engaged participants in a thorough examination of differentiation. Not only did the session review the five components of differentiation, but the attendees also participated in a mock classroom setting where they were assigned a student profile.

Modeled by the facilitators, the “class” was taught a differentiated lesson. The “students” were grouped based on Lexiles, then given differentiated activities determined by each group’s skill level while using different content from the same story. The facilitators further modeled small group instruction within each group. The activity was well-received!

Many participants felt they walked away from the session with a very clear understanding of how differentiation works in the classroom and how to incorporate differentiated activities within an instructional plan. Additional materials were reviewed and shared with the participants, so everyone left with resources to support their work with differentiation.

The next ELA In-house Professional Learning Session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4th. Innovative and engaging research-based, high-powered strategies designed to motivate and engage students in poetry and vocabulary are on the docket. Our poet in residence, Kelly Flanders, will be the special facilitator.

We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday, December 4, 2018! Register for the session at Ascentis

submitted by Laura Hooven

Math PLC

This hands-on workshop focuses on increasing rigor in instruction and building conceptual understanding. Participants will closely examine the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the Standards of Mathematical Practices to understand their intent and to effectively utilize them in planning, instruction, and assessment. The participants will investigate effective instructional practices (from NCTM’s  Principles to Actions) to help increase rigor and conceptual understanding in their classrooms. Participants are asked to bring a lesson plan to use and modify during the session OR they can create one during the session.


Grades 6-8

January 22, 2019 at CSRA RESA

January 23, 2019 at Swainsboro High School


Grades 9-12

March 5, 2019 at CSRA RESA

March 6, 2019 at Swainsboro High School

Teachers from Emanuel and Richmond work on effective mathematical instructional practices during the grades 3-5 Math PLC this week.

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Jasmine Change 

First Year Science Teacher

Jefferson County High School
Jefferson County High School has a rare gem in Jasmine Change, a first year science teacher who is making a huge impact on her students. Ms. Change is a 2014 alumni of JCHS and graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She is currently attending Augusta University seeking a Master of Arts degree in teaching. While still a student at JCHS, Jasmine was awarded a scholarship in which she committed to returning to her alma mater upon graduation. 

Since she already had a desire to return and give back to her community, accepting the terms of this scholarship was not an issue. For now, her short term goals are to complete her masters program and take a few years to simply enjoy teaching. Eventually, she would like to receive her doctorate degree in Environmental Science, become a professor, and conduct research of her own. 

Although Ms. Change is making great strides with the students at Jefferson County High School, being a first year teacher has not been without its challenges. Accepting the fact that everything will not always go as planned has been one of her biggest hurdles. She states, "Labs will fail and lessons will flop; however, you cannot be deterred from attempting them again." When asked what advice she would give to someone wanting to enter the field of education, Ms. Change replied, "My advice is to stay positive. Things are not always going to turn out the way that you would like. As my students would say, sometimes you just have to take an L for your loss. It's okay for things to fail sometimes. What's important is that you learn from the mistakes and make it even better next time."

Social Studies

October 23rd was a fantastic day with fabulous Social Studies Leaders from around our  CSRA RESA districts! Thank you  Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History for hosting us and Corey Rogers and  SouthStar Trolley for the fantastic tour of our local social studies resources in Augusta!

Ms. Angela Brown from Jefferson County was recognized as our Outstanding Social Studies Teacher this month and will be featured in CSRA RESA's December newsletter as well as on the CSRA Social Studies Webpage this month.

The Narrative Writing Workshop garnered much conversation and great ideas to take right back into the classroom.
  As an added bonus, we had so much lunch we were able to donate the leftovers, pack over 30 to go boxes, and deliver them to the homeless in downtown Augusta.

Please take a few minutes to see what CSRA RESA Social Studies is offering in the coming month!

  • Our next Social Studies Leaders meeting is November 27th at CSRA RESA in Dearing. We will participate in a Primary Sources Workshop and will be given a tutorial on Curriki, a free educational platform that houses lesson plans and resources for teachers all over the United States.  Click here to register.
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submitted by Crystal Parten

Growing Readers 

Growing Readers teachers are so excited! They each have been given almost $1,000 worth of books so far this year alone. They are building their independent classroom libraries. The teachers are honing in on their conferring skills, and have already seen growth with their readers!

Our goal is to have at least 85% of the striving readers make a minimum of one year's growth. Teachers are identifying strategies they need to support the skills needed by each reader. Debbie Callan and Mary Jo Kemp have been busy modeling a variety of strategies for the teachers to use with their readers.

Look at the infographic below to see the impact this year's Growing Reader Schools have had already across the state! 


The K-5 ELA in-house sessions at CSRA RESA have been filled with lots of ideas for classroom teachers, instructional coaches and paraprofessionals.

Don't forget to sign up for:

  • Nov. 13th: Oral Language and Comprehension (For Prek-Third Grade Teachers/paras/Instructional coaches)
  • Dec. 6th: Perfecting the Read Aloud/Think Aloud ( K-5) 
  • Jan. 29th: PIZZA: The Recipe for Teaching Reading and Writing Foundational Skills (K-5)
  • February 26th: Power of the Mini-Lesson in Reading and Writing (K-5) 


If you have a need for a reading or writing PL at your school, please contact Debbie Callan at dcallan@csraresa.org.

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