January 2019 

The Writing Center at CSRA RESA
For each genre, we are adding standards, rubrics, learning targets, prompts, power lessons, and writing lessons. New content is being added each month, sometimes weekly, so please keep visiting the writing website for new writing instruction content at your grade level. We welcome your feedback!

Professional Learning Courses

Upcoming Courses at CSRA RESA

    • January 15 - A Novel Approach: Novel Reading in Different Ways
    • January 16 - SLDS: What Data is Available for Grades K-3? 9:00 a.m.
    • January 16 - SLDS: What Data is Available for Grades K-3? 12:00 p.m.
    • January 22 - Teaching Text Structure through Social Studies Content

    • January 22 - MATH PLC Grades 6-8
    • January 23 - MATH PLC Grades 6-8 (To be held at Swainsboro High School)
    • January 29 - PIZZA: The Recipe for Teaching Reading Grades PreK-5th
    • January 30 - CIT: Youth in Crisis; SLDS Teacher Resource Link

For more information and to register for courses, please  click here.
Young Georgia Authors
Writing Competition
For more information, click the image above to access the 2018-2019 Official Rules Booklet which contains all the details and forms regarding the YGA Writing Competition.

If you have questions, please contact Laura Hooven, our ELA Consultant, at lhooven@csraresa.org
Digital Learning Day    2019
Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue to showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning!

Visit  https://digitallearningday.org to learn more and participate. 

Math Updates

Math PLCs – at CSRA RESA and Swainsboro High School

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

Registration opens February 1, 2019!  

More information coming soon!  
A two-day workshop offering face-to-face professional learning  
focused on a grade band of your choice. 

One of the locations will be in Richmond County in 2019.  
RESA Math Consultants Gin Sellers, Brenda Hodgin, and Steve Smith led professional learning sessions during McDuffie County Schools' In-Service Day Monday, January 7th. 
McDuffie County ELA teachers, shown below, were working on alignment of GSE standards with Laura Hooven and Mary Stout during In-Service Day January 7th.
Explore our
GSE Science Lessons 

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

  • Join us January 22nd for Teaching Text Structure through Social Studies Content (Grades 3-12)Click here to register.
  • To receive daily updates, resources, and news important to K-12 Social Studies in our area, please follow me on: 

                 Facebook: @csrasocialstudies
                 Twitter: @teachSScsra

submitted by Crystal Parten
Leslie, Kent A. "Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933)." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 15 May 2018. Web. 27 September 2018.

Instructional Technology
A 2018 Top Pick for Learning by Common Sense Education, Seesaw is a versatile platform with a variety of built-in tools used by students to demonstrate their understanding. Seesaw works beautifully across many types of devices. Teachers can create instructional activities for students or use those found in the Seesaw Library as is or edited to meet the needs of their students. 

Teacher support is awesome! Seesaw offers professional learning for teachers via online sessions at your convenience. Check out the calendar here. For January 2019 PL, just click on the calendar. Follow Seesaw on Twitter or join a Seesaw Facebook group.  I am available to come to your school also. Please contact me at dgriffin@csraresa.org.

Let me encourage you to go through the Ambassador Program to learn all about Seesaw and earn rewards for your classroom. I recently completed the Ambassador training, so please feel free to contact me anytime as you begin to use Seesaw with your students. 

submitted by Diane Griffin
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