February 2019 
The Writing Center at CSRA RESA

Click here to visit the Social Studies section to view the new layout and submissions. Also, new lessons have been posted for Grades 6-12 Argumentative Writing. 

Professional Learning Courses

Upcoming Courses at CSRA RESA

    • February 5 - DECAL: Social/Emotional Strategies: Tier 1
    • February 12 - Youth Mental Health First Aid
    • February 13 - BrainDev 101
    • February 14 - ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

    • February 19 - Primary Sources Workshop II at Hickory Hill Museum  and   ELA Grades 6-12: Theme, Motifs, Tone, and Mood: Using Longer Passages to Comprehend a Text
    • February 20 - K-12 STEM/STEAM: Changing the Instructional Culture for Student Success
    • February 21 - Hands-On and Minds-In for Grades K-8
    • February 27 - Media Specialist Meet Up

      For more information and to register,  click here for Ascentis

Media Specialist
Meet Up

February 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register here!
Image. Jeffords, K. (2010). Books aren't just made of words you know. Retrieved from https://www.etsy.com/listing/71942203/books-arent-just-made-of-words-you-know. Poster availabe for purchase. One lucky media specialist will go home with this poster.

Join us in welcoming Penny Harper to CSRA RESA

We are excited to welcome Penny Harper to CSRA RESA as a School Improvement Specialist. 

Penny has served as a classroom teacher, principal, professional learning specialist, gifted education coordinator, learning support coordinator, and literacy and learning specialist.

She is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Columbia County. They have two daughters and Penny is "Gamma" to two beautiful granddaughters. One daughter attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN and the other is a teacher. Penny enjoys reading, playing piano, and spending time with her family. 

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. 
It's World Read Aloud Day! In case you missed it this year, check out all the information to be ready for next year!  For Scholastic resources and information, click here.
Forty-two second graders at Jamestown Elementary in Hephzibah received a personal copy of Malcom Mitchell's book, called "The Magician's Hat". Their principal, Ms. Chapman, signed each book with a personal motivating message to encourage reading.

Mrs. Stoddard, second grade teacher at Jamestown Elementary and one of the GOSA Growing Readers teachers, applied for the Georgia Early Learning Initiative Grant. The grant was sponsored by GOSA, Get Georgia Reading, and Share the Magic/Malcom Mitchell Grant.

Students enjoyed motivating messages from Malcom Mitchell and watched an animated video of Malcom Mitchell reading his book. In addition, Mrs. Stoddard received $250.00 to purchase books for her classroom library from First Book.

Afterwards, students were surprised with a pizza party to help celebrate this special day!  The pictures above are worth a thousand words. The students felt like celebrities and hopefully were motivated to work on their reading skills. Ms. Stoddard and her principal are to be commended for going above and beyond so that their students could be recipients of this wonderful grant!

submitted by Debbie Callan


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 9-12

March 5, 2019 at CSRA RESA

March 6, 2019 at Swainsboro High School

Shown below are teachers participating in the Math PLC held in Emanuel County January 22nd. Math Consultants Brenda Hodgin and Steve Smith led the session. 
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. 

June 25-26th  Belair K-8 School in Richmond County

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

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submitted by Crystal Parten

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