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

For questions, please contact Laura Hooven, ELA Consultant, at lhooven@csraresa.org
The Writing Center
Maxwell Elementary teachers are working with opinion power and writing lessons from The Writing Center at CSRA RESA.
Visit the Writing Center for K-5 Opinion Writing, 6-12 Argumentative Writing and much more! New K-5 Opinion and Narrative Power and Writing Lessons were added recently. 

Professional Learning Courses

Upcoming Courses at CSRA RESA

    • March 5 - Math PLC for Grades 9-12
    • March 6 - A Day with the GaPSC 2019
    • March 6 - Math PLC for Grades 9-12, Swainsboro 
    • March 11-12 - FBA/BIP Training

    • March 12 - QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer
    • March 18 - Recharging Your Batteries: Classroom Management with Dr. Laura Riffel
    • March 19 - Your Own Day: ELA PLC for Grades 6-12
    • March 20-21 - How to Build Communities of Hope through Student Voice, Community Partnerships, and Wraparound Services from the Centergy Project

      For more information and to register, please click here.
Upon your next visit to the RESA building, notice the teacher-created drawings on the wall! These originals came from the recent ELA PLC for Grades 6-12, A Novel Approach to a Novel Study, led by Mary Stout and Laura Hooven. Teachers traced the thematic concepts within chapters of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. 


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

Growing Readers Program

Teachers recently completed their final Growing Readers professional learning session during February. Growing Readers is a collaborative effort between the RESA network and the Governor's Office of Student Achievement to provide consistent and high-quality professional learning to teachers on effective reading instruction. The program aims to help more children read at grade level by the end of third grade.  Debbie Callan and Mary Jo Kemp, Elementary Literacy Consultants, led the professional learning for CSRA RESA.

Social Studies Leaders PLC

This year, Social Studies leaders from across our districts gathered for professional learning and collaboration. The sessions were geared to innovative and passionate teachers who will re-deliver professional learning to others in their schools and districts. Since August, our Social Studies Leaders have learned about critical thinking instruction, reading and writing strategies, map and globe skills/resources, as well as primary source instruction in our workshops. Additionally, these lead teachers have been able to tour local historic sites that relate to Georgia standards! We have walked away with field trip ideas, instructional resources, and professional connections that will serve our students well!

So far, our PLC group has:

1. Toured the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and had a Petersburg boat tour on the canal
2. Toured the Lucy Craft Laney Museum
3. Taken a trolley tour of Augusta, Georgia   
4. Toured Hickory Hill Historic House in Thomson, Georgia

I would like to thank Alyssa Brown and National Geographic for sponsoring three of our lunches, Fat Man’s for providing the food and excellent service, Michelle Zupan and Franke Smith with Hickory Hill and the Watson-Brown Foundation for providing lunch and primary source training, Julie Boone and the Augusta Canal National Historic Site for the tour and meeting space, GPB and Discovery Education for providing a workshop and lunch, Corey Rogers and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum for the meeting space and tour of the museum, and SouthStar Trolley in Augusta, Georgia for the wonderful trolley tour! I would also like to thank the following school districts for allowing your teachers to attend the workshops and supporting Social Studies Leaders in our area: Glascock County, Warren County, Richmond County, McDuffie County.

Next year, we will continue visiting local historic sites that relate to the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies while also learning about using technology in the history classroom and “Taking Informed Action” in Social Studies! Be on the lookout for information regarding our Social Studies Leaders PLC for the 2019-2020 school year! You can sign up for updates by subscribing to the Social Studies website or emailing Crystal Parten at cparten@csraresa.org.

Please take a few minutes to see what CSRA RESA Social Studies is offering in the coming month!
  • Join us Thursday, March 28th, for the session Economic Turmoil: The Great Depression and World War II. The GCEE pays for substitutes, provides lunch, and participants walk away with ready-to-use lesson plans and resources! Sign up today by following this link: GA Council on Economic Education.
  • To receive daily updates, resources, and news important to K-12 Social Studies in our area, please follow me on: 

                 Facebook: @csrasocialstudies
                 Twitter: @teachSScsra

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