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September 2019
We are excited to share new and innovative power and writing lessons and other resources in the following areas:

  • Narrative Power Lessons for Grades 6-8
  • Narrative Writing Prompts for Grades 6-8
  • Narrative Power and Writing Lessons for Grades 9-12
  • Narrative Skills Reflection Charts for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12
  • Social Studies Grades 9-12 Strategies and Lessons

"Our writing lessons match the GSE and they incorporate reading", stated Mary Stout, Director of Professional Learning and The Writing Center. They are free and built with you and your students in mind. 

As always, we welcome your feedback as you use the resources from the writing center. On the website, you will find a place to contact us if you have any questions or need additional support. We are always here to help!

Watch for our logo for the writing center coming soon! We are eagerly and enthusiastically awaiting its reveal! 

 Professional Learning Courses
  • September 10 - Content Conversation: Let's Do the Math - Grades K-2
  • September 11 - Classroom Management 101 for New Teachers - Grades 6-12
  • September 17 - GMAS Narrative Writing: More Than Just a Story
  • September 19 - Tech Toolbox for Social Studies and Science: Google Apps for EDU Part 1
  • September 19 - How to Build Communities of Hope/The Centergy Project 
  • September 23 - Classroom Management 101 for New Teachers - Grades K-5
  • September 26 - Media Specialist Collaborative K-12

For the full calendar and to register for courses, please  click here.

Welcome the Newest Member of our Team!
Shelly Allen, Sandra Deal Center Program Manager

I am honored to be a part of the CSRA RESA team. This year I will be managing a grant from the Sandra D. Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy.

This newly awarded grant supports schools and districts as they work on utilizing the Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) to measure and foster engagement in language and literacy lessons.
Social Emotional Engagement - Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS)
CSRA RESA, in partnership with the Sandra Deal Center for Language and Literacy, is providing professional learning and classroom coaching on Social Emotional Engagement - Knowledge and Skills Framework (SEE-KS) to Maxwell ES and Dearing ES (McDuffie), and Blakeney ES (Burke). Co-Founder of SEE-KS is Dr. Emily Rubin, of the Marcus Center of Autism at Children’s Health of Atlanta (CHOA). SEE-KS is informed by the research-based frameworks of a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and uses an assessment protocol consistent with the Engagement for Learning Framework.

The knowledge and skills provided through this professional learning approach is designed to bring a positive school climate into the classroom setting with a focus on increasing student engagement by fostering  Investment, 
Independence, and Initiation within classroom instruction. This framework
also supports the Four Pillars of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and the desired student outcomes of the Georgia Department of Education.

Select teachers from these schools participated in a full day of professional learning Monday, August 26th. Dr. Rubin shared strategies and tools that can be used to support all students' social emotional engagement. Teachers will mentor each other as they learn to identify levels of engagement in their own classroom. We are working to provide opportunities for teachers throughout our RESA to build their capacity. Watch for upcoming workshops!

GOSA Growing Readers 
Our GOSA Growing Readers Specialists recently participated in the GR kick-off. In attendance were certification candidates from schools and systems across the state, GR specialists, and GaDOE School Improvement Specialists. For more pictures and information, check out @GrowingRdrsGA and #GaGrowsReaders!

 Math Updates
We are very excited to announce that Pam Harris will be at CSRA RESA Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to present Building Powerful Numeracy. Registration is now open! 
Too many students struggle with basic numeracy! Based on Pam’s Building Powerful Numeracy and Lessons & Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy, this workshop engages teachers in an overview of powerful ways to help students develop efficient and sophisticated numeracy strategies. Participants will experience problem strings and will receive handouts to help students construct powerful numerical relationships and connections that lead to success in higher math.

Pamela Weber Harris is the author of several books, including Building Powerful Numeracy, Discovering Advanced Algebra, and a book for professional development leaders. A former secondary mathematics teacher, Pam currently teaches at Texas State University, is a K-12 mathematics education consultant, a T³ (Teachers Teaching with Technology) Instructor, and an author and coauthor of several professional development workshops.

Pam presents frequently at regional and national conferences. Her particular interests include teaching real math, building powerful numeracy, sequencing rich tasks to construct mathematics, using technology appropriately, smart assessment, and vertical connectivity in curricula in schools PK-12.

Media Specialist Collaborative
Registration is open! Share with your colleagues by submitting a proposal to present at the Media Specialist Collaborative. Click here to submit your proposal!

School Improvement Specialists
School Improvement Director Debra Smalley, and Specialists Gail Duggan, Penny Harper, Walter Reeves, and Steve Smith, recently held "A Deep Dive into the Instructional Cycle" professional learning session with Richmond County Instructional Coaches. 

Social Studies Leaders PLC

We had great success with our Social Studies Leaders PLC last year! This year, we are continuing our PLCs with an instructional technology focus. For more information on all of the sessions click on this link:  Technology Toolbox PLC’s for Social Studies and Science.

Visit the  CSRA RESA Writing Center for GSE-aligned resources, lesson plans, and examples of writing in K-12 social studies.

All new social studies resources from the GA DOE are now uploaded to the TRL Link on the SLDS - NOT on the Georgia Standards website.

Check out the Social Studies links below to connect with us:

  • 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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