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October 2019

Evans High School students design 
a new logo
The Writing Center

Mr. Marcus Cooper, Graphic Design teacher at Evans High School, along with EHS students (from left seated), Rose Murray, Laila Patrick, Jenil Thornton, and Christopher Russell, designed and created the new logo for the CSRA RESA Writing Center website.

We are very grateful for the students' attention to this project and so happy with the completed design!  Many thanks to Mr. Cooper and the students for your collaboration with us on the logo. 

Dr. Debbie Alexander
Executive Director, CSRA RESA

High School Graduation begins in Kindergarten……..

Congratulations to CSRA RESA high schools and districts for increasing graduation rates.  Georgia’s high school graduation rate is at an all-time high at 82 percent with steady increases each year. 

In 2019, 71 Georgia school districts recorded graduation rates at or above 90 percent.  

Twenty-four districts recorded rates at or above 95 percent. In the CSRA, 9 of 11 school districts with 19 of 28 high schools ranked above the state average.  Nine CSRA schools have a graduation rate of 90 or above and four have a graduation rate above 95.     

Accurate and timely graduation rates help schools and districts understand barriers that impede students from graduating on time and inform strategies for increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college or ready to pursue meaningful work.   

High School graduation preparation doesn’t begin in ninth grade, or even in Middle School, it begins in Kindergarten.  According to  The Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national study  “Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation,” shows that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. Poverty compounds the problem: Students who have lived in poverty are three times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate on time than their more affluent peers. So where do we begin? 

Making things better for kids takes people with the skills, persistence and experience to work together to find solutions. We start with taking an approach that all children need access to language. For the very young, the message is simple, “talk, sing and read” to your baby. Every child deserves a strong start with caring adults who spend time talking, singing, and reading to them. Encourage parents to take advantage of quality-rated daycares and preschools, and enrolling children aged four into Georgia’s PreK.

These advantages will make way for K-3 teachers to provide foundational reading and numeracy skills so that students leave each grade on or above grade level. Educators can use a multi-tiered system of supports to meet the needs of students who are not achieving on grade level and to address other barriers to learning. Beyond grade three, our focus moves from learning to read to reading to learn, and using mathematics to solve problems and find solutions. Supporting students begins with building relationships so that we recognize their needs. If we are committed to students graduating from high school college and career ready…let’s start early.

Check out the links below to learn more about how grade level reading directly impacts a child’s chances for on time graduation.

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading and our own  Get Georgia Reading Campaign

 Professional Learning Courses
  • October 9 - Classroom Management 101 for New Teachers Grades K-5
  • October 9 - Classroom Management 101 for Paraprofessionals Grades K-12
  • October 10 - Paraprofessional Technology PLC: A Cauldron of Content 
  • October 16 - SLDS: Using the GSGM to Increase Your CCRPI in the Area of "Progress" for Grades 4-11
  • October 23 - Building Powerful Numeracy with Pamela Harris                                      
  • October 24 - K-2 Strategies to Support the Three Types of Writing
  • October 24 - Making Learning Creative with AdobeSpark Creation Tool
  • October 24 - Tech Toolbox for Social Studies and Science: Google Apps for EDU Part 2
  • October 29 - Content Conversation: Let's Do The Math-Grades 3-5
  • October 29 - Small Groups? In a Middle School Classroom?  In a High School Classroom? Really?
  • October 30 - SWIS Training

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

Welcome the Newest Member of our Team
Lindsey Heritage, Literacy Specialist
Hi! I am Lindsey Heritage. My family and I just moved to Georgia in July of this year.  I was born in Texas, and since getting married, I’ve lived in Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee. I have been married to my husband, Ryan, for ten years, and we have three daughters: Bella, Randi, and Piper. Ryan is the new Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Augusta. We live in Evans, and our children attend school in Columbia County. We are very excited to be here.

Professionally, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Concordia University. I have a Gifted and ESL endorsement from Texas, and have Dyslexia training from Orton-Gillingham. I taught second-fourth grades for ten years before becoming a Reading Interventionist/Read to be Ready Coach for the last four years. At both the LEAD and TRA conferences, I presented to administrators from around the nation. This year, I plan to continue my education by pursuing my Dyslexia Certification through an Orton-Gillingham Practicum. I feel very blessed to be a part of the CSRA RESA team as a Literacy Specialist, and I am excited to learn from each other.

GLSA Teacher Academy
Linda Bailey and Penny Harper (not pictured here) led the Teacher Academy for Richmond County School District September 11th. For more information on the Teacher Academy, please visit their webpage.

GOSA Growing Readers 
Growing Readers kicked off the year with a two-day workshop held at CSRA RESA for schools participating. Each day was filled to the goal post with learning and creating. In addition, McDuffie and Jefferson County administrators attended a Leadership session to provide support for the GOSA Growing Readers initiative in their schools.

 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 Fall Collaborative
We appreciate our presenters Tracey Wiley, Education Outreach Specialist, GPB Media; Tyler Torek, Instructional Technology Specialist, Burke County; Jennifer Newton and Terrie Gribanow, McDuffie County; Kelley Bell, Columbia County; and Heather Yarbrough, CSRA RESA, for Inspiring, Informative, and Fun learning in the imaginary and real world of our school library media centers and library learning commons!

Social Studies Leaders PLC

Technology Toolbox: Google Apps Part 2 is October 24th. For more information on this session and others, please click 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

Don't miss the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference October 10-11, 2019, in Athens, GA. 

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