April is National Financial Literacy month and thanks to our district wide financial literacy grant from Great-West, we are offering PERA Q&A Sessions in every building. All district employees are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity with access to a knowledgeable PERA rep right in your building to answer any questions you have about PERA. No RSVP is required. Please just come and get all of your questions answered. Dates, times and locations are listed below. Staff at RDAB is welcome to attend a session at any building. If you have any questions, you can email Heather Greenwood
, Financial Literacy Coordinator.
Bishop, Tuesday, April 7, 4 – 5 pm (held this past week)
Cherrelyn, Tuesday, April 14, 4 – 5 pm
Charles Hay, Thursday, April 16, 4-5 pm
CFHSC, Tuesday, April 21, 4 – 5 pm
TEC, Tuesday, April 28th, 4 – 5 pm
(2 sessions, those closer to retirement in Venue, newer employees in Library)
Clayton, Thursday, April 30, 4 – 5 pm
One other April event open to all district employees is an evening seminar on Managing Student Loans and Credit. This session is being conducted by mPowered, a non-profit financial coaching and credit counseling organization. Free dinner will also be provided. It will be held at TEC on Tuesday, April 28th from 5 – 6:30 pm in the Library. Please RSVP to Heather Greenwood via email if you would like to attend this event.
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Rachel Anderberg from CDE will be hosting another CDE LETRS training opportunity to Englewood PK- 6 teachers this summer. This training took place over the course of the school year and was so well received that Rachel has offered to conduct another session to provide the opportunity of learning to more teachers in our district. The three-day training will run from June 16 – June 18, and anyone who attends all three days can earn Adams State College credit. If you are interested in learning more or want to register for the class, please view the link below:
Update on Acuity Benchmark Assessments
In an earlier ACT Now article, it was stated that an Acuity Survey would be sent out to receive feedback on the Benchmark Assessment. Since then, school principals and Learning Services sat down to discuss the future of Benchmark assessments and principals noted the following feedback from experience and teachers:
- Testing administration took a lot of time
- Scoring testing items took a lot of time
- Reports regarding student achievement were not easily accessible
- There was overlap between the quarterly writing prompt assessment and the writing portion of Acuity
That being said, principals agreed to the following next steps:
- Review and analyze reports that are available through Acuity
- Research potential benchmark assessments offered through PARCC
Aside from researching potential PARCC benchmark assessments, principals agreed that changing to yet another new benchmark assessment prior to receiving results from PARCC might not be a timely decision. However, principals also agreed that if we continue to use Acuity, teachers and administrators would need training regarding how to use the system effectively and efficiently.
We will keep you updated as we research the benchmark options that are available through PARCC, and know that we will not be sending out a survey at this time.
Summer School Credit Recovery Teacher Positions Have been Posted
We have 4 teaching positions (English, Math, Social Studies and Science). Credit recovery summer school will be from June 1-19, from 7:30am-12:30pm. There will also be a professional development day on Friday, May 29th. This year Gradpoint Credit Recovery will again be housed at Englewood High School.
If you are interested, or know anyone who is PLEASE apply and/or encourage others to apply! This is posted internally only at this time. The closing date is 4/24/15.
If you have any questions, please contact Mica Buenning at 303-806-2209.
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Announcing the Leadership Alliance: Creating a Growth Mindset
Cherry Creek, Englewood and Littleton Public Schools seek a diverse group of teachers, specialized service providers, school and district administrators for our first Leadership Alliance: Creating a Growth Mindset. The Leadership Alliance will be a two-year professional development learning experience beginning in the summer of 2015 and concluding in June of 2017 focused on improving our professional practices as educators. For more information and the application process, please reference this announcement
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