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Important Information for Everyone
  • Lumpa Dash this Sunday: The first annual Lumpa Dash 5K will take place this Sunday, April 17. Read more...
  • Facilities Planning Survey: Let us know what you think about the future of Englewood Schools. Read more...

Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • FREE Graduate Classes for History Teachers: Interested in teaching Concurrent Enrollment? Read more....
  • Summer Institute: Restorative Practices in Schools. Read more....
  • Software Changes: There are many changes coming soon to our suite of software available for students and staff. Read more....
  • Secondary Math Teachers: Professional development opportunity. Read more....
  • Exploring Computer Science: Professional development opportunity. Read more...
  • Interested in Becoming an Instructional Technology Coach? Read more...
  • Google Apps on iPads: Professional Development Series. Read more...

FYI
  • Englewood Jazz Night: The third annual Englewood Jazz night will be on April 28. Read more...



 
Important Information for Everyone
 
 

First Annual Lumpa Dash 5K

The Lumpa foundation was established to ensure that ALL Colorado kids have access quality programming that supports their health and physical fitness. The Lumpa Dash will be our signature event and this is your chance to make history and join us for the very first one! We are expecting a dedicated and intimate crowd at this year’s Lumpa Dash and a LOT of fun! Each participant will receive a pair of awesome commemorative socks, surprise gifts along the race course (looking at you, t-shirt slingshot) and a brief post-race celebration where you better ham for the cam because we will be commemorating YOU, our most dedicated athletes. Because… a healthier Colorado starts with us!
 

Facilities Planning Survey

Englewood Schools has helped students accomplish some remarkable things these past couple years. For our students and community to thrive and continue reaching for excellence, we know that we need school buildings that are safe and well designed to meet the needs of our students and community. The State continues to fund education at lower levels and we are now faced with a lack of funds and in a position where we need to do more with less.

We need to hear from you. As we continue to discuss opportunities to improve conditions, we want to know what you think our next steps should be and where we should focus our energy to ensure all current and future Englewood families have what they need to achieve their dreams.

To collaboratively address these concerns, the District has assembled a Facilities Long-Range Planning Committee to review the overall learning environment for students. Over the course of 10 meetings, the task force will consider the current conditions of facilities and explore opportunities to ensure we are prepared to meet the future needs of our changing community. The Committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent who will deliver recommendations to the Board of Education.

This survey is intended to collect information from the community that will help inform the proposal that the Committee is developing.
 
Please click here to take the survey.  This survey will close on Monday, April 18. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Englewood is working hard to expand our concurrent enrollment offerings at EHS and CFHSC. Concurrent Enrollment allows students in grades 9-12 to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Teacher qualifications are our biggest barrier to program expansion - teachers must have 18 graduate level credits in a content area in order to teach concurrent enrollment. Once a teacher is qualified, he/she is eligible to teach college classes on both the high school and college campuses.

We know that earning graduate credit is expensive which is why the 2016 Colorado Concurrent Enrollment Teaching Initiative (CCETI) program opportunity so exciting. CCETI looks to increase the number of concurrent enrollment teachers throughout Colorado through providing no-cost pathways to obtain 18-hours of graduate-level coursework in social studies. At the end of the program, all CCETI participants will be eligible to apply to become concurrent enrollment instructors through their local community college.

CCETI applications must be received by May 1, 2016. See attached for more information. In addition to free graduate school tuition, approved participants can also use the graduate credits for Knowledge Level Advancement on the Englewood pay scale.
 
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Implementing restorative practices is about supporting the hearts and minds of students, teachers, staff, and parents so they are focused on strengthening and repairing relationships to establish and maintain healthy and productive learning communities. The focus isn’t just on discipline and responding to behavior concerns. The focus must also be on building connections as a way to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. From every day tools for the classroom to school and district-wide implementation strategies, learn about how to achieve dramatic results with Restorative Practices.
 
More information can be found in these flyers: 
 
 
There are many changes coming soon to our suite of software available for students and staff. Some of them are highlighted below. We will be arranging professional development when needed for some of the most impactful applications. We periodically assess what teachers are requesting and what is being used most effectively. We have limited funds. So we are careful to buy the best when necessary and use free or less expensive alternatives when they are available.

Online Grading Upgrade to PowerTeacher Pro

PowerSchool is about to upgrade our online grading program with a newly designed program call PowerTeacher Pro. It is built primarily as a standards-based grading program but is flexible enough to be used in many ways. You can watch a preview webinar here. We're excited for the PowerTeacher Pro release, and to help you get ready, PS has prepared a top 5 list of how PowerTeacher Pro empowers teachers and drives student growth found here. All older versions of online grading in PS will be discontinued next year.

Full Version of Nearpod
To upgrade your existing free account or get a new one, just fill out this short form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Q_cI8l0tlTPg7kIA0qRmt_t2st8vk20bH3_jkIJWKCA/viewform by May 10th. You can attend an optional webinar from 3:30-4:30 on April 22nd or May 6th in the Venue at TEC to learn how to get started. Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom. A teacher can create and present a lesson that can contain quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards, web content and so on. They can also use a library of vetted curriculum. Students already have the Nearpod app available in Self Service on their iPads. If you have any questions contact our representative, David Butler, at davidb@nearpod.com or 305-677-5030 X 2248.

Newsela Pro
Many teachers have been experimenting with Newsela (free version). Their success has prompted us to purchase Newsela Pro. See http://support.newsela.com/hc/en-us/articles/201230075-Quick-Start-Guide-for-Teachers to get started with the free version. News about the Pro upgrade will be coming soon.

Google Classroom Becomes our Main Learning Management System
The Google Classroom LMS integrates with the other Google apps and many 3rd party apps like Nearpod. More and more apps are developing connections with Google Classroom. See https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6149237?hl=en to catch up on the newest features. While we don’t know when, Google and PS have said they will eventually connect the two so that grades can be integrated easily from one to the other.

Storia for Literacy
At the pre-K-6 level, Storia will replace MyOn Reader. Account information will be available next school year. To learn more, see http://www.scholastic.com/storia-school.

Retiring Software
In order to free up funds for other software, we are retiring some expensive software that has a lower price or free alternative or that is not being used to its full capacity. Therefore, at the end of this school year, we will no longer have district licenses for MyOn Reader, eBackpack, or elementary level Fast ForWord (TEC will still have Fast ForWord).
 
 
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Dear secondary math teachers:

Computer science informs and shapes nearly every aspect of our 21st century world. In order to successfully negotiate this dynamic and complex world, students and teachers need a foundational understanding of the technology and processes that shape it.

Englewood Schools believe that students and teachers who are literate in computer science disciplines are empowered to be creative innovators and problem-solvers with technology rather than passive consumers of it.

We believe that students who are literate in computer science will be confident in dealing with complexity, persistent in working with difficult problems, have a higher tolerance for ambiguity, have a higher ability to deal with open ended problems, and an increased ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution.

As such I want to highly encourage each of you to attend a free, week long, national professional development program sponsored by the National Science Foundation called Bootstrap.

Bootstrap integrates math and computing education to enable equitable access to and success in both subjects for all students in grades 6-12.

Bootstrap is a series of computing curricula that can be integrated into mainstream math class such as algebra 1 or other math courses. This workshop will be led by the founder of Bootstrap, Emmanuel Schanzer.

At the Bootstrap workshop during CSPdWeek, you’ll work with your peers to discuss classroom experiences, and spend the day in your students’ shoes. You’ll have a chance to try activities from every single Bootstrap class. You’ll be able to debrief with other teachers, talk pedagogy with the trainers, try out the materials and software firsthand, and go home with the bootstrap curriculum and videogame that you create. Each participant will leave with a solid understanding of the curriculum, pedagogy, and the challenges students face in both algebra and introductory programming.

Who: For teachers with any level of technology skill. No coding skills needed.

What: Bootstrap (Bootstrap Website)

Where: Colorado School of Mines Campus

When: July 18th-22nd, 2016 (5 days)

Cost: $50 deposit required, then refunded as part of a stipend at the end of the course. Includes: dorm room accommodations (if you choose to stay on site), food, training, materials, and a stipend.

Information: Click here for additional Information

Sign up: Bootstrap Registration Website

For any questions on Bootstrap, contact Emmanuel Schanzer at schanzer@bootstrapworld.org.

If you plan on attending please let both Patty and Bill know of your intentions by filling out the form found at this link: Sign-up Sheet for Bootstrap

Thank you,


Patty Hanrahan
Assistant Superintendent

Bill Gilmore
District STEM Coordinator
 
 
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Dear Englewood teachers:

Computer science informs and shapes nearly every aspect of our 21st century world. In order to successfully negotiate this dynamic and complex world, students and teachers need a foundational understanding of the technology and processes that shape it.

Englewood Schools believe that students and teachers who are literate in computer science disciplines are empowered to be creative innovators and problem-solvers with technology rather than passive consumers of it.

Over the next two years Englewood schools will be working to more intentionally incorporate computer science into all areas of K-2 education. As such I want to highly encourage each of you to attend a free, week long, national professional development program sponsored by the National Science Foundation called Exploring Computer Science.

It is our hope that Englewood teachers who participate in this 5 day workshop will use the information from the course to blend computer science principles and practice into the curriculum and content that they are already using in their classes. Exploring Computer Science is a yearlong course consisting of 6 units, approximately 6 weeks each. Assignments and instruction are contextualized to be socially relevant and meaningful for diverse students. Units utilize a variety of tools/platforms, and culminate with final projects around the following topics: Human Computer Interaction; Problem Solving; Web Design; Programming; Computing and Data Analysis; and Robotics

Who: For teachers with any level of technology skill. No coding skills needed.

What: Exploring CS (Exploring Computer Science Website)

When: July 18th-22nd, 2016 (5 days)

Where: Colorado School of Mines

Cost: $50 deposit required, then refunded as part of a stipend at the end of the course. Includes: dorm room accommodations (if you choose to stay on site), food, training, materials, and a stipend.

Information: Click here for additional Information

Sign up: Registration Website

A few more details available here: Exploring Computer Science Teacher Support

Direct questions on the expectations/requirements to attend the ECS workshop at CSPdWeek to Gail Chapman at chapgail@gmail.com.

If you plan on attending please let both Patty and Bill know of your intentions by filling out the form found at this link: Exploring Computer Science

Thank you,

Patty Hanrahan
Assistant Superintendent

Bill Gilmore
District STEM Coordinator
 
 
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This application is due by May 1st, 2016. This extra duty is for 2016-17 full-time teachers in Englewood Schools. This position offers extra duty pay spread out over the nine months of the school year for participation in PD and on-site instructional technology. Contact matt_kuhn@engschools.net for more information. You can find the application at https://docs.google.com/a/engschools.net/forms/d/13oKU5MMYDVjY-hl5Mz1RIRpgDKyvzoo1UPdSxho5jwA/viewform?c=0&w=1.
 
 
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Englewood Schools has been a Google Apps for Education District for a number of years now. But we have a number of new staff and others who need some professional development on how to use Google apps for teaching and learning. This series is focused on teacher use of Google Apps with students. Nonetheless, all staff are welcome to participate. These are hands-on classes so bring your laptops/iPads. Relicensure credit will be offered for each session except June's. These are optional sessions. Attend as few or as many as you need. If registered participants exceed room capacity, a second session will be scheduled.

To register for a session, just find the event on the 2015-16 District Professional Development Calendar at https://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/4188. Then click on the event – more details. Then below the session description, find the attached link to the registration form, click on it, fill it out, and submit. You can also copy the event to your calendar. From within the details of the event, click on more actions – copy to [your calendar]. Alternatively, you can click on the event below to take you directly to the registration form for that session. These sessions will be team-taught by teachers and Technology Department staff. We hope to see you there. (There will be chocolate!)

April 20th – Google Chrome & Extensions
May 19th – Google Hangouts
June 2nd – Preview of iPad Apps for 2016-17

This PD series is aligned to Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 3.D. and 4.B and Colorado Licensure Standards 7.1-7.5.
 
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FYI
 
 
Englewood Jazz Night
 
The third annual Englewood Jazz Night will be held at the Englewood Campus on Thursday, April 28. This event features live jazz music, a sit down dinner, and a silent auction.
 
For tickets or more information on the event, click here.  
 
 
 
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