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Important Information for Everyone
  • Update on Negotiations: Here's what happened at the last two negotiations sessions. Read more...
  • Print Shop: Plan ahead for orders at the Print Shop. 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....
  • iPad Retrieval Coming Soon: You can help the process go as smoothly as possible. 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
  • BOGO at Chipotle for Teacher Appreciation Week: Teachers, faculty and staff get buy one, get one free at any Chipotle on May 3. Read more...



 
Important Information for Everyone
 
 

Update on Negotiations

April 21, 2016 – Joint Bargaining Communication

The Englewood Educators and the District Negotiation Teams met on April 21, 2016 for its third negotiations session this year. In this session, the Teams evaluated the options they have generated regarding the EE’s issue to address ways to improve teachers’ abilities to consistently prepare and deliver rigorous, engaging instruction that will positive impact achievement.

The Teams also began discussion of the District’s issue regarding the flexibility for increased planning time and the creation annual plans to address schedules for individual planning time, collaborative plan time, and DATA team work.

The Teams will next meet on April 27 in order to collaboratively craft solutions to address these important issues.
 
April 27, 2016 – Joint Communication for Negotiations

The Englewood Educators and the Board Negotiations Teams came together on April 27, 2016 for the fourth negotiations session this spring. Callan Clark joined the Teams to discuss special education services and information in the District as it relates to plan time and teacher workload.

The Teams then continued discussing the language issues that have been brought by both sides, which includes evaluation of the options that the Teams have generated to address plan time.

The next negotiations session is scheduled for May 16, 2016. This will be a full session and is scheduled to be the final session of the spring. 
 
 
 
 

Print Shop

All orders are due by noon, May 20th for on time delivery. Print Shop will be closed May 23-26th.

Summer Hours are from 7:00am – 3:30pm, most days. It is not too early to place orders for next school year. Changes to all printing begins July 1st.

Details will be coming soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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: 
 
 
The Technology Department has worked with your principal to plan out iPad Retrievals in late May. There are a few things teachers can do to make the process go as smooth as possible. The process will help us meet the following goals.
  • Efficiently collect needed account/device information into PS
  • Prepare and pack iPads for faster summer reconfiguration to deploy faster in the Fall 
  • Find and process damage/loss/theft of iPads in PS
  • Allow schools to use iPads as long as possible but allow time for late turn-ins

When each class comes to the retrieval, there will be two lines for students, one for those that have all four parts in good condition (iPad, case, charger, and cord) and one line for students who are missing parts or who have damaged parts. This way, those that are ready can get through faster.

Communications From Schools to Students and Parents:
  • Tell students about the two lines, one for those that are ready, and one for those that are missing parts or have broken items.
  • Before the retrieval date, teachers should guide students in backing up any student work that should be kept beyond this school year to cloud storage. For instance, Google Classroom is a cloud service, so it’s already backed up. But Notability has to be set to use cloud storage. In Notability, just go to Settings and pick which backup service you want to use: Google Drive, etc. Other apps such as Notes, Photos, and others also need to set to backup to the cloud under General: Settings > iCloud, turn on what you want saved to the cloud. Most students already have this set up but not all. Teachers need to help students check their storage setting.
  • Inform all students that they are responsible for turning in a fully functional and undamaged iPad, case, charger (2.4 Amp, 5 Volt, 12 Watt), and cord by the end of the school year. If they have damage or are missing parts, there will likely be a fine assessed.
  • Inform all students that if their family is fined for a missing iPad, case, charger, or cord, the fine will be removed if they bring in the properly functioning parts to the District Registrar’s Office at TEC.
  • TEC only, inform high school seniors that they will not receive their cap and gown unless they have paid all fees/fines including any that result from damaged/missing iPads, cases, chargers, or cords.
 
 
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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 video game 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!)

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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BOGO at Chipotle
 
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we're giving all educators a BOGO. Teachers, faculty and staff: bring in your school ID to any Chipotle in the U.S. on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 3pm–close to receive a BUY-ONE/GET-ONE BURRITOS, BOWLS, SALADS, or ORDER OF TACOS.

Valid ID includes: ID or other documentation from preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, or university identifying as faculty or staff, or home school ID card.

Limit one free menu item per teacher customer. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for on-line, mobile, fax, or catering. Valid only on Tues., May 3rd, 2016 between 3pm and close with teacher customer’s valid school ID. May not be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers. Offer good at U.S. locations only. Additional restrictions may apply.
 
 
 
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