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February 2014 NTI: Overview and Agenda

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The Network Team Institute will begin on time on Friday, February 7.

Reminder: Opening session will be in the Clark Auditorium in the Cultural Education Center.

There will be no sessions in the Empire State Plaza on Friday.

OVERVIEW OF TRAINING

February 4-7, 2014
Common Core ELA and Math Curriculum

The February 2014 Network Team Institute (NTI) is a differentiated professional development training for Network Teams, Network Team Equivalents, Network Team-selected ambassadors from across the state held at the New York State Museum and Empire Plaza in Albany, NY on February 4-7. The February Institute includes learning experiences that:

    • primarily target components of the Curriculum and Instruction and Feedback categories of the 2013-2014 New York State Metrics & Expectations for teachers, principals, and Network Teams
    • further prepare teachers and leaders to implement their district/school's curriculum strategy by deepening understanding of ELA and Math instructional Shifts through deep examination of curricular resources developed by NYSED;
    • continue to deepen content knowledge associated with the Common Core State Standards to build and clarify meaning of standards addressed in the coming months.
    • apply deeper knowledge of standards, paired with tools and resources, to diagnose and meet needs of struggling learners
    • assist with decision making around pacing and prioritizing curriculum
    • leverage tools and guidance around change management, strategic planning, and feedback for growth around the Common Core.

A New Structure for Supporting Principals

In response to strong and consistent feedback from the field, principals will participate in a “tour” of teacher breakout rooms, refining their skills in identifying common core aligned instruction, and discussing feedback and next steps for their own building.  In addition to the facilitated walkthrough experience, principals will also

  • build a professional development plan for summer and 2014-15;
  • discuss strategies and resources for parent communication around supporting common core instruction at home and informing parents of student progress
  • share current implementation challenges with other principals and problem solve together.

A New Format for Evening Sessions

Beginning this February, NTI evening sessions will have several options to choose from and will require pre-registration.  February theme is focused on problem solving and collaboration.  Educators from across the state will share their learning and support participant thinking & planning around a variety of shared concerns including: parent engagement, English Language Learners, messaging, assessment & DDI, and reducing anxiety through healthy cultures.


UPDATE 1/30/14 - The Network Team Institute Agenda is now available! This detailed agenda lists information about the sessions including room locations and times. The Network Team Institute Agenda for Principals is also available.


SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

Information about the February Network Team Institute

Day Content Covered

February 4 & 5

Curriculum Session 1

Day

  • Option 1: 9-12 ELA Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lense of the modules
  • Option 2: 6-9 Math Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules

Tuesday Evening Sessions - choice of:

  • Common Core Communications: Engagement Strategies and Sharing Your Work Locally and Beyond
  • DDI and Assessments in Mathematics: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
  • DDI and Assessments in ELA: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
  • Scaffolding Learning for English Language Learners
  • Supporting Students with Learning Challenges with the Common Core

February 6 & 7

Curriculum Session 2

Day

  • Option 1: 3-8 ELA Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lense of the modules
  • Option 2: K-5 Math Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lense of the modules
  • Option 3: K-2 ELA Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lense of the modules (Thursday ONLY)

Thursday Evening Sessions - choice of:

  • Common Core Communications: Engagement Strategies and Sharing Your Work Locally and Beyond
  • DDI and Assessments in Mathematics: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
  • DDI and Assessments in ELA: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
  • Scaffolding Learning for English Language Learners
  • Supporting Students with Learning Challenges with the Common Core

 

February 4
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: EVENING SESSION

February 5
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)

February 6
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: EVENING SESSION

February 7
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Day Sessions (lunch provided*)


DETAILED AGENDA

CURRICULUM SESSIONS

Below you will find more detail about the activities and take-home materials participants can expect within each Curriculum Session option:

February 4-5

9-12 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation Public Consulting Group (PCG) The focus of this Network Team Institute is on the effective use and adaptation of the NY ELA curriculum modules to meet the needs of a variety of classroom realities.  Focusing on writing, research, and vocabulary skill development, participants will consider a variety of curricular materials and learn strategies both for using these materials in a classroom and for making strategic decisions about how to adapt these materials.

  • Teachers will learn practical strategies for using and adapting these materials to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners.
  • Principals will learn ways to support teacher use and adaptation of the NY ELA curriculum modules and will have opportunities to think about the implications for coaching and supporting instructional change.
  • Network teams will learn strategies for deepening teacher understanding of the NY ELA curriculum materials and guiding teachers to make strategic decisions for how to adapt the materials effectively.

6-9 MATH: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation Common Core, Inc. This NTI is designed to support teachers and educational leaders as they prepare to implement newly released modules for each grade, 6-9, from A Story of Ratios and A Story of Functions.  Curricular training for teachers and network teams will examine the development of mathematical concepts within each module, including opportunities to use the Progressions documents to build understanding of coherence across the grades.  Instructional models and the sequence of algorithms used in this curriculum will be introduced within the context of the module focus sessions in order to clearly demonstrate how these components promote mathematical understanding.   Principals will experience a condensed version of what other participants receive in the teacher  session, delivered by a Common Core master writer/trainer and carefully edited to provide them with experiences and information that they will need in their role as a school leader.

  • Teachers will deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules and to support diverse learners.  This understanding will equip teachers to make other professional decisions such as calendaring to ensure standards are taught as the assessment window approaches and communicating with parents and other adults who are assisting children with homework.
  • Principals will learn additional strategies in calendaring, supporting parents and teachers, identifying evidence of successful implementation of the modules, and begin planning PD for the summer and 14-15 school year.
  • Network teams will not only deepen their own understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules, but will also leave this NTI with professional development strategies needed to  support the implementation of teachers and other instructional leaders in this transition year.   

February 6-7

3-8 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation Expeditionary Learning The focus of the NTI for Grades 3-8 ELA is on the effective use of the literacy time schools may have available in addition to the time set aside for core instruction.  Participants will learn research-based recommendations for teaching the reading foundation standards in grades 3-5 and methods for helping grades 6-8 readers who may be receiving academic intervention, special education, or ELL supports.  In addition, we will continue to explore strategies for adapting module lessons and assessments.

  • Teachers will learn practical strategies for enhancing their comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for all students.  In addition, teacher participants will learn to adapt module lessons and assessments in order to meet their students’ needs.
  • Principals will work together to develop a vision for comprehensive literacy instruction and will practice gathering evidence of Common Core aligned instruction using protocols.
  • Network Teams will receive tools and strategies to help their schools round out and “own” their literacy instruction while still maintaining alignment to the Common Core.

K-5 MATH: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation Common Core, Inc. This NTI is designed to support teachers and educational leaders as they prepare to implement newly released modules for each grade, K-5, from A Story of Units.  Curricular training for teachers and network teams will examine the development of mathematical concepts within each module, including opportunities to use the Progressions documents to build understanding of coherence across the grades.  Instructional models and the sequence of algorithms used in this curriculum will be introduced within the context of the module focus sessions in order to clearly demonstrate how these components promote mathematical understanding.   Principals will experience a condensed version of what other participants receive in the teacher  session, delivered by a Common Core master writer/trainer and carefully edited to provide them with experiences and information that they will need in their role as a school leader.

  • Teachers will deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules and to support diverse learners.  This understanding will equip teachers to make other professional decisions such as calendaring to ensure standards are taught as the assessment window approaches and communicating with parents and other adults who are assisting children with homework.
  • Principals will learn additional strategies in calendaring, supporting parents and teachers, identifying evidence of successful implementation of the modules, and begin planning PD for the summer and 14-15 school year.
  • Network teams will not only deepen their own understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules, but will also leave this NTI with professional development strategies needed to  support the implementation of teachers and other instructional leaders in this transition year.   

K-2 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation Core Knowledge - THURSDAY ONLY  Also intended for individuals in the pilot program This one-day training is designed for teachers using CKLA and Network Team members and leaders supporting classrooms using CKLA. The focus is on using evidence to support teacher and student learning within the program. Teachers and Network Team members will focus deeply on varied sources of data within the CKLA program, with an emphasis on the use of student work as a source of feedback on instruction, as well as student progress. Leaders will take a broader lens to the sources of data within the CKLA classroom to refine their lens on high fidelity CKLA implementation. Time will also be given to discuss communication with parents. We will end with Office Hours Stations, where we will provide some examples of activities for GRAIR, see sample schedules/pacing calendars, see adaptations to assessments and report cards, and see examples of PreK "make and takes."

  • Teachers will learn evidence-based strategies for using the data sources within CKLA for enhancing their own  expertise in the program and supporting student learning.
  • Principals will focus on evidence of quality and fidelity within the CKLA program and will practice using Common Core alignment tools in observations and feedback conversations. 
  • Network teams will learn a variety of protocols and tools to support teachers and principals reach towards high quality and high fidelity implementation.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND FEES


MATERIALS AND INSTITUTE PREPARATION:

  • Materials for this Institute will be posted here as they are received from the Institute presenters. Participants are encouraged to download materials to a laptop computer or tablet prior to the training. Be aware thatindividual power sources are not available at this venue. Therefore, if participants have the option to choose between a laptop computer and a tablet, we highly recommend that they bring the device with the longer battery life. Additionally, please note that Wi-Fi access and cell phone service vary throughout the building.
  • Meals will not be paid for with Race to the Top funds.
  • Please be advised that no federal ARRA funds may be used to pay the registration fee as a portion of the registration will be applied toward the cost of food.

If you have questions about the February training, you may contact the Network Team Institute office at 518-474-5520 or NTINSTITUTE@mail.nysed.gov.

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