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CIA Update for February 2014

posted Feb 11, 2014, 8:42 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 11:49 AM ]

Hello and Thank you for reading the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment update!  It is a long one so please be sure to scroll down all the way through the information.  


Assessment Update


Upcoming Assessment windows:


  • PALS--Spring Window for 4K, K, 1:  State window is April 28-May 23--OASD window for K and 1 will be April 28-May 9.  4K dates will be determined by site within the window. Scores for 4K, K, and 1 are due on PALS website by Friday, June 6.

  • DRA Spring Assessment Window for Grades K-5--Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 23--Scores due on Skyward Friday, May 30

  • Developmental Spelling Assessment Spring for Grades 2-8:  The window for administering the Spring DSA is Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2.  Scores due on school share drive Friday, May 9

  • Scholastic Reading Inventory SRI--Secondary--Winter:  The window for administering the Winter SRI ONLY for students identified for monitoring is January 6-24.   updated to February 3-18. Please see your Lit coach for more information.

  • Scholastic Reading Inventory SRI--Secondary--Spring:  The window for administering the Spring SRI is May 1-May 22.

  • Smarter Balanced System Assessment Field Test 2014 for grades 3-8

February 2014 Test Administrator Training Modules Available

February 24-28 OASD Field Test Training for SACs and Proctors 

March 18-June 6 Field Test Window for participating schools

Participating Schools are:  Tipler Grade 8 Math, Merrill Elem Grade 5 ELA, Washington Elem Grade 3 Math, Franklin Elem Grade 4 and 5 ELA, Roosevelt ELem Grade 3 Math and Grade 5 ELA



Assessment Timeline for 2014-2015:




High School Assessments in Grades 9-11  


Aspire Early High School is an ACT assessment that will be administered to all Wisconsin 9th grade students in the Fall of 2014. It takes approximately 4 hours to administer but does not have to be taken in only one sitting. It can be administered in blocks of time ranging from 30 minutes to 65 minutes if necessary. The testing window will be 3 weeks in length (Oct. 6-24) for the Fall 2014 administration. It is likely that the technology necessary to make this assessment functional on a Chromebook may not be ready for the Fall 2014 administration due to ACT security issues but will be available by Spring 2015 for 9th and 10th grade testing. The Fall 2014 administration would require the use of laptops or desktops




Fall 2013 WKCE Data


  • WKCE Individual Performance Reports (IPRs) arrive in schools for delivery to families the week of February 18.  A district letter to accompany IPRs and specific directions will come in a separate email.  


  • WKCE school and district data will be released March 13 and will be embargoed until April 8, 2014.  


Professional Development Updates


Training and PD in January, February and March

  • AVMR Training (1/27/14, 1/20/14, 2/5/14, 2/10/14, 2/11/14, 2/13/14

  • Co-teaching at Jefferson - 2/17/14

  • PBIS at Tipler and CTM - 2/24/14 and 2/27/14

  • CPM for 8th grade - 3/4/14

  • CPM for 6th grade - 3/6/14

  • CPM for 7th grade - 3/13/14

  • Infinite Campus: The Oshkosh Area School District is excited about rolling out Infinite Campus, the new student information system. The implementation plan falls  under Priority 2: Goal 2, of the Strategic Plan, The switch over date to Infinite Campus is scheduled for July 1, 2014. The following timeline is being used so that this switch over goes smoothly:

  • An in-depth training will take place for the Infinite Campus Core Team on February 25, 26, and 27th with a follow-up on May 22nd. The core team is a district cross sectional group.

  • User Security and System Administration will be trained on March 4th

  • The Health Team will be trained on the afternoon of March 7th.

  • The Curriculum Process Team will be trained on grading and scheduling on March 27th with a Curriculum Process Review to follow on May 5th

  • A Special Education Team will be trained the morning of March 12th with an administration training to follow the morning of March 25th.

  • Counselors will be trained the afternoon of March 25th.

  • Building Coach (Clerical) group 1 Trainings will take place on April 23, 24, and 25th.

  • Building Coach (Clerical) group 2 Trainings will take place on April 29, 30, and May 1st.

  • Secondary Administrators will be trained the morning of May 27th and Elementary Administrators will be trained the afternoon of May 27th.

  • Clerical Staff Training on Enrollment will take place on August 4th.

  • Special Education Coach Training will take place on August 5th.

  • Elementary Teacher Coach Training will take place on August 6th.

  • Secondary Teacher Coach Training will take place on August 7th.

  • Classroom Teachers, Specialists, and all other users will be trained during PD days August 25-28, 2014


Middle School Expanded Wheel of Elective Offerings FAQ


Please click on this LINK for an FAQ sheet for Middle Level families and staff.  


RtI Update


A group of individuals have been working on a behavior continuum which will be shared with your school in the upcoming weeks. In addition, literacy documents will be shared with an emphasis on universal instruction and clarification in regards to the SLD Rule. Stay tuned!


OASD Educator Effectiveness Update


The OASD is currently piloting the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Model based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.  All educators in years one and two are using the Teachscape platform for their EE Plan (SLOs and PPGs), Mid Year Review, Final Review, observations feedback, and artifacts.  All veteran educators on evaluation this year are using a modified Veteran Growth Plan for SLOs and PPGs.  All educators not on evaluation this year have an SLO that is reported in Google Forms.  


Starting next fall, all educators on evaluation (initial or veteran) will be using the Teachscape platform for the EE Plan (SLOs and PPGs).  The OASD is currently in the process of provisioning Teachscape accounts for all educators not in the platform at this time.  All educators (not including pupil services) will have a Teachscape account and training on Teachscape in the fall of 2014.  Here is Some key information to keep in mind:


  • OASD Educator Effectiveness Belief Statement:  The OASD believes that the evaluation process for educators should focus on a commitment to growing professional practice for the benefit of student learning and success.  

  • Mid Year Reviews and Mid Year SLO reflections (non-eval year) should be completed or in the process of being completed now.  

  • Initial educators that have not gotten into their Teachscape account will be notified as soon as provisioning is complete.  We are hoping no later than the end of February.

  • Final Reviews and End of Year SLO Reflections (non-eval year) will be due Mid-May.  Please click on this LINK to go the HR portal page--evaluation information.

  • The DPI and the OASD will be asking for your feedback on the EE System.  Stay tuned for a google survey!  


Adding versus Moving Documents in Google Drive Tip


Have you ever lost a document out of a shared google folder? Have you ever moved a document and did not mean to out of a shared google folder?  You are not alone!  Here is how to ADD a document to make it visible in your drive while leaving it in the original shared folder.  Click to learn more about the GoogleMove.  


Elementary Instructional Minutes in each Content Area


Science and Social Studies Instruction update: Across the state of Wisconsin, the DPI has been receiving complaints that school districts are not teaching Science in sufficient frequency or at all.  All school districts in the state must be in compliance with The Wisconsin 20 Educational Program Standards:  Wisconsin Statute 121.02(1)(a) through (t) which outlines expectations for educational programming from days and minutes in the school calendar to specific programming content.  Click on this LINK for full access.  The OASD is currently in compliance.  To ensure our continued compliance, please read on.


The OASD has Einstein Kits and other Science units to assist teachers in providing Science instruction.  Please know that you have flexibility in teaching Science and Social Studies units.  Classroom teachers can choose to combine the Science and Social Studies instructional minutes to form a sufficient block of time for inquiry activities and Science hands on activities.  Teachers have the autonomy to teach a Science block for 3-4 weeks and then teach a Social Studies block for the next 3-4 weeks and continue this rotation throughout the year.  There are some units that lend themselves to short instructional blocks throughout the year such as Weather/Sun, Earth, Moon.  Click on this LINK for the OASD Curriculum Minutes in Grades K-5.  


PDP process and being a PDP Reviewer


Here are some updates on PDPs for Licensure…..

  • Educators may now use QEI or WECAN to write/send their PDPs.

  • Both vehicles (QEI and WECAN) work the same way...the educator types his/her plan, and then he/she invites you to be part of the review team. Once you receive an invite, simply click "accept," and you will be added to the educator's team, as the administrator. Then, you will receive the educator's plan to review (according to the checklist), as soon as his/her plan is written/finished.

  • Many (more) educators will be using WECAN in the future to write their PDPs because, as of July 2014, educators using QEI will have to pay a fee (whereas WECAN will still be free).

  • Remember...you are not an "evaluator" of the plan; you are simply a reviewer, checking to make sure the educator completed the tasks on the checklist.

  • Note:  The educators are instructed to write broad goals, objectives, and activities. Why? Many of them change positions/grade levels during their 5-year PDP cycle, so they want to make sure that their goal will still fit with a new position.


On a final note, many administrators have been asking to have a "refresher" on the process/responsibilities of being a PDP review team member. Good news...in the near future, all PDP trained educators will be required to complete an online refresher, so watch for updates on when that will occur.


In the meantime, just remember to check "yes," if the educator completed the task, and check "no," if the educator did not complete/address the task in his/her plan, when reviewing the goal approval or the verification checklist.


Please see the Peer Coaching Team if you have any questions:  Jenny Thompson, Julie Dumke, and Thelma Ristow


Human Growth and Development Window for Grades 4 and 5


Human Growth and Development (HGD) instruction window for grades 4-5 is March 10 through March 28.  Parent preview meeting is Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 pm in the Board Room.  All staff members delivering HGD instruction must be trained.  If you have not been trained, please contact your principal and/or Kristin Walker, K-12 Health Coordinator.  





Update on Footprints (additional graphics in post)

posted Dec 19, 2013, 8:02 AM by Aaron Vanden Heuvel   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 8:03 AM ]

We have had a successful first month on our new Service Management System, Footprints, and we want to share some of the data with you, as we work towards complete transparency in the support process.

One specific area we'd like to share after our first month, is our data around our Response and Resolution times.  We have instituted Service Level Agreement (SLA) parameters that set service goals for our team.

We are now able to better classify tickets based on urgency (failures vs service requests) and our Response and Resolution times reflect that positively (for example, our response times improved to just over 10 hours vs 89 hours at the start of the year).


We have very aggressive service times,but that said, we have missed our Service Level targets for our first month.  Part of this is still working towards appropriate classification of tickets, part of it is us still gaining our footing in our new ITIL alignment initiative.

Below is a graphical representation of our SLA targets and our success rates, with response and resolution times in parenthesis next to the level.   Again, we are challenging ourselves to be the best, and we want to maintain an open communication on our process with you.  Thank you.

            
     

November/December 2013 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment Update

posted Nov 26, 2013, 10:57 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 12:01 PM ]

 November/December 2013 CIA Communication Update

Celebrate Education Grants:

Below is a link for the 2013/14 Grant Application for the Celebrate Education Grants.  

https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_1101?SA=SNA&FID=35013

The Celebrate Education Grants are used to enrich the educational experience, motivate or inspire students; to fill a specific need; demonstrate a sense of community; and/or something that is fun for kids.The deadline for the Celebrate Education Grants is February 5, 2014.


MLK Essay Contest:  

There are but a few contests that we promote as a district and the Martin Luther King essay contest is one of them.  Click on this link to find entry information for gr. 4-12 teachers.  This year, the UW Oshkosh Foundation and Chancellor Richard Wells have once again sponsored an incentive for schools. The school with the highest percentage of eligible students entering the contest will receive a $400 award to use at their school level to promote the celebration of diversity.  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact me.The deadline for submission is Friday, December 13, 2013  


WKCE/WAA Testing:  Thank you to each and everyone of you for a successful WKCE testing season!  This is the last time we will be giving the full WKCE as we will be converting to the Smarter Balanced Assessment for grades 3-8 and the ACT Suite for grade 9-11 in the spring of 2015. We will be piloting the Smarter Balanced Assessment at 4-5 schools this spring. We are anticipating we will learn a lot that will help us with full implementation in the 2014-2015 school year.  


ACCESS Testing for ELLs: The window for ACCESS testing is open from December 2 through February 7.  The OASD will start ACCESS testing the week of December 9.  ACCESS testing is administered by trained proctors (usually retired OASD professionals).  More information will be coming out to principals and ELL teachers before Thanksgiving break.  


Educator Effectiveness Update:  

A BIG Thank you to everyone as we navigate through the pilot year of the OASD EE System.  At this time, all veteran educators should have submitted their SLO (non-eval year) via google forms or their Veteran Growth Plan to the building principal/evaluator. All initial educators should have their EEP (Educator Effectiveness Plan) filled in and completed in Teachscape. Remember--this is a pilot year and there have been some glitches, clarifications, etc.  It is OK!!  In addition, educators new to the district within the last month may not be in Teachscape yet.  It is OK!! We are learning together through this process and giving feedback to DPI.  One area of feedback we will be giving is that the EEP is redundant and asks the educator to fill out the same information several times. Solution for right now… cut and paste.  If you have any questions, please see your principal. They will be happy to assist and remember, they are learning too!


In the EE System, observations and/or classroom walk throughs are used to collect evidence in Domains 2 and 3 of the Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.  Remember that all of our administrators are trained and certified Danielson Observers.  They are in the classroom to collect evidence on all the great things you do everyday in teaching and learning.  In addition, they are there to give you feedback to specific criteria--Framework for Teaching.  This is a good thing!  We all like more feedback.  Remember that we are all here to grow and enhance our professional practice.  In addition, our professional development planning is aligned to the Framework for Teaching.  Our November 11 half day PD was focused on 1F:  Designing Student Assessment and 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction.  


Mid Year Review for all educators on evaluation are due January 31 via Teachscape, Veteran Growth Plan Document.  SLO mid year reflection is due via google forms on January 31.  More directions to come!  


Professional Development Opportunities: Educators participating in the opportunities below have already been notified and subs are being arranged.  


NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention):

December 17th


Middle School CPM (College Preparatory Math):

December 2nd - 6th Grade CPM Training

December 4th - 8th Grade CPM Training

December 9th - 7th Grade CPM Training


AVMR (AdVantage Math Recovery):

December 3rd    *MS intervention and K-8 Cross Cat

December 5th    *MS intervention, High School Special Ed and K-8 Cross Cat

December 10th  *High School, Cross Cat K-8, Elementary

December 12th  *Elementary and Cross Cat

December 16th  *Elementary

December 19th  *ELL, Elementary, Special Ed


Secondary Common Assessments

Thank you for the great discussions during your Professional Development Inservice on November 11. Please see the link to the FAQ for Secondary Common Assessments.

Secondary Common Assessments



Handwriting/Keyboarding:

A keyboarding program called Typing Club (http://www.typingclub.com/), the School Edition has been purchased by the district. Keyboarding is going to be taught starting in second grade. This year, the target is for keyboarding to begin second semester. Keyboarding practice is going to be critical to begin at second grade for a few key reasons. Today, technology is the vehicle students use to access the curriculum. In addition, Smarter Balanced Assessment begins in the 2014-2015 school year. Smarter Balanced Assessment replaces the WKCE in grades 3 - 8 and is accessed through a computer. So, with keyboarding taking a prominent seat starting in second grade, there may be questions regarding cursive handwriting in today’s classroom. As we have done in the past, cursive handwriting will still be introduced and taught in third grade. Students are still given options to use print or cursive in later years. Click on this LINK for the updated handwriting guidelines.  More guidance on keyboarding will be coming out in the near future.


Written Algorithms Letter to Teacher and Parents:  

Why aren’t my kids doing math like I did?  What happened to borrow and carry? Many of us are getting these exact questions.  Please click on this LINK for access to a letter explaining our current practice within the CCSS-Math. Please feel free to share and link to your professional website.


Elementary Taskforce gives feedback on the 14-15 Calendar and Fall Assessments:  The Elementary Taskforce reconvened for the first time this school year on November 7th.  Please click on this LINK for the notes from the meeting.  Discussion on Parent Teacher Conference format and collecting information via a survey was discussed.  The next meeting is scheduled for December 12th where we will continue to look at 14-15 Calendar with a focus on professional learning.  


PALS Mid-Year Assessment Window for Grades K and 1 ONLY:  

OASD Window for K and 1 will be January 27-February 7.  The Literacy Resource Teacher will administer the Mid-Year PALS Assessment to students identified in fall.  


DRA Mid-Year Assessment Window for Grades K-5 is January 6-24:  All students in grades K-1 and students not at benchmark in the fall in grades 2-5 should be assessed.  Please click on this LINK for the guidelines.  


Scholastic Reading Inventory SRI--Secondary--Winter

The window for administering the Winter SRI for students identified for monitoring is January 6-24.


Grading and Report Memo for Reading:  Please click on this LINK for the memo sent out on November 6 regarding Reading on the report card.  A cover letter will be attached to the January report card to help communicate this change to families.  


We have a lot to be thankful for in the OASD! Thank you for the difference you make for students and families! Happy Thanksgiving!


Julie and Kim


OASD Update 11.6.13

posted Nov 6, 2013, 2:16 PM by David Gundlach




I would like to welcome you to the Episode 2 of the OASD UPDATE, our podcast that we are piloting to provide you with up to date information on all things happening in the Oshkosh Area School District.  

As in the past we have set up a Google Form to let you evaluate us on how well we did with the podcast as well as propose questions that you wish to have answered in future podcasts.  After you have viewed the latest OASD UPDATE please click on the link at the end of this email to give us feedback and questions for future updates.  

Check out our most recent podcast by clicking on the link below:

OASD Update 11.6.13


Please provide us feedback by clicking here.  Thank you for your time and have a great day!

October 2013--Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Update

posted Oct 9, 2013, 11:28 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Oct 23, 2013, 6:50 PM ]


FAQs for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment October 23, 2013--click this link.


Assessment Windows for WKCE, SRI, DRA, DSA, PALS, and ACCESS can be accessed at the following link: Assessment Windows


WKCE Assessment Window--October 28-November 29.


PALS Assessment Window

  • Grade 1:  The PALS screening for the Oshkosh Area School District is closed.

  • Kindergarten:The PALS screening for the Oshkosh Area School District is scheduled for October 14-25 for Kindergarten.

  • 4K:  The PALS screening for the Oshkosh Area School District is scheduled for October 14-25 for 4K.


Webgrader Tips and Guidelines

  • Most of you have set-up your gradebooks in Webgrader. Reminder→ you may use archived assignments for math, science, and social studies but do NOT use archived literacy assignments as the standards have changed and the links will not transfer to a grade at quarter. Be sure to use your universal name and password to access archives.  

  • Be sure to update your gradebook at least once a week to keep parents informed.  Updating weekly also keeps you on top of data entry and record keeping.


Skyward Grade Book Guidelines

  • Be sure to update your gradebook at least once a week to keep parents informed. Updating weekly also keeps you on top of data entry and record keeping.

  • The OASD is a standards-based district.  Teachers are expected to instruct, assess and grade to the standards and benchmarks for each course.  As we move to Infinite Campus (IC), we will be working with IC staff to make sure the needs of 4K-5 and 6-12 will be met in a standards-based grade book.


Educator Effectiveness Update

  • Teachscape Tool is Ready!  Teachscape is the tool initial educators and their evaluators will be using to manage the EE System in the OASD.  All Wisconsin districts choosing to use the DPI model for Educator Effectiveness use Teachscape to house and manage documents, to record observations, and present evidence/artifacts for the professional practice side of the EE System.  An email from your principal/evaluator will be coming out soon to Initial Educators with how to access your Teachscape account, login information, and next steps.  All evaluation documents for initial educators are housed in Teachscape.  The entire process is paperless!

  • Teachers on a non-evaluation year will submit their SLO via a google form.  Be on the look out for an email from your principal with the google form to fill out.

  • Veteran Teachers on evaluation are using a Veteran Growth Plan for their 2 SLOs and 2 PPGs.  All evaluation documents for veteran teachers and pupil services professionals can be found on the Human Resources Portal Page under Evaluation Information https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/portal/resources/departmental-landing/human-resoures/evaluation


Elementary Schedules/Instructional Minutes

To bring a focus to literacy and to allow for additional common planning time. Each of the elementary schools was tasked to schedule a 150 uninterrupted literacy block and a 75 uninterrupted math block.Keep in mind that uninterrupted means that the focus during this time is on instruction and active learning so that students can fully engage in a literacy and math experience that is integrated and meets the student’s needs. Please click on this link for the OASD Instructional Minutes for Elementary.  Elementary specialist staffing and organization was built around this focus.  The 150 minute literacy block is a time frame that allows students to focus on several aspects of literacy. The block is not 150 minutes of stand-alone time reading but students are engaged in various ways. Some are led by the teacher:

  • students listening to a read aloud

  • teacher modeling a lesson

  • students involved in a shared reading or writing

  • students working with the teacher in small group or as an individual with their reading or writing

  • students are involved in phonics lessons when needed

While other parts students are involved in centers:

  • students are listening to a book on tape

  • students are writing a story, letter, etc

  • students are drawing illustrations to go with their stories

  • students are reading familiar reads

The 150 literacy block was based on an Oshkosh school that showed markedly increased achievement in literacy.


In the 75 minute math block the students may be engaged in Everyday Math, Fosnot Kits, and/or AVMR. The structure of the math block may take a workshop approach where students engage in a whole class lesson for 10-15 minutes, then move to different centers to meet student’s individual needs, and finally, time to share out new learning.


As with our minutes throughout the day, teachers are encouraged to do brain and body breaks with their students as they would normally.

We understand that when we try something new, that it will take time to find what is working well and what adjustments may need to be made. Thank you!



Professional Development in the Elementary

Pyramid Model Training 4K:

  • October 11th

  • November 1st

  • November 8th

  • November 11th


Literacy Trainings:

  • October 7 and November 7 (Grade 2)

  • October 15 and November 12 (Grade 2)

  • October 22 and November 14 (Grade 3)

  • November 5 and November 19 (Grade 3)


Professional Development in the Secondary

CPM

  • October 8     (Grade 7)

  • December 2 (Grade 6)

  • December 5 (Grade 8)

  • December 9 (Grade 7)

    

Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI)

The Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI) workshop, Technology Innovating Tomorrow will be hosted at Carl Traeger Elementary/Middle School on Saturday, November 9th, from 8:30 - 4:30. Information will be coming out soon about the different offerings of this event. We should all be proud of the fact that the Oshkosh Area School District continues to grow in becoming the place where state event workshops take place and districts come to see innovation and best practice in action!

http://www.wisconsintechnologyinitiative.org/af2013/


Inside Look

The Oshkosh Area School District’s TV program, “Inside Look” will broadcast on the following dates and times on CATV 2. I hope you are as excited as we are to begin to highlight the great things happening in our schools. This episode highlights our BOE President and Past President discussing their own hopes for the schools. Teachers also share their thoughts in regard to the math training, College Preparatory Math (CPM),  that took place this summer for all middle school math teachers.

Monday, October 7th at 10:30 pm

Tuesday, October 8th at 3:30 pm

Wednesday, October 9th at 2:30 pm

Friday, October 11th at 10:30 pm

Saturday, October 12th at 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 13th at 9:30 pm


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams


Julie Mosher and Kim Brown

September Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

posted Sep 12, 2013, 7:40 PM by Kim Brown   [ updated Sep 26, 2013, 10:36 AM by Aaron Vanden Heuvel ]

Welcome Back Info from the Energy Committee

posted Aug 27, 2013, 9:03 AM by Cheryl Wirtz   [ updated Aug 29, 2013, 7:23 PM by Aaron Vanden Heuvel ]

Greetings from the Energy Committee!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!


Technology Update 8.25.13

posted Aug 25, 2013, 7:10 PM by David Gundlach   [ updated Aug 25, 2013, 7:29 PM ]




Welcome Back!  We are very excited to share some of the recent work that your technology services team has been involved in over the summer months.  While we plan to mention some of these at the OASD Convocation on Monday, August 26th the full details can be found in this technology update.  We will continue to provide you with updates and announcements concerning the steps we are taking to make it easier for you to leverage technology to enhance student learning.



1. Oshkosh District Technology Team Finalizing 3 year Technology Plan
A committee of approximately 30 staff members have volunteered to be a part of the District Technology Team.  This representative group from throughout the district is putting the finishing touches on the OASD 3 year Technology Plan.  This web-based plan will consist of a series of operational and instructional goals designed to take OASD to the next level and help teachers leverage technology to improvement student learning.  In addition to their technology planning work, this committee will help represent staff in regards to instructional technology issues.  Staff are encouraged to bring their thoughts and concerns to their respective DTT members.  Click Here for a complete listing of members. 

2. OWHS Installing 42 Smartboards this fall
The Oshkosh West High School team received a grant from the WTI (Wisconsin Technology Initiative) foundation for $75,000 to equip their classrooms with Smartboards, LCD Projectors, Audio Systems, and Apple TV's so they can leverage their iPads as mobile document cameras.  Oshkosh West, working in conjunction with other district departments, is leveraging grant pricing to install as many as 42 Smartboards into classrooms this fall.  Teachers at OWHS have already been participating in training this summer and are looking forward to utilizing this technology to improve student learning.  Congratulations Oshkosh West!

3. OASD Changing Student Information Systems
In 2010, the OASD strategic plan for technology highlighted the need for an improved Student Information System (SIS) and Data Warehouse.  The board of education tasked the administration with improving the district data systems to help inform instructional improvement efforts.  Recently a statewide RFP (Request For Proposal) was conducted and Infinite Campus™ was selected as the best solution based upon an exhaustive set of criteria.  As a result of this RFP, the board of education has approved Infinite Campus as our new Student Information System.  

We will be meeting with IC over the next few months and establishing a conversion plan that is heavy on professional development and opportunities for staff to get comfortable with this new, easier to use, system.  Staff should stay tuned for updates throughout the 13-14 school year.  One of the main reasons that IC was selected by the state and OASD was due to the user interface that should help users get data into the system and pull information out of the system with less effort.

4. OASD replaces old coaxial TV network with internet-based video options
The use of instructional video in the classroom is a very important tool for instruction.  Fortunately for teachers there are many options to obtain video for classroom use.  Two years ago your media specialist team purchased Safari Montage™, a standards aligned video system for teachers to use.  This system not only provides many instructional video resources but it also allows teachers to create their own playlists pulling from multiple sources.  We also encourage the use of TeacherTube and YouTube for appropriate video resources.

Unfortunately, as a result of cable companies moving their networks to a digital format, we are also faced with the elimination of our old coaxial TV network that some have relied upon in the past.  The system is an out of date analog system that is no longer supported by the cable companies with good reason.  To continue using this system we would need to spend a great deal of money and upgrade the cabling throughout our 21 buildings.  This expenditure is unnecessary given our high speed data network that can handle these needs at a fraction of the cost.  The implication for classroom teachers is that teachers will need to have replaced their analog TV resources with digital, web-based, video resources for their classes.  Fortunately most if not all of these are available via the web or via Safari Montage.  Please feel free to contact Kirt Anderson if you have further questions about AV resources.

5. OASD Upgrades Door Access Systems and Security
As part of our ongoing emergency preparedness efforts we have recently installed a new door access system for the main entrance doors in our schools.  These newly installed systems include a door access camera where people will need to "buzz in" to be allowed entrance into our schools during normal hours of operation.  Final installation should be complete in the coming days and a press release will be created to inform parents and the general public as to our new procedures.  

In addition to door access cameras we are also working to unify our employee keycard system.  Currently there are 22 separate systems throughout OASD that need to be programmed whenever a new employee needs access to a building.  This new system will be centralized and only require a user to be entered once.  Staff will use their existing HID door access cards for entry.  They will also receive a printed ID badge that will adhere to this card so only one ID/entrance card will be needed.  District procedures will allow OASD staff access to buildings from 5am until 10pm.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

6. Summer Projects
Your technology team has been very busy this summer working on many projects including the following:
  • Computer and Monitor Replacement
    • 1,200 new computers have been installed replacing the last of our aging systems
    • 1,200 energy efficient 21.5" LCD displays to be located in most classrooms throughout the district.  These displays will not only be larger, helping staff to be more productive, but will also save resources as we will no longer need costly adapters to work with LCD projectors.
  • Room Cabling Upgrades and Equipment Hookup
    • Your technology team has been working throughout the entire district reconnecting all classroom technology following summer maintenance/ cleaning projects.  It is our goal to have 100% of the technology reconnected and functioning for the first day of classes.  
    • We have also upgraded classroom cabling to provide a clean, standardized, hookup to allow for integration of new LCD projector technology in the future. 
  • Elementary School iPad Rollout
    • At the end of last school year we purchased 780 iPad minis for Elementary schools that previously did not have any student technology.  These units will be available this fall for student and staff use.
    • The resources necessary to purchase these units came from cost saving decisions made throughout the 12-13 school year.
  • Oaklawn Construction    
    • A wide variety of technology has been placed into Oaklawn Elementary.  Much of this technology is being tested for district wide implementation.  
    • Some examples of technology systems new to OASD include door access security, security cameras, all-in-one smartboard units, audio amplification, Apple TV's replacing document cameras, chromebook carts, and a technology center with green screen capabilities.
7. New Feature:  Software Center Allows Staff to Install Missing Software
Our district uses a program called "Software Center" to automate software installations throughout OASD.  One useful feature of this software provides users the option of installing any software that might not be in the base image but available.  Before staff contact help desk for missing software, please check the software center and if available follow the Installing Software Using Software Center directions.  You will find this to be very easy and provide you with the ability to customize your computer to meet your needs.

The following are some titles that are not included in the base image this year, but are available in the Software Center.  We have also listed some possible internet-based replacements you may wish to check out.
  • Inspiration 9 - Mindmeister or LucidChart
  • Windows Live Movie Maker - YouTube Editor, Pixorial, or WeVideo
  • Skype - Google Hangouts
  • Picassa - Google Plus photos or Flickr

End of August 2013 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) Update

posted Aug 19, 2013, 11:12 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Aug 19, 2013, 11:18 AM ]

August 2013

Welcome Back!!

The Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment (CIA) Team would like to update you on some items so that you are informed on what is happening in the teaching and learning world for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.


The First Week Back Calendar is below.  District/Grade Level Meetings on August 26 after convocation will be shared with you on a CT Grid by the end of the week with locations.  Content area leaders and facilitators will be emailing out detailed agendas for each team.  



Monday 8/26

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

** Para-Professional Work Day

Tuesday 8/27

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

**Para-Professional Work Day

Wednesday 8/28

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

Thursday 8/29

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

A.M.

Convocation 7:30-8:45


Dept/Grade Level Meeting (including special ed.)           9:00-11:30


Lunch 11:30-12:30

Site-based professional Development and School Improvement Planning

Work Day


All Administrator Emergency Preparedness Table Top Excercise


CPR Training

District wide Professional Development 7:30-11:00


Lunch 11:00-12:00

P.M.

Work Afternoon

12:30-3:30

Site-based professional Development and School Improvement Planning

Work Day

District wide Work Time on Initiatives 12:00-3:30

Additional Offerings:  

--6-12 Science Safety Workshop

--PDP writing with the Peer Coaches

--Update Website page

Evening



Elementary Open House




Link to 2013-2014 School Year Calendars  https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/portal/resources/departmental-landing/human-resoures/staff-calendars




Teacher Work Day and Wednesday Collaboration Times

  • Elementary Teacher work day is 7:30 am - 3:15 pm.  On Wednesdays, teacher work day is 7:30 am - 4:00 pm with collaboration from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  

  • Middle School Teacher work day is 8:05 - 3:50.  On Wednesdays, teacher work day is 7:20 - 3:50 pm with collaboration from 7:20 am - 8:05 am.

  • High School Teacher work day is 8:10 - 3:50.  On Wednesdays, teacher work day is 7:20 - 3:50 pm with collaboration from 7:20 am - 8:10 am.


Early Release District Collaboration

  • Early release district collaboration will take place on Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14.

  • On Early Release district collaboration days, elementary teachers’ workday will run from the 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.  Collaboration meetings will run from  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

  • On Early Release district collaboration days, middle school teachers’ workday will run from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm.  Collaboration meetings will run from 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm.

  • On Early Release district collaboration days, high school teachers’ workday will run from 7:50 am - 4:15 pm.  Collaboration meetings will run from 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm.

  • Locations and tasks for early release district collaboration meetings will be communicated on the “CT Grid” which will be sent out a week before the collaboration date.  Detailed agendas/minutes will be sent out by each team/group’s facilitator and will be available for view on the portal page.

OASD Collaboration Guidelines: Please click on the following link to access the OASD Professional Learning and Collaboration Guidelines on the Collaboration Agendas and Minutes Portal Page.  You will also find the 2013-14 updated agendas/minutes template for your use.  


Educator Effectiveness Update: The OASD as well as the rest of the state will be implementing the Educator Effectiveness Model by the fall of 2014 per the ESEA waiver. The OASD and other districts in the state are participating in piloting the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Model based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. On Thursday, August 29, you will be getting an orientation to the OASD EE System and the Framework for Teaching. The administration team went  through extensive training this summer (over 40 hours) in preparation for using this model which includes Teachscape and the writing of SLO’s (Student/School Learning Outcomes). The administration team and DPI believes that the Educator Effectiveness Model will  help support you in growing as a professional while improving student learning. The intention at this time is not to connect Educator Effectiveness to pay. We will be training and providing support throughout this school year.  All updated documents for the EE System will be linked to the Human Resources portal page.  



Elementary Update on Schedules/Instructional Minutes: To bring a focus to literacy and to allow for additional common planning time. Each of the elementary schools was tasked to schedule a 150 uninterrupted literacy block and a 75 uninterrupted math block.Keep in mind that uninterrupted means that the focus during this time is on instruction and active learning so that students can fully engage in a literacy and math experience that is integrated and meets the student’s needs. Please click on this link for the OASD Instructional Minutes for Elementary.  Elementary specialist staffing and organization was built around this focus. During August 26 grade level meetings, additional information will be shared with you on strategies and expectations for literacy and math in the longer blocks.  This is a work in progress and we will be learning together and making adjustments as the year continues.  



Streamlining Data and Paperwork at the Elementary Level: The curriculum, instruction, and assessment team will share a memo on which specific paperwork is being reduced. There will be an update, as well as procedures shared with staff during district meetings on August 26th.


Strategic Planning Update: During convocation the Executive Team will share the strategic plan and action steps for OASD.


Professional Development Listing: Coming soon to your email box and portal page will be a listing of focused District-wide PD in the areas of literacy, AVMR, CPM, co-teaching, and probably more.  



Julie Mosher, Director of Curriculum and Assessment

Kim Brown, Director of Learning

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Update Summer 2013

posted Jul 15, 2013, 8:40 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Aug 19, 2013, 11:17 AM ]


June 2013

The Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Team would like to update you on some items so that you are informed on what is happening in the teaching and learning world.



  • The teacher work day for next year is as follows:

o   Elementary School: 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

o   Middle School:         8:05 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

o   High School:            8:10 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

An updated Professional Learning Times calendar will be sent to you this week so that you can plan your Wednesday collaborations.


  • The First Week Back Calendar is below.  Please note that there may be some changes based on needs and availability.   



Monday 8/26

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

** Para-Professional Work Day

Tuesday 8/27

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

**Para-Professional Work Day

Wednesday 8/28

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

Thursday 8/29

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

A.M.

Convocation 7:30-8:45


Dept/Grade Level Meeting (including special ed.)           9:00-11:30


Lunch 11:30-12:30

Site-based professional Development and School Improvement Planning

Work Day


All Administrator Emergency Preparedness Table Top Excercise

District wide Professional Development 7:30-11:00


Lunch 11:00-12:00

P.M.

Work Afternoon

12:30-3:30

Site-based professional Development and School Improvement Planning

Work Day

District wide Work Time on Initiatives 12:00-3:30

Evening



Elementary Open House




  • District wide summer trainings:  Here are a few of the opportunities:


  • June 11th - PBIS Booster (For schools involved in PBIS) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • June 12th - 14th - PBIS Initial Training 8:00 - 3:30 for select schools

  • June 17th - 21st - CPM Training for middle school math teacher and middle school special ed teachers 8:00 - 4:00.  Teachers may choose this session or the session in August.   

  • August 5th - 9th - CPM Training for middle school math teacher and middle school special ed teachers 8:00 - 4:00.  Teachers may choose this session or the session in August.  

  • August 7th - EdCamp 8:00 - 4:00

  • August 13th - Department Head Retreat 8:00 - 12:00

  • August 19th - 8:00 - 3:00; August 21st 8:00 - 11:00 New Teacher Academy

  • August 21st - 12:00 - 3:30 New Teacher Special Education Training

  • Co-Teaching Training:  Site specific: Information will be sent to each school on specific training dates and times

  • Conscious Discipline Trainings: Site specific: Information will be sent to each school on specific training dates and times

  • Curriculum Writing: Notices will be given to individuals or grade level teams for dates and times


  • Elementary Update on Schedules: To bring a focus to literacy and to allow for additional common planning time. Each of the elementary schools was tasked to schedule a 150 uninterrupted literacy block and a 75 uninterrupted math block.Keep in mind that uninterrupted means that the focus during this time is on instruction and active learning so that students can fully engage in a literacy and math experience that is integrated and meets the student’s needs. Elementary specialist staffing and organization was built around this focus.


  • Update on Streamlining Data and Paperwork: The curriculum, instruction, and assessment team is working on procedures for reducing paperwork, reducing multiple entries for data, and being as paperless as possible. There will be an update, as well as procedures shared with staff during district meetings on August 26th.


  • Educator Effectiveness Update: As you learned during collaboration in the month of May, the OASD as well as the rest of the state will be implementing the Educator Effectiveness Model by the fall of 2014 per the ESEA waiver. The OASD and other districts in the state are participating in piloting the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Model based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. This is a work in progress and we will  be learning together. The administration team will be going through extensive training this summer in preparation for using this model which includes Teachscape and the writing of SLO’s (Student/School Learning Outcomes). The administration team and DPI believes that the Educator Effectiveness Model will  help support you in growing as a professional while improving student learning. The intention at this time is not to connect Educator Effectiveness to pay. Additional information and training will start in August for all professionals.



We hope that you find this update informative! We will be sending communications to you periodically to keep you informed.


Sincerely,


Julie Mosher, Director of Curriculum and Assessment

Kim Brown, Director of Learning


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