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DUSD to Hold Workshops on Common Core Standards and Smarter Balance Assessments

February 6, 2014

The Dublin Unified School District is holding a series of workshops for parents to learn more about important changes coming to Dublin education in the form of Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. On February 19 and 20, from 6:30-8:30pm at Dublin High School, parents will have the opportunity to learn first hand about these important changes in our schools. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of these important educational workshops.

DUSD Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke, “In Dublin, our mission is to ensure that every student is college and career ready.  In order to accomplish this important goal, teachers, support staff, leaders, and parents must understand and be able to help our students thrive in the new era of Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments.  These new standards and the way we assess student achievement are changing teaching and learning in all of our schools. No longer will students be required merely to memorize and recite facts. They will be focused on deeper learning activities, explaining the  ‘how’ and ‘why’ of answers, and using right brained skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. All are essential for success in college and in today’s world of work, and are closely aligned with our stated mission for Dublin students.”

Workshop registration information:

  • When: Feb. 19 and 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Dublin High Student Union
  • What: Important discussions about Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments and how these significant shifts in education will impact our students.
  • Free child care will be provided by Dublin High Leadership Students in the DHS Library from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m.
  • Note: workshops will be repeated on each night; registration is not mandatory but requested to help plan space for the workshops: register here (registration will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17)

Please see below for an overview of our available workshops.

Workshop Title

Workshop Description

Grades

Elementary Math: Then and Now
INSTRUCTOR: J. Harr
Have you noticed the way your child is learning math differs from how you learned math as a child?  In this session parents will walk you through changes as we transition to Common Core math.

K-5

Reading With Your Child
INSTRUCTOR: C. Whites
Parents will be given information on things to consider when selecting books for their child and they will learn a reading strategy that will help their child gain a deeper understand of the text.

K-5

Digital Citizenship
INSTRUCTOR: J. Price
Parents will learn more about CommonSenseMedia.org, a free resource for parents, teachers, and students that prepare students to be safe, appropriate, and responsible online as they are doing research, writing and performing tasks related to Common Core.

K-12

Smarter Balanced Assessment – Elementary
INSTRUCTOR: M Borskin
Parents will receive hands on practice with a Smarter Balanced Assessment in grades 3-5

K-5

Smarter Balanced Assessment – Secondary
INSTRUCTOR:K. Grier/J. Cohen
Parents will receive hands on practice with a Smarter Balanced Assessment in grades 6-12

6-12

Common Core 101
INSTRUCTOR: T McCarty
Parents will learn the basics of Common Core State Standards,  the shifts from the CA Standards and the ways that it will bring changes to instruction in the classroom.

K-12

Núcleo Básico 101 español / Segundo Idioma
INSTRUCTOR: T McCarty
Los padres aprenderán los conceptos básicos de las Normas Estatales Comunes, los turnos de los Estándares de CA y las formas en que traerá cambios a la instrucción en el aula.

K-12

Instructional Strategies ELA
INSTRUCTOR:K. Holthe
Parents will learn about instructional strategies in ELA that secondary teachers are incorporating in order to support higher level thinking and common core standards.

6-12

Instructional Strategies Math
INSTRUCTOR: A. Mongold
Parents will learn about instructional strategies in math that secondary teachers are incorporating in order to support higher level thinking and common core standards.

6-12

Common Core, Special Education Implications
INSTRUCTOR: A. Thomas
Parents are encouraged to first attend Common Core 101 and then attend this workshop to learn more about how common core is implemented in special education

6-12

Mathematical Practices
INSTRUCTOR: J. DeWitt
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices are taught alongside the mathematical content standards.

6-12

Critical Reading & Text Complexity
INSTRUCTOR: M. Vlahiotis
The Common Core State Standards call for an increase in text complexity.  This presentation will aid parents in understanding how text complexity is evaluated, as well as the reading strategies teachers are putting in place with their students to assist them in accessing more difficult texts.

6-12

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