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DUSD Holding Common Core Parent Workshops Nov 19-20

October 27, 2014

DUSD Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments Parent Information NightsThe Dublin Unified School District is holding a series of workshops for parents to learn more about important changes impacting schools across the country in the form of Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. On November 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. These workshops build on sessions held earlier this year.

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: Nov. 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; while registration is not mandatory you are requested to do so to help plan space for the workshops: register here

Please see below for an overview of our available workshops.

Workshop Title Workshop Description Grades
Using Digital Resources – Elementary
INSTRUCTOR:  M. Borskin
Come learn how you can use the digital resources your children are using in their classrooms to support their learning at home! We will look at Pearson Realize (K-5 Math), ixl.com (K-5 Math), Raz Kids (K-5 Literacy), and Qwertytown (1-5 Typing Skills). K-5
Technology at the Secondary Level
INSTRUCTOR: Panel
Come learn about the use of technology in grades 6-12. Teachers utilize a variety of strategies incorporating technology at the secondary level. This panel will share a variety of technology experiences your child will experience as they go through middle and high school and prepare for post-secondary educational opportunities. 6-12
Academic Vocabulary
INSTRUCTOR: C. Whites
What is academic vocabulary?  How can we ensure we model academic language verbally with our children so that they are using academic vocabulary when speaking with us?  Come learn what you can do at home. K-5
English Learners and the Common Core
INSTRUCTOR:  S. Tejwani
A parent toolkit to show how to support your child in learning English and achieving academic success in school. K-12
Science: Then and Now
INSTRUCTOR: S. Wilmott
In this session parents will learn about the changes and shifts science is making with the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how they are aligned with Common Core ideology. K-12
Elementary Number Talks
INSTRUCTOR: J. Harr
As your children transition to Common Core Math, math discourse is becoming more and more important.  In this session you will learn how to get your child talking and using math vocabulary both in and out of the mathematics classroom. K-5
Common Core Writing at the Secondary Level
INSTRUCTOR: J Pitcavage
The Common Core State Standards call for an increase in writing across the curriculum.  This presentation will aid parents in understanding the styles of writing covered, as well as the academic language parents can use at home in supporting their child. 6-12
Smarter Balanced Assessment – Elementary
INSTRUCTOR: Nelson/McGovern
Parents will receive hands on practice with a Smarter Balanced Assessments through Grade 5 K-5
Smarter Balanced Assessment – Secondary
INSTRUCTOR:  Grier/Cohen
Parents will receive hands on practice with a Smarter Balanced Assessment in grades 6-12 6-12
Common Core: Why Now
INSTRUCTOR: T. McCarty
This overview session provides background information regarding the importance of CCSS and assessments on your student(s)’ college readiness. Included will be a summary of the literacy, mathematics and sciences standards and the types of tests students will be taking. Also included are resources parents can use to keep informed about the new standards and assessments. K-12
Special Education
INSTRUCTOR: B. Cowick
Parents are encouraged to first attend Common Core: Why Now? session and then attend this workshop to learn more about how common core is implemented in special education K-12
College and Career Readiness
INSTRUCTOR: B. Custodio and C. Rubio
College and Career Readiness indicators are very important for future success. Parent will learn about some of the recent trends and patterns of Dublin graduates, what colleges look for and what changes are coming for college entrance requirements. 6-12
Critical Reading and Writing in non-English Language Arts Classrooms
INSTRUCTOR: H Cunningham
In this session parents will see samples of critical reading and writing expected with Common Core State Standards. Critical Reading and Writing is part of every content area. 6-12
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