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Opening In-service 2014-2015 Subtitle – “Gee, that slide looks familiar…”. Wednesday, August 20, 2014. APPLAUSE!. Many thanks to Coach Seiler and Coach Kerwin and the Trojan Booters, Male and Female!. New IT Provider - CAIU. CAIU Technician In-House – Dennis Morgan - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Opening In-service2014-2015Subtitle Gee, that slide looks familiarWednesday, August 20, 2014

  • APPLAUSE!Many thanks to Coach Seiler and Coach Kerwin and the Trojan Booters, Male and Female!

  • New IT Provider - CAIUCAIU Technician In-House Dennis MorganSome messages about computing from Dennis, including

  • Opening Remarks

    Evan P. Williams, SuperintendentWelcomeOur mission - to empower our students to be lifelong learners in order to reach their greatest potentialEveryone wants students to achieve!They send us the best they have.

  • What is Success?

    Students and their parents must know what success looks like, what it is, and how it is accomplished.Use rubrics so expectations and grading are clear.If we give kids a clear pathway to succeed, the grand majority will do just that!

  • Grades and GradingGrade students on demonstrated learning. Try to avoid zeroes.Certain kids will even request zeroes. In cases such as this, we are grading the students sloth, not his or her achievement.Try to insist on a demonstrated process achieving production and give credit for it.

  • Character Initiatives - Character is who you are when no one is looking.A rephrasing of the following:The true test of a mans character is what he does when no one is watching.John Wooden

  • Character InitiativesThe Discovery Process develop students character.Create a Discovery Process program in the UDA Middle School yoked to a UDA Elementary School initiative.Ultimately, this will take form in UDA High School

  • The FutureUDASD needs to completely assimilate the Commonwealths initiatives. The important part is the constructive use of data.Make curriculum skill centered. John Landis, Apple Elementary school gives students the skills and foundation for content learning.Middle school refines those skills and begins the assimilation of content and critical thinking.

  • Project Based Learning UDA LeadsUDA Leads is a curricular program I named which is designed to give our students the opportunity to explore in greater depth the world around them; to create individual learning opportunities combining academics, community services, and vocational experiences; to identify and investigate career opportunities in the form of internships and apprenticeships.UDA STEM Leads is the initial program in development to be followed byUDA Arts LeadsUDA FBLA LeadsUDA Citizenship LeadsUDA Fitness Leads

  • UDA STEM LeadsThrough a commitment to STEM programs in concert with vocational agriculture and career awareness, Upper Dauphin Area intends to enhance its capacity for research and project driven learning in the secondary schools. UDA intends to augment its computer stations so students may have more opportunities for research, particularly in practical applications, like robotics, hydroponics, aquaculture, biotechnology, and career awareness. Our students live in a farming community, and through research and the act of reporting on that research, authentic assessments, in writing and in presentations, we wish to empower students to express themselves and demonstrate their learning. The ability to thoroughly explore projects which seek to analyze and improve rural living and productivity is an invaluable skill for our students who go forth to join other communities and those who return to improve this community.

  • What does this looks like?Students tie their various projects together and integrate completely their work in the "hard" sciences with their projects in the "applied" sciences. For example, a chemistry teacher and a biology teacher will have the opportunity to work with students on aquaculture projects, math teachers will be able to work with construction trades and cabinetry students on design, and a physics teacher will be able to work with mechanics students on engine rebuilding.

  • ConcentrationsThe UDA Leads framework will allow students to concentrate in their areas of interest:Business, UDA FBLA LeadsFine arts, performing arts, and the Humanities, UDA Arts LeadsCommunity management, law, societal well-being, UDA Citizenship LeadsWellness, Health, and Fitness, UDA Fitness LeadsThis may make scheduling more predictable!

  • We are taking what we already successfully do to the next level. give our students the opportunity to explore in greater depth the world around them;create individual learning opportunities combining academics, community services, and vocational experiences; identify and investigate career opportunities in the form of internships and apprenticeships.

  • Introduction of New TeachersAdam DowningKristen QuisenberryTammy OsengaCory ShadeBrian LeiterBob MillerPam Lazar

  • UDAES Kristen Quisenberry and Cory Shade

  • UDAMSAdam Downing and Brian Leiter

  • UDAHSTammy Osenga and Bob Miller

  • UDASD district widePam Lazar

  • And a new Principal, againJared ShadeUDA Middle School

  • And a new/former PrincipalDermot Garrett UDA High School

  • And more help for the high school!Megan Shade Magician

  • And teaching assistants and personal care aides Lisa HoffmanRuthanna Bordner Erin Leach Christina Teeter

  • New Food Service Supervisor and a New IT TechnicianJamie Shiko, Nutrition GroupDennis was too busy to have his picture taken. Drat!

  • Employee RecognitionFirst, thanks to the custodians and the secretaries for all the work they have done over the summer to prepare the buildings for the coming year,And, thanks to all our wonderful teacher assistants who support our needier populations.Unfortunately, there are never enough words to honor all the good things people do for the schools and the district.

  • District Goals, 2014-2015Goal #1: Improve communications with the community, particularly parents and school personnel, both in volume and effectiveness to enhance an environment of mutual respect. Goal #2: Use Student assessment data to support instructional decision-making.Goal #3: Ensure the use of differentiated instruction at all grade levels to maximize student learning as evidenced by increased active engagement.

    The mission of our district is to empower our students to be lifelong learners in order to reach their greatest potential.

  • Teacher Effectiveness System Redux50% of evaluation observation based on the Danielson Framework15% based on Building Level Data PSSA, PVAAS, Graduation, Promotion, Attendance, PSAT/SATs15% Teacher Specific Data PVAAS mostly, IEP, Locally Developed Rubrics20% Elective Data/SLOs District designed measures, National standardized tests, Industry certs, Student projects and portfolios

  • And on!The observation system is what counts!Make sure you create an SLO which you can use!Each teacher will receive a binder including the Framework congruent to Teachscape.Teachers should use their binders to collect examples of the great things they do throughout the school year.

  • Legal UpdatesResponsibilitiesTitle VII - HarassmentConfidentiality Guidelines

  • USDE: Missions of all schoolsSchools will educate all students.Schools will provide a safe and orderly environment for all students.Schools will protect the health, safety, and welfare of all students and staff.Therefore:

  • Decisions!Schools (teachers/administrators) actions may not be arbitrary, capricious, or deliberately indifferentAvoid the appearance ofMalfeasance - mal (evil) faire (to do)Misfeasance - misdo; improper exercise of authorityNonfeasance - omission of some act which ought to have been done

  • Keep Yourself Safe!Are you aware? Child A has a knife.If so, did you investigate? Question the student.Did you make a decision? Call the principal.Did you take appropriate action with no intent to harm the child? Escort the child to the office: call parents and police.Throughout the process, inform those who need to know! In this sample, school authorities need to know, parents need to know and so do the police, even if the parents refuse to allow their child to be questioned by the police unless they are present!

  • Avoid Deliberate IndifferenceDefining the issue of Deliberate IndifferenceBeing aware of a troubling situation and doing nothing about itBeing aware of a troubling situation and taking a totally inappropriate action

  • Avoiding Deliberate Indifference Complaints and ChargesAll complaints must be taken seriouslyProcesses and procedures must be systematic, not event drivenRespond in a timely mannerKeep detailed records and document every step takenAvoid making foolish statements

  • Harassment - defined in the Pennsylvania Code 2709. Harassment. (a) Offense defined.--A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person: (1) strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same; (2) follows the other person in or about a public place or places; (3) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;

  • Continued(4) communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures; (5) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner; (6) communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or (7) communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).

  • Title VII - HarassmentTitle VII Coordinator Mrs. Mary BatemanHarassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the