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SBAC Smart Tip #3 - Teacher Info Packets


To help teachers administer the Smarter Balanced CAASPP tests we made each teacher an info packet.  Inside each packet we put a one-page summary of the steps they needed to take to become familiar with the test, learn how to administer it online, and provide the necessary signs and student ID cards.  Basically we tried to make it as simple as possible. We included a one-page "quick check" since we knew they probably wouldn't read the whole 50 page manual :).  We also printed out a "login ticket" for each student with their first name, SSID#, and class schedule (helpful when conducting make-ups).  We included a class roster, signs, and other helpful items.
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Illuminate Education acquires Red Schoolhouse Software


Irvine based Illuminate Education, Inc. a leading educational software company that offers SIS, Assessment, and IEP software, announced recently that they have acquired Red Schoolhouse Software, maker of the OARS Online Reporting Assessment System.  This is big news for the 80 plus districts that use the OARS platform as it was also announced that they will ask districts to migrate from OARS to Illuminate over the course of the next 12 months.   For those of us who know the incredible people at Red SchoolHouse Software (Axel, Katy, Veronica, Shea, and the whole crew!) this is bittersweet news.  I've used the OARS product for years and think aspects of it are extremely inn...
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Learn Google Forms by Brent Coley

Google Forms Made Easy!
I just attended Brent Coley's presentation at the LEAD 3.0 Symposium.  Fantastic presentation on how to use Google docs in meaningful ways in your school.  Discussed forms, 3rd party extensions like Easy Query, and something very cool called Autocrat.  Check out his website here:  www.brentcoley.com.   Amazing pre-made collection of google forms and docs that are K-12 school-centric, such as a weekly PLC agenda maker, an annual Williams Law survey, the entire policy manual for his school, etc.  Great presenter with very helpful and well thought out resources that he made available via a google drive link.  Thanks Brent!
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LCAP Redesign Survey


Not 100% happy with the LCAP template?   Good!  That makes you a human being. :) Want to improve it?  That's even better.   That makes you a professional educator ! You can add your 2 cents by completing the CDE Foundation's survey:  http://cdefoundation.org/lcap-survey/
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Test Results - Parent Video - Riverside Unified School District

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CALPADS News Flash!!! HOT!

FALL 1 CALPADS AMENDMENT WINDOW DEADLINE EXTENDED!Due to the delay in the availability of the preview of Fall 1 data, which includes the Unduplicated Pupil Count (UPC) that will be used in 2015–16 Second Principal Apportionment (P-2), the California Department of Education (CDE) has extended the Fall 1 deadline to March 18, 2016. The Fall 2 deadlines remain the same. The deadlines are summarized below: ​Submission ​ ​Original Deadline ​New Deadline ​Fall 1 ​Last Day of Amendment Window ​February 19, 2016 ​March 18, 2016 ​Fall 2​CertificationDeadline​March 4, 2016​No Change​Fall 2​Last Day of Amendm...
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Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn

by Eduardo Briceño This article was first published in the Mindset Works newsletter. We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it. Here are two quotes about mistakes that I like and use, but that can also lead to confusion if we don’t further clarify what we mean: “A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” – George Bernard Shaw “It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as something having a purpose which it truly has.” – Maria Montessori These constructive quotes communicate that mistakes are desirable, which is a positive message and part of what we want students to learn. An appreciation of mistakes helps us overcome our fear of making them, enabling us to take risks. But we also want students to understand what kinds of mistakes are most useful and how to most learn from them. Types of mistakes The stretch mistakes Stretch mistakes happen when we’re working to expand our current abilities. We’re not trying to make these mistakes in that we’re not trying to do something incorrectly, but instead, we’re trying to do something that is beyond what we already can do without help, so we’re bound to make some errors. Stretch mistakes are positive. If we never made stretch mistakes, it would mean that we never truly challenged ourselves to learn new knowledge or skills. Sometimes when we’re stuck making and repeating the same stretch mistake, the issue may be that we’re mindlessly going through the motions, rather than truly focusing on improving our abilities. Other times the root cause may be that our approach to learning is ineffective and we should try a different strategy to learn that new skill. Or it may be that what we’re trying is too far beyond what we already know, and we’re not yet ready to master that level of challenge. It is not a problem to test our boundaries and rate of growth, exploring how far and quickly we can progress. But if we feel stuck, one thing we can do is adjust the task, decreasing the level of challenge but still keeping it beyond what we already know. Our zone of proximal development (ZPD) is the zone slightly beyond what we already can do without help, which is a fruitful level of challenge for learning. We want to make stretch mistakes! We want to do so not by trying to do things incorrectly, but by trying to do things that are challenging. When we make stretch mistakes we want to reflect, identify what we can learn, and then adjust our approach to practice, until we master the new level of ability. Then we want to identify a new area of challenge and...
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New English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Web site. In preparing for the transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC in 2018, the ELPAC Web site has been developed and posted here to provide you with new and updated resources and information. Be sure to visit the ELPAC Web site frequently at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/ to get information about the status of ELPAC development and administration. In spring 2016, the ELPAC contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will launch the ELPAC.org Web site. Information will be posted about upcoming opportunities to par...
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