Each week a weekly question or thought will be shared out through the MURSD curriculum weekly update. Here is a link to this week's entry called: Why do we need to learn this?
Our district is a member of Primary Source, which is an organization whose mission is to advance global and cultural education in schools through professional development support to educators. As members, we have a few spots to send our educators to school-year workshops and summer workshops. We also are provided with additional opportunities such as special events and webinars. The list of Primary Source courses for 2017-2018 is attached. If you are interested in attending a course, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com with the information about which course/workshop you are interested in and the reason why it would be beneficial for your classroom work. The deadline is September 27th.
Professional Learning Workshop-Request for Proposals
We are planning on continuing our conversations and learning in professional practice pathways, as well as other aspects of our district action plans in social-emotional learning, inclusion, co-teaching, RTI, and curriculum. We are seeking people who would be interested in leading workshops in these areas for this fall. If you might be interested, please check out and complete the following proposal form by September 27.
MURSD Mentor Training:
Mentor training will take place on Thursday, October 19th. If you are interested in being trained as a mentor for future mentoring opportunities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week on Twitter:
Ten Reasons Why I have Flipgrid Fever
What Questions are Learners Asking (great graphic to check out)
50 Tips and Tricks to Facilitate a More Inclusive Classroom
If you are not on Twitter and need assistance in getting started, please reach out to Dave Quinn or to me to get started.
Dr. Tony Wagner, co-author of Most Likely to Succeed will be joining us in a conversation about his book this coming Tuesday, September 19th from 5-5:30pm.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
The Central Mass Reading Council is so excited to bring Jennifer Serravallo to the area through a Skype presentation in Grafton on October 18, 2017. Following Jennifer’s Skype session there will be a follow-up segment presented by two literacy specialists on how to motivate, empower, and engage all types of readers. This will be a wonderful evening centered around Jennifer’s bestselling book, The Reading Strategies Book. Information can be found here.
Elementary Science and Engineering Technology (ELE 653PD) 3 credits
This course introduces teachers at the elementary level to the newly drafted revisions of the Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering standards along with the instructional tools and strategies required to effectively advance learner achievement specific to the new performance expectations. The course includes both early childhood and elementary science practices and content designed to strengthen scientific literacy among learners as they explore and use key knowledge specific to earth, life, physical and engineering sciences. The course is offered in a hybrid format that features both online learning and interactive, face-to-face instruction. The online learning modules (4) will be 9/18/16 to 10/13/16 (Asynchronous). Seated classes will meet in North Attleborough: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14. 11/21, Tuesdays (3:45-4:45pm). Reach out to Liz Bonin, at email@example.com asap to indicate interest.
Here is a link to a SEL Summit being held in October.