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Designing Coherent Instruction
Amplify: Literacy Rich Science Instruction K-5
Learn how Amplify Science explicitly focuses on Disciplinary Literacy, the specialized skills involved in reading, writing, and talking about science. Discover the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Do-Talk-Read-Write-Visualize approach and how it encourages deeper student learning in both science and literacy.
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Big Ideas Lessons
Learn about lesson structure and the support tools available in Big Ideas.
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Big Ideas Overview
In this module you will learn about how Big Ideas is organized around its philosophy. You will also learn about how the classroom activities support math practice standards.
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Big Ideas: Print and Online Resources
In this module, you will learn about the print teacher guides as well as the online resources available with Big Ideas.
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C3 Framework: College, Career and Civic Life
Learn about the Social Studies C3 Framework, and think about how these concepts apply to your social studies lessons.
Earn 7 clock hours
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Choose Your Own Adventure
Is there a topic that you would like to learn more about that is not already offered in the Professional Learning Portal? This is your chance to earn up to 20 clock hours for your own exploration of a topic of your choice; choose your own adventure and design your own learning plan!
Earn 20 clock hours
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Close Reading in Content Areas
Read and examine classroom snapshots for instructional ideas you can take back to support students in accessing complex text to learn content.
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Create a Classroom Portal with SymbalooEDU
If you are still having students type in URLs, you REALLY need to use SymbalooEDU to put all your digital resources in one handy place where students can quickly and easily access everything with a tap or click. Students can use Symbaloo webmixes from anywhere, anytime -- freeing you up to TEACH!
Earn 2 clock hours
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Embedding Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship is critical to teach our students. In addition to our district adopted digital citizenship curriculum, we can explore ways to connect the learning to other content and curricular goals. Explore some ways to do this through this module.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Evaluating Online Resources
The Internet allows anybody to post news and information that reflects their views and biases. Learn about some of the tools and strategies students can use to be proficient and critical consumers of information they find online.
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Google Drawings for Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are a powerful learning tool for students. With mind maps, concept webs, Venn diagrams, and more, students can express their knowledge, plan their projects, and explore their content. There are many tools available to create graphic organizers and Google Drawings is a great free option. Learn how students can use Google Drawings to create graphic organizers, use existing templates, collaborate with others, and share the final product.
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Grammar Instruction that really works
Research suggests that rule-based worksheets do not lead to better writing. Instead, explore these approaches that help students become curious about language and improve writing skills.
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Hapara Teacher Workspace
Hapara Workspace is a platform for teachers to create highly personalized learning experiences that deepen collaboration and differentiation throughout the learning cycle. Teachers will be able to streamline the process by tracking progress, submissions, and providing feedback to their learners. In addition, the learners will now have an easy, intuitive interface to manage their assignments and customize their submissions -- giving them greater ownership of their learning.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Incorporating Narrative Elements in Informational and Argument Writing
How can students strengthen their writing by drawing on narrative elements?
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Intro to Desmos
Desmos is a powerful, free online graphing calculator that can be utilized for discovery of application of skills at many levels. The activities in this module will get you started with Desmos, and help you explore activities that might be helpful in teaching your grade level standards.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Introduction to Amplify Science, 6-8
In this module, hear from senior leaders from the Lawrence Hall of Science and Amplify Science experts who conduct a walkthrough of the phenomena-based program, highlighting the unit structure and key features of Amplify’s science program.
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Introduction to Amplify Science, K-5
In this module, review the 3-dimensions of NGSS and hear from senior leaders from the Lawrence Hall of Science and Amplify Science experts who conduct a walkthrough of the phenomena-based program, highlighting the unit structure and key features of Amplify’s science program.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Introduction to Ready Math
As we look to implement our newly adopted math program for elementary students, this module will give you an overview of the program's components.
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Introduction to the HMH Social Studies Digital Curriculum
In 2018, the Lake Stevens School District and the social studies department adopted Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for its print and digital curriculum needs (grades 8, 10-11). With this new adoption, students and teachers have access to a fully digital curriculum that includes an interactive textbook, assignments, and assessments. This course is intended as an introduction to and/or review of the HMH digital curriculum. Specifically, you will learn/review how to login, navigate, assign, and use with this system with students.
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Introduction to the Pearson Digital Curriculum
In 2018, the Lake Stevens School District and the social studies department adopted Pearson for its print and digital curriculum needs (grades 6-7). With this new adoption, students and teachers have access to a fully digital curriculum that includes an interactive textbook, assignments, and assessments. This course is intended as an introduction to and/or review of the Pearson digital curriculum. Specifically, you will learn/review how to login, navigate, assign, and use with this system with students.
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Learning Walk: Designing Coherent Instruction
When going on a half day learning walk to explore instruction in others' classrooms, use this module to guide your planning and reflection and earn clock hours for your exploration.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Mastering GMail
Learn how to manage your email more effectively. Mastering GMail will help you to work more efficiently, and give you the know-how to teach your students how to manage email the right way.
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Mastering Google Classroom
Learn the basics and more advanced features of this learning management system that easily integrates with all your Google tools and makes communicating, assigning, grading and providing feedback to students a breeze!
Earn 3 clock hours
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Mastering Google Docs
Google Docs offers an easy to learn yet very powerful tool for creating word processing documents.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Mastering Google Drive
Your Google Drive is home for all of your files at LSSD. This course will show you how to navigate your Drive, organize your files and folders, and manage sharing of all of your resources.
Earn 1 clock hour
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Mastering Google Sheets
Gain the skills you need to manipulate rows, columns, and cells to get data into your spreadsheets and keep them organized.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Mastering Google Slides
Learn the ins and outs of creating presentations with Google Slides.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Math Routines to Develop Number Sense
Math routines are quick yet essential ways to build students' number sense. Explore the math routines suggested in Math Expressions, or see other math routines that can be used at different elementary grades.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Modeling to Benchmarks in 1st and 2nd Grades
What does modeled writing look like? Explore how we can be intentional in our models to move students toward proficiency.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Modeling to Benchmarks in Intermediate Grades
What does modeled writing look like? Explore how we can be intentional in our models to move students toward proficiency.
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Modeling to Benchmarks in Kindergarten
What does modeled writing look like? Explore how we can be intentional in our models to move students toward proficiency.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Narrative Writing Process
How do we help students plan a narrative piece, especially with the expectation that they utilize details from informational readings?
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Notice and Note (Fiction)
How do good readers analyze and interpret literature? In their book Notice and Note, Kylene Beers and Robert Probst provide strategies for attending to an author's craft and analyzing purpose in fiction. This module will give an introduction to Notice and Note for fiction text.
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Notice and Note Nonfiction
What specific skills and strategies are required when reading nonfiction? In their book Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Robert Probst help teachers define nonfiction, learn its specific challenges and rewards for students, and apply strategies for attending unpacking meaning and evaluating sources. Use the resources below to get an introduction to Notice and Note Signposts and Strategies for nonfiction texts.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Number Talks: Developing Mathematical Thinking
Are you looking for a way to increase mathematical discourse in your classroom? Looking for a strategy to encourage mathematical thinking and not just rote computation? Learn more about Math Talks in this module and how you can use them in your classroom to do just that!
Earn 3 clock hours
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Planning Digitally with Wonders
See how you can use the teacher platform to plan and "present" a lesson in a way that engages your learners.
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Supercharge Google Docs with Google Drawings
You can't do that in Docs! If you have ever made this claim, you may not be taking advantage of everything Docs can do. Built into Docs is Google Drawings, a tool that can add more features and make Docs more interactive. See how you and your students can use the integrated Drawings option in Docs to add playable videos, insert text boxes, add captions to images, embed graphic organizers, add interactive activities, provide a whiteboard area for student work, and more.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Teaching Effective Use of Dialogue
A key narrative technique is using dialogue. Explore how to encourage effective use of dialogue to move a story along and avoid the he said, she said trap!
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Teaching Narrative Craft
Learn about different craft elements that authors use and different strategies for incorporating these craft moves into students' narrative pieces.
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Teaching Theme
Wondering how to teach students to infer theme from literary text? Check out this module for ideas to teach this Common Core Standard.
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Teaching Using Context Clues for Expanding Vocabulary
We can't possibly directly teach kids all the vocabulary they need to know. For students to growth their academic vocabulary, it is important for them to use context clues as clues to figuring out unknown words.
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Unleashing the Power of Google Search
Anyone can run a simple Google search, but most of us only use a tiny fraction of the power of this amazing tool! Learn how to unlock the power in Google's search tool on your way to becoming a Power Searcher. You'll learn all the tricks to narrow down your search results and find exactly what you want.
Earn 5 clock hours
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Using Phenomena to Drive Science Learning
Learn about phenomena as the context for the scientist and the engineer and how we can utilize phenomena in a Next Generation-aligned classroom to engage students.
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What and How are Students Reading in a Science Classroom?
Look closely at the texts you use with students and explore ideas for classroom conversations that support students with tackling these texts. You will need a copy of Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note to participate in this module.
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What Does Close Reading Look Like in Action in a Secondary Classroom?
Examine classroom snapshots for instructional moves that develop students into close readers.
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What Does Close Reading Look Like in Action in an Elementary Classroom?
Examine classroom snapshots for "teaching moves" during close reading lessons.
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What Does Research Say is Effective Grammar Instructional Practice?
How did we come up with our Lake Stevens' Grammar Beliefs chart (that you see in the standards module below)? Read some of the research that is behind this thinking.
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What is a STEM Lesson?
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. However, a STEM lesson is much more than just a lesson that includes some of these disciplines. True STEM lessons involve students working through the design process in collaborative teams in order to meet a challenge. These lessons are truly integrated instruction. Gain an introduction to STEM lessons through this module.
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Wonders: Balanced Literacy
Participate in the Wonders Balanced Literacy Quick Start Course within ConnectEd and turn in your certificate of completion for clock hours through Lake Stevens.
Earn 4 clock hours