The VESD VOICE Employee Newsetter - MAY 2016
Jan Gonzales, Superintendent
This is the time of year when you all are recognizing students for their hard work: sixth grade promotions, kindergarten promotions, award ceremonies, grade level celebrations, Junior Olympics, basketball tournaments, art festivals, multi-cultural celebrations, running club recognitions, I can go on and on!
You are also recognizing parents, volunteers, and community members for their contributions as well.
Now it’s my turn to thank every single employee in Victor Elementary School District.
- Thank you to all the certificated employees for fulfilling so many roles, many of which that were not named on your degree, each day while you meet each student’s needs!
- Thank you to the all the classified employees for making sure our campuses and the services you provide help each student feel safe, secure and nurtured!
- Thank you to our noon duty supervisors for watching over our students throughout their school day!
- Thank you to our certificated and classified substitutes for being there to fill huge shoes day in and day out!
- Thank you to all management employees not only for your day to day job, but also for putting your heart for students into every decision you make!
It is not easy for me to write what is in my heart without sounding cliché, but I want you to know I believe our students, all 12,000+, are so fortunate to have each and every one of you on their side. I know the work is not easy, and some days it is downright frustrating. I only hope you know what a difference you make.
For those of you going on break, I wish you a relaxing, safe time.
Textbooks & Instruction Take 2
Lori Clark, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Earlier this year, Ed Services posted a reminder in the employee newsletter regarding textbooks and instruction in VESD. We had shared the following:
“Historically, VESD has followed the unwritten rule of “adapt vs. adopt” when it comes to using textbooks for classroom instruction. The reason for this is simple. There isn’t a single textbook adoption that will cover all of the standards, the level of rigor (DOK), and/or the individual needs of your classroom completely. Therefore, VESD has promoted the idea of using textbooks to support instruction, but they should not define your instruction.”
We received positive feedback on this article and encouraged staff to look at “Ditch that Textbook” (ditchthattextbook.com) for additional ideas about how to integrate the best practices of building concepts and teaching to the standards vs. teaching to a textbook. As a reminder, DITCH is an acronym for: different, innovative, tech-laden, creative, hands-on.
For each subject you teach throughout the day, we encourage you to think of the instructional shifts noted below.
Ed Services provided a survey for all certificated staff to complete in February 2016. 367 teachers responded out of approximately 500 total. Staff were asked, “As a result of your current knowledge of the standards and state assessments, what support do you need in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year?” The top 2 responses were:
- Intentional planning using DOK 36.2%
- Integrated technology 36.2%
We are currently working on our staff development for 16-17. We will continue to take into account your feedback. We appreciate the emails and ideas that you have been sharing from the various conferences you have attended and will continue to find ways to integrate that information into training. As you are planning for 16-17, we encourage you to continue to think about the standards first to guide your lessons.