Educational Services Newsletter #9 - December 12, 2016

Monday's Message

Happy Last Week Before Winter Break!

With the holidays fast approaching, we are reminded once again of the power of gratitude. In 2013, ASCD published an article titled "Tapping into the Power of Gratitude." The author indicated that gratitude was no longer just a "soft skill" but a quality that can lead to higher grades and life satisfaction among students. The article reported that many students who live in high poverty have "never really been exposed to gratitude." It concludes with the assertion that "when you are grateful, you are positively transformed. You tend to take yourself more seriously, you value others more, and it strengthens your relationships."

We would like to end this first semester expressing our extreme gratitude for all of our staff who so graciously and professionally devote efforts towards supporting our students. Best wishes for a joyous and restful Winter Break!

Tech Tools

eLearning Conference Survey / PowerTeacher Pro

Emails were sent last week regarding the eLearning Conference and PowerTeacher Pro. Please take a moment this week to provide your input regarding the Conference. The survey link is:

PowerTeacherPro - If you are interested in converting the the new PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook for the second semester, please complete this form:


Data Literacy for Teachers - by Nancy Love

There is little dispute that educators' effective use of school data is a hallmark of improving schools. But all the data in the world will have little impact on student achievement unless teachers feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and skilled in using a variety of data on a regular basis to improve teaching and learning. The reference guide provided through the link below provides a simple framework for strengthening data literacy and answering these questions:

  • How can schools move away from over-reliance on state assesssments and from using data as either a carrot or a stuck?
  • What kinds of data do teachers analyze, individually and with colleagues? For what purposes? How often?
  • How can data use have an immediate and direct impact on instruction and achievement?


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