Santa Rosa Elementary District is offering teacher training in Project Guided Language Acquisition Design (Project GLAD) to our elementary teachers as part of our transition to Common Core State Standards implementation. Project GLAD is an instructional model that provides:
- clear, practical strategies promoting positive, effective interactions among students and between teachers and students
- develops metacognitive use of high level, academic language and literacy
Project GLAD is a United States Department of Education, OBEMLA, Project of Academic Excellence; a California Department of Education Exemplary Program, a model reform program for the Comprehensive School Reform Design, and training model for five Achieving Schools Award Winners. It was the recommended K-8 project by the California State Superintendent of Schools for teachers of English learners. It is also highlighted as a California Department of Education "Best Practices" program for Title III professional development funding.
Project GLAD training results in teachers' renewed commitment to high expectations and high standards for all students. The results for students have been continued gains in standardized test scores, as well as renewed involvement in a classroom that is, not only student-centered, but fosters a sense of identity and voice.
Santa Rosa Elementary District is offering teacher training in math in order to address the major shifts in number and operations called for by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In the math institute, From Counting to Understanding Algorithms, K-2 teachers will strengthen their content knowledge and ability to teach the Common Core Standards.
The From Counting to Understanding algorithms math institute will provide teachers with:
- understanding of the critical foundation of counting through composing and decomposing numbers
- the opportunity explore the use of literature in mathematics
- the opportunity to write word problem types from the literature books
- the opportunity to view video clips of students engaged in the CCSS content and practices
- games for practice
Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Healthy Schools Program
Through the generosity of two Kaiser Permanente grants Santa Rosa Elementary Schools is participating in the Healthy Schools Program through Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Each elementary school has a Launching Wellness Champion (LWC) and is developing a site based action plan for developing a healthier school. This program is in its infancy stages for the 2013-14 school year and we anticipate further support in years to come. For more information please review the Alliance for a Healthier Generation at https://www.healthiergeneration.org/