Saxon Phonics (K-2 and Special Education Teachers)
Our Foundation funded the training of our K-2 and Special Education teachers in the mechanics of the Saxon Phonics which has now been adopted by Mary Lin to effectively teach phonics. The teachers completed this training just before our school year began in August!
Two Mary Lin teachers to attend National Association for Gifted Children Conference
One GATE (gifted program) teacher and another non-GATE teacher will be attending the NAGC conference in November which offers a multitude of workshops focused on creativity in the classroom and techniques of gifted pedagogy. The objective is for these teachers to bring back ideas and techniques to share with the Mary Lin team that can be utilized in all classrooms.
Four Mary Lin teachers to attend the Greg Tang Math 1-day Workshop in September
Greg Tang's methods are built around a deep understanding of place value, number, and sense-making. Understanding how to provide students with a solid mathematical foundation is essential for elementary school teachers, and the new Georgia Standards of Excellence which require a much higher level of conceptual understanding than ever before.
Ten Teachers to attend the Georgia Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in February 2017
This year's Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference will help teachers engage their students in 3D science learning with the new Georgia Standards of Excellence, in STEM learning that is grounded in the science classroom, and in literacy that supports effective science reasoning. Sessions outside these strands will offer a range of strategies and resources to support student learning in science. It is important that teachers at Mary Lin are knowledgeable about the newest and most innovative teaching practices that align with Georgia’s curriculum. At this conference, teachers will have the opportunity to interact with the new science standards that Georgia is rolling out in the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, we are always looking for new ways to integrate literacy and writing in to the other academic content areas. This conference has specific sessions that will address this concept – focusing on integrating literacy into science lessons.
Our School Counselor, Ms. Huguelet, to attend Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference in March 2017
The Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC) is a national conference held each year to provide school counselors with critical information and successful practice, evaluation, and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs. The conference uses a unique format to incorporate both peer-reviewed research presentations and small group consultation with leaders in the field. "By attending the EBSCC this year, I will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and career development to further meet the needs of our students at Mary Lin Elementary with innovative, evidence-based, and creative interventions. Additionally, I will learn how to best assess these interventions through the use of data. By creating a comprehensive school counseling program at Mary Lin Elementary, which these learned interventions are critical components of, I will be able to create school change and affect school climate and culture."
Michell Carter (3rd grade); Brooke Ashworth (1st Grade) and Elizabeth Tolmach (2nd Grade) to attend Doug Lemov's highly regardie Engaging Academics in March 2017. "The purpose of this training is to learn and practice specific teaching strategies that work regardless of subject, age, socioeconomic status. We will learn how to teach, not what to teach." To learn more about this wonderful professional learning, VISIT HERE
Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 Frameworks
20 of our Mary Lin teachers to attend this experience in March 2017. This professional learning experience supports the delivery of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (in all grade levels and content areas) in an innovative, student-centered format. The Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 frameworks enable teachers to choose individualized goals for students, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide just-in-time instruction to meet the needs of every student. The Daily 5 Literacy framework structures literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. The Math Daily 3 framework structures math time so students develop deep conceptual understanding and mathematical proficiency.
Math Instructional Coach to attend Math Plus Conference (July 2017)
The theme of this year’s Math PLUS Conference is progresssions. In math, concepts build on previous concepts, and skills build on previous skills. Understanding how everything connects is the key to helping struggling students. It is also the secret to laying the groundwork for future learning. The goal of this conference is to connect concepts and skills in both directions and make learning and teaching progressions clear. http://gregtangmath.com/mathpluskc