Last week I had the opportunity to lead a Twitter chat on Tuesday night under the hashtag, #DivergED. In addition I had a 25 minute podcast with Dr. Chris Weber, national renowned author on RtI and Professional Learning Communities. I hope you will take a minute to listen. This will give you a better idea to what our district is attempting to do to ensure that every employee is equipped with the skills to help every student learn, grow, and excel.
Your Vote = Your Voice
Early voting begins on February 20, and election day is March 6.
If you are a registered voter in the BRISD area, you can vote at the BRISD Admin Building.
We’re having training on May 30-31. This will help you get 2 of the 5 flex days for 18-19
knocked out right at the beginning summer!
* May 30 - Vertical teams
* Alignment of 8-12 essential standards
* R10 content experts will be here
* May 31 - Rigor and Mastery Training
* If you’re PLP focuses on differentiation, questioning strategies, extensions,
interventions, etc. - THIS DAY IS FOR YOU. Region 10 will be here to lead
these break-out sessions!
Below are Data Trainings for each campus. Make plans to attend.
* ES - Thursday, February 15 @ 3:45
* MS - Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:15
* HS - PD Day - February 19 @ 3:00
Are you logging the accommodations you are using with students? Links to
Texas maximum mileage reimbursement rate for travel occurring on or after
January 1, 2018 is 54.5 cents per mile. Please use this rate from this point forward on any mileage reimbursements. Amanda will be out February 26 - March 2 for a Conference. Please submit all PO's and Travel Expenses Request by February 21 for processing.
Make sure to bring your Chromebook and materials for lesson planning.
Celebrate Engineers Week February 18-24 How can we use this week to interest kids in science and engineering?
Tweet your insight and pictures to @blueridgeisd.
I love that we are evolving as a district that believes in collaboration.
The knowledge you all possess is more powerful shared with one another.
Thanks for being educators that want to share and learn!
If you identified Differentiated Instruction as your MOY PLP Goal,
you’ll want to sign up for this R10 training. I’ve signed up and I’m excited
to go through it!
* K-12 online training, Design for Differentiation, featuring short,
weekly lessons revolving around the five areas of differentiation.
This is a great training for any teacher looking to improve in
differentiation. 6 CPE GT Update Hours over a one month http://gg.gg/differentiation2018 FREQUENTLY UPDATE YOUR EDUPHORIA WORKSHOP PORTFOLIO
* Be sure you are frequently updating with any ‘outside the normal workday’
professional learning. The district always wants to keep a record of all
learning taking place by BRISD staff.
* Remember that when you attend a BR offered class and do the survey,
it automatically grants credit to your portfolio.
This week is National School Counseling Week and BRISD has 2 AMAZING counselors,
Missy Douglas and Rebecca Kay. These ladies do so much for our staff and students.
Where would we be without them? Why don’t you drop by and see them today or shoot
them an email and tell them why YOU love them!
We’re very excited to announce that materials have arrived and plans are underway
for upgrading our WIFI on all campuses! We are scheduled to have this work done
over Spring Break, so hopefully staff and students will see even better connection on
our wireless devices. We’ll provide updates as we have them.
Business Office Announcements Texas maximum mileage reimbursement rate for travel occurring on or after January 1, 2018 is 54.5 cents per mile. Please use this rate from this point forward on any mileage reimbursements.
This past week I attended the TASA Midwinter Conference and had the opportunity to hear finance information from the Equity Center. Did you know that funding from the state is at one of its lowest levels. In 2017, the state contributed 38% of the funding for schools while the remaining 62% came from local property taxes. The original goal of education funding is a 50/50 responsibility between state and local funds. To know more about this information, you can contact your legislators and state political candidates.
The Special Education Department at the MS is doing an AMAZING job implementing
Snap and Read with our students who need oral administration. They have become
well-versed with how to use this technology resource on both iPad and Chromebook.
They were wonderful tutors for the rest of the staff at our MS Snap and Read training
on Wednesday. Thanks so much Mrs. Boyett, Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Williams.
* Remember to put requests in Eduphoria HelpDesk. Eduardo will respond as quickly
* We’ve had requests from teachers to block YouTube. We’ve done some work on the
filter to still have YouTube open because we know you do use it for educational purposes. It’s on ‘restricted’ mode, which hopefully filter out content you wouldn’t want for your students to view. If you experience videos/channels blocked that should be open, put a ticket in HelpDesk and we’ll address it.