One of the greatest resource teachers have is each other. It is important for teachers to communicate with one other and share ideas. Teachers can used the online Staff Room to hold discussions and share resources.
- PowerSchool for Teachers
- Absence Management
- Blocking and Unblocking Websites
- Common PD Terms - Defined
- Criteria for Travel Reimbursement
- Teacher Quality Committee and Application
- Performance Evaluation Processes and Forms
PowerSchool for Teachers
Lewis Central uses a vendor called Absence Management for the process of finding and managing substitute jobs and managing employee absences in our district. The service will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed via internet and phone.
How do I interact with Absence Management?
- You can interact with Absence Management on the internet at http://aesoponline.com/. Here, you will be able to enter absences, check your absence schedule, update personal information, and exercise other features such as uploading your lesson plans for substitutes to view online.
- You can also call Absence Management toll free at 1-800-942-3767. Simply follow the voice menu to enter and manage absences and access other features. We recommend that you call in to check the computer recording of your name and title. To do this, press Option 5 and follow the prompts.
We are confident that you will find the Absence Management experience beneficial and enjoyable. Easy to use quickstart guides, videos, interactive training courses and more are available in the software and will help you be successful using the system in no time!
Blocking and Unblocking Websites
Below is the process for requesting that a website be blocked or unblocked, as developed by the Lewis Central District Technology Team:
- Submit a help desk ticket with:
- The link to the specific website you want blocked or unblocked. Please state whether you want it blocked or unblocked and who should be able to see the website, if anyone (Students? Or just staff?).
- State the educational reason why you feel the website should be blocked or unblocked. If you do not communicate this and the educational rationale is not blatantly obvious, you will be emailed and asked to share your rationale.
- If you only want the website blocked or unblocked for a specific amount of time (i.e., the length of a unit), please indicate the specific dates.
- The help desk ticket will be assigned to Josh Allen. If the content of the website is questionable, he will consult with the principal(s) of the building from which the request came. Doing so will keep principals aware in case a parent calls to question why a website has been blocked or unblocked.
- If your request to get a website blocked or unblocked is denied by Josh, you may consult with your principal. If the principal agrees that your request should have been granted, the principal will meet with Josh for further discussions on the topic.
- If a student would like a website unblocked, they need to consult with the teacher for whose class they need the website and have that teacher submit the help desk ticket. If teachers would like a resource for students to fill out prior to submitting a help desk ticket, they are welcome to use this PDF form.
Common PD Terms - Defined
Professional Development: A comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to learning focused on improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement fostering collective responsibility for improved student performance. (National Staff Development Council)
It is important to note at the beginning of these definitions that we have melded the essence of both Concept-Based Instruction and Understanding by Design in our definitions of the following terms specifically: Enduring Understandings, Essential and Guiding Questions. We also acknowledge that an enduring understanding may be less abstract as the focus of it narrows to a grade level or unit level. However, writing these statements should still strive to be at a conceptual level. Lastly, we also would like to note that as we practice this process of designing units, and curriculum in general, there will be examples we run across in our studies that are not exemplars. Two reasons for this come to mind – these examples are taken from actual teachers designing units in the past, probably with less knowledge than what is available because of their work; second perhaps, as already mentioned, our model comes from joining work from two large, instrumental bodies of knowledge and experience around Teaching for Understanding – Dr. Lynn Erickson, and the duo of Grant Wiggins and Jay Mc Tighe.
Concept: An organizing idea for topics/facts. What makes concepts different than topics are these criteria: generally transfers through time; can cross cultures and disciplines; has a level of abstractness. Examples of concepts: civil wars; system; change; measurement; decomposition. Non-examples of concepts: checkbook; U.S. Civil War; FOIL method; squat lift; measuring (these are skills).
Enduring Understanding: A statement of conceptual understanding built around concepts and relationships among the concepts. There are different degrees of abstractness depending on what level they are written for.
For example: A K-12 Science Overarching Enduring Understanding might be: Students understand that living organisms adapt to environmental changes; more specific Enduring Understanding for 1st grade might be: Students understand that plants can depend on light to survive. Both of these statements still use concepts. A non-example might be: Students understand that tulips depend on sunlight to grow. Tulips and sunlight might be considered topics. It could be argued that ‘plant’ is a specific living organism, however the idea of ‘plant’ at the 1st grade level is a conceptual idea.
A Conceptual Enduring Understanding meets the following criteria:
- Generally universal application (outside the discipline at times), timeless, abstract (to varying degrees), supported by different examples.
- Enduring and essential understandings for a discipline.
- When written it should have:
- No proper, personal nouns or pronouns
- A present tense verb
- Two concepts (or more)
- A transferable idea supported by the factual content
Essential Questions: Questions that come from, or lead to, the Enduring Understanding(s). They have no simple “right” answer, are designed to provoke and sustain student inquiry, address the conceptual and philosophical foundations of a discipline, raise other important questions, and can stimulate vital, ongoing rethinking of big ideas, assumptions and prior lessons.
Formative Assessments: Assessments FOR learning. These represent a range of formal and informal assessment procedures used by teachers during the learning process in order to modify instruction and learning events to improve student learning and also used by students to support decision-making during their learning process.
Guiding Questions: Factual or conceptual questions that support learning and lead to the ability to articulate an answer to the Essential Questions. These can have “right answers”, but still require students to use higher order thinking skills around the facts and skills being learned.
Learning Experiences: Activities, formative assessments, performance tasks, and instructional strategies used during the learning process to facilitate deep understanding and leads to the ability to demonstrate the desired understanding or outcome.
Performance Tasks or Projects: Designed to provide more authentic evidence that indicates whether students are able to use their acquired knowledge and skill in a novel context. In stage two of UbD: Determining Evidence, performance tasks anchor a unit.
Summative Assessments: Assessments OF learning. These can take a variety of forms from forced choice to essay to performance tasks. This can be thought of as a culminating event to assess mastery of knowledge, skill, and understanding.
TMA (or AMT): Acronym for Transfer, Making Meaning, Acquisition. Acquisition of knowledge/process is a means; making meaning of that knowledge/process and transferring this new learning are the ends. Unit design must consider all three of these ideas as summative assessments are developed, learning experiences are planned, and instructional strategies are put in use. These three ideas should drive why certain assessments are used as well as what type of learning experiences should be used to acquire new knowledge, make meaning of multiple ideas, etc.
Topic: An organizing idea for a set of facts; related to specific people, places, situations or things; does NOT transfer.
Transfer Goals: Long-term desired accomplishments, involving important transfer or extension of learning. These goals represent what the teacher wants students to independently use their learning to do.
Understanding by Design (UbD): Defined by Wiggins and McTighe, it is a "framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments, and instruction that lead students to deep understanding of the content you teach." This process prompts the teacher to give serious thought into what it means for students to fully understand. The primary goal is for students to acquire knowledge and skill in order to make meaning of content and transfer that learning across time and situations.
Criteria for Travel Reimbursement
Teacher Quality Committee and Application
Here you will find information regarding the agendas and meetings of the Lewis Central Teacher Quality Committee.
Duties of the Teacher Quality Committee:
- Monitor the local implementation of the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality program.
- Determine the distribution of the professional development funds based on the school district Iowa Core Implementation Plan and the school district/agency, attendance center, and individual teacher development plans.
- Monitor the professional development in each attendance center to ensure that the professional development meets the district/agency, attendance center and individual professional development plans.
- Monitor the district teacher evaluation requirements to ensure they are “…conducted in a fair and consistent manner throughout the school district or agency.”
- Analyze and approve funding for TQ applications monthly from September through May of each year.
Performance Evaluation Processes and Forms
Performance evaluation at Lewis Central is designed with professional growth in mind. All employees have a performance evaluation or growth plan update annually. Click any of the links that follow to download evaluation forms.
- Teachers and Instructional Strategists - 2011 Professional Assessment Handbook
- LC Summative Teacher Evaluation Template (organized as a Google Doc)
- Career Development Plan Template (organized as a Google Doc)
- LC Pre-Observation Form (organized as a Google Doc)
- LC Post Observation Reflection Form (organized as a Google Doc)
- Plan of Assistance – Assistance Phase (organized as a Google Doc)
- Final Summary – Assistance Phase (organized as a Google Doc)
- Superintendent of Schools
- Accounts Payable Bookkeeper
- Activities Director Secretary
- Administrative Services Secretary
- Alternative Learning Center Supervisor
- Operations Secretary
- Bus Driver
- Business Manager/Board Secretary
- Campus Supervisor Evaluation
- Office Clerk
- Director of Operations
- Elementary Building Secretary
- Food Service Assistant Manager
- Food Service Baker
- Food Service Cashier
- Food Service Cook
- Food Service Manager
- Food Service Secretary
- Food Service Director
- Food Service Worker
- Health Associate
- Activities Bookkeeper
- High School Principal's Secretary
- Lewis Central Lucky Children Child Care Center Director
- Maintenance Worker
- Head Mechanic/Maintenance
- Middle School Principal's Secretary
- District Print Shop Worker
- Attendance Office Secretary
- Secretary to the Superintendent
- Transportation Coordinator
- Technology Helpdesk Technician
- Technology Systems Administrator
Additional Links of Interest
LC Weblink (Payroll, Employee Info, W2s, etc.)
Helpdesk weblink (or email email@example.com)
LC Education Foundation Grants