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October 18, 2012

CCS waits on response of its APPR plan

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Districts and unions must come to an agreement on an APPR plan and submit it to the state Education Department by Jan. 16, or risk losing any increase in state aid they may have coming to them.

Hebert said CCS has submitted its plan and anticipates a response within four to five weeks.

The CCS inquiry team, composed of the building principals and teachers, was scheduled to present at the board of education meeting on Wednesday.

“I feel we have a very strong team that has been working on all of this,” Hebert said. “They have all been through extensive training, they have worked with department chairs and grade-level chairs and are really focused on using this data to drive instruction at every level and assist teachers where they need it.”

Has the process been rigorous and demanding?

“Yes,” Hebert said. “I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in this; for all their hard work and efforts in making sure this will be a success.”

‘Core of the Core’ workshop set

CCS is going to host a “Core of the Core” workshop for speech pathologists and special education teachers. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Bullpen Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The cost is $100 plus an optional $80 fee for manuals and materials.

According to the district’s website, the workshop will be presented by Sheila Moreau of MindWing Concepts and will focus on oral language development as the “core” of the Common Core State Standards because it provides the foundation for literacy. The website states, “Through collaboration, speech pathologists, teachers and specialists can bridge the gap for those students with identified learning difficulties and for those ‘at risk’ of not meeting grade level standards. With an emphasis on the Discourse Level of language, this workshop is designed to be hands-on and practical with small and large groups as well as individual activities directly related to supporting specific CCSS.”

For more information or to register, call 547-4449.

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