Winter-themed classroom resources
These lessons, activities, and other resources will help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them. http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/winter-themed-classroom-resources.html
Videos based on the elements
On the Periodic Videos website, you will find a short video about each of the 118 elements in the Periodic Table, starring chemists from the University of Nottingham in England. They have recently started a new series, The Molecular Videos. http://www.periodicvideos.com
Stumped for science fair ideas?
Television regular “Science Bob” Pflugfelder encourages random acts of science with his interactive experiments. http://www.sciencebob.com
This school year, the district has a focus on clear learner objectives, daily demonstrations of learning, and active student engagement strategies. The “clear learner objectives” is simply a focus on communicating the objective in a way that means something to the students. Is the intended learning clearly understood? The “daily demonstrations of learning” are the types of formative assessments and monitoring that teachers do on a daily basis to check on whether students are understanding what is being taught. Deputy Superintendent Emilio Castro has said, “We are not concerned with rigid execution but quality conversations between principals, teachers, and students around clarity of intent, direction and accurate measure of success.”
One of the Alliance’s national affiliates, AFT, is engaged in efforts to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The magnitude of the destruction in the Philippines is staggering. Thousands have lost their lives, and many more have been injured, orphaned or separated from their families.
AFT President Randi Weingarten has pledged that the AFT will:
- Actively solicit volunteers to assist in relief and recovery efforts, as we did in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010.
- Send an immediate contribution of $10,000 to help get supplies and other assistance to those who need them most.
- Open up the AFT Disaster Relief Fund to help with ongoing recovery efforts.
- Continue to work with labor, healthcare and education partners to assist the Philippines on its road to recovery. Continue reading
At the recent Alliance Rep Assembly, the ARs approved a resolution in support of The Principles That Unite Us http://www.aft.org/pdfs/about/PrinciplesUniteUs2013.pdf The Principles that Unite Us, a common vision for public education to ensure that all school districts are committed to providing all children with a high-quality public education, emerged from twelve town hall meetings organized by AFT locals and their community partners and held across the country over the past year. More than 3,000 people participated in those meetings. Continue reading
As a result of work done by the SAISD Discipline Task Force last school year, a number of changes were made to the district’s Student Code of Conduct (SCOC). If you have not reviewed the SCOC yet this school year, take a bit of time to do so.
The purpose of the SCOC is described at the beginning of the document: “The San Antonio Independent School District has adopted this Student Code of Conduct to promote and maintain a safe learning environment for students and adults. The foundation for an orderly and positive environment is a climate of mutual respect for the rights of all persons. To that end, all members of the learning community – students, parents, and District employees – are expected to treat people with respect, dignity, and good manners.” Continue reading
Dear Friends: This holiday season the Alliance is serving our community and donating to the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio. These children are part of our community and we feel it is our responsibility as leaders to take care of our community.
If you are interested in participating, the Children’s Shelter is in need of the follow items:
- Shoes boys/girls tennis shoes – sizes (2T to 12 years old) sizes range from 7 – 10 ½
- Light coats, jackets, sweatshirts with hoods*
- Thermal, under shirts/garments*
**for boys/girls sizes 2 Toddler – girls/boys 16
Should you wish to give, please bring your item to the Alliance Office (120 Adams Street) by Tues., December 17th. The Alliance Office is open daily from 8am-5:30pm. Should you have any questions, please contact Peggy Pena at the Alliance Office at (210) 225-7174.
Alliance Leaders: Please join us for the next Alliance Rep Assembly. It will take place on Friday, December 6th from 4:45pm-6pm at the Alliance Office (120 Adams Street)
This Rep Assembly will be a potluck, so if there is a special dish you are known for or enjoy making, please bring it. Also, feel free to stay parked at the Alliance Office and go explore FIRST FRIDAY activities.
To rsvp for the December 6th Rep Assembly, please email email@example.com call the Alliance Office at (210) 225-7174.
QUICK NOTE: This holiday season the Alliance is serving our community and donating to the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio. These children are part of our community and we feel it is our responsibility as leaders to take care of our community. If you wish to help, please donate any of the following items (click here to review the list). You can bring your donation to the Alliance Office any time from now until December 17th.
Under the above title, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has penned an op-ed article on the misuse of testing in early-childhood education that deserves wide circulation. Weingarten’s piece, co-authored with education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a noted expert on early-childhood education, is excerpted extensively below, (with the full version of the article slated for publication in the New York Times over the weekend):
“Early childhood education is ‘in’ these days—from the bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week modeled on President Obama’s proposal to expand high-quality early learning experiences, to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s proposal to provide universal prekindergarten to every 4-year-old in New York City, to the Oklahoma model that provides access to high-quality preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state and extra support for younger children from low-income families. Democrats and Republicans, from retired generals to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Too Small to Fail initiative, are touting the benefits. Continue reading
Texas AFT has been in the thick of the fight for restored state funding for expanded access to pre-kindergarten, for which funding was drastically cut by the 2011 state legislature. Only limited progress toward restoring this funding was made on the state level this year.
But there is a federal aspect to this fight, too. As members of Congress from both parties have recognized, numerous studies show that early childhood education has positive effects on children long after they finish their education. From their first day of kindergarten, children who attended pre-kindergarten perform better academically in a classroom setting and do better socially with their peers. But it doesn’t stop there—in long-term studies, children who had high-quality early childhood education were more likely to graduate from high school, attend college and even own a home. Continue reading