Simply put, ‘coding’ is giving instructions to computers to do something. It is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your internet browser, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code, by people who code.
Why learn coding?
Computer science informs almost every aspect of our lives, from communications to shopping to national security and government. Coding is the basic foundation of computer science, and an area that every public school can benefit from teaching. And the best thing is that ANYONE can learn to code.
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How to participate in The Alaska Week of Code
Our goal is simple: Introduce more Alaskan students to coding! Check out the following links for fast and easy ways to get you or your students coding today:
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! After reviewing assessment calendars and requirements for students, the district instructional team decided that administering KPBSD Common Quarterly Math Assessments in grades K-8 were no longer a requirement. We encourage teachers to work at the school level to develop common assessments that meet the needs of your students and your PLC goals.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Linton at x8861.
The KPBSD Curriculum and Assessment Department is offering certified teachers the opportunity to participate in a 3 credit graduate course to enhance professional practice in the area of assessment design. Teachers will learn how the assessment experts from AAI (our AMP developers) create high-quality, standards-based, common assessments. Teachers are encouraged to work in teams to build our bank of common assessments. All content areas are invited and teachers should seek approval from their school administrator before applying.
Click HERE for more information or contact Melissa Linton at extension x8861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Think Central ran a content update to their online materials recently, and as a result, some online resources have been moved. For example, the Critical Thinking and Thinking Beyond resources have been moved to the Leveled Reader Teachers Guide.
If you find other variances in the online material, please notify Melissa Linton at email@example.com.
Good Morning! I hope everyone is having an amazing first day of school! I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that if you are looking for instructions on how to access online Pearson Products such as Successnet, Successnet Plus, and Realize you can find everything you would want to know on our district website at:
The Narrative Standards Referenced Writing Rubrics have been updated. There has been a slight change for grades 7 and 8 in the quarterly writing assessment sequence. The ELA Standards shift their emphasis from narrative to informative writing and to support this shift, we will assess informative writing in both first and second quarter.
*Research – W.4 is assessed when it makes best sense for the teacher to do so.
Prompts, directions and scoring guides will be updated shortly. Information regarding the quarterly writing assessments will be posted on the Instruction Blog, the web page and emailed directly to principals, PD Liaisons, and School Assessment Coordinators.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Linton, ext. 8861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, a cadre of dedicated KPBSD Middle School Science Teachers collaborated to design coherent units of instruction to support our middle school science curriculum. This is the District’s first attempt to create and purposefully share teacher made materials that will be utilized as the core material for our curriculum. EXCITING!!!
Below are draft unit resources we have developed and we invite you to use them. The science teachers will continue to add and revise these units, so please send feedback and suggestions to Melissa Linton. Finally, we hope to add formative and summative assessments starting this fall.
The following Mathematics Sequences have been drafted assist schools who offer accelerated math courses in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. We hope they are helpful to your planning. This is a pilot project, so if you do use these sequences, please send feedback and recommendations to Melissa Linton, email@example.com.
The Great Body Shop program will be the core curriculum material used for Health Education in grades K-8. Over 40 teachers have been trained in the new materials this summer. Teachers who have not attended a summer training will receive an email in August to access the online materials. Student subscriptions will be pre-loaded via PowerSchool once student schedules are active. Teacher and student materials have should have been delivered to your schools.
High School Health Course can be taught using the Pearson Health or the Health Course in Canvas (a course developed by our KPBSD teachers in an electronic format)
Health Modules for grades 10, 11, 12 have been identified. Training for these modules will be offered on September 22. Ideally, each high school will send 1-2 teachers to this training. Lessons from The Fourth R Plus and Common Sense Media have been chosen as the core material.
Digital Citizenship Program – Common Sense Media replaces ISafe for grades K-12