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Elementary Curriculum Feedback: Action Needed

As we progress through the year, we would like to collect ongoing feedback on our curriculum resources.  It is our goal to take your feedback into consideration and continue to make curriculum enhancements in order to maximize teaching and learning.  When you log in to the ELN, you will find a Curriculum Feedback tab on the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen.  Please click to open a new window and leave your feedback for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Instructional Materials Adoption Update – Action Needed

Thank you so much for the time and effort your teachers and coaches provided in selecting recommendations for instructional materials adoption in grades K-5 Mathematics. At this time, Great Minds, Eureka are the only instructional materials to meet the review criteria as fully aligned to standards and shifts. The team has recommended moving forward in the process with Great Minds, Eureka. 

On December 4th from 4:30-6:00 at the district office in Building 2, Oak Room, we are inviting teachers, coaches, and administrators to attend a showcase of the resources for K-8 Mathematics, M/J World History, M/J Theatre 1-3, Theatre 1-4, Acting 1-4 that have gone through a rigorous review process conducted by school staff and the Office for Leading and Learning. This will be a time for staff to ask any questions before making the final recommendation for adoption.

Click Here for the list of narrowed choices.

If you have questions and are not able to attend on December 4, please enter you vendor questions here

Vendors will be sending materials to each school site by December 4 addressed to the principal. You may have already received some materials for World History, Fine Arts, and K-5 Mathematics. The remaining resources are on the way. You all have digital access to the resources.

If you have questions, please contact Zsuzsi McGovern.

Please complete this Mach Form to send the name and e-mail of a SAC member for your school who would provide us feedback about the instructional materials under consideration.

Eureka Math Module Study Release Dates: Share with teachers

Kindergarten Module 4- 12/12/18

Grade 1 Module 4- 12/17/18

Grade 2 Module 5- 12/13/18

Grade 3 Module 4- 11/26/18

Grade 4 Module 5- 12/04/18

Grade 5 Module 4- 11/29/18

ELA Coaching PD: Share with Coaches

On Monday, December 3rd, we will have an ELA Coaching meeting, where our primary focus will be engaging in Learning Walks.  Coaches will dive deep into the IPG and discuss coaching moves and ways to provide teachers with actionable feedback. 

We will also engage coaches in conversations around data and utilizing the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Resource Maps on the ELN to discuss possible intervention plans for students.  This session is intended for ITC and LDC coaches that support literacy.  For this session, due to learning walks, we want to keep the groups small and focused on the work of coaches.

Winter/Spring 2019 Reading Endorsement Course Offerings: Share with teachers

Registration opens in myPGS on December 17, 2018.

Pasco County Schools offers five reading endorsement courses throughout the school year and summer to provide our teachers an opportunity to add the endorsement to their teaching certificate. In order to receive the endorsement, teachers complete courses that develop their understanding of the foundations of language, research of best practices, assessment, and differentiation in reading, as well as a semester practicum. Once all five courses are successfully completed, teachers can add the endorsement to their certificate. 

The attached document lists the courses offered this winter/spring, their myPGS course number, and details about dates that the courses run for the winter/spring session. For additional information about endorsement requirements, please review the FAQ document.  Please share this with anyone who may be interested in your buildings.

We are anticipating high enrollment in these courses; please encourage teachers to register quickly.  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hatten.


Clinical Educator Refresher Training: Share with teachers

Clinical Educator Refresher Training on 12/6 from 8:30 – 3:30 in Building 2, Mangrove Room.  This training is for teachers that have already attend the 3-day Clinical Educator training more than 5 years ago.  This one-day training serves to refresh participants on highly effective mentoring practices and ways in which to engage in those strategies more often.  If you have teachers you would like to recommend to attend, please complete the Principal Recommendation form for the Refresher training and email to Jenny Rinck.

Celebrate Literacy Week 2019: FYI

Celebrate Literacy Week is January 28-Feburay 1, 2019. The theme is Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time. With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to participate in the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! contest and encourage students to help spread the love of reading and the importance of literacy. Schools in each category (elementary, middle and high) are invited to compete in the YouTube video contest. Students from each school can create a school YouTube submission that communicates how they share literacy or the importance of reading in their lives. Because the focus is on sharing a love for reading and getting the word out, submissions will be judged by the number of YouTube views. If your school chooses to participate, please send us a link to your video so that we can share it widely to increase the number of views each video receives!  More information is attached. Celebrate Literacy Week 2019: FYI

New SchoolPace Report: FYI

Check out the new Key Metric Dashboard in SchoolPace, where you can find important data for your school on one screen.  You will be able to analyze reading culture, IRLA expert coaching, standards-based instruction, and IRLA results all in one place.  Click here for the directions to access the report.

Rebecca Younglove: FYI

Rebecca Younglove, our Leadership Development Program Coordinator will be moving to Gainsville where she will work as a Senior Leadership Development Specialist at the University of Florida. We are so sad to see Becky go, but know that she will do amazing things with her passion, knowledge and commitment to leadership development. We are so grateful to all of you who have worked so well with Becky over the past couple years to advance our leadership development programming for our system.  As such, we will be advertising for Becky’s replacement to start in January. Additional information about the position will be found in the posting in TalentEd in coming days. 

Important Dates
11/26-12/14 State EOC Window (FSA & NGSSS)
11/29 Priority School Meeting
11/29 Pasco Pathways WCHS
 12/3 ELA Coaches PD
12/4 Gallup Scorecards released
 12/6 & 12/7 Elementary Principal Meeting – Gallup Session
12/8 Time and Effort A-87 certifications for November due
 12/10 – 12/14 Priority School Walkthroughs
 12/10 – 12/21 Quarterly Check Window
12/11 AP Meeting
12/13 Secondary Design Team Meeting
12/18 Math Coaches PD
On the Horizon
Upcoming: 12/21 – End of Quarter, 12/22-1/6 – Winter Break

Instruction at a Glance


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade


Content Area myPGS Section # Date & Time Location Target Audience Focus/Learning Goal
Classroom Management: Understanding and Managing Behavior 13540 11/29/2018 8:30 – 3:30 District Office, Portable 23 All Elementary Teachers Participants will work collaboratively in exploring key variables that impact student behavior and will identify specific strategies and systems for use in their classroom to manage student behavior.  Participants will understand and apply basic behavior principals and develop and implement a classroom reinforcement system to improve student behavior in class.
Classroom Management: Managing the Classroom Environment 13538 12/6/2018 8:30 – 3:30 District Office, Building 2, Palm Room All Elementary Classroom Teachers Participants will be able to explain executive functioning and its effects on learning, identify and utilize effective techniques for managing groups of students and design a layout of the classroom space to maximize student learning.

Kindergarten-13447  Grade 1- 13446  Grade 4- 13445  Grade 5-13444

Virtual Virtual Elementary Teachers To experience model science lessons as learners with a de-brief on the lesson structure, strategies and teacher/student moves for an upcoming unit. There are opportunities to collaborate on unit planning, student engagement strategies and activities to engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices as well as the 5e model. Teachers will leave with activities and strategies they can use in an upcoming unit.
Math 13239 12/05/18 4:30-6:30 District Office, Building 2 Magnolia Room K-5 Mathematics Teachers, Coaches, and Administrators new to Eureka Math Gain an understanding of your grade level scope and sequence and the intentionality behind how it was designed  

Learn the 4 essential components of a Eureka Math lesson and understand the purpose of each


Training Title Teachers who Attended Information/ Training Received What to Expect in the Classroom Questions to Ask
Multisensory Learning K-3 Teachers, Coaches, Support Facilitators and Administrators
  • Participants gained a deeper understanding of multisensory strategies and techniques.
  • Participants understand how and why to embed multisensory techniques into instruction and intervention.

As a result of the learning, participants should be designing opportunities for students to engage with learning that uses their senses to create multiple pathways for recalling information.

How are you addressing students who are tactile, kinesthetic, auditory, and/or visual learners?