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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – Action Required

Do you know a STEM teacher in your community who goes above and beyond for their students? Nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)! Click this flyerfor more details on the award and the link to make your nomination. Please be sure to review the eligibility criteria on the nomination form. Nominations close on March 1, 2019. Please email Arti Lele the name of your school’s nominee(s) so that we can recognize them at a future School Board meeting.

Final 19-20 Course Adoption Window - Action Required

The course adoption process for the 19-20 school year will take place through the Secondary Design Team meetings. The final meeting for this process is February 7th.  To have a course reviewed at the February 7thmeeting please complete this form by January 25th. OLL has worked with the Secondary Design Team to create course progressions in each content area.  Please reference these documents prior to submitting a course adoption request to ensure this course would be needed in the content area. We welcome any feedback schools have on the new course progressions. For courses outside of these subject areas (CTE, ESE, AICE, IB, etc.) please reference the course catalog in myStudent to see what is currently adopted. The course is only adopted for use in brick and mortar schools if there is a Z suffix on the end of the course code number and it is listed as active in the system.  If you are unsure of how to access the course catalog reference these directions.  Please contact Tonia Shook or Samantha Del Valle with any questions you may have.

Registration for LEAD – Share with teachers

Pasco County Schools’ professional development program for aspiring leaders, is open through Friday, January 18th. Classes will begin Tuesday, February 19th. LEAD is a 6- night program focused on maximizing leadership potential by enhancing skills, knowledge, and experiences. It is open to both instructional and non-instructional aspiring leaders of all levels.

  • Access the LEAD flier here
  • Find out more detailed information and register here
Upcoming New Teacher Trainings - Share with Teachers

There will be trainings for New Teachers in Year 1 and Year 2 in January.  New Teachers can select one of the date options to attend.  Please share with your new teachers and have them register in myPGS.  Please refer to the Upcoming PD section below for more details.  If you have questions, please reach out to Jenny Rinck

Nearpod Webinar Series - Content and Curricular Focus – Share with teachers

Nearpod is providing a series of webinars from January to April designed to address content in our K-12 curriculum. These webinars will highlight content that Nearpod provides in support of relevant curricular topics, engagement strategies, differentiation strategies, and assessment data from Nearpod reports.

The following is January’s webinar schedule:  

January 2019






Nearpod 101


12:00 – 1:00pm EST



Using Nearpod to Answer a Persuasive Writing Prompt


8:15 – 9:15am EST



Nearpod to Strengthen Argumentative Writing


2:00 – 3:00pm EST


Participants can click on the link to register.  All teachers with Nearpod access will  be sent an email with the webinar offerings.  The webinar series will also be recorded so that participants can view when convenient.

Secondary Math and ELA Learning Walks/Core PD, January 2019 : Share with teachers

Attached is the draft schedule for secondary math and ELA learning walks (day 2 of Core PD) for your review.  Learning Walks are an optional opportunity for teachers who attended Day 1 of Core PD this past fall.  Please contact Ben Aguilar (math) or Rachel Hatten (ELA) if you see any problems with the schedule.  This draft schedule has not yet been shared with teachers or coaches.  We appreciate your review and input!

Leadership Development – FYI

We are excited to announce that Vaughnette Chandler will join the Office for Leading and Learning as our new Leadership Development Program Coordinator. Vaughnette brings a wealth of experience in leadership in both instructional and instructional realms and has amazing ideas for how to continue to evolve all of our aspiring leader pathways here in Pasco county. Please join me in welcoming Vaughnette to the team and thank you in advance for your continued willingness and enthusiasm to partner with us in the creation and implementation of all of our leadership development programs and structures. 

Instructional Materials Adoption Recommendations – FYI

Thanks so much to school based and district based staff who engaged in the materials adoption process. We are pleased to share that consensus has been built throughout the system around each adoption area. Below are the titles that will be recommended to the school board for adoption. This process includes public hearing, two readings and final approval along with a public challenge process prior to purchasing of materials begins. After board approval, we will have follow up conversations related to budgeting, ordering and purchasing procedures.

K-5 Mathematics: Great Minds Eureka Math


M/J Mathematics: Illustrative Math, Open Up

M/J World History: Cengage, World History Ancient Civilizations

M/J Theatre 1: Perfection Learning, Basic Drama Projects

M/J Theatre 2: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 1

M/J Theatre 3: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 2


Theatre 1: McGraw Hill, Theatre Art in Action

Theatre 2: Stage Agent

Theatre 3: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 1

Theatre 4: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 2


Acting 1: McGraw Hill, Theatre Art in Action

Acting 2: Stage Agent

Acting 3: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 1

Acting 4: Perfection Learning, Drama for Reading and Performance Book 2

Important Dates
Jan 8-18
Elementary School Choice/ Magnet application window
Jan 8-18
Elementary Winter Writing Benchmark Informative/Explanatory Writing
Report Cards: Grades entered in myStudent by 9:00 a.m.
Teacher Evaluation Middle of Cycle Conference Forms due in myPGS
Jan 8-18
Training for Access for ELLs assessment
Jan 14 – Feb. 1
State Assessment Coordinator Training
15 Report Cards: Print and Distribute
IRLA Levels Accuracy Window 2


Instruction at a Glance

Click the links below to access the Instruction at a Glance document for each content area.

Language Arts Courses

Mathematics Courses

Reading Courses

Science Courses

Social Studies Courses

Teacher Newsletters

Below are the teacher newsletters: 

Language Arts




World Languages


Content Area myPGS Section # Date & Time Location Target Audience Focus/Learning Goal
New Teacher PD Year 1 #13777 OR #13778 1/23 OR 1/24 8:30 – 3:30 District Office Building 2 Secondary New Teachers Year 1 Behavior De-escalation Strategies and Content Support
New Teacher PD Year 2 #13781 OR #13782 1/23 OR 1/24 8:30 – 3:30 District Office Building 2 Secondary New Teachers Year 2 Analyzing Student Work and Content Support


Training Title Teachers who Attended Information/ Training Received What to Expect in the Classroom Questions to Ask
Accelerated Literacy 9-12 IRLA Classrooms LOLHS The goal of learning walks is to create an opportunity for Reading teachers to be able to visit other Pasco IRLA classrooms to learn from each other and see how their colleagues approach close reading lessons, conferencing, small group instruction, classroom management, monitoring for engagement, and building a reading culture.  Increase in utilization of district resources for tier II and IRLA Toolkits with small groups.  Refreshing routines and procedures with new strategies to enhance engagement and students monitoring their progress. How are you planning for tier II instruction? 
What texts are you utilizing for tier II?
How are students monitoring their progress during independent reading?
How are you identifying small groups?