May 2017
Issue 7
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Welcome to the TK-12 Instruction Snapshot, a monthly newsletter for all teachers supporting students with disabilities on the general education/core curriculum.
In this Issue:
1) Instructional Strategy
2) Behavioral Strategy 
3) Online Resource
4) Upcoming Trainings & Opportunities
Text Message Summary
Text messaging is part of our day-to-day communication, so why not make it part of class communication too? Teachers can use text messaging as a vehicle for students to demonstrate their learning.  This is a great application of the UDL principle of providing students with multiple means of expression.  Anne M. Beninghof, author of Co-Teaching That Works, suggests a strategy called Text Message Summary.  When implementing this strategy, students complete text message summaries and are encouraged to synthesize their information in an engaging way.  See the steps below to begin using Text Message Summaries in your classroom.
1. Download and copy the Text Message Cell Phone reproducible and distribute to each student.  
2. Direct students to write a Text Message Summary of their learning in the screen area as if they were
    texting it to a friend.  
3.  Have students get up and share their text message with a classmate.  
4.  Text Message Summaries are collected as Exit Slips at the end of class.   

Click on the image below to download the
Text Message Summary Template

Addressing Social Emotional Learning with Second Step
How are you promoting social-emotional development in your classroom?  Using the Second Step program is a way to embed social-emotional teaching practices throughout the day.  Each Second Step lesson sets the foundation for creating and promoting a school-wide positive behavior culture.  Lessons foster more effective social behavior that help students feel secure and confident.  Lessons also address the following competencies:
  1. GROWTH MINDSET: The belief that one’s abilities can grow with effort.
  2. SELF-EFFICACY: The belief in one’s own ability to succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal.
  3. SELF-MANAGEMENT: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. 
  4. SOCIAL AWARENESS: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
     Click on the image below to check out how Second Step is implemented in our District.  

Click on the image below to obtain more information on the Second Step Program to promote Social Emotional Learning


Are you interested in transforming student learning and engagement? You can do so by integrating kinesthetic learning, social emotional and standards-based instruction with GoNoodle.  GoNoodle is an online site that provides opportunities to review content area subjects with physical movement.  
   Click on the image below to experience
GoNoodle  and sign up for FREE 

Registration for English Language Arts High School Teachers (General Education, RSP, SDP)

The Division of Instruction is offering a one-day training on the newly adopted textbooks for English Language Arts, grades 9-12.  The training is offered only for High School teachers.  

Click on the image below to register
for the one-day training. 

Opportunity for Middle School English Language Arts Teachers (General Education, RSP, SDP)

In continued support of the new middle school ELA/ELD textbook adoption, the
Division of Instruction is offering the opportunity for middle school ELA and ELD
3 & 4 (Resource/SDP) teachers to collaboratively plan with their school departments for the
2017-18 school year. 


Click on the image below to download the flyer. 

Opportunity for ALL Educators

Attend the Sharing Promising Practices Together Forum where they will call attention to the academic and socio-emotional needs of our learners during the middle school years, and how student achievement can be accelerated by leveraging the neuroscience of learning.


Click on the image below to download the flyer with more information. 

Thank you for connecting with us
this school year.
Have a relaxing summer!
 Got Ideas?
We would like to know more about what you would like to see in the 2017-2018 school year
TK-12 Instruction Snapshot.  
Submit your ideas to Sonia Flores, 
Division of Special Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
TK-12 Instruction Snapshot Archive

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