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Professional Study Group Model Subcategory

      APEX - GRIT Study [A]
Target group: APEX teachers

This group will read the book, GRIT, discuss it and plan a couple of school-wide activities to help instill the importance of growth mindset, especially when it comes to failure and effort. They will gather resources and share them to a site for teachers and staff to reference.
      Centennial Elementary - PBIS Study Team 2018-19
This team will:

  • study and implement strategies from "The Behavior Code"
  • increase capacity to implement strategies found on the PBIS World website
  • revamp school-wide positive systems within PBIS such as Class PAWS and lunchroom
  • create a PBIS handbook for staff which contains strategies and school wide expectations
      Coal Ridge Middle School - Creating Effective Academic/Social Supports for Struggling Students
Target group: CRMS teachers

Utilizing teachers´ personality profiles to collaborate effectively, this group will develop a portfolio of resources and strategies to reach students academically and socially. After each lesson, technique, or strategy has been developed, each group member will use it in their daily instruction and record data in order to determine its effectiveness. They will draw on current research and instructional tips found on the Emergenetics website Blog to help guide our thinking and planning. When this PST is finished, this portfolio will be available for use by the entire staff.
      Erie High School - New Teacher Ropes
Target group: Teachers new to EHS

This group will discuss issues related to procedures such as purchasing, time documentation, obligations, technology issues, IC, and other questions and concerns that arise.
      Erie Middle School - The Energy Bus
Target group: EMS teachers

A positive culture and climate among teachers and administrators creates a positive culture for students. A positive, energetic environment allows both teachers and students to grow and learn. This group will read the book The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon and apply each of the rules to a presentation that will be given each late start.
      Frederick High School - Teacher Burnout and Self-Care Fall 2018
Target group: FHS teachers

This group will read articles on the topic of burnout and look at some of the leading research on how to deal with it. They will counter burnout with self-care practices and look at what methods are more effective at reducing stress and increasing work production.
      Legacy Elementary - Zones of Regulation
Target group: Legacy Elementary teachers

This group will read Zones of Regulation and create manipulative/tools for school-wide implementation.
      Niwot High School - 9th Grade Transition
Target group: 9th grade teachers and support staff

This group will develop and implement a variety of new processes in the classroom and administratively.
      Niwot High School - Coffee and Classroom Management
Target group: NHS teachers

This group will read one chapter of the book, "Discipline in the Secondary Classroom," per meeting. In between meetings, teachers on the PST will be assigned / or will choose at least one to two classroom management strategies learned in the most recent chapter to implement in their classrooms. At the following meetings, teachers will discuss their successes / struggles with the strategies they implemented and what they would change in the future.
      Northridge Elementary - Departmentalizing 5th Grade in Action
Target group: NREL 5th grade team

This group will meet prior to the beginning of the year to plan the first six weeks of morning meeting to ensure community building with responsive classroom and growth mindset and set up individual student learning spaces including curriculum, supplies and technology. They will also meet weekly to discuss student learning based on data analysis from progress monitoring and plan accordingly.
      OT: Self Regulation and Intervention Book Study [A]
Target group: District OT´s

This group will read the book Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders.
      Red Hawk Elementary - Learning by Doing [A]
Target group: RHEL teachers

The RHEL Leadership Team determined that the PLC Model has not been implemented. Teachers will read the book Learning by Doing. The PLC process will be discussed in grade level teams as well in vertical teams. By the end of the school year, there will be established norms with clear guidelines on how to implement the PLC process.
      Scheduling at Mead (S@M) Committee
This group will create the master schedule for Mead Elementary for the year.
      Self Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life [A]
Target group: Preschool, Special Ed., K-3

Teachers will read Self Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life and discuss the three sections of the book - research driven. They will identify current strategies and holes within current supports and practices. The group will develop changes in practice and implement new strategies for supporting students.
      Self-Care for Interventionists Fall 2018
This group will discuss the book "Simple Self-care for Therapists" by Ashley Davis Bush and incorporate self-care practices into every meeting.
      Skyline High School - Embracing Mindfulness for Children in Trauma
Target group: SHS staff

This group will read Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa for 13 weeks to better understand the brain and different ways to help heal trauma and difficulty. They will then meet as a team and discuss the implications for students and classrooms. They will analyze and plan on how to incorporate these lessons into classrooms or school structure and create a plan to take their learning and apply to our classroom or school.

Participants will:

  • have more empathy for the students at SHS
  • have strategies to help students
  • have common language and background of understanding to support students and each other
  • have a better understanding of their own backgrounds and strategies to help themselves deal with trauma making them better able to support our students
      Skyline High School - Mentoring
Target group:SHS Mentors

This group will:

  • collaborate on district support documents (like Tier 1, learning/teaching cycle, 6 essential components to learning tech, etc.),
  • discuss mentoring texts (Jim Knight), giving feedback (Radical Candor)
  • reflect on mindsets and other texts that members bring to the group

This process will be an opportunity to grow in professional practice as learners and leaders within SHS while supporting new teacher growth.
      SVVSD IDEO Teachers´ Guild
Target group: Invited educators, teachers, coaches, coordinators, or other district staff

The SVVSD Chapter of the IDEO Teachers’ Guild is optimistic about bringing teachers’ ideas from concept to implementation in their learning environment. Through the work of the District Design Leads (DDLs), a culture of creativity and innovation will emerge. DDLs are natural organizers and connectors, and love to build and sustain momentum of a project from beginning to end. As a DDL, you will work closely with the SVVSD Chapter Leads and be the point of contact for your Design Team. You will have the opportunity to empower teachers and their ideas to make meaningful change across St Vrain Valley Schools by elevating solutions that can be iterated and scaled. Your leadership will galvanize new connections in St Vrain through community activity, district events, and collaborative relationships.
      Timberline PK8 - Help for Billy
This group will read Help for Billy by Heather Forbes to increase awareness of Trauma Informed Care. They will use the ideas and strategies to work with each other to better understand their students.


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