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Continuum of Learning For Parents Video & Discussion Guide

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This amazing video will clearly explain the PeBL philosophy at Sun West School Division. The who, what, when, where, why and how of PeBL are addressed and articluated clearly for the parent and community audience. Topics include the continuum of learning, transfer of responsibility, personalized learning, the three pillars of PeBL. This resource will clearly explain everything you need to know to get started embracing PeBL at home!

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kelli Boklaschuk, Melissa Lander

Writing Rubrics from Saskatchewan

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Background: The Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) is a multi-year (2014-2020), province-wide plan developed collaboratively by the Deputy Minister of Education, the Assistant Deputy Ministers, provincial school division directors of education, and First Nation Education Authority representatives. The ESSP outlines several outcomes. ( The ESSP outcome that underpins the development of the writing rubrics is “By June 2020, 80% of students will be at grade level or above in reading, writing, and math.” Outcome owners directed a group of educators from divisions and First Nations Authorities to create holistic, four-level writing rubrics, Grades 1–12, with levels 3 and 4 being at grade level. The result of that work is the attached rubrics. Content: The holistic writing rubrics are available for all grades, and teachers are encouraged to use the rubrics at all grade levels. However, provincial reporting of writing at grade level will be done for Grades 4, 7, and 9 only. Provincial reporting on writing (Grades 4, 7, 9) will be done once, at the end of the school year.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Government of Saskatchewan

Academic Vocabulary

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Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University. She teaches coursework addressing academic language and literacy development in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. She has maintained secondary classroom involvement by teaching an academic literacy class for adolescent English learners through the University’s Step to College Program. *Vocabulary Strategies *Marzano 6 Steps *Academic Vocabulary *The Brain

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Primary Source

Author: Kate Kinsella


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CommonLit has a FREE collection of hundreds of short stories, poems, historical documents, and more for students in grades 5-12. The texts selections include fiction and non-fiction. The collection can be searched and filtered by lexile, grade, theme, genre, book pairings, literary device and units (a new feature).

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy, Primary Source

Authors: Sun West School Division, Carole Butcher

Genius Hour Mini Project

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This is a safe way to give Genius Hour a try The kids just simply start by picking 4 areas of interest, narrowing their choice down, using a think tank to help solve problems and doing a very basic PowerPoint on their topic choice. THEN you can go for it and actually have them do it when you feel ready!

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment

Author: Melissa Lander