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The Launch Newsletter

We provide a monthly newsletter devoted to professional learning called THE LAUNCH.  This takes no more than 5 minutes to read and is filled with helpful information, as well as local professional learning options.

LAUNCH - DECEMBER 2017 Inquiry - Socratic Seminar
Weekly Professional Learning

Castle Rock School District provides weekly professional learning for staff during an early release.  Meetings will take the form of professional learning; professional learning community discussions; data analysis; intervention planning, etc.

Focus - Learning Targets

Instructional objectives, which are about instruction, derived from content standards, written in teacher language, and used to guide teaching during a lesson or across a series of lessons, learning targets frame a lesson from the student point of view.  A learning target helps students grasp the lesson's purpose--why it is crucial to learn this chunk of information, on this day, and in this way. Learning targets written in a student friendly way, often are posted beginning with the works "I CAN...

Learning targets...
  *Are clear.
  *Are crafted in student friendly language.
  *Contain rigor.
  *Contain success criteria.

Here are some resources to help!

Make your own rubrics, or use pre-made ones!  Easy and built in success criteria...

Knowing Your Learning Target (article read in March, 2017)

Leveling the Field (article read in April, 2017)