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ELA Middle School Curriculum Liaisons

  • Each middle school and K-6/K-8 building would select one person to act as the ELA Middle School Curriculum Liaison for their building.
  • The person chosen should be a leader in ELA content and chosen by the building administration or BLT and may be a member of the BLT. The person could also be chosen by collective decision of the ELA teachers in the building.
  • This person would serve as a liaison between English 6-12 Curriculum and the ELA 6-8 teachers in their building, with the understanding that they would share information gained and professional development experienced at three meetings with the ELA 6-8 teachers at their school. This is similar to the Teacher Leader positions from two years ago. 
  • Payment will be made based on meeting attendance.
  • Dates: February 28, March 28, and April 25
  • Time: 4-6pm
  • Location: Linmoor Education Center, Room 25B
  • NOTE: This opportunity is for ELA only. No other contents will have a Middle School Curriculum Liaison.

Use this link to add the name of your school’s selected ELA Curriculum Liaison by February 14th: https://tinyurl.com/ELACurriculumLiaison.


ELA Middle School Content Experts

  • All 6-8 ELA Teachers are eligible to apply for this experience and each building may have more than one teacher attend. 
  • Accepted applicants will work collectively on content-specific projects to enhance personal growth and student achievement. The projects will be laser-focused on using Columbus City Schools’ adopted and supplemental curriculum tools (e.g. CommonLit, Achieve3000, New Novel Guides, etc.) and preferred research-based teaching strategies (e. g. Reading/Writing Workshop, Blended Learning, Stations, etc.) 
  • These projects will be used in the content experts’ classrooms, should be shared at the building level, and may be shared at the ReImagine Conference on June 6-7, 2017.
  • Payment will be made based on meeting attendance.
  • Dates: January 30, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15
  • Time: 4-6pm
  • Location: Linmoor Education Center, Room 25B
  • NOTE: This opportunity will also be offered for Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages. Each content area will be limited to 25 participants.

Use this link to apply for the ELA Middle School Content Expert Opportunity by January 25th:  https://tinyurl.com/contentexpert2018

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Posted Monday, January 15, 2018


During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting an event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

It's easy as I,2,3! 

1) Select books, poems, speeches (anything) authored by African Americans;

2) Hold your event during the month of February; and

3) Report results by submitting an African American Read-In Report Card.

Program Resources

Toolkit: http://www2.ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in-toolkit2018/ 

Booklists: http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Involved/Action/AARI/FrequentlyReadBooks2013.pdf and http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Involved/Action/AARI/NCTEConvBooklist.pdf 

NCTE Page: http://www2.ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in/ 

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Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018
Click HERE for the Brochure and HERE to Register.
Sessions Offered on Reading/Writing Workshop, Blended Learning, Digital Portfolios, Mini Lessons, etc. 
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Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Walden Woods Project, a non-profit organization in Lincoln, MA, devoted to preserving the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau is sponsoring the Live Deliberately Essay Contest, which is open to youth ages 14-21 around the globe and offers a $250 cash prize to the winner in each of three age groups.
Essay Prompt: Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, / in which you can walk with love and reverence.—Journal, October 18, 1855  In an essay of 750 words or fewer, describe a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming? 
You can access a flyer for the contest HERE. The prompt and more information about the Contest, including submission access, can also be found here: https://www.walden.org/education/essay-contest/.  The deadline is March 15, 2018, and the results will be announced by the end of April. In addition to the cash prize, the winner in each age group—as well as those chosen for honorable mention—will receive a hardback copy of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, signed by the editor Jeffrey S. Cramer; get their essay published on our website; and receive a press release that can be shared with their local media outlets to spread word of their achievement.
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Posted Saturday, January 6, 2018
Congratulations to the following students and schools for their winning performances at the Winter Middle School Debate Tournament on December 8th at Capital University. 
Division 1- Grades 5/6
1st- Devonshire-  Elyjah Johnson, Tomarieous Smith, Edwin Rivas, Zainab Waseem  (Coach- Eileen Weidner)
2nd- Ridgeview-  Maya Sims, Janelle Harris, Kenda Al-Shamrookh, Maryah Stith  (Coach-Amy Huber)
3rd- Woodward Park- Haneen Al-Bayati, Maya Gonzales, Patience Ogundare, Alexis Stokes (Dominion); (Coaches- Thayle Carter and Kristian Phillips)
Division 2- Grades 7/8
1st- Domionion- Henry Smith, Sophia Hand, Maddie Hainen, Patrick Knostman; (Coach- Matt Hysell)
2nd- Columbus City Preparatory Girls- Diana Pierce, Myanah Beck, Malika Martin, Di'Miah Sandford; (Coaches- Toba Feldman, Jimmin Kinnan, Tami Wise)
Co-3rd- Columbus Gifted Academy-Luka Bastin-Howes, Nyrobi Whitfield, Gabrielle Michaille, Lilyann Johnston- (Coach- Sherry Daniel)
Co-3rd- Dominion- Anna Wilming, Quinn Sebetich, Addison Jensen, Jaziel Cortez; (Coach- Matt Hysell)
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Posted Saturday, January 6, 2018
Classes meet every Saturday from February 10-March10, 2018. There are two classes for middle schoolers:
Write Your Book! with Jody Casella 10am-12pm
We all have a story we are eager to tell . . . but how do we begin? How doe we keep writing when we've hit a wall? If you are looking to get that book that is stuck in your head down on paper, this is the class for you.
Stoked About Steampunk with Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko 1pm-3pm
Imagine a world where men wear top hats, women wear long dresses and gloves, airships float above the towers, and computers are powered by steam. That's Steampunk--the imaginative intersection where fantasy, science fiction, and history meet.
Registration Deadline: January 26th
*Scholarship Deadline: January 19th--Click here for guidelines.
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Posted Saturday, January 6, 2018
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