Elementary Education

Elementary Education Council - Sean Snider, Region 7 State Representative

posted Jan 15, 2017, 4:28 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 6:20 PM ]

The first meeting of the ACSA Elementary Education Council for this year was fantastic, as they all are.  The minutes are attached, but the following is a brief summary of the day.  We started by receiving an update on the latest ESSA accountability measures.  There is more information on the ACSA website (as well as CDE) on this if you are interested. 

This was followed by an outstanding presentation from Discovery Education titled, “Why STEM, Why Now?”  Discovery Education has a lot of programs and grants available for schools to help implement STEM programs (www.discoveryeducation.com/stem).  There are some startling statistics out there such as “The U.S. needs 1 million more STEM professionals in the next decade than it is projected to produce at the current rate (National Math and Science Initiative).”

We discussed the Council’s focus areas for the year (STEM, NGSS, LCAP Accountability, LCFF Rubrics, and Social/Emotional Learning).  Then we learned about “Family Code Night” which is a scripted program to help Elementary Schools host a family night to do the Hour of Code.  I hosted one at my school during Hour of Code week (but it can be done any time) and it was a huge success (over 100 people).  I will be receiving a kit via email to pass along to you with everything you will need to host a night at your school.

 Our next meeting will be a school tour in the Vista School District (Superintendent Devin Vodicka).  They are pioneering in the areas of blended learning and technology integration.  I’ll pass along the minutes and highlights of that visit afterward.

 Happy New Year!

 Sean Snider, Principal

Sutter Creek Elementary School

Amador County Unified School District


ELEMENTARY EDUCATION COUNCIL ACSA Agenda: Thursday, April 21, 2016

posted May 7, 2016, 8:23 AM by Kristi Kirsch


posted Mar 21, 2016, 12:33 PM by Kristi Kirsch

Hello All,

I attended our second ACSA Elementary Education Council meeting which was a visit to and tour of Pomeroy Elementary School in Milpitas. Part of my responsibility as a member of this council is to bring the information back and share it with the rest of our region. Below is a summary and attached are the minutes from the meeting. We are also extremely pleased with the video that was produced to chronicle this visit (http://videos.acsa.org/elementary-ed-council-takes-tour-at-21st-century-school). This was one of the main goals of our Council for this year in an effort to better share the experience with elementary educators across the state. If you have any questions or if would like further clarification on something you see, please send me an email. 

Pomeroy Elementary has fully implemented a “blended learning” program to serve their students. We selected this site to see what blended learning might look like in action. What we saw was very impressive. Over the course of a few years, Pomeroy went from being the ditto capital of California (as Principal Dr. Murphy-Brewer put it) to a true blended learning school. This took a lot of time and trust among all staff members. They have a strong focus on the 5 C’s of Common Core (they added Caring as the 5th). They differentiate using cooperative groups and a center model. 

A main component of their language arts program is the Curriculum Associates iReady online learning program. Starting in first grade, all students log into their personal account and learn at their own pace. Progress benchmarks were set by staff to make sure each student is progressing at an appropriate pace, and teachers regularly review each student’s growth. We observed a first grade class in the learning lab where one group was on Chromebooks in the iReady program and the other group was completing a thinking map to start writing a summary of an article they had read on penguins in Scholastic News. Thinking maps are also a staple of the language arts (writing) program in all grade levels.

The standard structure we saw in classrooms for language arts time would be one group using Chromebooks to access the iReady program, one group working on some type of writing assignment using thinking maps (Google docs is the platform for writing), and two or so groups reading a leveled book and completing an activity. The teacher normally placed him/herself strategically with the lowest group to provide more individual assistance to these students. The common theme across all classrooms was a LOT of writing, lots of individual work in the iReady program, and a lot of practice reading a combination of nonfiction and fiction text.

In math, the standard structure appeared to be one group using Chromebooks to access a variety of online math programs including Summit Learning’s “Personalized Learning” for sixth grade and Sumdog and Math.com for other grade levels. Other groups would be working independently on pages in the adopted textbook (Singapore Math). Again, the teacher was strategically placed with the group needing the most individual assistance.

Pomeroy’s intervention model is called WIN time (WIN stands for what I need). All students are placed in leveled groups for 45 minutes each morning to work on language arts, math, social studies, science, social emotional…whatever need has been identified by staff for each student. They go through 6 week blocks and then re-assess needs. The principal reported the largest groups during this time are writing.

It was apparent this model works well for the students and staff of Pomeroy Elementary. Students were on-task in all rooms, working at their own pace on standards-based curriculum at their individual level. 

Sean Snider, Principal
Sutter Creek Elementary School
Amador County Unified School District

Elem Ed Council Minutes 1.21.16

Elementary Ed Council 1/21/15 Minutes

posted Feb 27, 2015, 2:11 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 1:34 PM ]

Greetings All,

     We had our second of 3 State Elementary Education Council meetings on January 21st at Courreges Elementary School in Fountain Valley School District.  The reason we met there was for a school tour to see how they are implementing technology in the classroom, specifically Chromebooks and iPads.  The minutes of the meeting are attached, but below are some ideas from the tour that I was able to bring back and immediately implement at my site.  Enjoy!

  • Using the Chromebooks to access the Google platform and produce Google Docs and Google Presentations based on content learned in class.
  • Using the Chromebooks for whole class instruction.
  • They gave us a list of great educational apps / websites the teachers of the school came up with for us.  My teachers have begun using several of them.  This list was not in electronic format, but I could scan and email it separately if you are interested…let me know.
  • They use the Chromebooks in grades 3-6 and iPads in grades K-2.  The iPads are implemented as a “center” in the K-2 classrooms with each classroom having about 5 of them.  It was powerful to see this technology being used in all classrooms on a daily basis.  I am trying to find a way to purchase about 30 iPads for my school (easier said than done). 

Our final meeting of the year is on April 22 in Sacramento.  I’ll share that information with you when I return.


Sean Snider, Principal

Sutter Creek Elementary School

(209) 257-7100  (209) 257-7200


New Elementary Principal Handbook

posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:53 PM by ACSA Region 7

October 23, 2013 - Minutes

posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:48 PM by ACSA Region 7

Elementary Meeting Distributions - 2013-2014 Academies

posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:45 PM by ACSA Region 7

Council Minutes Synopsis - 10/23/13

posted Nov 1, 2013, 4:49 PM by ACSA Region 7

A more thorough synopsis of our council meeting.


Attached –

  • Council Minutes for 10-23-13
  • Elementary Principals’ Handbook flier
  • PowerPoint Presentation to support promotion of the new Elementary Principals’ Handbook
  • ACSA Academy Update 10-28-13
  • Distribution of ACSA Academies by Region

Clarification - 

  • There is a limit of 3 downloads for the e-book version of the new Elementary Principal’s Handbook

Links –

Additional resources -

  • CDE web page: Assembly Bill 484 Questions and Answers http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab484qa.asp 
  • CDE web page: SBE October 2013 Information Memoranda http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/im/infomemooct2013.asp  
  • Implementing the Smarter Balanced Assessments in 2014-15: Findings from the California Department of Education Technology Preparedness Survey
  • Superintendent's Common Core Systems Implementation Survey Report: Summary Report for Spring 2013 Administration and Comparison of Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Administrations)
  • Information on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports: A Comprehensive Framework for Implementing the Common Core State Standards
  • CDE Web page: Local Control funding Formula http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/  
  • WestEd’s LCFF Implementation Page http://lcff.wested.org/



Scott M. Borba

ACSA Elementary Education Council Rep.

Region VII

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." 

–Sir Winston Churchill

Elementary Principal Handbook

posted Nov 1, 2013, 4:32 PM by ACSA Region 7

Elem Principals Handbook Flyer Leadership Summit 10.23.13

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