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