Teachers Create SAS-sy Lessons (3/9/2011)
Teachers Create SAS-sy Lessons
By Heather Brown, Coordinator of Educational Technology
Recently, over 30 teachers that teach Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts participated in a two-day professional development titled Standards Aligned System (SAS) Lesson Plan Project led by Dr. Jean M. Dyszel. The goal of this event was to provide educators an opportunity to reflect and refine their lesson plans to align to the Common Core and increase rigor with hopes of their lesson being accepted to the SAD website.
On the first day, teachers were given time to explore the SAS portal and identify standards, big ideas, and essential questions of the lesson they were planning to revise. They also reviewed the key points and standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Dr. Dyszel had teachers participate in an activity from a technology perspective where they watched model lessons and rated the rigor according to either National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), H.E.A.T. (higher order thinking, engaged learning, authenticity, and technology use) or enGuage framework. Finally, they collaboratively defined a rubric that integrated the essential components that were identified in the lessons they viewed. The rubric provided a guide for teachers while they revised their lesson.
The second day, teachers had an opportunity to provide constructive feedback on the lessons with their colleagues using the rubric. Teachers then reflected on the feedback and adjusted their lessons. Teachers submitted a final project for consideration of acceptance to the SAS website.
The presenter, Dr. Dyszel works with administrative staff in the Allentown School District as a curriculum consultant to assist in creating K-12 standards-aligned curriculum. She is a PA Inspired Leadership Induction (PIL) mentor with the PA State System of High Education for new administrators promoting leadership development. Dr. Dyszel also works as a curriculum consultant with PA Department of Education. In this role, she is a member of the Standards Aligned System (SAS) Quality Review Team to provide training on SAS usage and ensure SAS quality and works directly with alignment of Common Core to PA Standards and transition to Common Core Frame work. As a previous Distinguished Educator with PDE, she has worked with low-achieving school districts as a consultant to build capacity for student achievement.