CRPUSD teachers prep for return of students
District tries to bring curriculum in alignment with new national standards of Common Core
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By Amie Carter  July 31, 2014 09:46 am

Special to The Community Voice:

This summer, while students enjoy their summer vacations away from the classroom, Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District teachers have already spent a portion of their break studying and preparing for the 2014-2015 school year.

More than 45 teachers volunteered to be course planners for a new digital pacing guide and to help plan curriculum, which identifies and targets the needs of students.  These teachers met for a week this summer to launch the process of bringing California state curriculum into alignment with the rigorous expectations of the new national standards of Common Core.

These same teacher leaders will be meeting several times throughout the year to continually plan and refine this year’s work.  They are working collaboratively to ensure that their classrooms are meeting the new requirements set out for student achievement.

CRPUSD is also capitalizing on the extensive resources of Sonoma State University. Multiple teams of elementary teachers are meeting with university professors for weeklong workshops designed to assist teachers in developing Common Core English language arts instruction.

CRPUSD has plans to move forward with greater expansion of technology this summer. As a result of community support of local ballot funding measures, the district is planning a significant acquisition of laptops for classrooms, and work is being done to enhance online grading and parent communication while expanding the use of Google Apps within classrooms.

Rancho Cotate High School and Technology High School Advanced Placement teachers have also spent some of their summer vacations in training. Teachers prepared to teach the challenging curriculum of Advanced Placement courses by attending week-long AP academies throughout California. AP instructors like Valerie Ganzler, Heather Brown, Lillian Cook, Matt Transue, Tony Brown and others worked to hone their skills in the delivery of college level coursework.  Both Rancho Cotate and Technology High are working to expand and strengthen the delivery of advanced college-level curriculum for their students who seek more extensive academic challenges.

The summer training and course planning are all a part CRPUSD's ongoing efforts to ensure that the district continues as one of the most innovative and competitive districts within Sonoma County.


Amie Carter is the new principal at Rancho Cotate High School.


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