Monthly Archives: December 2014

English Language Learners and Connected Learning

When Piedmont began considering how to most effectively use mobile technology it leaned on the research done by the Project Red group.  The group had studied a 1000 schools implementing one-student-to-one-device initiatives and found that education success linked strongly to nine key factors.  The most predictive factor to educational success was integrating technology into every…

Dec. 1st Parent Education Night – Common Core Math

On December 1st, the District held a parent education night concerning Common Core math.  This was the most recent in a series of parent meetings on this topic. Over 70 parents attended the parent education night, which was held in the PHS Library.  Although there have been many opportunities over the past year for parents…

ALPS Teacher Panel on Differentiation and the Common Core

On December 2, ALPS hosted a panel discussion on Meeting the Needs of all Learners: Differentiation and the Common Core.  The program, held in the Havens Library and open to all, was a follow-up on a very well-attended panel discussion held last Spring on differentiation strategies and practices. Both last year and this year, ALPS…

PUSD Winter Concert Season for Students of All Ages

The PUSD Music program is in the throes of their busy concert season. The festivities began a week before Thanksgiving with a concert at Beach Elementary Auditorium showcasing the PHS Jazz Band class, Jazz Lab Band, and the student run PHS Jazz Combo. Music by jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Nat Adderly, and Sonny…

Math, Math, and MORE Math!

Lots of work is happening in the area of math learning and instruction.  Here are a few of the highlights: Math Resources for Elementary Parents – On November 19th, approximately 60 elementary parents attended an evening event where they learned about 5 different math models and how teachers are utilizing these models to teach deeper conceptual…

K-12 Science Teachers Travel to Long Beach

Twenty-two teachers and administrators from PUSD traveled to Long Beach to attend the National Science Teachers Association regional conference on December 3-6.  In preparation for transitioning to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science teachers attended over 100 sessions to strengthen their science knowledge base and improve their instructional practices. The conference is timely as the 2014-15…

Nationally-Known Sleep Expert Speaks to Students About the Importance of Healthy Sleep, and the Sleep Research Underlying the New Bell Schedule

On November 14, nationally-known sleep expert Dr. Jerold Kram spoke to 250 Piedmont High School and Millennium High School students about the critical importance of getting adequate, healthy sleep.   The student assembly, as well as the parent education program on the same topic held on November 18, were planned in conjunction with the new bell…