Language Arts

Journalism Class Interviews Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter

On October 20, the Piedmont High School Journalism class interviewed Matt Richtel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and best-selling author.  Richtel was on campus to address students in the second annual “Safe Driving Assembly” and to talk with parents about the distracting and addictive effects of technology.  In between the student assembly and…

Connected Learning in Action: Debbi Hill and Membean

In this continuing series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Below is an email sent by Connected Learning coach Debbi Hill to PHS staff about the personalized vocabulary service Membean students access from their Chromebooks.  The service is free for individuals, so…

Connected Learning in Action- Mercedes Foster

Ms. Foster

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. High school English teacher Mercedes Foster declares the Chromebooks to be “an excellent tool for use in my classroom.”  She has her freshmen are using Membean, an online vocabulary site, to learn…

Connected Learning in Action – Rosie Reid

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. PHS English teacher and English Language teacher Rosie Reid uses the Chromebooks in her classes to actively engage in the writing process. For example, during a recent class Reid had students identify a paragraph…

PUSD Readmont 2015

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Readmont 2015, Piedmont’s “one city, one book” project, now in its fifth year! All Piedmonters are encouraged to read The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.  In this work of journalistic reporting, Ripley examines the high school education experience in Finland, South Korea, Poland…

Literacy Learning Abounds!

On October 13th, K-12 teachers participated in a full morning of professional development to support their Common Core Literacy instruction.  Cheryl Wozniak led teachers of all grade levels and content areas in a session that focused on three key literacy strategies: interactive read-aloud, shared reading, and close reading.  Teachers had an opportunity to hear an…