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  • Issue 1 - September 14, 2017
    Posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:04 AM by Kristin Daniels
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Raising Student Achievement Through Formative Assessment

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:04 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 6:57 PM by Davidson Blanchard ]

The Teaching & Learning Department is very excited to be able to bring Dylan Wiliam, the expert on formative assessment for learning, to Cambridge-Isanti Schools for our October 6 professional development day. Dylan Wiliam will be sharing essential information about formative assessment, how to use formative assessment for strengthening instructional practices, and twenty strategies and classroom techniques that produce meaningful evidence to assist your instructional planning for all learners.

This session ties into our work on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), as it provides many strategies for eliciting and documenting evidence of student learning to help your team ensure high levels of learning for all students.

District Curriculum Committee Update

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:00 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 6:56 PM by Davidson Blanchard ]

K-5 Science Content Area Team Update A highly dedicated team of 19 K-5 teachers and coaches spent some summer time reviewing and revising prioritized science standards, determining the qualities needed in possible science solutions and studying nine different science programs. Representatives from the top four companies presented to the K-5 Science Content Area Team in July. The next step is to reconvene (on 9/14) and refine feedback to advance it to the District Curriculum Committee which will impact the future of K-5 Science in Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

6-12 Math Content Area Team Update A hard working group of 18 secondary math leaders and academic coaches dedicated a number of days throughout the summer reviewing and aligning the prioritized math standards, determining styles of instruction and curriculum to best support our students, and evaluating a number of different resources from over five publishers in an effort to determine the best resources to provide our secondary math teachers. The next step is to reconvene and determine which publishers will be brought back for product demonstrations and questioning. Math Content Area Team members, please be on the watch for an email from T&L Curriculum for more details.

MDE Launches Arts Standards Review

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:59 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 10:49 AM ]

Minnesota Department of Education is looking for a few hard working people who are interested in reviewing and revising the arts standards (arts areas of dance, media arts, music, theater and/or visual arts) during the 2017-2018 school year year. It would be incredible if Cambridge-Isanti Schools had representation on this team!

If you are interested in applying for this team, visit the MDE Arts page to read the Assumptions for Guiding the Standards Committee’s Work, review the timeline, and access the online application. Please submit any questions to Michelle Glasgow or Dave Blanchard. The deadline for applying to the committee is Tuesday, September 19.

Technology Integration

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:56 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 9:57 AM ]


Please welcome Jackie Alderman to the Tech Integration Team!!!  She brings a wealth of knowledge in utilizing technology in the classroom with students. With the addition of Jackie we will now be able to better serve the grade spans in Cambridge and Isanti by aligning our tech integration support as follows:

PK-2 - Kristin Daniels

3-5 - Rob Swanson

6-8 - Patrick Morrow

9-12 - Jackie Alderman


TILT 2017 - We are excited for the 3rd year of TILT in Cambridge-Isanti Schools.  Your grade level or dept. TILT member is there for you to provide the following support:  maintain grade-level/department web presence, attend building level TILT group meetings, communicate TILT information with you, collaborate on agenda and provide feedback (recommendations and requests) from you, and support building level tech learning opportunities.


posted Sep 5, 2017, 10:18 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 10:29 AM by Davidson Blanchard ]

How do we start 
the PLC process?

A PLC begins by exploring these questions: 

        • Why do we exist, or what is our mission? 
        • What must our school become to accomplish our vision? 
        • How must we behave—what values must we demonstrate—to achieve our vision? 
        • How we will mark our progress toward our goals? 

Working through these questions lays the foundation for successful implementation of the PLC process.

Bluejacket Brainstorm

posted Sep 5, 2017, 10:09 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 10:41 AM ]

This year’s innovation program is going to look a little different! “Bluejacket Brainstorm” will be driven by YOU, the entire Cambridge-Isanti Schools staff! Innovation projects will be submitted and voted on through a crowdsourced process (soliciting contributions from a large group of people). Important dates to know include: Ideation (collecting your ideas!): Friday, October 6 through Friday, October 27; Pairwise Voting (voting on your favorite ideas!): Wednesday, November 1, 2017 through Friday, November 10. Our 2017-2018 Innovation projects will be selected at the end of November and teams will begin implementation in December 2017!

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