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Professional Learning Communities at Work Continuum

posted Mar 28, 2018, 1:21 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 8:45 AM ]

As we continue the district-wide implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), assessing “where we are and where we need to go” becomes increasingly more important. Doing so allows us to reflect on how we can enhance our professional practice going forward.

Building principals will be leading a short presentation on how our district has been dedicated to PLCs and our draft plans for moving forward. Also, staff will be asked to complete a self-reflection on how effective their PLC is functioning by using the Professional Learning Communities at Work Continuum. This comprehensive rubric was designed with years of research and is published by Solution Tree, the same company who provides the PLC at Work Institute. Schools will use this feedback to inform how they support PLCs in 2018-19 school year. In preparation for April 3rd and for reference thereafter,  please access the PLC Reference Guide anytime on our PD website under the “Instructional Resources” tab or view the embedded pdf below.

Teacher Appreciation Days at SeaLife MOA!

posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:10 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 7:30 AM by Davidson Blanchard ]

SeaLife at the Mall of America has announced a free teacher appreciation event this spring. C-I Schools staff can attend with FREE admission April 16th - 22nd, 2018! Any guests attending with you will be charged at a discounted rate of the door price admission. A proof of employment (staff ID, pay stub, etc.) must be presented at the box office to receive free admission. In addition to an incredible time, staff can earn two continuing education units at the event. Click here for more information!


posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:05 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 12:08 PM ]

WeVideo - Media Creation Tool

In January 2016, Chad Filley (CIHS) started a project through the Innovation Program to increase student engagement in his classroom through media. Chad wanted to create a learning environment where his students could not only consume intentional, relevant media but also create media as a part of their learning. After exploring a number of tools, Chad decided to use WeVideo, a high quality, cloud-based media creation platform. The exploration of WeVideo in Chad’s classroom led to the implementation of a WeVideo pilot for 6-12 students and teachers during the 2016-2017 school year. This pilot gave our district access to all features available with the “WeVideo for Schools” plan, including advanced editing tools and access to a library of commercially licensed music and video resources.

The number of students and teachers using WeVideo has grown steadily since then and the Innovation Program has continued to support the use of WeVideo throughout the district, purchasing 1000 licensed “seats” for the 2017-2018 school year and increasing that number to 1500 in March 2018. These seats are available to all 6-12 students and all C-I staff when you log in with your @isd911.org account.

Check out the inspiring videos (on the right) created by students and staff in our district! There is an instructional video used in the high school ceramics program as a way to support student learning both outside of the classroom and when the teacher isn’t immediately available. WeVideo is also being used at both IPS and CPS for announcements and celebrations. And sophomores in Chad Filley’s class continue to create content, like the video on Henry VIII made by sophomores.

Interested in exploring the possibilities? Check out WeVideo Academy and Resources for Educators. Learn how to create videos through tutorials, lessons and tips from the WeVideo team.

WeVideo Samples from our District

School Board Approves 2018-2019 School Calendars

posted Feb 28, 2018, 1:53 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 3:38 PM ]

The calendars for the 2018-2019 school year have been approved by the school board, so please remember the professional development days when planning for next year. Also, please be aware that K-5 science teachers and 6-9 math pilot teachers should plan for one to three professional development days during the summer months. Specific dates will be sent to appropriate staff by late-May.

PD Plans for 2018-2019 School Year

posted Feb 28, 2018, 1:10 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

The District Professional Development Committee is currently planning the professional development calendar for 2018-2019! The membership of this committee is representative of all groups in the district, with a membership emphasis on our teaching staff. If you have specific requests, ideas, or feedback for next year’s professional development, please seek out a representative that is reflective of your school or position.

What's Your #Bluejacket Story?

posted Feb 28, 2018, 12:58 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

TIES Education Technology Conference - "What’s Your Story?"

In Dec. 2017, C-I Schools sent about ⅓ of the TILT members to the TIES Technology Conference.  The theme this year was “What’s Your Story” so we would like to highlight some of our TILT members: Stacy Kelzer (CIS); Curtis Gustafson (IMS/MNC); and Dee Boysen (IMS).  Each of them were asked the following questions:

  1. How did you get to where you are today in regards to technology integration in your classroom?

  2. Where do you see yourself going in the future in regards to tech integration/utilization in the future and why?

  3. Was there anything that you learned at the TIES Conference that you think will benefit you, other staff, and/or your students?

  4. Is there anything else you would like to share about your story?

Stacy Kelzer - CIS 5th Grade Teacher

I got to where I am today in regards to technology integration through lots of trial and error!  When given the opportunity to participate in Tech Academies, Edcamps, or TIES conferences, I try to attend.  These opportunities usually spark ideas, and then I just go try them out.  Many times, it takes more research or exploring on my part and lots of mistakes, but generally progress is made and kids are engaged and learning along the way.  Colleagues and coaches provide encouragement and feedback, and that makes it easier to overcome the bumps along the way

As an educator, I want to keep growing and learning.  Tech changes so fast- there is always more to learn and ideas to try!  Another goal I have is to share with others what I have learned and continue to learn.  I feel that if other colleagues can benefit from my attempts and mistakes then that's an added bonus!

At TIES 2017, I enjoyed the Hyperdocs session I attended.  I'd like to explore this more as I think it would help us to individualize learning.  I also think SeeSaw and Google Classroom have lots to offer.

In the classroom, technology can be your best friend one day, and your worst nightmare the next, but I can't imagine teaching and learning without it!  It is one of our most powerful tools as educators!

Curtis Gustafson - IMS/MNC

The best way I have learned to integrate technology into my teaching and into student learning is through experimentation.  I take risks, try programs, ask questions, search forums, and just see what works with my style. As my own personal understanding of how technology can help me grows I am able to do my job better.  I am always on the lookout for how to improve my skills.

My dream classroom would be tech infused.  I want to have students working at their own pace through curriculum that’s designed for their needs.  My job as a teacher would be mostly support, coupled with running intervention mini lessons, and interactive whole class or partner activities that help materialize abstract ideas.

At TIES 2017, I learned a great deal about Desmos.  I think teachers will find that Desmos is more than a calculator, a session I attended showed many different features.  One feature that is most useful for other teachers would be a partner card sort.

There are other great products available through various vendors.  The items that I am most interested in include Canvas (learning management system), Digitr (digital hall pass), and HoverCam (document camera).

  Dee Boysen - IMS/MNC

I have learned to utilize and integrate technology through continual practice and trial and error. I also continue to ask Patrick, our Tech Integration Specialist for new ways to incorporate technology when I have ideas of what I want.  He is always willing to make suggestions of what I can use in regards to technology and how to implement it.

I want to continue to learn new things and use them in the classroom with my students. Technology can be an effective tool in my students’ learning and I feel it’s my job to expose them to new technologies that will help them learn.

While at TIES 2017, I learned that we need to create “experiences” for students, not just lessons. Interaction and being engaged in learning is so important.  Another thing I learned is that the role and responsibilities of media specialists is continuing to change as we go forward with technology and the spaces we create for collaborative learning within our media centers are also very important.

Blended Learning 101

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:16 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 10:47 AM ]

If you are a licensed teacher and have not yet completed Blended Learning 101, you should have received the following information in an email from your principal on Wednesday, January 31st. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to talk with your principal or tech integration specialist.

Our district continues to support staff in the implementation of blended learning, a recommendation from the District Tech Advisory Committee. This is our third year of addressing teacher training with technology tools for the 1:1 device migration. It has been approved for all teachers to complete the Blended Learning 101 course in order to have the competencies needed for our future success. For more information on the process of this approval, click here. To learn about the membership of the District Tech Advisory Committee, click here.

You are receiving this email because there is a need for you to complete the Blended Learning 101 course. If you feel this is inaccurate, please contact a technology integration specialist. The course will need to be completed by May 15, 2018.  Staff will have various options for completing this before the deadline.

Blended Learning 101 course can be completed in one of three ways:

  1. Complete the course during contract time

  2. Complete the course outside of contract time for four hours at the service rate of pay

  3. Demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing BL101 proficiency tasks

I choose to...

Does this qualify

for additional compensation?

What are the next steps?

When do I complete the work?

How do I complete the course?

Complete the course during contract time


Attend optional “BL101 Jumpstart” on

Feb 16th as an introduction to the course.

Blended Learning 101 Session (3-4 hrs)

April 3rd Professional Development Day

Complete proficiency tasks

Complete the course outside of contract time

Yes, for 4 hours at the service rate of pay

Attend optional “BL101 Jumpstart” on

Feb 16th as an introduction to the course.

Outside of the work day

Complete proficiency tasks

Demonstrate proficiency


Explore course resources

and proficiency tasks

Anytime, including designated work sessions during the Feb 16th (1hr) and April 3rd (1 hr) Professional Development Days

Complete proficiency tasks

Most staff are able to complete the Blended Learning 101 course in four hours or less. For more information on the course content, click here.

When does the course need to be completed?  The revised course will be available on February 16, 2018. The last date staff can submit completion of the required proficiency tasks is May 15, 2018.

Blended Learning Course Completion Record

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:03 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 10:38 AM ]

Blended Learning 101 has been available for teachers since the summer of 2016. The course provides basic knowledge and skills for using technology as a professional as well as providing an introduction to how technology can be integrated into classroom instruction. During the first summer, the course was available to all teachers but 5th through 9th grade teachers were required to take the course in preparation for the 1:1 Chromebook environment during the 2016-2017 school year. In the second year, all 3rd through 12th grade teachers were asked to complete the course.

The following spreadsheet is a record of all teachers and their Blended Learning course completion status. Please find your school link at the bottom and your name if you are unsure of whether you have completed Blended Learning 101. Your name will be highlighted yellow and column G will have an ‘x’ in it if our records indicate that you still need to complete Blended Learning 101. If you feel this is inaccurate, please contact one of the tech integration specialists.

If our records indicate that you have not yet completed Blended Learning 101, please read our Blended Learning update here.

Update on TIES

posted Jan 29, 2018, 11:38 AM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

An update regarding the vote at TIES and what this means for Cambridge-Isanti Schools:


As many of you may already know, the member districts voted to dissolve the Technology and Information Educational Services cooperative, known as TIES. Cambridge-Isanti Schools is not a TIES member district, we are a customer. 


A couple of things to know regarding this news:

1.  Our TIES and edSpring products will still be available for use – this vote does not mean that the switch is “being turned off” anytime soon. You will still have use and access to data, assessments and progress monitoring as usual.

2.  We were aware of the situation at TIES and the possibility of a vote to dissolve. Over the past two years we have explored a limited number of replacement options, but at this point we will need to identify additional options for review as well. These options would include the data warehouse and assessment software pieces, along with possible replacement math and literacy benchmark assessments and progress monitoring tools.

3.  Teaching and Learning will be working to draft a process, action plan and timeline to explore our future data and assessment needs which will be shared with the Principals and coaches for future discussion.


So once again, we are continuing with “business as usual” in regard to TIES and edSpring! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


Please contact Anne Johnson, Data and Assessment Coordinator, if you have any questions.

PD Update: February 16, 2018

posted Dec 18, 2017, 12:17 PM by Davidson Blanchard

To those that submitted proposals for peer-led PD on February 16 - THANK YOU! We will be contacting everyone who proposed a session before winter break about the status of their proposal. It is those amazing leaders that will help others have a successful day of learning, reflection and integration. We wish to express how proud we are of our staff for helping their peers learn new strategies through district PD sessions. While we understand this may be “intimidating” for some staff, we look forward to supporting you in every way possible!

In mid-January the schedule of sessions will be posted on the PD.ISD911.ORG website and sent to all instructional staff. Included in this schedule will be session titles, descriptions, presenters, and useful notes to help you select sessions that best align with your work. We are looking forward to hosting this incredible morning of learning and are so very proud to be doing it with so many quality peer-led sessions!

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