On Target

Blended Learning Update

posted Jun 4, 2018, 9:17 AM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 10:21 AM by kdaniels@c-ischools.org ]

During the 2017-18 school year, each grade span has been working on a deeper dive into what the blended learning goal means for their grade levels.  The 2017-18 blended learning goal of “Thoughtful, intentional and engaging instruction that utilizes technology resources to help students learn” will continue to develop during the 2018-19 school year.  In regards to device implementation, C-I Schools will be 1:1 in grades 3-12 with the introduction of our first 2-in-1 Chromebooks at the 6th and 9th grade levels.  This will allow students to learn from the best of both the Chromebook and Tablet digital environments.  These Chromebooks, when opened 360 degrees turn into tablet mode and will run as an Android tablet allowing for use of Android apps that aren’t necessarily available on a Chromebook.  These new Chromebooks also have touch technology that allows for this 2-in-1 functionality.  At the K-2 level, the 2-in-1 Chromebooks will be introduced to staff and plans will be developed for transitioning from the iPad to the 2-in-1 Chromebooks over the next couple of years.

Committee Member List for 2018-2019

posted Jun 3, 2018, 3:14 PM by kdaniels@c-ischools.org   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 3:15 PM ]

We would like to recognize everyone that is serving on of the the Teaching & Learning Committees. Your leadership is appreciated! As you may know, decisions are not made without having input from various stakeholders including our teachers, academic coaches, integration specialists, school principals, and even our parents and community members. 

Teaching & Learning Advisory: Krisanne Wessel, Kyle Groves, Chad Filley, AnnMarie Guldseth, Trina Godfrey, Rhonda Malecha, Randy Pauly, Chad Gerlach, John Droubie, Miranda Block, Tammy Kraft, Kristin Daniels, TBD Data & Assessment Coordinator, Dave Blanchard, Shelley Schwab, and roughly 20 parent and community members

District Instructional Leadership Team: Katie Sohn, Sarah Knudsvig, Elizabeth Young, Josh Brantley, Katie Walker, Jill Carlstrom, Sara Edwards, Kim Nelles, Darla Peterson, Shane Dordal, Scott Peterson, Charlie Burroughs, Pam Austad, Jim Godfrey, Shelley Schwab, Michelle Glasgow and other Teaching & Learning Coordinators pending agenda items

District Professional Development Committee: Jay Palmer, JoAnn Long, Laura Fredenburg, Jessica Faust, Carol Hanson, Deb Becker, Kim Goodmanson, Rebecca Feigum, Lydia Sanislo, Anna Nitti, Carrie Christenson, Bret Lemm, Julie Herrity-Weidenborner, Lynda Skalicky, Lisa Jennissen, Trisha Roiger, Brenda Damiani, Mark Ziebarth, Jackie Alderman, Christi Voce, Tanya Siedlecki, Kristin Hall, Julie Williams, Michelle Glasgow, Dave Blanchard, Shelley Schwab, and Terri Olson

District Technology Advisory: Ann Marie Guldseth, Tanya Siedlecki, Shawn Kirkeide, Darla Peterson, Rhonda Malecha, Mark Ziebarth, Randy Pauly, Chad Gerlach, Michael Porta, Kristin Daniels, Rob Swanson, Patrick Morrow, Jackie Alderman, Ray Sperl, Dave Blanchard, and Rance Eberhardt

District Assessment Committee: Sara Edwards, Kristin Hall, Shawn Kirkeide, Darla Peterson, Angie Reed, Chad Gerlach, Randy Pauly, Scott Peterson, Shane Dordal, Patrick Morrow, Michelle Glasgow, and  Data & Assessment Coordinator

District Curriculum Committee: Heather Bednar, Becky Strand, Thea Lowman, Lorie Phillips, Tanya Siedlecki, Rhonda Malecha, Charlie Burroughs, Brenda Damiani, Data & Assessment Coordinator, Ray Sperl, Michelle Glasgow, Dave Blanchard, Shelley Schwab, and Julie Williams

Also a very special thanks to the Building Instructional Leadership Teams (BILT) and Technology Integration Leadership Teams (TILT) at each school! Your ongoing commitment to the success of your school is appreciated!

Professional Learning Community Self-Reflection Tool

posted Apr 29, 2018, 9:27 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

On April 3rd, staff completed the Professional Learning Community self-reflection tool, developed by DuFour and published by Solution Tree. Thank you for providing this insight! Honest feedback helps each school improve in small ways and can guide our efforts for next year. The teacher leaders attending the PLC Institute this summer can reflect on the data in order to plan for the 2018-2019 school year. While many of our teams throughout the district are at various stages of PLC implementation, we would love to share highlights that illustrate we have a strengthening culture around a shared vision for student achievement.

By having a common understanding around shared missions, shared values, and common school-wide (and district-wide) goals, we are able to overcome differences in content areas, instructional strategies, or levels of experience and truly talk about what matters most to student achievement (attendance, behavior, and academics).

Summer Learning with PLCs in Minneapolis, Stanford d.school in Stillwater, and ISTE in Chicago

posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:30 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 1:50 PM ]

PLCs are getting a boost! Forty-four leaders from across Cambridge-Isanti Schools will attend the PLCs at Work Institute in Minneapolis from June 18-20. The leaders will attend keynotes and participate in breakout sessions by educators who have led schools through the PLC process. The large group will also contribute to planning Cambridge-Isanti’s next steps in the PLC process when we meet in August. In reflecting on our April 3rd data districtwide, our school goals, and our ability to address needs with curriculum using the four questions...we are on track for success! A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Teaching & Learning is excited that so many staff are able to attend this PLC learning opportunity. Going into fall 2018, each school will have double digit numbers of staff trained in the DuFour model.

Additional learning opportunity! Want to be inspired? Join a team of C-I staff attending the Ignite and Inspire Innovation Conference 2018. This year's conference will take place at Stillwater Area High School on June 18 & 19, 2018. George Couros will be the keynote speaker on day one, and Brave New Workshop will be providing an interactive keynote on day two. The cost is $149.00 per person for both days of the conference. Cost includes small breakfast items, coffee, juice, and water each morning, lunch each day, and snacks throughout. Approximate schedule will run from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Email Kristin Daniels (kdaniels@c-ischools.org) if you are interested in attending.

THREE SPOTS LEFTS! This summer Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be sending 10 representatives to the Stanford d.school workshop on human centered design and design thinking in Stillwater, MN from June 20-21. This is an important step in our innovation tenet within our mission statement. At the core of human centered design and design thinking is a belief that everyone has the capacity to be creative through radical collaboration and real world application. Creativity is inspirational! Our C-I staff will further develop their understanding of human centered design and design thinking, and help us further develop a framework for employee engagement for lean solutions. Bluejacket Brainstorm was a success, and we are looking for ways to refine it for next year. As Stanford brings this model to school districts in Minnesota, we are excited to participate with other progressive peers and continue to make this a priority.  Email Kristin Daniels (kdaniels@c-ischools.org) if you are interested in attending.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 Conference is in Chicago, IL this summer. Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be sending 13 staff members to participate. There are hundreds of sessions for staff to choose from, many led by classroom and school leaders from across the country. Kristin Daniels and Shelley Schwab will be presenting "Bring it! Using Crowdsourced Innovation to Facilitate Purposeful Change", along with other members from the first MN Innovation Cohort. Jackie Alderman will be presenting "Digital Sub Folders: Never Come to Work Sick Again!" making this opportunity a great way to showcase our creative and innovative efforts in the district. The following staff members will also be attending ISTE 2018, representing all schools: Christine Bistodeau (IPS), Megan Karolevitz (CPS), Caroline Resler (IIS/SFAS), Kristi Lockwood (IMS/MNC), Kyle Groves (CMS), Darla Peterson (CIHS), Rob Swanson (Technology Integration), Patrick Morrow (Technology Integration), Mark Ziebarth (IIS/SFAS). 

Migrating to the new Marzano Framework

posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:16 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 11:27 AM ]

The District Instructional Leadership Team met on April 11 and came to a consensus that the Marzano Legacy Framework (currently 60 elements in four domains) would be phased out in order to adopt the newer streamlined Marzano Focused Framework.

How and when will the migration take place? The Marzano Focused Framework (23 elements) will be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. To support the 2019-2020 migration, the District Instructional Leadership Team (DILT) will take part in training in the fall and/or winter of 2018 and will create a professional development plan to introduce the updated framework to staff. Leaders will also phase out the district instructional goal and allow staff to work with their evaluator to focus on the elements that align with their planning, instruction or assessment. DILT members noted that this transition shows our efforts to streamline and focus on quality practice. An implementation plan and a proposal will be submitted to the Teaching & Learning Advisory in the fall of 2018. We wish to recognize the following DILT members that engaging in this collaborative endeavor:

Kim Nelles, Sara Edwards, Shane Dordal, Katie Sohn, Charlie Burroughs, Jim Godfrey, Michelle Glasgow, Shelley Schwab, Pam Austad, Darla Peterson, Sarah Knudsvig, Elizabeth Young, Josh Brantley and Scott Peterson

Marzano Legacy Framework

Marzano Focused Framework

PBIS in Cambridge-Isanti Schools

posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:03 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

As many of you are aware, the Cambridge-Isanti Schools were given a “last minute” grant opportunity in January of 2017 to apply for unspent PBIS funds available through the Department of Education.  At the time this grant opportunity became available we only had four schools (IMS/MNC & IIS/SFAS) who had gone through an MDE PBIS training and were using PBIS in their schools. After much discussion and MDE offering Cambridge-Isanti a cohort and training within our own district, it was decided to move forward with becoming a districtwide PBIS program.

Though it was a crazy start, we were pleased to create PBIS teams in each school. A total of 90 staff were trained between January 17, 2017 and May 22, 2017. As a culmination of their training, the PBIS teams attended the MDE PBIS Summer Institute in June. Since then there have been multiple team meetings at the different sites and amazing programs being put into place.

In addition to the original PBIS grant, we applied for and were awarded a “mini-grant” this past January. The funds from this grant are being used this spring by our PBIS teams to complete the Tiered Fidelity Report and to create action plans for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Here are a few of the great things that are happening in our schools. Our PBIS teams should be proud of their accomplishments.

  • The “Golden Vacuum” where classes are awarded a trophy by the custodians for demonstrating responsibility in having a clean environment, being respectful of their spaces, and taking pride in cleaning up after themselves  

  • School stores & monthly assemblies celebrating Bluejacket Pride

  • Weekly drawings for Treasure Box choices

  • Bluejacket Pride Matrix & Bluejacket Boulevard where students can choose to sit in the teacher’s chair or give a shout out on the morning announcements

  • Students participated in a PBIS Winter Olympic.  The teams competed against one another in events such as:  Curling, Norwegian Skiing, Planking, Tug O’ War and Luge Teams worked together to create a Team Flag

  • Teachers have been re-teaching the expectations at the start of each term at one of our sites, resulting in a decrease in suspensions

  • Schools have been working on their matrix and celebrating positive changes in student behavior

  • Data is being shared with students at the beginning of every trimester along with re-teaching of the matrix or behaviors that need to be reviewed

  • Golden Spatula Award in our lunchroom, which will reinforce classes who show they are Caring Critters in our cafeteria. Caring Critters take care of themselves, others and property!

Professional Learning Communities at Work Continuum

posted Mar 28, 2018, 1:21 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ 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 kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 7:30 AM by dblanchard@isd911.org ]

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 kdaniels@isd911.org   [ 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 kdaniels@isd911.org   [ 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.

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