Superintendent's Update
Volume I : Issue I
APRIL 24, 2015  Like us on Facebook
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It is my sincere pleasure to bring to you the Superintendent's Update from the Fountain Valley School District.  As we work to increase communication, we want to engage our various stakeholders in ways that are meaningful, easy to use/read and timely.  With the various changes and reform efforts in education today, it is critical that we keep our community engaged and well informed of these changes and how they impact our students.  We hope you enjoy the regular updates and information that we will be sharing every two to three weeks.  

Some of the features that I believe you will enjoy most include access to important issues in education like: Common Core; Smarter Balanced Assessments; changes in curriculum and instruction; research articles; and, tips for keeping all of these changes straight.  Make sure to watch the two videos below.  I know you will love them both.  

Thank you for all that you do to support teaching and learning in our District!


Mark Johnson
FOCUS:  Grit TED Talk by Angela Duckworth 
Ever wonder why some people persevere or thrive when presented with significant challenges and others do not?  Over the last several years, many people, especially educators, are taking a closer look at a revolutionary concept called  GRIT passion and perseverance toward long-term goals.  Check out the video below to listen to a brief TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth - research psychologist from the University of Penn.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

FOCUS: Common Core
Over the last few months, a number of parents have asked about the new Smarter Balanced Assessments.  The most common question is... why do our students need a new assessment system?   T ake a look at this short RSA video clip on why our assessment system has ch anged.  
An Academic Checkup
An Academic Checkup

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