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October 21, 2020
Supt. Ray announced plans for a phased return to in-person learning in January. Be sure to submit your instructional preference & tell your principal by Oct. 30. Get more info here.
DLD is Nov. 3 in Teams & Canvas. Register in PLZ by Nov. 1 for TWO courses (content & dept. session) & Microsoft Teams for Classroom Instruction, Pt.2. More info in the DLD Guidebook.
Don't miss out on final opportunities to complete the required Microsoft Teams courses for the November Flex Days Oct. 21 - Nov. 8. View all November Flex Day Requirements.
Portfolio info is due Oct. 23 for all teachers in non-tested grades & subjects (Fine Arts, World Language, K-5 PE, Pre-K & K) to obtain access to the Portfolium Platform. Please submit here.
Thanks to a TDOE "Grow Your Own" grant, SCS is taking applications to pay for current Ed., SPED & Pre-K Ed. assistants to secure teaching licenses for FREE! Get complete details here.
(NEW) Episode 2 of "The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show is available now!

Episode 2 of "The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show offers more support for SCS teachers on instructional practices! In the latest episode, we explore and expand our knowledge of Practice I and dig deeper into PLC guides and the walkthrough tool. The video explains the importance of using the PLC guides, best practices for Performance-Based Objectives and the District resources available to assist with planning. ICYMI: Check out Episode 1 of "The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show.
(NEW) Saturday's Virtual Family Forum focuses on advanced academics, CCTE and CLUE programs.

Our next Virtual Family Forum, taking place Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This month, we're focusing on advanced academics, CCTE programs, meeting the needs of our gifted learners through CLUE and more. Please help spread the word to your students and families!
(NEW) Tune in for the 8th annual Suicide Prevention Expo Friday, October 30.

The 8th annual SCS Suicide Prevention Expo is taking place Friday, October 30. The annual event helps increase awareness and support for the actions we can take as a District and community to prevent suicide. This year's expo will take place virtually from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Join us live to hear important facts and learn about resources available for suicide prevention and social emotional support.
(NEW) Get the latest SEL PD, resources and strategies in the October edition of Cornerstone.

Check out the latest edition of the Cornerstone SEL newsletter. This month's issue includes an article from EdWeek about why students need social emotional learning and six exercises for teaching SEL in the virtual setting. Plus, learn about a PD course available in PLZ on transforming classrooms to create safe spaces, including tips for doing this virtually in TEAMS with a simple weekly wellness check. The issue also has more tips and strategies for supporting social emotional learning in your school!
(NEW) New i-Ready resources are here!

Be sure to check out the new i-Ready Prerequisites Report (Math) and Tools for Scaffolding Comprehension. Both resources are designed to help reteach the most critical prerequisite skills efficiently to be able to access grade-level instruction.

i-Ready PD office hours now on ZOOM:
(NEW) Learn Fresh wants educators of color to apply for the new Fellowship for Culturally Inclusive Education.

Learn Fresh has a newly-launched Fellowship for Culturally Inclusive Education. This experience represents a main action item in the organization's push for social and racial justice. Learn Fresh is holding space for educators of color who are interested in helping build scalable, inclusive curricula that accurately represent the narratives in their own communities. Applications are available through October 30.
(NEW) Apply for an Innovative Teaching Grant from Junior League of Memphis!

Junior League of Memphis has an exciting opportunity for teachers! The Innovative Teaching Grant allows teachers to secure up to $2,500 for an innovative project in their classroom or school. This year, the grant will be available to teachers who have an idea to improve their own practice through professional development, improve students’ social and emotional learning skills or improve students’ academic skills. The grant applications are due by Monday, November 23. 
(NEW) Get the latest technology tips and resources in the October edition of SCS Tech Talk!

The October edition of the SCS Tech Talk Newsletter is loaded with new upcoming Microsoft features, important reminders, meeting dates, technology training opportunities, support resources and some special school shoutouts. Check it out!
(NEW) Looking for PBOs? The Science team has you covered!

The Science team has added lots of new resources to support teachers with Performance-based Objectives for K-5, 6-8, Biology and Physical Science. Access it all in the Science Curriculum Maps folder.
(NEW) Attend an upcoming U of M info session to learn about virtual space science resources for your class!

Join Dr. Firouzeh Sabri of the U of M's Department of Physics and Materials Science and Dr. Stephanie Ivey of the Department of Civil Engineering for an upcoming info session to learn about NEW resources that will be available for classroom use starting in November! Bring the Mars Rover, Lunar Lander, International Space Station National Labs and scientists who are working on these areas into your classrooms. Learn first-hand about aerogels, heat shields, color chips, effect of radiation on material properties and Mars dust!
Sign up now to receive a demo kit! Sessions take place October 26, October 29, November 2 and November 5. Get more info here.
(NEW) The RTI2 team has a special PD session planned for DLD on November 3!

All RTI2 leads and intervention providers should make plans to attend the DLD session, "Keys to Unlock the Door to Quality Instruction," on November 3. The session will feature resources, lesson planning, strategies and more. Be sure to register in PLZ for course #25461 by November 1. For more info, send an email to
(NEW) Stop everything and DANCE at noon on October 30 for Tennessee Child Health Month!

October is Tennessee Child Health Month, and the State is promoting Dance Across Tennessee on October 30 at noon! To help promote healthy physical activity, encourage your class and colleagues to join teachers, nurses, first responders, law enforcement and students across Tennessee in doing the Cupid Shuffle. Send your best dance videos to
(NEW) The Orpheum is offering a FREE two-day camp for young people who stutter.

Our friends at the Orpheum are offering a free camp for young people who stutter November 21-22. Working in partnership with SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, this exciting interactive day camp experience prioritizes connection, collaboration and FUN for kids and teens who stutter, ages 8-18. Registration is open through November 4. Get more information on the Orpheum website.
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