Adamson Middle School In-services & Professional
Development - 2006
Wednesday-Saturday, July 12-15 – SREB “Making Middle Grade Work” Conference
in Orlando, FL. This conference was attended by Mr. Boyce, Mrs. Davis, Dr. Hendrix,
and Ms. Blassingame.
Tuesday-Friday, July 25-28 – In-service for all Literacy coaches including Mr. Boyce
about the revisions to the CCPS Core Curriculum, the Middle Grades Writing
Assessment changes, GPS Redelivery, and the tiered models in Literacy. This meeting
featured guest presenters such as Mr. Carlton Jordan from EDMAT and a representative
from the Language! and Roots programs.
Thursday, August 3 – Introductory and refresher in-service sponsored by the CCPS
Literacy Department for teachers in all grade levels who teach the 6th grade, Tier 2
intervention program, Language! and the Tier 3 intervention program, SRA . This all-
day in-service was attended by Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. McQueen, Ms. Wheeler, and Ms.
Wednesday, September 13 – Kyrie Harris from Kaplan met with Ms. Blassingame
about the GPS curriculum alignment and the GPS redelivery for 7th grade days 1-4.
Friday, September 15 – “Yellow Brick Roads” Seminar with Dr. Janet Allen at the
Fulton County Staff Development Center for all Literacy coaches including Mr. Boyce.
This in-service focused on providing useful reading and writing strategies to help
students who struggle in those academic areas.
Wednesday, September 20 – Literacy Coaches meeting attended by Mr. Boyce in which
several Kaplan K12 representatives focused on how to preview a novel and how to
conduct unit studies with literacy teachers. A representative from the CCPS Technology
department trained the coaches about how to use BlackBoard as instructors to redeliver
the GPS to faculty new to teaching in Georgia.
Wednesday, September 20 – Literacy Department in-service with Sheryl Douglas from
Learning Express, LLC, an independent company hired to hand score our writing
assessments, to prepare 7th and 8th grade teachers to administer the mock Middle Grades
Writing Assessments. This in-service took place during the Literacy grade level
Thursday, September 21 – Mr. Boyce attended an inservice by the Professional
Learning department about how to set up teachers in professional development courses.
The training also explored how to help teachers keep track of their PLU’s and how to set
up professional development courses in which teachers can be enrolled.
Thursday, September 28 – Core Curriculum Benchmark training attended by Mr. Boyce
and Ms. Blassingame. The training focused on how to set up the tests, how to administer
the tests, and how to collect the materials. The training also focused on the new
procedures surrounding the test.
Friday, October 6 – GPS redelivery and the core curriculum framework and
implementation training with the Math Coaches including Ms. Blassingame at the Perry
Monday – October 9 - Training with Mrs. Peyton White from McDougall Littell about
how to use the materials in the Language of Literature and Language Network teacher’s
editions, teacher resource packages, and other supplemental materials. Training took
place during literacy grade level meetings.
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 17-18 – Meeting with SREB, Math coaches, including
Ms. Blassingame, about effective questioning and academic rigor. Core curriculum
Thursday – October 19 – The second Literacy Department in-service with Sheryl
Douglas from Learning Express, LLC, an independent company hired to hand score our
writing assessments, to prepare 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers to administer the mock
Middle Grades Writing Assessments. During this in-service, Sheryl helped teachers use
the online achievement planner to look at their students’ scores from the first test and
showed them how they could share those scores with their students. This training took
place during the Literacy grade level curriculum meetings.
Monday, October 30 – Classroom/school visitation by Marlene Stephens from SREB.
Mrs. Stephens visited most of the 8th and 7th grade classrooms to look for academic rigor
in assigned work and to check for higher-level questioning on the Bloom’s taxonomy
scale. She visited for approximately 3 hours in classrooms representing all core academic
Tuesday, October 31 – Training for Math coaches including Ms. Blassingame on the
Core Curriculum and the GPS Math framework at the Perry Learning Center.
Tuesday, October 31 – Training for all academic disciplines that have the Clayton
County core curriculum with a representative from Kaplan K12. The trainer introduced
the faculty to the online achievement planner and provided an overview of the resources
that are available to teachers to disaggregate their students’ data and to reteach concepts
that were not mastered.
Tuesday, November 7 – Training for Math coaches including Ms. Blassingame on the
GPS Redelivery for 8th grade students days 1 & 2 at the Perry Learning Center.
Wednesday, November 8 – Training for Math coaches including Ms. Blassingame on
using BlackBoard as GPS Instructors as part of the GPS Redelivery at the Perry Learning
Thursday, November 9 – Second phase of training on the Clayton County core
curriculum achievement planner with a representative from Kaplan K12. During this
phase, the trainer provided a more in-depth analysis of the respective strengths and
weaknesses of AMS students as indicated by their results on the first core curriculum
benchmark. The trainer also gave a more in-depth explanation of the tools available in
the online achievement planner that teachers could use to reteach concepts.
Wednesday-Friday, November 15-17 – Georgia Educational Technology Conference
(GAETC) at the Georgia International Convention Center. This conference was attended
by the keyboarding teacher, Ms. Jamillah Coleman.
Tuesday, December 5 - Training for Math coaches including Ms. Blassingame on the
GPS Redelivery for 7th grade students day 6 at the Perry Learning Center.
Wednesday, December 6 – Meeting between 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literacy teachers and
Ms. Catherine Bunch, an ELA consultant from Kaplan. Ms. Bunch attended all grade
level curriculum meeting and collaborative planned with teachers. She discussed
informal assessments, prioritizing what to teach within a unit/lesson, and asking
questions on a higher level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Ms. Bunch also answered any
questions about the Core Curriculum and met individually with all teachers new to CCPS
to discuss any concerns or answer any questions as well as establishing follow up
meeting times for conferences and/or classroom observations with them.
Professional Development Conferences for the 2006-2007
*Bureau of Education & Research
January 9, 2007 CO-TEACHING THAT WORKS: Effective Strategies for
Working Together in Today's Inclusive Classrooms (Grades K-12)
Attended By: Michael Poe, Larika Frazier, Donna Willis, Latarsha Neal
January 19, 2007 Writing About Mathematics - Developing MATH
PROFICIENCY (Grades 3-8)
Attended By: Devlyn White & Gretchian Blair
February 1, 2007 Powerful GUIDED READING Strategies to Strengthen
Comprehension & Vocabulary (Grades 3-6)
Attended By: Kimberly Newman & Calanthia Carter
February 8, 2007 Working Successfully With DIFFICULT and DISRUPTIVE
Students (Grades K-12)
Attended By: Katrina King, Herbert Oliver, Shirley Peterson-Sharp
March 15, 2007 Powerful Strategies for Strengthening Literacy and Academic
Performance of ELL Students (Grades K-8)
Attended By: Sarah Pounders, Linda Mercier
January 22, 2007 Helping Students Meet and EXCEED WRITING STANDARDS
Attended By: Jossette Sherwood-Hill, Randi Pearson, Deltric Latham
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
March 21-24, 2007 - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
To Be Attended By: Cephia Blassingame, LaPetria Belton, Devlyn White, Stephanie
Miller-Bowman, Monique Agnew, Derek Russell, Tiffany Christian, Sandra Durham,
Vicki Shorts, Larika Frazier
Georgia Performance Standards
Georgia Performance Standards Redelivery – Designed to provide all teachers new to
Georgia with a conceptual framework for the Georgia Performance Standards.
Presenters: Joel Boyce, Literacy & Cephia Blassingame, Mathematics