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April 2014What's New

SEVA Studio LabsNew Lab at Taylor Street Elementary School
Instrumental in helping to meet many of the Common Core Standards, the new SEVA Studio Lab installed at Taylor Street Elementary School in the Robla School District gives young students a head start at becoming college and career ready. According to Mark Lawler, SECC Board Member and educator, the lab will aid in “the development of collaboration skills so necessary in today’s work environment.” Students will use the lab for a weekly school newscast with plans to expand the information sharing district wide and also as a multimedia presentation tool in the science and language arts areas.

SEVA Studio Labs students are encouraged to enter their educational videos in the annual SEVA contest and share their work with the community on SECC’s cable channels.

> Learn more about the SEVA Studio Labs

Video HighlightsMore Video

Your Library and You: Sacramento Libraries
The San Juan Unified School District Teaching & Technology Symposium 2014 on April 5 featured technology breakout sessions including an overview of the Sacramento County Libraries and the electronic resources available using a library ecard.

Common Core Math Training



Elk Grove Unified School District

Math Generation
Math Generation is a new, progressive series to capture best practices, build content knowledge and provide content at school sites. This instructional training can be used by teachers in a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) classroom. The CCSS math implementation is challenging and teachers need to understand the content and pedagogical skills and strategies necessary for their 21st century students to be competitive and college/career ready.
April 16 | 12:00 pm | C. 16

Professional Development
from SECC and Members

Teaching Flipped Elementary with Lisa Highfill; Minecraft EDU with Diane Main
Lisa Highfill presents ways to flip your teaching so you can better utilize classroom minutes to explore and apply the Common Core State Standards. Diane Main presents Minecraft EDU, a specialized version of the game that allows a teacher to oversee and control a classroom gaming experience.

> Watch professional development in the Video Gallery


NASAGlobal Precipitation Measurement

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the GPM Core Observatory satellite carrying advanced instruments that will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space. The data they provide will be used to unify precipitation measurements made by an international network of partner satellites to quantify when, where and how much it rains or snows around the world. The GPM mission will help advance our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters and extend current capabilities of using satellite precipitation information to directly benefit society.

Programs include: Planetary Science; Beginning Engineering; Science and Technology; Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; Heliophysics; Earth Science. On Cable 16:
April 16 | 3:00 pm; April 20 | 9:00 am

> Learn more about the GPM satellite

SECC also airs NASA Television daily on Cable 16. This programs gives viewers a front-row seat for launches and missions as well as informational and educational programming, historical documentaries and updates on the latest developments in aeronautics and space science.

> View daily cable air times

Fairfax Network

Best Practices


Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies
Strategies for critical and creative thinking are about “teaching up” — to extend the learning process for every learner in every content area. This collection of previously recorded stories shows how classroom teachers use critical and creative strategies to infuse their instruction with higher level thinking skills. A snapshot of critical and creative strategies in action includes how to conduct a Socratic Seminar in addition to other critical and creative thinking strategies: fluency, originality, flexibility and elaboration (FOFE), point of view, decisions and outcomes, visualization, plus, minus and interesting (PMI) and encapsulation.
April 19 | 3:00 pm | C. 16
April 28 | 1:30 pm | C. 16

ShakespeareMeet the Author

Discover Shakespeare
Fairfax Network partners with the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the language of the world’s most famous playwright. Professional actors focus on A Midsummer Night’s Dream to show students how to look for text clues to perform. Dynamic mini-lessons help teachers and students get into the Shakespeare's language.
April 29 | 3:00 pm | C. 15

> Fairfax Network website

JASON LearningUpcoming JASON STEM Career Role Model Live Webcasts

JASON Learning's free, live, interactive webcasts can help inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Webcast features a STEM career role model who explains his or her career path, answers text and video questions from viewers and presents interactive polls.
> Link to the JASON event archive

News 10SEVA Training Series at News10

SEVA Training Series participants spent an informative evening at News10 with reporter Nick Monacelli and learned about Building News Stories. Nick showed examples from their newscasts while he discussed topics including: Finding your Story, Storyboarding, Logging and Scriptwriting, Shooting, Interview Techniques and Finding Your Focus.

News10 anchors Dale Schornack and Christina Mendonsa were surprise guests who stopped by to share their thoughts on news broadcasting and answer audience questions.
April 15 | 9:00 am | C. 15; April 19 | 8:00 am | C. 16

> Watch online in the Video Gallery

Academic Decathlon 20142014 SCOE Academic Decathlon

The Sacramento County Academic Decathlon, held the first Saturday in February of each year, is an academic competition open to high school students from all school districts in Sacramento County.

On February 1, 2014, hundreds of high school students, teachers and community volunteers gathered at Inderkum High School in Sacramento for the 34th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. This year's theme was "World War I."

During the event, student decathletes participated as a nine member team against other schools. The most exciting and visual part of the competition is a high-energy team event called the Super Quiz, which is open to the public. Teams of students are seated at desks on a gymnasium floor and answer questions posed by a moderator. The correct answers are flashed on a large screen so fans in the bleachers can look on and cheer.

Produced by SECC and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).
> View the official decathlon results
> Watch the Super Quiz program online now

Watch the 2014 Super Quiz on Cable 16
April 18 | 12:00 pm; April 22 | 3:00 pm

Sacramento County Teacher of the Year 2014

April 16 | 7:00 pm | C. 15; April 17 | 1:00 pm

National Poetry MonthWebsites to Explore

April is National Poetry Month and there are many online resources to have fun sharing and creating poetry and inspiring your students.

Common Core Connections: The Power of Poetry
The Common Core State Standards explicitly list poetry and its subgenres as an integral part of the range of reading experiences we want students to have. Many of the same literature standards therefore apply. Teachers need to assist students to recognize key ideas and details, to help them notice the craft and structure of poems and to provide opportunities for them to read increasingly complex pieces of poetry. 
Anything and everything about poetry; poems, facts about poets, resources, tools, tips and more. Includes:
> Poetry Near You
Search by state for local events, poets from that state, landmarks, literary organizations and journals. 
> Poem of the Day
> For Educators
> Poet-to-Poet Project
For National Poetry Month 2014, introduces Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. For students to participate, watch the videos of the chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems. Then, write your own poem in response and email it to by April 30, 2014. Include your name and the name of the poet below who has inspired your poem. All student poems are considered for publication on in May 2014.

Making poetry fun for younger children.

Poetry Idea Engine
A poem-building machine by Scholastic.

Poetry apps
Apps specifically for poetry instruction.

Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month with The New York Times
> Listening to Poets in Unexpected Places

The Poetry Foundation
Exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.