Lynwood Unified K-6 Teachers Collaborate for First Ever Districtwide Lesson Planning
Lindbergh Elementary sixth-grade teacher Myrna Vergara had heard that educators at fellow District school Roosevelt Elementary were using the Conga Line technique to inspire students, but she wanted clarification on how it worked.
Vergara would soon learn that the Conga Line combines music and dance to help children actively learn new concepts. She had the opportunity to seek direct answers when she joined more than 360 Lynwood Unified K-6 teachers for the first ever districtwide collaborative guided planning which was held from Nov. 29-Dec. 8 at the District office.
“It was valuable to hear about experiences at other schools and to learn the techniques that are producing positive results,” Vergara said. “After experiencing this collaboration it definitely makes me feel more connected to the District as a whole.”
Promoting connectedness was one of the objectives in meeting as a District this year. The annual meetings had previously taken place at each individual school site, but this year teachers collaborated across school lines to develop networking and recommend lesson plans.
Teachers from each grade level planned standard lessons that will be taught over the next few months in classrooms throughout Lynwood Unified. New ideas and practices were also presented within each grade level of teachers. The brainstorming sessions were stored on a shared drive that all District teachers can access.
“To have our educators come together for lesson unit planning was a great step in the direction of ensuring we are all upholding the standards of our achievement culture,” LUSD Assistant Director of Educational Services Christine Arostigue-Manson said. “As we collectively define our curriculum, we set a clear standard that our students can work to achieve.”
Teachers discussed improving attendance and behavior, English Learner programs and inspiring student participation during the sessions. They also shared exercises like the idiom game, a practice that forces students to speak only in idioms to teach them about vernacular, as well as team teaching with a pair of educators sharing one classroom.
“Some of the discoveries that came out of our meetings have already been implemented in our classrooms,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “As a district committed to continuous learning, we recognize the importance of collaboration and the importance of learning from each other.”
At the conclusion of the planning, teachers exchanged contact information and arranged future meetings to further discuss student outcomes.
“When our teachers build relationships, it strengthens the commitment they have to helping our students reach success,” Lynwood Unified Board President Alfonso Morales said. “We are all in this together as a District and we will continue to improve by relying on one another and continually seeking to enhance our learning environment.”
Lynwood Unified’s School Board President Named to Instructional Quality Commission
Lynwood Unified Board of Education President Alma-Delia Renteria has been appointed to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), a group of educators who advise the State Board of Education on matters related to curriculum and instruction.
Renteria was appointed by our Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of the 63rd District. She has spent more than six years filling various roles in several school districts, including spending time as a math and science teacher, English instructor, and a digital learning coach. She currently writes for an education blog, La Comadre, and has served on the Lynwood Unified Board of Education since 2013.
“It’s a major honor to be able to have a hand in helping millions of students throughout the state to ensure they receive the best education possible,” Renteria said.
Renteria said her main goals are to support English language development resources and to expand technology integration into classrooms. Lynwood is one of many districts in California with a significant population of English Learners.
“Alma’s appointment is very unique to the commission because she brings the perspective of a school board president along with the experience of an educator,” IQC Executive Director Stephanie Gregson said. “She’ll also be able to provide valuable insight into the commission’s work on improving computer science standards since she’s a digital learning coach.”
The IQC has 11 committees that target specific goals pertaining to curriculum and instruction integration, including standards for computer science, English language arts/English language development, technology, physical education, math, health, assessment and accountability, history and social science.
Members of the IQC attend two-day meetings six times each year to review and discuss instructional materials that are being considered for adoption by the state. Renteria’s four-year term runs through October 2021.
“This appointment will be a major benefit to the State Board of Education because Alma is an exceptional educator; her years of experience now can help shape the minds of students throughout the state,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said.
Firebaugh High to Host Immigration Forum with State, Federal Lawmakers
California Assemblyman Mike Gipson will team with Firebaugh High School junior Ricardo Ortega to host the school’s first-ever Immigration Dialogue forum, an open discussion and workshops addressing immigration safety, support and legislation.
Ortega, who is a foster youth, spearheaded the event through his work as a member of Gipson’s immigration commission and his passion for the rights of immigrant and foster children.
Representatives of U.S. Rep. Nanette Barragán and state Sen. Ricardo Lara will tackle topics like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, former President Obama’s effort to allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors to obtain jobs and scholarships. The program is being phased out by the Trump Administration.
Thursday, Dec. 7 @ 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Firebaugh High School
5246 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Representatives from Beyond Borders and Educare will also attend.
Contact Jahmal Corner for more information at 206-579-4432.
Lynwood Unified Board of Education to Choose New President, Vice President
Lynwood Unified School District is set to hold its annual Board of Education special reorganization meeting, at which Board members will choose a new president, vice president and clerk.
The District will also recognize the dedication and efforts of outgoing Board President Alma-Delia Renteria.
Thursday, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m.
Lynwood Unified School District Board Room B
11321 Bullis Road
Contact Jahmal Corner at 206-579-4432.
Lynwood Unified Teacher to be Honored by Los Angeles Clippers
Will Rogers Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Stephanie Aguon will be honored as part of the Los
Angeles Clippers Teacher Appreciation Program, which recognizes stand-out educators for their exceptional
Aguon, who has taught at Will Rogers for eight out of 13 years with Lynwood Unified, will receive a
commemorative plaque during an on-court presentation prior to the Clippers’ home game against the Utah
Thursday, Nov. 30
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Aguon was nominated by Will Rogers because of her warm classroom environment and the leadership she
displays in her involvement in the school’s programs. Aguon is the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
coordinator at Will Rogers and is also involved with the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
program, which promotes a safe, inclusive and positive school culture.
Schools that participate in the “Read to Achieve” Clippers education outreach program are eligible to nominate
teachers for the Clippers Teacher Appreciation honor.
Contact Jahmal Corner for more information at 206-579-4432.
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