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You are invited to attend a Depth of Knowledge Professional Development Course.

This course will dive into Depth of Knowledge and give participants time to apply DOK to their current curriculum.  Please bring your laptop, curriculum maps, and upcoming unit materials.  It is more beneficial if you attend with a PLC colleague and the course is open to all levels and subject areas.

  • Substitutes are covered by Jordan School District. Sign up on JPLS.
  • Depth of Knowledge Professional Development Course, February 28, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JATC North

Please take advantage of the following free webinars, which will help you to better understand your retirement.

The following webinars are available in February and March for URS members to attend:

  • Tier 2 Choice
    If you’re within the first year on the job, you’ve got a big decision for your financial future. This webinar will help you understand your retirement choice between the Tier 2 Hybrid Retirement System and the Tier 2 401(k) Only Plan.
    February 19, 3 p.m. » Register Now | March 13, 10 a.m. » Register Now
  • Tier 1 Public Employees
    This is an overview of the Tier 1 pension benefits.
    March 21, 11 a.m. » Register Now

Valued Licensed Employee:

The Human Resource Department is contacting you with important information regarding upcoming events and opportunities.

LICENSE RENEWAL
Teachers and other educators whose license will expire on June 30, 2019, are encouraged to begin the license renewal process IMMEDIATELY by going to the USBE website https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html. Personal letters regarding license renewal information have already been sent out. Keep in mind that there is no cost to the employee associated with the background check.

EARLY NOTIFICATION (Resignation/Retirement)
Employees resigning/retiring at the end of the current contract year that give official early notification of resignation/retirement, will be eligible for a tiered incentive. To qualify, notification must be submitted online on or before the following dates:

  • December 15, 2018 $500.00
  • January 15, 2019 $300.00
  • February 15, 2019 $200.00

The incentive will be paid on the last regular paycheck. Notifications of resignation/retirement received after the dates listed above will not qualify for an incentive. The official District resignation/retirement notification form is found in Skyward Employee Access under Task Processes. Please see District policy DP318 for more detailed information regarding resignations. If you do not know your Skyward username or password please contact the Help Desk at 801.567.8737.

TEACHER TRANSFER FAIRS
The dates of the Teacher Transfer Fairs below are for current Jordan School District teachers seeking a new teaching opportunity! Please have copies of your resume available to distribute. Your JSD ID badge is required. Come explore your options!

  • Elementary Only
    February 20, 2019 | Fort Herriman Middle (gym) | 14058 S. Mirabella Drive, Herriman, UT 84096 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Secondary Only
    February 21, 2019 | Copper Hills High (Tech Atrium) | 5445 W. New Bingham Highway., West Jordan, UT 84081 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Elementary & Secondary
    March 28, 2019 | Riverton High (gym) | 12476 S. Silverwolf Way, Riverton, UT 84065 | 4:30-6:00 p.m.

TEACHER TRANSFER PROCESS
DP304NEG – Teacher Transfers outlines the process to formally express interest and apply for transfers.

Beginning January 7, 2019 licensed employees may complete the Teacher Transfer Request form within the Task Manager of Skyward Employee Access. Submitted forms serve as both a way to formally express interest in transferring as well as an application for positions for which you are qualified.

Principals will receive a weekly Skyward Transfer Request report that contains the names and information of all the educators who have expressed interest in transferring. On the form you will be asked to provide your most recent evaluation score and upload a copy of those evaluation results. You may also email your resume to the principal of the school(s) you are interested in transferring to.

Some hard to fill positions are currently being advertised at workatjordan.org. Other unfilled positions may be advertised at workatjordan.org beginning March 1st.

Show some love to the minerals in your life by participating in the #BeMinedUtah19 competition. The Utah Trust Lands Administration is giving $500 to the two schools with the most creative photos showing how minerals help power their students, classrooms or schools.

For more information, please visit trustlands.utah.gov/beminedutah19/.

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MasteryConnect has added a new feature for teachers that allows them to create and author items in their own personal item bank.

So what does this mean?
Currently, the majority of teachers in our district are using document based assessments in MasteryConnect. In other words, they are uploading a document into MasteryConnect and then creating an assessment to give to their students.

Some schools have purchased an item bank that gives teachers access to thousands of “items” or test questions that have been aligned to core standards. These items are very different from document based assessments because they allow for many of the technology enhanced features that our students have seen on their end of year SAGE tests. These features also require students to interact with the questions in a more authentic way, and allows teachers to assess at a deeper level.

Jordan School District teachers now have the ability to use these same technology enhanced features to create their own “items” in their personal teacher item bank!

How should teachers name the items that they create?
Many teachers have discovered this tool on their own, and have begun to create items in their banks. Because teachers will eventually be able to share these items with other teachers throughout the district, we are asking teachers to use a very specific naming convention for the items that they create.The naming convention we ask users to follow is: School location #, 3-digit User Initials, teacher-selected title.

Here is an example of a test item I might create:
156SANComprehensiveQuestion1

Where can teachers learn more about Teacher Item Banks?

*If a group of teachers in one location would like a training, have your administrator contact Todd Theobald, our JSD MasteryConnect Consultant.