December 4 – Raine Maggio & Robin Young
December 5 – Kristina Snow & Angie House
December 6 – Brian Bushart & Becky Donald
December 7 – Regina Payne & Lora Darden
December 8 – Ami Uselman & Chris Nieto
“Ami inspires, motivates, encourages, supports, leads with vision, and has high expectations for every individual in our department. She puts students and learning first, and pushes us to be among the most innovative, caring and effective librarians in the field.” ~Emily Kuperssztoch
“Any moment you are lucky enough to be with Brian should be treasured. You know you will learn and change your way of thinking. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hang on every word he says.” ~ Prairie James
“From the first RRockStar meeting, Kristina made us all feel welcome and valued. She modeled what it means to create a supportive learning community for us as future administrators.” ~ Andrea Orluski
“Raine provides the pinnacle of motivating support- allowing the teacher to create from her own mind and then have the satisfaction of seeing it realized. She does this by being extremely collaborative and providing whatever is needed at the time – the structure or frame needed for an idea, or taking an idea deeper; whatever is needed to give shape and achieve the goal.” ~ Autumn Matcek
“Chris is always positive in his response. He is knowledgeable and helpful, funny and kind. I always walk away/hang up with a smile and a problem solved.” ~Julie Scully
“Lora Darden leads with grace! She is a shining example of a leader who is always learning and sharing her new knowledge. She empowers others through her supportive, encouraging words to think big and take risks.” ~ Emily Faggard
“In the 20+ years I’ve worked with Becky, her dedication and expertise continue to amaze and inspire me. She is ALWAYS concerned about what is best for students, and she ALWAYS works with everyone involved with kindness and respect.” ~ Peggy Mica
“Angie House goes above and beyond to make sure I have what I need (knowledge and resources) to give my students what they need. She helps me be my best self, a better teacher for my 3rd graders.” ~ Amy Kasiske
“Robin has amazing ideas and is always willing to share them with others. She is a voice of reason when you need to run an idea or an e-mail by someone before presenting it, and she is a joy to work with. I’m a better educator because I have the privilege of working with Robin.” ~ Shannon Sieber
- Employee Compliance Training
- Principal Development
- Teacher Development
- Workplace Development
- New Teacher Orientation
- Summer Professional Development
Every Round Rock ISD employee is required to complete eight (8) RRISD-created modules, the employee handbook quiz and KnowBe4‘s Network Security Awareness training. The KnowBe4 Ransomware training is optional and not required. Please check your email for instructions from KnowBe4 and the Network Security Awareness training.
The 2017-18 Round Rock ISD Employee Handbook is now available. This year, there is a short quiz required of all staff concerning content found in the handbook. Please go to the Employee Handbook Quiz and Compliance modules. Student teachers and substitute teachers are not required to complete the quiz.
The initial deadline for the All-Staff Modules and Network Security Training is Friday, September 29, 2017.
The initial deadline for the Handbook Quiz is Friday, October 13, 2017.
Required for Specific Staff
Round Rock ISD is currently reviewing Suicide Prevention Awareness Training programs for all RRISD full-time campus-based educators. Educational Assistants are not required to complete this training. As soon as a training program has been selected, we will email campuses, as well as post on our website.
- Texas Gateway: TEA Science Safety Training for Elementary School
- Texas Gateway: TEA Science Safety Training for Middle School
- Texas Gateway: TEA Science Safety Training for High School
Kiln Safety training is required annually for all Art teachers. New Kiln Safety training will be published in August. Please check periodically.
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TTESS/TPESS and AEL Info
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Check Out This Self-Paced Inquiry-Based Learning Course
Inquiry-based learning aims to increase student engagement by helping learners develop hands-on, minds-on skills. This education and teacher training course explores the 5E instructional model and its uses in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to learn from videos of classroom teachers modeling a 5E lesson and access teacher commentary as they use inquiry-based strategies with their students. As a result, you will develop the skills and strategies needed to implement inquiry-based instruction in your own classroom.
An inquiry-based approach honors the complex work of learning. It prioritizes the knowledge and experience that students bring to the classroom and it promotes active problem solving, communication, and the shared construction of new ideas. Inquiry-based instruction is the foundation for the UTeach model. This education course serves as a useful introduction to this approach.
The Apps Show
The Professional Development Department is excited to announce the introduction of Training for Google Apps—a virtual coach and guide for using you Round Rock ISD Google Apps account. Training for Google Apps is a Google Chrome extension that provides users a personal training experience on common uses of Google’s suite of applications. Excellent for those users who are brand new to the application and would like to learn key tasks, such as sending an email, and for those users who are more experienced and need assistance with more advanced tasks, such as setting up labels.
Training for Google Apps is integrated into Google in a way that provides a training experience like no other. Need assistance sending an email? With Training for Google Apps, users will be guided through the task visually from start to finish—all without leaving the application.
Ready to install? Visit the following to get started:
Set up in-app training for Google App
New Teacher Orientation
- T-TESS Training
- Language Arts NTO Resources
- 1st Grade – NTO LA Presentation
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4th Grade
- 5th Grade
- Math NTO Resources
- Science – NTO Science Presentation
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
Allie Duffy’s Region XIII
Teacher of the Year
Teaching & Learning News
Gratitude Abounds at Laurel Mountain Elementary
Round Rock ISD names Sam Soto Bluebonnet principal
Three Ideas I Got Wrong a Decade Ago
RRISD Employee Learning Week - Day 1
RRISD Employee Learning Week - Day 2
RRISD Employee Learning Week - Day 3
ARRC Redesign Project Completes First Phase - Moving on to Ideation
What's Happening in the Library?
Digital Citizenship Week Daily Tip #2
Welcome to Digital Citizenship Week - Day 1 "Staying Safe Online"
ROUND ROCK ISD DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP WEEK: November 13-17, 2017
Welcoming Gratitude in Round Rock ISD - #gratitudeatwork Challenge Entry
Teaching & Learning Town Hall Set for Nov. 10th - Attend or Watch Live!
Scott McCloud Shared Visual Communication Ideas on Oct. 10th
Teaching & Learning Division Launching ARRC Redesign Project
A+ Foundation awards $16,000 in grants to 19 RRISD teachers
Teravista teacher nominated for ‘LifeChanger of the Year Award’
Canyon Creek Elementary Librarian Appointed 2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Membership
Effective Sept 1, “David’s Law” Criminalizes Cyberbullying in Texas
Allie Duffy named Region 13 Teacher of the Year