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Fillmore Unified School District

Educator Effectiveness Staff Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Will this happen each year?

No.  This program was a one-time State funded categorical program.  There will not be any future year allocations.


When do I need to submit the “Educator Effectiveness Staff Development Request”?

The form must be complete and submitted to your principal / supervisor at least 30 days prior to the requested staff development event, and no later than May 31, 2017.  All training must be completed by August 4, 2017.


How much is allocated for each person?

$700 per full-time certificated staff.  Part-time staff must be at least a 0.6 FTE (equivalent to 3 days per week) to be eligible to link for details on a discount.


What if the cost of my requested training is greater than $700?

 Please discuss with your principal / supervisor.


What kind of training is included?

Inter-district and / or intra-district conferences, workshops, peer observations, or other professional development opportunities that have been approved by your principal / supervisor.


Will my request automatically be approved?

No, approval will be contingent upon principal / supervisor support, substitute availability and alignment with district goals.


How do I know if my request was approved?

A scanned copy of the “Educator Effectiveness Staff Development Request” will be emailed to your district email address once it is approved.


How do I get reimbursed?

For Travel Reimbursement, fill in the Travel Reimbursement Form and attach a copy of the approved “Educator Effectiveness Staff Development Request” form.  For any items purchased a Purchase Requisition must be completed.


What if I want to take an on-line course?

FUSD does not pay college units / credits.  FUSD will pay for registration, or other classes that do not advance column placement.  Certificate of completion must be submitted no later than 60 days after the course has ended.


What if I want to go to training on a non-contracted day?

You will be paid to a maximum of $700 cost, including cost of training, travel, salary, STRS, Medicare, SUI and WC.


Can I transfer all or part of my $700 to a colleague?

No. The purpose of the Educator Effectiveness money is “to support the professional development of certificated teachers, administrators, and paraprofessional educators.” ( The funding is being provided to each educator for their professional development needs.


Can a group of teacher pool their money together for a trainer or speaker?

Yes, the same approval process is to be followed as described in the previous questions.



Some possible offerings online and around our community:

Link & Description




safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone, Talk, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) is a 3 hour, free training that prepares anyone 15 or older to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first-aid resources.

Learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with help. safeTALK is an internationally recognized training from LivingWorks Education.


Students must turn in a completed VCOE-safeTALK Parent Permission form to attend the training. 

 In Person  
Date(s) Nov 16, 2016
Time 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  8:15 a.m. Check-in

Are you a "maker" or want to learn about the makerspace movement?  Want to connect to students motivation, real-world problem solving & hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?

Whether in a Makerspace, STEAM lab, fab lab, or other tinker space, this workshop series will focus on areas of ENGINEERING along with science and technology, to provide ideas and guidance for hands-on, creative ways to encourage ALL students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in learning experiences school-wide and accross the curriculum.  


Attendees will learn the basic logistics of creating makerspace and see how it can support learning for all students in the curriculum, CA State Standards, STEAM goals and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), while it expands student problem-solving, critical thinking and literacy skills. 

In true maker fashion, participants should bring their imagination, teamwork and creativity to each workshop! 


In Person
(3 Day Event)

Event Dates:
Oct 17, 2016 | Jan 01, 2017 | Mar 13, 2017
Time 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Address California Learning Standards through integrating Green Screens in the Classroom.


Learn to integrate Green Screening in student learning for deeper thinking.


Pre-requisite: Buy and download the Do Ink iPad app prior to attending the workshop.

Requirement: Bring your full charged iPad to the workshop

In Person  
Date(s) Jan 24, 2017
Time 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Today, students are creators of lots and lots of content, but do they know how to license content or legally use the content of others? Navigate the murky waters of intellectual property and come away with a better understanding of Copyright and Fair Use in our jobs as educators.

This session is geared towards Secondary teachers and librarians.

In Person  
Date(s) Jan 13, 2017
Time 8:00 am - 11:00 am

 UC Irvine: GATE Seminar Series


As districts struggle with dwindling budgets and staggering layoffs, schools are finding it harder to sustain and further develop programs for gifted and talented students. Now, more than ever, teachers, administrators, and parents must work together to meet the needs of the gifted. Thanks to a generous donation of time by leaders in the GATE community, UC Irvine Extension is happy to present this four-part webinar series specifically designed to help participants better understand and more effectively support gifted students both at home and in the classroom.

 Online  On Demand

This mini-course is comprised of a series of three hands-on, working sessions designed to help you plan effective text introductions for guided reading lessons. Guided reading is an instructional tool that is used to teach students with similar strengths and needs in small group settings. The teacher uses information gathered from individual or group assessments to group students together for guided reading instruction. For this mini-course you will be using The Continuum of Literacy Learning, to help you think about using text introductions to support students’ learning in guided reading lessons. Participants are required to have a copy of The Continuum of Literacy Learning See link for details on a discount.

 Online  On Demand

A gradient of texts is a tool that helps you look at texts along a continuum from easiest to most challenging. Fountas and Pinnell have identified ten factors that are used to analyze texts and arrange them along the gradient. Once you become familiar with these factors, you will be able to look at texts more analytically and determine how these aspects affect the challenges that a given text might present to readers. Participants are required to have a copy of The Continuum of Literacy Learning See link for details on a discount.

 Online  On Demand


When readers engage with texts, they read, think about, and discuss them in order to deepen their understanding. In this mini-course, you will examine two instructional contexts in which students have the opportunity to share their thinking with their classmates. In providing these opportunities, you not only give students the space to communicate with one another, but as the instructor, you can also gather evidence of the kinds of thinking your students demonstrate and prompt them to think even more. During interactive read aloud and literature discussion, students learn to express their thinking in ways that lead to increased understanding and the creation of a community of readers in your classroom. Participants are required to have a copy of The Continuum of Literacy Learning See link for details on a discount.

 Online On Demand

Heinemann: Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes


It is possible to assess, plan, and teach small groups of readers to meet increasing demands and challenges, while still holding tight to the joy and love of literature. To think beyond guided reading, Jen Serravallo helps teachers learn to analyze student data in order to form small groups and discover a new repertoire for helping readers find increased skill and independence.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading to Understand

As students become self-directed, they learn to select appropriate texts, problem solve, self-correct, and set realistic reading goals. This mini-course helps you guide students toward becoming independent readers who love and understand what they read. Join master teacher and best-selling author Regie Routman,in this video-rich course as Regie demonstrates her effective teaching methods – including informal reading conferences – in diverse, authentic classroom settings and provides insightful voice-over observations and analysis. You will also observe how two teachers organize their own library/collection of books, to ensure that their students become striving and engaged readers. Regie's intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and dedication to all childrens' success make her one of the most vibrant and respected names in literacy education today. Join her in this online mini-course and gain time-tested reading instruction strategies and practical knowledge to apply right away in your daily classroom teaching.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Strategy Lessons in Reading: Conferring with Small Groups

In this single-session course, master teacher and author Jen Serravallo will help you learn how to use reading strategy lessons to maintain the feel of one-on-one conferring while working efficiently with small groups of students. This single-session course is specially produced from one of the strategy sessions within Jen’s full-length On-Demand Course. (See Jen’s full-length course link below.) In strategy lessons, students are gathered based on the need for a common strategy, rather than because they are reading at the same level. Children use their own self-selected texts to practice a new strategy as the teacher flexibility varies the amount of support for each individual through prompts, coaching, and feedback.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Everyday Habits that Grow Successful Readers

What are the habits of readers with grit—with persistence and resilience? Can we model these habits and even teach with grit? Debbie Miller and Sam Bennett share practices and structures that help students meet reading standards by looking beyond one school year and toward a lifetime of strong reading habits and academic success.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Adolescent Reading RX What to Try When Teen Readers Can't or Won't 

f you're like most teachers, you're looking for powerful ways to reach reluctant readers. Let Sam and Cris lengthen and strengthen your reach. Adolescent Reading RX explores ways to demolish disengagement, boost comprehension of increasingly complex texts, leverage formative assessment to create instructional feedback, and develop meaningful summative assessments and grading practices.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Introduction to Writing Workshop, Upper Elementary Grades

How can we teach writing in a way that helps students meet our highest expectations? Stephanie Parsons' course Introduction to Writing Workshop shows you how.

Teaching writing more effectively isn’t magic. In this course at Heinemann’s Digital Campus, Stephanie Parsons shows that great teaching is about learning what works best with writers and how to map instruction to the writing process.


Steph leads participants to understand what they need to know to get going with Writing Workshop—the highly effective, flexible framework pioneered by Don Graves.

 Online  On Demand
 Heinemann: Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Writing, K-2 Meeting Standards Through Writing Across the Curriculum 

Linda and Tony’s course will show you how to teach the nonfiction writing genres mandated by the CCSS. Their strategies help you promote writing across the curriculum and support writers as they increase their output, elevate their craft, and express wonder about their world.


 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Writing, Grades 3-5 Meeting Standards Through Writing Across the Curriculum 

Linda and Tony’s course will show you how to teach the nonfiction writing genres mandated by the CCSS. Their strategies help you promote writing across the curriculum and support writers as they increase their output, elevate their craft, and express wonder about their world.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Putting the Practices into Action Implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice 

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are the heart and soul of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Through them, students build deeper understanding and develop reasoning, and through them we discover effective ways to teach mathematics. This course will help you identify the key elements of each standard and discover practical strategies for making them come alive in math classrooms.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Making Math Far More Accessible to Our Students 

Steve Leinwand strengthens teachers’ confidence and capacity to make K–12 math instruction far more effective. From engagement to best practices to differentiation, he helps maximize students’ understanding through language, alternative approaches to problem solving, and multiple representations. Then he ties it all together with ideas for effective lesson planning.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Smarter Charts- Bringing Charting to Life

In this comprehensive course on charting, you will learn how charts can build independence and agency, communicate information efficiently and effectively, and help in setting and achieving goals. Through videos, photos, and interviews, you will discover new ways to create and use charts with your students that are based on the science of memory, moving your charting work from good to great.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Classrooom Redesign with Children in Mind

Join five master teachers, authors, and classroom redesigners in this mini-course journey as they explore how and why classroom environment impacts academic habits and behaviors. Instructors Samantha BennettMarjorie MartinelliDebbie MillerKristine Mraz, and Stephanie Parsons come together and share practical concepts to make your classroom an inviting space that prompts student independence. Learn to set up a workshop-model classroom where kids feel safe to take risks. Gain confidence in the development and use of co-created charts that prompt engagement. And join in a major classroom makeover full of practical designs and tips — complete with "before" and "after" analysis. With some intentional planning and effort, our classrooms can easily become learning community spaces that promote student agency, energy, and joy. Join us and learn how.

 Online  On Demand

Heinemann: Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing

The Common Core is a challenge and an opportunity for literacy education. Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing, Mary Ehrenworth's Course at the Heinemann Digital Campus, helps you make the most of Common Core in grades K–12.

Mary shows how to achieve a high-quality implementation of the Common Core standards through curricular planning, professional collaboration, and instructional best-practices. With video, student examples, and opportunities for feedback and collaboration, this course readies you to accept the challenge Common Core presents rather than be forced to teach reactively to it.

 Online  On Demand