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Three CCSD Teachers Are Among Finalists for the National Presidential Awards for Excellence

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The Nevada Department of Education announced today the names of the six 2017 Nevada finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Janis Dayton of Jim Bridger Middle School and Kristen Taylor of Advanced Technologies Academy are two of the four Nevada Secondary Mathematics Finalists. Heather Witt of K.O. Knudson Middle School is one of two Nevada Secondary Science Finalists. Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero said, “This the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching.”

Superintendent’s Mailbag: How to be Part of a School Organizational Team (SOT)

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Each week, the Clark County School District responds to some of the emails it receives from district employees, parents or community members. This week, the district responds to a question regarding School Organizational Teams.

“How can I be a part of a School Organizational Team?”

School Organizational Teams are made up of elected licensed staff, education support professionals, parents/guardians and students, as well as one or more optional, non-elected community members who will assist the principal in making important decisions impacting the school.

The elections for this school year’s SOTs are taking place.

• Teacher member elections are on Thursday, Sept. 7.
• Support staff member elections happen Monday, Sept. 11 – Thursday, Sept. 14.
• Parent member elections happen throughout the month of September. Please check with your student’s school for exact dates.

Check out these videos for more information on SOTs and the election process:

• General Overview: http://ow.ly/CozO30eJIII
• Parents: http://ow.ly/zzC530eJI8f
• Teachers: http://ow.ly/2NTG30eJImS
• Support Staff: http://ow.ly/pVFU30eJIkA

Teacher Exchange Helps Educators Obtain Classroom Supplies

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The start of a new school year is an especially busy time at The Public Education Foundation’s (PEF) Teacher EXCHANGE. That is when upwards of 2,000 Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers visit the EXCHANGE to obtain classroom supplies.

Because of generous support from the Caesars Foundation, the Teacher EXCHANGE is a year-round resource center for CCSD teachers. The EXCHANGE can save teachers hundreds of dollars per year in out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies. This year, the EXCHANGE opened July 11, but the number of visitors spikes for back-to-school and also during the Winter and Spring breaks.

During the school year, the EXCHANGE is open for shopping on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 2,500 teachers visit the resource center in any given school year, while another 3,000 in rural areas can access items via the Teacher EXCHANGE express van, which travels to schools throughout the county. The EXCHANGE also will have an online retail operation that will begin by October and will run 24/7.

The center, which is part of the PEF location at 4350 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, operates on a points system. Licensed professionals in public schools receive 500 points for a $25 donation. Those points can be used for about $300 worth of classroom supplies.

On average, teachers spend about $500 out-of-pocket each year on classroom supplies. Many teachers spend far more than that. The Teacher EXCHANGE collects books, office supplies, manufacturing and convention overruns and other surplus materials originally headed for landfills and distributes them to teachers for use in the classroom.

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Stavan Corbett said, “We harvest supplies from various trade shows. We have relationships with different casinos up and down the Strip. When a vendor comes in and is finished with their convention, they often leave things behind that are useful to teachers and those items are donated to the Teacher EXCHANGE.”

Teachers from Title I schools with a Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 70 percent or higher qualify for “Yoobi” supply packs, which provide an entire classroom with needed supplies. These supply packs are available through a partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation.

Corbett, who previously served on the CCSD Board of School Trustees, said the Teacher EXCHANGE helps minimize the stress a teacher may experience as they start a new school year. “They can come here and get the teaching and classroom supplies they need, thus reducing their own spending for their classrooms and students.”

For more information on the Teacher EXCHANGE, call 702-799-1042 or visit thepef.org.