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GUSD Teacher to Participate in National Program

Summer 2016

El Camino teacher, Linda Sparkhul has been selected from pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 11-15, 2016.

During the five-day program, Mrs. Sparkhul and other participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

Educators attending the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills and construct knowledge. All educators may freely access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at loc.gov/teachers/.

Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history—original documents and objects that were created at the time period under study. They are different from secondary sources—accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Other participants in this program include:

Melanie Alimusa, St. Mary-Basha Catholic Elementary School, Chandler, Arizona
Charlotte Bray, Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
Colleen Briner-Schmidt, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, California
Michelle Castrofilippo, Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho, New York
Kathy Crozier, Matthew Turner Elementary School, Benicia, California
Diane Daniel, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
Jennifer Eckert-Toler, San Clemente (California) High School
Jess Garman, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California
Daniel Gattuso, Washington Grove Elementary School, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Ashleigh Gillespie, Butterfield Trail Middle School, Van Buren, Arkansas
Derrith Green, Windsor (Connecticut) High School
Thomas Kelly, Stafford (Virginia) Middle School
Dawn Knoll, Paynesville (Minnesota) Area Secondary School
Pam Lebret, Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande, Arizona
Lauren Magnuson, Kenwood High IB and Sports Science, Baltimore, Maryland
Gwynn Moore, Aurora (Colorado) Frontier P-8
Kristin Muncey, Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
Janie Pickett, Eureka (Missouri) High School
Donna Roberts, Rock Hill (South Carolina) High School
Kevin Robinson, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
Anne Schoelz, Russell Boulevard Elementary School, Columbia, Missouri
Nancy Segal, City and Country School, New York, New York
Linda Sparkuhl, El Camino School, Santa Barbara, California
Deborah Tong, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine
Alison Walter, Francis Hammond Middle School, Alexandria, Virginia
Lindsey Wooldridge, Madrona Middle School, Torrance, California
Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.


Five GUSD Schools are QAD Project Upgrade Technology Grant Recipients

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies, today announced the recipients of its annual Project Upgrade technology grants. Each year, QAD coordinates with the Santa Barbara County Education Office to award Project Upgrade funds to selected local schools for technology upgrade projects.

“At QAD, we believe that a big part of developing the technology leaders of tomorrow is ensuring they have access to the technology that shapes the way we live and learn today”

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“At QAD, we believe that a big part of developing the technology leaders of tomorrow is ensuring they have access to the technology that shapes the way we live and learn today,” said QAD President and Chairman of the Board Pam Lopker. “QAD is proud to be a part of the Santa Barbara technology community. There is so much potential in this area and it is an honor to support the great schools and educators that nurture that talent.”

QAD has championed local technology improvement through Project Upgrade since 2005. This year’s award grants were presented at a ceremony on June 3 at QAD headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to QAD executives and employees, representatives of the Goleta School District and the Santa Barbara County Education Office were on hand to honor the recipients.

Award Recipients

  • El Camino Elementary School received funds to purchase Sphero SPRK Edition Robots and Apple iPads to help create Maker Spaces for its fourth through sixth-grade classes. El Camino Maker Spaces will be focused on electronics, robotics, and other gadgets that promote STEM tinkering, building, invention and creativity.
  • Ellwood Elementary School received funds to purchase new iPads for older students whose current iPads will be passed on to first-grade students. The new iPads will allow the students to utilize Apple Classroom and other applications designed for the latest iPad models.
  • Mountain View Elementary School received funds to expand its STEM program through the purchase of iPads, Dash and Dot Robots and the Little Bits program which fosters STEM/STEAM interest through invention-based learning. Mountain View recently converted its computer lab into a STEM lab and now offers STEM classes for all its students.
  • Kellogg Elementary School received funds to purchase iPads for its kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. The new iPads will allow teachers to provide differentiated lessons using the district-provided Lexia program.
  • Brandon Elementary School received funds to purchase iPads and Apple TVs. The school’s goal is to equip every classroom with Apple TVs, including its special education classrooms and its Learning Center.
  • The Santa Barbara High School Art Department received funds to purchase a 3D printer. Teachers will employ 3D printing to enhance all advanced art projects with a particular focus on the Jewelry and Design class.

About QAD – The Effective Enterprise

QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise, or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.