Teacher Education & Training

ESCAPE Training

ESCAPE Training

Morse teachers attended their second year of the ESCAPE Grant training. ESCAPE is a partnership between UCI, OCDE, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts that’s designed to provide innovative training to teachers in grades 3 – 5. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are taught through the combination of inquiry-based science with arts-based techniques to increase student performance in earth, physical, and life science. During the school year, the artists co-teach three lessons in the teachers’ classrooms.

Pictured Front [Left to Right]:
Karen Skokan, Patricia Simmons, Briana Seward (Tynes Teacher)
Pictured Back [Left to Right]:
Jon Gomez, Karen Ricotta, Katie Skoien, Lynette Parelli


AVID Training

AVID Training

Morse teachers participated in a dynamic, three-day AVID training for elementary schools this summer (July 29, 2015 – Aug 1, 2015). AVID Elementary focuses on grades 3 – 5/6 with onramps for K – 2 and is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms across entire grade levels to maintain school-wide structures. AVID Elementary’s training and philosophy are grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students, and it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations. The Morse team prepared a plan to begin implementation in 3rd, 5th and 6th grades in September.

Pictured [Left to Right]:
Patricia Simmons, Karen Skokan, Tami Tang, Claudia Sundstrom, Cristina McCall, Lynette Parrelli, Shelley Waldrup


California State University, Fullerton Teacher Summit

CSUF Teacher Summit

Morse teachers joined hundreds of local teachers this summer in attending the CSUF Teacher Summit. The CSU, New Teacher Center, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and its member institutions co-hosted the free event at 33 sites across the state, including Cal State Fullerton and 20 other CSU campuses. Highlights of the summit included best practices in implementing California standards, national speakers and resources, and information and materials to help teachers navigate changes and new opportunities in state teaching practices.

Pictured [Left to Right]:
Lynette Parelli, Karen Ricotta, Kristin Tesoro, Karen Skokan, Jon Gomez