Staff Library - Public

Welcome to Laton Unified School District's e-library for teachers!  We have provided links and PDF files for the general public and a private library for District staff only.  Our private library is password protected due to copyright restrictions. You are able to access the content by clicking on words written with a "Bold" Font.

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Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom

Presentation by Dr. James Kaufman and Dr. Ron Beghetto

Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Beghetto introduced Creativity and the Common Core to teachers and school leaders at Laton Unified School District on January 12, 2015. This set of 12 videos are segments of their presentation.  My Life Students, their coaches/teachers, and several other teachers met privately with these Creativity Researchers to design, teach, and receive feedback.  They shared their experiences with all staff members at the end of a productive week.  Each video is approximately 10 minutes in length.

Video 1       Video 2        Video 3        Video 4        Video 5      Video 6

Video 7       Video 8         Video 9        Video 10     Video 11    Video 12

Please Click on the titles in order to navigate to the link.

Creativity and Common Core Reform  by: Larry Audet, Ph.D. Superintendent

Creativity in an Organization: How Work-climates stimulate and impede teachers’ creative ideas by:  Larry Audet, Ph.D. Superintendent

A Framework for Clinical Supervision and Continuous Teacher Development

This framework represents research, best practice, and the contributions of many. We want to thank our teachers: Bill Davies, Brenda Pipes, Kosal Pan, and Cynthia Cervantes for their brilliant conception of this framework. We want to thank our principals: Jason Kirkava and Terry Hirshfield for gathering vast amounts of critical information and synthesizing it into the development rubric. We want to thank Camilla Sutherlin from Fresno County Office of Education for her expertise on Common Core Standards. Finally, we want to thank Dr. Ron Beghetto and Dr. James Kaufman for their expertise on creativity and motivation.

Educators are encouraged to share this framework.  For those who are interested in printing this document, the format size is 11" x 17" and published in quark.  You are able to purchase Quark by  (clicking on) "quark file" and request an original, editable version, which is available by contacting the District Office. 

Common Core Standards: 

DuFour’s site, to access both quantitative and qualitative research on PLCs and a plethora of resources

for articles and resources 

Six key elements that are consistent with PLC principles 

explains importance and attributes to successful PLCs

Websites for Common Core 

This is Jason Zimba’s website with tools that are free.  Jason and team of folks he is working with are known as the gurus. 

NYSED has provided curricular modules and units in P-12 ELA and math that can be adopted or adapted for local purposes.

Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

This 18 minute audio file explains why creativity is important to the private sector and offers implications for schools.

Creativity: It's been maligned, neglected, and misunderstood. But it's finally coming into its own. Here, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for creativity as the crucial 21st century skill we'll need to solve today's pressing problems. Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His most recent book, The Element (Viking Adult, 2009), looks at human creativity and education. He is also the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative (Capstone Publishing Limited, 2001).

Grit -

This brief video helps explain "Grit" and the need for increasing student efficacy.  What’s the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including when it comes to goals in education? “Grit,” says psychologist Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth. What is grit? Find out in her TED Talk, in which Duckworth explains that grit is a better indicator of personal  success than IQ, family income and other factors. Take the grit test yourself.