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Professional Development

Please offer feedback on 1st Semester Professional Development Sessions
Professional Development First Semester 2018-2019


Locations for Data Review Meetings (November & December) - 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

PreK/EC - Room 122 Kindergarten - Room 124 1st Grade - Room 408 2nd Grade - Room 214
3rd Grade - Room 211 4th Grade - Room 212 5th Grade - Room 213 6-12 Math - Room 512
6-12 Science - Room 206 6-12 Social Studies - Room 505 6-12 ELA - Room 210 CTE - Room 209
PE/Health - Room 409 Fine Arts - Room 804 All Student Services - HS LRC Foreign Language - Room 504





Descriptions of Sessions for 1st Semester (September, November and December)



Writing in K-5 ELA

Audience: Any K-5 teachers that teach ELA Writing/Admins

Facilitator: Pam Vigna


Participants will be utilizing the webPD from Smekens to structure a writing block that introduces the 6 traits of writing and develops effective mini-lessons.



Talk Nerdy to Me

Audience: PK-12 Teachers/Student Services/Admins

Facilitator(s): Jason Smith


Topics will cover basic Q&A and new learning on macbooks, PowerSchool, web building in Edlio, and the notification/calendar application Sangha.



Digital Citizenship

Audience: All (preK-12 teachers/aides, all subject areas, social workers, and administration)

Facilitator(s): Jennifer Munsterman and Jim Hitchcock

Digital citizenship is a complex topic with many facets. We need to make sure we help students understand the issues that might occur online while also stressing the positive impact of technology. Teaching students how to leverage technology in their lives while understanding that digital footprints have evolved into digital tattoos (what we do online stays with us forever) is vital for student success. As many educators know, most students want to do the right thing — and will, if they know what that is. This professional development will fuel participants to help their students do great things with technology while avoiding the pitfalls.

Generally, we will “scratch the surface” of digital citizenship by addressing how students should conduct themselves online, how to learn online, and how to protect themselves online.  You will come away with lessons and ideas you can build upon and/or tweek for your classroom.


Objectives include but aren’t limited to:

  • Learn how you can help your students become good digital citizens.
  • Identify and address cyberbullying.
  • Examine safety issues involving password use, network use, and social media use.
  • Teach your students to find royalty free and fair use resources.
  • Incorporate best practices to help your students critically evaluate online sources of information.
  • Recognize potential scams that happen on the web and through email, and learn how to avoid them.
  • Develop a common language regarding digital citizenship for all (students, parents, teachers, & admin) to use.

Getting the most out of your evaluation

Audience: Certified teachers and staff

Facilitator: Dave Sinkular and Tracy Carlson


Like it or not, all staff are evaluated and that process has continually changed over the last several years.  These session will help you understand the process, why certain items are weighed more heavily, and prepare you to use the evaluation tool as a way to improve, rather than just something that gets stored in a filing cabinet.  Over the course of the three sessions, the group will discuss such topics as evidence, data, meetings with admin, and what to do with all of this newfound information. Participants do not have to be in the evaluation cycle to benefit from these sessions.  All questions about the evaluation process are open for discussion.


i-Ready Training K-5

Audience:  K-5 teachers teaching mathematics/Admins

Facilitator(s): Curriculum Associates/ Jenn Ness

Trainings will be provided on diagnostic testing, how to utilize data to drive instruction, using I-Ready for math interventions, and implementation coinciding with EnVision 2.0.  This is an ongoing training that is adjustable to our K-5 needs to provide ongoing support throughout the year.


Mastering Student-Centered Management

Audience: Any Teachers

Facilitator:  Progressive Mastery Learning Facilitator


Session 1: Best practices in student-centered management. Teachers will engage in discussion to reflect and adjust their management practices to increase student ownership, accountability, and empowerment through purposeful classroom changes. Specific resources, tools, and tactics will be shared.

Session 2: Developing well thought out systems and routines within the classroom that can help provide more flexibility and freedom for learners. When students know what to expect, they are less likely to act out. This interactive discussion and included activities will allow teachers to reflect on general and specific routines they can implement in their classroom to create safe, predictable and productive learning environments.

Session 3: Quality Instruction and Engagement. Topics such as student-paced instruction, mastery and competency-based learning, dynamic lesson design with real world connections, as well as considerations for universal design, differentiation, and knowledge centered practices, will be discussed. This will culminate in a reflective activity where teachers can identify areas that present the opportunity for growth and develop a plan to implement moving forward.


Book Study on NGSS

Audience: Science teachers and administration interested in the new standards

Facilitator(s): Mellissa Backus


Science teachers as well as administrators looking to learn more about the Next Gen Science Standards and best implementation strategies will be reading and discussing Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science Standards throughout the semester. The goals will be to learn from the book, discuss ideas with colleagues, and implement new ideas in classrooms. If participants want their own copy of the book, they will be responsible for purchasing it.


Data Mining

Audience: K-12 Teachers/Admins

Facilitator: Tammy Elledge

Description: How do we find, analyze and learn from the data all around us? In these sessions we will dig into the School Report Card, 5Essentials survey, PARCC, SAT Suite, and ISA. Special emphasis will be placed on pulling and reading the various reports available to teachers in Schoolnet . We'll ask questions and discuss what we can learn from and what might be nothing more than noise.


Fine Arts - Tuning Protocol

Audience: Fine Arts Department Members

Facilitator: Amy Siefken


In a specific lesson, what is it that students are asked to do and what is the quality of the work they produce? The tuning protocol asks a teacher to present a lesson with student work before the department. As a group, the department participates in a structured reflective discussion aimed at tuning the work to higher standards.



Audience: Teachers with 1:1 Chromebooks and use the Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)

Facilitator: Jim Hitchcock and Michelle Sobieck

Description: HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc or Google Slide replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning.

Participants will be introduced to the use of Hyperdocs and then create a HyperDoc lesson(s) that will blend, personalize, and/or differentiate learning.


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) From Low Tech to High Tech

Audience: SPED self contained and SPED aides

Facilitators: Kara Claypool, Amanda Patten and Margaret Marsaglia

Description: These sessions will focus on providing an overview of AAC and how it can be used to increase communication. Several examples of low tech and high tech options will be discussed, as well as how to use them in the classroom to promote student success. Specific AAC options that will be discussed will include core boards, the PECS program, and the Touch Chat app.


Working through the Evaluation Process

Audience: Teachers

Facilitator: Cindy Gerber

Description: Do you know the difference between a Type 2 and Type 3 assessment?  Are you aware if you should be filling out the SLO or the SGM form? Questions like these and many more will be covered over the span of three sessions.  The evaluation process can seem overwhelming at first, but hopefully these sessions will help answer questions concerning both Danielson and student growth.  When it comes to student growth, we will cover important terminology, the different forms, various deadlines, and other important details involved in this process.  In addition, time will be spent reviewing Danielson and Domain 4. We will discuss various ways to meet expectations in Domain 4 and also in your specific classroom.  These sessions should help to guide you step by step through the entire evaluation process from beginning to end.


Tech Programs in the K-5 Classroom

Audience: K-5 Teachers/Admins

Facilitator: Brad Boresi

Are there tech programs out there that you have heard other teachers are using but you aren’t familiar with?  Do you want to add some new ways to review for assessments with your classroom? This course will provide you with skills needed to use tech programs in your classroom.  During this class, you will have the chance to create products that you can use in your classroom this school year.


Being a Professional Para Pro!

Audience: Any Aide

Facilitators: Sandy Rakes and Amanda Davidson


These sessions will enhance your skills to support students in the classroom as well as the teachers. Reviewing appropriate responses and reporting observable observations of inappropriate behaviors. These sessions will give you more tricks for your toolbox.




Audience: Anyone utilizing a Smartboard for student learning

Facilitator(s): Laura Dziuban and Brea Owensby



All things Smartboards. Sessions will cover questions on basic operations, troubleshooting as well as best practices in the classroom.




All Things Google

Audience: PK-12 Teachers/Admins/Aides

Facilitator(s):  Amanda Malsky & Harlan Kennell


Did you know there are many teacher tools to be found in the Google Suite and other google products? They aren’t really hidden, you just don’t know where they are! Let’s discover, explore and have some fun while learning about some excellent tools that will support our use of the Google Suite in the classroom!



Prevention/Intervention in the Classroom

Audience:  PK-12 Teachers/Student Services/Admins

Facilitator(s):  Michelle Painter and Cealy DePersia



Prevent or intervene to address behavior that might escalate into a disruptive or even violent event. Learn how to practically and humanistically intervene to de-escalate with proven strategies. These are the main goals of the program/training while ensuring care, welfare, safety and security.