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Professional Learning Fall 2021

Evaluation for PD Hours
Link to fill out the evaluation for PD hours. Certified Staff. Only ONE evaluation for the whole day including all sessions attended.
Department Meetings 3:00 to 3:30

Mathematics - Room 512
ELA - Room 210
Fine Arts - Room 804
Social Studies  - Room 505
World Languages - Room 504
College and Career - Room 209
Science - Room 206
Health and Wellness - Room 409
Specialized Services - Room 303 LRC
PreK - Room 405
Kindergarten - Room 500
1st Grade - Room 503
2nd Grade - Room 510
3rd Grade - Room 214
4th Grade - Room 213
5th Grade - Room 212
CPI Sessions - Cealy DePersia, Ashley Frizzell, Melissa George, Kassandra Marsala, and Craig Warner
CPI will cover basics for crisis prevention, progression of behaviors in individuals in distress, as well as staff supportive responses for a goal of de-escalation.
Rooms 408 and 409 
December Session 1:
Room 408: Aichele to Kinzler
Room 409: Marsaglia to Yedinak
December Session 2:
Room 408: Anderson to Manietta
Room 409: Matsko to Wills
Trauma-Informed Session - Erin Dransfeldt, Lauren Kempes, and Keith Kiper
Trauma-Informed Classroom will focus on adverse childhood experiences. Educators will learn various ways to build awareness and create an environment for students to build relationships in a safe setting. 
Room: 511
Mindfulness Session - Abby Dimitrijevic and Kailee Walgren
Life and Work in 2021: Promoting positive outcomes through self-care for improved personal and professional functioning and enhanced well-being.
Room: 504
Meeting with Luke Krippel
Room: 209 *Bring earbuds
Health Services Meeting
Room: 213
Meeting with the Librarian
Room: 304
Transitional English
Room: 210
Take Charge of your Professional Learning
Facilitator: Jennifer Kenney and Travis Johnson
December 1
Session 1: Room 205
Session 2: Room 205 or 208 or 209 (Sign-in to whichever room you are working in)
*BRING earbuds and chromebook/laptop
There are a variety of on-demand professional learning opportunities available to work through by yourself or with a partner. These include but aren't limited to SMEKENS, Ed Leaders Network,, and IRIS. Participants will preselect professional learning to work through. At the end of each session, participants will share the insights of their learning, especially if they would recommend the training for others. Please bring a charged laptop or Chromebook and earbuds/headphones.
edWeb  -- This is totally free and easy to sign up
Exit Slip - Please complete the exit slip at the conclusion of your session or sessions today.
The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox - Book Study
Facilitator(s): Amanda Davidson and Luke Krippel
Audience: Mandatory for Preschool Teachers and Preschool Aides, Related Service Personnel servicing Preschool classrooms may attend
Location: Room 405
Topics discussed: What is Quality Inclusion? Collecting data to determine classrooms providing high-quality inclusive experiences. Problem-solving and supporting continuous improvement. Review/revise current state plan for Indicator 6. 
Cross Country Mathematics
Facilitators: Matt Leman and Mary Kay Sthay
Location: Room 512
Mathematics, as we teach it, is too often like walking on a path this is carefully laid out through the woods; it never comes up against any cliffs or thickets; it is all nice and easy. In contrast to walking on a well-marked path, the cross-country terrain is jagged and uncertain; watching someone traverse it is a key to learning how to traverse it yourself ... (Albers & Alexanderson, 1985). Participants in these sessions will evaluate mathematics lessons from the perspective of this guiding thought.
Session 1: Lesson presented that challenges students to think, explore, guess, evaluate, and find patterns in mathematics. Participants will think of a lesson they want to modify in a similar way. Session 2: Participants work in small groups discussing ideas about how their lesson could be modified  to encourage students to explore, evaluate and justify mathematical reasoning. Session 3: Continue group work Session 4: Participants briefly share their lesson ideas with the group, lessons are collected and shared with the group. 
Facilitators: Sarah Southall, Katie Ludes, Corey Mikula and Sarah Veronda
Audience: Anyone working with interventions K-12
Location: Room 303 LRC
So many interventions and so little time to work with them, train on them or discuss their use. Using the survey results the facilitators will work to have groups learn together about the various interventions used in the district. 
Art of Education
Faciliator: Amy Siefken
Audience: Mandatory K-12 Visual Art Teachers
Location: Room 804
On-demand PD learning for the visual arts teachers
Reviewing Science Materials (NO PD hours)
Facilitator: Kaitlyn Czernicki
Audience: 6-12 science teachers (including co-teachers)
Location: 206
Review science materials before adoption in 2022. Work with SAVVAS and other companies as they demonstrate their NGSS aligned materials. Time will also be used to evaluate the best options for purchase.
Best Practices in ELA K-5
Facilitator: Betsy Cowherd
Audience: Any K-5 teachers responsible for ELA content
Room: 802 (Chorus Room)
Topics will include but are not limited to the use of IXL, best practices in using the new series, and improving writing.
Best Practices in ELA 6-12
Facilitator: Sharon Swink-Hilsabeck
Audience: Mandatory for  6-12 teachers responsible for ELA content
Location: Room 210
6-12 English teachers will use this strand to regroup and revitalize our in-person classroom instruction with a special focus on exploring all the resources our new English textbooks offer.

Session 1:Each building’s teachers will be introduced to the HMH or SpringBoard online training options available for each series, and then teachers will use their remaining PD time to explore one of those online educational resources to help them better use their series with a focus on vocabulary, language, and writing skills.

Session 2: Continuing the concept of exploration, teachers will use this time to review the assessments offered by their textbook series and compare them to their current assessments. Specific components of the assessment to be compared will be the number of questions,  question stems, distractor wording, levels of difficulty, and the standards emphasized on the assessments.

Session 3: Teachers will explore additional resources made available to them this year through textbook partnerships and title 1 money: IXL, NoRedInk, TurnItin Revision Assistant, and Zinc Learning Labs.

Session 4: Teachers will end the strand with a discussion of their standardized test score data to determine the areas that need to see improvement- and how each building’s new text series can support that improvement.