April 23, 2018

#11648 Continuous School Improvement with EMB and ESSA: Facilitated Work Day

The final session of the EBM and ESSA Series will allow for district and building school improvement teams to work on school improvement plans for the 2018-2019 school year. This facilitated workday begins with a brief review of the 26 Elements of EBM, subgroup data identification and collection, and the essential components of an effective school improvement plan. Then, teams will begin working on school improvement plans using templates provided, ones already in place, or can explore new options. There will be   opportunities for teams to report out on their work and collaborate and facilitators will be available to answer questions and provide feedback. The goal for this session is for teams to leave with a solid foundation for their school improvement plan. Fee includes lunch.

Date: May 17 2018

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost: $25.00

Presenter: Ralph Grimm

Audience: Teachers and Administrators

Registration Deadline: 5/10/2018

 

NEW PRICE #11631 Desmos and Desmos Classroom Activities for Math Grades 7-12

Desmos has become a leader as a free online graphics calculator. It is available, and runs easily, on iPads, phones, tablets, and computers. The Desmos company has explicit goals for helping students learn and love math. (It is worth noting that the College Board has recently decided to make Desmos available on the SAT.) This workshop will have three components: (1) The graphing calculator which can be used by teachers to dynamically demonstrate mathematical concepts and by students to explore and learn concepts, (2) Desmos Classroom Activities which are an ever-growing set of online activities which teachers can use to engage their students, and (3) Desmos Activity Builder, so teachers can modify and build their own interactive Desmos Classroom Activities. We will connect the classroom activities to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Mathematical Practices.

Bring a laptop or device, as we will be accessing online teaching resources. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch on your own.

Date: July 11, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost: FREE

Hours: 5

Audience: Grades 7-12 Math Teachers

Registration Deadline: 7/6/2018

 

#11624 Using Children’s Literature that Supports Reading and Writing, Three Workshops in One!

Make the most of your professional development with an opportunity to have hands on experience with picture books and a host of other ideas to get your classroom ready for next school year. Three presentations will be presented in one day to pique your interest in using more picture books in your Pre-K-5th grade classrooms. Together we will explore books, strategies and connect these to the Common Core Standards to include in your lessons plans and units of study! Laura is the ELA Content Specialist for the State of Illinois and a Gifted Consultant. Take advantage of this affordable opportunity to hear one of the most knowledgeable presenters in the ELA field. Her presentation will help you work with ALL students in your classroom.

Part I: Using Picture Books and Books with Pictures, the Stories They Tell and What Children Can Learn from them. In this session, participants will experience the whole book approach to using children’s literature for read alouds as well as matching children with books. Together we will explore how the physicality of the book the art work and the words create visual interplay that leads to enhanced vocabulary, close reading comprehension development. Please attend this workshop as we will explore something tried and true and new books on the market that you and your students will enjoy.

Part II: Primary Readers as Super Sleuths: Developing Readers as Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers Through Mystery Stories. Using a variety of picture books and developmentally appropriate early novels, we will explore the genre of “mystery”. This session will advise educators how to create an enriching literacy environment that develops and advances the skill set of problem solving as well as critical and create thinking. A bibliography of texts will be shared to start your super sleuths on the path of reading between the lines and become detectives of literary investigation.

Part III: Selecting and Utilizing Multicultural and Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature to Understand Ourselves and Others. We live in a diverse and ever changing global society. Quality picture books and informational narrative texts will be the lens by which our above average/gifted students can view themselves and the perception of others. Differences between diverse, multicultural and culturally relevant literature will be examined. This session demonstrates how noted authors and illustrators create valuable literary experiences through the stories they tell and the pictures that make words come alive. Carefully created bibliographies, and notable web links will support attendees transfer to classroom use supporting our above average/gifted learners. Empathy, self-realization, and perspectives of other will be discussed using critical and creative thinking.

Date: October 24, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $125

Location: ROE Moline

Audience:   PreK-5th Grade General, Special Ed and Gifted Teachers, Librarians, Literacy/RtI/Intervention Coaches and Reading Specialists

Presenter: Laura Beltchenko

Registration Deadline: 10/17/2018

 

#11630 Accommodating ALL Learners through Differentiation

What is differentiation? How can it help teachers meet the wide range of learning needs/levels in their classroom? During this workshop we will examine several “teacher-friendly” methods that may help to accommodate ALL levels of learners in your classroom. Differentiation works in all subject areas and grades.

We will discuss the benefits, critical pieces, and types of differentiation. We will look at how to differentiate instruction and assessment through Content, Process, and Products. We will examine such things as flexible grouping, compacting, offering choice and how it supports your teacher evaluation instrument.

Date: July 31, 2018

Time: 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost: $15.00

Hours: 2.5

Presenter:   Nancy Galbraith

Audience:   All Teachers & Administrators

Registration Deadline: 7/24/2018

 

PRICE REDUCED #11638 180 Days of Awesome

You are AWESOME and awesome is all around us. Every day you walk into your school something amazing is bound to happen. Some days that awesome is easy to see, it comes in the form of laughter, academic progress, achievement goals, and building relationships with kids. Some days that awesome is nearly impossible to see among all the meetings, curriculum changes, displeased parents, and behavior concerns. Here is the cool part; whether you are having a level 10 day or level 0 day, focusing on the awesome has the power to turn each day of education into an exciting adventure in learning, even if we have to shift our mindset to find it. Come along with me on this 180 day quest as we learn to focus on those little amazing moments that have the power to change everything. Because, sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest difference! So put on your power teaching shoes, a big smiley face, and prepare a cup…or pot of coffee ready, you are about to embark on 180 days of AWESOME! Each participant will leave with a copy of Monica’s newest book-180 Days of Awesome.  To learn more about Monica Genta please check out her website at  www.monicagenta.com

Date(s): August 9, 2018
Times:   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: ROE Moline
Presenter(s): Monica Genta
Audience: Teachers & Administrators
Cost: $40.00
PD Hours: 5
Registration Deadline: 8/2/2018

 

#11633 Desmos Grades 7-9

Desmos has become a leader as a free online graphics calculator. It is available, and runs easily, on iPads, phones, tablets, and computers. The Desmos Company has explicit goals for helping students learn and love math. (It is worth noting that the College Board has recently decided to make Desmos available on the SAT.) This workshop will have three components: (1) The graphing calculator which can be used by teachers to dynamically demonstrate mathematical concepts and by students to explore and learn concepts, (2) Desmos Classroom Activities which are an ever-growing set of online activities which teachers can use to engage their students, and (3) Desmos Activity Builder, so teachers can modify and build their own interactive Desmos Classroom Activities. We will connect the classroom activities to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Mathematical Practices

Bring a laptop or device, as we will be accessing online teaching resources. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch on your own.

Date:           Sept. 11, 2018

Time:           9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost:           $40.00

Location:     ROE Moline

Presenter:  Dr. Jim Olsen & Dr. Kim Hartweg

Registration Deadline: 9/4/18

#11632 Desmos Updates: A Great Tool for Grades 9-12 Math Teaching and Learning

Desmos has become a leader as a free online graphics calculator.  It is available, and runs easily, on iPads, phones, tablets, and computers.  The Desmos company has explicit goals for helping students learn and love math. (It is worth noting that the College Board has recently decided to make Desmos available on the SAT.) This workshop is designed to benefit teachers new to Desmos and those who have some experience.  We will look at the two aspects of Desmos: (1) The graphing calculator which can be used by teachers to dynamically demonstrate mathematical concepts and by students to explore and learn concepts, and (2) Desmos Classroom Activities. Desmos Classroom Activities are an ever-growing set of online activities which teachers can use to engage their students.  We will also look at the Desmos Activity Builder, so teachers can modify and build their own interactive Desmos Classroom Activities. We will connect the classroom activities to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Mathematical Practices.

Teachers are encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.  The format in the morning and afternoon will be similar but the actual math content will be different.  There is a 30 minute break in between. Lunch is on your own.  Bring a laptop device as we will be accessing online teaching resources.

Date:           Sept 11, 2018

Time:           12:30 – 3:30 PM

Cost:              $40.00

Hours:       3

Location:     ROE Moline

Presenters:  Dr. Jim Olsen & Dr. Kim Hartweg

Registration Deadline: 9/4/18

 

#11628 Drones in the Classroom

Drone technology offers many learning opportunities for students and opens possibilities for real-world applications and future careers.  This session gives an introduction to drone terminology, safety needs, legal concerns, requirements, restrictions, sources, and pricing.  We will explore a relatively low-cost way of starting a drone program at your school to stimulate student interest and involvement.  The first part of the workshop will focus on manual operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), involving unboxing your own drone and examining the procedure for getting it ready for its first flight.  As part of a deeper look into curriculum integration, we will then examine programmed drone flying, with a curriculum that is aligned with Illinois State Standards as well as ISTE Standards.  Participants will receive access to all drone curriculum materials as well as other sources for drone technology integration ideas.  As part of the registration fee, each participant will receive a new manually operated drone with all equipment needed for its first flight.  This workshop has a limit of 10 participants so register early!
Date:  June 27, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $325.00
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  6
Audience:  All Educators
Presenter:  Phil Wasilewski
Registration Deadline:  6/20/2018

#11629 Grow your Google

In this hands-on and minds-on workshop, participants will become actively engaged with GSuite for Education tools, how they connect to curriculum and align with best practices.  We will explore practical and efficient ways to get the maximum benefit from GSuite for Education.  This will be a differentiated session so that participants at every level can find success growing their Google!  During the workshop, we will complete a series of tasks which will offer hands-on exposure to multiple Google goodness such as Hangouts, Docs, Sites, Classroom, Maps, Calendar, Keep and a surprise or two.  Additionally, we will understand and manage the Chrome Browsers and how Extensions can improve upon the user experience.  Upon completion of this session, learners will leave feeling productive and armed with tools to support a shift instructional practice, transforming your classroom and digital workflow.
Date:  June 15, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  6
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  All Educators
Presenters:  Kim Darche
Registration Deadline:  6/8/2018

#11627 Experience an NGSS-aligned Unit on Sound and Learn How to Implement this Unit in your Middle School Classroom

Teachers will be trained to teach the middle school NGSS unit How Can We Sense Different Sounds from a Distance? which helps students develop models to explain phenomena related to how sound is produced, how it travels, and how it is detected. This middle school unit on sound starts off with students exploring a perplexing phenomenon where sounds and voices are heard coming from a paper cup and needle as a plastic disc (a record) is spun underneath it.  This phenomenon fuels a series of questions and ideas for investigations to pursue about how sound is produced, how it travels, and how it is detected and encoded.
Students develop wave models of sound to explain how sounds vary in frequency and wavelength, and can explore how analog vs. digital information is encoded and transmitted. The unit targets NGSS performance expectations MS-PS4-1, MS PS4-2, MS LS1-8, and MS PS4-3. Teachers will receive a copy of the full storyline. These open-source educational resources were developed by the Next Generation Science Storylines project at Northwestern University.

Join us to learn from a local middle school teacher who piloted the unit in her classroom. She will share valuable insights she gained while teaching this unit to her students. Teachers will conduct several of the investigations included in the unit and also gain valuable Talk Science strategies to help students model and discuss phenomena and scientific concepts.

Dates:  June 19 – 21, 2018
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM each day
Location:  WIU Riverfront Hall Room 103, Moline
Cost:  $50
PD Hours:  18
Audience:  6th – 8th Grade Teachers
Presenters:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  6/12/2018