September 24, 2017

#11516 Understanding and Using Growth Mindset through Instruction and Assessments to move Students Forward

Great educators help kids grow, learn and improve. Fostering an assessment system of “not yet” is critical. Cultures within schools must be steeped in a “growth” mindset of student, teacher “talk” and grades in order to make systematic changes. From Piaget to Stiggins to Dweck this presentation will harness practical and effective methods of mindsets to utilizing data to keep students and staff believing success is within reach if they just keep trying!

Instruction, assessment (formative) and then re-instruction & assessment are key to implementation of growth mindset teaching.

After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck discovered there was a fundamental difference in children’s approach to learning something new. She coined the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” to describe the underlying beliefs she found kids (and adults) have about learning and intelligence. She found that when students BELIEVE they can get smarter and they understand that EFFORT, which ultimately produce learning, makes their brain “stronger.” This mindset–that intelligence is not fixed–is the growth mindset.

After studying success in multiple environments from the military to schools to the workforce, Angela Duckworth found a single predictor of success and it wasn’t intelligence, it wasn’t good looks, and it wasn’t even correlated to socioeconomic status, race or gender. It was GRIT. Helping students to understand perseverance toward a long term goal (learning complex concepts in algebra or getting good enough at reading to tackle that chapter book) requires GRIT applied through a growth mindset. How we talk about learning to our students, how we present them with assessment and how we give feedback are critical elements of our educational instruction and assessment systems that encourage our kids to have GRIT.

Date:  October 30, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: $65.00 with academy credit
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Teachers
Presenters:  Anne Weerda
Registration Deadline:  10/9/2017


#11518 NGSS: Unit Alignment in a Three-Dimensional Science Classroom

This multi-day course will prepare teachers to create a three-dimensional science clasasroom and develop aligned units where the love of scientific discovery comes to life within your students! From the basics of NGSS to aligned units, this course provides a comprehensive coverage of the foundations of the standards.  Participants will:

  • Discover the three dimensions of the NGSS;
  • experience thee-dimensional science lessons,
  • learn how to read the NGSS,
  • utilize multiple NGSS resources and tools to ensure alignment,
  • learn the unit development process called story lining, and
  • use these steps of story lining to develop an aligned unit for your classroom.

This workshop covers NGSS Phases 1-4. This course is available for 3 semester hours of grad credit from Aurora University for an additional fee of $325.00.

Dates & Times:  October 7, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Oct. 20, 4:30 – 8 PM; Oct. 21, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Nov 3, 4:30 – 8 PM; Nov. 4, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Nov 17, 4:30 – 8 PM and Nov 18, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (you must attend all dates)
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $100.00
Hours:  32
Audience:  K-12th grade teachers
Presenters:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  10/1/2017

#11521 Three Dimensional Science Assessment

This two day workshop will help you build quality three-dimensional classroom assessments in K-12 science which is necessary for alignment to the NGSS.  Information included in this training:

  • What is three-dimensional assessment and how is it different from other assessments?
  • How do I assess three-dimensional learning as required by the NGSS?
  • Assessment terminology and the basics for quality assessments
  • Reviewing and evaluating current assessments and designing quality assessments

This session is designed for teachers/administrators who are familiar with NGSS and three-dimensionial learning.  If you do not have any expereine with NGSS, please consider attending the NGSS course prior to attending this session.  One semester hour of grad credit through Aurora University is also available for an additional fee of $125.00.
Dates:  January 13 & 20, 2018
Times:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM each day
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $50.00
Hours:  12
Audience:  K-12 Teachers & Administrators
Presenter:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  1/6/2018

#11515 Drones in the Curriculum

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 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.


Date:  October 4, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $325.00
Hours:  5.5
Presenter:  Phil Wasilewski
Audience:  All Educators
Registration Deadline:  9/20/2017

#11514 Ditch that Worksheet!

Wanting to incorporate technology into your daily lessons but not sure how?  This session will show you how to using simple easy-to-use tools to incorporate video, audio, real time interaction, creativity, and fun into your everyday lessons, projects, and assessments.  Join me for a full day where you will learn, practice, and take away simple ideas you can incorporate to take your teaching and your students learning to a whole new level.  Bring your device to take full advantage of the experience.  The session will begin with a survey in order to tailor the workshop to your specific needs.  This session is appropriate for any educator of any level or subject as well as administrators.

Date:  October 16, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  K-5 Educators and Administrators
Presenter:  Jenny Marmion
Registration Deadline:  10/9/2017


#11510 180 Days of Awesome: Celebrating Every Day of Education

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; I believe focusing on the awesome has the power to turn each day of education into 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 pants, get a big smiley face, and prepare a cup or pot of coffee, 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.
Date:  September 30, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $40.00
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Monica Genta
Registration Deadline:  9/13/2017

#11461 Unlicensed Diabetes Care Aides

Per The Care Act of 2011, schools are required to provide Unlicensed Diabetes Care Aides at the request of parents for children with diabetes. The Care Aides must be trained by a physician or CDE(Certified Diabetes Educator).  UnityPoint Trinity will conduct this training. Participants will be provided with the following information:

1. Signs and Symptoms of Hypo- and Hyperglycemia

2. Diabetes Medical Management Plan

3. Blood Glucose monitoring

4. Counting Carbohydrates

5. Calculating Insulin

6. Giving Insulin

7. Giving Glucagon

8. Record Keeping

It is best to have more than one person trained in the event that person is absent from work and there is not a full time school nurse. This person is a volunteer. No employee can be required to perform this duty per The Care Act.

Date:  September 28, 2017
Time:  1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenter:  UnityPoint
Cost:  FREE!
Registration Deadline:  9/21/2017


#11501 Teach Like a Pirate

Each participant will receive a copy of Dave Burgess’s popular book “Teach Like a PIRATE!  We will use this book to help you increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.  You’ll learn how to:

  • Increase your passion as a teacher
  • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in
  • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom
  • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students

Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you’ll never look at your role as an educator the same again!  Please join us for a great day!

Date:  November 8, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenter:  Molly Hickerson
Audience:  K-12 Teachers and administrators
Registration Deadline:  11/1/2017

#11513 Mindful Moments in the Classroom, Grades K-5

During this session, participants will learn about components of a mindful classroom and the basics of designing a mindful classroom for intermediate learners, experience mindful techniques, yoga for kids, and brain breaks that can be used with any behavior management program, develop an understanding of how mindfulness and self-practice can reduce stress and increase mindfulness for the educator.  Participants will also be exposed to basic mindfulness research and learn about many free resources available online, including free mindfulness and service learning curriculum choices available online.  Lindsay Meeker, the presenter, is certified in yoga for kids and has implemented mindfulness in public schools.
Date:  October 7, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:  $25.00
PD Hours:  5
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenter:  Lindsay Meeker
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Registration Deadline:  10/1/2017

#11494 The Growth Mindset and Teaching GRIT

Two Interesting Topics one great day of professional Learning!  “Mindset by Carol Dweck presents the “growth mindset” as the most essential element of success and happiness in life.  A growth mindset is a perspective on life in which we find validation from internal growth rather than external rewards:  Who we become is what we take forward forever.”

“Through extensive research, Angela Duckworth and her team have proven that the common denominator among spelling bee finalists, successful West Point cadets, salespeople and teachers who not only stick with, but improve in their performance is grit.”

This two-part workshop will first- focus on how do we instill a growth mindset in our students, AND how we as teachers can promote a growth mindset with in our classrooms. The key is looking at how we frame success, and the language we use to do so.  It doesn’t require doing more, just an adjustment to how we already do things.

Second, this workshop will focus on a learned personality trait known as grit. Those who have this trait are able to perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by obstacles and distractions.  Participants will learn strategies that will help teachers model and teach grit.
Date:  October 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Dara Carr
Registration Deadline:  10/12/2017