August 18, 2018

#11707 Free the Teachers Online Book Study

Teachers, please join us for an Online Book Study. We will read and discuss the book, Free the Teachers: A Guide to Joyful Teaching and Learning, by local author and educator, Dr. Dave Markward. Work with colleagues as you recapture the joy and excitement of why you became a teacher in the first place!  The initial kick-off meeting is on ???? from ???? at the RIROE Office.

This 12-week book study will use an online forum. Participants will be responsible for reading required assignments, responding to bi-weekly discussion postings, and responding to at least 3 other participants’ responses during each discussion. Further guidelines for this book study and how to effectively engage in the forum will be discussed during the initial meeting. Your commitment to complete all requirements is necessary to receive full credit.

Book: Free the Teachers: A Guide to Joyful Teaching and Learning by Dave Markward, Ed. D.

Endorsements for Free the Teachers:

Dave Markward provides fresh insights to pervasive and destructive school ‘reforms’ that rob today’s classrooms of the joy and excitement that is learning. Delivered in a freewheeling and storytelling style, Free the Teachers is a true delight and a must read for all educators.”
– Mike Schroeder, Professor of Teacher Education, Augustana College

“In a era filled with constantly shifting educational practices, Free the Teachers offers important insight for any educator and imparts the love for our field that only someone as experienced as Dave can express.”
– Matt DeBaene, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Moline Public Schools.

**The book will be included in your fee.

Date:  Sept 18, 2018 face-to-face
Time:  4:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost:  $175.00
PD Hours 13
Location:  ROE and Online
Audience:  All teachers and administrators
Presenters:  Dr. David Markward & Deb Taber
Registration Deadline:  9/11/2018

#11721 The “Wild Card” Workshop

Have you ever wished you were more creative, or that your students were more engaged in your lessons?
The Wild Card is your step-by-step guide to experiencing a creative breakthrough in your classroom with your students.  Come join me for a book study work based on Hope and Wade King’s “the Wild Card”.  The authors will show you how to draw on your authentic self; your past experiences; personality quirks, interests, hobbies, and strengths to deliver your content creatively.  The 7 steps in The Wild Card will give you the knowledge and the confidence to bring creative teaching strategies into your classroom.  You’ll learn…Why the deck is not stacked against you, no matter what kind of hand you’ve been dealt, why you should never listen to the JOKER, and use it to create classroom magic, how to apply the “Rules of Rigor” in order to fuse creativity with learning, and how to become the WILD CARD that changes the game for your students. The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King is included in your fee.
Date:  December 10, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $150.00
Location: ROE Moline
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Deb Taber
Registration Deadline:  12/3/2018

#11713 Classroom Escape Game Challenges

Escape games have become a popular form of entertainment and teambuilding, and they can be exciting and enriching classroom activities as well!  In this session, participants will explore how escape game challenges can reinforce classroom content while cultivating critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration among students.  After experiencing a variety of classroom escape game challenges, participants will learn how to set up versions that are tailored for their classrooms.
Date:  November 2, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  6
Audience:  Teachers and Administration
Presenter:  Janet Moore
Registration Deadline:  10/26/2018

#11706 Mindfulness Driven SEL for Educators Grades K-12

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 and Andrea Hyde are in the process of publishing a book coming out soon!  These presenters are also, certified in yoga for kids and they have implemented mindfulness in public schools.

Date:  September 19, 2018
Time:  4:00 – 7:30 PM
Cost:  $75.00
PD Hours:  3.5
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenters:  Lindsay Meeker and Dr. Andrea Hyde
Registration Deadline:  9/12, 2018

#11709 Creating Students Success by Implementing Social Emotional Learning Standards

The best learning occurs when supportive relationships are present; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is at the center of this success. This workshop will provide participants an overview of the SEL Standards and a collection of resources that can be used in classrooms.   Don’t miss out on this fun, energetic and ENGAGING Workshop!
Date:  October 18, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Dara Carr
Registration Deadline:  10/11/2018

#11719 Using Assessments to Improve Student Learning

Participants will identify characteristics of their students as learners, strengths, interests, and potential through the context of the classroom.  Participants will analyze students’ work from their classroom with a variety of assessments to monitor progress of learning goals quantitatively for each student.  Progress monitoring will be used to monitor the student’s learning to determine if finite adjustments with a variety of strategies are warranted to affect the student’s learning.  Reflective teaching practices will be utilized throughout the workshop to analyze their practice in light of student achievement.
Participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet to access data and research and to bring the work from a recent/current unit of study of at least 2 students. Student work may include pretest, formative assessment data, activities throughout the unit to demonstrate skills, etc.

Date:  November 27, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5.5
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Primary and Secondary Level Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Carole Allert
Registration Deadline:  11/20/2018

#11718 Flexible Seating

Have you been thinking about using FLEXIBLE SEATING but just aren’t quite sure where to start?  In this workshop, we will share our answers to all of the “But what about…” questions that might be keeping you from taking the plunge with alternative seating.  A flexible seating classroom is one in which traditional seating is replaced with seating arrangements that promote student choice.  Participants will learn how to create student-centered collaborative spaces that will transform their classroom environment.  ?  In this workshop, we will share our answers to all of the “But what about…” questions that might be keeping you from taking the plunge with alternative seating.  A flexible seating classroom is one in which traditional seating is replaced with seating arrangements that promote student choice.  There will be ideas, practices, and visual representation examples at both primary and upper elementary levels.  You can make this work with any budget!

Date:  November 20, 2018
Time:  8:30 – 11:30 AM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $75.00
PD Hours:  3
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenters:  Jackie Colgan and Sarah DeBord
Registration Deadline:  11/13/2018

#11708 Evidence-Based Funding Model and ESSA Overview Session 1

This is Session 1 of 3:   Recent legislation has changed the way Illinois public schools will receive state funding. Learn how the evidence-based funding model will impact how state funding is distributed to schools. Become familiar with the 26 Elements and how they are used to calculate the adequacy target. Dive into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and develop an understanding on how your school will be recognized using the new State Accountability System. Recognize accountability indicators and how these indicators will be used to determine the score your school will receive.  (register for each session separately see workshop #11711 & #11714)

Date:  October 11, 2018
Time:  1:00 – 4:00 PM
Cost:  $75.00 (price break of $275.00 when you sign up for all 3 sessions
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  3 (per session)
Audience:  K-12 Superintendents, Principals and School Improvement Team Members
Presenter:  Ralph Grimm
Registration Deadline:  10/6/2018

#11723 Instructional Coaches Networking Sessions

As an Instructional Coach, do you feel like you are “all alone” in the world of coaching?  Do you need to share your questions, brainstorm ideas and strategies, collaborate with peers, expand your “bag of tricks”?
Let’s grow and learn together!
Objective:  RIROE school district’s Instructional Coaches will meet and generate conversations, sharing, and growing together as Instructional Coaches.  At this first Networking, we will determine our direction, topics of interest, and set future dates.

Date:  September 25, 2018 (other dates tbd)
Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM
Hours:  2 PD for each session
Cost:  $25
Location:  ROE
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Deb Taber
Registration Deadline:  9/18/2018

#11699 Building Resiliency in our Students and Staff

Over 200 educators attended our Adverse Childhood Trauma (ACEs) workshops with Jen Best and Anne McNelis last year. Jen and Anne are back.  They will be moving us forward and teaching us how to build resiliency in children AND adults (reducing professional burnout!)

During the morning session, Jen will address building resiliency in our students:
Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.  When children are resilient, they are better able to make sense of difficult situations, build healthier relationships, regulate emotions more effectively, and experience control over their lives.  Even in the face of adverse childhood experiences, individuals can learn the skills to become more resilient. Adults in a child’s life can develop environments that correlate to resilience, and engage children in experiences and activities that build resilience.  This workshop will focus on what research tells us about how resilience develops, the role of protective factors in resilient individuals, and strategic ways to support children as they learn to become more resilient.

During the afternoon session Anne will concentrate on developing resiliency in adults and their specific needs:
This portion of the workshop will cover the concepts of professional burnout vs. vicarious trauma, recognizing the signs and manifestations, how to prevent it/reduce/address it; and the importance of self-care on an individual level and how to build in self-care and resiliency within the school culture.
Date:  October 29, 2018
Time:  8:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  6
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenters:  Jen Best & Anne McNelis
Audience:  All School and District Staff, Classroom Teachers, Paras, Disciplinarians, Administrators
Registration Deadline:  10/22/2018