April 23, 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


#11609 Teaching with Poverty in Mind

Poverty does not mean a person is unable to learn and succeed. Children who live in poverty can meet high expectations and standards. It is the effective teacher who understands, builds relationships, seeks, resources, doesn’t allow for excuses, and creates high expectations for ALL that can bridge the gap for students of poverty.

This workshop will review the 5 effective factors that high achieving schools supporting poverty have in place as identified by Eric Jensen, author of “Teaching with Poverty in Mind”. Time will also be spent learning strategies that will help engage students of poverty in the learning process.
DATE:  July 25, 2018
Time:   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $125.00
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenters:  Dara Carr
Registration Deadline:  7/18, 2018

#11588 The Effects of Trauma on Behavior in the Classroom and Mindfulness


Come spend the day learning how trauma can affect student behaviors in our classrooms. We will define and identify symptoms of trauma and how it affects student learning and behavior in the classroom. We will also learn strategies that will assist school personnel to become more trauma informed and identify what each of our roles is in helping students who have experienced trauma. We will delve deeply into one specific strategy called “mindfulness” and how we can use it for ourselves and with our students. We will practice these strategies and you will take home a book of strategies to use in your classroom!

Date:  May 8, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $125.00
Presenter:  Molly Hickerson
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Registration Deadline:  5/1/2018

#11549 Making Sense of the Standards/Making Art with 3D and STEM Content

In this workshop designed for art educators participants will be looking at how to make sense of the new Illinois Visual Arts Standards using a backwards curriculum design framework. The presentation will focus on the Illinois Visual Arts Standards processes of Creating and Responding by demonstrating how to utilize specific 3D design and STEAM content within the framework. The presenter will walk through the steps of creating standards based curriculum showing participants how to integrate specific content within the framework. Participants will implement the framework by creating a 3D fiber sculpture. They will also have an opportunity to experiment with little Bits electrical connections as it applies to STEAM based art. These experiences will demonstrate the end goals of the backwards design framework.

Our speaker, Joan Mills, has served as the President of the Illinois Arts Education Association. She has worked closely with the State of Illinois and teachers throughout the state. She brings a wealth of information and wonderful, teacher-friendly instructional ideas. Please bring a laptop or other electronic device.

Dates:  April 9, 2018
Times:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $25.00
Audience:  K-12 Art Teachers
Presenter:  Joan Mills
Registration Deadline:  4/2/2018


#11575 Teach Like a Pirate

This book study workshop is based on Dave Burgess’s popular “Teach like a PIRATE” book. This was so well received the last two times that I ran it I decided to do it one last time.  Each participant will receive a copy of his best selling book! We will use the 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 PIRATE system, you’ll never look at your role as an educator the same again!

Date:           April 25, 2018

Time:          9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:    ROE Moline

Cost:              $150.00           

Hours:          5

Presenter: Molly Hickerson

Audience:    K-12th grade teachers & Administrators

Registration Deadline: 4/18/18



#11573 Depth of Knowledge

At the heart of our Illinois Learning Standards is the need to increase the level of rigor in our classrooms for ALL students. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework has become one of the key tools educators can employ to analyze the cognitive demand (complexity) intended in our Standards, by our curricular activities, and our assessment tasks. The standards alone do not bring rigor to our classrooms. DOK categorizes tasks by different levels of cognitive expectations, or depth of knowledge, required to successfully complete a task.

During this workshop, we will explore:

  • What is DOK? Why use DOK in your classrooms?
  • Articulate the DOK Framework with content-specific descriptions for use in the classroom.
  • Achieve a common understanding of DOK and how it relates to Common Core/PARCC.
  • Provide examples/activities/strategies implementing DOK.
  • How to building COGNITIVE RIGOR in your classrooms.

Date: June 11, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – NOON

Location: ROE Moline

Cost: $10.00

Presenters: Deb Taber

Audience: Teachers & Administrators

Hours:  3

Registration Deadline: 6/4/2018


Statewide System of Support Foundational Services

ROEISC_Med (3)The Illinois State Board of Education has partnered with the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers across the state to deliver high quality, coordinated and consistent professional development, technical assistance and networking which establish the Foundational Services delivery framework under the Statewide System of Support.

The seven areas include:

Continuous Improvement Planning (CIP), using Rising Star on the Illinois Interactive Report Card

    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core in ELA
    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core in mathematics
    • Balanced Assessment/PARCC
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • Family Engagement
    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)



#11626  Balanced Literacy Program

Question:  “How do I create a schedule that includes everything my students need?”

Answer:  “Rely on your professional gut instincts!”

This workshop is an overview of the components of a balanced literacy classroom.  Participants will reflect on his/her current schedules and how to make the may components of literacy instruction work within the class time they are given.  In addition, participants will focus on the importance of responsive teaching in a balanced literacy classroom.  Teachers will learn strategies on how to make instructional decisions within a framework of literacy.

Date: June 22, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost:  $50.00

PD Hours:  5

Presenters: Suki Monroe Glasser & Joan Tunnell

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Registration Deadline: 6/15/2018


#11617 Sharing Mindfulness with Families

During this session, participants will learn how to share mindful practices with families through family yoga events that include yoga stories and family yoga games. Participants will also be provided with parent education and communication tools, as well as FREE resources regarding mindful parenting. We will also learn techniques that can be shared between families and the classroom! This session will be most applicable to teachers serving families with children pre-school through Grade 5. Join Us!

Date: June 26, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost: FREE

Hours: 4

Presenter:   Lindsay Meeker

Audience:   Prek – 5th grade Teachers & Administrators

Registration Deadline: 6/19/2018







#11639  What’s New with the Every Students Succeeds Act
The session provides the latest and most current information regarding ESSA.  An overview of the current ESSA Plan related to accountability, system of support, and school report card requirements will be presented.  While there are still many elements that remain unknown, this session will provide critical information to help you prepare for ESSA implementation.  Presented by Melina Wright, a former ISBE employee who was critical in the development of the ESSA State Plan, who is now with the Suburban Cook ISCs, provides complex information in an understandable manner.

Date: April 27, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: ROE Moline

PD Hours:  2.5

Cost:      $25.00

Presenters: Melina Wright

Audience: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Curriculum Directors, Accountability Directors and other administrators interested in learning about ESSA

Registration Deadline: 4/20/18

#11640  Developing/Aligning District Policy & Practices to meet the July 2018 Implementation of the NEW Academic Acceleration Act

In July, districts will be required to have a local acceleration policy aligned to the recent legislation in place. The Acceleration Placement Act requires Illinois public school districts to adopt and implement policies on acceleration that, at minimum, provide opportunities for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, opportunities for accelerating a student in a single subject area, and opportunities for “whole grade” acceleration.

This workshop provides an overview of the research base that supports acceleration, types of acceleration, analysis of the Accelerated Placement Act, detailed policy and procedure development guidelines, and a simulation activity that provides information and practice with the Iowa Acceleration Scale (recommended for full grade acceleration).

Time will also be allocated for district representatives to share what is currently in place (e.g. accelerated math) and collaboratively discuss options for implementation.

Participants will receive a link to a resource folder that includes a copy of the law, research, model policies and examples. Access to that folder will remain open past the workshop so they will continue to be able to review updated resources
Participants will need to bring a device as we’ll access the items in the resource folder throughout the workshop.
DISTRICT PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT SHOULD ATTEND. Feel free to bring team members who may be knowledgeable about current district practices and offer support in the development of new policy and practices.

Date: May 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Cost:      $25.00

PD Hours:  5

Presenters: Melina Wright

Audience: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Curriculum Directors, Accountability Directors and other administrators interested in learning about ESSA

Registration Deadline: 4/24/18


















#11613  Phase 1 – Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: Using Real-World Phenomena to Motivate Students to Learn Science

Science Foundational Services are designed to increase knowledge of the new Illinois Learning Standards for Science (NGSS).

Phase 1 will contain components to prepare participants to:
• experience a three-dimensional science lesson.
• recognize the instructional shifts required by the NGSS.
• discover the three dimensions of the NGSS.
• read and understand the standards pages of the NGSS.
• explain how these new Illinois Learning Standards for Science, and their incorporation of 3-dimensional learning, will transform science education for kids by engaging them in meaningful, relevant, and coherent investigations.

Date:  June 12, 2018
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $25.00
Location:  Rock Island (site TBA)
Audience:  K-12nd Grade Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  6/5/2018

#11614  Phase 2 – The Tools Needed to Bring NGSS to the Classroom

Phase 2 training will focus on bringing three-dimensional learning to the classroom.  In order to do this, participants will experience a lesson to both examine three-dimensional learning and the key shifts required to bring NGSS to the classroom.  Participants will learn how to utilize phenomena to drive instruction, “unpack” the Disciplinary Core Ideas to determine the content of our lessons, utilize the Crosscutting Concepts as a lens for students to make sense of the science, and engage students in the Scientific and Engineering Practices to study phenomena.  While participants will focus on one performance expectation, the process will be applicable to all performance expectations. Participants should have knowledge about NGSS and three-dimensional learning before attending this training. Attendance at Phase 1 or other introductory NGSS session is recommended prior to this session.
Date:  June 13, 2018
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $25.00
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  K-12nd Grade Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  6/6/2018

#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, 20 & 21, 2018
Times:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM each day
Location:  WIU Riverfront Hall Room 103, Moline
Cost:  $50.00 (lunch included)
Hours: 18
Audience:  K-12 Teachers & Administrators
Presenter:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  6/12/2018








#11551  Social Emotional Learning Standards in Action: School-wide and/or district-wide Implementation  

This workshop will focus on implementation of the SEL Standards school and/or District-wide.  School-based teams will explore research-based SEL strategies.  Analysis of their school SEL needs will lead to the development of an action plan for implementation of the SEL standards for the 2018-2019 school year.  Districts or Schools should send a team of participants to include administrators, teachers and/or counselors, social workers, etc. Participants will need to bring a technology device such as an ipad or laptop as technology will be utilized during this session.  Individuals and teams may also be interested in attending the February 23rd half-day presentation introducing the Social Emotional Learning Standards, resources, and learn how they positively impact student learning.

Date:  May 3, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $25.00
PD Hours:  5.5
Presenter:  Carole Allert
Audience:  Administrators, K-12 Teams, District Teams, All Pre-K Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers
Registration Deadline:   4/28/2018

#11588  The Effects of Trauma on Behavior in the Classroom and Mindfulness
Come spend the day learning how trauma can affect student behaviors in our classrooms. We will define and identify symptoms of trauma and how it affects student learning and behavior in the classroom. We will also learn strategies that will assist school personnel to become more trauma informed and identify what each of our roles is in helping students who have experienced trauma. We will delve deeply into one specific strategy called “mindfulness” and how we can use it for ourselves and with our students. We will practice these strategies and you will take home a book of strategies to use in your classroom!
Date:  May 8, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5
Presenter:  Molly Hickerson
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Registration Deadline:   5/1/2018


#11618  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.  : Dr. Andrea Hyde (co-editor)  and Lindsay Meeker (contributor) are in the process of making edits to a book about mindfulness and yoga in schools, along with other yoga in schools supporters, slated to come out in the near future.
Date:  June 7, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  FREE
Audience:  All K-12 Grade Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Lindsay Meeker & Dr. Andrea Hyde
Registration Deadline:  6/1/2018