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


#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

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)



#11490  How Writing can Improve Reading
Writing instruction can impact students’ reading skills and comprehension!  This workshop will provide guidance on how teachers can use writing instruction to strengthen students’ reading performance.  During this workshop, we will develop an understanding of the three recommended writing practices to enhance students’ reading, identify strategies aligned to each recommended practice,  identify components of the recommended practices that match PARCC writing tasks, compose a classroom task that aligns with the WRiting to REad research, and locate resources to help with the implementation of these practices.  Join us!
Date:  October 11, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Teachers
Presenters:  Deb Taber
Registration Deadline:  10/4/2017

#11489  Illinois Literacy in Action
This resource-rich professional development workshop will provide educators with instructional practices to implement the New Illinois Standards for Writing.  The Writing Matters website will be used to facilitate the various writing tasks necessary to meet the standards and prepare for PARCC.  Participants will be able to define and describe the attributes of the 10 Writing Standards, explain how the Standards support the three types of writing, and identify mentor texts as a key resource.  Strategies and resources will be shared.
Date:  October 17, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Teachers
Presenters:  Deb Taber
Registration Deadline:  10/10/2017
















Math Number Talks & Jo Boaler

Included will be patterns, number sense, operation sense, algebraic thinking, fractions, and growth mindset. We will connect the classroom activities to the Common Core State Standards for Math and the Math Practices.

Bring a laptop or device, as we will be accessing online teaching resources. Note for those desiring to attend all day: Participants may attend both the grades 1-4 (morning session) & the grades 5-8 (afternoon session). There will be some overlap in the basic notions, but the classroom activities will be at different levels. Also, participants attending both workshops may want to bring a lunch, as there will only be a 30 minute break. Lunch is on your own.

#11523 Grades 1-4

Date:   October 24, 2017

Time:   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Presenter:  Dr. Kim Hartweg & Dr. Jim Olsen

Registration Deadline: 10/17/2017


#11524 Grades 5-8

Date:   October 24, 2017

Time:   12:30 – 3:30 PM

Location: ROE Moline

Presenter:  Dr. Kim Hartweg & Dr. Jim Olsen

Registration Deadline: 10/17/2017





#11522 The Brockport Physical Fitness Assessment Training

ISBE now mandates that each student in grade levels 3-12 must be administered one of two assessments-the Physical Fitness Assessment (FitnessGram) or the Brockport Physical Fitness Assessment, which is the adapted version of FitnessGram for students with disabilities. Having an IEP does not excuse a student from these assessments. In addition to administering the assessments each school year, every school must then report the assessment scores of grade levels 5, 7 and 10 to the Illinois State Board of Education by June 30th. During the Brockport Physical Fitness Assessment for students with disabilities presentation, educators will learn how to classify each of their students in order to give the proper FitnessGram and/or Brockport assessments, how to choose and administer each of the 27 different assessment choices, as well as shown how to access the resources needed to report the scores to ISBE in a timely fashion. Presenter and Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Charlie Rowe, has provided a wide variety of Adapted Physical Education services to more than 40 schools across Chicagoland. These services include the teaching of self-contained and Reverse Inclusion APE classes, direct APE services in both PE and APE settings, providing consult APE services to staff, as well as APE student evaluations. The Brockport Physical Fitness Assessment presentation is directed to elementary, middle and high school Physical and Adapted Physical Educators. It is also beneficial for Special Education teachers and Physical Therapists to attend as well. In order to administer the assessments, each school district will need a copy of the Brockport Test Manual which can be found here: please bring your manual to the training.

Date:  November 6, 2017

Time:  1:00 – 3:15 PM

Location:  ROE Moline

Cost:  $30.00

Hours: 2

Presenter: Charlie Rowe, Adapted PE Spec

Audience: K-12 PE Teachers Spec Ed Teacher and Physical Therapists

Registration Deadline:  10/16/2017





NGSS Networking –Collaborating with Colleagues to Share Ideas and Develop Aligned Units

Bring your colleagues and join forces with others at this series of networking sessions to collaborate on the development of a fully-aligned NGSS unit for use in the classroom. Each session will provide time for content groups to meet and work together to develop units for use in your classroom. Resources, support, and strategies will be shared along the way. Please bring materials you’ll need to work on your unit.


#11520 Grades 5-8

DATES:         Oct. 26, Dec. 13, 2017 & Feb. 7 & April 11, 2018

TIME:           4:30 – 7:30 PM each day

COST:           $50


AUDIENCE:   5th – 8th Teachers & Administrators



#11519 High School

DATES:         Oct. 26, Dec. 13, 2017 &  Feb. 7 & April 11, 2018

TIME:           4:30 – 7:30 PM each day

COST:           $50


AUDIENCE:   9th-12th Teachers & Administrators

PRESENTER: Amy Sandgren


#11521  Assessment and the NGSS: Three Dimensional Science Assessment

This two day workshop will focus on how to build quality three-dimensional classroom assessments in K-12 science, necessary for alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The session is designed for teachers and administrators who are familiar with NGSS and three-dimensional learning. The training will incorporate quality classroom assessment materials along with current work in three-dimensional science assessment.

Information included in this training:

– What is three-dimensional assessment and how is it different from other assessments?

– Why do I need to learn how to use three-dimensional assessment?

– How do I assess three-dimensional learning as required by the NGSS?

– Assessment literacy for designing quality classroom assessments

– Reviewing and evaluating current assessments

One Grad Credit from Aurora University is available for an additional $125 payable the first day of the workshop.

Dates:  January 13 & 20, 2018
Times:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM both days
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $50.00
Hours:  12
Audience:  K-12th grade teachers
Presenters:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  1/6/2018

#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
  • use these steps of story lining to develop an aligned unit for your classroom

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



#11439 It’s More than Memorizing Dates: Implementing the New Illinois Social Science Standards

The new Illinois Social Science Learning Standards will be implemented during the 2017 – 2018 school year.  This training session is designed to help administrators and educators who are responsible for teaching social sciences explore and understand the new standards, social science practices, and available resources to help with the standards implementation.

Participants will become familiar with the social science standards by examining the standards and discussing the progression of social science instruction in the state.  Additionally, participants will participate in several activities designed to strengthen knowledge of social science practices.  Copies of the new standards with literary connections can be found on-line at:  Information concerning resources that will assist in implementing the standards will be shared with educators to support quality social science instruction.


Date:  October 27, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $25.00
Audience:  All Social Studies Teachers & Administrators
Presenter:  David Potthast
Registration Deadline:  10/20/2017