October 19, 2018

#11731 Using Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management at the Elementary Level

All participants MUST have attended an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Interface workshops by Anne McNelis.  Anne has presented at the district level and also at the ROE in the Spring and Summer of 2018.  She will present this brain research information again on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at the ROE.  Registration is required.

Implement Restorative Practices to work with all students, especially those who have experienced mild to severe trauma in their lives.  As you may have guessed, this may include most of your students.

American society is organized around the concept of rewards and punishments.  It is commonly believed that individuals intentionally choose their behavior.  If behavior is unsafe or unhealthy, we punish the behavior, which will deter it.  With increasing numbers of suspensions and expulsions, as well as justice-involved youth, this behaviorist-based approach has been heavily critiqued by modern-day criminology for missing the mark on the causality of problem behaviors in youth.

Research is very clear that punishment does not deter antisocial behavior.  In fact, traumatized youth are thought to be caught in a trauma-violence cycle that traditional approaches make worse.  This session will review what the research says about punishment-based approaches, and discuss how to use a trauma-informed approach to discipline called Restorative Practice.  Teachers will learn how to organize their elementary-school classroom around use of restorative practices as part of an overall trauma-informed philosophy, including time to practice the use of these strategies to start implementing them with students.

Each participant will receive the book, Better than Sticks or Carrots, by Dominique Smith and Douglas Fisher.

Date:  February 11, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  All School Staff, teachers, paras, disciplinarians, and administrators
Presenter:  Jen Best
Registration Deadline:  2/4/2019

#11732 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Interface

If you work with children, learning about ACEs will change the way you deal with those difficult behaviors some children exhibit. The information in this workshop is a prerequisite to understanding the strategies presented at the February 11th, 2019, “Using Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management at the Elementary Level” workshop.

The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study confirms with scientific evidence that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE Study and other research using the Study’s framework have taught us that ACEs are the leading cause of health and social problems in our nation – the most powerful determinant of the public’s health. Toxic stress during childhood can impact brain development and brain interaction with body systems and can result in negative behaviors. You see these behaviors and maladaptive coping skills every day in classrooms, hallways, and on the sidewalk.  But childhood is a window of opportunity for building resilience – after all, the developing brain is sensitive to all kinds of experience. Learn about these patterns of brain development, the ACE study, our opportunities for ACE prevention, and how protective systems promote resilience in children, families and our community for more productive learning and safe, nurturing environments.

This training will include a viewing and discussion of the documentary “Paper Tigers”. “Paper
Tigers” follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.Training provided by Anne McNelis, LCSW of Transitions Mental Health Services.
Training supported and endorsed by the Eastern Iowa – Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium.

This training naturally pairs well with “ACES Comes to School: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Symptoms in the School” as a follow up.

No electronics necessary.

Date:  February 5, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  6
Audience:  All School Staff, Teachers, Paras, Disciplinarians, and Administrators
Presenter:  Anne McNelis
Registration Deadline:  1/29/2019

#11734 Starlab Training

This training will include the basic operations of the Starlab Planetarium system.  Participants will gain a better understanding of astronomy and the nighttime sky and increase their confidence in introducing this interesting topic to their students.  This training is a requirement in order to reserve Starlab for use at your school.  In addition to reviewing numerous classroom activities and resources for teaching astronomy, participants will practice setting up and taking down the Starlab and operating the projector.  This training is also suitable for any teacher who has previously been trained and needs a refresher.  Each participant will also receive a copy of The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD that is full of hands-on space science lessons.

Date:  November 16, 2018
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenter:  Dr. Don Powers
Audience:  PreK-12 Teachers
PD Hours:  6
Registration Deadline:  11/09/2018

#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

#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

#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

#11695 Engaging Learners with Video

This workshop will provide teachers with ways to design, develop, and integrate video to enhance learning materials and classroom instruction.  Teachers will learn how to create videos (including screencasts from the computer screen), edit videos, share videos, and curate videos on a YouTube channel (to make them available for easy use).  Videos can be used in a wide variety of ways.  Videos and video clips can be used in class, outside of class, to supplement concepts, to extend concepts, and to enhance a gifted education program.  The tools we will be using for creating, editing, and curating videos are  all free.  Participants should bring a laptop with a built in camera and microphone.

Date:  November 1, 2018
Time:  9 AM – 3 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5
Presenter:  Dr. Jim Olsen
Audience:  Teachers Grades 3-12
Location:  ROE Moline
Registration Deadline:  10/25/2018

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)