Learning Connections

Muskingum Valley ESC - December 2018 and January 2019

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December 3 - "All In" with Gian Paul Gonzalez

9:00 a.m. - Education Leaders

10:00 a.m. - Students


“We are faced with decisions every day at which time we can decide to be fully committed, or all in,” says Gonzalez, a former All-American forward who passed up a professional basketball contract to continue his work with at-risk youth.


In today’s world, where students and staff need to be reminded every day to be committed to education and careers, attend this session with Gonzalez to hear how you can instill a sense of commitment and hope in the students and educators in your districts.


See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

Mrs. Claus - Interactive Student Session for Grades K-2

Do you need a holiday-themed lesson to address the standards in your classroom? The interactive video conference, Spending Time with Mrs. Claus, will address those needs and keep your students talking for days to come. This is one of our most popular December lessons!


Students will interact with Mrs. Claus to complete a variety of problem-solving tasks in a fun way. During the lesson, Mrs. Claus pulls in Science, Math and Language concepts and guides students to apply skills to solve puzzles and create a holiday craft. This holiday lesson stresses kindness and giving of yourself throughout the entire year - a lesson not to miss!


Spaces are limited and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

Please see specific dates and times to register your classroom.

Cost is $120.00 per connecting site. Fee includes individually packaged kits for your students that are mailed to your classroom. There is a 30-student maximum per site. Overage fees and additional kit fees will apply to schools that go over the session maximum. Additional kits can be purchased for $1.00 per kit + shipping fees


Register here.

December 4 - 4:00 p.m. RE Webinar: Formative and Summative Assessments

Year 2 Resident Educators/Mentors, join this webinar for information and ideas to support Focus Mentoring II, Formative and Summative Assessment, that is required in Year 2 of Ohio's Resident Educator program. Participants will take a close look at Domain 6, Formative Assessment, of the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. You will explore the concepts, activities and tools available on the Ohio Department of Education Website. Register here.

Fraction Adventure with Ky Davis - 8:30 a.m.

December 7 - Grades 3-5

January 11 - Grades 6-8


Join Dr. Ky Davis as she introduces her new book entitled "Journey to the Core of Mathematics - The Fraction Adventure." Davis will present many activities and lesson plans aligned to Ohio's Learning Standards as well as an example and template for a "Fractions Escape Room!"


See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

December 11 - 9:00 a.m. Future Ready with Stephanie Donofe Meeks

Learn how to make your school Future Ready with the “Future Ready” framework, inventory tool and free resources.



Participants will learn how to:

• Assess district’s capacity to fully engage digital learning

• Recognize next steps to provide personalized learning

• Utilize resources to support College and Career Readiness

• Align district innovations into a cohesive action plan




See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

December 12 - 9:00 a.m. 3rd Grade Student Connections

Give your students who are gifted opportunities to interact with other students who are gifted! Grade 3 students will be presented with challenges and will have opportunities to use problem-solving and deductive reasoning skills through the following activities:


  • Quiz Bowl
  • The Winter Escape Room
  • No Stress Chess
  • Winter Coding
  • Peppermint STEM

Contact Christie McGee at christie.mcgee@mvesc.org with questions.

December 14 - Gifted Book Study and Gifted Forum

8:00 a.m. Book Study.

9:00 a.m. Gifted Forum begins.


Connect with regional gifted intervention specialists at a collaborative forum held at MVESC. Lunch will be provided.


Registration Is very important to get an accurate lunch count. Register here.


Contact Susan Larson at susan.larson@mvesc.org with any questions.

December 17 - 8:30 a.m. Curriculum Council

Join the MVESC Curriculum Council Network to:

  • Learn from others and generate ideas!
  • Hear how others are approaching best practices, state requirements and common educational topics.
  • Stay updated on current legislature, current research, state requirements and district happenings!
  • Energize your leadership and learning skills through collaborative conversations, shared learning experiences and brainstorming!
  • Connect with with other leaders to learn new and better ways of doing things!

Coming January 2019

January 8 - 9:00 a.m. MVESC Principal Collaborative

Join speakers Sharon McDermott, Franklin Local Superintendent, and Beth Johnston, MVESC School Psychologist, for a presentation on Crisis in Schools (student bullying). Additional activities include a panel discussion with local superintendents on the topic. Mark your calendar and register for this event.

January 9 - 4:00 p.m. Orientation for the Hybrid Course "School Signs 4 Learning Minds"

Participants will learn the manual alphabet, numbers, and common phrases and vocabulary to communicate with deaf students and teach hearing students in the school setting. This is a hands-on course designed to give exposure to a different culture and language and a method to teach children using visual/tactile methodology. The course will enhance teaching of vocabulary and language acquisition. MVESC member districts: $150.00; MVESC non-member districts: $200.00. See flyer for more details. Click here for grad credit registration paper.

January 9 - 4:00 p.m. Orientation for the Hybrid Course "ABCs and 123s" for PreK-2 Educators

The goal of this course is to give you classroom resources, activities and instructional tips on how books can provide a rich context for understanding mathematical concepts. During the course, you will identify ways to build number sense in students and promote practical classroom exercises that will encourage the wide range of learning styles that are present in your classroom. MVESC member districts: $150.00; MVESC non-member districts: $200.00. See flyer for more details Click here for grad credit registration paper.

January 10 - 9:00 a.m. District Compliance Officer Training

Spend time with Derek L. Towster, Esq., Scott Scriven LLP, unpacking laws protecting against unlawful harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion and disability. Any district compliance officers or administrators should plan to attend!

Mark your calendar and register for this event.

January 10 - 12:30 p.m. Section 504 Training for Administrators

Attend this training to learn the differences and similarities among Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Mark your calendar and register for this event. See flyer for details.

January 18 - 9:00 a.m. Give Me 5! Tools for Teaching and Supporting Unity or LAMP Words for Life

Teachers, Speech and Language Therapist and parents should attend this session to:

1. Locate vocabulary with Word Finder,

2. Create and use Vocabulary Builder sets,

3. Create low-tech boards and teaching materials with PASS,

4. Find lesson plans and therapy materials from the AAC Language Lab that match the language level of an individual using AAC,

5. Turn on data logging and upload that information to Realize Language for review.


Participants will need to register at https://www.prentrom.com/

January 23-25 - 8:00 a.m. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

MVESC is proud to partner with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Academy for Excellence in Public Service to offer a second cohort of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training to further operational excellence and build cultures of success in our area school districts, agencies and businesses. Visit http://bit.ly/2pVuQgH for complete details.

January 31, 2019 - Building Leadership Resilience with Tamara Konrade

Mark your calendar for an Inspired Leadership session on Leadership Resilience presented by Tamara Konrade, Inspired Leadership Consultant, from Hutchinson, Kansas!