Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of October 19, 2015

This Week's Courses


Google Forms & Sheets for Intermediate Users Course Num: 110 (2)


Learn how to add flair to your forms with different themes, view responses in different formats, embed a form in Google Classroom or websites and set up notifications to be receive an email once a form has been submitted. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Google Calendar for Intermediate Users Course Num: 112 (2)


Learn how to use Google Calendar to increase communication with students and parents, customize and manage events, and developing and sharing lesson plans. Embed calendar on website. Also, learn how to sync your calendar and set up alerts and notifications for you and for your students. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Luis Largo, Physics Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room G-54
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: largol@madisonpublicschools.org (Luis Largo)




Getting to Know the NGSS - Elementary Edition Course Num: 122 (2)


The Madison Science Curriculum is changing with NJ's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards! Join us and learn about the NGSS - what it is, when we are adopting it (Sept 2017 in K-5), and why it is good for our students. Whether this is the first time you have heard about the new science standards or you consider yourself an expert, this is a workshop for you. We will specifically focus on the K-5 standards and what they will look like in Madison's elementary schools. We will also discuss the teaching and learning NGSS techniques that you can implement in your classroom today!

Audience: K-5 Elementary Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Tom Paterson, Supervisor of Science and Technology
Location: Madison High School G53 - Small Theater
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 50
Current Instructor Email Account: patersont@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Paterson)




Understanding the Adolescent Brain Course Num: 95 (2)


This course will focus on the unique development of the adolescent brain, which spans from age 12-24. The complicated mind of teenagers can often lead to behaviors that appear to be oppositional and defiant, when in fact their brains are not fully developed. As adults we often have high expectations of our adolescent students, however their brains are in a developmental period of chaos. In this presentation we will provide understanding of the development of the adolescent brain and how it impacts students. We will provide strategies and tools for better working with the complexity that is the adolescent student.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior & High Schools & Catherine Steege, Social Worker, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 21; 3:30-5:30pm
Start Date: 2015-10-21
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)




Google Calendar for Novice Users Course Num: 113 (2)


Learn the basics of Google Calendar including how to create events, invite others to events, manage multiple calendars, share calendars with colleagues. Learn how to efficiently use Google Calendar to stay organized and to help your students stay organized. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 21; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-21
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)




Gmail for Intermediate Users Course Num: 114 (2)


Learn how to use Gmail to increase communication and collaboration with students and parents, forward your email and create and share task lists. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Rebecca Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Room 15
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 22; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: sullivanr@madisonpublicschools.org (Rebecca Sullivan)




Google Slides for Novice Users Course Num: 115 (2)


Learn how to create and collaborate with Google Slides. Also, learn how to import existing powerpoints into Slides, view presentation, templates, themes, and printing from slides. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 22; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)

Next Week's Courses

The Power of QuestionsCourse Num: 88 (2)



The ability to ask the right questions is a vital component in improving instruction and ensuring mastery of learning. When used effectively, questioning and other assessment techniques can increase engagement, raise student achievement levels, inspire learning, and create a positive classroom atmosphere. Please join us in exploring how we can use these skills to transform our classrooms and schools. The answer is in the questions. If you want to know why you're getting the results you are getting, look at what you're asking and consider who is asking. Our keynote, by Dr. Tracey Severns, will focus on the power of questions to spark interest, engagement, and deep understanding. Participants will learn how to apply Webb's Depth of Knowledge and Daggett's concept of Rigor and Relevance to evaluate and improve the quality of questions students are asked. In addition, participants will learn how to use the Question Formulation Technique in Rothstein and Santana's Make Just One Change, to teach students how to ask their own questions and drive their own learning.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Tracey Severns, Director of Student Performance, Mount Olive Schools (Formerly Assistant Commission of Education, NJDOE)
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 27; 5:30-7:30pm (Optional dinner at 5:00pm for $10)
Start Date: 2015-10-27
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 1 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Google Slides for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 116 (2)



Learn how to create engaging lessons and activities with Google Slides. Learn how to embed videos, animations, transitions,and publish to the web. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 27; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)


Google Classroom for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 117 (2)



Learn how to embed content and Google Calendars into your Classroom. Also learn how to use Google Classroom as a blog with student interactions, how add-ons such as Flubaroo can help streamline the grading process, and how to share websites with the entire class at the same time. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Elizabeth Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 100
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 29; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-29
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)


Getting to Know the NGSS - Elementary EditionCourse Num: 124 (2)



The Madison Science Curriculum is changing with NJ's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards! Join us and learn about the NGSS - what it is, when we are adopting it (Sept 2017 in K-5), and why it is good for our students. Whether this is the first time you have heard about the new science standards or you consider yourself an expert, this is a workshop for you. We will specifically focus on the K-5 standards and what they will look like in Madison's elementary schools. We will also discuss the teaching and learning NGSS techniques that you can implement in your classroom today!

Audience: K-5 Elementary Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Tom Paterson, Supervisor of Science and Technology
Location: Madison High School G53 - Small Theater
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 29; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-29
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 50
Current Instructor Email Account: patersont@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Paterson)

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