FALL PD Opportunties!
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The English College Readiness meetings will be on the following dates this semester:
Fridays, Sept 18th, Oct 16th, and Nov 13th, all from 1-3pm.
Sept. 18th: Sharing Updates and Maximizing Technology in the English Classroom.
Each institution, including KCC as requested, will share any recent updates to their courses, curricula, policies, etc. Participants will also discuss how to maximize use of technology such as Chromebooks, TurnItIn, and Google Classroom.
Oct. 16th : Student Led Instruction and Pre/Post Testing
In this session, participants will share assignments and activities that put students at the center of both teaching and learning. Participants will also share how they pre and post test students for specific units.
Nov. 13th: Evaluation of Writing and Course Policies
In this session, participants will individually evaluate common papers to launch a discussion of writing expectations, standards, and evaluation practices. Participants will also discuss to what degree our classroom policies align/prepare students for increased accountability.
This semester, English will meet 9-11am Friday mornings Sept 18, Oct 16th and Nov 13th in D211. On those same days, the math group will meet in the afternoons 12:30-3pm.
For more information & to RSVP contact: Linsey Cuti at KCC
Math College Readiness Meetings
Friday, Sept 18th from 12:30 - 3
Friday, Oct 16th from 12:30 - 3
and Friday, Nov 13th from 12:30 - 3
For topics and more information, please contact Jennifer Nikolic at KCC to RSVP.
New Science College Readiness Meetings!
Greetings! I wanted to contact everyone before we get really busy with the start of the year. Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday Sept. 11 in D300. Last Spring we decided our topic for that meeting should be college readiness and therefore I have invited KCC faculty to join us. Let's plan on starting at 9 am that day instead of our usual 9:30. I hope that works for everyone! Contact Carrie to RSVP.
Professor of Anatomy & Physiology
Kankakee Community College
100 College Dr.
Kankakee, IL 60901
I-KAN Assessment Cohort
• Alignment of standards, assessments and instruction
• Descriptions of high quality assessments
• Grading in a standards-aligned classroom
• How to work with staff in increasing their assessment literacy
• How the Teacher Evaluation system can increase student achievement
This cohort series is designed for teacher leaders and administrators to bring back and lead assessment literacy planning and knowledge creation in their own districts. The format of the sessions will actively engage participants in a hands-on approach to learning about assessment literacy, along with time to network and learn from others.
The series will include 8 sessions and will meet for 2 hours each from 4 to 6 pm over an 8 week period. Participants will utilize their own assessment plans to complete a needs assessment, an assessment inventory, and ultimately a balanced assessment plan of their own.
Two Rivers Reading Council/ Illinois Reading Council
- Harvesting Student Potential: Helping Students Set Goals Based on Data, 5:30 PM, Watseka Library. Sign up here
- We are Building S.T.E.A.M. @ Bradley West 5:30PM, Nagel and Throop. Sign up here
- Holiday Reading Night: Family Literacy Night @ Bourbonnais Administration Office, 6-7:30PM. Bring the family!
Response to Intervention (RTI): The Next Generation of Data-Driven Decision-Making
Schools have been focusing on the effective use of data for nearly two decades to make consequential decisions. But are they the correct decisions? This session will review essentials of the RTI model and its potential to guide best practices for using student assessment data effectively.
- The most common mistakes with RTI implementations and how to avoid them
- Making your RTI implementation practical, workable, and successful
- Using Renaissance Learning solutions to support RTI
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
1501 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820
No charge to attend. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.
Reserve your seats by clicking here.
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Assistive Technologies Mini-Conference
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Eastland Suites Hotel 1801 Eastland Drive Bloomington, IL
This mini-conference will provide both special and general education teachers with tools to assist a wide range of students with special needs. Many of the sessions are hands-on; bring your iPad and/or laptop with you to fully experience these interactive sessions (devices will not be provided at the training). See link below for full session descriptions.
K-12 special education teachers, regular education teachers, paraprofessionals and technology coordinators. Schools are encouraged to bring teams to take full advantage of the variety of sessions.
Cost: $80, includes continental breakfast and lunch
Session details: For complete details and full session descriptions, go to www.ltcillinois.org/AssistiveTech.pdf.
Conference on Illinois History
The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes 25 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. The program is available at: www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx.
October 9th: Fall Kindergarten Conference
October 9th: Fall Kindergarten Conference
DeeDee Wills will cover each topic for an hour and a half:
See how easy it is to empower and involve your kindergartners in daily writing, conferencing, collaboration, and publishing.
All of DeeDee's activities are predictable and sustainable and develop learning independence in all your kindergartners.
Guided Reading and Interventions
Introduction to word work and intervention activities for kindergartners who need help with phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency.
Create predictable and fun activities that target key skills in literacy.
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For Middle School Parents- Dave Shepard, author of "The Middle Matters"
Exploring What Makes a Middle Schooler Tick
January 14th, 6 P.M. at Bradley Central