Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of August 11, 2014

Full Course List

This email contains only courses being offered over the next two weeks. The full list can be accessed by signing into mymadisonpd.org and clicking on "Add a course" under Summer 2014 or by clicking here.

This Week's Courses

Differentiation through questioningCourse Num: 117 (4)



This workshop will enhance teachers questioning for classroom discussions. Teachers will learn when and how to prompt appropriately, infuse higher level questioning, and allow students to grow through proper questioning.

Audience: K-5
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E;
Presenters: Thomas Liss, Principal, Central Avenue School & Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 11; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-08-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 15 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: lisst@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Liss)



Getting Your Google Classroom Set-UpCourse Num: 132 (4)



Madison has partnered with Google to provide Apps for Education to both students and faculty this coming school year. This course is designed to introduce staff to the basics of the Google Drive, which is an office productivity suite very similar to what we currently use in Madison (Microsoft Office). There are four primary tools that will be used within the Google Drive Suite: • Docs (Similar to MS Word) • Presentation (Similar to PowerPoint) • Spreadsheet (Similar to Excel) • Forms (an application that has many incredible possibilities) The objectives for this class are to: a) set up your Google account. b) start creating classroom procedures. c) become familiar with the basic features of the Google Suite. d) set up and organize your classes in your Google Drive for a smooth transition in the fall. e) create a Google Form to organize student information. f) provide staff with the resources and links to be create and more engaging classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 4A; 4B; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Stephen Finkelstein, Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 11; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 14 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: finkelsteins@madisonpublicschools.org (Stephen Finkelstein)




Increasing Academic Success for ELL Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal EducationCourse Num: 84 (4)



English Language Learners (ELLs) who have had limited access to formal education in their native languages face many challenges in the American school system. This workshop addresses the diverse needs of these students. Practical suggestions about how educators can address this population's academic, linguistic, cultural and emotional needs will be discussed. Topics include: Classroom management strategies Age-appropriate basic-level literacy strategies Age-appropriate basic-level writing strategies Affirming their knowledge: tapping into cultural assets and knowledge that these students possess Language difference or something more? Making well-informed decisions concerning special education

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B;
Presenter: Jory Samkoff, Educational Consultant, Multicultural Mindset
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): August 12, 9-12
Start Date: 2014-08-12
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 10 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: jsamkoff@gmail.com (Jory Samkoff)




Google Teacher Leader Training 2Course Num: 90 (4)



By invitation only - Google Teacher Leaders

Audience: Google Teacher Leaders
Danielson Component(s): 2E; BYOD;
Presenters: Todd MacDonald, Technology Integration Coordinator, Hillsborough Township & Cara Flash, Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 13; 8am-3pm
Start Date: 2014-08-13
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 30 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

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Next Week's Courses

Teaching the Common CoreCourse Num: 98 (4)



The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Common Core Curriculum Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: K-5
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Robert Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): August 18; 11:30am-2:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-18
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)



Teaching the Common CoreCourse Num: 99 (4)



The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Common Core Curriculum Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: 6-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Robert Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): August 18; 8-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-18
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Practice with Bar ModelingCourse Num: 104 (4)



This workshop will provide time for teachers to practice bar modeling to represent and solve various types of math problems. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average rating was 4.8/5.

Audience: Classroom and Special Education Math Teachers of Grades 2-6
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Kathryn Lemerich, Supervisor of Mathematics and Business
Location: Central Avenue School Room TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 18; 12-1:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-18
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)




Using Electronic Data Collection Methods in ScienceCourse Num: 100 (4)



This workshop will provide participants with experience and knowledge in using the Vernier Labquest portable data collection tool. This tool allows students to make a variety of scientific measurements using electronic probes, and no computer is required! Participants will learn how to navigate the equipment's menus and participate in hands-on data collection using the probes in different laboratory scenarios. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to request use of this equipment in their classes during the year.

Audience: 6-12 Science
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; 4E;
Presenter: Tom Paterson, Supervisor of Science and Technology
Location: Madison High School Room G55
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 20; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-08-20
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: patersont@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Paterson)




Educating the Whole ChildCourse Num: 135 (4)



A strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and other core subjects is important for our students, yet it is insufficient for lifelong success. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of the whole child approach to education, which is based on the premise that students must be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in order to learn. By the end of the session, participants will know the five tenets of the whole child and how they can best support students in their roles in the district. When the course was offered in July 2014, the average rating was 4.8/5. Comments from attendees: *The presenter modeled what we want to do as teachers. He gave each person in the session a voice without judgment. *This was my first Teacher Academy course, and it was a good start. Couldn't help but notice that there was a natural balance of presentation, discussion, and activities. (Yes, I'm always trying to learn about teaching from experienced teachers.) Although I look at students beyond the classroom and academics already, this course reinforced the value of doing so and gave me some more consideration and ideas. Thanks. *The class was very infor

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 2B;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 20; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-20
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Using Student Surveys to Improve Your InstructionCourse Num: 136 (4)



Learn how to use student surveys to gather feedback, improve your instructional practice, and increase student ownership of their learning. Participants will see artifacts of my use of a survey system with high school students and then brainstorm applicability to their own setting. Attendees will be encouraged to try using a survey before the end of the school year. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average rating was 5/5. When this course was offered in Summer 2014, the average rating was 5/5. Comments: *I've used surveys at the beginning of the year to get to know student likes/dislikes/learning styles and mid-year for an action research project on the learning of the subject, but I've never surveyed the students about ME and my teaching. I like the idea with the follow-up throughout the year. *I'm very excited to use surveys in my class. I hope they help me learn more ways to reach my students. *Very insightful. Looking forward to using Google surveys with my students. *Great session. Practical ideas that I can use in my class. I plan on creating a survey to use in September with the 6th grade. I think the feedback will be very helpful when

Audience: 3-12 (lower elementary may be able to adapt method)
Danielson Component(s): 3E; 4A; 4E;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 20; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-08-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Building Student & Parent Relationships through Positive CommunicationCourse Num: 79 (4)



This workshop will cover some of the ideas I've found helpful over the past few years in building positive relationships and goodwill with students and families. Positive communication fosters stronger relationship with students, which in turn, encourages students to work harder and become more engaged in class. This workshop will cover ideas to make positive communication possible on an individual student basis; customizable message templates will be provided.

Audience: Classroom Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2A; 3A; 4C;
Presenter: Paige Henry, Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 21; 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-08-21
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: henryp@madisonpublicschools.org (Paige Henry)




Danielson meets GardnerCourse Num: 95 (4)



Who's working harder, you or your students?? When Charlotte Danielson meets Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences become powerful tools to actively engage learner "X" in your classroom. Student engagement is more than turn and talk. In this workshop, learn DYNAMIC strategies and best practices currently used in the classroom to engage students in the learning process. When this course was offered on January 20, 2014, its average rating was 4.77/5. Comments: Very engaging presentation - excellent activities to use in my classroom. I rated the length of this session to be a 1 because I wish it was longer. They had so many great ideas to share that I felt they ran out of time. I wish they could have shared more of their strategies with us. I think that this could be a successful two hour session. The presenters had the class try out each proposed activity, which was very effective in allowing the class to think creatively about how they could utilize them in their own classrooms. A second hour would allow for more techniques to be discussed, and the pace would not feel rushed. I loved the ideas, and the fact that we were able to practice the strategies that John

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3C;
Presenter: John Ciferni, Grade 8 Social Studies, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 21; 10-11:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-21
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)




Teach Like a Pirate Book StudyCourse Num: 112 (4)



All staff members will experience the dynamic presenter Dave Burgess during the September 3 in-service day and receive a copy of his popular book "Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator." Join members of the Teach Like a Pirate teacher leadership cadre and administrators to read and discuss the book this summer. Participants in the book study are encouraged to join the leadership cadre as well. Books will be provided to all book study participants before leaving for the summer.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kathryn Lemerich, Supervisor of Mathematics and Business
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 21; 12-2pm
Start Date: 2014-08-21
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)




Designing & Leading Social Media in Madison Public SchoolsCourse Num: 96 (4)



Attendees will help design and populate a newly formed Madison Public Schools Facebook Page, and facilitate the use and management of other social media outlets. This workshop is for Madison staff only.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 2A; 2B; 3A; 3E; 4C; 4D;
Presenters: Michael Rossi, Superintendent & Rachel Bonnema, Technology Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Friday, August 22; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-08-22
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: rossim@madisonpublicschools.org (Michael Rossi)

New Courses Added to the System This Week

Introduction to ChromeCourse Num: 137 (4)



Are your students coming in with new computers, but you have no idea what the difference is between Chrome, Google Apps, and how this will affect your Chromebook?! Come walkthrough an explanation of what Google Chrome is and how it can make your hard work as a teacher a little easier.

Audience: All Staff - Beginner Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Daisy Sam, Spanish Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: dsam@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Daisy Sam)



Introduction to ChromebooksCourse Num: 139 (4)



This session will introduce you to Chromebooks and how they can be integrated into your classroom. Learn the basics of the device and best practices for implementing a successful Chromebook into your classroom.

Audience: All Staff - Beginner Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Daisy Sam, Spanish Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: dsam@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Daisy Sam)




Getting to know Google Apps for Education (GAFE)Course Num: 140 (4)



Have you heard terms like “Google Docs” “Drive” or “Sharing” and don’t know what people are talking about? Starting from the point of log-on, we’ll slowly work through the process of being part of the new side of Google, creating documents, collaborating, and the basic elements of privacy on Google. Attend this session if you’d like (or need!) a true introductory progression through the basics of Google Apps for Education

Audience: All Staff - Beginner Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 10-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sgigante@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Stefanie Gigante)




Google Drive Organization and ManagementCourse Num: 141 (4)



Now that you can create your own docs in Google, upload files and folders, as well as access documents shared with you, chances are, your Drive looks a bit chaotic. Come discover tips and tricks for organizing all your information and maximizing your workflow in Drive.

Audience: All Staff - Beginner Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 12-1pm
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sgigante@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Stefanie Gigante)




Google + / Google HangoutsCourse Num: 142 (4)



You are a Google Drive ninja! Now what? Learn how to maximize and grow your professional learning community in a Google-based social media platform!

Audience: All Staff - Beginner Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 1-2pm
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sgigante@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Stefanie Gigante)




Google Workshop TimeCourse Num: 143 (4)



Independent time for teachers to “get your Google on.”

Audience: All Staff - Beginner/Intermediate Levels
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenters: Daisy Sam, Spanish Teacher, Ridgewood High School & Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 2-3pm
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: dsam@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Daisy Sam)




Chrome Add-ons/apps/extensionsCourse Num: 144 (4)



Google Apps and your Chrome browser have much more to offer than meets the eye. Learn how you can install more apps, add-ons within apps, and browser extensions to enhance your use of technology tools in your classroom.

Audience: All Staff - Intermediate Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sgigante@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Stefanie Gigante)




Google FormsCourse Num: 145 (4)



Create surveys, formative assessments, and information-gathering documents. Learn how to access and read the results and use them to learn about your students as well as assess their knowledge.

Audience: All Staff - Intermediate Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Stefanie Gigante, World Language Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sgigante@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Stefanie Gigante)




Google ClassroomCourse Num: 146 (4)



Discover how classroom will change the way you look at GAFE! In this hands on workshop you will get a sneak peak on the new Google Classroom from a student’s perspective. Explore the potential to this online management and collaboration system!

Audience: All Staff - Intermediate Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Daisy Sam, Spanish Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 10-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: dsam@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Daisy Sam)




Google SitesCourse Num: 147 (4)



Google offers a website-building platform that serves a multitude of functions in schools. Discover how to leverage the tools in creating your own site or using existing templates. Develop a site for your classes, clubs or teams, or consider using sites to streamline curricula or develop digital portfolios with your students.

Audience: All Staff - Intermediate Level
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Daisy Sam, Spanish Teacher, Ridgewood High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 28; 12-2pm
Start Date: 2014-08-28
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: dsam@ridgewood.k12.nj.us (Daisy Sam)

Call for Proposals - Fall 2014 Madison Teacher Academy

I am happy to announce this call for proposals for workshops in the Fall 2014 session of the Madison Teacher Academy.


Fall courses will run between September 10, 2014 and December 22, 2014.

The proposal form is available here. Initial proposals will be accepted until 3:00pm on Friday, August 29, 2014. Those selected to present will be compensated for preparation and presentation time at $46.00/hour as stipulated in Part B, Article V of the Agreement. Based on feedback received from presenters this summer, you will have the option to decline payment for your presentation time and opt to instead receive PD credit that can be applied to the six hours needed to be excused from the June 22, 2015 PD day.


If you are tying your proposal to Danielson, you should aim to directly address 1-2 components where workshop participants can expect to see tangible results due to the workshop. Teachers who have been consistently rated “highly effective” in a particular component are urged to consider sharing their expertise through this avenue.


Workshops do not have to be limited to teaching staff members. It would be wonderful to see some proposals aimed at teaching assistants, secretaries, nurses, etc.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a principal or supervisor if you have an idea and would like some assistance in developing a proposal. Answers to frequently asked questions and guidance for crafting your workshop proposal can be found by clicking here.


Important Dates:

· Proposals accepted - July 17 - August 29

· Registration open - September 3

· Courses run - September 10 - December 22