Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of July 14, 2014

Deadline This Week -- Course Proposals Still Being Accepted for July 23-September 12

If you are interested in submitting a course that meets between July 23 and September 12, you can submit a proposal here. Deadline is July 15.

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

Google Forms and Formative AssessmentCourse Num: 126 (4)



Google Forms is an excellent tool for classroom teachers. Survey students as part of an exit ticket. Ask questions that address various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Redirect students to explanatory information when questions are wrong. Add a script to turn your Form into an assessment that can be graded automatically! Participants in this session will gain insight and strategies to help them drive student performance across all disciplines. All participants will be provided a district account to access Google Apps for Education as part of this training session.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3E; 4B; 4E; BYOD;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, July 14; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)



PARCC Curricula AlignmentCourse Num: 128 (4)



The 2014-15 school year is coming, and with it, the PARCC is coming. We've had some field testing done, but now it's really time to align our curricula to ensure that we give our students the best possible shot at success on the test. By looking at the tools provided by PARCC online for the Reading and Writing standards, participants will be given the opportunity to see how their curricula could fit into the new parameters in ways that will positively impact students.

Audience: Humanities 9-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3D; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, July 14; 10:30am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)



Meet My Friend Ed, EdmodoCourse Num: 113 (4)



This session is a hands-on crash course on Edmodo, an online virtual classroom. Participants will create an account and learn how to navigate the site. Teachers will learn how to create assignments and quizzes for their students to complete. By using Edmodo for classwork and assessment, teachers can save paper and time grading, and students will be able to practice digital literacy skills. Coaches and Club Advisors can also learn how to use Edmodo to stay in touch with students and provide an online area for accessing resources. This session will also show how to use small groups, Edmodo apps, and other advanced features. Educators interested in using Edmodo to flip, gamify, or globally connect their classroom will also benefit from this session. Session participants must have access to a computer and the internet.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4B; 4C; 4D; 4E; BYOD;
Presenter: Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)




Crossing the Digital Reading DivideCourse Num: 114 (4)



Crossing the Digital Reading Divide will provide session participants with best practices and tools for navigating the unexplored territory of reading digital texts and flipping classroom instruction using technology. By using various tools such as Curriculet, Google Apps, Screencast-o-matic, and Librivox, and by sharing various teaching techniques for flipped and blended instruction, teachers in any content area can successfully implement supportive online reading instruction that is authentic, relevant, and meets Common Core Curriculum Standards in 1:1, BYOD, or limited access to technology classrooms. Participants must have access to a computer and the internet. After introducing the tools, participants will be creating resources that they can use in their own classroom.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 4-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Kate Baker, Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 11am-1pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)




How to Flip your ClassCourse Num: 115 (4)



From education journals to teacher’s lounges, the idea of a flipped classroom model is the latest buzz. So what exactly is flipping and why is everyone talking about it? More importantly, is it something you should implement, and if so, how? This session is provides an introduction to flipping and easy- to-implement strategies for flipping your classroom instruction and assessment.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 7-12
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 2D; 2E; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4A; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Kate Baker, Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 1:30-2:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)




All About Think CentralCourse Num: 122 (4)



Participants will explore all of the components of Think Central from managing teacher resource materials to planning & utilizing interactive whiteboard lessons. Participants will also learn how to set up classes and assignments for at home access.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 2C; 3C; 4C;
Presenter: Jo-Ann Feninger, External Consultant, Math in Focus Trainer
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 8:30-11:30am
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)




All About Think CentralCourse Num: 123 (4)



Participants will explore all of the components of Think Central from managing teacher resource materials to planning & utilizing interactive whiteboard lessons. Participants will also learn how to set up classes and assignments for at home access.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 2C; 3C; 4C;
Presenter: Jo-Ann Feninger, External Consultant, Math in Focus Trainer
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 12-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)




Creating Text SetsCourse Num: 105 (4)



Participants will learn more about, and work to create, nonfiction text sets to support Common Core ELA Standards.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 2-5
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 17; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-17
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: loconsoloj@madisonpublicschools.org (Janine Loconsolo)




Modeling Multiplication and DivisionCourse Num: 111 (4)



This workshop will expand on the work done at the recent Math in Focus training. It will focus on helping students to understand and model multiplication and division and being able to help students to connect the model to the algorithm. Please bring a place value mat, some base 10 blocks, paper, and a pencil.

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): Thursday, July 17; 11am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-17
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

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Next Week's Courses

Asthma Management in the ClassroomCourse Num: 108 (4)



This workshop will equip the teacher with strategies to prevent asthma triggers in their classrooms. We will discuss health effects of mold, mildew, and other asthma triggers. We will also discuss how managing asthma can improve student performance, keep students in the classroom, and prevent frequent asthma related visits to the nurse's office. The session will be interactive and teachers will learn tips to promote clear air at school, at home, and in their daily lives.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2B; 2C; 2D; 2E; 4C; 4F;
Presenter: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): July 22, 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)



District Evaluation Advisory Committee MeetingCourse Num: 109 (4)



The District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC) is designed to facilitate discussion between and among administrators and teachers regarding the implementation of AchieveNJ regulations including the new teacher evaluation system. The Committee will review strengths and areas for improvement in our 2013-14 roll-out and will recommend adjustments for 2014-15 that the administrative team will consider. Participants in this meeting will have the option of being paid $50 or receiving 3 hours of PD credit. Only sign up here if you prefer PD credit. This workshop is for Madison staff only.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction & Michael Rossi, Superintendent
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 22; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-07-22
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)



Using Technology to Facilitate the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, CreativityCourse Num: 86 (4)



This workshop will introduce participants to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning (adopted in whole as part of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in 2009). We will explore Web 2.0 resources that are available to all district staff and students at no cost using existing technology resources. Each participant will walk away from the course with a new or revised lesson plan that integrates the 21st Century Skills Framework with grade level/subject curriculum while utilizing Web 2.0 tools.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, August 21; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20

Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)



How to Design a Madison Teacher Academy CourseCourse Num: 92 (4)



Do you have an idea, strategy, or topic that you would like to share with others? Have you been given feedback that you are highly effective in certain areas or have an innovative approach? If you answered "yes" to either question, you should consider sharing with your colleagues through the Madison Teacher Academy. This course will prepare you to write a proposal that targets school and district needs while appealing to your colleagues. By the end of the session you will have a proposal in the system for consideration. Leading professional development is not something for an elite few; we ALL have great things to share with each other.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4D;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 23; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Practice with Bar ModelingCourse Num: 103 (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): Wednesday, July 23; 9:30-11
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)




Aspiring Women Leaders - Day 1Course Num: 119 (4)



This workshop will focus on a Book Study of Sheryl Sandberg's best seller "Lean In: Women, Work and The Will To Lead." Participants will be given a copy of the book and workshop sessions will include discussion about challenges and successful strategies of women in leadership roles. It is permissible to sign up for 1 or 2 of the meeting dates rather than all 3 although participants are encouraged to attend the entire sequence if possible.

Audience: K-12 Aspiring Leaders
Danielson Component(s): 4E;
Presenters: Nicole Sherrin, Principal, Madison Junior School & Stacy Snider, Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts/World Languages
Location: Madison Junior School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 24; 1-2pm
Start Date: 2014-07-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: sherrinn@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicole Kessler)




Differentiation in the Math Classroom Course Num: 129 (4)



Would you like to learn about differentiation of instruction in the mathematics classroom for grades 6-12? Are you interested in gaining more strategies to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom? If so, you are invited to attend this full-day workshop, which is being offered to provide support for mathematics and special education teachers of grades 6-12 in their use of differentiation instruction. Note: There will be an hour break for lunch from 11am-12pm.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics and Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 1F; 3D; 3E; 4E;
Presenter: Tracey Knerr, Supervisor of Mathematics, Hillsborough
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 24; 8am-3pm (1 hour lunch break from 11-12)
Start Date: 2014-07-24
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

New Courses Added to the System This Week

Using Technology to Facilitate the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, CreativityCourse Num: 86 (4)



This workshop will introduce participants to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning (adopted in whole as part of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in 2009). We will explore Web 2.0 resources that are available to all district staff and students at no cost using existing technology resources. Each participant will walk away from the course with a new or revised lesson plan that integrates the 21st Century Skills Framework with grade level/subject curriculum while utilizing Web 2.0 tools.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, August 21; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20

Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Creating Highly Effective Newsletters in a Digital AgeCourse Num: 88 (4)



This workshop will focus on Danielson component 4C: Communicating With Families. During session 1, participants will create a newsletter in Publisher, as well as craft letters to parents about class units/projects using templates as a guide. The session will also discuss ways in which students can contribute to the development of these resources. In session 2, participants will share/get feedback on their finished product and then be presented with an introduction to using digital tools for newsletters of the future. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average course rating was 4.85/5. Comments: I enjoyed seeing what everyone did for their newsletters in Publisher. I wish we had time to share what we did in SMORE. I would have liked to see how everyone was figuring out the different tools. I also recommend that if it is offered again next year, that the computers have Google Chrome. It was much easier to continue working at home, once I was able to use the recommended browser. It is wonderful to learn new skills that we can share with our students. I can see how producing a class newsletter will be a wonderful assignment for all my levels of XXX

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4C;
Presenters: Stacy Snider, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts/World Language & Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 6 & Wednesday, August 20; 11am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)