Learning Connections

Muskingum Valley ESC - November 2018

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November 1 - 8:30 a.m. Differentiation for all Learners with Dr. Richard M. Cash

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for 30 years.

Topics of the Day Include:

· Essentials of Differentiating for all learners

· Building learner autonomy

· Going beyond passion projects

· Achieving depth through conceptual development and essential questioning

· Increasing complexity through sophisticated questioning types

· Challenging learners through Enrichment, Extension and Enhancements (E3)

· Thinking critically and creatively

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November Number Line Adventure with Ky Davis

November 2- Grades K-5

November 16- Grades 6-8

Join Ky Davis as she introduces her new book entitled "Journey to the Core of Mathematics - The Number Line Adventure"!

Ky will demonstrate how to use number lines to increase student performance in Number Sense. Learn to scaffold student success using number lines aligned to multiple standards in grades K-8, made available as templates to copy. Davis will present hands-on activities and lesson plans involving the number lines.

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November 2 - 8:30 a.m. Building the Brain through the Heart - Trauma Informed Schools with Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz

I fight pOVERty. I have walked with dozens of families as they made it completely out of pOVERty. I see pOVERty as the main driver for most social problems. So let’s get people out of pOVERty! I work with kids, parents, educators and communities to do just that! Trauma-informed and restorative justice principles are the tool belt. Changed mindsets become the toolbox, and relationships are the playground for taking this age-old dilemma and turning it into a winnable game.

Experience the Poverty Paradigm Experience

Want to empower your educators to find new ways to reach poor kids and their parents? The Poverty Paradigm Experience simulates the tangle of housing, utilities, food, transportation, school, mental health, social services and work that children or parents in poverty experience every day.

Hear Rebecca’s story and learn the nuts and bolts of building a trauma-informed classroom.

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November 6, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. Ohio Report Card System Learn the Specifics with Marianne Mottley of ODE

Join us for a discussion on how to interpret and understand the revisions to Ohio’s Report Card with Marianne Mottley, the Director of Accountability for the Ohio Department of Education.

This session is for all district and school leaders who are interested in learning more about Ohio’s Report Card.

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November 7 - 9:00 a.m. 4th Grade Student Connections

Give your students who are gifted opportunities to interact with other students who are gifted! Grade 4 students will be presented with challenges and will have opportunities to use problem-solving and deductive reasoning skills through the following activities:

  • The Great Arctic Challenges
  • The Growth Mindset Escape Room
  • No Stress Chess
  • Building Creative Analogies

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

November 11-17 Dude Be Kind Week

What is a Dude, Be Kind Week?

A Dude, Be Kind Week (DBK Week) is a time where we will focus on how much kindness matters in our communities. Our hope is that this week will spur conversations and activities that will promote kindness, gratitude for those acts of kindness, and inclusiveness, so no one will get left out of the fun.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Create a team of people who will support your efforts to bring DBK to your organization.
  2. Ask your team to think about WHY being kind is important to the community.
  3. Brainstorm ways you can spread kindness in your district, building or organization.
  4. Plan a theme for each day of your DBK Week OR make it into a year-long effort!
  5. Get your organization excited about the positive vibes coming their way.
  6. Have a blast creating a great experience that will be discussed for weeks and years to come!


If you would like to participate in a DBK Week, but aren't sure how to get started, contact:

Kim Tatman, MVESC communications coordinator
740-452-4518, x 1136 or kim.tatman@mvesc.org

November 11-14, Free Video Conference Lessons!

Kindness is CONTAGIOUS!

Join us for these free video conference lessons where we will intentionally teach kindness and build awareness of how our actions affect others. Each video conference will be a 45-minute interactive event full of demonstrations and discussions on how to manage emotions, actions and decisions so students can navigate our complex society. Following the connection, classes can join the Dude Be Kind Challenge to continue their kindness quest within their district. No special equipment is needed to participate. Districts that do not have video conference equipment can connect from a laptop through the internet.

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE “KINDNESS ROCKS” Video Conference TODAY! To register, please complete the attached registration form and email Leslie Charles to reserve your spot.

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

November 13 - 4:00 p.m. - RE Webinar - Communication and Professional growth

Mentors and Resident Educators work collaboratively to build an environment of self-assessment, goal-setting, reflections and learning as part of the Resident Educator program. Attend this session to focus on practices for communication with families, professional collaboration and professional growth. Learn best practices for communicating to families, collaborating with colleagues and reflecting on professional growth. Participants will review tools that support reflective conversations, communication and professional growth.

Register here.

November 14 - 8:30 a.m. Gifted 101 Grades 6-12

First-year gifted service providers (general educators and AP instructors), attend this learning session to:

  • Examine characteristics of students who are gifted.
  • Review and know your district’s processes to identify students who are gifted.
  • Explore resources and frameworks that support higher level thinking and complexity.
  • Learn the components and how to develop Gifted Written Education Plans.

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November 15 - 9:00 a.m. Elem/MS/HS Principal Collaborative

Join this collaborative of principals to discuss, share and reflect on current educational practices. Each session includes a speaker, a superintendent panel, a program highlight or tour, lunch and an open forum.

The November collaborative will be held at Crooksville EVSD with Superintendents Tom Perkins and Matt Sheridan presenting the topic of Finance/Budgeting and Data (PFR Workbooks).

See flyer for all the details.

Register here.

November 19 - 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!

November 28 - 11:00 a.m. - School Counselor Forum

Join this collaborative network planned and presented by area school counselors. Location wil be announced soon!

Register here.

November 29 - 8:00 a.m. 6th Grade Connections

Sixth-grade students from area school districts will make "connections" while participating in:

  • The Great Rupe Goldberg Energy Challenge,
  • Force and Motion Escape Room,
  • Speed Debating
  • Resiliency Tournament.

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

November 30, 2018- 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The Equity Lab

Are you working on the Local Equity Access Plan required by ESSA?

The Ohio Department of Education is providing an opportunity for districts to work on developing the Local Equity Access Plans required by ESSA. Registration information will be coming out soon via EDConnection.

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 their 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.

Coming January 2019

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.