Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of March 21, 2016

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What is Copyright?Course Num: 282 (3)



Students today have a wealth of information at their fingertips, but what's free for public use and what constitutes copyright infringement? Most plagiarism occurs without the student even being aware of his or her mistake. This not only applies to text but to the use of images in presentations. With our increasing creation of student-centered assignments, students are at risk for committing plagiarism unless they are instructed ways around it. Part One of this class will review topics of the history of copyright, what constitutes fair use, and what is in the public domain. We will look at written, oral and mixed media examples and determine which category they fall into. In Part Two we will look at how students should cite their work and alternative sites where they can find the creative commons. We will then have a mock trial where we attempt to defend a creative work against the charge of copyright violation. Participants must attend both sessions to earn credit.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Pamela Klurfield, Media Center Specialist, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday March 30; 3:15-4:15pm and Wednesday, April 13; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-30
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 16
Current Instructor Email Account: klurfieldp@madisonpublicschools.org (Pamela Klurfield)

New Courses This Week

Supporting ESL Students in the Mainstream ClassroomCourse Num: 284 (3)



This course is designed to provide all teachers strategies on how to help ESL students succeed in their classrooms. In addition to strategies to support ESL students, the teachers will look resources and materials specific to English Language Learners that will help with their lesson planning.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Heather Maguire, ESL Teacher, Madison Junior School/Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 13, 2016; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: maguireh@madisonpublicschools.org (Heather Maguire)


Infusing Art History into the School CommunityCourse Num: 283 (3)



We would like to present an "ART" Madness session which would be an opportunity for teachers to educate the school community in art history in a game like way. We will be piloting the idea in the MHS front lobby in conjunction with the ever popular March Madness. In the end, votes of faculty and students will reveal MHS's favorite artist. Each match up of artists will showcase an iconic work as well as share biographical information on the artist and genre of art they represent. We are keeping it pretty simple for this pilot experiment, but may add brackets next year and take it a step further if there's support. We will share both methods of execution and discuss ways of involving art, history, and world language students who explore art, artists, and genres of art in their respective curriculums.

Audience: Art, World Language, & History Teachers (anyone who calls upon art as a means of learning)
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Mary Ann St. Jacques, Art Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room A6
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 14, 2016; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-14
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: stjacquesm@madisonpublicschools.org (Mary Ann St. Jacques)

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