Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of February 15, 2016

This Week's Courses

Google Slides for Novice UsersCourse Num: 203 (3)



Learn how to create and collaborate with Google Slides. Also, learn how to import existing powerpoints into Slides, view presentation, templates, themes, and printing from slides. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: K-8 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration, Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 17; 6:45am-7:45am
Start Date: 2016-02-17
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)


Everyday Behavior Management StrategiesCourse Num: 163 (3)



This course will provide an overview of the most frequent problem behaviors that occur in the classroom and how to intervene according to the function of the behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback based on their experiences.

Audience: All K-5 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 18; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-02-18
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 14 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)

Next Week's Courses

Google Extensions for the ClassroomCourse Num: 256 (3)



Google Chrome has a library of special tools you can access through the browser called Extensions that can make your life in the classroom easier. Plus, when you use Chrome, all of the apps, extensions and web history are stored in the cloud, so wherever you login, they are literally at your fingertips. In this workshop, you will learn the differences between Apps and Extensions and how they can be used to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will leave this workshop with our favorite Extensions loaded on their Chrome accounts. In addition, we will focus the majority of the time demonstrating Read&Write for Google, which offers a powerful range of support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Richard Vasquez, Special Education Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, February 23; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: vasquezr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Vasquez)



The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through MovementCourse Num: 180 (3)



Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K – 2 classroom content is a key part of this course. In addition, this course will focus on discovering the connection between movement, the brain and learning. We will discuss and examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content – based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 24; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-02-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)




Google Forms & Sheets for Advanced UsersCourse Num: 207 (3)



Learn how to use section headers to add passages, organize your data in the spreadsheet using different tabs, create self-grading quizzes, and create a form that allows respondents to land on a particular page based on response. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Elizabeth Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 100
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 24; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)




Cheating In A Digital Learning EnvironmentCourse Num: 221 (3)



The digital world has changed the way we teach and the way students learn. With the wonderful things technology brings, it also comes with a new set of challenges in maintaining integrity in the learning process and, as a result, in the classroom. This workshop is designed to start the conversation to consider the role of the learning environment in influencing academic integrity. We will also discuss practical suggestions for how to design and teach courses that foster intrinsic motivation, facilitate mastery learning, and create a growth mindset in students.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 24; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)




New Health Rules for AdultsCourse Num: 254 (3)



We love our children and our students, but we need to focus on our health too! In this course we will discuss health rules and tips for adults in their 30's, 40's 50's. We'll learn why things like why midriff and belly fat contributes to a decreased immune system. We'll also learn easy tips to get rid of that fat. We'll discus tips to prevent varicose veins, boost your brain power, and improve your well being. Lastly, we'll learn about health myths that you can ignore.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Nicolette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Torey J. Sabatini Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 24; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-02-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)




Using Edulastic.com as an Assessment ToolCourse Num: 271 (3)



Come learn how to use Edulastic.com as an online assessment tool. You can choose from pre-made assessment questions aligned to the CCSS or create your own. There are a lot of tech enhanced question formats to choose from such as select all that apply, drag and drop, sentence correction, graphing, and classification. Edulastic makes it easy by grading assignments for you with the option for you to grade open-ended questions manually and provide personalized feedback on individual questions or assignments. Online reports show student mastery by standard and allow teachers to quickly identify areas of strength and weakness. Edulastic.com is a great way to assess students as well as prepare them for online tests such as the PARCC. Participants will create accounts and assignments during this session, so please bring a device with you.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Kelly Bosworth, Interim Supervisor of Mathematics and Business & John Kyte, Edutastic
Location: Madison Junior School Room 108
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 25; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2016-02-25
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25

Current Instructor Email Account: bosworthk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kelly Bosworth)


Responsive Classroom: An OverviewCourse Num: 260 (3)



This class is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the components and guiding principles that characterize this valuable program. This overview should serve as an "appetizer," giving participants enough information to investigate the program more thoroughly in the future.

Audience: K-6 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mike Post, Principal, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 25; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-02-25
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: postm@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Post)



Danielson Meets GardnerCourse Num: 192 (3)



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.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: John Ciferni, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 25; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-25
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)

New Courses This Week

Brain BreaksCourse Num: 268 (3)



Learn the research behind movement breaks and the neurological and physiological reasons they works. Explore different movement options and ways to incorporate brain breaks into your classroom. Walk away with a list of activities that you can incorporate to help your students learn and attend better.

Audience: teaching staff, assistants and related service providers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 15; 3:45-5:45
Start Date: 2016-03-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)

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