This Week in MyMadisonPD

Week of April 28, 2014

This Week's Courses

Creating Highly Effective Newsletters in the Digital Age

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.

Audience: K-12
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): Thursday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 13; 3:30-5:00
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 3 Max Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: (Stacy Snider)

Using Student Surveys to Improve Your Instruction

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.

Audience: 6-12 (upper elementary may be able to adapt method)
Danielson Component(s): 3E; 4A; 4E;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison Junior School Room TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, May 1; 3:15-4:15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: (Matthew Mingle)


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Upcoming Courses

Screencast and Video Captures for Distance, Online, and Topic Reinforcement Learning

This workshop will provide an introduction and overview to screen-casting software (i.e. Screen-O-Matic), its benefits, and how it can effectively be applied to a variety of lessons regardless of content area or grade level to create instructional videos, tutorials, and/or additional resources for student learning and growth. In addition, this workshop will give participants the knowledge and skills needed in order to use 'screen-casting' with other hardware and software technology tools (i.e. SMART Boards, Document Cameras, SMART Notebook Software, Microsoft Office, etc.) currently used in the classroom as to make the creation of the videos easy for the teacher and user friendly and meaningful for the student.

Audience: K-12
Danielson Component(s): 1E; 4D; 4F;
Presenter: Rachel Bonnema, Technology, MHS
Location: Madison High School MHS Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, May 6; 3:30-4:30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: (Rachel Bonnema)

Danielson Meets Gardner

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. In this workshop, participants will walk away with resources and strategies such as Mind Map, Fishbowl, Dodecahedron review, Four Corners Discussion and more which they will be able to infuse into their lessons with ease.

Audience: Grades 4-10
Danielson Component(s): 3C;
Presenters: John Ciferni, Grade 8 Social Studies, MJS & Monica Brady, Grade 8 Science, MJS
Location: Madison Junior School Room TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, May 7; 3:30-4:45
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: (John Ciferni)

Classroom Games

As an elementary PE teacher and camp counselor at camps over the years, I have many games that can be played within the classroom. These games can be done as part of an instructional lesson, brain break, as a reward, indoor recess, birthday celebrations, filler, etc. All activities are geared towards elementary, but games can surely be adapted to all levels. Be prepared to have fun and be slightly active during the class.

Audience: K-5
Danielson Component(s): 2A; 2D; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3E;
Presenter: Adam Gerenstein, Physical Education, TJS
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 205
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, May 7; 3:45-4:45
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: (Adam Gerenstein)

Practice with Bar Modeling

This workshop will provide time for teachers to practice bar modeling to represent and solve various types of math problems.

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, May 7; 3:40-4:40
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Max Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: (Kathryn Lemerich)

Introduction to Using Twitter for Professional Development

This course is designed for teachers and all other professional staff who are new or novice with Twitter. Participants will leave session 1 with a Twitter handle, an understanding of basic terminology and functions, several potential resources personalized to role, and their first tweets, retweets, and mentions. Session 2 will meet virtually during a #satchat, one of the leading educational Twitter discussions on the planet where participants will engage with educators from around the world around the weekly topic.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 2E; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School MHS Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, May 8, 3:30-4:30; Saturday, May 10, 7:30-8:30 (virtual)
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: (Matthew Mingle)

Proposals still being accepted

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and added to the registration system as they are approved. You are encouraged to visit from time to time to learn about new courses that may come available.

Workshops offered in May/June – Tuesday, May 6, 3pm

The proposal form is available at 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.

In alignment with AchieveNJ guidelines, workshop proposals that target areas identified as highest need based on observation results will receive preference. You are encouraged to tie your proposals to these areas although proposals on other topics, including content-specific information (i.e. role of religion in American politics, strategies for successfully teaching bar modeling) and BYOD instructional strategies, will also be considered.

Click here to see the high priority Danielson components. 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, 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.