Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of October 12, 2015

This Week's Courses

Google Docs for Intermediate Users Course Num: 106 (2)

Learn how to use Google Docs offline, publish to the web. keyboard shortcuts, add flair to your documents by using templates or creating your own template, and learn how to translate documents to different languages. Use Google Docs as a research tool, voice typing and other advanced feedback tools. Learn how to search and use add-ons and extensions to enhance Google Docs. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Luis Largo, Physics Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room G-54
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 14; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: largol@madisonpublicschools.org (Luis Largo)


Supporting Students' Needs as a TA Course Num: 75 (2)

This course is designed to give teaching assistants strategies on how to help students with a variety of needs. Strategies will be shared so that teacher assistants have a toolbox of techniques that can be implemented in a classroom setting. In addition to helping struggling students, teacher assistants will also be given tips on developing a working relationship with a classroom teacher to benefit students. This is a two-part workshop. Attendance at both sessions is required to receive credit.

Audience: Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Tom Liss, Principal, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesdays, October 14 & 21 (must attend both sessions)
Start Date: 2015-10-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: lisst@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Liss)


Google Docs for Novice Users Course Num: 107 (2)

Learn how to navigate Google Docs including creating and sharing documents, commenting on documents, and organizing docs. Learn how to upload word documents and convert to Google Docs. Learn how to view documents revision history and rollback to previous versions. Also, learn how to download a Google Doc as word, pdf, etc. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 14; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-14
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Google Calendar for Intermediate Users Course Num: 108 (2)

Learn how to use Google Calendar to increase communication with students and parents, customize and manage events, and developing and sharing lesson plans. Embed calendar on website. Also, learn how to sync your calendar and set up alerts and notifications for you and for your students. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Kings Road School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 15; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)


Managing Small Group Learning Webinar & Discussion Course Num: 125 (2)

Co-Teaching Playbook Webinar Series with Dr. Rhonda Bondie, Fordham University Why? Academic Diversity Challenges Novice and Experienced Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms. Inclusive practices and an increasing demand of college readiness for all students, results in a wide range of academic levels in P-16 classrooms. This academic diversity has changed the expected starting places for learning in higher level courses posing new challenges for often accomplished and experienced teachers. In addition, millennial students with extremely diverse life experiences, interests, and needs are demanding relevant learning experiences and accessible curriculum. While teachers strive to accommodate students as individuals, at the end of the day, teachers know that all students must attain common standards. Both novice and experienced teachers need preparation and ongoing professional development to learn how to effectively and efficiently engage the full range of students in their classrooms, including those with disabilities, creating equal and optimal learning opportunities for all students every day.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior School/Madison High School
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 15; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2015-10-15
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)

Next Week's Courses

Google Classroom for Novice UsersCourse Num: 109 (2)



Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperless. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Suzanne Monkemeier, Biology Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room D-21
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


Google Forms & Sheets for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 110 (2)



Learn how to add flair to your forms with different themes, view responses in different formats, embed a form in Google Classroom or websites and set up notifications to be receive an email once a form has been submitted. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)


Google Calendar for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 112 (2)



Learn how to use Google Calendar to increase communication with students and parents, customize and manage events, and developing and sharing lesson plans. Embed calendar on website. Also, learn how to sync your calendar and set up alerts and notifications for you and for your students. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Luis Largo, Physics Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room G-54
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: largol@madisonpublicschools.org (Luis Largo)


Getting to Know the NGSS - Elementary EditionCourse Num: 122 (2)



The Madison Science Curriculum is changing with NJ's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards! Join us and learn about the NGSS - what it is, when we are adopting it (Sept 2017 in K-5), and why it is good for our students. Whether this is the first time you have heard about the new science standards or you consider yourself an expert, this is a workshop for you. We will specifically focus on the K-5 standards and what they will look like in Madison's elementary schools. We will also discuss the teaching and learning NGSS techniques that you can implement in your classroom today!

Audience: K-5 Elementary Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Tom Paterson, Supervisor of Science and Technology
Location: Madison High School G53 - Small Theater
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 50
Current Instructor Email Account: patersont@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Paterson)


Understanding the Adolescent BrainCourse Num: 95 (2)



This course will focus on the unique development of the adolescent brain, which spans from age 12-24. The complicated mind of teenagers can often lead to behaviors that appear to be oppositional and defiant, when in fact their brains are not fully developed. As adults we often have high expectations of our adolescent students, however their brains are in a developmental period of chaos. In this presentation we will provide understanding of the development of the adolescent brain and how it impacts students. We will provide strategies and tools for better working with the complexity that is the adolescent student.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior & High Schools & Catherine Steege, Social Worker, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 21; 3:30-5:30pm
Start Date: 2015-10-21
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)


Google Calendar for Novice UsersCourse Num: 113 (2)



Learn the basics of Google Calendar including how to create events, invite others to events, manage multiple calendars, share calendars with colleagues. Learn how to efficiently use Google Calendar to stay organized and to help your students stay organized. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 21; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-21
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)


Gmail for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 114 (2)



Learn how to use Gmail to increase communication and collaboration with students and parents, forward your email and create and share task lists. 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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Rebecca Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Room 15
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 22; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: sullivanr@madisonpublicschools.org (Rebecca Sullivan)


Google Slides for Novice UsersCourse Num: 115 (2)



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: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 22; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)

New Courses This Week

Understanding Mental Health Issues in a School Setting Course Num: 97 (2)


Students across the nation have been experiencing rising rates of mental health difficulties, including anxiety and depression. Students' school functioning is often impacted by these experiences, and staff find themselves unsure of how to navigate a variety of situations. By understanding different mental illnesses and their impact on students, staff may feel more confident in their skills to support students in difficult situations. Staff members are encouraged to bring scenarios from their experiences at school and there will be time devoted to questions & answers.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior & High Schools & Catherine Steege, Social Worker, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, November 10; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-11-10
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)



Introducing New NAGC Gifted Programming Standards Self Study Checklist Webinar and DiscussionCourse Num: 127 (2)



Join us for an online webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. as we introduce the soon-to-be-released NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Standards Self-Study Checklist. This new tool will help you assess programmatic and professional development needs in relation to implementing the six national gifted programming standards. Dr. Alicia Cotabish, the Gifted Education Program Coordinator at the University of Central Arkansas will provide practical information on how to use this tool before its official release to the public. The Self-Study Checklist is intended for two audiences: The gifted education teacher, whose focus is on student outcomes. The gifted program coordinator and school administrators, whose responsibilities include not only addressing student outcomes throughout the school district but also on providing resources and support to teachers so that they implement best practices in gifted education. Following the webinar will be a Q&A session to address all of your concerns.

Audience: REACH Teachers and Administrators
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Central Office Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, November 4; 4:00-5:30pm
Start Date: 2015-11-04
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 2 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

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Call for Proposals - Fall 2015

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The next deadline is October 23 for courses that would run from November 4-16.