Professional Development Acadamies

Nashoba Regional School District

Workshops!

We are pleased to announce upcoming workshop opportunities offered by Nashoba Regional School District staff members. Participants may receive PDPs after the successful completion of an academy session (minimum of 10 hours on a topic) with an observable demonstration of learning that could include a written product or other documented product. SEI MTEL Prep Sessions are not eligible for PDPs. Participants of curriculum development workshops will receive a stipend.


Please review descriptions, dates, times and locations below.


When you are ready, use this link to register online.

SEI MTEL Prep Sessions

These sessions are designed to prepare participants to take the SEI MTEL. Time will be spent reviewing material in the following areas:


  • The World of English Language Learners and Their Teachers
  • Teaching Language and Sheltering Content in the Classroom
  • Literacy and Standards-Based Content
  • Teaching for English Language Learners

Participants will practice writing an open-response essay on Integration of Knowledge and Understanding as well as practice answering multiple choice questions. In addition, they will write Language Objectives, tier vocabulary, and differentiate instruction to the various ELD levels.


*Session is offered twice to accommodate as many educators as possible.


Facilitator: Monica Flores

Session One Dates: April 5, 12, & 26 (Tuesdays)

Session Two Dates: June 2, 7, & 14 (Tuesdays)

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Nashoba Regional High School Library Media Center, Bolton

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. This workshop introduces educators to Visual Thinking Strategies, how to facilitate student responses to art images, and application of VTS to other disciplines. Teaching strategies align with Common Core Standards. VTS is a method that targets close observation, inference, drawing conclusions, and supporting with evidence. It can be applied in the classroom with all ages. The workshop will focus on K-8, but educators of all grade levels are welcome. Beginning with basic facilitation skills, responding to narrative imagery, we will progress through structured responses to portraiture, landscape, and abstract images. Participants will explore both oral and written responses. Since VTS can be applied across disciplines, we will use these strategies to discuss short passages of text, a math story problem, an equation, or other material participants may choose to share with the class. Each educator will be required to create a VTS slide presentation and lead the group in a guided response. Friendly feedback will help educators to get started implementing VTS in their own classrooms.


Facilitator: Jane Lattimere

Dates: April 6, 13, 27 & May 3, 10, 17, 24 (Tuesdays)

Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Mary Rowlandson School, Lancaster

Using iPads in the K-2 Classroom (Lancaster)

This workshop will begin with basics about iPad operation and quickly progress to focusing on three main apps: Wixie, Osmo Words, and Movie Maker trailers. Hands on activities will demonstrate how using these apps will help teachers reach our goal of "teaching all students to their full potential" through increased engagement, creativity and checking for understanding. Workflow will also be covered in this class (how to get products or media on and off the iPad and how to create backups of student work).

This workshop will help teachers understand how technology can be integrated into their lesson and Unit plans and give teachers another tool in their toolkit.


Facilitator: Sandy Akdikmen

Dates: March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 25 (Mondays) (6 hours face to face 4 hours of additional assignments to develop learning activities / products)

Time: 3:15 to 4:15

Location: Mary Rowlandson Elementary Computer Lab, Lancaster

Using iPads in the K-2 Classroom (Bolton)

This workshop will begin with basics about iPad operation and quickly progress to focusing on three main apps: Wixie, Osmo Words, and Movie Maker trailers. Hands on activities will demonstrate how using these apps will help teachers reach our goal of "teaching all students to their full potential" through increased engagement, creativity and checking for understanding. Workflow will also be covered in this class (how to get products or media on and off the iPad and how to create backups of student work).

This workshop will help teachers understand how technology can be integrated into their lesson and Unit plans and give teachers another tool in their toolkit.


Facilitator: Mary Fitch

Dates: March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 25 (Mondays) (6 hours face to face 4 hours of additional assignments to develop learning activities / products)

Time: 3:15 to 4:15

Location: Florence Sawyer Computer Lab, Bolton