Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of February 22, 2016

This 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: 4 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)


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)


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: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bosworthk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kelly Bosworth)


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: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)

Next Week's Courses

Google Docs for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 269 (3)



Learn how to use Google Docs offline, publish to the web, use keyboard shortcuts, add flair to your documents by using templates or creating your own template, and 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 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Rebecca Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Room 15
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 1; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-03-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: sullivanr@madisonpublicschools.org (Rebecca Sullivan)


Chromebook ManagementCourse Num: 259 (3)



This hands-on workshop is designed to give participants an experience working with Chromebooks. You will explore the basic features and navigate through troubleshooting. We will look at common problems and share some quick fixes. The workshop will be designed based on your immediate needs so you will leave feeling more comfortable with the use of Chromebooks in your classroom.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Sara Reichel, Library Media Specialist, Madison Junior School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonpublicschools.org (Sara Reichel)


Math AnxietyCourse Num: 197 (3)



We have all seen that look on a student’s face. This session will examine research on math anxiety: where it comes from, how to remediate, and, especially, how we can avoid it in our students.

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)


Using Primary Sources As a Way to Promote InquiryCourse Num: 201 (3)



This webinar is designed for K-12 educators and media specialists to learn more about how primary sources can be used support student inquiry. Christopher Zarr, educational specialist from the National Archives, will discuss effective instructional strategies to promote the development of critical thinking and historical analysis skills.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mark DeBiasse, Supervisor of Humanities
Location: Madison High School C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:00-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: debiassem@madisonpublicschools.org (Mark DeBiasse)


Google Docs for Intermediate UsersCourse Num: 220 (3)



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: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)


Self-Regulation (Part 1): Setting Realistic and Productive Goals Webinar & DiscussionCourse Num: 153 (3)



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, March 3; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2016-03-03
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)

New Courses This Week

Kaizena App for FeedbackCourse Num: 272 (3)



Kaizena is an application that makes it easy for teachers to give high quality feedback on student work- simply highlight and speak to give verbal feedback, or attach reusable resources for common problems. Students can also leave teachers oral responses to prompts or explain what they have written on a document. This application will save you time and allow you to easily give feedback electronically so that you do not have to print out papers!

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, March 10; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)




Growth MindsetCourse Num: 273 (3)



In her groundbreaking 2007 book, Carol Dweck detailed the astounding results of a tremendous body of research into what she calls "mindset." She refers to this mindset as “the new psychology of success,” and details “how we can learn to fulfill our potential.” We will learn about what growth mindset is, the research behind it, and implications for classroom practice.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 205 Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, March 17; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-03-17
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)


Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners in the K-5 Mathematics ClassroomCourse Num: 274 (3)



The K-5 classroom has children with a wide spectrum of abilities. Resources abound for students who struggle, but finding deeply enriching activities for the early finishers is a tremendous challenge. We will discuss what to do when you hear “I’m done.”

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 205 Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 14; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-04-14
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)

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