Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of July 7, 2014

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This Week's Courses

Educating the Whole ChildCourse Num: 81 (4)



A strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and other core subjects is important for our students, yet it is insufficient for lifelong success. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of the whole child approach to education, which is based on the premise that students must be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in order to learn. By the end of the session, participants will know the five tenets of the whole child and how they can best support students in their roles in the district.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 2B;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): July 7, 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-07
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Introduction to Using Twitter for Professional DevelopmentCourse Num: 85 (4)



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. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average rating was 4.67/5. Comments: I was able to apply this right away, which is not often true of PD. I found this workshop very helpful to improve my understanding of Twitter. It also made me aware of all the different facets and uses of Twitter as an educational tool. Although the chat moved very quickly, I can see that one could gain valuable ideas and insights into particular areas of interest. I am certain Twitter is also helpful in advancing not only educational practices, but careers in education. The session was very organized and productive. I haven't had a chance to do my "homework" ye

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): July 7, 12-1; Second hour is virtual at participant's convenience
Start Date: 2014-07-07
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Teaching the Common CoreCourse Num: 83 (4)



The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Common Core Curriculum Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: K-5
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Robert Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): July 8; 8-11am
Start Date: 2014-07-08
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Teaching the Common CoreCourse Num: 97 (4)



The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Common Core Curriculum Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: 6-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Robert Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): July 8; 11:30am-2:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-08
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Creating Highly Effective Newsletters in a Digital AgeCourse Num: 88 (4)



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. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average course rating was 4.85/5. Comments: I enjoyed seeing what everyone did for their newsletters in Publisher. I wish we had time to share what we did in SMORE. I would have liked to see how everyone was figuring out the different tools. I also recommend that if it is offered again next year, that the computers have Google Chrome. It was much easier to continue working at home, once I was able to use the recommended browser. It is wonderful to learn new skills that we can share with our students. I can see how producing a class newsletter will be a wonderful assignment for all my levels of XXX

Audience: All Staff
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): Wednesday, July 10 & Tuesday, July 23; 11am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-09
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)




Google Teacher Leader Training 1Course Num: 89 (4)



By invitation only - Google Teacher Leaders

Audience: Google Teacher Leaders
Danielson Component(s): 2E; BYOD;
Presenters: Todd MacDonald, Technology Integration Coordinator, Hillsborough Township & Cara Flash, Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 9; 8am-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-09
Hours: 6 Note: These hours for this course will not count toward any exemption hours.
Current Enrollment: 25 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Using Technology to Facilitate the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, CreativityCourse Num: 86 (4)



This workshop will introduce participants to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning (adopted in whole as part of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in 2009). We will explore Web 2.0 resources that are available to all district staff and students at no cost using existing technology resources. Each participant will walk away from the course with a new or revised lesson plan that integrates the 21st Century Skills Framework with grade level/subject curriculum while utilizing Web 2.0 tools.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 10 & Wednesday, July 23; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-07-10
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Using Student Surveys to Improve Your InstructionCourse Num: 87 (4)



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. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average rating was 5/5. Comments: I've used surveys at the beginning of the year to get to know student likes/dislikes/learning styles and mid-year for an action research project on the learning of the subject, but I've never surveyed the students about ME and my teaching. I like the idea with the follow-up throughout the 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 High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 10; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




How to Design a Madison Teacher Academy CourseCourse Num: 91 (4)



Do you have an idea, strategy, or topic that you would like to share with others? Have you been given feedback that you are highly effective in certain areas or have an innovative approach? If you answered "yes" to either question, you should consider sharing with your colleagues through the Madison Teacher Academy. This course will prepare you to write a proposal that targets school and district needs while appealing to your colleagues. By the end of the session you will have a proposal in the system for consideration. Leading professional development is not something for an elite few; we ALL have great things to share with each other.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4D;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 10; 1-2pm
Start Date: 2014-07-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Unpacking the Danielson RubricCourse Num: 107 (4)



Join me in analyzing the Danielson rubric to better understand the meanings of the different levels of the rubric.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kathy Koop, Principal, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Library/Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Friday, July 11; 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-07-11
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: koopk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Koop)




Google Forms and Formative AssessmentCourse Num: 118 (4)



Google Forms is an excellent tool for classroom teachers. Survey students as part of an exit ticket. Ask questions that address various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Redirect students to explanatory information when questions are wrong. Add a script to turn your Form into an assessment that can be graded automatically! Participants in this session will gain insight and strategies to help them drive student performance across all disciplines. All participants will be provided a district account to access Google Apps for Education as part of this training session.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3E; 4B; 4E; BYOD;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Friday, July 11; 10:30am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)




PARCC Curricula AlignmentCourse Num: 127 (4)



The 2014-15 school year is coming, and with it, the PARCC is coming. We've had some field testing done, but now it's really time to align our curricula to ensure that we give our students the best possible shot at success on the test. By looking at the tools provided by PARCC online for the Reading and Writing standards, participants will be given the opportunity to see how their curricula could fit into the new parameters in ways that will positively impact students.

Audience: Humanities 9-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3D; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Friday, July 11; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)

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Next Week's Courses

Google Forms and Formative AssessmentCourse Num: 126 (4)



Google Forms is an excellent tool for classroom teachers. Survey students as part of an exit ticket. Ask questions that address various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Redirect students to explanatory information when questions are wrong. Add a script to turn your Form into an assessment that can be graded automatically! Participants in this session will gain insight and strategies to help them drive student performance across all disciplines. All participants will be provided a district account to access Google Apps for Education as part of this training session.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3E; 4B; 4E; BYOD;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, July 14; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)


PARCC Curricula AlignmentCourse Num: 128 (4)



The 2014-15 school year is coming, and with it, the PARCC is coming. We've had some field testing done, but now it's really time to align our curricula to ensure that we give our students the best possible shot at success on the test. By looking at the tools provided by PARCC online for the Reading and Writing standards, participants will be given the opportunity to see how their curricula could fit into the new parameters in ways that will positively impact students.

Audience: Humanities 9-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3C; 3D; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Ross LeBrun, Supervisor of English Language Arts, 9-12, Orange
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, July 14; 10:30am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: lebrunteacher@gmail.com (Ross LeBrun)


Meet My Friend Ed, EdmodoCourse Num: 113 (4)



This session is a hands-on crash course on Edmodo, an online virtual classroom. Participants will create an account and learn how to navigate the site. Teachers will learn how to create assignments and quizzes for their students to complete. By using Edmodo for classwork and assessment, teachers can save paper and time grading, and students will be able to practice digital literacy skills. Coaches and Club Advisors can also learn how to use Edmodo to stay in touch with students and provide an online area for accessing resources. This session will also show how to use small groups, Edmodo apps, and other advanced features. Educators interested in using Edmodo to flip, gamify, or globally connect their classroom will also benefit from this session. Session participants must have access to a computer and the internet.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4B; 4C; 4D; 4E; BYOD;
Presenter: Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)


Crossing the Digital Reading DivideCourse Num: 114 (4)



Crossing the Digital Reading Divide will provide session participants with best practices and tools for navigating the unexplored territory of reading digital texts and flipping classroom instruction using technology. By using various tools such as Curriculet, Google Apps, Screencast-o-matic, and Librivox, and by sharing various teaching techniques for flipped and blended instruction, teachers in any content area can successfully implement supportive online reading instruction that is authentic, relevant, and meets Common Core Curriculum Standards in 1:1, BYOD, or limited access to technology classrooms. Participants must have access to a computer and the internet. After introducing the tools, participants will be creating resources that they can use in their own classroom.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 4-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Kate Baker, Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 11am-1pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)


How to Flip your ClassCourse Num: 115 (4)



From education journals to teacher’s lounges, the idea of a flipped classroom model is the latest buzz. So what exactly is flipping and why is everyone talking about it? More importantly, is it something you should implement, and if so, how? This session is provides an introduction to flipping and easy- to-implement strategies for flipping your classroom instruction and assessment.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 7-12
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2A; 2B; 2C; 2D; 2E; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4A; 4B; 4E;
Presenter: Kate Baker, Grade 9 English Language Arts Teacher, Southern Regional
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 1:30-2:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: coach.kbaker@gmail.com (Kate Baker)


All About Think CentralCourse Num: 122 (4)



Participants will explore all of the components of Think Central from managing teacher resource materials to planning & utilizing interactive whiteboard lessons. Participants will also learn how to set up classes and assignments for at home access.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 2C; 3C; 4C;
Presenter: Jo-Ann Feninger, External Consultant, Math in Focus Trainer
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 8:30-11:30am
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)


All About Think CentralCourse Num: 123 (4)



Participants will explore all of the components of Think Central from managing teacher resource materials to planning & utilizing interactive whiteboard lessons. Participants will also learn how to set up classes and assignments for at home access.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 2C; 3C; 4C;
Presenter: Jo-Ann Feninger, External Consultant, Math in Focus Trainer
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 15; 12-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-15
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)


Creating Text SetsCourse Num: 105 (4)



Participants will learn more about, and work to create, nonfiction text sets to support Common Core ELA Standards.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 2-5
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 17; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-07-17
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: loconsoloj@madisonpublicschools.org (Janine Loconsolo)


Modeling Multiplication and DivisionCourse Num: 111 (4)



This workshop will expand on the work done at the recent Math in Focus training. It will focus on helping students to understand and model multiplication and division and being able to help students to connect the model to the algorithm. Please bring a place value mat, some base 10 blocks, paper, and a pencil.

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): Thursday, July 17; 11am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-07-17
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

New Courses Added to the System This Week

Building Student & Parent Relationships through Positive CommunicationCourse Num: 79 (4)



This workshop will cover some of the ideas I've found helpful over the past few years in building positive relationships and goodwill with students and families. Positive communication fosters stronger relationship with students, which in turn, encourages students to work harder and become more engaged in class. This workshop will cover ideas to make positive communication possible on an individual student basis; customizable message templates will be provided.

Audience: Classroom Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2A; 3A; 4C;
Presenter: Paige Henry, Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 21; 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-08-21
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: henryp@madisonpublicschools.org (Paige Henry)