Elementary Spring Learning

May & June Workshops with E2CCB

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Online Book Study - Ready, Set, Science

May 4, 2016 - June 8, 2016

Ready to capitalize on the fun and excitement students experience in science learning? This text is rich with rationale advocating for a shift in science teaching from a focus on content to a focus on practice. Many case studies fill the pages to give teachers an up-close look at how to turn students into explorers, honing their skills of questioning, observing, and documenting their efforts. This online book study will help teachers reflect on their own practices and plan for experiences like the ones described in the case studies - exciting, real-world applications of science concepts grounded in the standards. The book is available from the National Academies Press and can be downloaded free from their website. A direct link will be sent to those registered. Coursework will take approximately 2 hours per week, for the duration of the 6-week course.

Facilitator: Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist

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Pacing & Planning within the NYS Math Modules (PK - 2)

May 9, 2016

This workshop is designed for PK - 2 teachers who are well into the implementation of the NYS Math Modules and are ready to make the necessary changes to the pace and planning of their curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will explore fluency strategies through Math Talks and discuss adaptations to their current program while maintaining the integrity of the program and alignment to the CCLS. Participants are encouraged to bring their curricular materials and current pacing guides as time will be provided to collaborate and plan.

Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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Designing Common Formative Assessments in ELA

May 11, 2016

While end of year and standardized assessments will give us a snapshot of student learning, it is important to know what students know along the way so that we can adjust instruction accordingly. This workshop will lay out the parameters of designing common formative assessments in ELA for use by a grade level and includes the identification of curricular priorities, understanding assessment types and the hallmarks of quality assessment. Design time will be provided in the afternoon to sketch out the assessments.

Facilitator: Theresa Gray, IES Coordinator

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Designing High Quality Writing Curricula with Angela Stockman Grades K-3

May 13, 2016

After assessing needs, teachers will work in differentiated groups to either build capacity to design high quality curricula as identified in a previous workshop or use what was learned in our previous session to forward their action plan. Special opportunities will be provided for teachers to explore units that align with the New York State ELA Curriculum Domains and Modules. Protocols for curriculum design in any context will be shared, and teachers will use them to begin drafting.

Facilitator: Angela Stockman

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Argument Writing in Social Studies

May 16, 2016

Recent changes to social studies have lead to a greater emphasis on argument writing. How does argument differ from the document based question? This workshop will provide participants with the essentials for teaching, scoring and providing feedback in argumentative writing specific to social studies.

Facilitator: Marcy Sweetman, Staff Development Specialist

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Designing High Quality Writing Curricula with Angela Stockman Grades 4-5

May 19, 2016

After assessing needs, teachers will work in differentiated groups to either build capacity to design high quality curricula as identified in a previous workshop or use what was learned in our previous session to forward their action plan. Special opportunities will be provided for teachers to explore units that align with the New York State ELA Curriculum Domains and Modules. Protocols for curriculum design in any context will be shared, and teachers will use them to begin drafting.

Facilitator: Angela Stockman

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Web Tools to Foster Student Research (Model Schools)

May 23, 2016

Take advantage of the increasing amount of web tools and apps to help teachers integrate technology in research and inquiry work in and out of class. Grounded in the Common Core Learning Standards for New York State, teachers will have an opportunity to revise current research projects to align to the standards and sharpen students technology skills and to prepare students for college and the workforce. This workshop is for teachers at any grade level, any discipline who are proficient with technology.

Facilitator: Marcy Sweetman, Staff Development Specialist

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Making the Most of High-Stakes Tests

May 24, 2016

Are you an educator who laments the required high-stakes test? Struggling to find value in a summative assessment designed by someone other than the classroom teacher? In this workshop, you will learn some ways to mine the test for valuable information (not just data), engage your students in an exploration of what they will learn, and frame the content of your course in a new way. Time will be allotted for design of curricular materials for you to use with your students so please bring or have digital access to resources and materials you use at the beginning of the school year.

Facilitator: Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist

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Infusing Coding and Computer Science into the K-12 Classroom (Model Schools)

May 25, 2016

Computer Coding is the language of the 21st century. The skills a student learns through basic computer science can expand a student’s world infinitesimally and provide students with the opportunity to challenge themselves to design new and innovative ways to both learn and demonstrate learning. In this hands-on course we’ll explore how we can teach students the importance of basic coding using software called Scratch©. We will also look at technology and tools that can help enhance this experience for students; including Makey Makey’s, Legos in Education and Code.org. There is no expectation that participants will have prior coding experience, it is only required that you have basic computer knowledge, patience, an inquiry spirit, and a sense of fun. This workshop is suitable for all subject areas and grades.

Participants will: - Receive hands on experience using Scratch© technology tools that can be used in the K-8 classroom.
- Explore lesson plan ideas and ways to incorporate the technology into a standards-based classroom.
- Examine how technology can help students meet cross-curricular literacy standards within a creative setting.

Facilitator: Katy Berner-Wallen, Staff Development Specialist

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Unpacking the Social Studies Inquiries (K-12)

May 25, 2016

Busy schedule? Not enough time to plan a Social Studies inquiry? This workshop is for you! Participants will be given a brief overview of the frameworks, specific to their grade level. Understanding the inquiry blueprint, teachers will have time to create materials to begin an inquiry at their grade level. Participants will be introduced Inquiry Design Model (IDM) blueprint for the creation of the inquiries. The Inquiries were designed to put instructional and curriculum design tools into the hands of teachers and leaders in local districts across New York State. The Inquiry resources focus on implementation of the Inquiry Arc, as presented in The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Teachers will have an opportunity to prepare for and plan inquires.

Facilitator: Marcy Sweetman, Staff Development Specialist

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Digital Citizenship K-12 (Model Schools)

May 26, 2016

Our students safety continues to be one of our top priorities as educators. In a digital world, digital citizenship is more important than ever. This workshop will define the meaning of digital citizenship and how to foster a digital safe learning environment. A variety of resources will be shared throughout the learning session in order to consider digital citizenship for your own classroom. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to plan and prepare for implementation.

Please bring your own device and school district’s digital technology expectations (devices will be available to use during session).

Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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Making Text Come Alive with Protocols (Grades 3 and up)

May 27, 2016

This workshop will share the purpose and meaning of protocols aligned to CCLS reading, writing, and speaking & listening strands. Participants will experience the protocols as a learner and then apply them to their own instructional practice. Participants should bring 2-4 texts (digital text, print, images, etc.) to the session. This session will apply the inquiry approach and provide participants with lesson development time. The intended audience is for grades 3-12 and all content teachers.

NOTE: Bring 2-4 texts for an upcoming unit or lesson plan.

Facilitator: Dana Faye Serure, Staff Development Specialist

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Reading Foundational Skills Series: Remediation to Enrichment (K-5) Blended Workshop Format

June 2, 2016 - Face to Face meeting 8:30 - 3:00pm

June 9, 2016 - 1hr webinar 3:00 - 4:00pm

June 16, 2016 - 1hr webinar 3:00 - 4:0pm

This series will focus on how to use the Reading Foundational Skills Standards to support the learning of your struggling and most proficient learners in the areas of print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition and fluency. In a blended workshop format, participants will initially meet to kick the series off with the standards and using a center based approach being the focal point of our work. This session will be followed by 2 online webinars to dig deeper into resources and strategies and engage in a discussion about implementation. Access links to the webinars will be provided after registration.

Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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Special Event

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ASCD Professional Learning Institute Networked Session : Building Teachers' Capacity for Success

May 19, 2016 & May 20, 2016

During this two-day teacher leadership-focused blended learning session, experienced turnaround principal Pete Hall and experienced instructional coach Alisa Simeral will guide participants to reflect on how they can strengthen their own practice and become more focused leaders and learners alongside their colleagues and their students. As a networked location for the live institute, experienced ASCD facilitators on this topic will be on site to guide the site based learning.

Based on the best-selling ASCD books Building Teachers' Capacity for Success and Teach, Reflect, Learn, this institute will provide participants with the tools (such as the Continuum of Self-Reflection), the mindset (strength based), and the strategies (individualized coaching and differentiated feedback) to build teachers' capacity for success. Principals and other administrators, instructional coaches and teacher-leaders, and classroom teachers are the intended audience and are encouraged to participate as district/school teams.

All participants will receive a copy of the book Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders. Additional details about the ASCD Professional Learning Institutes and networked sessions can be found here: http://www.ascd.org/professional-learning-institutes.aspx.

Please note that a Laptop or Tablet Device is required.

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