Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of July 21, 2014

Full Course List

This email contains only courses being offered over the next two weeks. The full list can be accessed by signing into mymadisonpd.org and clicking on "Add a course" under Summer 2014 or by clicking here.

This Week's Courses

Asthma Management in the ClassroomCourse Num: 108 (4)



This workshop will equip the teacher with strategies to prevent asthma triggers in their classrooms. We will discuss health effects of mold, mildew, and other asthma triggers. We will also discuss how managing asthma can improve student performance, keep students in the classroom, and prevent frequent asthma related visits to the nurse's office. The session will be interactive and teachers will learn tips to promote clear air at school, at home, and in their daily lives.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2B; 2C; 2D; 2E; 4C; 4F;
Presenter: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): July 22, 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-22
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)



District Evaluation Advisory Committee MeetingCourse Num: 109 (4)



The District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC) is designed to facilitate discussion between and among administrators and teachers regarding the implementation of AchieveNJ regulations including the new teacher evaluation system. The Committee will review strengths and areas for improvement in our 2013-14 roll-out and will recommend adjustments for 2014-15 that the administrative team will consider. Participants in this meeting will have the option of being paid $50 or receiving 3 hours of PD credit. Only sign up here if you prefer PD credit. This workshop is for Madison staff only.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction & Michael Rossi, Superintendent
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 22; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-07-22
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 11 Minimum Enrollment: 3 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): Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, August 21; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20

Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)



How to Design a Madison Teacher Academy CourseCourse Num: 92 (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): Wednesday, July 23; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Practice with Bar ModelingCourse Num: 103 (4)



This workshop will provide time for teachers to practice bar modeling to represent and solve various types of math problems. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average rating was 4.8/5.

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): Wednesday, July 23; 9:30-11
Start Date: 2014-07-23
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)



Differentiation in the Math Classroom Course Num: 129 (4)



Would you like to learn about differentiation of instruction in the mathematics classroom for grades 6-12? Are you interested in gaining more strategies to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom? If so, you are invited to attend this full-day workshop, which is being offered to provide support for mathematics and special education teachers of grades 6-12 in their use of differentiation instruction. Note: There will be an hour break for lunch from 11am-12pm.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics and Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 1F; 3D; 3E; 4E;
Presenter: Tracey Knerr, Supervisor of Mathematics, Hillsborough
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, July 24; 8am-3pm (1 hour lunch break from 11-12)
Start Date: 2014-07-24
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

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Next Week's Courses

Danielson meets GardnerCourse Num: 94 (4)



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. When this course was offered on January 20, 2014, its average rating was 4.77/5. Comments: Very engaging presentation - excellent activities to use in my classroom. I rated the length of this session to be a 1 because I wish it was longer. They had so many great ideas to share that I felt they ran out of time. I wish they could have shared more of their strategies with us. I think that this could be a successful two hour session. The presenters had the class try out each proposed activity, which was very effective in allowing the class to think creatively about how they could utilize them in their own classrooms. A second hour would allow for more techniques to be discussed, and the pace would not feel rushed. I loved the ideas, and the fact that we were able to practice the strategies that John

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3C;
Presenters: John Ciferni, Grade 8 Social Studies, Madison Junior School & Monica Brady, Grade 8 Science, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, July 29; 10-11:30am
Start Date: 2014-07-29
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)



Getting to know your Google DriveCourse Num: 133 (4)



This year, all Madison faculty members will be provided with a district Google Drive Account. Learn what Google Drive is, how to access it, and the many ways it can make your (home and school) life easier!!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4E;
Presenter: Liz Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 30; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)

New Courses Added to the System This Week

Getting Your Google Classroom Set-UpCourse Num: 131 (4)



Madison has partnered with Google to provide Apps for Education to both students and faculty this coming school year. This course is designed to introduce staff to the basics of the Google Drive, which is an office productivity suite very similar to what we currently use in Madison (Microsoft Office). There are four primary tools that will be used within the Google Drive Suite: • Docs (Similar to MS Word) • Presentation (Similar to PowerPoint) • Spreadsheet (Similar to Excel) • Forms (an application that has many incredible possibilities) The objectives for this class are to: a) set up your Google account. b) start creating classroom procedures. c) become familiar with the basic features of the Google Suite. d) set up and organize your classes in your Google Drive for a smooth transition in the fall. e) create a Google Form to organize student information. f) provide staff with the resources and links to be create and more engaging classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 4A; 4B; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Stephen Finkelstein, Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 4; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-04
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: finkelsteins@madisonpublicschools.org (Stephen Finkelstein)



Getting Your Google Classroom Set-UpCourse Num: 132 (4)



Madison has partnered with Google to provide Apps for Education to both students and faculty this coming school year. This course is designed to introduce staff to the basics of the Google Drive, which is an office productivity suite very similar to what we currently use in Madison (Microsoft Office). There are four primary tools that will be used within the Google Drive Suite: • Docs (Similar to MS Word) • Presentation (Similar to PowerPoint) • Spreadsheet (Similar to Excel) • Forms (an application that has many incredible possibilities) The objectives for this class are to: a) set up your Google account. b) start creating classroom procedures. c) become familiar with the basic features of the Google Suite. d) set up and organize your classes in your Google Drive for a smooth transition in the fall. e) create a Google Form to organize student information. f) provide staff with the resources and links to be create and more engaging classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 4A; 4B; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Stephen Finkelstein, Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 11; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-07
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: finkelsteins@madisonpublicschools.org (Stephen Finkelstein)




Getting to know your Google DriveCourse Num: 133 (4)



This year, all Madison faculty members will be provided with a district Google Drive Account. Learn what Google Drive is, how to access it, and the many ways it can make your (home and school) life easier!!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4E;
Presenter: Liz Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, July 30; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-07-30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)




Collecting Information using Google FormsCourse Num: 134 (4)



Rethink the way you collect information from your students. With Google Forms, you can make surveys, questionnaires, quick assessments, and homework assignments...to name a few! The responses will come back to you perfectly organized in a spreadsheet that you can quickly and easily read, and-- teachers, hold on to your desks--it can even do the grading for you!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1F; 3A; 3D; 4C;
Presenter: Liz Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, August 5; 8:30-9:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-05
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)



Educating the Whole ChildCourse Num: 135 (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. When the course was offered in July 2014, the average rating was 4.8/5. Comments from attendees: *The presenter modeled what we want to do as teachers. He gave each person in the session a voice without judgment. *This was my first Teacher Academy course, and it was a good start. Couldn't help but notice that there was a natural balance of presentation, discussion, and activities. (Yes, I'm always trying to learn about teaching from experienced teachers.) Although I look at students beyond the classroom and academics already, this course reinforced the value of doing so and gave me some more consideration and ideas. Thanks. *The class was very infor

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): Wednesday, August 20; 9-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-20
Hours: 2
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: 136 (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. When this course was offered in Summer 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. *I'm very excited to use surveys in my class. I hope they help me learn more ways to reach my students. *Very insightful. Looking forward to using Google surveys with my students. *Great session. Practical ideas that I can use in my class. I plan on creating a survey to use in September with the 6th grade. I think the feedback will be very helpful when

Audience: 3-12 (lower 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, August 20; 8-9am
Start Date: 2014-08-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

Call for Proposals - Fall 2014 Madison Teacher Academy

I am happy to announce this call for proposals for workshops in the Fall 2014 session of the Madison Teacher Academy.


Fall courses will run between September 10, 2014 and December 22, 2014.

The proposal form is available here. Initial proposals will be accepted until 3:00pm on Friday, August 29, 2014. Those selected to present will be compensated for preparation and presentation time at $46.00/hour as stipulated in Part B, Article V of the Agreement. Based on feedback received from presenters this summer, you will have the option to decline payment for your presentation time and opt to instead receive PD credit that can be applied to the six hours needed to be excused from the June 22, 2015 PD day.


If you are tying your proposal to Danielson, you should aim to directly address 1-2 components where workshop participants can expect to see tangible results due to the workshop. Teachers who have been consistently rated “highly effective” in a particular component are urged to consider sharing their expertise through this avenue.


Workshops do not have to be limited to teaching staff members. It would be wonderful to see some proposals aimed at teaching assistants, secretaries, nurses, etc.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a principal or supervisor if you have an idea and would like some assistance in developing a proposal. Answers to frequently asked questions and guidance for crafting your workshop proposal can be found by clicking here.


Important Dates:

· Proposals accepted - July 17 - August 29

· Registration open - September 3

· Courses run - September 10 - December 22