Summer '14 Professional Development

Maine 207's Offerings for the Upcoming Summer

Summer Means More PD Opportunities through Maine 207

Maine 207 is happy to offer another summer of Professional Development opportunities for our staff and anyone interested in growing their knowledge. Below you will find the dates and times for all of the offerings, along with links to register for participants outside of the district (internal staff, please use eduphoria! Workshops).


More detailed descriptions and course information can be found by clicking here!

Grow in Google with Maine 207

Looking to enhance your classroom with Google Apps? See our Google-centric offerings below.


Our Google offerings have a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1d - Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Create a Cooperative Classroom!

Looking to implement cooperative practice among students? Join us to expand and enhance your knowledge of Cooperative Learning!


Our Cooperative Learning offerings have a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1e - Designing Coherent Instruction
  • 2a - Creating an Instructional Environment of Respect and Rapport
  • 2b - Establishing a Culture of Learning
  • 2c - Managing Classroom Procedures
  • 2d - Managing Student Behavior
  • 3b - Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning
  • 3d - Using Assessment in Instruction


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Assessment Literacy: Maximizing & Motivating Student Learning

Looking for ways to increase student learning/achievement while also motivating students to do their best? Wondering how to substantively involve students in monitoring their own progress, increasing ownership of their learning? Seeking guidance to develop effective formative and summative assessments, assessments aligned with learning targets and void of bias? Eager to analyze or generate team-developed common assessments? Interested in examining feedback and grading practices that motivate rather than inhibit learning? Ready to effectively and systematically accelerate quality learning for all students? If you answered, "Yes," to any or all of these questions, then join us for a four-day workshop to learn effective assessment practices that will address each of these questions and equip participants with strategies, tools, and artifacts to increase assessment expertise and improve student learning/achievement. This topic is especially timely and pertinent to our work in professional learning communities!


Lunch is included each full day!


Graduate Credit through Aurora University Available!


Our Assessment Literacy offering has a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1c - Setting Instructional Outcomes
  • 1e - Designing Coherent Instruction
  • 1f - Designing Student Assessments
  • 3a - Communicating with Students
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning
  • 3d - Using Assessment in Instruction
  • 4a - Reflecting on Teaching
  • 4c - Communicating with Families


Dates:


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Cooperative Assessment!

We will address how to handle assessments when coupled with an environment where students work in cooperative groups.


Lunch is included each full day!


Graduate Credit through Aurora University Available!


Our Cooperative Assessment offering has a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1e - Designing Coherent Instruction
  • 2a - Creating an Instructional Environment of Respect and Rapport
  • 2b - Establishing a Culture of Learning
  • 2c - Managing Classroom Procedures
  • 2d - Managing Student Behavior
  • 3b - Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning
  • 3d - Using Assessment in Instruction


Dates:


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Questioning Strategies!

Would you like to improve your classroom discussions? Do you want your students to ask engaging and high level questions? Do you have professional development goals oriented around Domain 3 Component B of the Danielson Framework? Workshop participants will look at: types of questioning levels, strategies for managing a classroom discussion, techniques for getting every student involved, and lesson designs that help students generate their own questions.


Lunch is included each full day!


Graduate Credit through Aurora University MIGHT be Available. Check back periodically for confirmation.


Our Questioning Strategy offering has a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1c - Setting Instructional Outcomes
  • 1e - Designing Coherent Instruction
  • 1f - Designing Student Assessments
  • 3b - Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning


Dates:


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Neuroscience and the Classroom: Neuroscience Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning

Why do some students perform better on cognitive tasks than others? What can we learn from neuroscience research that impacts teaching and learning? This 3-day interactive workshop explores what research can now reveal to educators about attention, memory, emotion, and executive functions. Judy Willis -- neuroscientist, public school teacher, author, and consultant will share with us the latest research and how we can use it to enhance classroom instructional strategies, lesson design and other approaches to better meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all of our students.


You will learn to:

  • employ brain-friendly strategies to advance student achievement

  • examine ways to maximize and maintain student attention and focus

  • increase memory retrieval, the creation of long-term memories, and conceptual understanding

  • reduce student stress and build motivation and positive mindsets

  • strengthen the brain’s executive functiions to develop higher order processing and creative problem solving.


Judy Willis, M.D., M. Ed. is a neurologist, former classroom teacher, author of six books and over 80 articles for educators and parents, and currently gives neuroeducation presentations and conducts professional development workshops nationally and internationally about teaching and learning strategies correlated with neuroscience research. She is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara. Her most popular books and top ASCD sellers are: Research based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, Learning to Love Math, and Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom.


Lunch is included for each full day!


Our Neuroscience offering has a strong correlation with the following Danielson Rubric Components:

  • 1a - Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
  • 1b - Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
  • 3c - Engaging Students in Learning


Dates:



Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions - RQI & Maine 207

The Seminar offers a very active, hands-on learning experience that includes a deep immersion in the QFT, an in-depth analysis of how the QFT promotes divergent, convergent and metacognitive thinking skills, and a review of how the QFT is applied across grade level, content area, and student academic readiness level. Participants will also have opportunities to:



  • Design lessons to integrate the QFT into regular classroom practice
  • Discuss strategies for documenting and assessing impact

There will be workshop strands for educators working with elementary, middle and high school students and in higher education as well. The seminar provides a valuable differentiated learning experience for those who are being introduced to the QFT as well as for those who have implemented it in the classroom or provided professional development on the use of the QFT.


Dates:


Maine 207 staff, please click on the date you wish to register for. It will take you directly to eduphoria to register.

Questions or Need Additional Information?

If you have any questions about Maine 207 Summer 2014 Professional Development offerings, please feel free to contact Dan Bachar by any of the methods listed below.