Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of March 9, 2015

This Week's Courses

Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers Course Num: 268 (6)


Does stress keep you up at night? Is there never enough time to do what you want and need to do at school and at home? Learn how to: Employ healthy practices that positively affect your mindset; react, generalize, and maintain your response to stress to create a positive environment; identify and use your ideal professional pace; exploit your intrinsic preferences for how to get the work done; make food and exercise choices that will better fuel your mind and body. Choose to act now so that you can look forward to entering the classroom every day for many years and finding and keeping a healthy balance between work and home.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School MHS Room TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 10; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-10
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)



Google Classroom Course Num: 271 (6)


Imagine this: Your students come into your classroom, take a Chromebook, log into your specific class, and get to work, either collaboratively or on their own. Or they log into their Google account at home and prepare for the next day.It's why we're using Google, and Google Classroom is the easy-to-learn program that allows you to set up your classes, post assignments, monitor student work, and provide feedback. It might even make your website obsolete. Come and learn how you and your students can be more productive with Google Classroom.

Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 1D; 1E; 2C; 2E; 3A; 3C; 4B;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 10; 3:15-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-03-10
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)



Asthma Management in the Classroom Course Num: 216 (6)


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 Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, March 10; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 12 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)



Advanced Research Techniques Part I Course Num: 264 (6)


Research paper season is upon us. This class will review search strategies using our library databases as well as demonstrating how to make productive searches using Google and Google Scholar. Learn how to help your students make successful inquiries in a timely manner. You will be amazed at all the tricks and information at your fingertips, whether using a chromebook or a classroom desktop or laptop!

Audience: High school and Middle school teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 3C; 4E;
Presenter: Pam Klurfield, Media Specialist, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 11; 3:15-4:15
Start Date: 2015-03-11
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: klurfieldp@madisonpublicschools.org (Pamela Klurfield)



Bringing Music and Art into the Community Course Num: 238 (6)


This session will focus on ways to collaborate with the community and to design performances/exhibitions that invite collaboration between teachers, parents and community members.

Audience: K-12 Music and Art teachers
Danielson Component(s): 4C; 4D;
Presenter: Stacy Snider, Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts/World Languages
Location: Madison High School Room A6
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 11; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-11
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)



Using Google Docs in Writing Workshop Course Num: 233 (6)


Learn how to use Google Docs in Writing Workshop! Students can share their typed pieces with you to edit, revise, and make comments. Google Docs allows teachers to monitor student progress while saving time and paper.

Audience: Grades 3-5
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Jennifer Tu, Grade 4 Teacher Central Avenue School & Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Caitlin Manley, Grade 3 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, March 12, 2015; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-12
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 15 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: tuj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jennifer Tu)

Next Week's Courses

Using the IPAD to Support Students with Reading, Writing & Organizational DisordersCourse Num: 276 (6)



During the past year, there have been a number of exciting developments as traditional assistive technology publishers are releasing full featured apps to help support students with reading and writing disabilities. Come learn about apps that can be used as students move through the writing process, from brainstorming to publishing. During this session you will learn about mind mapping apps, word prediction, text to speech, speech recognition and other supports to assist students in the writing process. Similarly learn about some new and innovative apps for reading. Learn about apps for helping students stay organized and for reminding them about key events in their lives. During the workshop we will discuss different work flows that can be utilized in the classroom so that teachers can work more effectively with digital files.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Dr. Brian Friedlander
Location: Madison High School MHS Room A3
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 17; 3:15-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-03-17
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: novackn@madisonpublicschools.org (Nancy Novack)


Google ClassroomCourse Num: 242 (6)



Imagine this: Your students come into your classroom, take a Chromebook, log into your specific class, and get to work, either collaboratively or on their own. Or they log into their Google account at home and prepare for the next day.It's why we're using Google, and Google Classroom is the easy-to-learn program that allows you to set up your classes, post assignments, monitor student work, and provide feedback. It might even make your website obsolete. Come and learn how you and your students can be more productive with Google Classroom.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 1D; 1E; 2C; 2E; 3A; 3C; 4B;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Thrusday, March 19; 4-6pm
Start Date: 2015-03-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)

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New Courses This Week

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 Spring 2015 or by clicking here.

Spring 2015 Call for Proposals

Deadline to submit a course for March 25-May 29 = March 16, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for April 15-May 29 = March 30, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for April 29-May 29 = April 20, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for May 13-May 29 = May 4, 8am


All proposals can be submitted by choosing "Add a New Course" in mymadisonpd.org.


As a reminder, all staff members who work a 186-day year (Schedule A and Schedule D employees) will be expected to attend the full in-service day (8am-3pm) on Monday, June 22, 2015 unless they have completed six (6) or more hours through the Madison Teacher Academy between July 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.


Spring courses will run between January 7, 2015 and May 29, 2015.


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. If you would prefer to receive PD credit toward the June 22, 2015 PD day rather than financial compensation, please email me to let me know at the time you make your proposal.


Click here to see a video demonstration of how to submit a course proposal on mymadisonpd.org.


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. Staff members who have been consistently rated “highly effective” in a particular component are urged to consider sharing their expertise through this avenue.

Through the first observation window this year, the Danielson components most often cited as areas for growth were: 3B (Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques) and 1F (Designing Student Assessments). Proposals that address these areas will be given top priority.


Workshops and presenters do not have to be limited to teaching staff members. All Madison staff members are eligible to submit a proposal and workshops can target people of all roles and responsibilities including secretaries, nurses, teacher assistants, 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.