Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of January 26, 2015

This Week's Courses

Advanced Research Techniques Course Num: 218 (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: Middle School and High School teachers.
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 2B; 3A; 3B; 3C;
Presenter: Pam Klurfield, Media Specialist, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, January 27 3:15-4:15
Start Date: 2015-01-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: klurfieldp@madisonpublicschools.org (Pamela Klurfield)




Google Classroom Course 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): Tuesday, January 27; 4-6pm
Start Date: 2015-01-27
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Google Novices Unite! Course Num: 222 (6)



Still completely new to Google? Not sure what makes a Chromebook different from a laptop? Google Doc...does it have a Ph.D? Come join us as we wander through elementary vocabulary and browse the basic tools available on a Google Drive. Not recommended for anyone already familiar with Google.

Audience: Anyone ---non-teaching staff included.
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 3C;
Presenter: Debra Ann Wahle, Math Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C16
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 28; 3:15-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-01-28
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: wahled@madisonpublicschools.org (Debra Wahle)



Bringing Music and Art into the Community Course Num: 234 (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 Art Room A6
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 28; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-01-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)




Google Basics Course Num: 235 (6)



Are you looking to learn the basics of Google and all it has to offer? Join us to gain first hand experience on Madison’s latest technology, Google Chromebooks! This 2-hour session will provide all participants with an overview of signing into your Google account, Google Drive, Google Docs and much more!

Audience: All faculty and support staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2C; 3E; 4D; 4E;
Presenters: Becki Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher, Kings Road School & Sara Kolesar, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School & Gina Sloginski, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Multi-purpose Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 28, 2015; 3:45-5:45
Start Date: 2015-01-28
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 21 Minimum Enrollment: 15 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: sullivanr@madisonpublicschools.org (Rebecca Sullivan)




Study Island Overview Course Num: 245 (6)



Paul McDevitt, the district's representative with Study Island/Edmentum, will provide an overview of the Study Island program, including updates for resources for PARCC and Common Core. He'll also show available teaching resources as well as the remediation feature.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Paul McDevitt, Study Island/Edmentum
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Art Room A6
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 28; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-01-28
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

Next Week's Courses

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New Courses This Week

Functions of Behavior: Understanding Why Challenging Behaviors OccurCourse Num: 257 (6)



Every behavior occurs for a reason! This workshop describes the four functions of behavior and provides strategies on how to address certain behaviors according to their function.

Audience: K-5 Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist, Kings Road School & Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison High School
Location: Central Avenue School Central Avenue School - Room TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-02-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)



Integrating Primitive Reflexes for Success in the ClassroomCourse Num: 258 (6)



This workshop will discuss basic neuromotor development involving primitive survival reflexes that typically occur in children between birth and age 3. We will briefly discuss primitive reflexes and their purpose in development. Links between learning difficulties observed in the classroom and retention of these primitive survival reflexes beyond age 3 will be identified. Research correlating specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia with retention of primitive reflexes in the school years will be presented. Participants will understand how retention of these reflexes impact a student’s ability to sit up straight, sit sill in class, develop a hand dominance, copy written work from one page to another/or from the board, and have success with handwriting skills. Simple activities that can be performed in the classroom with the whole class will be demonstrated for teachers to take back to the classroom and use with their students.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1D; 2D; 2E; 4D; 4E;
Presenters: Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist, Kings Road School & Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School
Location: Kings Road School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 16, 2015; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-04-16
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: feront@madisonpublicschools.org (Theresa Feron)

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 February 11-May 29 = February 2, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for February 25-May 29 = February 12, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for March 11-May 29 = March 2, 8am

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.