Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of January 4, 2016

This Week's Courses

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through MovementCourse Num: 179 (3)


Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K – 2 classroom content is a key part of this course. In addition, this course will focus on discovering the connection between movement, the brain and learning. We will discuss and examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content – based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 6; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-06
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)


Everything You Want to Know about the Flu and How to Avoid Getting It.Course Num: 148 (3)


It's that time of year again! Flu season is underway and spreading fast. In this class you'll learn about exposure, how viruses replicate and mutate, how your body develops resistance, how to expedite recovery, and when to go to the doctor. You'll also learn how to avoid contracting the Flu in the first place! The class will move quickly but will cover all things Flu.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Nicolette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 7; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)


Developing Literacy through Small Group Rigorous Discussions Webinar & DiscussionCourse Num: 151 (3)


Co-Teaching Playbook Webinar Series with Dr. Rhonda Bondie, Fordham University Why? Academic Diversity Challenges Novice and Experienced Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms. Inclusive practices and an increasing demand of college readiness for all students, results in a wide range of academic levels in P-16 classrooms. This academic diversity has changed the expected starting places for learning in higher level courses posing new challenges for often accomplished and experienced teachers. In addition, millennial students with extremely diverse life experiences, interests, and needs are demanding relevant learning experiences and accessible curriculum. While teachers strive to accommodate students as individuals, at the end of the day, teachers know that all students must attain common standards. Both novice and experienced teachers need preparation and ongoing professional development to learn how to effectively and efficiently engage the full range of students in their classrooms, including those with disabilities, creating equal and optimal learning opportunities for all students every day.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior School/Madison High School
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 7; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2016-01-07
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)


OT strategies for Teachers AssistantsCourse Num: 157 (3)

This class is for teachers assistants to learn about different strategies to assist students in their classroom. Strategies will include tips to improve postural control, handwriting, and sensory processing skills.

Audience: Teachers assistants
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Kings Road School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 7; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: feront@madisonpublicschools.org (Theresa Feron)


What is Autism?Course Num: 162 (3)


Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45 children overall, 1 in 28 boys. With the incidents of autism on the rise, public schools' inclusion of individuals with autism in the mainstream setting is also on the rise. This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of autism and how to create a successful classroom environment for those diagnosed.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 7; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)

Next Week's Courses

Chromebook ManagementCourse Num: 164 (3)



This hands-on workshop is designed to give participants an experience working with Chromebooks. You will explore the basic features and navigate through troubleshooting. We will look at common problems and share some quick fixes. The workshop will be designed based on your immediate needs so you will leave feeling more comfortable with the use of Chromebooks in your classroom.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Sara Reichel, Library Media Specialist, Madison Junior School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonpublicschools.org (Sara Reichel)


Cool Primary WebsitesCourse Num: 182 (3)



We will explore and practice using two primary websites, Little Bird Tales and StoryJumper. During this time you can sign up for an account and set up your class or students. You will have time to use the sites yourself and brainstorm ideas of how to use these free web tools in your classroom. This workshop would be great for in-class support TA's to better help students in the classroom and computer lab.

Audience: Grade 1-3 Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Joanne Walch, Computer Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab Room #1
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: walchj@madisonpublicschools.org (Joanne Walch)


Number TalksCourse Num: 183 (3)



This powerful instructional strategy was developed by the Mathematics Education Department at Stanford University. The Common Core asks students to “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.” Number talks encourage this positive discourse in the mathematics classroom as well as promoting mental math, number sense and computation strategies. Learn the why and the how to get started right away with Number Talks in your classroom.

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)

New Courses This Week

Danielson Meets GardnerCourse Num: 192 (3)



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.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: John Ciferni, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 25; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-25
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)

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