Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of May 30, 2016

This Week's Courses

Google Open HourCourse Num: 312 (3)



This workshop will give participants time to explore and practice using various Google Apps. Participants may want to spend time working with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and more. Come with questions or ideas about the tools that you would like to explore.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Sara Reichel, Library Media Specialist, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, June 1; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-06-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonnjps.org (Sara Reichel)


“Units of Study for Teaching Reading” PreviewCourse Num: 310 (3)



Come preview the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading book sets. This workshop will involve exploring the new book sets and discussing the pros and cons to possibly incorporating this resource into our literacy curriculum in the years ahead. Participants will be asked to complete a survey about the resources at the conclusion of the session.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, June 2; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-06-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: loconsoloj@madisonnjps.org (Janine Loconsolo)


Planning Effective Formative Assessment Webinar & DiscussionCourse Num: 156 (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, June 2; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2016-06-02
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonnjps.org (Lyndsi Silberman)

Next Week's Courses

The Madison Teacher Academy has concluded for the 2015-16 school year.

New Courses This Week

Google Open HourCourse Num: 312 (3)



This workshop will give participants time to explore and practice using various Google Apps. Participants may want to spend time working with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and more. Come with questions or ideas about the tools that you would like to explore.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Sara Reichel, Library Media Specialist, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, June 1; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-06-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonnjps.org (Sara Reichel)

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 2016 or by clicking here.


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Call for Proposals - Summer 2016

The Madison Teacher Academy will continue in 2016-17 and, once again, those who choose to take six hours of courses through the program will be excused from attending the final contractually-required professional development day of the year, scheduled for June 19, 2017.


Summer courses will run from June 27, 2016 through August 26, 2016.


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer as follows although you are encouraged to submit your proposal as early as possible.



Desired course date

Proposal deadline

Board approval date

June 27-28

Monday, June 6, 12pm

June 14

June 29-July 26

Monday, June 20, 12pm

June 28

July 27-August 26

Monday, July 18, 12pm

July 26


Those selected to present will be compensated for preparation and presentation time as stipulated in the Agreement. If you would prefer to receive PD credit toward the June 19, 2017 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. Please note that the dates referenced in the video are no longer accurate, but the instructions remain the same.


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.