Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of September 22, 2014

This Week's Courses

Collecting Information using Google Forms Course Num: 134 (5)


Rethink the way you collect information from your students. With Google Forms, you can make surveys, questionnaires, quick assessments, and homework assignments...to name a few! The responses will come back to you perfectly organized in a spreadsheet that you can quickly and easily read, and-- teachers, hold on to your desks--it can even do the grading for you!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1F; 3A; 3D; 4C;
Presenter: Liz Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 23; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2014-09-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)



Bringing Math in Focus to Life in Your Classroom Course Num: 155 (5)


Your Math in Focus materials have arrived, now what? Find out how to plan and execute daily lessons using the Singapore Approach. Please bring your Teacher's Edition so we can get started.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, Grade 2 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 23; 3:45-5pm
Start Date: 2014-09-23
Hours: 1.3
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)



Writing Workshop Learning Progressions, Rubrics, and Editing Checklists Course Num: 163 (5)


This course will provide participants with an overview of the writing workshop learning progressions, rubrics, and editing checklists. Participants will also have time to try out holistically scoring writing against the learning progressions. This workshop is designed for newer teachers, but all are welcome!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1F; 3D; 4A;
Presenter: Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 23; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2014-09-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: loconsoloj@madisonpublicschools.org (Janine Loconsolo)



Teaching the Common Core for Elementary Teachers Course Num: 165 (5)


The Common Core Curriculum Standards are the basis of our lesson plans and the criteria by which we are all being evaluated. The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 23; 4:00-5:00pm
Start Date: 2014-09-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)

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Next Week's Courses

Teaching the Common Core for Secondary TeachersCourse Num: 166 (5)



The Common Core Curriculum Standards are the basis of our lesson plans and the criteria by which we are all being evaluated. The purpose of this workshop is to immerse teachers in the Standards and to enable them to incorporate them into their lessons and practice. The focus will be on applying curricular content to the CCCS and making sure that teachers thoroughly address each applicable strand. The result will be more robust lessons with layers of skill and content that teachers can adapt throughout the year.

Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3A; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 30; 3:30-4:30pm
Start Date: 2014-09-30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)



Asthma Management in the classroomCourse Num: 177 (5)



Clear the Air!!! You will gain a full understanding of the physiology of asthma, how to prevent asthma episodes in your classroom, and how asthma is treated. Let's help prevent frequent absences due to asthma!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 3E; 4C;
Presenter: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 205
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 30; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2014-09-30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)




Introduction to Google in the ClassroomCourse Num: 179 (5)



As the district moves to Chromebooks and a Google platform it is important to have an understanding of what it can do for you in your classroom. This one hour course will introduce you to Google Apps for Education and provide tips for how to start incorporating Google into your classroom whether you have Chromebooks or not.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 1D; 1E; 2C; 2E; 3A; 3C;
Presenter: Joe Cecala, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room G52
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 30; 3:30-4:30pm
Start Date: 2014-09-30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

Full Course List

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New Courses Added to the System This Week

Math Obstacle Course Course Num: 180 (5)


Are you looking for ways to engage your students and differentiate in the math classroom? Come learn about the math obstacle course that will have your students fully engaged and excited about math, while working on tasks of varying levels. In this course, you will learn the details of what an obstacle course is and how to prepare one for YOUR class while fully participating in one yourself! From introducing a lesson, practicing skills, and reviewing for an assessment, obstacle courses provide the perfect opportunity for you to facilitate learning for your students and differentiating to meet their individual needs. During the course, you will have the opportunity to begin collaborating with peers to create an obstacle course of your own.

Audience: Grades 3-5 Classroom Teachers, Basic Skills Teachers, & Special Education Teachers; Grades 6-12 Math Teachers, BSI Teachers, & Special Ed Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1F; 2A; 2B; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Amanda Solomon, Grade 7 Math Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 21; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2014-10-21
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: solomona@madisonpublicschools.org (Amanda Solomon)



Math Obstacle Course Course Num: 181 (5)


Are you looking for ways to engage your students and differentiate in the math classroom? Come learn about the math obstacle course that will have your students fully engaged and excited about math, while working on tasks of varying levels. In this course, you will learn the details of what an obstacle course is and how to prepare one for YOUR class while fully participating in one yourself! From introducing a lesson, practicing skills, and reviewing for an assessment, obstacle courses provide the perfect opportunity for you to facilitate learning for your students and differentiating to meet their individual needs. During the course, you will have the opportunity to begin collaborating with peers to create an obstacle course of your own.

Audience: Grades 3-5 Classroom Teachers, Basic Skills Teachers, & Special Education Teachers; Grades 6-12 Math Teachers, BSI Teachers, & Special Ed Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1F; 2A; 2B; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Amanda Solomon, Grade 7 Math Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, November 18; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2014-11-18
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: solomona@madisonpublicschools.org (Amanda Solomon)



Behaviorally Speaking: Managing Student Behaviors Course Num: 182 (5)


This workshop is intended to share information about student and classroom management. It will provide a means of assessing student behavior as well as strategies to implement with individual students and whole classrooms. There will also be an opportunity for those who attend to apply some of the concepts, as well as share and ask questions. Those who attend are encouraged to bring real life scenarios with students to discuss!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2B; 2C; 2D; 3A;
Presenter: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior/High Schools
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 22; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2014-10-22
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)



Get Google Classroom Course Num: 183 (5)


I know what you want. You want your classroom technology to be manageable. That means that students should be able to connect to your class without you having to enter 25 names. You want students to be able to work collaboratively, but you also want to be able to monitor and evaluate them individually. You want students to be able to see the online assignments and resources you post, and you want to have them hand in work to a specified folder for their class. You want students to come into class, grab a Chromebook, log in and get to work. What you want is Google Classroom. Come learn how to use it.

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, October 21; 3:15-5:15pm
Start Date: 2014-10-21
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)



Handwriting and Sensory Processing Information for Teacher Assistants Course Num: 188 (5)


This course is designed to give teacher's assistants increased knowledge on supporting students' handwriting in the classroom and a general background on sensory processing skills.

Audience: Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1D; 2A; 2D; 4D; 4E;
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist, Kings Road/Torey J. Sabatini Schools
Location: Central Avenue School Room 20
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, November 13; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2014-11-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)



Creating Engaging Lessons With Blendspace



Paper lesson plans are so 2013. Now that we have Blendspace, a great Google App, our lesson plans can include videos, documents, podcasts, gallery walks, pictures, and any other type of file or resource we can think of. Using Blendspace, we can use a simple drag and drop interface that can access social media, other Google Apps, and the Internet. Simply find the files you want and drag them into the lesson plan template. Post the plans on our web pages, and students are ready to work. Blendspace. Come and learn.

Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3C; 3D; 4C; 4E;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 22; 3:15-5:15pm
Start Date: 2014-10-22
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)



Creating Engaging Lessons With BlendspaceCourse Num: 187 (5)

Paper lesson plans are so 2013. Now that we have Blendspace, a great Google App, our lesson plans can include videos, documents, podcasts, gallery walks, pictures, and any other type of file or resource we can think of. Using Blendspace, we can use a simple drag and drop interface that can access social media, other Google Apps, and the Internet. Simply find the files you want and drag them into the lesson plan template. Post the plans on our web pages, and students are ready to work. Blendspace. Come and learn.

Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3C; 3D; 4C; 4E;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 28; 3:15-5:15pm
Start Date: 2014-10-28
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Strengthening Visual Skills to Improve VisionCourse Num: 189 (5)


This course will explain some common visual difficulties that impact our students' performance and give strategies and exercises to improve students' visual performance.

Audience: Reading Specialists and Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1D; 2A; 2D; 4D; 4E;
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist, Kings Road/Torey J. Sabatini Schools
Location: Central Avenue School Room 20
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, December 4; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2014-12-04
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)


Get Googled!Course Num: 184 (5)


Calling ALL Google novices! Want to learn about Madison’s latest technology? Find out how to navigate Chromebooks and all things Google! Learn the basics, from signing in to customizing your Google settings. You will get a full overview of Google Drive and all it has to offer! Using Google increases collaboration amongst students and teachers, increases motivation, and fosters creativity. Join us for a hands-on Google experience!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 3C; 4E;
Presenters: Becki Sullivan, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School & Sara Kolesar, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School & Gina Sloginski, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 15; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2014-10-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: sullivanr@madisonpublicschools.org (Rebecca Sullivan)


Get in with Google Apps!Course Num: 185 (5)

Ready to dive into all that Google has to offer? Google provides countless apps that can be utilized by both teachers and students! This course will teach participants how to search for new apps, add them to your toolbox, and provide you with an overview of apps that we have found, used, and love! All levels of experience welcome!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 3C; 4E;
Presenters: Sara Kolesar, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School & Becki Sullivan, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School & Gina Sloginski, Grade 3 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Kings Road School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, November 12; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2014-11-12
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: kolesars@madisonpublicschools.org (Sara Kolesar)

Call for Proposals - Fall 2014 Madison Teacher Academy

Fall courses will run between September 8, 2014 and December 22, 2014.

The proposal form is available here. 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. Based on feedback received from presenters this summer, you will have the option to decline payment for your presentation time and opt to instead receive PD credit that can be applied to the six hours needed to be excused from the June 22, 2015 PD day.


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


Workshops do not have to be limited to teaching staff members. It would be wonderful to see some proposals aimed at teaching assistants, secretaries, nurses, 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.


Important Dates:


  • Proposals for courses that run in November, December accepted until October 7.
  • Courses run - September 10 - December 22