Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of March 30, 2015

This Week's Courses

Google Chrome in the Classroom Course Num: 288 (6)



Have you ever wondered what Google Chrome has to offer? This workshop will not only introduce you to the basics of the Google Drive such as Docs, Slides, and Forms, but also get you connected with communities where you can trade ideas with fellow teachers. You'll also get acquainted with Google Classroom, where you will set up your class, connect your students, and learn how to post announcements, assignments, and projects. Bring any current class content you want to use as you try out all the new tools!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenters: Allison Brozyna, Grade 3 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini & Ashley LoBrace, Grade 1 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 225
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 31; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-03-31
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: brozynaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Allison Brozyna)



Guitar for Music Majors and Classroom Teachers Course Num: 287 (6)


Maybe you always thought about bringing the guitar into your classroom or maybe you already play and want to learn more. Here is the perfect time to learn classical and jazz/rock guitar techniques, scale patterns, basic and advanced chords while playing some great etudes and classic tunes. If you have never played the guitar before, always wanted to learn or if you already play but want to improve your ability then this is the perfect time to refresh your guitar technique! Bring your own guitar or you can borrow one of ours!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 1E;
Presenter: Michael Silvestri, Orchestra Director, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School A9-Orchestra room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 1, 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-04-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silvestrim@madisonpublicschools.org (Michael Silvestri)




Google Chrome in the Classroom Course Num: 289 (6)


Have you ever wondered what Google Chrome has to offer? This workshop will not only introduce you to the basics of the Google Drive such as Docs, Slides, and Forms, but also get you connected with communities where you can trade ideas with fellow teachers. You'll also get acquainted with Google Classroom, where you will set up your class, connect your students, and learn how to post announcements, assignments, and projects. Bring any current class content you want to use as you try out all the new tools!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenters: Allison Brozyna, Grade 3 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini & Ashley LoBrace, Grade 1 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 1; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-04-01
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: brozynaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Allison Brozyna)

Next Week's Courses (Week of April 13)

Finally Finale!Course Num: 290 (6)



Finally Finale! Learn how to use the district’s Finale music program and integrate with a SMARTBoard! Learn how to work with scores, create arrangements, exercises and warm-ups or anything else you would like to notate for your groups and lessons. Also learn how to easily navigate through the program, export sound files, work with midi sounds and much more!

Audience: Music Faculty & Faculty with some prior music training
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 3C; 4E;
Presenter: Michael Silvestri, Orchestra Director, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School A9 Orchestra Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 15, 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-04-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: silvestrim@madisonpublicschools.org (Michael Silvestri)



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: 20 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: feront@madisonpublicschools.org (Theresa Feron)

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New Courses This Week

Finally Finale!Course Num: 290 (6)



Finally Finale! Learn how to use the district’s Finale music program and integrate with a SMARTBoard! Learn how to work with scores, create arrangements, exercises and warm-ups or anything else you would like to notate for your groups and lessons. Also learn how to easily navigate through the program, export sound files, work with midi sounds and much more!

Audience: Music Faculty & Faculty with some prior music training
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 3C; 4E;
Presenter: Michael Silvestri, Orchestra Director, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School A9 Orchestra Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 15, 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-04-15
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: silvestrim@madisonpublicschools.org (Michael Silvestri)


CPR/AED and First AidCourse Num: 293 (6)



What better way to respond to an emergency whether at school or home. Be Prepared -- take this course to gain confidence in responding to an emergency! In this course you will learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) effectively and safely use the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). You will also learn Basic First Aid skills. This is a hands-on course where you will use resuscitation mannequins and a demo AED device. You will learn single and partner techniques. All participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ask questions so that you feel prepared in school and at home. Certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructors will be teaching the course. All participants who pass the skills test will receive certification from the American Red Cross.

Audience: All Faculty/Staff Members
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1D; 4D; 4E; 4F;
Presenter: Kevin Lynott, Health & Physical Education Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Classroom G-53
Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (includes 30 minute lunch break)
Start Date: 2015-04-25
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: lynottk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kevin Lynott)

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 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.