Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of August 4, 2014

Save the Date - Google Learning Day (Two Levels!)

Thursday, Aug. 28th, 8am-3pm

170 Ridgedale Ave

Madison, NJ

You can fulfill your entire six hour PD requirement in one day! On Thursday, August 28, two Google certified trainers (who teach in Ridgewood Public Schools) will be at Madison High School offering a series of 1-2 hour courses throughout the day. Sign up for one or all on either of two self-selected ability levels (beginner or intermediate). Full details will be released through mymadisonpd.org by Friday, August 8. Hope to see you there!

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 Summer 2014 or by clicking here.

This Week's Courses

Modeling Multiplication and DivisionCourse Num: 102 (4)



This workshop will expand on the work done at the recent Math in Focus training. It will focus on helping students to understand and model multiplication and division and being able to help students to connect the model to the algorithm. Please bring a place value mat, some base 10 blocks, paper, and a pencil.

Audience: Classroom and Special Education Math Teachers of Grades 2-6
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Kathryn Lemerich, Supervisor of Mathematics and Business
Location: Central Avenue School Room TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 4; 1-2:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-04
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 10 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)



Getting Your Google Classroom Set-UpCourse Num: 131 (4)



Madison has partnered with Google to provide Apps for Education to both students and faculty this coming school year. This course is designed to introduce staff to the basics of the Google Drive, which is an office productivity suite very similar to what we currently use in Madison (Microsoft Office). There are four primary tools that will be used within the Google Drive Suite: • Docs (Similar to MS Word) • Presentation (Similar to PowerPoint) • Spreadsheet (Similar to Excel) • Forms (an application that has many incredible possibilities) The objectives for this class are to: a) set up your Google account. b) start creating classroom procedures. c) become familiar with the basic features of the Google Suite. d) set up and organize your classes in your Google Drive for a smooth transition in the fall. e) create a Google Form to organize student information. f) provide staff with the resources and links to be create and more engaging classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 4A; 4B; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Stephen Finkelstein, Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 4; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-04
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 14 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: finkelsteins@madisonpublicschools.org (Stephen Finkelstein)




Extended Course on Handwriting Strategies in The ClassroomCourse Num: 77 (4)



Extended course on Handwriting strategies in the classroom, including reviewing grasps, grips, teaching techniques, practice strategies, hands on techniques, various papers and tricks. When a condensed version of this course was offered on January 20, 2014, its average rating was 4.66/5. Comments: I picked up so many tips and tricks that I can easily incorporate into my daily classroom routine both activities and resources. I learned so much about motor skill strategies and how improving eye movements can also help with neater handwriting. These activities only take 30 seconds and can be done through out the day to make great improvements in handwriting. Megan did a great job, and I came away with helpful things I can do tomorrow. The take home activities were wonderful Some very hands on activities and tips to use in the classroom and with individual students plus super activities for brain breaks and movement in the classroom to keep students engaged. Always good to get more ideas to add to your own tool box. Great session! Presenter was engaging and gave good examples and activities to carryover in the classroom. Since I'm not an OT or a teacher, most of th

Audience: Pre-K - Grade 3 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): August 5, 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-08-05
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 13 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)




Sensory Strategies in the classroomCourse Num: 78 (4)



Course will present an overview of sensory processing and hands-on strategies to use in the classroom to assist your students in sitting and attending better.

Audience: Pre-K - Grade 5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 1D; 1E; 2A; 2B; 2E; 3C; 3E; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): August 5, 9-10am
Start Date: 2014-08-05
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 19 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)




Asthma Management in the ClassroomCourse Num: 106 (4)



This workshop will equip the teacher with strategies to prevent asthma triggers in their classrooms. We will discuss health effects of mold, mildew, and other asthma triggers. We will also discuss how managing asthma can improve student performance, keep students in the classroom, and prevent frequent asthma related visits to the nurse's office. The session will be interactive and teachers will learn tips to promote clear air at school, at home, and in their daily lives.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 2B; 2C; 2D; 2E; 4C; 4F;
Presenter: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): August 5, 1-2pm
Start Date: 2014-08-05
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)




Collecting Information using Google FormsCourse Num: 134 (4)



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, August 5; 8:30-9:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-05
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)




Gamification of Learning to Increase Student EngagementCourse Num: 80 (4)



Can the use of games in the classroom increase student engagement and achievement? Research says, “Yes!” This session begins by defining the qualities of online gaming that capture students’ attention and interest. Incorporation of these characteristics into classroom instruction enhances the content, promotes active engagement, emphasizes social emotional learning, and increases academic performance. Through experiential activities, participants will explore low- and high-tech examples of games and how these games can meet the diverse needs of learners in every grade and across content areas. When this course was offered on January 20, 2014, the average rating was 3.93/5. Comments: Great session! Great ideas that are easy to implement in the classroom Great practical strategies from a seasoned classroom teacher. These were things I will definitely do with my classes. The whole first hour was discussion about games and play and what they are. It was unnecessary to take that much time. More importantly, more games that we could actually use and take to our classes would have been preferred Krista was a very enthusiastic presenter, but the main idea of the

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1E; 2A; 2B; 2D; 3A; 3C; 3E;
Presenter: Krista Rundell, Educational Consultant, ASCD Emerging Leader
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): August 6, 8-11am
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 14 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: kristalehrundell@gmail.com (Krista Rundell)




Building Academic Success on Social Emotional LearningCourse Num: 82 (4)



This interactive and experiential session will help teachers design lessons to develop students of character through the integration of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). When SEL forms the foundation of the academic experience, students are explicitly taught how to recognize and manage their emotions, which affects how and what they learn. When barriers to learning are reduced, classrooms are transformed into effective learning communities where students are engaged, learning thrives, and achievement soars. When this course was offered on January 20, 2014, its average rating was 4.36/5. Comments: The presentation was quite good and I liked that we practiced some of the activities. This was especially welcome at the end of the day when we needed to stand after a full day of workshops. I appreciate that the presenter is going to send us her slides of information. I am also interested in knowing more about the research behind all of this. I read Daniel Goleman's book years ago and I'd like to know what the current thinking is on the topic and who the researchers are. I found the following discussions to be helpful: how to teach students to recognize and manage the

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 2A; 2B; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3C; 3E; 4E;
Presenter: Krista Rundell, Educational Consultant, ASCD Emerging Leader
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): August 6, 12:30-3:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: kristalehrundell@gmail.com (Krista Rundell)




Creating Highly Effective Newsletters in a Digital AgeCourse Num: 88 (4)



This workshop will focus on Danielson component 4C: Communicating With Families. During session 1, participants will create a newsletter in Publisher, as well as craft letters to parents about class units/projects using templates as a guide. The session will also discuss ways in which students can contribute to the development of these resources. In session 2, participants will share/get feedback on their finished product and then be presented with an introduction to using digital tools for newsletters of the future. When this course was offered in Spring 2014, the average course rating was 4.85/5. Comments: I enjoyed seeing what everyone did for their newsletters in Publisher. I wish we had time to share what we did in SMORE. I would have liked to see how everyone was figuring out the different tools. I also recommend that if it is offered again next year, that the computers have Google Chrome. It was much easier to continue working at home, once I was able to use the recommended browser. It is wonderful to learn new skills that we can share with our students. I can see how producing a class newsletter will be a wonderful assignment for all my levels of XXX

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4C;
Presenters: Stacy Snider, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts/World Language & Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 6 & Wednesday, August 20; 11am-12:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)




How to Design a Madison Teacher Academy CourseCourse Num: 93 (4)



Do you have an idea, strategy, or topic that you would like to share with others? Have you been given feedback that you are highly effective in certain areas or have an innovative approach? If you answered "yes" to either question, you should consider sharing with your colleagues through the Madison Teacher Academy. This course will prepare you to write a proposal that targets school and district needs while appealing to your colleagues. By the end of the session you will have a proposal in the system for consideration. Leading professional development is not something for an elite few; we ALL have great things to share with each other.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 4D;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 6; 2:30-3:30pm
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 10
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)




Creating Text SetsCourse Num: 101 (4)



Participants will learn more about, and work to create, nonfiction text sets to support Common Core ELA Standards.

Audience: Classroom Teachers - Grades 2-5
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1E; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 6; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2014-08-06
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: loconsoloj@madisonpublicschools.org (Janine Loconsolo)

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Next Week's Courses

Differentiation through questioningCourse Num: 117 (4)



This workshop will enhance teachers questioning for classroom discussions. Teachers will learn when and how to prompt appropriately, infuse higher level questioning, and allow students to grow through proper questioning.

Audience: K-5
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E;
Presenters: Thomas Liss, Principal, Central Avenue School & Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 11; 1-3pm
Start Date: 2014-08-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 12 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: lisst@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Liss)


Getting Your Google Classroom Set-UpCourse Num: 132 (4)



Madison has partnered with Google to provide Apps for Education to both students and faculty this coming school year. This course is designed to introduce staff to the basics of the Google Drive, which is an office productivity suite very similar to what we currently use in Madison (Microsoft Office). There are four primary tools that will be used within the Google Drive Suite: • Docs (Similar to MS Word) • Presentation (Similar to PowerPoint) • Spreadsheet (Similar to Excel) • Forms (an application that has many incredible possibilities) The objectives for this class are to: a) set up your Google account. b) start creating classroom procedures. c) become familiar with the basic features of the Google Suite. d) set up and organize your classes in your Google Drive for a smooth transition in the fall. e) create a Google Form to organize student information. f) provide staff with the resources and links to be create and more engaging classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3A; 4A; 4B; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Stephen Finkelstein, Grade 6 Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 11; 8:30-10:30am
Start Date: 2014-08-11
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 12 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 14
Current Instructor Email Account: finkelsteins@madisonpublicschools.org (Stephen Finkelstein)


Increasing Academic Success for ELL Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal EducationCourse Num: 84 (4)



English Language Learners (ELLs) who have had limited access to formal education in their native languages face many challenges in the American school system. This workshop addresses the diverse needs of these students. Practical suggestions about how educators can address this population's academic, linguistic, cultural and emotional needs will be discussed. Topics include: Classroom management strategies Age-appropriate basic-level literacy strategies Age-appropriate basic-level writing strategies Affirming their knowledge: tapping into cultural assets and knowledge that these students possess Language difference or something more? Making well-informed decisions concerning special education

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B;
Presenter: Jory Samkoff, Educational Consultant, Multicultural Mindset
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): August 12, 9-12
Start Date: 2014-08-12
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: jsamkoff@gmail.com (Jory Samkoff)


Google Teacher Leader Training 2Course Num: 90 (4)



By invitation only - Google Teacher Leaders

Audience: Google Teacher Leaders
Danielson Component(s): 2E; BYOD;
Presenters: Todd MacDonald, Technology Integration Coordinator, Hillsborough Township & Cara Flash, Technology Integration Specialist, Hillsborough Township
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 13; 8am-3pm
Start Date: 2014-08-13
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 30 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 30
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

New Courses Added to the System This Week

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Call for Proposals - Fall 2014 Madison Teacher Academy

I am happy to announce this call for proposals for workshops in the Fall 2014 session of the Madison Teacher Academy.


Fall courses will run between September 10, 2014 and December 22, 2014.

The proposal form is available here. Initial proposals will be accepted until 3:00pm on Friday, August 29, 2014. 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 accepted - July 17 - August 29

· Registration open - September 3

· Courses run - September 10 - December 22