North Georgia RESA

Professional Learning Newsletter August, 2014 Edition 1

Updates from the department of Professional Learning

North Georgia RESA is pleased to provide you with an update and overview of all professional learning opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. Our department has been hard at work this summer planning a robust calendar of options for all educators. We look forward to working closely with our district leaders, building leaders, and teachers to ensure that your professional learning needs are met. Our goal is to provide quality experiences that are highly engaging, interactive, and designed to impact student achievement.

If you have any questions regarding a specific training, or have any specific needs for your district or school, please contact our office.

Kelly Rogers

Director of Professional Learning

North Georgia RESA

706-276-1111 (RESA)

706-889-2091 (Cell)

Impacting Student Achievement Through Quality Professional Learning

New Web Site for the Professional Learning Department

Thank you, Tanna Barnes, for your hard work to make sure that the PL department has a web page that looks great, is user-friendly and contains all of the information and registration for our professional learning department. You can access our web page at Information on paraprofessional training, substitute training, endorsements, professional learning, and One Year Supervised Practicum is located on this page. If you have any questions about items on the web page please give us a call.

Paraprofessional Training for 2014-2015

Tamara Land will be leading 6 workshops for our paraprofessionals this year. The cost of each workshop will be $35.00. PLU's will be awarded to those who complete at least two workshops. All workshops will be held at North Georgia RESA from 8:30-3:30. Registration is now open at

Training Dates and Topics:

September 23: New Year Kick Off: A.M. Work Smarter Not Harder; P.M. Strategies for working with Special Needs Students

October 28: A.M. Roles and Responsibilities of the Paraprofessional (Confidentiality and Ethics; FERPA); P.M. Behavior Management Strategies that will help you NOW!!!!

November 18: A.M. The Teacher/Paraprofessional "Dance": How to strengthen and build the relationship; An overview of the CCGPS; P.M.

Conflict Resolution and Stress Management

January 20, 2015: A.M. Engagement Strategies for every learner; Developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom; P.M.

Encouraging a love for reading in all age groups

March 24: A.M. Test taking strategies for students; Instructional Read-Alouds; P.M. Bullying: What can I do?

May 5: A.M. How to talk so students (and others!) will listen; Routine Interactions with Students; P.M. Roles and Responsibilities of the Paraprofessional (revisited at year end); Confidentiality and Ethics (FERPA)

Substitute Training

Dr. Hagopian will continue to provide substitute training. All trainings will be held at North Georgia RESA from 9:00-1:00. Please register at

Training Dates for North Georgia RESA

September 11, 2014

December 9, 2014

March 10, 2015

Additional substitute trainings have also been scheduled in the following districts:

Pickens County-August 20th

Murray County-September 9

Whitfield County-August 21

TKES and LKES Training

Our DOE trainer, Stefany Howard, along with Wes Clampitt and Dana Hammond will be providing TKES and LKES training our district, building administrators, and teachers. Deanie Fisher will also be providing additional training as well. Whitfield County has graciously provided space at the Career Academy so that travel time is reduced. Thank you, Whitfield County, for your support!!

Training Dates and Agenda Items:

September 17, 2014 Whitfield Career Academy


September 18, 2014 North Georgia RESA


Familiarization for special education teachers – possible combine with GLRS

This class will highlight the major duties and responsibilities of special education teachers.

An overview of all 10 standards, process, surveys and student growth.

Opportunity for Q and A’s

November 4, 2014 Whitfield Career Academy


Session 1: 8:30-11:00

Session 2: 12:30-4:00

*Agenda will be the same for both sessions. Different teachers should attend.

November 5, 2014 North Georgia RESA


Session 1: 8:30-11:00

Session 2: 12:30-4:00

*Agenda will be the same for both sessions. Different teachers should attend.

SLO and the Classroom Teacher-Presenter Becky Bryant. Additional information to follow.

Deanie Fisher, our GaDOE TLE Electronic Platform trainer, will also be providing additional training opportunities for teachers and leaders. Dates are pending and notifications will be sent out as soon as everything is confirmed.

Lunch and Learn Series

Our Lunch and Learn series will focus on topics that are on everyone's need to know list. These workshops will be interactive, highly engaging, and packed with practical tips for the classroom teacher. We are also very excited to be partnering with our local favorite restaurant, The Cantaberry, for catering our lunch options. Lunch and Learn workshops will cost $25.00 to include lunch, materials, and supplies. All workshops will be held at North Georgia RESA from 8:30-3:30 unless otherwise noted.

October 1, 2014 North Georgia RESA


Interactive Notebooks for All Content Areas

Target Audience: 4th-12 Grade teachers

Join us as we dive in to learn about Interactive Notebooks in the classroom. You will learn tips and tricks on beginning, implementing, updating, and assessing Interactive Notebooks with each of your students.

All materials will be included in the cost of this training.

Cost: $25.00

October 2, 2014 North Georgia RESA

9:30-4:00 (Please note time change)

Bringing the 20th Century Alive Through Timelines.

Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Participants will be able to support students as they identify perspective, mood, and historical events while deconstructing periods of history that are addressed in grade level standards. While reviewing various concepts, participants will recognize how visible learning and a multi-sensory approach is pivotal for students comprehending events that have occurred in the twentieth century. Participants will also examine and dissect primary documents, while using an interactive approach to chart historical figures and significant periods of history. (On a personal note, I had the pleasure of participating in this workshop in May and it is wonderful! You will not want to miss this opportunity.)

Cost: $25.00

October 9, 2014 North Georgia RESA

Writing Across the Curriculum in Grades 3-8


With the implementation of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, teachers must rethink writing instruction and scoring of student writing. This professional learning workshop will give participants a better understanding of how to use and teach constructed response, extended response, and summary writing. The topics will include information on using a variety of writing strategies, on creating writing scoring rubrics, and on employing the Formative Item Bank as a teaching tool.

Cost: $25.00

October 28, 2014 North Georgia RESA

Getting Teacher-Made Assessment Right


This professional learning workshop is designed to enlighten teachers to the importance and impact of good assessments on student learning. Participants will gain an understanding of how curriculum, instruction, and assessment are the three legs of student learning. Participants will also look in depth at a variety of assessment methods which can be used in the classroom, will learn how to create valid and reliable assessment items that properly assess student learning. Participants will be asked to bring samples of teacher-made assessments for analyzing.

Cost: $25.00

December 11, 2014 North Georgia RESA

9:00-4:00 (Please note time change)

Target audience: Elementary Classroom Teachers/Social Studies Teachers

Chavez and Marshall and Oglethorpe, Oh My!

Dr. Andrea Lewis, Assistant Profession, Spelman College, will be leading a very special workshop for elementary teachers with a focus on providing effective strategies to make Social Studies relevant and motivating to students. Students will increase their mastery and retention of Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards, as well as integrating Social Studies throughout content areas. This workshop will also provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the CCGPS Literacy Standards and how to implement them with fidelity while teaching Social Studies.

Cost: $25.00

January 12, 2015 North Georgia RESA

Interactive Notebooks in Kindergarten-Third Grade Classrooms


Join us as we dive into learning about Interactive Notebooks in the classroom. You will leave with full understanding of how to plan for, implement, update, and assess interactive notebooks with all of your students. Not only will you be excited but so will your kids.

Cost: $25.00

January 27, 2015 North Georgia RESA

Universal Design for Learning (UDL): A Framework to Support Academic Achievement for all Learners

This professional learning workshop provides a blueprint for incorporating UDL into the classroom by giving participants a clear understanding of the principles of UDL, knowledge in identifying and using the UDL principles in classroom instruction, and practice in creating UDL designed lesson plans. For teachers who are working in heterogeneous classrooms, this training is a must. The UDL framework is spot on for giving teachers practical ways to teach children of varying ability levels. UDL is not just for struggling students; UDL is for ALL students.

Cost: $25.00

Coming Soon to the Lunch and Learn Series

Depth of Knowledge Training: DOK 101

Presenter: Dr. Bob Eddy-Cherokee County Schools

Information to follow as soon as dates are confirmed

Instructional Technology Series

North Georgia RESA is proud to welcome Mr. Alan Gayton and the Dalton ETC back to our Ellijay location. Alan is serving as the Director of our new technology department. North Georgia RESA Instructional Technology Services Center (ITSC) will be offering a number of professional learning opportunities to help support teachers in the classroom as they learn to integrate technology into their instruction. Alan's email address is Please feel free to contact him for school specific training and support.

All trainings are free of charge. Register today at Registration will be under the Professional Learning tab.

Technology Tuesday Series

September 23, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


Smart Notebook Basics

New to Smart Board? In this class you will learn the basics of how to operate the board. You will find out how to use the tools to create content, edit existing lessons and add teacher Toolkit items to enhance interactivity. We will also share resources that work well with Smart Notebook to help you produce great interactive lessons.

September 30, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


ActiveInspire Basics

Activboard beginner? This class will teach you the basics of how to use the board. With a focus on interactivity and integration, this class will help you use the tools, features and resources of ActivInspire to create engaging lessons.

October 21, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


Technology Integration Hardware

This class is open to anyone regardless of the brand of devices you may have. The class will concentrate on using the hardware you have in new and unique ways to infuse it into a lesson. Learn some new ideas for a variety of technologies including document cameras, interactive white boards, and several other devices.

November 11, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


Windows Movie Maker

Video based projects can motivate many students that otherwise don’t engage in the learning process. Learn to use Windows Movie Maker to create and edit videos for classroom instruction and edu-tainment. This class will give you several ideas for how to incorporate video projects into your classroom activities.

November 18, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


IPad Training

Got iPads! - Not sure what to do with them?

This training will be conducted by North Georgia RESA ITSC and will provide you with the skills you need to manage settings, navigate the iPad device and download apps. You will leave with some excellent ideas to incorporate the iPads in the classroom. From writing prompts to using games and free apps to editing media. . . the resources are endless.

This is a free training! Bring your iPad and be ready to explore!

December 9, 2014 North Georgia RESA Computer Lab


One Note

Most people have this Microsoft tool but many have no idea how to use it. In this session we will show you how to use OneNote with students to keep up with class notes, create research portfolios, and create customized textbooks that can be used to both assign content to students and receive assignments back from those students.

Leadership Opportunities for District Leaders, Building Level Administrators, and Academic Coaches

North Georgia RESA continues to provide quality professional learning for all district leaders, building level administrators, and academic coaches. Additional information will follow for each job-alike group but you will want to add these dates to your calendar. All trainings will be held at North Georgia RESA unless otherwise noted. Training time is 8:30-3:30. Registration is now open for the following workshops at Registration is found under the Professional Learning tab.

Leadership Academy 2014-2015

District and Principals

September 8, 2014

November 12, 2014

March 16, 2015

Leadership Academy 2014-2015

Assistant Principals

September 10, 2014

November 13, 2014

March 18, 2015

Induction Support for New Principals

September 26, 2014

January 23, 2015

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) seeks to assist Induction Principals in their work as school leaders. To do so, the Georgia PSC is sponsoring a support program in selected areas across Georgia.

Format: Two, full-day leadership workshops focusing on:
• Georgia Leader Keys Effectiveness System;
• Tiered Certification;
• Professional Learning;
• Effective School Leadership;
• Research-Based Strategies for Effective School Leaders;
• Practical Applications of the Principalship;
• Developing a Positive School Culture;
• What Effective Principals Do.

Coaches Academy-All Academic Coaches are invited to attend

Registration is pending.

October 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

February 9, 2015

May 4, 2015

New Academic Coaches for 2014-2015-Reserved for year 1 coaches only

Registration is open.

August 22, 2014

October 20, 2014

January 16, 2015

March 12, 2015

A Day with the PSC (Professional Standards Commission)-Registration is pending.

March 26, 2015

North Georgia RESA


Fraud Prevention and Booster Clubs (Professional Standards Commission)-Registration is open.

September 12, 2014

North Georgia RESA


Final Thoughts

If you need additional information regarding any of these professional learning opportunities, please call the office. It is a pleasure to serve our school systems.

Kelly Rogers-Director

Vanna Clampitt-Administrative Assistant

Donna Cox-Administrative Assistant

Proudly serving Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer, Murray, Dalton and Whitfield Counties.