Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of December 22, 2014

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Google Novices Unite!Course Num: 222 (6)

Still completely new to Google? Not sure what makes a Chromebook different from a laptop? Google Doc...does it have a Ph.D? Come join us as we wander through elementary vocabulary and browse the basic tools available on a Google Drive. Not recommended for anyone already familiar with Google.

Audience: Anyone ---non-teaching staff included.
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 3C;
Presenter: Debra Ann Wahle, Math Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C16
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 7; 3:15-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-01-07
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: (Debra Wahle)

Introduction to Google Docs Course Num: 223 (6)

Tired of emailing your word documents back and forth? Have you lost your USB flash-drive again? Learn how to use Google Docs so that it never happens again!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1E; 2C; 4B; 4D;
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Caitlyn Manley, Grade 3 Teacher, Central Avenue School & Jennifer Tu, Grade 4 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Rm 1
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 8; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-01-08
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 15 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: (Megan Petersen)


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Full Course List

This email contains only courses being offered over the next two weeks. The full list can be accessed by signing into and clicking on "Add a course" under Spring 2015 or by clicking here.

Spring 2015 Call for Proposals

Deadline to submit a course for January 21-May 29 = January 12, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for February 11-May 29 = February 2, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for February 25-May 29 = February 12, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for March 11-May 29 = March 2, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for March 25-May 29 = March 16, 8am

Deadline to submit a course for April 15-May 29 = March 30, 8am

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

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

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.