Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of April 11, 2016

This Week's Courses

Flubaroo for Quick GradingCourse Num: 281 (3)



Not enough time for grading? Wish you had a way to grade multiple choice or fill-in the blank web based questions automatically and send the results quickly to students? Now you do, Flubaroo! Come learn how to grade online assessments in under a minute, get reporting and analysis on student performance, and quickly send results to students. Participants will be able to get the Flubaroo Add-on, make a quick online assessment using a Google Form and use Flubaroo to grade the assessment.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Elizabeth Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Room 100
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, April 12; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-12
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)


Chrome Apps & ExtensionsCourse Num: 278 (3)



Google Chrome has a library of special tools you can access through the browser called Apps and Extensions that can make your life in the classroom easier. Plus, when you use Chrome, all of the apps, extensions and web history are stored in the cloud, so wherever you login, they are literally at your fingertips. In this workshop, you will learn the differences between Apps and Extensions and how they can be used to meet the needs of struggling learners. Participants will leave this workshop with our favorite Apps and Extensions loaded on their Chrome accounts. In addition, we will focus the majority of the time demonstrating Read&Write for Google, which offers a powerful range of support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 13th; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)


Supporting ESL Students in the Mainstream ClassroomCourse Num: 284 (3)



This course is designed to provide all teachers strategies on how to help ESL students succeed in their classrooms. In addition to strategies to support ESL students, the teachers will look resources and materials specific to English Language Learners that will help with their lesson planning.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Heather Maguire, ESL Teacher, Madison Junior School/Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 13, 2016; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: maguireh@madisonpublicschools.org (Heather Maguire)


Bringing Music and Art into the CommunityCourse Num: 212 (3)



This course is for district music and art teachers looking to collaborate with community organizations and to facilitate student performances/art shows in and around the Madison area. The session will focus on brainstorming ideas and developing action plans for community outreach.

Audience: K-12 Music and Art teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Stacy Snider, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts
Location: Madison Junior School Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 13; 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2016-04-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)


Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners in the K-5 Mathematics ClassroomCourse Num: 274 (3)



The K-5 classroom has children with a wide spectrum of abilities. Resources abound for students who struggle, but finding deeply enriching activities for the early finishers is a tremendous challenge. We will discuss what to do when you hear “I’m done.”

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 205 Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 14; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-04-14
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)


Infusing Art History into the School CommunityCourse Num: 283 (3)



We would like to present an "ART" Madness session which would be an opportunity for teachers to educate the school community in art history in a game like way. We will be piloting the idea in the MHS front lobby in conjunction with the ever popular March Madness. In the end, votes of faculty and students will reveal MHS's favorite artist. Each match up of artists will showcase an iconic work as well as share biographical information on the artist and genre of art they represent. We are keeping it pretty simple for this pilot experiment, but may add brackets next year and take it a step further if there's support. We will share both methods of execution and discuss ways of involving art, history, and world language students who explore art, artists, and genres of art in their respective curriculums.

Audience: Art, World Language, & History Teachers (anyone who calls upon art as a means of learning)
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Mary Ann St. Jacques, Art Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room A6
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 14, 2016; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2016-04-14
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: stjacquesm@madisonpublicschools.org (Mary Ann St. Jacques)


Student Driven Monitoring and Evaluation of Learning Webinar & DiscussionCourse Num: 154 (3)



Co-Teaching Playbook Webinar Series with Dr. Rhonda Bondie, Fordham University Why? Academic Diversity Challenges Novice and Experienced Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms. Inclusive practices and an increasing demand of college readiness for all students, results in a wide range of academic levels in P-16 classrooms. This academic diversity has changed the expected starting places for learning in higher level courses posing new challenges for often accomplished and experienced teachers. In addition, millennial students with extremely diverse life experiences, interests, and needs are demanding relevant learning experiences and accessible curriculum. While teachers strive to accommodate students as individuals, at the end of the day, teachers know that all students must attain common standards. Both novice and experienced teachers need preparation and ongoing professional development to learn how to effectively and efficiently engage the full range of students in their classrooms, including those with disabilities, creating equal and optimal learning opportunities for all students every day.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior School/Madison High School
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 14; 3:30-5:00pm
Start Date: 2016-04-14
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)

Next Week's Courses

What is Copyright?Course Num: 282 (3)



Students today have a wealth of information at their fingertips, but what's free for public use and what constitutes copyright infringement? Most plagiarism occurs without the student even being aware of his or her mistake. This not only applies to text but to the use of images in presentations. With our increasing creation of student-centered assignments, students are at risk for committing plagiarism unless they are instructed ways around it. Part One of this class will review topics of the history of copyright, what constitutes fair use, and what is in the public domain. We will look at written, oral and mixed media examples and determine which category they fall into. In Part Two we will look at how students should cite their work and alternative sites where they can find the creative commons. We will then have a mock trial where we attempt to defend a creative work against the charge of copyright violation. Participants must attend both sessions to earn credit.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Pamela Klurfield, Media Center Specialist, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday March 30; 3:15-4:15pm and Wednesday, April 13; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-30
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 16
Current Instructor Email Account: klurfieldp@madisonpublicschools.org (Pamela Klurfield)

New Courses This Week

What is Copyright?Course Num: 289 (3)



Note: New format, Enrollment no longer requires registering for Part 1 and Part 2. This class will review topics of the history of copyright; what’s free for public use and what constitutes copyright infringement. Students will examine the difference between fair use, and public domain. The class will look at written and mixed media examples and determine which category each sample falls into. Attendees will be shown alternative sites where they can find the creative commons. This Google Slide presentation will be shared with attendees so that they have access to all material discussed.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Pamela Klurfield, Media Center Specialist, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday April 19; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-04-19
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: klurfieldp@madisonpublicschools.org (Pamela Klurfield)


New Health Rules for AdultsCourse Num: 291 (3)



In this course we will discuss new health guidelines and rules for adult screening of different diseases. We will also discuss updated nutrition and exercise guidelines, understand common myths that we can ignore, and outline what we should do at each age group to maintain optimal health.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Nicolette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School TJS
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, April 21; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-04-21
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)


Chromebook Q&ACourse Num: 294 (3)



Have some questions on using Chromebooks in your classroom? Stop by and get answers to your questions as well as any support you need with Google Apps integration.

Audience: High School Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, April 26; 10:52am-11:37am
Start Date: 2016-04-26
Hours: 0 Note: These hours for this course will not count toward any exemption hours.
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 1 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)


Going Green with GoogleCourse Num: 290 (3)



Are you tired of the finding out the copy machine broke down the moment you needed it? Maybe it's time to break away and go green. With Google apps it can be done. Participants in this course will learn how to convert Microsoft documents into Google documents, adapt paper assignments into online assignments, and redesign lesson plans to maximize the potential of web-based resources. Time will be given for teachers to work on their materials, so have some documents ready to be transported to the Cloud.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Richard Bradshaw
Location: Madison Junior School Room 106
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, May 3; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-05-03
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bradshawr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Bradshaw)

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