This Week in MyMadisonPD

Week of April 21, 2014

This Week's Courses

Designing Effective Lesson Plans Part 2

This workshop is for staff members who have already attended the prior Designing Effective Lesson Plans that Work for You. This workshop will focus upon strategies that worked or were added to your lesson planning from the prior in-service workshop. Collaborative discussions as to how to implement the Danielson template into specific disciplines or into specific situations. Participants should bring copies of current lesson plans to share during collaborative discussions. Presenter will also share additional hints and strategies to help make lesson planning more relevant and exciting.

Audience: 6-12
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 2E; 3B; 3C; 3E; 4A; 4E;
Presenter: Suzanne Monkemeier, Science, MHS
Location: Madison High School Room D22
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, April 22, 3:30-5:30
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 24
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


Using Technology to Facilitate the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity

This workshop will introduce participants to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning (adopted in whole as part of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in 2009). We will explore Web 2.0 resources that are available to all district staff and students at no cost using existing technology resources. Each participant will walk away from the course with a new or revised lesson plan that integrates the 21st Century Skills Framework with grade level/subject curriculum while utilizing Web 2.0 tools.

Audience: K-12
Danielson Component(s): 1D; 1E; 2E; 3C; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School Room B16
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 23 and Tuesday, May 27, 3:30-5:30pm
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 3 Max Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Designing Effective Lesson Plans that Work for YOU!

Learn strategies to help you construct effective lesson plans that are an asset to your classroom preparation. Focus will be on the following: planning and setting instructional outcomes, anticipating the pace of instruction, implementing new learning strategies in your instructional plan, designing lesson assessments, and differentiating instruction for your students. Whether you are an experienced or new teacher, this course will help you re-energize your planning of instruction so that you can better meet the needs of your students. This course will be divided into three sessions: Informational, Collaboration with colleagues and Practical application. During the collaboration and practical application sessions, participants will be actively engaged in writing and sharing lesson plans and strategies.

Audience: 6-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E; 4A; 4D;
Presenter: Suzanne Monkemeier, Science, MHS
Location: Madison High School Room D22
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesdays, April 23, 30 & May 7, 3:30-4:30
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 2 Max Enrollment: 24
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)

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Upcoming Courses

Introduction to Using Twitter for Professional Development

This course is designed for teachers and all other professional staff who are new or novice with Twitter. Participants will leave session 1 with a Twitter handle, an understanding of basic terminology and functions, several potential resources personalized to role, and their first tweets, retweets, and mentions. Session 2 will meet virtually during a #satchat, one of the leading educational Twitter discussions on the planet where participants will engage with educators from around the world around the weekly topic.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 2E; BYOD;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison High School MHS Room B16
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, April 29, 3:30-4:30; Saturday, May 3, 7:30-8:30 (virtual)
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Creating Highly Effective Newsletters in the Digital Age

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.


Audience: K-12
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): Thursday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 13; 3:30-5:00
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: sniders@madisonpublicschools.org (Stacy Snider)


Using Student Surveys to Improve Your Instruction

Learn how to use student surveys to gather feedback, improve your instructional practice, and increase student ownership of their learning. Participants will learn see artifacts of my use of a survey system with high school students and then brainstorm applicability to their own setting. Attendees will be encouraged to try using a survey before the end of the school year.


Audience: 6-12 (upper elementary may be able to adapt method)
Danielson Component(s): 3E; 4A; 4E;
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Location: Madison Junior School Room TBA
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, May 1; 3:15-4:15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)

Proposals still being accepted

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and added to the registration system as they are approved. You are encouraged to visit mymadisonpd.org from time to time to learn about new courses that may come available.


Workshops offered in May/June – Tuesday, May 6, 3pm


The proposal form is available at http://tinyurl.com/lqxdf98. 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.


In alignment with AchieveNJ guidelines, workshop proposals that target areas identified as highest need based on observation results will receive preference. You are encouraged to tie your proposals to these areas although proposals on other topics, including content-specific information (i.e. role of religion in American politics, strategies for successfully teaching bar modeling) and BYOD instructional strategies, will also be considered.


Click here to see the high priority Danielson components. 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, 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.