Elementary Learning Opportunities

January Workshops with E2CCB

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Introduction to the Maker Movement

January 8, 2016

Participants will dive into the ideas that are driving the maker movement, as well as components of the design process. Those attending this workshop will participate in activities to get the ideas flowing, and create a plan for moving STEAM forward in the school or district. This will be a hands-on, mind-on workshop that is not technology dependent. We strongly encourage teams of 2-3 to attend in order to make action planning more feasible (although this is not mandatory for attendance at this workshop).

Facilitator: Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist

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Indicator 13, Strategies to Facilitate Compliance Practices

January 12, 2016

Indicator 13 is a district self-review process in which IEPs of transition age students are evaluated for compliance. Participants will assess current IEP development practices with information on gathering and incorporating transition information into the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Participants will learn about and understand transition services and the practice of implementation as delineated by NYS Education Law and Regulations; and implement these practices into a clearly articulated process; develop practices that support appropriately developed IEPs; and increase the successful transition of youth with disabilities in New York State. Teams will work through each citation looking for documentation in IEPs.

Intended Audience: Special Education teachers, counselors, administrators

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Facilitator: Rebecca Donnelly, Staff Development Specialist

Questioning for Learning

January 13, 2016

This workshop aims to inspire the asking of questions to inform instruction; yet more importantly how to build the capacity of students asking the questions. The focus of this session is on key questions: how to ask questions of students, how to encourage students to ask their own questions, and how to ask better questions and find better answers. The intended audience is K-12 and all content areas. It is recommended to bring a topic/texts to the session with the intent of drafting questions.

Facilitator: Dana Serure, Staff Development Specialist

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Revising the CKLA & L&L Assessments (PK-2)

January 13, 2016

Feeling frustrated by smiley and frowny faces? Are you in need of assessment tools that are not only aligned to your CKLA curriculum, but provide you with the necessary information to group students and drive your instruction? Join me as we revise the CKLA Listening & Learning assessments to meet your needs. This workshop is designed to help you brush up on your assessment literacy skills and begin to revise your current assessment tools. The learning objectives are as follows:

I can define assessment literacy.

I can identify the components of a quality assessment.

I can revise my current assessments to ensure they are aligned to the CCLS and support my instructional next steps.

Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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Technology Enhanced Assessments (Model Schools)

January 19, 2016

The online world of assessments is no longer limited to poke and click multiple-choice. There are a plethora of formats through a variety of online websites and apps for teachers to create both formative, and if desired, summative assessments to gauge student understanding and learning.
We will explore a few options for teachers that can help to streamline the assessment process and provide quick feedback for teachers and students. We will look at both websites (like Kahoot and Edulastic) as well as iPad apps (like Classkick and Socrative) that allow teachers to assess learning in a variety of formats.
Participants will:
- Explore multiple assessment tools for both formative and summative assessment in the classroom.
- Participate in discussions about the role of assessments in the classroom
- Be provided with time for hands-on practice/development of assessments using technology tools.

Facilitator: Katy Berner-Wallen, Staff Development Specialist

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Exploring the Physical Science and Earth & Space Science Standards (NGSS)

January 22, 2016

This workshop is the second of three in a series exploring the Next Generation Science Standards. This session will help participants understand the progression of standards from K-12 in the areas of Physical Science and Earth & Space Science. Participants will unpack the standards, hold collegial discussions, and engage in curricular design work to implement the standards in their instruction. We will also discuss the draft NYS Science Learning Standards available to view online. The Learning Targets for participants are:

I can identify the major strands in the Physical Science and Earth & Space Science Standards.

I can explain how student understanding of these topics spiral and increase in complexity as students grow.

I can evaluate how my current instructional materials align with the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (and draft NYS Science Learning Standards).

The final session of the series is planned for February 11, 2016.

Facilitator: Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist

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Updates to School Counseling Comprehensive Programming

January 22, 2016

This workshop is intended for K-12 school counselors and administrators to begin conversations about school counseling programing. The aim is to highlight the critical aspects of the Part 110.2j regulations, discuss important issues, and start initial preparation and planning. The workshop is structured in three segments:

Overview and Updates to School Counselor Regulations, Implementation Ideas and Planning.

Facilitator: Dana Serure, Staff Development Specialist

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Technology for the K-5 Classroom (Model Schools)

January 25, 2016

For teachers that already have a comfort level with technology and are eager to enhance their technology integration, the session is designed to help teachers extend their technology use and plan for strategic integration to improve technology integration and collaboration between students. Participants will explore Ipad applications and laptop programs directly support the CCLS technology standards.

Facilitator: Marcy Sweetman, Staff Development Specialist

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Unpacking the Social Studies Inquiries (K-12)

January 26, 2016

Busy schedule? Not enough time to plan a Social Studies inquiry? This workshop is for you! Participants will be given a brief overview of the frameworks, specific to their grade level. Understanding the inquiry blueprint, teachers will have time to create materials to begin an inquiry at their grade level. Participants will be introduced Inquiry Design Model (IDM) blueprint for the creation of the inquiries. The Inquiries were designed to put instructional and curriculum design tools into the hands of teachers and leaders in local districts across New York State. The Inquiry resources focus on implementation of the Inquiry Arc, as presented in The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Teachers will have an opportunity to prepare for and plan inquires.

Facilitator: Marcy Sweetman, Staff Development Specialist

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Accessing the Common core for Students with Disabilities - Modules through the lens of SDI

January 28, 2016

Students with diverse needs must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their post-school lives. The implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) provides an opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with diverse needs. During this workshop, the participants will incorporate specially designed instruction (SDI) into lessons that are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). The foundation of these tools is rooted in the research around the elements of explicit instruction.

Intended Audience: Special Education teachers, counselors, administrators

Facilitator: Rebecca Donnelly, Staff Development Specialist

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Managing Student Stress: Creating a Stress Free Classroom Environment

January 28, 2016

When students are feeling stressed and anxious learning takes a backseat. This workshop is designed to help teachers understand their students stress and provide them with tools and strategies to improve learning via their physical environment, brain breaks and yoga in the classroom.

Objectives are as follows:

I can examine the causes of student stressors and its impact on learning.

I can explore brain breaks, yoga and other tools and strategies to lessen student stress in the classroom.

I can analyze the effect the classroom environment has on your students, identify areas of need and create a plan to positively alter the learning environment.

I can create a plan to improve student learning and foster a stress free learning environment.

Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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