This Week in MyMadisonPD

Week of April 7, 2014

This Week's Courses

When is it Time to Accelerate?

This workshop is a repeated offering from the January 20th in-service day. It is geared towards Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers who would like to know what their students should be able to accomplish independently at each level of reading before moving them up to the next. Teachers will learn simple, yet effective Word Work strategies that will promote acceleration, and will understand the changes that occur from level to level.

Audience: K-1
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1A; 1C; 1E; 1F; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D; 3E;
Presenters: Joanne Sims, Reading Specialist, KRS & Marlene Ryan, Reading Specialist, TJS
Location: Kings Road School Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 9, 3:45-4:45
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: (Joanne Sims)

Smartboard: Quick and easy tricks to enhance your lessons

Are you using smartboard as a regular whiteboard? #EpicFail!! Enhance your smartboard knowledge: • Design engaging lessons • Design materials for class. • Save your notes. • Share your notes in your website. • Designed assessments • Use senteo • Learn Smartboard tricks

Audience: K-12
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 3C; 3D;
Presenter: Luis Largo, Science Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room G54
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 9; 3:30-4:30
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Max Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: (Luis Largo)

An Educator's Guide to Concussions in the Classroom

Concussions are serious brain injuries that have a significant influence on the brain’s ability to function at its normal capacity. Proper management of a concussed student in the classroom by his or her educators can allow the student to continue making academic progress through accommodations. You will come away with a Flow Chart of Decision Making for Concussion Accommodations and practical strategies for managing the student with a concussion.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1C; 2A; 2B; 2C; 2D; 3A; 3C; 3E; 4C;
Presenter: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, TJS
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 205
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 9; 4-5pm
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Max Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: (Nicolette Crescas)

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Upcoming Courses

Designing Effective Lesson Plans Part 2 (New Date)

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: (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: (Matthew Mingle)

Designing Effective Lesson Plans that Work for YOU! (New Date)

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: (Suzanne Monkemeier)

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 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 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.