Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of March 23, 2015

This Week's Courses

CPR Certification Course Num: 259 (6)



Be prepared! Be safe! Gain confidence in responding to an emergency! In this course you will learn CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to effectively and safely use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a hands-on class with the use of resuscitation mannequins and a demo AED device. You will learn single and partner techniques. All participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ask questions so that you feel prepared in school and at home. Certified CPR/AED instructors will be teaching the course. You must attend both sessions in order to obtain a Red Cross Certification card.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Colette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School & Diane Fastiggi, School Nurse, Madison High School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School TJS Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesdays, March 24 & 31; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-24
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 11 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)




Creating Engaging Lessons With Blendspace Course Num: 272 (6)


Want a great way to engage students with easy-to-create digital lesson plans? Blendspace is a Google application that allows you to create digital lesson plans with links to videos, media articles, web pages or any other type of content you want. You can then post these plans on Google classroom or to your web page. Students interact with the plan by clicking on the links and completing the assignments. Come try it out. I guarantee you'll love it.

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 2C; 3C; 3D; 4D; 4E;
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, History Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 24; 4-6pm
Start Date: 2015-03-24
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)





Using the IPAD to Support Students with Reading, Writing & Organizational Disorders Course Num: 275 (6)


During the past year, there have been a number of exciting developments as traditional assistive technology publishers are releasing full featured apps to help support students with reading and writing disabilities. Come learn about apps that can be used as students move through the writing process, from brainstorming to publishing. During this session you will learn about mind mapping apps, word prediction, text to speech, speech recognition and other supports to assist students in the writing process. Similarly learn about some new and innovative apps for reading. Learn about apps for helping students stay organized and for reminding them about key events in their lives. During the workshop we will discuss different work flows that can be utilized in the classroom so that teachers can work more effectively with digital files.

Audience: K-5 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Dr. Brian Friedlander
Location: Central Avenue School CAS Room 6
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 24; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-03-24
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 13 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: novackn@madisonpublicschools.org (Nancy Novack)





CPR/AED and First Aid Course Num: 270 (6)


What better way to respond to an emergency whether at school or home. Be Prepared -- take this course to gain confidence in responding to an emergency! In this course you will learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) effectively and safely use the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). You will also learn Basic First Aid skills. This is a hands-on course where you will use resuscitation mannequins and a demo AED device. You will learn single and partner techniques. All participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ask questions so that you feel prepared in school and at home. Certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructors will be teaching the course. All participants who pass the skills test will receive certification from the American Red Cross.

Audience: All Faculty/Staff Members
Danielson Component(s): 1B; 1D; 4D; 4E; 4F;
Presenters: Diane Fastiggi, School Nurse, Madison High School & Kevin Lynott, Healthy and Physical Education Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School MHS Rooms G53 and Wrestling Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday, March 28; 8:00am-2:30pm (includes 30 minute lunch break)
Start Date: 2015-03-28
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 17 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 18
Current Instructor Email Account: fastiggid@madisonpublicschools.org (Diane Fastiggi)

Next Week's Courses

Google Chrome in the ClassroomCourse Num: 288 (6)



Have you ever wondered what Google Chrome has to offer? This workshop will not only introduce you to the basics of the Google Drive such as Docs, Slides, and Forms, but also get you connected with communities where you can trade ideas with fellow teachers. You'll also get acquainted with Google Classroom, where you will set up your class, connect your students, and learn how to post announcements, assignments, and projects. Bring any current class content you want to use as you try out all the new tools!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenters: Allison Brozyna, Grade 3 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini & Ashley LoBrace, Grade 1 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School 225
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, March 31; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-03-31
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: brozynaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Allison Brozyna)


Guitar for Music Majors and Classroom TeachersCourse Num: 287 (6)



Maybe you always thought about bringing the guitar into your classroom or maybe you already play and want to learn more. Here is the perfect time to learn classical and jazz/rock guitar techniques, scale patterns, basic and advanced chords while playing some great etudes and classic tunes. If you have never played the guitar before, always wanted to learn or if you already play but want to improve your ability then this is the perfect time to refresh your guitar technique! Bring your own guitar or you can borrow one of ours!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1A; 1D; 1E;
Presenter: Michael Silvestri, Orchestra Director, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School A9-Orchestra room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 1, 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-04-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: silvestrim@madisonpublicschools.org (Michael Silvestri)


Google Chrome in the ClassroomCourse Num: 289 (6)



Have you ever wondered what Google Chrome has to offer? This workshop will not only introduce you to the basics of the Google Drive such as Docs, Slides, and Forms, but also get you connected with communities where you can trade ideas with fellow teachers. You'll also get acquainted with Google Classroom, where you will set up your class, connect your students, and learn how to post announcements, assignments, and projects. Bring any current class content you want to use as you try out all the new tools!

Audience: K-5 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1C; 1D; 1E; 1F; 2B; 2C; 3A; 3B; 3C; 3D;
Presenters: Allison Brozyna, Grade 3 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini & Ashley LoBrace, Grade 1 Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, April 1; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-04-01
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: brozynaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Allison Brozyna)

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New Courses This Week

None

Full Course List

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

Spring 2015 Call for Proposals

Deadline to submit a course for April 15-May 29 = March 27, 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 mymadisonpd.org.


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 mymadisonpd.org.


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.