Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of December 7, 2015

This Week's Courses

Google Slides for Novice UsersCourse Num: 134 (2)



Learn how to create and collaborate with Google Slides. Also, learn how to import existing powerpoints into Slides, view presentation, templates, themes, and printing from slides. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 9; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-09
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Twitter as a Teaching ToolCourse Num: 150 (2)



Madison School District has taken to Twitter! Learn how you can join the twittersphere and make 140 characters work for you. Twitter can be a fantastic tool for teachers if used the right way. Build your professional learning network, create interactive homework assignments, develop effective exit tickets, create instant updates and much more. Learn the proper way to use a # and continue learning past 3pm. By the end of this class teachers will walk away with their own twitter account if they do not already have one, as well as new ideas for incorporating twitter into your daily routine. Workshop attendees who also participate in the #EdTherapy chat on Thursday, December 17 will receive two hours of credit instead of one. This chat will be facilitated by students from the Current Affairs class at Madison High School.

Audience: Grades 9-12
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Joe Cecala, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 9; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-09
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cecalajd@madisonpublicschools.org (Joseph Cecalaa)


Google Slides for Novice UsersCourse Num: 136 (2)



Learn how to create and collaborate with Google Slides. Also, learn how to import existing powerpoints into Slides, view presentation, templates, themes, and printing from slides. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Megan Petersen , Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, December 10; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)


EdPuzzle in The ClassroomCourse Num: 141 (2)



Learn how to use EdPuzzle to enhance student learning. EdPuzzle allows you to upload any video and add multiple choice/open ended questions during the video to make sure students are aware of what's happening during the video. EdPuzzle allows teachers to formatively assess students and see the results. Learn how to create a video with questions and/or audio comments. EdPuzzle can even be linked to your Google Classroom page. Also learn how to use data from EdPuzzle to inform your teaching. It is a great tool for anybody who wants to use a flipped classroom or needs a way to assess if students are learning from the videos assigned to them. You can even have students make their own videos to see if they really understood the material.

Audience: 6-12 Classroom Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Angela Wylykanowitz, Science Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School G-58
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, December 10; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wylykanowitza@madisonpublicschools.org (Angela Wylykanowitz)

Next Week's Courses

Google Classroom for Novice UsersCourse Num: 135 (2)



Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperless. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, December 15; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Google Classroom for Novice UsersCourse Num: 138 (2)



Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperless. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, December 15; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)


Danielson Meets GardnerCourse Num: 142 (2)



Who's working harder, you or your students?? When Charlotte Danielson meets Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences become powerful tools to actively engage learner "X" in your classroom. Student engagement is more than turn and talk. In this workshop, learn DYNAMIC strategies and best practices currently used in the classroom to engage students in the learning process.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: John Ciferni, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School & Monica Brady, Science Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 16; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-16
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)


First Aid ReCertificationCourse Num: 147 (2)



Certification about to Expire? Sign up for the American Red Cross ReCertification Course. The purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED program is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Jill Tyburczy, Health & Physical Education Teacher, Madison Junior School & Mary Jane Skordinsky, School Nurse, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Gymnasium
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 16; 3:15-6:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-16
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 6 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: tyburczyj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jill Tyburczy)


Google Apps & Extensions for Struggling LearnersCourse Num: 143 (2)



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: Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Central Avenue School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, December 17; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-17
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)

New Courses This Week

What is Autism?Course Num: 162 (3)



Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45 children overall, 1 in 28 boys. With the incidents of autism on the rise, public schools' inclusion of individuals with autism in the mainstream setting is also on the rise. This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of autism and how to create a successful classroom environment for those diagnosed.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 7; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)


Chromebook ManagementCourse Num: 164 (3)



This hands-on workshop is designed to give participants an experience working with Chromebooks. You will explore the basic features and navigate through troubleshooting. We will look at common problems and share some quick fixes. The workshop will be designed based on your immediate needs so you will leave feeling more comfortable with the use of Chromebooks in your classroom.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Sara Reichel, Library Media Specialist, Madison Junior School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Madison Junior School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonpublicschools.org (Sara Reichel)


Common Childhood conditions and illnesses: What these mean to the educator.Course Num: 161 (3)



Understanding a wide array of childhood illnesses can help you to better plan, teach, and diversify your instruction. We will learn about Fifth's Disease, Amblyopia, Scoliois, Bronchitis, Dermatitis, Strep Infections, Cholesteoma, Diabetes, Patella Femoral syndrome, etc. These conditions often affect children's attention and ability to learn, as well as their attendance. You will learn what to expect when a child has been diagnosed with such conditions, how they will be treated medically, and how you can prevent the spread of contagious illnesses.

Audience: K-8 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Nicolette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, January 19; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-19
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)


Everyday Behavior Management StrategiesCourse Num: 163 (3)



This course will provide an overview of the most frequent problem behaviors that occur in the classroom and how to intervene according to the function of the behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback based on their experiences.

Audience: All K-5 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, February 18; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-02-18
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)

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Call for Proposals - Fall 2015

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