Beginning Teacher Seminar #3

Lincoln County School District Mentor Project

Knowing Your Students & Analysis of Student Work

Tuesday, Dec. 8th 2015 at 4:15-6:15pm

Taft Elementary School & Newport High School

Mentor Seminars are a required LCSD Mentor Project component for every beginning teacher in the Lincoln County School District.

Similar to Seminar #2, this seminar will be conducted via face-to-face & Zoom conference. Beginning teachers will report to one of two locations to participate in seminar with other beginning teachers who travel to the location. Presenters will be present or will be available via Zoom.

If you are earning WOU credit for the mentor project then you are required to participate in all of the seminars.
CHOICE seminars will be conducted via Zoom conference from "home" sites in each area. CHOICE seminars will be facilitated by mentors, or other educators from throughout the district, including you. Within each CHOICE seminar will be the opportunity to select from 2-4 mini-sessions to attend each hour.

What do you need to bring with you?
  • Laptop or iPad (some teachers stated that navigating Google was easier on a laptop)
  • Food & Beverage - we will not be providing food or drink so bring with you what you need to sustain for the two hours

Session 1

Matching Instruction to Student Needs (required for all 1st year teachers - open to any 2nd year teachers who would like a refresher on differentiating instruction)
  • Break out session A: Elementary Teachers with Ruth McDonald
  • Break out session B: Secondary Teachers with Ben Ewing


Differentiation Cafe (option for 2nd year teachers only - 2nd year teachers will focus on sharing differentiation strategies they've implemented or attempted as well as discuss struggles with differentiating and provide support to each other)

  • Break out session C: Elementary Teachers with Kristin Becker
  • Break out session D: Secondary Teachers with Andrea Kopshever

Session 2

There are 4 break out sessions available for this hour
  • Break out session E: Building Academic Language Part 2 with Melissa Wiese --> this session will be a continuation of from the November seminar. Participants will have an opportunity to share strategies they implemented following the November seminar; share struggles; successes; ask questions; and build on what has already been learned for deeper implementation. Target audience: upper elementary, grades 6 -12
  • Break out session F: Word Work Through Differentiated Spelling Part 2 with Marcy Doyle --> this session builds upon the November seminar. Participants will share strategies they implemented following the November seminar; share struggles & successes; ask question; and build on what has already been learned for deeper implementation. Target audience: Kindergarten - 6th grades
  • Break out Session G: Maintaining Positive Classroom Environment by Supporting Student Behavior with Noelle Stoll --> sometimes behavior gets in the way of instruction and student learning. This session offers practical ideas that teachers can use when student behavior communicates to us that something else is going on or that they are not ready to learn. Target audience: Kindergarten - 6th grades
  • Break out Session H: Motivating Student of Poverty with Kristin Becker & Andrea Kopshever --> utilizing the Eric Jensen book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, participants will focus on motivation and effort (chapter 5). The session will focus on solutions that are proven to get students involved in their learning. Target audience - Kindergarten - 12th grades