Learning Connections

Muskingum Valley ESC - December 2019

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December 4 - Universal Design for Learning - Understanding the Framework

Have you heard of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Would you like to gain a basic understanding of the UDL framework? During this session, participants will learn the history, main principles and critical elements of UDL. They will be involved in discussion and learning activities and will receive resources to extend their learning.


Presenter: Sponsored by SST 12

Audience: Teachers and Administrators

Location: SST Region 12 Office, 60788 Southgate Road, Suite 201, Byesville, OH 43723

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Register here.

December 4 - Learn to Lead Webinar Series

Join these webinar sessions to work through the Ohio Department of Education’s Learn to Lead Course. During the sessions, participants will work collaboratively through the course modules of:

1. The Call for Teacher Leaders

2. The Journey from Good to Great

3. Unpacking Leadership Explorations

4. Exploring the Leader Within

5. Understanding Change Dynamics

6. The Power of Team

7. Communication: The Key to Leadership Success

Dates: December 4, 2019; January 7, 2020; February 4, 2020


Presenter: Cathy Morgan, MVESC Center for Leading and Learning Director

Audience: Year 4 Resident Educators, Mentors, Coordinators

Location: Online - Zoom

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $25.00

Register Here.

December 5 - PBIS Tiers II and III

This full-day professional learning is designed to support participants in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. Participants will:

• Use data to determine their building’s readiness for Tier II and Tier III development.

• Identify key features of both Tier II and III.

• Learn how Tier II and III behavioral supports fit within a PBIS framework.

• Receive an overview of Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Plans.


Presenter: Sponsored by SST 12

Audience: Individuals or teams implementing school-wide PBIS Tier I

Location: SST Region 12 Office, 60788 Southgate Road, Suite 201, Byesville, OH 43723

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register here.

December 6 - Literacy Leaders Network

This network will continue to facilitate dialogue and deepen discussion on the following topics:

• The Why and What of Coaching

• Similarities and Differences between Systems Coaching and Instructional Coaching

• Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Rope and how it relates to Ohio’s plan for literacy


Presenter: Sponsored by SST 12

Audience: Literacy Coaches

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: SST Region 12 Office, 60788 Southgate Road, Suite 201, Byesville, OH 43723

December 6 - Understanding and Managing Generations in the Workplace

There are more pronounced differences between the generations today than ever before. Research indicates that people communicate based on their generational backgrounds. To work effectively and efficiently, to increase productivity and quality, we need to understand generational characteristics and learn how to use them effectively in dealing with each individual.

Participants will cover:

• Current workforce trends and challenges.

• Different workplace characteristics of each generation in the current workforce.

• Best practices and techniques on managing and interacting with the different generations.

• Viewpoints of each generation on relationships, work ethic, authority, perspectives on conflict resolution and communication cohesiveness.


Presenter: Lori Hall, Employers Resource Association

Audience: Administrators, Supervisors

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: MVESC Zanesville Office, Muskingum Room., 205 N. Seventh St., Zanesville, OH 43701

Register here.

December 10 - Keys to Making Math Irresistible Grades 3-8

Join Dr. Raj Shah in this learning session where he will share his love for math and mission to make math irresistible for all learners. Math can reach this level, but unfortunately, school math often does not. Participants will tackle challenging math tasks as they explore proven frameworks that spark student curiosity along with five principles that encourage productive struggle. They will learn how to quickly modify existing problems to make them more engaging for all.

Note - This content is aligned to Gifted Competencies, and gifted contact hours are available.


Audience: Math Teachers

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: MVESC Zanesville Office, Muskingum Room, 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville, OH 43701

Cost: $110 for MVESC Member Districts - $125.00 for Non-member Districts

Register here.

December 11 - Formative and Summative Webinar

Join this webinar for information and ideas to support Focus Mentoring II, Formative and Summative Assessment, that is required in Year 2 of Ohio’s Resident Educator program. Participants will take a close look at Domain 6, Formative Assessment, of the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. You will explore the concepts, activities and tools available on the Ohio Department of Education website.


Presenter: Cathy Morgan, MVESC Center for Leading and Learning Director

Audience: Year 2 Resident Educators, Mentors, Coordinators

Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location: Online - Zoom

Cost: $25.00

Register here.

December 13 - Principal Collaborative

Power-up school leadership through collaborative MVESC networks!

Attend these sessions to:

  • Learn from others and generate ideas! Hear how others are approaching best practices, state requirements, and common educational topics.
  • Stay tuned in to current legislature, current research, state requirements and district happenings!
  • Energize your leadership and learning skills through collaborative conversations, shared learning experiences and brainstorming!


Audience: Elementary, Middle and High School Principals

Location: MVESC Zanesville Office, Coshocton Room, 205 N. Seventh St., Zanesville, OH 43701

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Register here.

December 16 - 8:30 a.m. Curriculum Council

Join the MVESC Curriculum Council Network to:

  • Learn from others and generate ideas.
  • Hear how others are approaching best practices, state requirements and common educational topics.
  • Stay updated on current legislature, current research, state requirements and district happenings.
  • Energize your leadership and learning skills through collaborative conversations, shared learning experiences and brainstorming.
  • Connect with with other leaders to learn new and better ways of doing things.

December 17 - I Suspect a Disability. Now What?

Part 4

Autism Spectrum Disorder by Dr. Mike Fain

This five-part after-school series is designed to help teachers and intervention specialists see how school psychologists assess various disability conditions. The series also will explain the role teachers play in making eligibility determinations for suspected children (data collection, interview questions, behavior checklists, adaptive behavior, etc.). Contact hours will be available for each part of the series. Participants may elect to do any or all of the sessions in the series.


Audience: Teachers, Intervention Specialists

Location: Online-Zoom Webinar

Time: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Register here.

December 18 - Grade 3 Gifted Student Connections

Give your students who are gifted opportunities to interact with other students who are gifted! Grade 3 students will be presented with challenges and will have opportunities to use problem-solving and deductive reasoning skills through the following activities: Winter Coding, Escape Room, P Racers, No Stress Chess and Choplogic.


Contact Susan Larson at susan.larson@mvesc.org with questions.

Spending Time with Mrs. Claus!

Intended for PS-2nd Grade Classrooms

Do you need a holiday themed lesson to address the standards in your classroom? The interactive video conference…Spending Time with Mrs. Claus will address those needs and keep your students talking for days to come. This is one of our most popular December lessons! Students will interact with Mrs. Claus to complete a variety of problem-solving tasks in a fun way. During the lesson, Mrs. Claus will create a holiday craft with the students. All materials are included in the cost of the program. This holiday lesson stresses kindness and giving of yourself throughout the entire year. A lesson not to miss! Spaces are limited and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.


COST: $120 (includes materials shipped to your classroom for use during the lesson) Connection Details

  • All multi-point connections are limited to four classrooms and schools/No special equipment needed – ZOOM and/or H323 systems can participate
  • Cost is $120.00 per connecting site. Fee includes individually packaged kits for your students that are mailed to your classroom. (MVESC member districts – FREE)
  • There is a 30-student maximum per site. Overage fees and additional kit fees will apply to schools that go over the session maximum.
  • Additional kits can be purchased for $1.00 per kit + shipping fees


Dates and Times

To register, please visit CILC or add your school directly from our scheduling system.

Quiet Crew - ASL Classes

Busy Hands, Busy Brains:

What if we could combine physical movement with muscle memory to produce powerful learning? Sometimes we need to change the way we teach to appeal to a variety of learning styles. Take a minute to consider how whole brain learning concepts can appeal to students and teachers. The Quiet Crew concepts are easily implemented into daily instruction and sprinkled throughout the classroom environment to appeal to kinesthetic intelligence.


Variety of Topics:

Quiet Crew topics are customizable. There are a variety of options to explore including:

  • The Manual Alphabet (Mini-Series);
  • Numbers; School Environment;
  • School Tools;
  • Circle Time;
  • Calendar;
  • Food/Eating;
  • Kindness/Friendship

Contact Leslie Charles for more information (leslie.charles@mvesc.org)

January 16 and 17 - Explicit Reading Instruction at the Adolescent Level with Anita Archer

January 16, 2019: English Language Arts

January 17, 2019: Science and Social Studies


Audience: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Instructional Coaches for Grades 6-8,

Intervention Specialists, Principals, Teachers

Location: Welcome Center,

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 for lunch and snacks. Training is Free courtesy of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

Register here.


Dr. Anita Archer is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction - the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management and literacy instruction. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, presenting in every state throughout her 40-year career. In this session, you will learn ways to intervene with older students before, during and after a lesson. You won’t want to miss seeing Dr. Archer model explicit instruction throughout the training!

February 25, 2019 - Blended Learning Strategies that Work in Today's Classroom with Weston Kieschnick

Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Intervention Specialists

Location: Welcome Center,

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for MVESC member districts, $125.00 for non-member districts.

Register here.


How can educators bring together the best of old-school wisdom and new-school technology to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes? In this session, International Center for Leading in Education (ICLE) Senior Fellow and Author Weston Kieschnick will explore proven teaching strategies from Bold School.