Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of September 28, 2015

This Week's Courses

Getting Around ThinkCentral Course Num: 70 (2)


We have some really great resources available to us on ThinkCentral. Virtual manipulatives can add to a number of lessons in addition to the MIF SmartBoard lessons. With MIF responding to teacher concerns, we now have access to more materials that support the Appendix lessons from the back of our textbooks. Online assessments are another great way to gauge how your students are doing and can be used in the classroom or as a review given at home. Learn how to access these new resources so that you can use them in your classroom.

Audience: K-5 Classroom and Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, September 29; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-09-29
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)




Differentiation Made Easy: Using Newsela to Boost Reading Comprehension Course Num: 92 (2)


In this hands-on session, you will get to explore Newsela, a site which offers a vast wealth of non-fiction news articles across ALL disciplines. Experiment with the site to see how reading content and quiz questions are automatically adjusted to students' individual reading levels -- content can be modified at levels ranging from 3rd grade to 12th grade, so all readers can be successful and engaged in your classroom. Explore Newsela's tools that help students improve close reading skills. Create binders and classrooms, so assignments automatically appear to students upon login, and results are immediately reported to you. Newsela is an invaluable tool in differentiation, with high-interest content that provides reinforcement with Common Core Skills....come see how the site works in action. Current Newsela users are welcome to attend, as we will talk about incorporating Newsela in choice-based projects and other assignments.

Audience: Grades 4-12
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Paige Henry, English Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School & Lisa Toto, English Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 1, 2015; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-01
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: henryp@madisonpublicschools.org (Paige Henry)





Google Forms & Sheets for Novice Users Course Num: 99 (2)


Google Forms is a wonderful tool to help with student assessment and data collection. Forms brings the responses for your form into one easy to read spreadsheet that you can manipulate and analyze. Come learn how to design a Google Form using different types of questions, analyze collected data, and post Forms to your school website to share with students. Learn how to share and collaborate on spreadsheets. 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 Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 1, 2015: 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2015-10-01
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)

Next Week's Courses

Google Docs for Novice Users Course Num: 101 (2)


Learn how to navigate Google Docs including creating and sharing documents, commenting on documents, and organizing docs. Learn how to upload word documents and convert to Google Docs. Learn how to view documents revision history and rollback to previous versions. Also, learn how to download a Google Doc as word, pdf, etc. 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: Suzanne Monkemeier, Biology Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room D-21
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-06
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)




Understanding Mental Health Issues in a School Setting Course Num: 97 (2)


Students across the nation have been experiencing rising rates of mental health difficulties, including anxiety and depression. Students' school functioning is often impacted by these experiences, and staff find themselves unsure of how to navigate a variety of situations. By understanding different mental illnesses and their impact on students, staff may feel more confident in their skills to support students in difficult situations. Staff members are encouraged to bring scenarios from their experiences at school and there will be time devoted to questions & answers.

Audience: 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Lyndsi Silberman, School Psychologist, Madison Junior & High Schools & Catherine Steege, Social Worker, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison High School A-Hall Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 7; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-07
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: silbermanl@madisonpublicschools.org (Lyndsi Silberman)




Google Calendar for Novice Users Course Num: 102 (2)


Learn the basics of Google Calendar including how to create events, invite others to events, manage multiple calendars, share calendars with colleagues. Learn how to efficiently use Google Calendar to stay organized and to help your students stay organized. 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): Wednesday, October 7, 2015; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)




Google Forms & Sheets for Intermediate Users Course Num: 103 (2)


Learn how to add flair to your forms with different themes, view responses in different formats, embed a form in Google Classroom or websites and set up notifications to be receive an email once a form has been submitted. 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: Elizabeth Troullos, Italian Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 100
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, October 7, 2015; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-07
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: troullose@madisonpublicschools.org (Elizabeth Troullos)





Gmail for Intermediate Users Course Num: 104 (2)


Learn how to use Gmail to increase communication and collaboration with students and parents, forward your email and create and share task lists. 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: Kelly Bosworth, Math Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 108
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bosworthk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kelly Bosworth)





Google Calendar for Advanced Users Course Num: 105 (2)


Learn how to use Google Calendar to promote self-directedness, organize meetings, and setting up appointments. 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: Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: nicosiak@madisonpublicschools.org (Kristina Nicosia)





Overview of Rethink Autism Course Num: 120 (2)


This is an introductory course on how to use the Rethink Autism online curriculum.

Audience: Junior School Autism class staff only
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Madison Junior School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 4
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)




Exploring the Precalculus Online Resources and ToolsCourse Num: 123 (2)



This workshop will focus on attendees exploring the online resources and tools available with the new Precalculus textbook. Please borrow a Chromebook to bring to this session in order to have time to explore what's available throughout the session.

Audience: 9-12 Mathematics Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Erik Hein
Location: Madison High School C27
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:05-4:35pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 2 Maximum Enrollment: 9
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

New Courses This Week

An entire series of leveled Google Apps for Education workshops were added to the system over the next two months. Please take a look at the calendar, master list, or in the system to see those options.


Exploring the Precalculus Online Resources and ToolsCourse Num: 123 (2)



This workshop will focus on attendees exploring the online resources and tools available with the new Precalculus textbook. Please borrow a Chromebook to bring to this session in order to have time to explore what's available throughout the session.

Audience: 9-12 Mathematics Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Erik Hein
Location: Madison High School C27
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:05-4:35pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 2 Maximum Enrollment: 9
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)



Overview of Rethink AutismCourse Num: 120 (2)



This is an introductory course on how to use the Rethink Autism online curriculum.


Audience: Junior School Autism class staff only
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Jessica MacDougall, Behaviorist
Location: Madison Junior School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, October 8; 3:15-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-10-08
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 4
Current Instructor Email Account: macdougallj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jessica MacDougall)


Getting to Know the NGSS - Elementary EditionCourse Num: 122 (2)



The Madison Science Curriculum is changing with NJ's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards! Join us and learn about the NGSS - what it is, when we are adopting it (Sept 2017 in K-5), and why it is good for our students. Whether this is the first time you have heard about the new science standards or you consider yourself an expert, this is a workshop for you. We will specifically focus on the K-5 standards and what they will look like in Madison's elementary schools. We will also discuss the teaching and learning NGSS techniques that you can implement in your classroom today!

Audience: K-5 Elementary Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Tom Paterson, Supervisor of Science and Technology
Location: Madison High School G53 - Small Theater
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, October 20 or Thursday, October 29; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-10-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 50
Current Instructor Email Account: patersont@madisonpublicschools.org (Thomas Paterson)

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