Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of January 11, 2016

This Week's Courses

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 6-12 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: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: reichels@madisonpublicschools.org (Sara Reichel)


Cool Primary WebsitesCourse Num: 182 (3)



We will explore and practice using two primary websites, Little Bird Tales and StoryJumper. During this time you can sign up for an account and set up your class or students. You will have time to use the sites yourself and brainstorm ideas of how to use these free web tools in your classroom. This workshop would be great for in-class support TA's to better help students in the classroom and computer lab.

Audience: Grade 1-3 Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Joanne Walch, Computer Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab Room #1
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: walchj@madisonpublicschools.org (Joanne Walch)


Number TalksCourse Num: 183 (3)



This powerful instructional strategy was developed by the Mathematics Education Department at Stanford University. The Common Core asks students to “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.” Number talks encourage this positive discourse in the mathematics classroom as well as promoting mental math, number sense and computation strategies. Learn the why and the how to get started right away with Number Talks in your classroom.

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)

Next Week's Courses

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: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)


The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through MovementCourse Num: 180 (3)



Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K – 2 classroom content is a key part of this course. In addition, this course will focus on discovering the connection between movement, the brain and learning. We will discuss and examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content – based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 20; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)


CPR/AED for first time life saversCourse Num: 187 (3)



Learn how to respond quickly and effectively to an medical emergency by giving CPR and using an AED. You will gain the confidence and skills needed to save a life wherever you are. We will use hands on experience with a CPR mannequin and an AED trainer simulating a variety of situations. Learn one, two, and three person rescue techniques. Must attend both sessions for credit.

Audience: All Elementary staff seeking first time CPR/AED certification
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Nicolette Crescas, School Nurse, Torey J. Sabatini School & Diane Fastiggi, School Nurse, Madison High School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Art Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, January 21 & Tuesday, January 26; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-21
Hours: 4
Current Enrollment: 14 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: crescasc@madisonpublicschools.org (Nicolette Crescas)

New Courses This Week

Using Primary Sources: The Bill of Rights and its Impact (Webinar)Course Num: 200 (3)



This webinar is designed for K-12 educators and media specialists to learn more about how to integrate the use of primary source materials in classroom instruction. Christopher Zarr, educational specialist from the National Archives, will talk about the Bill of Rights and its impact over the past two hundred years. Participants will learn about effective instructional strategies to promote the development of critical thinking and historical analysis skills.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mark DeBiasse, Supervisor of Humanities
Location: Madison High School C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 3; 3:00-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-02-03
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: debiassem@madisonpublicschools.org (Mark DeBiasse)


Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners in the K-5 Mathematics ClassroomCourse Num: 196 (3)



The K-5 classroom has children with a wide spectrum of abilities. Resources abound for students who struggle, but finding deeply enriching activities for the early finishers is a tremendous challenge. We will discuss what to do when you hear “I’m done.”

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, February 10, 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2016-02-10
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)


Using Primary Sources As a Way to Promote InquiryCourse Num: 201 (3)



This webinar is designed for K-12 educators and media specialists to learn more about how primary sources can be used support student inquiry. Christopher Zarr, educational specialist from the National Archives, will discuss effective instructional strategies to promote the development of critical thinking and historical analysis skills.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mark DeBiasse, Supervisor of Humanities
Location: Madison High School C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:00-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: debiassem@madisonpublicschools.org (Mark DeBiasse)



Math AnxietyCourse Num: 197 (3)



We have all seen that look on a student’s face. This session will examine research on math anxiety: where it comes from, how to remediate, and, especially, how we can avoid it in our students.

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 2; 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2016-03-02
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)




The Power of Mental MathCourse Num: 198 (3)



Using mental math unpacks the mysteries of algorithms, promotes number sense, and helps children tap into their own mathematical power. We will discuss strategies to incorporate mental math into daily routines as well as encouraging children to “do it in your head.”

Audience: K-5 teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathleen Wallace, REACH/BSI Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 203
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, March 23; 3:45-4:45
Start Date: 2016-03-23
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: wallacek@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathleen Wallace)


Building Primary Source Sets: A Way to Examine a Theme Using Diverse FormatsCourse Num: 202 (3)



This webinar is designed for K-12 educators and media specialists to learn about the wide variety of primary sources that can be used to explore an issue or event in history. Christopher Zarr, educational specialist from the National Archives, will discuss effective instructional strategies related to using diverse formats such as photos, newspapers, maps, charts, posters, journal entries, etc. and provide tips for promoting critical thinking and historical analysis skills.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mark DeBiasse, Supervisor of Humanities
Location: Madison High School C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, May 4; 3:00-4:15pm
Start Date: 2016-05-04
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: debiassem@madisonpublicschools.org (Mark DeBiasse)

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Call for Proposals - Spring 2016

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