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Week of August 17, 2015

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This Week's Courses

Twitter as a Teaching ToolCourse Num: 29 (1)



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.

Audience: Grades 6-12
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): Tuesday, August 18; 9-10am
Start Date: 2015-08-18
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cecalajd@madisonpublicschools.org (Joseph Cecalaa)


Google Classroom and BlendspaceCourse Num: 35 (1)



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.Blendspace will help you create interactive lessons, subplans, and help you organize your day to day lesson plans. Students can also utilize Blendspace to create exciting presentations as well as create outlines for organizing student work. In this two hour course you will set up accounts in both Google Classroom and Blendspace. You will leave with knowledge of both and ideas on how to incorporate these new tools into your classroom for the coming school year.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Joe Cecala, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, August 18; 11am-1pm
Start Date: 2015-08-18
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 10 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cecalajd@madisonpublicschools.org (Joseph Cecalaa)


The Kinesthetic ClassroomCourse Num: 38 (1)



Increase student achievement while having fun using kinesthetic activities. This course is designed as a condensed version of Traci Lengel’s, author of The Kinesthetic Classroom, course. Learn kinesthetic activities that will not only prepare the brain for learning, but activities to teach and review content as well. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move!

Audience: K-12
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kellie Kontozoglus, Grade 4 Teacher, Kings Road School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, August 18; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-18
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: kontozoglusk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kellie Kontozoglus)


The Career Ready PracticesCourse Num: 62 (1)



An important component of the Madison Public Schools Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is an emphasis on Career Ready Practices. These Practices focus on citizenship, personal health and financial well-being, communication, and other critical areas. The full list can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/2014/career/CareerReadyPractices.pdf. This session will include a 1-hour webinar with the NJ Department of Education office responsible for the Career Ready Practices and time to discuss how they will be used in Madison. Participants will be encouraged to engage with the relevant strategic plan goals during this workshop and potentially in the future.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Matthew Mingle, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Location: Central Office Conference Room
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, August 18; 12:45-2:45pm
Start Date: 2015-08-18
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Mindfulness for TeachersCourse Num: 39 (1)



In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use mindfulness techniques to de-stress their personal lives and increase their attention and patience levels when teaching. In addition, they will learn some techniques to use with students to help them de-stress before tests, improve their concentration and notice how their internal worlds are affecting their behaviors.

Audience: Teachers of Any Grade
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mary Lea Crowley, Freelance Mindfulness Educator/Mindful Schools
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 9am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 8 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: marylea@mindfulkidsnj.com (Mary Lea Crowley)


Chrome Resources for the ClassroomCourse Num: 43 (1)



This workshop will provide several valuable resources for both student and teacher use in the classroom. The resources can be used as forms of student assessment, classroom activities, or classroom organization. Learn about Google Sites, Edulastic, Curriculet, Padlet, Google Forms, and others! The first half of the workshop will focus on introducing these websites, apps, and add-ons. The second half will be spent using these tools to create assignments or assessments for your own classroom.

Audience: Beginners and Intermediate
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Caitie Young, English Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kelly Bosworth, Math Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 217
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: youngc@madisonpublicschools.org (Caitlin Young)


Creating With GAFECourse Num: 55 (1)



This course is designed for teachers who want to get started and jump right into infusing technology into their curriculum. We will explore the applications offered by Google (and more), but students do not all need to have chromebooks in order for you to infuse technology today! Suggestions for how to make BYOD work for you and your classroom until your students receive their chromebooks will also be offered. We will be examining creating Google websites and other Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Feel free to bring your own electronic device, but chromebooks will be available and demonstrated during the course. Bring your questions and your pirate spirit! Set out on the voyage of infusing technology and never look back!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Sue Monkemeier, Science Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School D21
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 9-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


Creating With GAFECourse Num: 61 (1)



This course is designed for teachers who want to get started and jump right into infusing technology into their curriculum. We will explore the applications offered by Google (and more), but students do not all need to have chromebooks in order for you to infuse technology today! Suggestions for how to make BYOD work for you and your classroom until your students receive their chromebooks will also be offered. We will be examining creating Google websites and other Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Feel free to bring your own electronic device, but chromebooks will be available and demonstrated during the course. Bring your questions and your pirate spirit! Set out on the voyage of infusing technology and never look back!

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Sue Monkemeier, Science Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School D21
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 11:30am-1:30pm
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


BlendspaceCourse Num: 63 (1)



Blendspace is a platform designed to create multimedia lessons that students can access online. Teachers can organize videos, text, links, images, and quizzes into squares, then organize them to create lessons. Media can be uploaded from Google Drive, YouTube, Google, Flickr, and other online sources. Participants are encouraged to bring or via google drive an interactive lesson. Course will help novice users to understand Google Drive and learn some cool and useful tricks.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Luis Largo, Physics Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School G54
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 9-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: largol@madisonpublicschools.org (Luis Largo)


Mail MergeCourse Num: 64 (1)



Use mail merge when you want to create a set of documents, such as a form letter that is sent to many people. Each document has the same kind of information, yet some of the content is unique. For example, in letters to students/parents, you can personalize each letter to address each person by name. The unique information in each letter comes from entries in a data source.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Luis Largo, Physics Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 20; 9-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-20
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: largol@madisonpublicschools.org (Luis Largo)

Next Week's Courses

I've Done A Running Record, Now What???Course Num: 41 (1)



A tour of how to analyze miscues and use this information to group students and guide instruction.

Audience: K-5 and Special Education
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Katherine Spelker, Special Education Teacher, Central Avenue School & Maureen Magnani, Reading Specialist, Central Avenue School
Location: Madison High School Room C17
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 10-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: spelkerk@madisonpublicschools.org (Katherine Spelker)


Fluency - A Key to ComprehensionCourse Num: 42 (1)



Simple ways to address fluency and strengthen reading comprehension

Audience: K-5 and Special Education
Danielson Component(s): 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Katherine Spelker, Special Education Teacher, Central Avenue School & Maureen Magnani, Reading Specialist, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 11:15am-12:15pm
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: spelkerk@madisonpublicschools.org (Katherine Spelker)


The Chromebooks are Coming!Course Num: 51 (1)



The Chromebooks are coming! The Chromebooks are coming! With Chromebooks flooding our classrooms this fall, it’s essential that teachers be able to use their cloud based features and apps. Since Chromebooks function only on the Internet, how do you store and organize your data? How can teachers access student work? How can students collaborate with each other through sharing documents? What apps are essential for classroom use? This workshop will give you time to explore all these and other questions. The session will allow you to get to know your Chromebook well before school begins. This is the opportunity to improve your skills in a supportive atmosphere.

Audience: All Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Richard Bradshaw, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kathleen Wallace, Basic Skills/REACH Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24, 8am-9:30am
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bradshawr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Bradshaw)


Creating Lessons with Chromebooks in MindCourse Num: 52 (1)



So you have all these assignments you’ve done for a paper-based class. Years of them! Now your classroom is filled with Chromebooks with access to the Internet. You need to think of your lessons in new ways. How do you make the transition from the copy machine to the Cloud? When are you going to have time to do that? Here, in this workshop! We will discuss how Chromebooks and the Internet will open your lessons up in ways you never thought possible. In addition, you will use the time to do planning with Chromebooks in mind, so bring your unit and lesson plans and your imagination. Chromebooks supplied.

Audience: All Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Richard Bradshaw, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kathleen Wallace, Basic Skills/REACH Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 9:30-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bradshawr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Bradshaw)


The Basics of Google ClassroomCourse Num: 53 (1)



Google Classroom is an excellent web application to keep in touch with students about assignments. This workshop will present the basics of using Google Classroom: enrolling students, creating paperless assignments and announcements, monitoring student work, and collaborating with students and teachers. Here’s more that you can do through Google Classroom. 1. “Automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. All work is organized in Google Drive folders for students and teacher. 2. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. 3. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.” (Source - https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020279?hl=en)

Audience: All Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Richard Bradshaw, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kathleen Wallace, Basic Skills/REACH Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 11am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 2 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bradshawr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Bradshaw)


The Chromebooks are Coming!Course Num: 54 (1)



The Chromebooks are coming! The Chromebooks are coming! With Chromebooks flooding our classrooms this fall, it’s essential that teachers be able to use their cloud based features and apps. Since Chromebooks function only on the Internet, how do you store and organize your data? How can teachers access student work? How can students collaborate with each other through sharing documents? What apps are essential for classroom use? This workshop will give you time to explore all these and other questions. The session will allow you to get to know your Chromebook well before school begins. This is the opportunity to improve your skills in a supportive atmosphere.

Audience: All Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Richard Bradshaw, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kathleen Wallace, Basic Skills/REACH Teacher, Kings Road School/Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Madison High School Room B10
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 1-2:30pm
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: bradshawr@madisonpublicschools.org (Richard Bradshaw)


Find out WHY Infusing Technology Benefits You and Your StudentsCourse Num: 56 (1)



Our students need to develop their 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and problem solving. Infusion of technology can help you to develop those 21st century skills within your students. This course will focus upon using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to help develop those 21st century skills. Find out how to shift from teacher created instruction to student driven learning. Feel free to bring your own device, but chromebooks will be available. Suggestions as to how to incorporate BYOD successfully into your classroom (until your students have their chromebooks) will also be provided.

Audience: High School Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Sue Monkemeier, Science Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School D21
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 9-11am
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


Find out WHY Infusing Technology Benefits You and Your StudentsCourse Num: 57 (1)



Our students need to develop their 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and problem solving. Infusion of technology can help you to develop those 21st century skills within your students. This course will focus upon using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to help develop those 21st century skills. Find out how to shift from teacher created instruction to student driven learning. Feel free to bring your own device, but chromebooks will be available. Suggestions as to how to incorporate BYOD successfully into your classroom (until your students have their chromebooks) will also be provided.

Audience: High School
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter:
Location: Madison High School D21
Date(s) & Time(s): Monday, August 24; 11:30am-1:30pm
Start Date: 2015-08-24
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: monkemeiers@madisonpublicschools.org (Suzanne Monkemeier)


Workshop in Google ClassroomCourse Num: 50 (1)



Do you want your students to be more accountable for their own work? Are you interested in modeling a more collegiate classroom for your students? Is integrating some spicy new technology into your classroom a goal for you this year? Join us for conversation and training in Google Classroom! Google Classroom is an interface that lets you communicate with your students, share resources, collect assignments, and give feedback. It's integrated with our district Google accounts and is accessible anywhere, on any device via the Chrome browser. Doug has spent the last year experimenting with using the program in his high school classroom and wants to bring his experience and reflection to anyone interested. By the end of the course, all participants will have at least one draft classroom they can continue working on in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year. To get the most out of our time together, participants should have an active district Google account and the ability to log into Chrome. This workshop is a safe space for experimentation and dialogue and welcomes new Google users and Google veterans alike.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Doug Oswin, English Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, August 25; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-25
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: oswind@madisonpublicschools.org (Douglas Oswin)


Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey Meeting and Mini-WorkshopCourse Num: 40 (1)



Come meet the Artistic Director and Director of Education from Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, based right here in Madison. Learn about exciting new opportunities for partnerships between classroom and the organization for both students and teachers. Special guest teaching artists will be on hand to collaborate on integration ideas for the classroom and to support mini-lessons with attendees. More information about PTNJ can be found at http://www.ptnj.org/index.php. All attendees will participate in a creative experience with the guest artists. Feed your artistic side and kick off the new school year with a renewed appreciation for creative expression personally and fresh ideas on how to support the same outlets for your students.

Audience: K-12 English language arts literacy teachers and other interested staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: John Pietrowski, Artistic Director, Playwrights Theatre & Jim DeVivo, Director of Education, Playwrights Theatre
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 26; 1-3:30pm
Start Date: 2015-08-26
Hours: 2.5
Current Enrollment: 4 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Workshop in Google ClassroomCourse Num: 58 (1)



Do you want your students to be more accountable for their own work? Are you interested in modeling a more collegiate classroom for your students? Is integrating some spicy new technology into your classroom a goal for you this year? Join us for conversation and training in Google Classroom! Google Classroom is an interface that lets you communicate with your students, share resources, collect assignments, and give feedback. It's integrated with our district Google accounts and is accessible anywhere, on any device via the Chrome browser. Doug has spent the last year experimenting with using the program in his high school classroom and wants to bring his experience and reflection to anyone interested. By the end of the course, all participants will have at least one draft classroom they can continue working on in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year. To get the most out of our time together, participants should have an active district Google account and the ability to log into Chrome. This workshop is a safe space for experimentation and dialogue and welcomes new Google users and Google veterans alike.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Doug Oswin, English Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 26; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-26
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: oswind@madisonpublicschools.org (Douglas Oswin)


Debate Can Inspire Higher Level Thinking in Reading Across the CurriculumCourse Num: 26 (1)



Older elementary and middle school students have the analytical skills to learn about debating. Debate is essential for a democratic society and those with opposing views should be able to argue without the use of insults or emotional appeals. Straight from Teachers College, learn the foundation of getting your students to debate in an easy formula. Participants will take part in an actual debate lesson that can be used in the classroom.

Audience: Grades 3-8
Danielson Component(s): 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques;
Presenters: Erin Jackson, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School & Maureen Magnani, Reading Specialist, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27; 10:00-11:00am
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 5 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: jacksone@madisonpublicschools.org (Erin Jackson)


Getting Around ThinkCentralCourse Num: 45 (1)



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: Madison Junior School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27, 2015; 1:45-2:45pm
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Intro to Google FormsCourse Num: 47 (1)



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 your Form to your school website to share with your students.

Audience: K-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27, 2015; 12:30-1:30pm
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 1 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Workshop in Google ClassroomCourse Num: 59 (1)



Do you want your students to be more accountable for their own work? Are you interested in modeling a more collegiate classroom for your students? Is integrating some spicy new technology into your classroom a goal for you this year? Join us for conversation and training in Google Classroom! Google Classroom is an interface that lets you communicate with your students, share resources, collect assignments, and give feedback. It's integrated with our district Google accounts and is accessible anywhere, on any device via the Chrome browser. Doug has spent the last year experimenting with using the program in his high school classroom and wants to bring his experience and reflection to anyone interested. By the end of the course, all participants will have at least one draft classroom they can continue working on in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year. To get the most out of our time together, participants should have an active district Google account and the ability to log into Chrome. This workshop is a safe space for experimentation and dialogue and welcomes new Google users and Google veterans alike.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Doug Oswin, English Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: oswind@madisonpublicschools.org (Douglas Oswin)


Technology Tools for ALL LearnersCourse Num: 65 (1)



Using the Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this session will focus on tools that educators can use to facilitate learning for ALL learners. This HANDS ON BYOD session will allow educators to evaluate the features of an array of apps, software and web tools for iOS, Android, Chrome, PC and Mac. Focus areas will be reading, writing and organization. A custom web presence will be developed and shared with participants in order to promote learning during the session and beyond.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mike Marotta, AT Specialist; Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27; 8am-3pm (1 hour lunch break)
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Workshop in Google ClassroomCourse Num: 60 (1)



Do you want your students to be more accountable for their own work? Are you interested in modeling a more collegiate classroom for your students? Is integrating some spicy new technology into your classroom a goal for you this year? Join us for conversation and training in Google Classroom! Google Classroom is an interface that lets you communicate with your students, share resources, collect assignments, and give feedback. It's integrated with our district Google accounts and is accessible anywhere, on any device via the Chrome browser. Doug has spent the last year experimenting with using the program in his high school classroom and wants to bring his experience and reflection to anyone interested. By the end of the course, all participants will have at least one draft classroom they can continue working on in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year. To get the most out of our time together, participants should have an active district Google account and the ability to log into Chrome. This workshop is a safe space for experimentation and dialogue and welcomes new Google users and Google veterans alike.

Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Doug Oswin, English Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison Junior School Library
Date(s) & Time(s): Friday, August 28; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-28
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: oswind@madisonpublicschools.org (Douglas Oswin)

New Courses This Week

Chrome Resources for the ClassroomCourse Num: 43 (1)



This workshop will provide several valuable resources for both student and teacher use in the classroom. The resources can be used as forms of student assessment, classroom activities, or classroom organization. Learn about Google Sites, Edulastic, Curriculet, Padlet, Google Forms, and others! The first half of the workshop will focus on introducing these websites, apps, and add-ons. The second half will be spent using these tools to create assignments or assessments for your own classroom.

Audience: Beginners and Intermediate
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenters: Caitie Young, English Language Arts Teacher, Madison Junior School & Kelly Bosworth, Math Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 217
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, August 19; 10am-12pm
Start Date: 2015-08-19
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: youngc@madisonpublicschools.org (Caitlin Young)



Technology Tools for ALL LearnersCourse Num: 65 (1)



Using the Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this session will focus on tools that educators can use to facilitate learning for ALL learners. This HANDS ON BYOD session will allow educators to evaluate the features of an array of apps, software and web tools for iOS, Android, Chrome, PC and Mac. Focus areas will be reading, writing and organization. A custom web presence will be developed and shared with participants in order to promote learning during the session and beyond.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Mike Marotta, AT Specialist; Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
Location: Madison High School TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, August 27; 8am-3pm (1 hour lunch break)
Start Date: 2015-08-27
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: minglem@madisonpublicschools.org (Matthew Mingle)


Lesson StudyCourse Num: 68 (2)



Interested in participating in lesson study? Not quite sure what it is? Lesson study is a form of professional development in which teachers work collaboratively to form goals for student learning, plan, conduct, and observe a research lesson designed to bring these goals to life, observe student learning, and finally engage in reflection and revision of the lesson. Lesson study gives teachers the opportunity to see teaching and learning as it takes place in the classroom, setting it apart from other types of professional development. We are seeking 5-6 teachers of Grades K-5 and 5-6 teachers of Grades 6-12 Mathematics (including Special Education teachers) who are committed to joining a lesson study group and experiencing lesson study firsthand in a mathematics classroom. By joining this group, you are indicating your willingness/desire to be a part of the process and will earn 6 hours of professional development credit. If you are interested in joining and there is an individual session you are unable to attend, simply e-mail Katie at LemerichK@madisonpublicschools.org. If you are interested in facilitating for one of the lesson study groups, please also e-ma

Audience: K-5 Classroom and Special Education Teachers, 6-12 Math and Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Kathryn Lemerich, Supervisor of Mathematics and Business
Location: Central Office TBD
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, September 10, 3:30-5:30pm Thursday, September 24, 4:30-5:30pm Thursday, October 8, 4:30-5:30pm Thursday, October 22 4:30-5:30pm Thursday, November 12 4:30-5:30pm
Start Date: 2015-09-10
Hours: 6
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 12
Current Instructor Email Account: lemerichk@madisonpublicschools.org (Kathryn Lemerich)

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