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Winter/ TIC Catalog 2012


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TIC is an abbreviation for Thompson Incentive Credit. Licensed Staff in the Thompson School District use TIC credit for CDE re-licensure and internally for pay column movement. CDE requires teachers in Colorado to have six semester hours of college/university credit or 90 clock hours of Professional Development. These 90 hours can be achieved through TIC classes. The different types of TIC classes are:  Class or Course  Outside Conference  Professional Study  Book Study and  Independent Study

Most classes are open to all staff in the district unless it is stated that the class is school specific. Classified staff is also welcome to register and attend classes that have the “Professional Growth”-Classified Staff option. Credit is not available for classified staff.

Any questions, please call Denise Absalom at ext. 6178


Table of Contents

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Peace Circle Facilitator Training……………………………………………….…………………………. The Lion Roars………………………………………………………………………………….………………… Road Trip & Raising Reading Expectations-Middle School………………………………..… Road Trip & Raising Reading Expectations-High School………………………………..……. Beginning OmniGlobe Integration class……………………………………………………………… Aims Community College …………………………………………………………………………………… University of Northern Colorado ………………………………………………………………………. eNetColorado……………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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Peace Circle Facilitator Training Peace Circle is a storytelling process based on indigenous practices that give equal voice to all participants. Circles are a unique restorative practice that incorporate the basic principles from other forms of restorative conferencing but differ in format. In Thompson School District, the Peace Circle format has been used to address discrimination, and conflict and to promote safety and belonging. Circles have been used as a community building activity that both motivate and give value to multiple perspectives. Learning and sharing the art of facilitation and circle keeping is a valuable tool in promoting peace. Classrooms, boardrooms, corporations, neighborhoods and families are building healthy communities through the ancient practice of storytelling and deep listening. This class is open to all school Counselors, school Psychologists, teachers and Administrators. Facilitators: Cheryl O’Shell, Jean Gumas & Kiri Saftler Dates: 2/11, 2/18 & 2/19 Times: 8:30am-4:30pm Location: Administration Building—room 128 TIC credit options:  1.5 TIC/23 hours for licensed staff  0 TIC/23 hours for Classified staff Fees:  $35.00 Licensed staff  $10.00 Classified staff


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The Lion Roars

Learn all about the newest operating system from Apple including tips and tricks to make you roar

This class is open to all staff in the district

Facilitator: Don & Marcy Cochran Dates: 2/25 & 3/3 Times: 8:00am-5:00pm Location: Administration Building—classrooms 8 & 9 TIC credit options:  1.0 TIC/15 hours for licensed staff  0 TIC/15 hours for Classified staff Fees:  $30.00 Licensed staff  $10.00 Classified staff


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Road Trip & Raising Reading Expectations-High School Supporting all students so that they meet the more rigorous reading expectations set by the Colorado Academic Standards means that we Middle School Language Arts educators must deepen our knowledge of rich, complex, high-interest text! This Road Trip will include a visit to Bookies located in Denver, where participants will engage in a facilitated book chat with Bookies resident expert in secondary fiction and nonfiction. Participants will explore their own background knowledge related to grade level appropriate text and extend their knowledge of available adolescent literature and text with the new more rigorous learning expectations in mind. Participants by school will have an opportunity to align their current text selections to ensure appropriate alignment and identify which texts will be a new best fit for their students. Participants will meet at Mountain View High School and be ready to leave for Denver @ 7:45am. This class is open to all high school Language Arts teachers and Media Librarians in the district.

Facilitator: Diane Lauer Dates: 2/25/2012 Times: 7:45am-315pm Location: Bookies in Denver TIC credit option: •

.5 TIC/8 hours

Fee: waived


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Road Trip & Raising Reading Expectations-Middle School Supporting all students so that they meet the more rigorous reading expectations set by the Colorado Academic Standards means that we Middle School Language Arts educators must deepen our knowledge of rich, complex, high-interest text! This Road Trip will knowledge related to grade level appropriate text and extend their knowledge of available adolescent literature and text with include a visit to Bookies located in Denver, where participants will engage in a facilitated book chat with Bookies resident expert in secondary fiction and nonfiction. Participants will explore their own background the new more rigorous learning expectations in mind. Participants by school will have an opportunity to align their current text selections to ensure appropriate alignment and identify which texts will be a new best fit for their students. Participants will meet at Conrad Ball Middle School and be ready to leave for Denver @ 7:45am. This class is open to all middle school Language Arts teachers and Media Librarians in the district.

Facilitator: Diane Lauer Dates: 3/3/2012 Times: 7:45am-315pm Location: Bookies in Denver TIC credit option: •

.5 TIC/8 hours

Fee: waivedTIC credit option: •

.5 TIC/8 hours

Fee: waived


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Beginning OmniGlobe Integration class This course will provide the basic knowledge for using the OmniGlobe. You will learn the procedures for checking out, setting up and integrating the OmniGlobe. You will also create or modify your own lesson to incorporate the OmniGlobe into the lesson in order to increase student engagement and achievement. *Participants will receive a $75.00 stipend after delivering the lesson created during this class in the 2012-2013 school year. This class is open to all K-5 teachers, 6-12 Science & Social Studies teachers, all media personnel and Technology coaches as well as any other interested parties that believe that they can integrate the omniglobe into their curriculum to increase student achievement.

Facilitator: Andy Kaufman Dates: 3/17 & 3/24 Times: 8:00-4:00 Location: Administration Building TIC credit option: •

1.0 TIC/15 hours with $75.00 stipend*

Fee: $30.00


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Enrich, empower, refresh & engage yourself! Then, do it for your students. Education is constantly changing, and the need for good teachers is in high demand. Taking classes at Aims will help you stay up-to-date in the classroom, renew your credentials and increase your salary. Check out our spring classes today! Spring 2012 class schedule Autism 101 This course is designed to provide instruction in the salient issues involved in the education of students identified with autism spectrum disorder. Topics to be discussed include: Characteristics of autism, screening and assessment, building a legally defensible autism approach, best teaching practices, behavior strategies and positive behavioral support. Collaboration with other professionals, paraprofessionals and parents will be stressed. Focus on inclusion and co-teaching will be explored as well as strategies for incorporating structure and visual supports in inclusion settings. Instructor: Heidi Blair EDU 275-G13 CRN 41612 1 credit Friday, February 24, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center Creating Relevance in the Classroom - Simulations Brain research tells us that students become motivated to learn when they see personal relevance. One of the quickest ways to accomplish this is by using simulations in the classroom: simulations tap into students’ need-to-know. They see the need to read, write, use math, science social studies and the arts so that they can “visit”: the Yellowstone National Park, a movie theater, a store, an archeological dig, etc. Participants will then learn to design, prepare and implement classroom simulations for their level of students: elementary, middle or high school. Instructor: Doug Wurst EDU 275-G16 CRN 41615 1 credit Friday, March 2, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 8:30 - 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center


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Differentiating Instruction – ONLINE In this course, you will learn the basics of differentiated instruction. You will learn how to create differentiated learning activities and the basics of classroom management and assessment. Participants will be able to identify the key features of an effectively differentiated classroom, apply the principles of differentiation to instructional planning, effectively manage a differentiated classroom, apply key principles of assessment to drive differentiation in the classroom and assignments and apply differentiated instructional strategies. Instructor: Deb Dirksen EDU 275-G81 CRN 41618 1 credit January 30 - February 11 ONLINE

Autism 102 This class will build on information provided in the ECE 101 course. Emphasis will be on students with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The class will cover unique characteristics, learning styles and emotional challenges as well as strategies for social development, social cognitive techniques, building self-monitoring and organizational skills and supporting students with anxiety and emotional regulation challenges. Instructor: Heidi Blair EDU 275-G17 CRN 41616 1 credit Friday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center Best Practices for Early Childhood: Preschool to First Grade Students will participate in hands-on lessons to learn the best practices for preschool through first grade. Topics will include how to : develop an umbrella teaching philosophy, work with the EC brain, design learner friendly lessons, centers and play areas, differentiate the curriculum, work effectively with ELL students, promote emotional wellness and develop a community of learners, take formative assessments and give timely /relevant feedback, develop a child-centered classroom. Instructor: Doug Wurst EDU 275-G18 CRN 41617 1 credit Friday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center


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Brain Compatible Assessment and Feedback In this course, students will learn how memories are best created and retrieved, how assessments fit into the learning cycle, using the Six Facets of Understanding (Wiggins and McTighe), how to use Transformative Assessment (Popham), assessing for learningto learn strategies, use of in-process assessments, assessing projects and performances and giving effective feedback. Instructor: Doug Wurst EDU 275-G11 CRN 41610 1 credit Friday, February 10, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center

21st Century Skills This class provides an introduction/overview of the appropriate uses of technology in education. Rather than learning how to use specific software applications, this class focuses on integrating technology into instruction that meets with CDE expectations for teaching 21st century skills in all content areas and grade levels. Participants are expected to explore new ideas and new technology in order to become more competent users and develop the ability to adapt to an ever-changing world. Time and instruction is provided for building familiarity and skill with new tools. Instructor: Jim Hutchinson EDU 275-G15 CRN 41614 1 credit Friday, March 2, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center

Critical Thinking Skills This course will explore via instruction, research, and discussion the issue of “thinking and education,� including the characteristics of critical/higher order/ rational/analytical/etc. thinking, the thinking skills necessary to be successful in school and as an adult citizen in our society, and ways to cause students to practice needed thinking skills in the classroom. Instructor: Neal Cross EDU 275-G12 CRN41611 1 credit Friday, February 10, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center


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Discovering Giftedness Students will identify the various types of Gifted Learners, their individual characteristics and best practices for reaching them in their educational setting. This class is appropriate for elementary teachers who want to learn more about Gifted and Talented Learners. In this course we will review the basic traits and needs of gifted learners, understand the six types of gifted learners, understand the unique affective characteristics and needs of gifted learners, describe what is meant by differentiating instruction for gifted learners, describe some instructional strategies that are effective in creating and managing appropriately differentiated classrooms for gifted learners and learn to apply strategies and ideas to own classroom. Instructor: Heather Flesner EDU 275-G14 CRN 41613 1 credit Friday, February 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aims Corporate Education Center .................. Aims Professional Development (PD) courses are designed to meet the Colorado Department of Education PD guidelines for educator licensure renewal as well as ongoing professional development. To register for courses, you must enroll at Aims by going to aims.edu. and clicking on: ARE YOU CONSIDERING AIMS? Next, click on PERSONAL INTEREST and then COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION. Please indicate that you are a non-degree seeking student. You will receive your Aims username and password in 2-3 days which will allow you to register as well as pay for courses. Education Department, contact Annie Wolfe 970.339.6274 | awolfe1@aims.edu

Aims Corporate Education Center, 5590 W 11th St, Greeley 47th Ave., 10th St. 13th St. 20 th St. 59th Av


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Coordinator linda.vogel@unco.edu or 970-351-2119 Educational Leadership Certificate: Information and Getting Started

Teacher Leadership Emphasis – Online Program This online program prepares those wish to be leaders at the site level by supporting teachers ’efforts to improve teaching and learning in schools. You will broaden your perspectives of leadership and how it functions within a school setting. Certificate students will • Develop best practices in teaching and learning activities. • Attain leadership strategies and capacities to engage in collaborative leadership with peers, administrators and the community. • Provide significant contributions to continuous school improvement efforts. • Develop the skill set to be a successful peer mentor and instructional coach. • Prepare for leadership roles in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Enhance your leadership skills and prepare for future career advancement with this certificate from the premier university for educator preparation in Colorado. Course of Study Designed for working teachers, this 16-credit-hour certificate begins each fall and is completed in 9 months. Each term, you will take two courses plus a two-credit internship that is tied to both courses for that term. Some courses will feature 1.5 hours of synchronous (meeting at the same time) online sessions per week, which will not be mandatory but will strengthen the program experience. Session scheduling will be collaboratively determined by the students and instructor.


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Certificate Courses ELPS 601 Leadership Development through Inquiry (3) ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management and Leadership in Education (3) ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership (3) ELPS 654 Instructional- Leadership and Supervision (3) ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership – 2 credits taken each term Get Started Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and be a practicing P–12 teacher. You must also meet minimum requirements for admission to the UNC Graduate School, with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the most recent 60 semester hours of college work. Step 1 Contact the Academic Program Coordinator (contact information below) with any program questions and to indicate your desire to apply. Step 2 Apply to the Educational Leadership Certificate: Teacher Leadership Emphasis program through the UNC Graduate School (www.unco.edu/grad).

Whom Do I Contact? Educational Leadership Certificate: Teacher Leadership Emphasis—Information, Advisement Questions and Getting Started Linda Vogel ELPS Program Coordinator linda.vogel@unco.edu or 970-351-2119 unconline.edu/TeacherLead Office of Extended Studies esinfo@unco.edu 970-351-2944 | 800-232-1749 501 20th St, Campus Box 21 Greeley, CO 80639 www.unco.edu/extendedstudies Graduate School 501 20th St, Campus Box 135 Greeley, CO 80639 grad.school@unco.edu or 970-351-2831 www.unco.edu/grad


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eNetColorado Professional Development 2012 (See complete course catalog) COST: $50 registration fee – Participants will be awarded a certificate for 30 CDE hours upon successful completion of their course or may register for 2 graduate credits from Adams State College for an additional $110. eNetColorado Intel Teach Elements Courses begin January 11th (Winter Session) Time Requirement: 6 weeks/ approximately 30 clock hours – These “blendedlearning” courses will include up to 6 hours on-line web conferencing components and an on-line facilitated course that will include interactive tutorials, exercises, individual work, and facilitated discussions. ● Elements-Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms, an interactive e-learning experience, offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. Teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students’ learning. Learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment. ● Elements-Collaboration in the Digital Classroom, an interactive e-learning experience, offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. Teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepens content understanding, and prepares them for the global world. ● NEW COURSE -Using Cell Phones as Learning Tools in the Classroom, an interactive e-learning course, helps educators learn how even the most basic cell phones can be used as powerful tools for teaching and learning. When integrated with free, web-based tools and resources, cell phones offer students and teacher the ability to share ideas through activities such as blogging, podcasting, and data gathering. While there are many legitimate concerns about using cell phones in schools, it is important that schools prepare students for success in a world


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overflowing with information. It is also important for students to learn how to use technology ethically and responsibly. This course highlights meaningful ways that cell phones can be used as learning tools in and out of the classroom, while also addressing the challenges and resistance that many educators face when trying to integrate cell phones into learning activities. eNetColorado Thinkfinity Courses start on February 1 (Winter Session) Time Requirement: 3 weeks/ approximately 30 clock hours. â—? Thinkfinity Online for Colorado Teachers, a 3-week online course, introduces educators to Thinkfinity online educational resources and how to integrate them effectively into instructional activities to support student learning. This course is a great introduction to online professional development. â—? Colorado Thinkfinity Master Trainers , a 3-week online course intended for any Colorado Educator who is interested in training others in their district/school to locate and integrate Thinkfinity resources. Pre-requisites: Thinkfinity Online for Colorado Teachers. Registration: Individuals may register at enetcolorado.org/register-forcourses/ Group registrations from districts are also available. Contacts: jane.brown@coloradothinkfinity.org and carolyngardner@enetcolorado.org Want to download this course catalog to print and share? Click here to download enet_course_catalog_winter2011


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