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AUGUST STAFF DEVELOPMENT August 16th & August 20th, 2013

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS Friday August 16, 2013 …………………………………………………………………..5 1

Frequent Small Group purposeful Talk

2

Reflecting on Student Work

3

Critical Writing– Is This For a Grade?

4

Frame the Lesson-What are We Doing Today?

5

Web Page

6

Developing Students Character

7

iPads– Elementary

8

iPads– Secondary

9

Socractic Circles-Elementary

10 Socratic Seminar in a Fish Bowl– Secondary 11 Design Qualities: Engage-o-meter 12 Design Qualities: Know Your Who 13 Interactive Graphic Organizer 14 Healthy Living– Personal/ Professional Success 15 Impact of Hope, Well-Being, & Engagement

Tuesday August 20, 2013 ………………………………………………………………………….11 1

Behavior-Secondary

2

Behavior-Elementary

3

Current Trends in Drugs & Alcohol

4

Bullying– Elementary

5

Bullying– Secondary

6

Web Page

7

Impact of Hope, Well-Being, & Engagement

8

Active Inspire: Beginners

9

Integrating Innovative Technologies

10  Developing Students Character 

11 Healthy Living– Personal/Professional Services 12 Be Happy and Productive Using Your Strengths 13 Embedding College and Career Readiness Standards  


Course Descriptions August 16th

 


Friday August 16, 2013 Session 1

Session 3

Yakity-Yak, Please Talk Back !

Critical Writing– Is This For a Grade?

Description: Are you tired of your

Description: Frequent Small Group Purposeful Talk-Are your students tracking time or staving off boredom? Do you want your students to take ownership of the learning? Using the strategies of Frequent, Small-Group, Purposeful Talk About the Learning makes a significant positive impact on student retention. This is a new spin on an old tool that will change your classroom and drive up student achievement. The use of purposeful, planned, and focused micro discussions, lasting between 30 seconds and 3 minutes, is the key. Don’t miss this opportunity to master the skills to increase rigor and student performance at the same time!

students asking, “ Is this for a grade? Using the tools of Critical Writing helps students understand that writing is a process that solidifies learning and not just a way for teachers to collect grades. Critical Writing is about quality of thought, not quantity of writing. Research shows that putting your thoughts on paper dramatically improves student performance because it allows students to own their thoughts. Participants in this session will leave with ideas and strategies that take minimal class time and will help teachers be sure that students learned the objective for the day. Writing in any form is an important tool for learning ideas deeply and permanently. Come see how to make it happen in your room!

Session 2

Reflecting on Student Work

Description: Students are asked to

perform tasks at school to demonstrate learning. How do you determine the degree a student has accomplished the objective for each lesson? This session will examine strategies for colleagues to use structures, criteria, rubrics, and guidelines for looking at and talking about student work with colleagues and individual students.

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Session 6

Session 4

What YOU DO Matters ! Developing Students Character

Frame the Lesson– What are We Doing Today?

Description: Do you want to gain your students attention? Are you tired of students asking, “What are we doing today”? Lesson Frames set the path by clearly communicating the days objectives. The Lesson Frames sets the path with a “We will” and an “I will” statement for the day. The “We will” tells where we are going and the “ I will” tells if the learner has arrived. Lesson Frames help students make connections between what they should be learning and the task they have been assigned. Participants in this session will learn how to effectively write Lesson Frames for the daily lessons that will increase student understanding. Want to see your student’s comprehension soar? Then this session is a must for you!

Description: Is your classroom a

class of character? What roles do families, schools and the community play? Learn strategies to integrate character education into your daily lessons. We will focus on giving students a voice and encouraging parental involvement. This session will incorporate character education for elementary and secondary classrooms. We will discuss a variety of factors influencing our students and who they become. This session will provide practical strategies for deliberately developing the character of our students. You will leave this session with ideas and examples to use in any content area. 

Session 5 Web Page

Description: Attendees will learn

how to update their web page, including adding classes, homework, pictures, links and any other information they would like to share with students and parents.

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Session 7

Session 9

iPads– Elementary

Socratic Circles– Elementary

Description: Attendees will learn

how to navigate and set up the iPad for classroom use. They will learn how to connect wirelessly to their laptop and project to the white board. Attendees will also learn the most used apps in the classroom.

Description: Participants engage in conversation around a text to enrich conversations and deepen student understanding of content connections. Participant experience a Socratic circle and brainstorm strategies to support student dialogue and questioning around major themes. 

Session 8

iPad-Secondary

Description: Attendees will learn

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how to navigate and set up the iPad for classroom use. They will learn how to connect wirelessly to their laptop and project to the white board. Attendees will also learn the most used apps in the classroom.

Socratic Seminar in a Fish Bowl Secondary

Description: Participants engage in Socratic dialogue, based on a text, to experience the power of Socratic questioning to engage students, support critical thinking skills, and deepen content connections. Participants leave with an experience as well as ideas to support using the method in the classroom. 

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Session 11

Session 13

Design Qualities and the Engage-o-Meter

Interactive Graphic Organizer

Description: During this session

Description: : Attendees will see a

participants will discover ways to survey your students’ level of engagement in your classroom. Learn strategies for getting to know your students and which design qualities they enjoy the most!

variety of effective strategies for increasing rigor and relevance as well as reinforcing skills essential for reading, organizing, and analyzing. They will leave with a set of 3D interactive graphic organizers that will help with differentiation and engagement in the classroom

Session 12

Session 14

Design Qualities: Know Your Who

Healthy Living-Personal/ Professional Success

Description: Wondering how to

Description: Our habits can great-

reach the unreachable? Teach the unteachable? Learn methods to discover the dynamics of your students’ preferred learning styles. In this session you will use Schlechty Engagement strategies to learn how your students learn best and use these strategies to develop lessons that keep your students highly engaged. Teachers will leave with tools to appropriately elicit student feedback that will guide instruction. Come and embrace the design qualities and discover how to pair the qualities with student needs.  

ly influence how long and how well we live. Improving your health means you will need to change some of your habits. Remember that small steps, taken over time, can lead to tremendous improvement. Hopefully you will be able to pull a few nuggets that will allow you to improve how you look, feel, sleep, perform, and interact with others. It’s easier and less expensive to maintain good health than it is to regain it once it’s lost. Join us to learn how healthy living can lead to both personal and professional success.

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Session 15 The Impact that Hope, Engagement and Well-Being Play Toward Student and School Success

Description: This session looks at best practices for school-based interventions and empirically supported solutions for change. You will leave this session equipped with the understanding, insight and interventions necessary to drive positive change in your students' hope, engagement, and wellbeing -- and to help students be ready for the future. Attendees will learn why some students make good things happen and bounce back from setbacks? Why do they lead happier, healthier, more productive lives? It’s because they have hope—not because of luck, intelligence, popularity or money. So, what exactly is hope and how can we measure it and how can all students get it, too? Also, this session gives examples on how teachers can spread hope throughout the school. Finally, this session will examine well-being indicators that make students more academically successful?

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Course Descriptions August 20th

 


Tuesday August 20, 2013 Session 1

Session 3

“The Ten Students You’ll Meet in Your Classroom” based on the book written by Vickie Gill (Behavior)

Current Teen Trends in Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use

Description: Do you really know Description: Today’s classroom is a

mosaic of different types of students, each with different needs and learning styles. While this variety can facilitate an exciting and dynamic teaching experience, it can also present unexpected challenges for any teacher. In this session, ten student archetypes are presented to help teachers better understand and reach each member of their classrooms. Although students are unique and never fit neatly into one type, teachers are shown how to best work with students who exhibit certain kinds of behaviors. Discover how to engage all student types by appreciating their unique needs and characteristics

Session 2

CHAMPS Strategies at the Elementary Level –(Behavior)

what the “up & up” is about drugs? Do you know what kids are doing...in school. At home, in the community? This session is designed to increase drug awareness for all members of the school community! Participants will learn current teen trends in alcohol and drug use, ways youth are hiding alcohol and drugs use, and information that can help adults deal with examples of drug paraphernalia and explores such trends as underage binge drinking, alcoholic energy drinks, “anti-energy” drinks, bath salts, synthetic marijuana, salvia, and prescription drug use. The subject matter presented in this session is intended for an adult audience only. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of what youth today are involved in and how they are hiding what they are doing. Guaranteed...jaws will drop during session!

Description: CHAMPs is a researchbased program on classroom organization and management. Participants will learn how to structure classrooms to prompt responsible student behavior, directly teach and encourage students to behave responsibly, and pre-plan responses to student misbehavior. * 11 *  


Session 4

Bullying-Elementary

Description: Most educators agree that children learn better in an honoring and respectful culture. In this highly practical training, schools will receive tools on how to recognize and respond to bullying and harassment, as well as distinguish “bullying” from “disagreements”. Course participants will learn how bullying, cyber bullying, and other forms of harassment impact students on your campus. Participants will learn strategies for supporting victims of harassment, bystanders, and their parents. Legal and educational responsibilities will be reviewed in addition to what schools can do to properly identify, investigate, and report incidents of bullying and harassment. Participants will also discuss ways educators can confront technology-based aggression and ensure the safe and responsible use of computers and the internet.

Session 5

Bullying-Secondary

Description: Most educators agree

that children learn better in an honoring and respectful culture. In this highly practical training, schools will receive tools on how to recognize and respond to bullying and harassment, as well as distinguish “bullying” from “disagreements”. Course participants will learn how bullying, cyber bullying, and other forms of harassment impact students on your campus. Participants will learn strategies for supporting victims of harassment, bystanders, and their parents. Legal and educational responsibilities will be reviewed in addition to what schools can do to properly identify, investigate, and report incidents of bullying and harassment. Participants will also discuss ways educators can confront technology-based aggression and ensure the safe and responsible use of computers and the internet.  

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Session 6

Session 7

Description: Attendees will learn

The Impact that Hope, Engagement and Well-Being Play Toward Student and School Success

Web Page

how to update their web page, including adding classes, homework, pictures, links and any other information they would like to share with students and parents.

Description: This session looks at

best practices for school-based interventions and empirically supported solutions for change. You will leave this session equipped with the understanding, insight and interventions necessary to drive positive change in your students' hope, engagement, and wellbeing -- and to help students be ready for the future. Attendees will learn why some students make good things happen and bounce back from setbacks? Why do they lead happier, healthier, more productive lives? It’s because they have hope—not because of luck, intelligence, popularity or money. So, what exactly is hope and how can we measure it and how can all students get it, too? Also, this session gives examples on how teachers can spread hope throughout the school. Finally, this session will examine well-being indicators that make students more academically successful?

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Session 8

Session 10

Get Active with Active InspireBeginner

What YOU DO Matters ! Developing Students Character

Description: Stuck in a PowerPoint rut? Learn how to make your class presentations more engaging by using interactive elements in Active Inspire. Go through the basics of putting together a simple flipchart and be challenged as you use various tools within the program. Leave with a lesson you can use in your classroom the first week of school! Review the basics and discover the possibilities Active Inspire offers.

Description: Is your classroom a

Session 9 Integrating Innovative Technologies

Description: Are you ready for life after PowerPoint? Come and discover how to integrate Web 2.0 tools such as tagxedo, animoto, vokis, remind 101 and poll everywhere seamlessly into your classroom. Don’t let these new words scare you away. Join us and learn how these free online tools can be used by students to demonstrate understanding in new ways. Teachers will be exposed to new ideas for evaluating student progress and be able to prepare students for 21st century technologies! 

class of character? What roles do families, schools and the community play? Learn strategies to integrate character education into your daily lessons. We will focus on giving students a voice and encouraging parental involvement. This session will incorporate character education for elementary and secondary classrooms. We will discuss a variety of factors influencing our students and who they become. This session will provide practical strategies for deliberately developing the character of our students. You will leave this session with ideas and examples to use in any content area. 

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Session 11

Session 12

Healthy Living-Personal/Professional Success

Be Happy and Productive Using Your Strengths

Description: Our habits can great-

Description: Dirk Elmendorf is one

ly influence how long and how well we live. Improving your health means you will need to change some of your habits. Remember that small steps, taken over time, can lead to tremendous improvement. Hopefully you will be able to pull a few nuggets that will allow you to improve how you look, feel, sleep, perform, and interact with others. It’s easier and less expensive to maintain good health than it is to regain it once it’s lost. Join us to learn how healthy living can lead to both personal and professional success.

of the co-founders of Rackspace, a billion dollar global computer hosting company. He spends time promoting the technology and services that make Rackspace unique; focusing on the advantages of Rackspace products to industry leaders, customers, technology, and business partners. Rackspace attributes much of its success to basing all personnel and teamwork decisions on the Strengths concept that Graham Weston has supported in our FISD PowerUp initiative. Come and hear Dirk share his personal and professional journey with Strengths; which reinforces our efforts to introduce the Strengths concept to our students and staff. We tend to be happier and more productive when we are doing things we are good at. Power Up with your Strengths! 

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Session 13

Embedding College and Career Readiness Standards

Description: Ready to take the next

step in our college-going culture? Learn how to take your students from college eligible to college ready. Understand how the Career and College Readiness Standards were developed and how they relate to STAAR and EOC. Gather tools and resources to integrate these standards into your daily lessons to develop students who are more prepared for their futures. Collaborate with colleagues to create lesson ideas that more closely approximate college and career expectations. Teaching kids sight words and addition? No problem; this session is still for you. Discover key skills students must build on each year to be more prepared for post-secondary success. Come learn how to make kids’ Longhorn, Aggie, and Roadrunner dreams become realities.  

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