Volume 9, Issue 6, January, 2018


Preparing for the ISTEP+ 2018
English/Language Arts
Grades 3-4-5

February 1, 2018

Are your students prepared for the rigor of the ISTEP+?

In your classroom, are test preparation and daily instruction aligned with the Depth of Knowledge required in this and future high-stakes assessments?

In this session, teachers and administrators will:
  • Examine requirements of ISTEP+ Part 1 Applied Skills questions
  • Discover ways of modifying daily classroom instruction to meet the rigor of these questions
  • View videos of teachers successfully applying these methods in their classrooms
  • Practice scoring student samples of Applied Skills questions
  • Take home materials and resources to assist in test preparation

Grades 6-7-8
February 2, 2018

Grade 10
February 6, 2018

CTE Open House
February 12, 2018

The ECESC will host Pearson's CTE Open House on February 12th.  The Pearson team and expert Deborah Noakes will be in attendance to help assist in product knowledge in both digital and print formats.  Over 100 Titles!  Pearson Silver Burdett Interactive Music will be hosting an open house and a formal presentation from 4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., featuring specialist Gary Arnold.

Subject areas will include:
  • Music
  • CTE (Career and Technical Education):  Agriculture, Business, Marketing, IT & Entrepreneurship, Engineering & Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Trade & Industrial
This is a free event, open to all ESC members.
Critical Issues of Today
Sexting, Cyberbullying, Social Media and
Child Exploitation - Human Trafficking

March 6, 2018

Join Stephanie Nancarrow and Amanda Giddings, educators with the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, to learn about sexting - What is it?  What's the risk?  What are the laws?  Then focus on cyberbullying - What's the difference between bullying and cyberbullying?  How can we fight cyberbullying?  Learn about social media - What are some of the most popular websites and apps, including secret apps, among kids?  How can we discern potential risks?  What is the role of educators?

In the afternoon, Dr. Katrina S. Mallory, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical and Program Director of TRU Harbor, and Tracy McDaniel, MSW, LSW, Founder and CEO of Restored Inc., will co-present the basics of human trafficking, including Indiana laws.  How are youth recruited?  What are the red flags to watch out for?  What should you do if you notice potential issues?  The presenters also will focus on the psychological impact and treatment of sex trafficking.

Quality Questioning to Activate Student Engagement K-12
March 7, 2018

Well planned and executed strategically, quality questions can engage ALL learners in higher order thinking and responding in grades K-12 to create classrooms in which students work collaboratively to support one another's learning.  This session on quality questioning will focus on the following:
  1. Defining quality questions by understanding the Cycle of Quality Questioning
  2. Understanding the shifts in roles and responsibilities in a quality questioning classroom
  3. Recognizing how DOK plays a role in quality questioning
  4. Exploring strategies to engage students in thinking and responding to quality questioning
Google Suite for Beginners
Become a Techier Teacher with Google Tools
March 14, 2018

Learn how to use Google Tools to simplify your life and become more efficient.  Create daily routines, lessons, or units of study using G Suite.  Collaborate on some of the most powerful production tools available to educators today.  Organize your creations so that you are able to continue improving and sharing them. 
Creating Curiosity:  A Non-Fiction Adventure
April 11, 2018

Plan to attend this one-day brand new workshop designed to help educators learn how to harness and guide students' curiosity.  Discover texts and accompanying activities that will capture their interests.  Refresh your own sense of discovery when it comes to reading and learning at the same time!  Participants will explore different ways to tap into students' natural curiosity to develop interest in non-fiction, encounter exciting variations on the tried and true reading strategies, learn to encourage students to use higher order thinking skills, and engage with both excerpts and whole texts, including ideas for tech twists.
Getting the Most Out of 1:1
April 12, 2018

Schools and educators are finding out that one cannot hand a teacher and student a device and expect them to be prepared for a 1:1 learning environment.  This takes modeling and immersion for the teachers and students.  Come learn how to effectively manage a 1:1 environment, increase student engagement with online activities, and incorporate the 4 C's (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication) into your classroom while using technology.  Attendees will learn about the SAMR Model and how to "tech up" a lesson that they already teach.
Engaging Students in Critical Thinking:  K-12
April 17, 2018

A more in-depth focus on engaging students in critical thinking skills in K-12 can add academic rigor in the classroom and increase scores on standardized assessments.  Through active engagement in the classroom, students are better able to understand why something has occurred as opposed to just understanding what has occurred.

Learning intentions for this session:
  • Understand what critical thinking is and isn't in the K-12 classroom
  • Examine the critical thinking process needed for student success in the classroom and on standardized assessments
  • Explore engagement strategies that contribute to creating critical thinkers
  • Develop a plan for classroom implementation
Artful Thinking
Grades K-12

Thinking Dispositions That Support Thoughtful Learning

April 18, 2018

Do you want your students to identify key details, make inferences using (text) evidence to support their thinking, make connections that deepen their comprehension and thinking, and determine big ideas and themes?  The goal of the Artful Thinking approach is to help students and develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning in the arts and across ALL school subjects.

This workshop will show you how to use art, charts and graphs, and other images to help your students develop observational skills that can then be used to deepen their abilities to draw conclusions, make inferences, explore viewpoints, build vocabulary, develop questions, and more.

Supporting Mental Health Needs in
School Settings

April 25, 2018

Statistics show that as many as one in five children has a diagnosable mental illness.  Join this session to learn about some of the common diagnoses and how they impede performance in classroom settings.  With each diagnosis discussed, learn practical strategies that will help students manage their symptoms, improve their performance, and reach their goals!  Additionally, participants will learn how to equip classrooms to be supportive of students' social and emotional needs from the very start.
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