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Volume 9, Issue 7, March, 2018
ECESC News
Critical Issues of Today
Sexting, Cyberbullying, Social Media and
Child Exploitation - Human Trafficking

March 6, 2018

Join us 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, learn 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 questions
Indiana Teachers-Teachers.com Workshop
March 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



 
Have questions about Teachers-Teachers?  Looking for technical assistance with this new platform?  Please join IDOE staff for a workshop focused on helping districts maximize their Indiana.teachers-teachers.com account.
 
 
Leveraging NWEA Data For ISTEP+ Success
Next Steps - Part 2

March 13, 2018


 
EdgED consultants will guide participants through IDOE ISTEP+ guidance materials, best practices for review, and data analysis.  Audience members will determine a district/school specific strategic plan tailored for ISTEP+ Part 2.  They will leave with a plan, as well as new tricks and tips for tackling multiple choice questions that will lead to student success.
 
Google Suite for Beginners
Become a Techier Teacher with Google Tools

April 10, 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

 
This brand new workshop is 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!  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.  Learn about the SAMR model and how to "tech up" a lesson that is already taught.
 
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
 
Artful Thinking involves two goals:  helping teachers create rich connections between works of art and curricular topics, and developing and strengthening students' ability to apply critical thinking.  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 Artful Thinking approach helps students with these skills.  It helps develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning - in the arts, and across ALL school subjects.
 
New Teacher Focus Group:
Recruitment and Retention

April 19, 2018


 
Targeted, ongoing efforts to support novice teachers are critical for increasing effectiveness, promoting longer-term retention, and for improving student achievement.  In order to inform the Office of Educator Effectiveness work and improve their service to the field, they would like to hear first and second year teachers share their experiences.  Come to the ECESC and provide information to help them guide strategic planning and the design of future outreach programs related to recruitment and retention. 
 
Autism 101:
Characteristics and Strategies

April 24, 2018

 
Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.  As educators, you want to support all of your students.  Join us to learn how to best meet the needs of autistic students in your school, and leave this session with resources and strategies to implement immediately in your buildings, a firm understanding of the Autism Spectrum and the common co-morbidities, and an action plan for individual students or classrooms.
 
 
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.
 
Leveraging ESSA, Building Supports for All Students
April 30, 2018


 
ESSA is right around the corner.  Is your school/district ready?  Come join EdgED Consulting to learn the in's and out's of the accountability system required by ESSA.  Learn strategic strategies to ensure that your system will be able to meet the requirements that will impact report card letter grades.  Participants will leave with tools to fully implement the new ESSA accountability requirements system-wide.
 
East Central ESC Staff
 
Executive Director
Larry D. John. . . . . .
ljohn@ecesc.k12.in.us
Program Coordinator
Gay Worth. . . . . . . . 
gworth@ecesc.k12.in.us
Educational Technology Coordinator
Larry Williams. . . . . .
lwilliams@ecesc.k12.in.us
Administrative Assistant
Teresa Amick. . . . . .
tamick@ecesc.k12.in.us
Secretary/Receptionish
Mary Barbour. . . . . .
mbarbour@ecesc.k12.in.us
Administrative Assistant
Angie McCreary. . . . . .
amccreary@ecesc.k12.in.us
Director of Trust Operations
Erin Riggle. . . . . . . . .
eriggle@ecesc.k12.in.us
ECESC Executive Board
 
Mr. Matt Vance, Rush County Schools
Mr. Wes Hammond, South Henry School Corporation
Mr. Donnie Bowsman, Randolph Southern School Corporation
Mr. Tom Hunter, Greensburg Community Schools
Mr. Scott Collins, Fayette County Schools
Mrs. Laura Blessing, Northeastern Wayne School Corporation
Mr. Mike Bush, Wes-Del Community Schools
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