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Volume 9, Issue 4, October 2017

Achieving Rigor in the 6-12 ELA Classroom
October 31, 2017

Objectives for this workshop include:
  • Why do we need rigor?  Understand why the increase in instructional level and student engagement is critical for all students' success.
  • Explore the myths about rigor and what research tells us about instructional strategies.
  • Define rigor.  Develop a clear definition and understanding of what rigorous instruction is and how DOK plays a role.
  • Explore the role of the teacher to increase rigor in the classroom.
  • Learn key teaching strategies that can help students engage in Cognitively Complex Tasks.
Instructional Coaching K-12
November 1, 2017

This training is for coaches, principals, and other school personnel who serve as teacher evaluators, mentors, or coaches.  Training will focus upon an exploration of observation, reflection, coaching, and ways of providing actionable feedback to foster teacher growth and independence in the classroom.

Participants will:
  • observe videos of coaches and teachers working together
  • give feedback on the effectiveness of the coaching they observe
  • complete a self-evaluation at the end of the training
Creating Curiosity:  A Non-Fiction Adventure
November 2, 2017

Learn how to harness and guide the powerful tool of curiosity.  Discover texts and accompanying activities that will capture students' interests.  In this workshop, 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.
Ensuring Reader Comprehension
with Informational Text in Grades 3-8

November 3, 2017

As more emphasis is put on informational text, it is imperative that elementary students gain the specific skills for reading and comprehending expository text.  Students also need modeling and guidance in informational writing so they can convey their ideas in a clear, organized manner. 

Participants can expect the following takeaways and helps for the classroom: 
  • Introduction to the six text structures, with a method to make them comprehensible to students
  • Signal and transition words that assist with reading and writing
  • Ways to recognize author's purpose and main text structure, making it easier to determine important information
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Methods to guide students in how to organize and plan their thinking for effective writing
  • Exemplars that support student writing
  • Comprehension and note-taking of speeches and other spoken input
Understanding the Depth of Knowledge in the
Indiana Standards and Statewide Assessments

November 13, 2017

In this training, participants will focus on ways to design instruction that mirrors all of Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels, review each level and associated questioning techniques, examine samples of test questions, and analyze existing lesson plans in terms of student learning expectations and rigor.  Attention will be given to Level 3 work, which is often difficult to incorporate into short instruction periods yet can be assessed on standardized tests.
Building a Growth Mindset Classroom K-12
November 14, 2017

Join in this hands-on session focused on:  examining fixed vs. growth mindset; understanding how the brain is malleable; exploring and understanding the 4 components of mindset; understanding the impact of praise and failure on mindsets; and exploring strategies and application of growth mindset in the classroom.
QPR for Suicide Prevention (K-12)
November 20, 2017

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a program that teaches participants to recognize the warning signs, clues and communications of suicidal people, and to help them get help. 

Those attending this half-day program will leave with the following:
  • Information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet
  • A card complete with warning signs
  • Methods to encourage a person to get help
  • List of resources available in the community
QPR is a program approved by the Indiana Department of Education to fulfill the requirement for suicide prevention training for teacher licensure.
Developing a Data Driven Culture
November 28, 2017
January 31, 2018

In part 1 of this series, participants will dive into assessment of data driven decision making, and dig into the types of assessment they are utilizing throughout a detailed, research-based assessment inventory.  Then they will focus on the disaggregation process.  Participants will take away data protocols to drive actionable next steps for academic improvement.

In part 2, participants will be lead through effective research-based protocols that will allow them to develop real, actionable plans from their analysis of data.  Educators will be able to attach standards, indicators and skills that are still a challenge for their students, based on both formative and summative data.

Digitalis Starlab Portable Planetarium
Advanced Training

November 30, 2017

Great News!  Dave Sell, NASA Aerospace trainer and 6th grade teacher, will be presenting an Advanced Starlab workshop.  This workshop is for those who have completed the basic "Digitalis" training at the ECESC, who have used the Planetarium in their school or district, and who would like to learn how to get more out of their lesson plans.

Dave will present new resources that can be used immediately and will share new content that will take presentations to the next level!

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