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Professional Learning 2017-11-14T13:31:46+00:00

November 2017

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  • Preparation and Customization - Eureka Math Grades K -2
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  • Preparation and Customization - Eureka Math Grades 3 - 5
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  • STEAM-U - Math Workshop in Action
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  • STAR Summit
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  • i-Ready Data Dig
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Dec. 4

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When  embedded in instruction and assessment, technology can be a powerful tool for actively engaging students in inquiry-based learning, especially in today’s 1:1 environments. Learn best practices for helping students navigate the wealth of resources at their fingertips, take ownership in a variety of online learning situations, sharpen their information literacy skills, and apply research skills across the curriculum. We will also explore the effective use of SMART Boards, video and still media production, document cameras, computer labs, and Chromebooks. Participants will take home sample plans for integrating instructional technology into science, social studies, ELA, and more; plus, reference lists of our favorite (and vetted) sources.

Location: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

Dec. 5

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GOCSD is proud to join with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks in offering this FREE learning event in both Springfield and Mountain Grove. You may choose to attend the one-day event from one of the two dates below.

  • 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.Tuesday, December 5 at Study Alternative Center, 2343 W. Olive Springfield, MO
  • 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. Tuesday, January 16 at Mountain Grove School 207 East Fifth St Mountain Grove, MO

Dec. 7

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GOCSD Instructional Coach Network Meeting Series: Session 2 Hosted by the Republic Instructional Coaches Team

Republic Schools is excited to welcome you to a time of collaboration on December 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Our agenda for the day will be as follows:

9:00-9:20 Welcome and Overview of Day
9:30-11:30 Learning Pods based on interest area
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Site Tours and Gaining Teacher Perspectives on Support
2:00-3:00 Campfire Conversations and Hot Chocolate Bar

Location:  Republic Administrative Center and Republic Middle School (specific details and address included with registration information)

Dec. 11

Click event title above to add to your calendar or click here.Join colleagues from around the area for this event to network and collaborate around education technology ideas and issues. Participate in speed geeking and learn new ideas/solutions as attendees share best practices.

The event is free of charge to both GOCSD members and non-members.

Location: Nixa Public Schools (specific meeting room information forthcoming)

Dec. 12

GOCSD Social Studies Learning Event

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Join these FREE sessions facilitated by Dixie Grupe, MO DESE Director of Social Studies as she will be sharing information about the Missouri Learning Standards Expectations for Social Studies along with other relevant information and resources that are useful with development of social studies curriculum.

Attend either or both sessions:

Grades K – 5 Session: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Grades 6 – 12 Session: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Ozark District Office Training Room 3 302 N 4th Ave, Ozark, MO 65721

Seating is LIMITED, so register early!

Dec. 13

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Facilitator:  Jennie Ritter, Republic R-III Elementary Curriculum Specialist

Want to know about priority standards, units of instruction (UbD), creating assessments – proficiency scales/rubrics, and how remediation/enrichment ideas can be embedded within the units of instruction? Then this session is for you!

Location:  Study Alternative School 2343 W.  Olive Springfield, MO

Jan. 8

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Take learning to the next level with Seesaw: The Learning Journal. This session will focus on how to empower students to be 21st century thinkers as well as how to engage families in the learning process. You will get first-hand experience with the tools Seesaw provides in this hands-on session as you navigate Seesaw through the “eyes” of a student. We will also explore opportunities to engage students in reflective and metacognitive thinking with Seesaw!

Location: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

Jan. 11

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Targeted Audience: Secondary Teachers

Participants will learn about new resources for secondary teachers that can be used in content area classes or in a stand alone reading course. Focus will also be on the workshop model and personalizing instruction based on student need.

Jan. 19

Communication in Leadership

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Effective Communication in Schools from the Top Down  

GOCSD is excited to announce this learning opportunity faciliated by Dr. Stephen Kliensmith and Zac Rantz, Nixa Public Schools.

Effectiveness in an organization has to be executed from the top down so that it is modeled for all employees. But, the most effective communication happens in the classrooms with the day to day interactions between teachers, staff, the community, and parents.

Learn how your district can take a strategic approach to communication from the top down and classroom up to meet the needs of your classroom and community as Dr. Kliensmith and Zac share their award winning ideas about effective communication.

Cost for the event:

FREE to GOCSD member districts

$25 for non-member districts

Location:  Faught Community Center 301 S. Main Nixa, MO

Jan. 25

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Target Audience: K – 5 Teachers & Administrators

During this learning session, participants will learn how to effectively manage Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. A review of instructional components for the workshop model will be included along with the exploration of resources.

Lindenwood Southwest Campus 909 E Republic Road Suite C 100 Springfield, MO

Jan. 30

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Target Audience: K – 5 Teachers & Administrators 

Participants will learn how to use a workshop approach to teach mathematics with the focus of the components of the workshop model. In addition, they’ll learn about number talks and explore resoures for implementing them in their classroom to build number sense and mental math strategies.

Location:  Lindenwood Southwest Campus (909 E Republic Road Suite C Springfield, MO)

Jan. 31

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Target Audience: K – 12 Teachers & Administrators 

Teachers and administrators who are new to PBL and want to learn the process, pedagogy, and purpose of project-based learning are invited to attend this event.

Location:  Lindenwood Southwest Campus (909 E Republic Road Suite C Springfield, MO)

Feb. 1

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Follow up Series:

A three classroom-based 1/2 day follow up series will be offered to a very limited number of participants.

The three part series will be held in the afternoons on the following dates from 12:30 – 4:00p at the Kraft Administrative Center:

Thursday, 10/26/2017

Wednesday, 12/6/2017

Thursday, 2/1/2018

Feb. 5

STEAM-U – Making Space for a Makerspace

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Teachers love the idea of creating an innovative space where students can design and make, while pursuing topics they are passionate about. In this session, we will talk about starting a makerspace at an elementary school using as little money as possible. Get ready to beg, borrow, and receive donations (not steal) to take learning to the next level.

Location: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

Feb.  8 – 9

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Artisan Leader Series Conference #2: February 8 – 9, 2018

  • Reading and Shaping Organizational Culture
  • Designing and Leading Change
  • Leadership Transitions & Succsession Planning

For greatest benefit and impact, plan to register a vertical team that can influence change. Your team might include central office leaders, principals, lead teachers, and school board members.

Location:  Branson School Board of Education Room 1756 Bee Creek Road Branson, MO

Feb.  23

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Targeted Audience: K -12 Teachers & Administrators

Teachers and administrators who have a general understanding of PBL and are ready to begin personalizing learning through scaffolding, benchmarks, and assessments are invited to this event.

Location:  Lindenwood Southwest Campus (909 E Republic Road Suite C Springfield, MO)

Mar. 5

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Standards-based grading has effectively become an asset to monitoring student growth in the elementary setting. We are shifting from assessment of learning to assessment “for” and “as” learning, and more importantly, allowing students to self-assess. These methods of evaluating student progress have opened up the teacher’s and student’s ability to truly observe, assess, and provide meaningful feedback on how the child is individually meeting standards or reaching standards. In this session, teachers will have the opportunity to explore various assessment and self-assessment tools, as well as communication methods that will provide students, parents, and teachers an accurate reflection of what the student knows and can do.

gLocation: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

Apr. 2

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Project-Based Learning (PBL) is “all the buzz” and rightfully so. Well-crafted PBL offers great potential in engaging students in authentic, inquiry-driven, integrated, and collaborative projects that mirror our real life experiences. Crafting PBLs that bring to life all of the pieces required by leading organizations such as the Buck Institute for Education can be a challenging task, and can feel arduous at times when planning. See how the engineering-design process put forth by NASA and other leading science institutions may provide the prefect authentic roadmap for constructing engaging PBLs driven by science. See how our normal interaction with the world through scientific discovery and problem solving (engineering) may offer an unmatched standard for designing authentic PBL instruction that is natural and fluid when planning and implementing.

gLocation: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

May 7

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Personalized learning is becoming “all the rage” in educational circles, but have we really taken time to understand what personalized learning is? This session will focus a little on the research behind personalized learning, and participants will explore ways to maximize student voice and choice in the learning process. We will also explore different tools to help you and  your students kick-start your personalized learning journeys.

gLocation: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

June 4

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Learn how a classroom driven by the new Missouri Science Standards can foster collaborative, creative, critical thinking readers, writers, and mathematicians in the 21st century. Participants will get ideas to use the excitement of Science to transform minds and thinking processes. They will learn ways to get students to become deeper thinkers and use effective questioning skills even at a young age. Participants will also get ideas on how to use technology as a tool to effectively communicate Science concepts and ways for students to voice their own learning. We will also cover ways to effectively conduct and organize experiments and labs in the younger grades. Get ready for excited students!

Location: John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), 312 N. Market St., Nixa, MO

June 19 – 20

Artisan Leader Series Conference 3

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Artisan Leader Series Conference #2: February 8 – 9, 2018

  • Reading and Shaping Organizational Culture
  • Designing and Leading Change
  • Leadership Transitions & Succsession Planning

For greatest benefit and impact, plan to register a vertical team that can influence change. Your team might include central office leaders, principals, lead teachers, and school board members.

Location:  Branson School Board of Education Room 1756 Bee Creek Road Branson, MO

Other professional learning needs?

To schedule professional learning, contact Cindy Bryant here.