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Professional Learning 2017-09-22T15:20:21+00:00

September 2017

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  • STEAM-U - Science Matters: Facilitating a Science-Driven Classroom with NGSS
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  • Instructional Coaches Nixa
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  • GOCSD Tech Meet-Up
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  • Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse
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  • A Day of Learning With Rutherford
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  • Beginning Teacher Assistance
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Sep. 26

A GOCSD Member District Benefit: FREE of Charge!

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You’re invited to join GOCSD and Springfield Public Schools for a full day with Dr. Mike Rutherford, author of The Artisan Teacher: A Field Guide to Skillful Teaching.

The session will explore the benefits of specific feedback, becoming a more keen observer of classroom environments, and learning new strategies for coaching teachers.

We are delighted to offer this high quality professional learning event to our member districs FREE of charge!

Sep. 27

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The Missouri State Teachers Association has been providing a program rich in practical strategies and resources to meet the Missouri begining teacher certification requirement since 1998. This professional learning event will focus on the topics and components outlined in the certification requirements including:

(A) Classroom Management

(B) Student Engagement and Motivation

(C) Professional Communication

(D) Education-Related Law

Participants will be provided a resource book, learn effective practices and strategies for professional growth, network with educational professionals across the state of Missouri, develop a Proessional Learning Network (PLN), share best practices, and create an action plan to ensure ongoing support focusing on Missouri teaching standards and indicators once returning to their local district. In addition, attendees will have access to a closed Facebook page, and have free access to the MSTA online learning portal to continue their learning beyond the session.

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

Oct. 2

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Integrating project-based learning in the special education classroom can transfer learning into a more active, student-driven experience, using technology tools for inquiry, collaboration, and connection to the world beyond the classroom. Teachers start with the end goal in mind and avoid canned projects to ensure relevance to their students. This session will begin with an overview of PBL. More importantly, we will discuss and provide examples of PBL in the special education classroom and how to integrate the general education curriculum projects into the special education classroom to support student outcomes and goals.

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

Oct. 9

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Join this FREE session and review the latest in reading acquisition research, classroom characteristics, and supports for your students. Evaluate various screening components and how to interpret dta for at-risk readers. Participate in a dyslexia simulation and hear about important Legislative Task Force updates.

Study Learning Commons 2343 W. Olive Springfield, MO

Oct. 12

Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

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When we hear the word “literacy” we often equate it with “English teacher.” While it’s true, English teachers teach literacy–reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary–in fact, ALL teachers are literacy teachers. In this session we will explore how to approach literacy across all content areas.

Facilitator:  Dr. Melia Franklin, Ozark R-VI Schools

Location:  Study Alternative Center 2343 W Olive St Springfield

October 17 – 18, 2017

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Act now! Space is limited!

GOCSD member districts have requested leadership training for their Administrative Teams. GOCSD is proud to announce that Mike Rutherford has agreed to host an Artisan Leadership Conference in the Ozarks.

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.

This conference series totals six days of learning consisting of three two-day workshops hosted in the fall, spring, and summer will be held at the Branson Public Schools Administration Building.

Session 2: February 8 – 9, 2018

Session 3:  June 19 – 20, 2018

Location: Branson Administration Building  1756 Bee Creek Road  Branson, MO

October 26

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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

Nov. 6

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Want to see Math in action on a daily basis? Would you like to help those in class who truly need additional support, yet push those students who are ready to move on? Why not try incorporating math workshop into your daily Math routine? This session will focus on how to turn your Math classroom into a well-oiled machine, where students can experience Math concepts from multiple avenues; fluency, practice, hands-on reinforcers, and teacher discussion. The great thing about math stations…they can work for any grade level. Join us and see just how simple it is to get started in stations!

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

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. 6

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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

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

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

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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

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

Other professional learning needs?

To schedule professional learning, contact Cindy Bryant here.