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Professional Learning 2017-07-19T20:31:13+00:00

July 2017

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  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
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  • Transportation Specialist Leadership Academy
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  • Eureka Math Institute
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  • Eureka Math Institute
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  • edtechteam Google Summit
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  • edtechteam Google Summit
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July 13 – 14

GOCSD Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute

Mark your calendars! The GOCSD Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute will be held July 13 and 14. Registration coming SOON!

Location: The Learning Commons at Study Alternative Center, 2343 W. Olive St., Springfield, MO

July 19

Canceled

Maintenance/Custodial supervisors, leads, assistants, and technicians provide services to the district that allows education to take place in a safe and comfortable environment. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully in your position. This training is for those with or without experience in these positions and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful, and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, importance of effective problem solving, building a plan for the year, and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership Academy is the place to begin developing these skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: West Plains High School Library, 602 East Olden Street, West Plains, MO 65775

July 20

Canceled

Maintenance/Custodial supervisors, leads, assistants, and technicians provide services to the district that allows education to take place in a safe and comfortable environment. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully in your position. This training is for those with or without experience in these positions and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful, and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, importance of effective problem solving, building a plan for the year, and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership Academy is the place to begin developing these skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: Faught Administration Center, 301 S. Main St., Nixa, MO 65714

July 25

Register for this event at this link.

A transportation specialist is the individual who supervises and transports students to and from school each day and to special events. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as a transportation specialist. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful, and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership Academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: Faught Administration Center, 301 S. Main St., Nixa, MO 65714

July 26

Canceled

A transportation specialist is the individual who supervises and transports students to and from school each day and to special events. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as a transportation specialist. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful, and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership Academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

July 26 – 27

Eureka Math Institute

The GOCSD Eureka Math Institute will be held July 26 and 27. Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Location: Ozark Administration Building, 302 N. 4th Ave., Ozark, MO

July 29-30

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Enjoy two days of empowering hands-on breakout sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and fun activities including a high-energy demo slam.

Choose from compelling sessions about all the Apps in the G Suite for Education (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, YouTube, Classroom, Maps and more) as well as sessions that go beyond the tools by highlighting cutting edge best practices in educational technology and great teaching!

Connect with world-class presentations by our passionate and FUN Spotlight and General speakers – most of whom are Google for Education Certified Educators, Trainers, or Innovators as well as Apple Teachers or Apple Distinguished Educators. They’ll share their passion and expertise on topics like Project Based Learning (PBL), digital literacy, STEM, maths, digital citizenship, assistive technology and more! Best of all, you’ll add each of these speakers, as well as the other attendees, to your Personal Learning Network and connect with them throughout and after the Summit.

Manage your Summit experience on the NEW EdTechTeam Events App. Create a personalized schedule, access useful event information, see what people are saying on Twitter, and provide feedback for each session you attend.

We have you covered! Stay fuelled throughout each day with morning tea, lunch, and coffee. Get one-on-one support from our Spotlight Team at the Wonder Bar and don’t forget your exclusive EdTechTeam SWAG.

August 3

You may register at this link

A paraprofessional is defined as a person who works “alongside of or at the side of” teachers, specialists, and administration in a school. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as a paraprofessional. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: Faught Administration Center, 301 S. Main St., Nixa, MO 65714

Aug. 3

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So much content, so little time! If this is how you feel while implementing Eureka in your classroom, then this workshop is for you.  Spend the day learning protocols to determine how to decide which content in a module to omit and which content in a lesson to omit.  Use a Lesson Annotation Bookmark to plan your Eureka lessons more efficiently and effectively. 

Participants of this workshop will:

  • Determine which lessons can be omitted in a module without compromising the progression of mathematics.
  • Deepen understanding of the progression of mathematics in the module.
  • Annotate a lesson and determine content, which can be omitted without compromising the progression of mathematics.

This workshop supports Missouri Teaching Standards 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 7.1, and 7.2.

  • Location: “The Learning Commons” at Study Alternative School, 2343 W. Olive, Springfield, MO

Aug. 4

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An administrative assistant is defined as an employee whose task is to assist an administrator or director with the day-to-day business affairs of running a department, office, or district. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as an administrative assistant. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: Faught Administration Center, 301 S. Main St., Nixa, MO 65714

Aug. 7

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An administrative assistant is defined as an employee whose task is to assist an administrator or director with the day-to-day business affairs of running a department, office, or district. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as an administrative assistant. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: West Plains High School Library, 602 East Olden Street, West Plains, MO 65775

August 9

Canceled

A paraprofessional is defined as a person who works “alongside of or at the side of” teachers, specialists, and administration in a school. Regardless of the title, the job you do is vitally important to the academic success of students. The job, however, is neither simple nor easy. The purpose of this training is to provide information that will help you function more effectively and successfully as a paraprofessional. This training is for those with or without experience in this position and will focus on four important traits needed to be successful: Professional, Patient, Purposeful and Positive. Within these traits, we will actively discuss building an organizational community, effective communication, managing student behavior, developing personal effectiveness and maintaining integrity, demographics of our students and understanding the basics of “school.” Leaders at all levels in the classified service should be actively and regularly engaged in professional development activities to enhance their personal skills in order to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the mission, values, and goals of their respective departments and the school district. The Leadership academy is the place to begin developing those skills. Join me for a fun and informational day that will empower you to better understand your position, your co-workers, and the students you serve.

Location: West Plains High School Library, 602 East Olden Street, West Plains, MO 65775

August 29-30

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Understanding fractions is critical for student success in both future math classes and life. This two-day workshop is designed for 3-6 grade teachers. Teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of the progression of fractions from the beginnings in 1st grade to division of fractions by fractions in 6th grade. Knowing where your students came from and where they are going is crucial for planning lessons, giving feedback, and creating interventions. The workshop will involve study of the progression documents, practical lessons and activities for implementation from conceptual understanding to application and fluency of fractions, and examination of student work. Ways to

formatively assess students will be demonstrated and discussed.

Participants will:

 Understand the importance of concretely and pictorially introducing fractions and how to connect those to the symbolic level.

 Learn about models and representations that support students making sense of operations involving fractions

 Experience the development of ideas about fractions across the grades

 Make connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practices

The workshop aligns to Missouri Teacher Standards 1 – content knowledge aligned with appropriate instruction and 3 – curriculum implementation.

Location: The Learning Commons, Study Alternative School, 2343 W. Olive, St., Springfield, MO

Sep. 11

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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

Sep. 13-14

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The two days will be filled with math ideas to help your students become competent mathematicians. Teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of the progression of place value and how place value understanding provides underpinnings for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Knowing where your students came from and where they are going is crucial for planning lessons, giving feedback, and creating interventions. The workshop will involve a study of the progression documents, practical lessons and activities for implementation from conceptual understanding to application, how standard algorithms are built off place value understanding, and examination of student work. Ways to formatively assess students will be demonstrated and discussed.

Participants will:

• Understand the importance of place value understanding in mathematics.

• Learn about models and representations that support students making sense of place value when performing operations.

• Experience the development of ideas about place value across the grades.

• Make connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practices

The workshop aligns to Missouri Teacher Standards 1-content knowledge aligned with appropriate instruction and 3-curriculum implementation.

  • 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

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

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. 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

A La Carte Offerings

To schedule a la carte professional learning, contact Dr. Templeton here.

  • Standards-Based Grading
  • Standards-Based Teaching & Learning
  • Making Meetings Work
  • PLC Implementation
  • UbD
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • District Leadership
  • Project Based Learning
  • Change Process
  • RtI
  • Curriculum Design
  • Brain-Based Teaching & Learning
  • Active Engagement of Learners
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Lesson Design
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Technology Integration
  • Leveraging for Impact to Improve Student Learning
  • Visioning
  • School Improvement Planning
  • New Teacher Training
  • Mentor Teacher Training
  • Developing PDC Plans
  • Love & Logic for Teachers and for Parents