Professional Learning

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Calendar of Events

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Opportunities at a Glance

Event Descriptions

GOCSD exists to serve member districts by promoting collaboration of resources to ensure educational opportunities are maximized.

To schedule professional learning, contact Cindy Bryant here.

GOCSD PBL 101 & PBL Deep Dive

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Logan-Rogersville Middle School Safe Room
476 N. Missouri Blvd Rogersville, MO 65742

GOCSD is excited to partner with Amanda Bodenstein the PBL & Instructional Integration Coordinator for Springfield Public Schools to offer two Project Based Learning events on Thursday, August 6. Dependent upon your knowledge base and interest in PBL, you may register for either or both events.

Amanda is in her 15th year in education. Prior to serving on the curriculum team, she taught high school history and psychology at Glendale in Springfield. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction through Evangel University. When she’s not working she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Registration Options:
Option 1 – PBL 101 (8:30 – 11:30a)
Targeted Audience: K – 12 Teachers & Administrators
Teachers and administrators who are new to Project Based Learning and want to learn the process, pedagogy, and purpose of PBL are invited to attend this event.
GOCSD Members & Southwest Center Member Partners – $20
GOCSD Nonmembers – $30
Option 2 – PBL Deep Dive (12:30 – 3:30p)
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.
GOCSD Members & Southwest Center Member Partners – $20
GOCSD Nonmembers – $30
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 An Analysis of the Effects of Content Coaching & Instructional Coaching on Teacher Practices

Monday, August 10, 2020  9:00a – 10:00a Virtual Event

GOCSD is pleased to partner with Dr. Victoria (Vickie) E. Daniels Assistant Principal at Hollister Elementary School to share her analysis of the effects of coaching on teacher practices. This FREE virtual session will be offered on 8/10/20 and be recorded to house in our GOCSD Canvas Catalog.
Vickie began her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher at Hollister Elementary School. She then became the Hollister School district’s English Language Arts Instructional Coach in 2012. Since 2016, Dr. Daniels has served as Assistant Principal at Hollister Elementary School.
An Analysis of the Effects of Content Coaching and Instructional Coaching
on Teacher Practices
If you are new to content or instructional coaching or even if you have had coaching in your school for a while, the data collected from area schools may interest you. Schools in Southwest Missouri were surveyed to determine the teacher, coach, and principal perceptions of the impact of coaching on instructional practice and on student learning. The comparisons between these three groups of educators show important implications for coaching programs in schools. Included in the session is the process of implementation to have teachers, coaches, and principals on the same page regarding improvement in instructional practices leading to student learning.
*Session will be recorded and housed in our GOCSD Canvas Catalog*
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Equitable and Inclusive Teaching Practices in Virtual Environments

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:00 – 11:00a Virtual Event

GOCSD is excited to partner with Dr. Nichole Lemmon, the director of blended learning at Springfield Public Schools, to offer this FREE virtual equity session. Nichole began her teaching career at Central High School, teaching in a bathroom converted into a classroom. There, she developed the media program Central Intelligence. She created the first online learning courses for SPS, now known as the Launch program, and has directed the Ignite initiative, providing students with digital tools, such as iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom.

Equitable and Inclusive Teaching Practices in Virtual Environments
(Registration Limit: 200 participants)
Description: Now, more than ever, students and parents are seeking inclusive learning environments where all learners are welcome. Relationships are the foundation of connecting with students, but how do you build connections when you aren’t in the same space? Join us for a practical and engaging session with strategies designed to ensure all truly means all when delivering virtual instruction.
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Feedback, Communication, Relationships: Oh My!

Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:00 – 11:00a Virtual Event

GOCSD is excited to partner with Dr. Nichole Lemmon, the director of blended learning at Springfield Public Schools, to offer this FREE virtual equity session. Nichole began her teaching career at Central High School, teaching in a bathroom converted into a classroom. There, she developed the media program Central Intelligence. She created the first online learning courses for SPS, now known as the Launch program, and has directed the Ignite initiative, providing students with digital tools, such as iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom.

Feedback, Communication, Relationships: Oh My!
(Registration Limit: 200 participants)

Virtual instruction may seem like an impersonal and disconnected learning environment. But, it doesn’t have to be! Join us for a discussion on intentional strategies you can use to build rapport with parents and students in online learning environments. Using the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching as our guide, we will work to make the unknown a little less scary.

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