Professional Learning

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Calendar of Events

December 2019

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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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!

12/3/2019

Developing Early Literacy through Integrated STEAM Instruction
As standards demand more and more from our youngest students, teachers can capitalize on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) to maximize their instructional impact! Join us as we focus on how literacy, mathematics, and our students’ ability to think critically can all be enhanced by the intentional integration of STEAM.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember
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Tuesday, December 4, 2019
Facilitated by Chris Mitchell  ACT Missouri Account Executive
Please join this FREE event focusing on an overview of ACT assessments, the research behind it, the data results, and how to interpret the data. More specifically, we’ll explore the:
  • ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and Benchmarks www.act.org/standard
  • Understanding Your School Data and Utilizing it to Promote Increased Achievement
  • the ACT https://www.act.org/content/act/en.html
  • PreACT 8/9 & PreACT 10 https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/preact/preact-classroom.html
  • ACT Aspire http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/act-aspire.html
  • ACT WorkKeys https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-employers/assessments.htm
  • Provide information about the ACE (ACT Certified Educator Program)
Location: Southwest Lindenwood Campus 909 E. Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p (Lunch on your own)
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3-D Science Standards Series for Grades K – 12

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Rescheduled Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

GOCSD is pleased to offer 3-D Science Standards Series in Grades K – 12 during the 2019 – 2020 school year presented by Ann Wallenmeyer.
Ann has worked in the field of science education for twenty-four years. She has worked with K-12 Science Curriculum for Springfield Public Schools since 2002. Ann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Some of her current projects are implementing 3-Dimensional Learning in science classrooms and integrating real world science experiences into “school”.
3-Dimensional standards require 3-Dimensional learning. Come learn strategies to help students create models of systems to help explain their understanding of science concepts. As a participant you will create your own models, evaluate models, and identify areas in your curriculum where you can apply modeling.
Show me the evidence! Experience several strategies you can take back to your classroom to help students use evidence to support their argumentative writing. Participants will also identify ways that this process can be integrated with other content areas.
Time: K – 5 Session 8:30a – 11:30a
6 – 12 Session 12:30p – 3:30p
Cost: $20 GOCSD Member / $30 GOCSD Nonmember
Location Change : Logan-Rogersville Middle School Safe Room
476 N. Missouri Blvd Rogersville, MO 65742.
Register for any or all of the events here!
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GOCSD The 5 Practices and Rich Math Tasks: How to Facilitate Discussion in the K – 5 Classroom

Date change from December 10, 2019—Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Presented by Catherine Castillo
Catherine currently serves Springfield students and teachers as the Coordinator of 21st Century Numeracy at Springfield Public Schools. She also works for Code.org as a Fundamentals facilitator. In years past, she as served as a K-5 Numeracy Coach, a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist, Elementary Explore Principal, and a classroom teacher.
Join either or both sessions as we look at using the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussion and rich tasks to implement whole group problem solving with heterogeneous groups. We’ll look at student work and discuss how you can effectively implement these practices and tasks in your classroom.
Time: K – 2 Session 8:30a – 11:30a GOCSD Member $20 Nonmember $30
Time: 3 -5 Session 12:30p – 3:30p GOCSD Member $20 Nonmember $30
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Strategies and Tools for Teaching Due Process in
Middle & High School

DATE CHANGE: Monday, February 3, 2020
GOCSD is pleased to offer this professional development event for educators at the middle and high school level. The session will focus on due process, with specific emphasis on the Fourth Amendment. Participants will receive content material and strategies geared toward both high school and middle school social studies.
About the Presenter:
Crystal Charles has taught at Pierce City High School for the past 13 years, including courses in American Government, The Supreme Court, U.S. History and World Religions. Additionally she is an adjunct professor for Crowder College, teaching Western Civilization to 1600.
Crystal has worked with the Center for Civic Education as a mentor for the James Madison Legacy Project, and has been a We The People Mentor for the Missouri Bar’s citizenship education program for the past ten years. She has also worked with the Missouri Department of Education in evaluating social studies curriculum.
Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p

Location:  Southwest Lindenwood Campus 909 E. Republic Road Suite C-100 Springfield, MO 65804

Cost: GOCSD member $20
GOCSD non-member $30
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Tuesday,February 4, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
2/4/2020  Project-Based Learning for the Real World: Developing programs and partnerships to support student achievement.
21st century skills emphasize the real-world, but determining what that looks like for students in our classrooms can sometimes be challenging. Join us as we take a journey with gardening, farming, and civic change. We’ll work through the process of matching standards and planning project-based learning experiences that will build a stronger community for our students.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
4/7/2020   Super STEAM: Emphasizing Social Studies and the Arts through science and engineering
With our current educational demands, social studies and the arts can get sidelined in pursuit of academic gains. Join us as we explore how we are using social studies and arts integration to enhance lessons and engage our students in the interconnected nature of learning.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember
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Tuesday, July 28-29, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
7/28 – 7/29/2020  STEAM-U : PBL Summit
Mark your calendar for a 2 day summit focused on transforming your classroom with project-based learning. We’ll move from an overview of project-based learning to a deep dive. This workshop is for educators with all experience levels and will include ample time to plan a project-based learning unit to kick-off your new school year. In addition to our learning, we will have guest speakers, teachers, and model classrooms available to round-out your experience. We look forward to bringing you along on this journey as we illuminate the value of project-based experiences in a 21st century classroom.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p (June 28 & June 29)
Lunch: On your own
Cost: $120 GOCSD Member / $200 GOCSD Nonmember
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