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2005-2006 Chronological Listing of Workshops
(Microsoft Word Document)

Date

Time

Title

Presenter

August 15

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management - Secondary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system. There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching. Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 16

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management - Elementary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system.  There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching.   Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 17

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management – 2nd & 3rd Year

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system.  There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching.   Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

September 15

4:30 - 7:00

A Framework for Professional Practice:  New Teacher Academy Orientation

For 10 years the MISD has successfully empowered new teachers through a unique curriculum that offers the skills and knowledge they need to become confident life-long learners so that students meet high standards.  The presentation will demonstrate our approach, with an emphasis on research-based strategies, a meaningful framework for teaching that outlines measures relating to quality teaching organized into four domains:  Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities.  NTA faculty will present an overview of the workshops that will be offered and explain the BlackBoard tool available to NTA participants.

NTA Instructors

September 22

4:30 - 7:00

Working with Parents:  Perspectives and Strategies

Facilitators representing parent, teacher and administrator perspectives will discuss principles and strategies for positive parent teacher working relationships.  Round table discussions will center on such issues as holding effective parent-teacher meetings, conducting and maintaining positive communication with parents and tactfully informing parents of problems.  Interactions, questions, and discussion of participants will be encouraged.

Mel Miller and guest speakers

September 26

4:30 - 7:00

Click & Go Workshop with WTVS, Detroit Public TV (Ch.56)

This course is designed to train the trainers who are interested in a starting point for learning how to use PBS/Detroit Public Television resources in teaching English (ESL) or Spanish (SSL) as a second language for ages 6-12 through our website.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to preview a new environmental conservation website including interactive PH testing and watershed activities being conducted by the Rouge Education Project. 

Course Materials:
All of the materials you will need in order to teach the use of this website instruction will be made available to you online including textbook resources and activities for 6-12 year olds.

General Notes:
1. Participate in English as a second language fun, games and activities.
2. During the class you will participate in hands on activities as well.
3. Introduce children to the basic elements of ecosystems
4. You will be introduced to lesson plans from featured websites.
5. Learn how to navigate through DPTV websites.
6. Participate in team-building skills.

 

September 26

4:30 - 7:00

Blackboard.com

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classroom. This online course toolkit can help you organize assignments, produce online tests and manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately.

Mike Klein and Laurie VanSteenkiste

September 28

4:30 - 7:00

Creating the Culturally Responsive Classroom

Teachers will expand their awareness and enhance their preparedness to teach culturally diverse student populations.  The session will help participants to: 1) examine personal perceptions and understand their impact on student achievement; 2) analyze different approaches to implementing a multicultural education.

Sue McKeithen-Polish

October 4

4:30 - 7:00

Reflecting on Your First Month of School

During this session participants will reflect on their first month of school.  Participants will highlight their successes and identify areas of improvement.  Areas to be explored will be the four domains:  Planning & Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities.  Action plans will be written to address areas of improvement.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

October 6

4:30 - 7:00

Parent/Teacher Conferences

This session will give new participants practical tips to ensure positive interactions with parents during parent–teacher conferences.  A practice session will be incorporated within this professional development session to prepare teachers for the possible unexpected.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

October 11

4:30 - 7:00

Using Cultural Responsive Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Students

Participants will examine principles and guidelines for meeting the needs of diverse students.  The Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) model that help teaches work more effectively with ELL students who are studying content topics while learning English will be shared.

Su McKeithen - Polish

October 18

4:30 - 7:00

No Homeless Student Left Behind

Do you have a homeless student in your classroom?
This workshop will address how best to identify and assist homeless students in your classroom/school.

Are you doing all you can to meet their basic and academic needs?
You will also be given information on community resources available to assist these special students.

Kathy Kropf

November 2

4:30 - 7:00

Technology Resources for Classroom Teachers

The workshop will give participant an overview of technology resources and support, along with classes and distant learning events that are available from the MISD’s Instructional Technology Department (IT).  Participants will be involved in a hands-on session learning about the Macomb Online for Students , MOST, which is powered by Blackboard software.   Participants will be offered a free one-year subscription from Tech4learning’s “Recipes for Success”.

Frank Miracola and Jim Wenzloff

November 7

4:30 - 7:00

What Effective Teachers Do to Educate All Students:  Making Adequate Yearly Progress for Students in Subgroups

As a result of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), teachers need to study and address the achievement of all students. All students means that teachers need to examine not only the aggregate achievement of their students but also students who are part of the following subgroups: economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners (ELL), ethnic minorities or receive special education services.  This session will focus on how Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is determined and the issues around AYP and a school's Report Card.

This session will explore the characteristics and educational needs of students in each of the subgroups.  What do schools and teachers need to do to improve the achievement of students in these various groups? What do teachers need to do differently? How do schools need to change in order to involve these families in the education of their children?

The status of AYP for schools in Macomb County will be shared with the participants. Participants will examine schools represented by large numbers of students in the various subgroups but are making AYP. The characteristics of these schools and how they are making a difference will be discussed.

Judy Backes

November 8

4:30 - 7:00

Cohort Dialogue Session “Planning and Preparation”

Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measure related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  Planning and Preparation is concerned with the teacher’s skill in engaging students in learning the content, and includes the wide range of instructional strategies that enable student to learn.  This session will offer participants conversations around the participant’s evolving knowledge of instruction.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Instruction Rubric will be discussed.

Laurie VanSteekiste

November 10

4:30 - 7:00

What Works in Social Studies Classrooms:  Understanding Social Studies Using the Michigan Curriculum Framework

When content, instruction and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework social studies standards and benchmarks and best instructional strategies for all learners.

Mel Miller

November 14

4:30 - 7:00

Teacher Certification

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching.  During this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your teaching certificate renewal.  This session will give you information to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career opportunities in education.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

November 15

4:30 - 7:00

Understanding Students of Poverty:  The Ruby Payne Model

Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students of poverty.  The hidden rules  of economic class and strategies to overcome the obstacles of poverty will be discussed.  Teachers will look at possible ways to improve achievement and behavior of the economically disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Dr. Rita Pierson

November 21

4:30 - 7:00

Blackboard.com

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classroom. This online course toolkit can help you organize assignments, produce online tests and manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately.

Mike Klein and Laurie VanSteenkiste

November 29

4:30 - 7:00

What Works in Science Classrooms:  Understanding Science Using the Michigan Curriculum Framework

When contents instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Science standards and benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Mike Klein/Paul Drummond

December 1

4:30 - 7:00

What Works in Language Arts Classrooms

When content, instruction, and local and state assessment area aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework English language arts standards and benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Kelley Zagaiski

December 6

4:30 - 6:00

Math MEAP Planning & Preparation Dialogue Session – Elementary

The purpose of this session is to acquaint mathematics teachers with the design of the MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Marianne Srock

December 8

4:30 - 6:00

Math MEAP Planning & Preparation Dialogue Session – Secondary

The purpose of this session is to acquaint mathematics teachers with the design of the MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Marianne Srock

December 12

4:30 - 6:00

ELA MEAP Planning & Preparation Dialogue Session

The purpose of this session is to acquaint English language arts teachers with the design of the ELA MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Sample of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Elaine Weber/
Guest Speaker

December 14

4:30 - 6:00

Science MEAP Planning & Preparation Dialogue Session

The purpose of this session is to acquaint science teachers with the design of the science MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Paul Drummond

December 15

4:30 - 6:00

Social Studies MEAP Planning & Preparation Dialogue Session

The purpose of this session is to acquaint social studies teachers with the design of the social studies MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items, samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Mel Miller

January 12

4:30 - 7:00

All Things Digital:  Simple Technology Solutions for At-Risk Students

Take advantage of all things digital.  Discover practical strategies and great resources for using electronic text and media to support struggling readers and writers.  Explore creative ways to use Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software so ALL students succeed.  Discover the wealth of digital resources available to support literacy and learning so all students succeed.

Sue Hardin

January 25

4:30 - 7:00

What Works in Math Classrooms:  Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum Framework Elementary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Marianne Srock

January 26

4:30 - 7:00

What Works in Math Classrooms:  Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum Framework Secondary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Marianne Srock

February 1

4:30 - 7:00

How to Meet the Academic Needs of Special Education Students in Core Areas

Modifying and accommodating elementary and middle school students.  Addressing the academic and behavior needs of special education students around instruction.

MISD School Staff

February 7

4:30 - 7:00

Understanding Students of Poverty:  The Ruby Payne Model Follow Up

This is a follow up to November 15, 2005.  Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students of poverty.  The hidden rules  of economic class and strategies to overcome the obstacles of poverty will be discussed.  Teachers will look at possible ways to improve achievement and behavior of the economically disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Kathy Kropf

February 23

4:30 - 6:00

Instruction Cohort Dialogue Session

Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measure related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  Instruction is concerned with the teacher’s skill in engaging students in learning the content, and includes the wide range of instructional strategies that enable student to learn.  This session will offer participants conversations around the participant’s evolving knowledge of instruction.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Instruction Rubric will be discussed.

Paul Drummond

March 2

4:30 - 7:00

Creating a Community in Your Classroom:  How to Facilitate Bully-Free Relationships (Elementary)

This experiencial event will focus on strategies for the classroom teacher to implement and create a respectful classroom.

Lucy Smith

March 9

4:30 - 7:00

Emotional Literacy:  Building a Caring Community of Learners

Learn about emotional literacy using a framework that focuses on social and academic competency.  Explore the biology of learning and discuss how emotion is the gatekeeper to performance.  Learn strategies for fostering the development of emotional literacy in the classroom.

Julie Lemond

March 16

4:30 - 7:00

Motivating Students

This session will focus on student motivation.  The participants will have a better understanding of why it is important to connect with their students and how this feeling of connectedness improves relationships and motivates students.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

March 21

4:30 - 7:00

Differentiated Instruction:  The Complex Issues of Academically Diverse Classrooms

Participants will create a vision of effective heterogeneous school communities through differentiated instruction.  Learn how teachers in a academically diverse classrooms can address student differences in readiness, interest, and learning profile in order to provide a genuine challenge for each learner.

Julie Lemond

March 30

4:30 - 6:00

The Classroom Environment Cohort Dialogue Session

In Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measures related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  The Classroom Environment is concerned with the teacher’s skill in establishing an environment conducive to learning, including both the physical and interpersonal aspects of the environment.  This session will offer participants conversations around the participant’s ability to establish a learning environment.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Environment Rubric will be discussed.

Julie Lemond

April 5

4:30 - 7:00

Teacher Certification

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching.  During this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your teaching certificate renewal.  This session will give you information to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career opportunities in education.

Laurie
VanSteenkiste

April 26

4:30 - 6:00

Professional Responsibilities Dialogue Session:  Reflecting on your Teaching Practice

In Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measure related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  Conversations on Professional Responsibilities, concerned with the teacher’s knowledge of reflecting on his/her teaching and fostering of relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community, will spotlight the session.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Professional Responsibilities Rubric will be discussed.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

May 3

4:30 - 7:00

Finale:  Maintaining Professional and Respectful Teacher/Student Relationships (Middle/Secondary)

The teacher-student relationship is a critical aspect to students' success in the secondary level classroom. Much research and development has gone into tracking student achievement data and comparing student performance to state standards and national norms. However, successful classroom teachers recognize that students are most concerned with being embarrassed and fearing failure. Observe for a moment a large group of students in a school setting and it is easy to see that their acceptance by peers far outweighs any letter grade from a teacher.

This session focuses on the need for teachers to manage the interpersonal climate of their classrooms as much as all other aspects of their teaching. Student learning is most productive when teachers focus on relationships and not procedures.

Dr. Robert Livernois

 

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2005-2006 Chronological Listing of Workshops
(Microsoft Word Document)

Date

Time

Title

Presenter

August 14

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management - Secondary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system.  There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching.   Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 15

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management - Elementary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system.  There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching.   Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 16

8:30 - 3:30

The Right Start:  Classroom Organization and Management – 2nd & 3rd Year

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system.  There will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching.   Some of the ideas that will be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline.  There will be a separate meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

September 13

4:30 – 7:30

A Framework for Professional Practice:  New Teacher Academy Orientation

For 10 years the MISD has successfully empowered new teachers through a unique curriculum that offers the skills and knowledge they need to become confident life-long learners so that students meet high standards.  The presentation will demonstrate our approach, with an emphasis on research-based strategies, a meaningful framework for teaching that outlines measures relating to quality teaching organized into four domains:  Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities.  NTA faculty will present an overview of the workshops that will be offered and explain the BlackBoard tool available to NTA participants.

NTA Instructors

September 20

4:30 – 7:30

Working with Parents:  Perspectives and Strategies

Facilitators representing parent, teacher and administrator perspectives will discuss principles and strategies for positive parent teacher working relationships.  Round table discussions will center on such issues as holding effective parent-teacher meetings, conducting and maintaining positive communication with parents and tactfully informing parents of problems.  Interactions, questions, and discussion of participants will be encouraged.

Mel Miller and guest speakers

September 26

4:30 – 7:30

Michigan State ASSIST Website

 

Laurie VanSteenkiste

September 28

4:30 – 7:30

Creating the Culturally Responsive Classroom

Teachers will expand their awareness and enhance their preparedness to teach culturally diverse student populations.  The session will help participants to: 1) examine personal perceptions and understand their impact on student achievement; 2) analyze different approaches to implementing a multicultural education.

Su McKeithen-Polish

October 2

4:30 – 7:30

Reflecting on Your First Month of School

During this session participants will reflect on their first month of school.  Participants will highlight their successes and identify areas of improvement.  Areas to be explored will be the four domains:  Planning & Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities.  Action plans will be written to address areas of improvement.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

October 4

4:30 – 7:30

Parent/Teacher Conferences

This session will give new participants practical tips to ensure positive interactions with parents during parent–teacher conferences.  A practice session will be incorporated within this professional development session to prepare teachers for the possible unexpected.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

October 11

4:30 – 7:30

Using Cultural Responsive Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Students

Participants will examine principles and guidelines for meeting the needs of diverse students.  The Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) model that help teaches work more effectively with ELL students who are studying content topics while learning English will be shared.

Su McKeithen-Polish

October 18

4:30 – 7:30

Understanding Students of Poverty:  The Ruby Payne Model

Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students of poverty.  The hidden rules  of economic class and strategies to overcome the obstacles of poverty will be discussed.  Teachers will look at possible ways to improve achievement and behavior of the economically disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Kathy Kropf

November 1

4:30 – 7:30

Blackboard.com and Other IT Resources from the MISD

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classroom. This online course toolkit can help you organize assignments, produce online tests and manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately.  Additional IT resources will be presented.

Frank Miracola and Jim Wenzloff

November 6

4:30 – 7:30

Planning and Preparation

Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measure related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  Planning and Preparation is concerned with the teacher’s skill in engaging students in learning the content, and includes the wide range of instructional strategies that enable student to learn.  This session will offer participants conversations around the participant’s evolving knowledge of instruction.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Instruction Rubric will be discussed.

Laurie VanSteekiste

November 8

4:30-7:30

OPEN?

 

November 14

4:30 – 7:30

Teacher Certification

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching.  During this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your teaching certificate renewal.  This session will give you information to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career opportunities in education.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

November 15

4:30 – 7:30

What Works in Social Studies Classrooms:  Understanding Social Studies Using the Michigan Curriculum Framework

When content, instruction and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework social studies standards and benchmarks and best instructional strategies for all learners.

Mel Miller

November 20

4:30 – 7:30

Blackboard.com and Other IT Resources from the MISD

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classroom. This online course toolkit can help you organize assignments, produce online tests and manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately.  Additional IT resources will be presented.

Frank Miracola and Jim Wenzloff

November 27

4:30 – 7:30

What Works in Science Classrooms:  Understanding Science Using the Michigan Curriculum Framework

When contents instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Science standards and benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Mike Klein/Paul Drummond

November 28

4:30 – 7:30

Working with Homeless Students & Domestic Violence:  What You Need To Know!

Do you have a homeless student in your classroom?
This workshop will address how best to identify and assist homeless students in your classroom/school.
Are you doing all you can to meet their basic and academic needs?

How does domestic violence affect children and families?  School safety procedures will be discussed.
You will also be given information on community resources available to assist these special students.

Kathy Kropf

November 29

4:30 – 7:30

Science MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint science teachers with the design of the science MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Paul Drummond

December 4

4:30 – 7:30

What Works in Language Arts Classrooms – Elementary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessment area aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework English language arts standards and benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Kathy Markel

December 11

4:30 – 7:30

ELA MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint English language arts teachers with the design of the ELA MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Sample of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Elaine Weber/
Guest Speaker

December 12

4:30 – 7:30

Math MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint mathematics teachers with the design of the MEAP assessment.  A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items.  Samples of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Marianne Srock

December 13

4:30 – 7:30

Working with Your School Counselor

Participants will discuss a variety of topics in working with your school counselor. Topics will include:

  • Reasons to send a student to talk to counselor.
  • What are duties of a school counselor?
  • What are the differences between the school counselor, school psychologist and school social worker?

There will be some hands-on activities. The remaining time will focus on social/emotional/behavioral concerns that new teachers would want to be aware of in their students.

Sarah Thompson

January 8

4:30 – 7:30

All Things Digital:  Simple Technology Solutions for At-Risk Students

Take advantage of all things digital.  Discover practical strategies and great resources for using electronic text and media to support struggling readers and writers.  Explore creative ways to use Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software so ALL students succeed.  Discover the wealth of digital resources available to support literacy and learning so all students succeed.

Sue Hardin

January 9

4:30 – 7:30

Special Education:  Working with Your Paraprofessional

College prepares the beginning teacher for many things regarding students. Seldom do these schools prepare the new teacher about how to work with Para Professionals. These support staff are a valuable additions to the classroom if used to their best potential. Otherwise, they can be one more person to manage. Supervision of staff can be troublesome for the new teacher. In this session we will discuss building a working relationship, how to delegate, what to delegate and what to manage yourself. We will also spend time discussing how to deal with conflict between staff, and addressing philosophical differences between teachers and para-professionals.

Chris Kinney

January 24

4:30 – 7:30

What Works in Math Classrooms:  Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum Framework Elementary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Marianne Srock

January 31

4:30 – 7:30

What Works in Math Classrooms:  Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum Framework Secondary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases.  Participants will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Marianne Srock

February 5

4:30 – 7:30

How to Meet the Academic Needs of Special Education Students in Core Areas

Modifying and accommodating elementary and middle school students.  Addressing the academic and behavior needs of special education students around instruction.

MISD School Staff

February 27

4:30 – 7:30

Public Relations:  Building Communications

You got the job! Now it is time to develop a positive rapport with parents and community members. Learn more about public relations skills to promote a positive image of you, your classroom and your instructional style.

Kathy Kropf

February 7

4:30 – 7:30

Understanding Students of Poverty:  The Ruby Payne Model Follow Up

This is a follow up to November 15, 2005.  Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students of poverty.  The hidden rules  of economic class and strategies to overcome the obstacles of poverty will be discussed.  Teachers will look at possible ways to improve achievement and behavior of the economically disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Kathy Kropf

March 7

4:30 – 7:30

Creating a Community in Your Classroom:  How to Facilitate Bully-Free Relationships (Elementary)

This experiencial event will focus on strategies for the classroom teacher to implement and create a respectful classroom.

Lucy Smith

March 12

4:30 – 7:30

Motivating Students

This session will focus on student motivation.  The participants will have a better understanding of why it is important to connect with their students and how this feeling of connectedness improves relationships and motivates students.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

March 13

4:30 – 7:30

Emotional Literacy:  Building a Caring Community of Learners

Learn about emotional literacy using a framework that focuses on social and academic competency.  Explore the biology of learning and discuss how emotion is the gatekeeper to performance.  Learn strategies for fostering the development of emotional literacy in the classroom.

Julie Lemond

March 20

4:30 – 7:30

Differentiated Instruction:  The Complex Issues of Academically Diverse Classrooms

Participants will create a vision of effective heterogeneous school communities through differentiated instruction.  Learn how teachers in a academically diverse classrooms can address student differences in readiness, interest, and learning profile in order to provide a genuine challenge for each learner.

Julie Lemond

March 26

4:30 – 7:30

Teacher Certification

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching.  During this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your teaching certificate renewal.  This session will give you information to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career opportunities in education.

Laurie
VanSteenkiste

April 24

4:30 – 7:30

Professional Responsibilities Dialogue Session:  Reflecting on your Teaching Practice

In Charlotte Danielson’s book Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, she outlines measure related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components.  Conversations on Professional Responsibilities, concerned with the teacher’s knowledge of reflecting on his/her teaching and fostering of relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community, will spotlight the session.  The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Professional Responsibilities Rubric will be discussed.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

May 2

4:30 – 7:30

Finale:  Maintaining Professional and Respectful Teacher/Student Relationships

The teacher-student relationship is a critical aspect to students' success in the secondary level classroom. Much research and development has gone into tracking student achievement data and comparing student performance to state standards and national norms. However, successful classroom teachers recognize that students are most concerned with being embarrassed and fearing failure. Observe for a moment a large group of students in a school setting and it is easy to see that their acceptance by peers far outweighs any letter grade from a teacher.

This session focuses on the need for teachers to manage the interpersonal climate of their classrooms as much as all other aspects of their teaching. Student learning is most productive when teachers focus on relationships and not procedures.

TBD

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