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Professional Development

Professional Development

It is the desire of the Wilson Center Professional Development Department to work with member school corporations to provide resources and support to meet their specific and unique needs. This includes working individually with member school corporations to coordinate and deliver training at their location; the delivery of professional development in multiple areas of our service territory and the delivery of professional development at the center on a regional basis. 

Staff development opportunities are provided based upon needs assessments, member input, and state and national initiatives. Course offerings are designed to support members’ school improvement plans and to maximize student achievement to drive operational excellence. 

Information/registration flyers will be distributed through building contacts and administrators as well as through regular newsletter inserts and email correspondence lists; however, actual registrations are to be completed online at www.wesc.k12.in.us under the Event Registration tab.


WEC Professional Development Opportunities 2017

For more information contact Melissa Branham at: mbranham@wesc.k12.in.us

School Improvement Planning Boot Camp
Presented by: Daniel Bundrige and Jennifer Kwiatkowski of EdgED Consulting
This two day boot camp will use academic, behavior and observation data to determine data-driven goals through turnaround principle best practices. Additionally, participants will use EdgED’s implementation planning document to build their personal improvement plan for success for all students. The intended audience for this boot camp is school and district planning teams such as teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators and central office staff.
Date: August 22 & 23, 2017
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Teacher Evaluation Training for Primary and Secondary Evaluators
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
This two-day training is for anyone utilizing the RISE, RISE Modified, or other teacher evaluation tool. Anyone serving as an evaluator will need to be trained. 

TOPICS:
Overview of tool and process
Classroom observations
Conferencing and providing feedback to teachers
Developing Student Learning Measures
Scoring
Date: August 29 and 30, 2017
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Holocaust Education Center of Indiana Presents: Never Forget, Never Again, Never Anymore
Through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., The Paul Family Fund and the Levin Family fund, we offer workshops on Holocaust Education Pedagogy for Indiana educators. These workshops are approved for professional growth points by the Department of Education. Utilizing local and national experts in Holocaust education, the workshops provide teachers with tools and techniques to teach this historically complex topic. We emphasize how to make Holocaust lessons meaningful for today’s students.
Date: September 11, 2017
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Instructional Coaching: Building All Teachers’ Capacity for Success K-5
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
This training is for coaches, principals, and other school personnel who serve as teacher mentors or coaches. Training will focus upon an exploration of coaching, observation, reflection, and ways of providing constructive feedback to foster teacher growth and independence.

Morning sessions (8:30-11:30) are designed for both principals and coaches. For effective coaching to occur, it is critical coaches and principals work together with teachers throughout the coaching cycle. Specific focus will be on identifying the elements of productive classrooms, conducting successful observations, aiding teachers in reflective practice, and providing constructive feedback to enhance practice.

Afternoon sessions (12:00-3:00) are designed for coaches and will focus on ways can support teachers while assisting them in developing strong inquiry skills and instructional independence. Participants will observe videos of coaches and teachers working together and give feedback on the effectiveness of the coaching they are observing. Coaches will complete a self-evaluation at the end of the training session.
Date: September 12, 2017
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Instructional Coaching: Building All Teachers’ Capacity for Success 6-12
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
This training is for coaches, principals, and other school personnel who serve as teacher mentors or coaches. Training will focus upon an exploration of coaching, observation, reflection, and ways of providing constructive feedback to foster teacher growth and independence.

Morning sessions (8:30-11:30) are designed for both principals and coaches. For effective coaching to occur, it is critical coaches and principals work together with teachers throughout the coaching cycle. Specific focus will be on identifying the elements of productive classrooms, conducting successful observations, aiding teachers in reflective practice, and providing constructive feedback to enhance practice.

Afternoon sessions (12:00-3:00) are designed for coaches and will focus on ways can support teachers while assisting them in developing strong inquiry skills and instructional independence. Participants will observe videos of coaches and teachers working together and give feedback on the effectiveness of the coaching they are observing. Coaches will complete a self-evaluation at the end of the training session.
Date: September 13, 2017
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Digital Citizenship: Common Sense Media
Presented by: Duke Lines
Being a responsible digital citizen is important and increasingly so when students spend time online as part of their educational experience. This full-day workshop will lead teachers, technology and instructional coaches, and administrators through an exploration of the elements of digital citizenship, with a focus on how to teach and model for students in any grade K-12. Participants will explore curated resources, with a focus on Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship curriculum. Learn about, plan for, and get assistance with starting the process of becoming a Common Sense Media Certified Educator, School or District.
Date: September 26, 2017
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Starlab and FOSS/GEMS Kits Training
Date: September 27, 2017
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Pursuing the Depths of Knowledge: Creating Powerful Lessons to Challenge All Students
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
This 6-12 training will focus upon ways to design instruction that mirrors all of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge levels. Following a review of each level and associated questioning techniques, teachers will begin to analyze existing lesson plans in terms of student learning expectations and rigor. (Attention will be given to Level 3 work, which is often difficult to incorporate into short instructional periods.)

In addition, participants will view videos of teachers working in their classrooms, analyze the levels of instruction they observe, and make suggestions for enhancing rigor and student learning. Time will be afforded for teachers to collaborate with others who teach the same or similar course. 
Date: September 28, 2017
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Incorporating the Indiana Academic Standards for Content Area Literacy into Classroom Instruction
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
This one-day session is intended for classroom teachers and other school personnel interested in incorporating the Indiana Academic Standards for Content Area Literacy into all content area classrooms Grades 6-12.

Participants will develop an understanding of:
*Content Area Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
*The standards’ focus on Informational Text (Reading and Writing)
*Methods of Analyzing Text Complexity
*Best Practice Strategies for Integrating Literacy Standards into Content Area Classrooms
*Methods of assessing student performance through Formative and Summative Assessments
Date: November 2, 2017
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Genius Hour
Presented by: Kim Strobel
What is Genius Hour and Why Do Our Students Need It?
During genius hour students of all levels are empowered to explore their own passions. Discover how to transform your classroom into a place where students want to come in and learn, where creativity and motivation flourish. This is a new vision of education that puts wonder, creativity, innovation, and initiative at the heart of the learning process and empowers ALL students.

Key Points

  • The changing education landscape of the 21st Century leaner.
  • The six elements need in today’s world of learners.
  • Why we MUST implement a genius how and the benefits to students and teachers.
  • Teaching students to explore their passions.
  • Transforming your classroom into high motivation, high engagement, and unbelievable learning.
  • Bringing creativity and “play” back into our classrooms

Date: November 6, 2017
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Growth Mindset: Boosting Motivation & Achievement
Presented by: Kim Strobel
This workshop will help teachers implement a growth mindset curriculum, which has been proven to lead to greater motivation levels and higher achievement for students, in their classrooms. Through experiential and interactive activities, we will learn strategies to increase our own growth mindsets as educators, as well as how to develop and integrate the growth mindset philosophy in your classroom. In this workshop, Kim will give you the tools to implement a growth mindset curriculum that is super-easy, but offers big benefits for your classroom community. And you’ll leave with ready-to-go lessons that will help develop gritty, determined, self-reliant students who know that if they work hard enough they can and will accomplish great things.
Date: November 7, 2017
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Preparation for ISTEP+ Mathematics 2018
Presented by: Bob Trammel
ISTEP+ preparation is a process over time NOT an event!
These are the objectives for the workshop:
  • Use details about ISTEP+ Part I …Applied Skills to improve student problem solving skills
  • Make adjustments to Curriculum Map to help students succeed
  • Score student work for applied skill problems
  • Share and use information about what is working in other schools to help students succeed
  • Receive useful resources that are ready for classroom use

Participants will have work-time to process information individually or as a team during the afternoon.
Date: November 8, 2017
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WIDA Standards Overview Training
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
The purpose of this training is to provide:
·Initial training to new and/or pre-service teachers
·Initial training to current educators who have not received any training in the WIDA ELD Standards Framework
·Review for teachers who have already received some WIDA training in the WIDA ELD Standards Framework
Date: November 9, 2017
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Developing a Data Driven Culture (2 Day event)
Presented by: Daniel Bundridge and Jennifer Kwiatkowski of EdgED Consulting. 
Part 1
On the first day of this workshop series, participants will dive into step 1-Assessment of data driven decision making. They will dig into the types of assessment they are utilizing through a detailed, research-based assessment inventory. Then they will focus on the disaggregation process. Participants will take away data protocols to drive actionable next steps for academic improvement.

Part 2
On the second day of the workshop series, Daniel and Jennifer will lead participants through effective research-based protocols that will allow them to develop real, actionable plans from their analysis of data. The planning process will allow educators to attach standards, indicators and skills that are still a challenge for their students, based on both formative and summative data. Teachers, administrators and central office staff will learn how to create a system to monitor action plans for true implementation and success.

Date: November 29, 2017 & February 1, 2018
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Overcoming Obstacles: The Secret to Teaching Challenging Students
Presented by: Jennifer Mitchell
Teachers will leave this workshop with strategies to build resiliency and grit in even the most challenging students, ideas for encouraging positive behavior and creating effective classroom management, and a plan of action that can be immediately put in place to start increasing student motivation. Additionally, the workshop will focus on self-care habits, helping teachers to avoid adopting students’ traumas as their own and ensuring that personal triggers are understood and dealt with before they lead to classroom disruptions.
Date: November 30, 2017
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Formative Assessment: Classroom Strategies to Check for Understanding
Presented by: Jennifer Mitchell
In this workshop, we’ll investigate how to create the most effective learning environment through the use of: classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning. You’ll leave with not only the techniques for effective classroom formative assessment, but also an understanding of how to use them to improve teacher practice and student achievement.
Date: December 1, 2017
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Additional Events Being Planned:

Best Practices in Blended Learning

Ditch that Textbook!

Socially Speaking….It’s Elementary: Helping Your Students with Social Skills


 
 
Primary Contact:
Melissa Branham
812.256.8000  ext. 210
800.326.5467 
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