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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


Indiana Youth Institute-Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in college and Career Planning and Preparation
Join the Indiana Youth Institute as they host a nationally recognized training. This highly interactive and practical workshop will leave you with new strategies for engaging families in college and career planning. Get help with family engagement--one of the most difficult aspects of youth work for school- and community-based practitioners alike. Research continues to show that when families are engaged in their children’s education, students are better prepared for long-term success, postsecondary education and careers. Yet, environments that foster authentic partnerships with families cannot be constructed overnight. Based on more than 16 years of experience working in the field of family and community engagement, including with low-income, immigrant and communities of color, this professional learning opportunity will provide participants with strategies on how to create meaningful partnerships with families that improve youth outcomes.
Date: May 10, 2017
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Camp Invention for Students in Grades K-6
This summer, launch your child’s imagination! Camp Invention is coming to Wilson Center July 10 – July 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We’re proud to be hosting this nationally acclaimed summer enrichment program for students entering K – 6th grades. Qualified educators will be facilitating the program as children work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st-century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules:

  • In the Duct Tape Billionaire™ module, children design products that they can market and sell. They explore how to create duct tape accessories and then put their own patented spin on them.
  • Children build and take home their own high-tech Bubble Blaster, complete with flashing lights in the Have a Blast™ module. They engineer an enormous cardboard castle, design “snowball” throwers, make a giant air cannon, launch water rockets, and fling rubber chickens.
  • In Mission Space Makers™ participants are on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystals.
  • Finally, children will love the all-time favorite take apart module Operation Keep Out™. They will take apart machines and devices and use their parts and pieces to create their ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Boxes to help millions of children keep their treasures secure.
Cost for attending is $225 for the week, but if you register by May 1st you can save $15. Additional discounts are available for families with more than one child.
Date: July 10-14, 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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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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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
 

 

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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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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