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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 2017-18

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Starlab and FOSS/GEMS Kits Training
Date: September 27, 2017

 

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

 

High Ability Students and RIGOR: Respecting Intellectual Growth Openly w/o Resistance
Presented by: Sue Brady
Rigor does not mean more hard work for the teachers or students! This one-day session will guide participants through foundational elements for differentiation with added rigor for HA students. The session will emphasize techniques for setting high expectations to create a classroom culture for accepting and embracing challenge. The session will focus on high impact strategies to engage HA students and techniques for increasing rigor not only in the curriculum but also in everyday lessons and activities. Classroom examples will be shared. Attendees will be expected to participate through collaboration, application, and reflection.
Date: November 1, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

Preparation for ISTEP+ Mathematics 2018 Grades 3, 4, 5
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

 

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

 

Food Safety Certification
Per Sarah Kenworthy, R.D., C.D. School Nutrition Programs Coordinator “The Indiana Department of Education is requiring all Food Service Directors, to be food safety certified but does not require Food Safety Certification for on-site staff. However, schools should contact their local health department to see their requirements.”

Food Safety Certification training will be provided by Kristine Corey Kleptz R.D., C.D. All candidates will be in a classroom setting and provided a food safety manual (to keep). The final hour, a test will be taken and participants will receive results by mail within 6 weeks along with a Food Safety Certificate.

Topics to be covered include:
•How to implement food safety practices to prevent foodborne illness, contamination and pest infestation
•How to clean and sanitize food preparation and serving areas properly
•How to identify appropriate personal hygiene protocols
•How to manage time and temperature control safety when handling food
•How to recognize allergens and symptoms of allergic reactions
Date: November 14, 2017

 

Developing a Data Driven Culture
Presented by: Daniel Bundrige and Jennifer Kwiatkowski of EdgED Consulting

Part 1 of the workshop will address data driven decision making from the district, school and classroom levels.  The morning session will focus on identifying the types of assessment used, the disaggregation process and takin steps to inform both curricular and instructional decisions.  The afternoon session will focus on the steps necessary for building a data driven culture. The intended audience for this workshop is teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and central office staff. The remaining sessions will dig deeper into each part of the decision-making process for successful implementation and support.
Dates: November 29, 2017 & February 1, 2018

 

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

 

Preparation for ISTEP+ Mathematics 2018 Grades 6, 7, 8
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 30, 2017

 

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

 

ISTEP+10 Mathematics 2018: A Steep Hill to Climb
Presented by: Bob Trammel
ISTEP+ 10 Mathematics is a process and not an event. Students are scored on both content knowledge and process knowledge used to support answers. Successful schools have designed a year-long plan for spring testing to ensure students are ready to meet the challenge.

This workshop is designed to help schools, teachers, and students to be better prepared for the spring 2018 math ISTEP+ assessment.

Workshop Objectives Addressed:
Identify Grade 10 Math “Big Ideas”
*Identify instructional strategies
*What kinds of discourse are appropriate?
*What kinds of assessment questions are appropriate?
*What is the depth of knowledge?

Use ISTEP+ Data from 2017 to make decisions for 2018
*Participants will be requested to bring this 2017 ISTEP+ Report:
*Grade 10 Applied Skills Frequency Distribution Report
*This will tell participants about student discourse and content knowledge.

Scoring Student Work
*Participants will be sent a set of sample applied skills problems to administer to 10th grade students.
*These student papers will be scored during the workshop for content and process.
*Participants will receive resources ready-made for ISTEP+ 2018 math.
Date: January 17, 2018

 

Preparing for the ISTEP+ 2018 English/Language Arts Grades 3-4-5
Presented by: Bonnie Kelley
Are your students prepared for the rigor of the ISTEP+?
In your classroom, are test preparation and daily instruction aligned with the Depth of Knowledge required in this and future high-stakes assessments?

In this session, teachers and administrators will:

*Examine requirements of ISTEP+ Part 1 Applied Skills questions
*Discover ways of modifying daily classroom instruction to meet the rigor of these questions
*View videos of teachers successfully applying these methods in their classrooms
*Practice scoring student samples of Applied Skills questions
*Take home materials and resources to assist in test preparation
Date: January 23, 2018

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