Our final Professional Learning Day is a success! Thank you to all of the presenters and individuals who helped to organize the day. A few highlights are outlined below.
Special Services Department – (at WHS) PK and All Elementary Special Educators, Counselors, Social Workers and Educational Assistants will receive a presentation from Dr. Pat Freiman from Boys Town, on behavioral intervention strategies. The MS/HS special education staff will stay with their buildings for building collaboration and training.
Grades K-1 (at Swanson Swing School) – All schools have implemented the instructional routines and have been working with local and state consultants to ensure validity and fidelity. Teachers will complete the final component of the decoding/phonics training with a focus in Small Group Reading-Decodable Text Routine.
Grades 2-3 (at Underwood Hills Professional Learning Room) – Teachers will dig deeper into the “mindset of a great math teacher” with Michelle Patterson, Diana Williams, Karin Mussman and Sarah Mosel. They are focusing on:
#6. Math class is about learning, not performing; it takes time to learn and it is all about effort.
#7. Depth is much more important than speed.
Follow their progress on #mathmindset and #westsidepl
Grade 4 (at West Campus Demonstration Classroom) – will be focusing on Personalized Learning Element #5 (Technology Support) and design opportunities and next steps for participants. This session is with our PL Collaborators Andrew Easton, Kristen Hogan, and Katie Sindt.
Grades 5-6 (at Swanson Swing School) – The final session Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) will focus on technology to support teachers and students in TDA. Kate Carlson from ESU #3 will facilitate the learning for our teachers.
Westside Middle School has designed their day for select a session, collaboration, and a schoolwide approach. Please see below for a glimpse of their engaging day.
- Sessions to attend. 8:00-8:40
- Modifications (Mahacek/Albers)
- Instructional Technology/AppPalooza (Mosier)
- Set/Closure (Murillo)
- Active Participation (Starks-Yobel/Baker)
- Question/Discussion Techniques (Dowd/Sahak)
- Sessions to attend. 8:50-9:30
- Rubrics outside of Language Arts (Horton)
- Differentiation (Job/Weeks/Martin)
- Instructional Technology – SAMR Model (Allen)
- Data Services – How to use NWEA MAP scores and Illuminate to help guide your instruction. (Lumpkin/Durante)
- Library Services (Saetveit)
12:45 – 2:45 — The afternoon will conclude with small group sessions on PBIS and Trauma Sensitive Teaching.
WHS – will continue their year-long emphasis on multiple facets of PBiS during the morning session and will focus on choice professional learning groups in the afternoon. All of the choice groups are intended for teachers to do a “deep dive” with some element of the strategic plan so that there are real applications in the classroom. Choice groups are:
Boys Town Foundations – Mike Nolette and Lois Rasgorshek (both are BT trainers)
Gamification in the classroom – Andrew Easton and Michael Fryda (personalized learning collaborator and game enthusiast)
Google Apps (Advanced) – Ben Powers and Theresa Gosnell (eMerge)
Personalized Learning, motivation for at-risk learners – Deanna Bahl and Kristen Hogan (reading specialist and personalized learning collaborator)
Community partnerships and Authentic learning – Jeremy Stoll & Dawn Nizzi – literacy framework, personalized learning
Beginning Google Classroom – with Stephanie Heitmann & Stephanie Pueppka
Mindfulness – Foundational with Kirk Henningsen