Month
Date
Upcoming Event
January
1/21/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #1 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
On-site books study with Sangamon Valley Primary School staff facilitated by Rida Ellis
February
2/4/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #2 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
Book Study: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry
2/18/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #3 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
On-Site Book study for Sangamon Valley Primary School only facilitated by Rida Ellis.
2/27/2020
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
AA #3002: Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth
Registration Closed
This is the one required student growth retraining course for principal and teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to: 1. Use assessments and measurement models identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth; 2. Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results; 3. Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and 4. Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice. NOTE: Participants will have one week following the Academy to complete their A/D Component and send their completed E-Template to the presenter for review and comment.
March
3/3/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #4 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
On-site book study for Sangamon Valley Primary School staff facilitated by Rida Ellis.
3/16/2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Intro to G Suite Apps for Education - Cancelled
Registration Closed
Are you new to G Suite for Education? This workshop will dive into the ins-and-outs of this amazing platform and help get you on the road to success. From Google Drive to Docs to Forms to Sheets and everything in-between, we will explore how you can get the most out of your G Suite experience.
3/17/2020
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Google Educator Level I Certification - Cancelled
Registration Closed
The Level 1 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification exam. Level 1 certification indicates a fundamental understanding of using Google Tools in the classroom and confirms standard technology implementation skills. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.
3/17/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #5 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
On-site book study for SV Primary School staff facilitated by Rida Ellis. Book: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry.
3/23/2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3-6 Grades Conferring in Reading Workshop (French STEM Academy)
Registration Closed
Participants will learn about the different types of reading conferences through various online tools.
3/30/2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Transitional Math Meeting - Cancelled
Registration Closed
Area high school principals are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the development of the required transitional math course. Angelique Hamilton and Samantha LEAV from ISBE will facilitate the meeting and share what needs to be in place to get the course approved. When: Monday, March 30, 2020—9:00-12:00 Where: Richland Community College: We will meet in N161. This is on the far north end of the new addition on the north side of the main campus. Attendees can enter through the tall column. Additionally, Andrew Hynds, the dean of the RCC math department, will discuss professional development opportunities for high school math teachers in the development of the course(s) and needs input regarding scheduling time for this.
3/31/2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SV Book Study Session #6 (Sangamon Valley Primary only)
On-site book study for SV Primary School staff facilitated by Rida Ellis. Book: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry.
April
4/20/2020
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Google Educator Level 2 Certification - Cancelled
Registration Closed
The Level 2 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 2 certification exam. The Google for Education site states: Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months. Participants in this workshop will learn about: - Advanced organizational strategies and skills with Google Drive - Exploration of new learning models to help personalize the learning experience, including Blended Learning, the Flipped Classroom, and Project-Based Learning - Collaboration and HyperDoc lesson building strategies with Google Docs - Research strategies and tools with Google Scholar - Advanced data analysis with Google Sheets - Advanced formative Assessment and data collection with Google Forms - Increasing efficiency with Gmail and Calendar Labs - Organization of information, communication, and collaboration with Google Sites - Utilizing Advanced Search Techniques in the classroom - Research and exploration with Google Maps and Google Earth - Utilizing Chrome Add-ons and Extensions with students.
May
5/6/2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
IL Empower Online: Math Talk Grades 3-12 (Deland-Weldon only)
IL Empower work with Deland-Weldon in the area of 3-12 Math.
June
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
Academic Vocabulary (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Event is Full
Academic vocabulary refers to the specialized, high-utility words used in the classroom. This includes high-use words, such as analyze, summarize, evaluate etc. Grammar and syntax are also needed to competently be able to discuss a topic in speaking or writing. Systematic and explicit are the ways to mastering academic vocabulary. Learning how to teach words will also close the gap on comprehension in content areas. This 2-hour online, self-paced training will provide support to teachers with research-based information on what is necessary for students to build vocabularies that cross contents and provide meaning to test questions they encounter. Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Barbara Preston will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
Becoming a Trauma-Aware Educator (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Event is Full
Dealing with trauma in a classroom is difficult when demands of content mastery is the goal. However, if you do not deal with the trauma facing some of our students, learning will take a backseat to the effects of trauma. This training will give ideas on how relationships can be built, resiliency can be supported, and how educators can understand how trauma affects the brain and learning. Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Barbara Preston will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
Beginning Differentiation in Your Classroom (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Event is Full
We are all unique learners. We bring many things to the table of learning. This training will support educators on the HOW TO BEGIN differentiation in their classrooms. Content, Process, Learning Environment, and Product are the 4 ways to make learning possible. All of the ideas presented can be easily implemented. This does not have to be time-consuming and a lot of extra work. Differentiation is just a new way of looking at lesson planning and including all the skills that are needed to master one standard. Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Barbara Preston will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
Close Reading Matters (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Event is Full
According to research and author, Barry Brummett, 'Close reading is a mindful, disciplined reading of an object with a view to deeper understanding of its meaning.' Closer reading of text, graphs, cartoons, videos, quotes, poems, math problems, instructions, photos, resources of any kind needs to be taught to students. Close reading is also needed when state testing occurs. Students need to be able to comprehend text or objects and provide evidence of why they comprehended in that way. This training will support educators in the process of repeated readings, annotation, evidence, and the need for close reading in all of our lives. Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Barbara Preston will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
Getting the Classroom Discussions You Want and Deepening Inquiry (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Event is Full
How many times have you asked a question only to be met with blank stares from your students? This session will provide keys to unlocking deeper discussion, outlining roles, rules, turns, and time allotments. Strategies will be provided for facilitating discussions ranging from the mundane topics to those that tend to be hot button issues. The strategies included in this session may even be helpful to use in PLCs and faculty meetings (and maybe even at Thanksgiving family dinners!). Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Dr. Nancy Brodbeck will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 6/25/2020
New Teacher Success (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Are you new to the teaching profession, or would you like a refresher on how to start the new school year off right? Build a network of support as you gain essential strategies during this training. Included in this 2-hour segment: - Rituals and Procedures - Classroom Rules - Calm Classrooms - Research-based advice from Marzano and John Hattie - Many ideas and strategies for immediate use Starting your first day does not have to be stressful. Leave with tools and strategies on how to create a classroom with clear procedures, consistency, and predictabilty. Please register by May 29th. Once registered, Barbara Preston will email training materials to you the week of June 1st. You will have until June 25th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
6/1/2020
- 7/15/2020
Online Book Study: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
Self-paced book study facilitated by Paula Clark. Participants will read Zaretta Hammond’s book, 'Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain'. The book promotes engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students. Ms. Hammond highlights the natural intersection between 'brain-based learning’ and culturally responsive teaching. Through the reading, participants will reflect on their own teaching, their classrooms and share their thoughts through reflective and thought provoking questions. The self- guided, self-paced session will allow participants to receive up to four (4) PL credits online with work completed and due by July 14. There will be a final Zoom meeting on July 15. Please register no later than June 5th. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book. Self-paced book study materials will be emailed to registrants the first week in June.
6/1/2020
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
AA #3700 An Administrator's Guide to the Fundamentals of Health Life Safety and Compliance (Online)
Facilitators: Patrick Durley and Ralph Grimm Audience: Anyone involved with fulfilling HLS and Compliance processes and requirements: Regional Superintendents/ISC Directors and Assistants, ROE/ISC HLS and Compliance personnel, new and experienced District Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Facility Managers/Head Custodians, Architects… Summary: This is an activity and collaboration-filled Academy. The purpose of this course is to provide Administrators and other school personnel with an in-depth look, and discovery into, topics related to Health Life Safety and Compliance. You will gain a better understanding of all things pertaining to you and related to the processes, and walk away with a number of helpful resource documents and strategies. What You Get: Numerous useful documents and activities to assist in developing a useful/practical understanding and in-depth working knowledge of the “Ins and Outs” of these required processes. Get all stakeholders involved to develop a better understanding and practical working knowledge of the systems including financial do’s, don’ts, hints and tips Useful “takeback” summary and guidance documents, and handbooks to help make sense of things Deep dive into your current 10-year surveys and IWAS Make sense of items, forms, processes, and requirements Walk away with beneficial tools and a deeper working knowledge of HLS, Building Permitting, 10-year Survey, Compliance, and Amendment processes Networking session and a listserve will be built for Facility Managers and Head Custodians Activities directly related to familiarization and understanding of HLS & Compliance handbooks and requirements A means to communicate with your constituents to improve their understanding of the whys, cans, and can not’s of what you do or don’t do Administrator Academy Credit or Professional Learning Credit Hours
July
7/1/2020
- 8/7/2020
Building Reading Stamina in Grades 6-12 (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Now, more than ever, students are engaging with print materials in a variety of ways; however, research presents evidence that reading habits are poorly established. This session will provide strategies for secondary ELA and content teachers in getting students to engage with print for sustained time periods, enabling them to stay focused, develop good habits, and increase comprehension. Please register by June 26th. Once registered, Rida Ellis will email training materials to you the week of July 1st. You will have until August 7th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
7/1/2020
- 8/7/2020
Building Reading Stamina in Grades K-5 (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Now, more than ever, students are engaging with print materials in a variety of ways; however, research presents evidence that reading habits are poorly established. This session will provide strategies for elementary teachers in getting students to engage with print for sustained time periods, enabling them to stay focused and increase comprehension. Please register by June 26th. Once registered, Rida Ellis will email training materials to you the week of July 1st. You will have until August 7th to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
7/1/2020
- 8/7/2020
Building Relationships with Students (1-hour online, self-paced training)
This session will focus on how to establish rapport with students, even those who are difficult to reach. Simple rituals, non-invasive questioning, and practical wisdom from experience will be shared with participants. This session is especially relevant for new teachers, but all are welcome. Please register by June 26th. Once registered, Rida Ellis will email training materials to you the week of July 1st. You will have until August 7th to complete the training in order to earn 1 hour of PD credit.
7/20/2020
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
AA #2001 Teacher Evaluation Initial Training (Face-to-face training)
Facilitators: Dr. Nancy Brodbeck and Patrick Durley This two-day initial teacher evaluation training is required for all new administrators who are first time teacher evaluators in Illinois. The training includes mandatory pre-work, required attendance, and completion of an assessment based on the Danielson Framework. Facilitators: Dr. Nancy Brodbeck and Patrick Durley
7/22/2020
- 8/7/2020
Talking to Parents (2-hour online, self-paced training)
Participants will receive guidelines for holding parent/teacher conferences. They will also see examples of how to establish rapport and ensure supportive relationships. Please register by July 22. Once registered, Dr. Nancy Brodbeck will email training materials to you. You will have until August 7 to complete the training in order to earn 2 hours of PD credit.
7/22/2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Networking for First Year Teachers (2-hour online)
This online session will overview professional development opportunities for all first year teachers but especially those who did not get to experience a full student-teaching cycle. This session will describe professional development already designed and allow discussion to determine additional needs.
7/30/2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Asking the Right Questions (2-hour online)
This session is designed for new teachers, helping them work through all of the orientation materials and understanding when, how, and whom to approach with questions. This, too, is primarily for those teachers who did not get a full student teaching experience.