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October10/29/2018
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Using PSAT and SAT Data to Improve Student Achievement (9-12 Teachers & Administrators)
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Teachers and Administrators have a wealth of information at their fingertips to target areas of needs and improve student achievement. This three hour session will explain how to access those resources using the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal, how to utilize the Question Analysis Report to dig into the data, will provide an overview of the PSAT/SAT Assessment, and will inform educators on how to use the data to identify areas of strength and areas of need for their curriculum,, Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Prior to attending, all teachers and administrators must get access to the College Board Portal. You must request this from your College Board Access Manager (this is typically the PSAT/NMSWT or SAT Coordinator for your school). In addition, all participants must bring a laptop to the session.

10/29/2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School - STEAM Up for the Gingerbread Walk
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Targeted Grade Levels: K-8 Essential Teacher Question - How can participating in the Belleville Gingerbread Walk fit into your curriculum? Come and discover how to complete a Gingerbread S.T.E.A.M. project while bringing a community event into your classroom. Find out how creating a gingerbread project can address the NGSS and CCSS. Grade appropriate S.T.E.A.M. project ideas and cross-curricular activities will be shared.

10/30/2018
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
K-12 Principal Meeting
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Monthly Meeting K-12

November11/1/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Teaching Through Math Problem Solving (6-12)
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The culture of mathematics has been cemented in textbook driven, teacher-centric instruction. Teaching Through Problem Solving is a way to evolve instruction into a student-centric, facilitated learning experience that will empower our students to become life-long mathematical thinkers. Teaching Through Problem Solving engages students in the Math Practices, differentiates in a way that meets the needs of the diverse learners in your classroom and engages all students in high-level mathematics and moves students toward a deeper conceptual understanding by spending more time analyzing the math behind one problem and making connections between the variety of strategies implemented to solve that problem.

11/9/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Engaging Students in the Inquiry Process in the Social Science Classroom (K-12)
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The new Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science emphasize the use of inquiry in the classroom. In addition to discussing what inquiry is and why it's important, this session will focus how to engage students in the social sciences through the use of a five-stage inquiry process. As each stage is discussed, a a variety of strategies will be provided. The afternoon of this full-day training will be a chance to begin to incorporate what you've learned into your classroom and network with other colleagues from the area. Planning and work time will be provided with the opportunity to break up by grade level to collaborate and begin planning a unit to use this school year. Presenters will be available to provide guidance and answer questions as participants work. To maximize the effectiveness of your afternoon, please feel free to bring or have in mind curricular materials that you'd like to adapt into a unit of inquiry.

11/13/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cooperative Learning (K-12) 'Great Group Work & Project Based Learning!'
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Struggling with how to implement effective groups in your classroom? This workshop will provide secrets, tips and tricks to implement group work all while maintaining high levels of student engagement.

11/14/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
K-12 Assistant Principal/Dean of Student Meeting
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Assistant Principal / Dean of Student Meeting

11/15/2018
8:30 AM - 11/26/2018 11:30 AM
'Why are they doing that? How can I help them stop?' (K-8)
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'Why are they doing that? How can I help them stop?' This may be the mantra that runs through your mind every morning as you drive to school and if this is you, then this 2-part workshop on classroom management is the right choice! Session 1 will focus on examining why we as teachers make the choices we do, as well as the 3 classroom environments you must manage every day. practical suggestions will be offered and each participant will develop a short action plan to implement before Session 2. Session 2 will offer participants the opportunity to evaluate their plans' effectiveness and tweak them. It will also feature additional, more targeted responses to specific problem,s such as student aggression and bullying. For maximum benefit participants should commit to both sessions and agree to implement the management plan they develop. This workshop is (2 half days) November 15 and November 26.

11/15/2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Workshop: Yoga in the Classroom (PreK-12)
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This 2 hour workshop will provide participants with basic knowledge about mindful movement (yoga) in the classroom. Learn basic poses to incorporate in your daily schedule to help students stay calm, focused and flexible in mind and body. Leave the workshop with first-hand experience of basic yoga poses you can start using immediately. No previous experience necessary, all skill levels welcome. Appropriate for teachers, instructional aides, and related service providees (e.g. social workers, guidance counselors, etc). Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.

11/16/2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Youth Mental Health First Aid Project
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The 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

11/19/2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Workshop: The Do's and Don'ts of an IEP Meeting (PreK-12)
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Ever wonder why some teachers never stress about their IEP meetings? Learn the do's and don'ts that these professionals know so you can have a stress-free meeting, too! This workshop will also cover topics that will help you avoid missteps that might have legal repercussions. You will leave with the knowledge you need to set up and run parent friendly IEP meetings that allow your students to reach their full potential.

11/28/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Social Emotional Learning What, Why and How (Pre-K-12)
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In this session participants will discover the Illinois Social Emotional learning Standards from Goal to Standards to Descriptors. Activities will include analyzing adult SEL competencies and how they affect the classroom, how our students fit into stages of SEL skills and specific ways to integrate SEL skills into every lesson. participants will also explore a collaboration kit to assist in the implementation of student collaboration to support not only SEL, but also Danielson Domains.

11/29/2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Workshop: The Basics of Whole Brain Strategies (K-5)
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Spend this session with motivated classroom teachers learning how to enhance classroom instruction with minimal preparation! Participants will learn the basics of whole brain teaching and how to begin implementing the strategies in their classroom. Attending this session will leave you motivated with easy tools to use in your classroom to help minimize behaviors and ramp up classroom instruction! Please bring along a device (laptop, chromebook, etc.)

11/30/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The Power of Positive Leadership (K-12 Administrators, Coaches, Sponsors, Teachers)
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Who should attend? anyone who is in a leadership role. That includes administrators, coaches, sponsors, teachers, basically everyone. According to Benjamin Hooks, retired director of the NAACP, 'If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.' How can you make sure you are not on a walk? Come learn about the impact positive leadership can have on a school/district. Dr. Kelly D. Stewart and Dr. Jim Rosborg will present the Leadership Framework from Jon Gordon's book The Power of Positive Leadership. The Framework is based on proven principles that make great leaders great. Participants will be given ample opportunities to reflect and share their ideas with one another. In addition, participants will be asked to complete a 7 Step Action Plan to guide their implementation of positive leadership within their school/district

December12/6/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Best Practices in Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Instruction (K-6)
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In this workshop, teachers learn best practices for assessing reading comprehension and vocabulary. these approaches build student independence, encourage inquiry and collaboration, and help students meet the demand of the Common Core Standards.

12/7/2018
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
K-12 Principal Meeting
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Monthly Meeting K-12

12/10/2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The Benefits of Asset-Based Thinking (6-12)
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Lindsey Jensen discusses the power of positivity with an honest, humorous, anecdotal look at how she went from fearful, frustrated, failing novice to the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Topics include how to promote family engagement and create powerful partnerships to yield student success, as well as how to tackle literacy learning and writing woes to foster an appreciation for reading and writing in secondary classrooms.

12/12/2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Youth Mental Health First Aid Project
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The 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

January1/9/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Stop talking! Why did you do that? Sit down! What's wrong with you? Pull up your pants! (K-12 Teachers, Related Service Personnel, Administrators)
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Have you ever found yourself in a power struggle? Have you ever looked back and wished you had handled a confrontation differently? Have you ever been so frustrated, you are lost for words? Do you want to change how you approach conflict? Are you looking to be more proactive, rather that reactive? Look no further. Through the learning and application of Restorative Practices, participants will become skilled in using affective statements and questions to foster respect, de-escalate students and staff, and build trust will all parties.

1/15/2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Workshop: Conventional and Unconventional Classroom Strategies (Grades 2-8)
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It's January and you still have 4 months of the school year to go! Come join us in this after school workshop where you will learn tricks and tips to foster and building relationships with students while creating a positive classroom environment using effective discipline and teaching strategies!

1/18/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
'Minds-On' - Ways to Engage Learning (K-12)
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Charlotte Danielson states that, 'Learning activities for students may be 'hands-on,' but they should always be 'minds-on.' Join us for a day of discovering ways to make sure your lessons are 'minds-on' experiences for your students. You will walk way from this presentation with lots of ideas to make your instruction more engaging. The presenters will share more than 27 different activating, cognitive, and summarizing instructional strategies for engaging learners.

1/23/2019
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
K-12 Principal Meeting
Monthly Meeting K-12
1/24/2019
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Autism Spectrum Disorder-Effective & Evidence Based Strategies (Pre-K-12)
This half-day workshop will provide evidence based methodologies when working with autism spectrum disorder students. effective visual resources, strategies and hands-on materials will be explored and shared. Come prepared to share challenges and leave with a list of fresh new ideas and successful tools! Targeted audience: teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, related service personnel, administrators.
1/25/2019
8:30 AM - 2/11/2019 12:00 PM
Developmentally-Appropriate Kindergartens
This is a two session/ 2 day (January 25 -full day 8:30-3:30 and February 11, - half day 8:30am-12:00pm, 2018) workshop. Part 1: (Full day) Teachers will learn about and/or develop a deeper understanding of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) and play-based instruction in a kindergarten classroom. Additionally, teachers will learn about the importance of teacher language and behavior management skills through interactive activities. Part 2: (Half day) Teachers will use their knowledge of DAP and play-based Instruction to develop lessons that interact with manipulatives and 'see' DAP in action in a kindergarten classroom. Teachers will also gain a deeper understanding of how the Danielson Model relates to DAP in a kindergarten classroom.
1/29/2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy (Grades K-5)
This half-day session focuses on the new Social Science Standards in Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy. Econ Illinois will share materials and curriculum to help teachers implement these new standards in fun and easy way. Participants will leave equipped with resources to tackle these new standards.
1/30/2019
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy (Grades 6-8)
This half-day session focuses on the new Social Science Standards in Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy. Econ Illinois will share materials and curriculum to help teachers implement these new standards in fun and easy way. Participants will leave equipped with resources to tackle these new standards.
1/30/2019
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy (Grades 9-12)
This half-day session focuses on the new Social Science Standards in Inquiry, Economics and Financial Literacy. Econ Illinois will share materials and curriculum to help teachers implement these new standards in fun and easy way. Participants will leave equipped with resources to tackle these new standards.
February2/5/2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
K-12 Assistant Principal/Dean of Student Meeting
Assistant Principal / Dean of Student Meeting
2/6/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
'Creative Juices Here!' Get more 'Creativity' - Effectively and Practically, in a Real Classroom!
Needing a boost of creative juices to energize your classroom? In this workshop, creative activities and strategies that you can use in your classroom tomorrow, will be taught and implemented. come and experience it for yourself!
2/11/2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Workshop New Teacher Academy: Supporting, Empowering and Embracing Classroom Culture (K-12)
This workshop is for first and second year teachers only. Dealing with difficult students and parents is never easy. Many times teachers are caught off guard; but what if you had practical tips and strategies that could potentially de-escalate immediately? This session will give teachers tips on how to create and maintain effective and positive relationships with the school community both in and out of the classroom setting.
2/15/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Paper Tigers Documentary & Effects of Trauma in Children K-12
Participants in this workshop will view the documentary Paper Tigers and then learn about the impact of developmental trauma on students, its relationship to mental health and how that manifests itself in the classroom setting. The necessity of using a growth mindset and 'trauma lens' when planning for and working with these children will be emphasized. The presenters will make the case of a perspective shift from asking the student 'what is wrong with you?' to 'what happened to you?' or 'what do you need?' as an essential, component to successfully address the students needs. Trauma sensitive principles and practices that assist the teacher and the students manage their anxiety, disassociation, need for control and hyper-vigilance will be shared.
2/20/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Standards Drive Everything. . . but Why? How is this any different this time around? (K-12)
This workshop will focus on how standards and well-aligned assessments provide a crystal-clear focus for instruction. districts are encouraged to send a team of teachers. attendees will learn how standards, assessment and evidence-based instruction are intricately intertwined and, when done well, lead to high growth achievement and an increase in student self-efficacy. Attendees will analyze common assessments and discover the critical success criteria necessary of any assessment.
2/21/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
I've Tried Everything for Special Needs & Struggling Learners: Now What? (Grades 3-8)
Learn how to unleash the power of special needs and struggling learners in mixed-ability classrooms. See how to motivate students to become engaged, empowered, and ready to achieve high standards. Feel the power of learning-to-learn and executive functioning skills and strategies that increase students' confidence, risk taking, achievement, and responsibility. You'll also discover interventions to address the needs of defiant and oppositional students. Expand your 'everything' by becoming aware of over 140 additional classroom practices that will bring energy, passion, and positive attitude to students and teachers.
2/22/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Creating a Learning Environment That Encourages High Achievement, Curiosity & Challenge (Grades 3-8)
Discover additional ways to get, keep, and use the attention of today's hands-on, minds-on and interactive students. become familiar with ways to create a learning environment where curiosity, challenge, and achievement thrive. Learn how students can dramatically improve their abilities to acquire, process, and apply content information in a digital age. Experience a variety of whole class, small group, and individual instructional practices that can inspire 100% engagement with just the right challenge at the right pace. See how you can explicitly teach students the skills and strategies to reduce low achievement and help students thrive in the classroom.
2/27/2019
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
K-12 Principal Meeting
Monthly Meeting K-12
March3/21/2019
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
K-12 Principal Meeting
Monthly Meeting K-12
June6/5/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Kindergarten Smorgasboard Centers and More
Join national presenter and amazing Kindergarten Teacher Mr. Greg for a day filled with four mini-workshops specifically for your Kindergarten students! Mr. Greg will cover the following workshops throughout the day: Centers Made Simple, Classroom Management Ideas, Smorgasboard of Math Strategies and Smorgasboard of Technology!
6/6/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Kindergarten Smorgasboard - Reading Galore
Join national presenter and amazing Kindergarten Teacher Mr. Greg for a day filled with four mini-workshops specifically for your Kindergarten students! Mr. Greg will cover the following workshops throughout the day: Morning Meeting, Sight Word 60, Reading Rituals/Routines and Meeting Academic Requirements by Integrating Content and Art!
July7/25/2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Teaching Students with Dyslexia to Read (K-12)
One in five students in the United States is dyslexic, most are not diagnosed and will probably never have an official diagnosis, they simply struggle in silence. Since 1930, educators who work with dyslexic students and research best practices for addressing their learning needs have known that systematic intensive, multi-sensory instruction that focuses on phonemic awareness and phonics is the key to teaching students with dyslexia to decode so that they may read fluently and comprehend what they are reading. This workshop will introduce teachers to the basics of teaching dyslexic students to read along with some history and facts about dyslexia and characteristics of dyslexic learners.





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