Wabash Valley Education Center

3061 Benton Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (765) 463-1589




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* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.

* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop, will pay 50% of the registration fee.

* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full registration fee.

* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees

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Please check our website at www.esc5.k12.in.us for workshop delays or cancellations.


Upcoming Event
2/21/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
POSTPONED: *Digging into Universal Design for Learning: the What, the How, and the Why
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THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED! WE WILL UPDATE WITH THE NEW DATE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY. As we know from research, students learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning provides teachers with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that ALL Learners can meet the high expectations of the new iLearn assessments and classroom expectations. UDL addresses the WHY, WHAT and HOW of Learning. We learn strategies for engaging students of all levels, how to present information and content in various ways to reach ALL learners, and how to differentiate and scaffold content to meet the needs of ALL Learners. UDL is NOT one more thing…..UDL is a tool that will help you plan for ALL students in a holistic way.
2/22/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Asking the Right Questions in the 6-12 Math Classroom - The Usefulness and Benefit of Assignments and Homework
Registration Closed
This workshop will focus on the teacher being a “facilitator of learning” and not just the “conveyor of knowledge”. Ways to assign many fewer problems for practice and assignments and get much more mathematical understand and ability from what is being completed. Teachers will be asked to formulate questions for a variety of lessons that will ask the students to think and discuss deeper than just working on an assignment of 20–30 similar math problems. Techniques for getting students to both verbalize and discuss what they are doing mathematically will be discussed and modeled.
2/26/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Preparing K-2 Students for the New ELA and Math iLearn Assessment
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Teachers will unpack their grade level standards to meet third grade priority standards. This will provide the vertical articulation needed for success on the iLearn Assessment.
2/27/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Problem Solving in the Elementary Math Classroom (K-6)
Building off of the 'Introduction to Balanced Math' workshop, this session will dig deeply into the ways that we construct problem solving activities for children as well as the strategies students should know when solving these problems. Ideas will be closely linked to the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards. Presented by Ryan Flessner.
2/28/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
iLearn for Science and Social Studies Teachers; Preparing Students for the iLearn Test
Spend the day discussing the new iLearn blueprints and how they impact classroom instruction. This workshop is perfect for 4th and 6th Grade Science Teachers and 5th Grade Social Studies Teachers.
3/4/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Taming the Wild Text: 15 Tools for Digital Readers (K-12) - Presented by Author Monica Burns
Digital tools make it easier than ever to elevate, energize and level the playing field in your classroom. Join Dr. Monica Burns, author of Taming the Wild Text, as she shares strategies for balancing the traditional and the digital with engaging reading instruction. In this session, you will learn about Monica’s favorite technology tools for digital readers. These tools are perfect for K-12 teachers and totally customizable for your learning goals. The goal of this session is to help educators understand the power of technology in the hands of digital readers through the presentation of a series of tools in the context of classroom learning experiences. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorites tools for Chromebooks, iPads and any device you have as you help readers across subject areas tame the wild text.
3/5/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (K-12) - Monica Burns!
When we place tasks before apps we value the importance of identifying goals for students and elevating traditional experiences with digital tools. The purposeful design of tech-rich learning experiences can enhance classroom collaboration and honor curiosity in the context of creation experiences for students. Dr. Monica Burns will introduce strategies for examining technology integration to empower students as creators and collaborators. With thoughtful planning and purposeful connection to learning objectives, students can become creators in your classroom as they explore content in any subject area.
3/6/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
*Creating an Executive Function Friendly Classroom - Presented by Kevin Dill
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Executive Function is one of today's most critical education topics. Students with strong executive function skills hold the keys to school and social success—from attention and impulse control to time management and organization. This training explores practical and highly effective strategies to enhancing these critical skills. Through understanding brain functioning, teachers will immediately grasp what executive function is and how it affects their students' learning and behavior. You’ll learn the explicit, research-based strategies to adapt instruction and classroom structure to enhance students' executive skills and improve 'trouble spots'. THIS SESSION IS FULL
3/6/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Meaningful Technology Integration in Today's Social Studies Classroom (3-12)
Teachers will learn a variety of technological tools that they can use in their social studies classrooms to increase student engagement leading to increased retention and achievement. Goals: 1) Ignite student interest in historical events using technology. 2) Increase the amount of time-on-task with engaging curriculum. 3) Improve retention through immersive online learning experiences.
3/7/2019 8:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Planning and Facilitating a Close Reading and Writing After a Close Reading (K-12)
There has been much talk about raising the complexity of the texts students are reading. However, rigorous reading isn’t just about the text selection. It’s also about targeting multi-faceted, deep thinking during reading. This session will help teachers plan and facilitate a meaningful close reading in five steps. After reading a complex text, students need to do something with what they learned. More than simply summarizing the text, students need to analyze and even argue the author’s ideas in writing.
3/8/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Creating a Balanced Mathematics Program in the Elementary Classroom
What does it take for students to have a robust understanding of the mathematical standards? Learn what it takes to have a balanced approach to the teaching of mathematics. Topics include Problem Solving, Number Work, Inspecting Equations, and Fluency & Maintenance.
3/13/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Preparing K-2 Students for the New ELA and Math iLearn Assessments
Learn how to embed rigor and knowledge into K-2 instruction to meet the demands of the new 3rd grade iLearn assessment. Teachers will unpack their grade level standards to meet third grade priority standards. This will provide the vertical articulation needed for success on the iLearn Assessment.
3/14/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Delivering Dynamic Mini Lessons in Writing - Presented by Kristina Smekens
Everyone says they teach writing through “mini-lessons…” but what is a mini-lesson really? In this practical one-day workshop, Kristina Smekens identifies the characteristics of a powerful writing mini-lesson and then shows participants how to integrate key components into a 10-15 minute whole-class presentation. Beyond a single lesson, participants will also learn how to prepare and deliver a multi-day mini-lesson series
3/15/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Making it Relevant, Making it Rigorous: Comprehension Strategies for Texts In and Out of the MS and HS English Classroom
Know that your students are fake-reading? Seeing a lack of engagement, particularly with complex texts? Unsure of how to teach both comprehension strategies and your content? Not sure how to fit it all in? This workshop will feature comprehension strategies for students across the spectrum of reading and writing abilities for the 6-12 classroom as well as ways of facilitating a meaningful community of writers. Mini-lessons, conferring, independent reading time, and practical strategies for incorporating a workshop approach into a secondary classroom will be covered.
3/21/2019 9:00 AM
- 11:00 AM
Superintendent Networking: Meet the New Purdue Dean
Network with your colleagues and meet the new Purdue College of Education Dean, Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella. Learn what Purdue is doing to recruit teachers.
4/2/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Social Studies Teachers: Comparing Communities' Response to Scarcity: Humans' Use of Their Environment
Indiana University’s P-16 Center for Research and Collaboration is partnering with Title VI Area Studies Centers on this exciting professional development opportunity for middle and high school social studies teachers. Subject-matter specialists from IU-Bloomington’s Title VI Area Studies Centers will present content related to the theme of Human and Environment Interactions. The presentations will connect the theme with Standard 9- Human and Environmental Interactions: Resources, Hazards and Health from Indiana Academic Standards for Geography and History of the World. A teaching methods specialist will provide creative teaching ideas for your social studies course. IU will cover the cost of a substitute for teachers who attend.
4/8/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
*SPECIAL EDUCATION & EL'S: Language Acquisition vs Learning Disorder: Identifying EL Students for Special Ed Services
Do you find your school often debating whether an EL student has a possible Learning Disability and needs referred for special services OR whether it is a language issue?? This is one of the most difficult processes to work through. Come join national presenter, Dr. Tom Jenkins, to learn about and discuss research based methodologies for determining if an EL student is eligible to receive special education services, as well as how to determine whether it is a language acquisition issue versus a learning disability. Discussion on best practices of writing IEP’s for EL’s who will receive special education services will also be included in the day.
4/9/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: *MTSS: Effective Core Instruction for Elementary
National Presenter, Dr. Tom Jenkins will be here to share Tier I (core instruction) research based practices for Elementary Learners that are evidence based. This workshop will include: • Effective Data Analysis • Strategies for Language Development • Effective interventions. (Grades K-6)
4/10/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
*Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math (4-12) - National Presenter, John Almarode!
Getting students engaged in learning and keeping them engaged is one of the toughest challenges in today's science and mathematics classrooms. So how do we do it? How do we get our students to the edge of their seats for new science and math learning? Recent brain research confirms what we as teachers have believed for years, we don't pay attention to boring things. This exciting, out of your seat workshop looks at the key 'must have' ingredients for maximum engagement in your middle and secondary science classroom. Participants start with captivating students and discovering what grabs the brain's attention, making it thirsty for new learning. Then, experience the necessary steps to activating the brain so that it's 'rocking and rolling' in the classroom. Finally, keeping the brain engaged requires an invigorating experience that keeps students coming back for more...every day! This amazing workshop links the most recent research on keeping the brain engaged in the science and math content. Participants will walk away, raring to go, with instant ideas and strategies that will have every student captivated, activated, and invigorated! Brought to you by WVEC and CIESC, this workshop is presented by John Almarode.
4/11/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Digital Citizenship and Social Media (K-12)
In this workshop we’ll split time between learning about various powerful and popular social media tools and what digital citizenship is and should look like in your classroom. In this workshop we’ll learn about Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube (and maybe others if time allows). We’ll focus on ways you (and your students) can use social media in your classroom to enhance learning and be teaching your students about digital citizenship using tools they’re interested in. Come tackle your fears of social media, see how seamlessly you can infuse digital citizenship lessons into your “regular school day programming” and have fun doing it while learning about tools that meet your students where they are! Bring your technology with you (which could include your phone, tablet, and/or laptop) to get the most out of this workshop. Presented by Andy Wallace
4/11/2019 9:00 AM
- 12:00 PM
Regional Library Meeting
Tricia Skibbe will return to bring together library and media specialists! Plan to join us for a time of updates, learning, and collaboration.
4/15/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: Creating an Interactive Math Experience (6-12)
Recently teachers are having to find ways to prepare students for new generation standardized tests, all with no training or resources. With this, teachers are tasked with creating activities for their classes that increase the depth of knowledge (DOK). This is no small task for today's teacher. Come join the fun as we learn how to create new ways to engage students in your math class and create a larger discourse built around math. This workshop will include technology enhanced activities as well as paper-and-pencil items you can use the very next day. Presented by Kyle Kline.
4/16/2019 9:30 AM
- 2:30 PM
Coaches Networking Session #4
These curricular meetings are designed to support the Instructional Leaders in the WVEC member districts and schools. Each meeting will include: • Receive a professional resource. This could include, but is not limited to ASCD publications and/or other professional books and magazines/articles. • Time to network and discuss critical issues that you, as an Instructional Leader are facing. • Content for the morning session of the meeting will be determined by the group to meet the needs of all. • Training and practice for how to implement the IMPACT CYCLE, a model for instructional coaching, will be the focus in the afternoon.
4/23/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Fluency and Maintenance (K-6)
Basic math facts are foundational to establishing strong mathematical understandings. This workshop will provide alternatives to traditional practices (rote memorization, timed tests, etc.) while introducing participants to assessments, activities, and games that will move beyond memorization so that students truly become fluent in their mathematical understandings. Presented by Courtney Flessner.
5/6/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
*Grading Like a Champion: Developing an Academics Focused Gradebook that 'Speaks' to Students and Families (Grades 6-12)
What does a “good” gradebook look like? A teacher’s gradebook can be an incredibly powerful tool to communicate academic achievement to both students and student families. Participants in this workshop will differentiate between the teacher roles of grading and assessing and then identify grading practices that distort academic achievement in a traditional gradebook. Dr. McCurdy will lead participants through a practical gradebook “audit” activity that asks teachers to reflect on the “hidden messages” that their gradebook sends to students. Combining research on best practices in grading and assessment as well as practical strategies to leverage the power of a gradebook in communicating student successes and areas for improvement, this workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers and administrators responsible for grading and assessment at the building or district level.
5/7/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Community Circles: Building Resiliency and Positive Culture (PK-4)
Humans are thinking and feeling creatures. Educators are seeing an increased number of students entering classrooms without adequate social and emotional skills to be successful in an academic setting and beyond. During this workshop, educators will learn about brain development, conducting community circles in the classroom, the value of engaging students in social and emotional learning, and how each of these areas can improve verbal language skills, vocabulary, and social interactions.
5/8/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
HOBART: *Practice Leads to Confidence; Speaking and Writing with English Learners
In this workshop, participants will learn multiple strategies to meet the needs of English learners in the productive domains of speaking and writing. Giving English learners authentic feedback in speaking and writing is a critical practice in order for them to thrive. Participants will practice many of these strategies and leave ready to implement them in any lesson, at any grade level, and with any content area. Join us for a fun-filled workshop. Presented by Lori North and Brenda Ward.
5/9/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
*Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Scaffolding Instruction and Teaching Academic Language to ELs (Diane Staehr Fenner)
In this interactive, full-day workshop, lead author Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner will facilitate a session on scaffolding instruction and teaching academic language to English Learners (ELs). Participants will define scaffolding and explore three categories of scaffolding using hands-on activities. They will also apply research-based strategies for selecting academic vocabulary for ELs and try out supporting ELs’ academic language development at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. Finally, they will collaborate to analyze a text and develop a scaffolded lesson plan around it that integrates academic language so that ELs and other students who need support with academic language will benefit.
6/5/2019 9:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
*WVEC EL Summer Institute: EL Excellence Every Day! Strategies to Ensure ELs Thrive in the Classroom
This engaging two-day institute held on June 5th and 6th will provide you with strategies for supporting your EL’s, and other under-performing students in the classroom and on state assessments. At the institute, you will learn how to apply Tonya’s “six essentials” to everyday teaching to ensure that ELs, and all underperforming students, thrive. In addition, you will learn how to structure high-level academic conversations aligned to what you are teaching, as well as dynamic strategies that will elevate EL’s ability to engage and be successful with academic reading and writing. During the two days, you will analyze student work to identify assets and priorities for content and language learning, learn how to adapt scaffolds strategically to build on student strengths while fostering increased academic success and self-directed learning. Last, you will learn how to unpack the linguistic demands of content tasks and use high-impact strategies to build academic language in these specific areas to deepen content learning and achievement.
6/18/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Summer Institute: Today's Learners Need Today's Teachers
WVEC and Purdue School of Education present a two-day Summer Institute on June 18-19, 2019. Keynote speaker will be YouTube funnyman Gerry Brooks who will deliver a dynamic keynote on the Importance of Climate and Culture. Featured speakers will be: Consultant, Kevin Dill; Purdue Astronaut, Jerry Ross: Purdue Professor, Ron Martella: and Purdue's new Dean of College of Education, Nancy Marchand-Martella.
10/2/2019 9:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
*9th Annual WVEC State EL Conference - Wednesday, October 2
Join us for WVEC’s 9th Annual EL Conference! This year’s keynote speaker is Tanny McGregor, national EL speaker, consultant, and author! As always, there will be multiple presenters and breakout sessions for every grade level. This one-day conference will be held on two days. BOTH DAYS WILL BE EXACTLY THE SAME. You may choose to attend one day or you can register for BOTH days to attend more sessions! Cost includes a copy of Tanny's book: Ink and Ideas! This registration is for Wednesday, October 2nd.
10/3/2019 9:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
*9th Annual WVEC State EL Conference - Thursday, October 3
Join us for WVEC’s 9th Annual EL Conference! This year’s keynote speaker is Tanny McGregor, national EL speaker, consultant, and author! As always, there will be multiple presenters and breakout sessions for every grade level. This one-day conference will be held on two days. BOTH DAYS WILL BE EXACTLY THE SAME. You may choose to attend one day or you can register for BOTH days to attend more sessions! Cost includes a copy of Tanny's book: Ink and Ideas! This registration is for Thursday, October 3rd.