EDS Class Descriptions
Assessing the Common Core Mathematics Practices and Content Standards
Across the United States many schools are actively working to implement new curricula aligned to the common core standards. A particular challenge, though, exists in the assessment of those standards. In this two-hour workshop participants will explore how “evidence-centered design” is influencing one multi-state assessment consortium. This information will, in turn, help teachers reflect on how current classroom level assessments address the common core practices, content standards, and integrations of those standards across a variety of complexities. Teachers will leave the workshop with tools to help craft and align meaningful, common core compatible tasks.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the Classroom
Looking for ways to enhance your classroom practice with today’s tools? Thinking about integrating the use of student devices in the classroom? Not sure where to start, or what you will need to know? This session will give you information you need to get started! Participants will learn about many of the free applications found on the internet for smartphones, iPads and computers that combined with learned instructional strategies can be an effective teaching and learning tool. Participants will explore apps that encourage critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
Classroom Management-Especially for New Teachers
Setting up a classroom management system that works for all students is not easy. Just as students learn in different manners, they respond in a variety of ways to the classroom management that exists. Participants will discuss the importance of setting up a schedule, routines, and jobs/roles for students. In addition, different behavioral plans will be introduced so that students who struggle with classroom structure will have modifications and support so that they experience behavioral success. Finally, parent communication will be discussed. One of the most difficult portions of classroom management is communicating with parents if there is an issue. Parent communication and partnerships will be an integral part of classroom management, so opening the lines of communication prior to any negative “press” will be very important.
Common Core w/ Technology Skills for Digital Communication
This presentation takes a look at some of the most relevant digital communication web tools to support students and teachers with Common Core State Standards. Come away with a multitude of ideas and resources to successfully implement best practices using digital tools to engage students, increase productivity, and provide an immersive and valid learning experience. The CCSS in English Language Arts/College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards that are addressed include:
Writing Use: technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Speaking/Listening: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Common Core w/ Technology Skills for Project-Based Learning
The rigor of the Common Core State Standards meets the rigor of Project/Problem Based Learning in this introduction to PBL workshop. Participants will learn how technology-infused PBL units drive learning and raise studentsʼ level of engagement, authenticity, collaboration, and higher-order thinking, setting your students up to be great problem-solvers and creators in the process. Discover that through the intentional design of PBL units, they not only teach and assess Common Core State Standards (both ELA and Math), but also naturally lend themselves to the level of learning that the standards promote. Resources for further exploration of PBL will be provided.
Connected! The New Science of Better Collaboration, Team Learning and Improved Student Achievement
Just putting teachers into teams isn’t enough! Thanks to technology and so many innovations in brain research and the study of human performance, we can employ strategies that help every team in school work more effectively! This session isn’t just about teaching teams to get along. It’s about using tactical, research-based strategies to unleash the untapped individual and team brain power available in every school! Get connected, get creative, and innovate! This session is fun, highly interactive, and leaves the audience with easily applied tools they can use right away to work together better than ever! Perfect for schools that are already doing teaming or PLCs and are looking for strategies to take their performance to the next level! This can also be a good general session topic for those schools who want to get more connected and collectively focused.
Participants in this class will learn how to actively plan and teach lessons that address the variety of learning needs of the students in their class. Participants will learn how to identify individual learning goals and how to support each child’s progress toward meaningful learning and student success.
ELA Shifts in Common Core
This session provides participants with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy. Participants will walk away with classroom applications ready to implement the next day!
Formative Assessment Techniques
Often when we think of assessments, we think tests. However, when incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. The process serves as practice for the student and a check for understanding during the learning process. The formative assessment process guides teachers in making decision about future instruction.
In this presentation teachers will learn the importance of including formative assessments. Teachers will learn about numerous types of formative assessments. Participants will collaborate and create their own formative assessments, so they learn several types of formative assessments that consider learning styles, learning levels and diverse student groups. This knowledge will help teachers adapt lesson plans immediately to meet student needs. This is turn leads to higher learning outcomes and continued student success.
Improving Student Achievement by Effectively Engaging Parents and Families
The second most important component in student achievement is parental involvement. There are multiple layers to how to develop effective communication with families and how to bring them into the classroom in an effective manner. Through the use of technology, flexible scheduling, and consistent communication parents can become partners in their child’s education. This presentation will focus on how to reach all parents, so that all learners are supported. Parent partnerships will be discussed beyond parent-teacher conferences and PTA events. Participants will delve into the elements that must be in place in order for parent/teacher partnerships to exist and ultimately lead to student achievement.
Integrating Common Core ELA and Higher Order Thinking Skills
Learn how to develop active learning plans aligned to the Common Core State Standards that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking through problem and project-based learning that engages students to think critically, examine and explore deeply, work collaboratively and independently, and communicate clearly through oral, written and creative expression.
Integrating Common Core ELA and Depth of Knowledge
Learn how to develop unit-based lesson plans aligned to the Common Core State Standards that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge by responding to open ended, text-dependent questions, engaging in research and investigation to solve complex problems, design and develop products and projects that serve as instructional solutions and tools, and use their knowledge and skills to address real life circumstances and situations.
Motivating Reluctant Learners
Learn how to identify reluctant learners and determine the cause for disruptions in the classroom while minimizing disturbances with the use of creative motivation techniques that can be applied immediately. This “hands on” presentation will equip educational professionals with ways to motivate, engage and reward positive behavior in the classroom.
Overcoming Conflict, Stress, and Resistance in the Workplace
It is vital to any organization to stop unnecessary drama. Issues of gossip, power struggles, resistance to change, and lack of direction often lead to conflicts in the work place. These issues can destroy a school from the inside out. In this workshop, participants will learn how to deal with stress appropriately, how to communicate frustrations and how to become positive agents of change in the workplace. Participants will gain the tools necessary for avoiding conflict and cynicism that drains resources, relationships and school success. Participants will engage in problem-solving scenarios. This workshop is interactive and participants will collaborate to create a blame-resistant and emotionally resilient workplace. This class is beneficial for all departments within a school.
Reframed! How to Turn Stress, Conflict, and Resistance to Change to Innovation and Improved Student Achievement
Conflict and disagreement don’t have to tear your school apart. In fact, if handled appropriately, conflict can actually inspire next-level innovations and can even create a more passionate connection to purpose, mission and vision! Also addressed in this training are issues related to stress, tension and frustration and the things we unknowingly do to make it worse! Also covered are the easy steps we can take to minimize stress and make the working environment more relaxed and enjoyable for everyone! This session is fun, highly interactive, and leaves the audience with easily applied tools they can use right away to move from resistance and stress to innovation and success! Perfect for schools that are struggling, unsuccessful and perhaps find themselves in conflict or in stress and frustration more often than they’d like.
Response to Instruction and Intervention
This session is designed to provide an overview of Response to Intervention (RTI) and present a compelling argument for adopting a RTI model implemented with integrity. RTI seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress monitoring and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for children who continue to have difficulty. Participants will learn successful strategies for implementing such a system into their schools.
Strategies for Successful Implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics
The Standards for Mathematical Practices offer an exciting new vision for what it means to teach and learn mathematics. In addition, the content standards are organized in such a way to promote a conceptual development of important mathematical ideas from kindergarten through high school. Participants will experience a classroom learning environment intended to develop mathematical content understanding through the development of the mathematical practices. Depending on the audience and level of interest, specific content will become the focus of the professional development. For example, participants can experience the conceptual development of fraction ideas with a focus on meaning, problem solving, and sense making. Or at a high school level, participants can experience the progression of ideas related to proportional reasoning, rate of change, and linear functions. The goal of the workshop is to experience the learning of mathematics as intended by the Common Core Standards in preparation for the upcoming PARCC or SBAC assessments.
Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
Multicultural education is controversial even though it is based on the need to prepare all children, minority and majority, to participate equally in a culturally pluralistic society. Obviously, a commonly found multicultural education program in school districts consisting of only "events,” such as Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month or Multicultural Day, would not qualify as a true multicultural program. The challenge is integrating culture into the curriculum in an authentic manner.
Through the use of a multi-step process, teachers will learn how to assess curriculum and ensure that the curriculum and lessons that are presented represent a culturally pluralistic curriculum. Key points to this process will include ways to ensure that there is a balanced representation of cultural groups. The overall goal is to teach teachers how to include an equal representation of the culture presented in the United States in the total curriculum from K-12 and to provide experiences that will help build positive attitudes of a student’s won cultural group and acceptance of other cultural groups.
Tech Tools for the Classroom to Support STEM & Common Core State Standards
This session will explore web sites and tech tools which support and promote Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) content and the Common Core State Standards. Participants will learn about some of the brightest “stars” in this ever-growing list of free applications. Participants will see how online math and science simulations and interactive tools can support instruction while improving student learning. They will also glimpse a few of the best engineering sites for elementary, middle and high school levels. Participants will receive the list of web sites and tech tools introduced in class.
Understanding and Using the PARCC Documents
Over the past few months PARCC has released many documents that explain, in detail, how they will approach the mathematics assessment for the CCSS. To the uninitiated these documents may seem overwhelming and disconnected. Dr. Coe, a member of the PARCC Math Operational Working Group and the Performance Level Descriptor writing panel, will provide a hands-on workshop focusing on how the released documents work together and how those documents can inform practice.