Workshop Attendees

We encourage all USD 261 staff to take advantage of the learning opportunities available at The Learning Center. Guests from other districts are always welcome to attend any of our workshops. We offer a full array of classes that are interactive, differentiated, job embedded, sustained and research based. Enroll in a workshop today!

Our Presenters!

The Learning Center has scheduled many well-known presenters and experts who are willing to share their knowledge and to lead workshops, such as Lynn Sawyer, Carol Simoneau, Kevin Honeycutt, Dan Meyer, Brad McCoy, and Dr. John Vandewalle. Along with these, The Learning Center utilizes the expertise of our district’s staff members as presenters, who have practical suggestions that are used successfully every day in their classrooms.

COOKING MATTERS: A Free Cooking Workship Series

Date and Time: Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 29, and April 5, 12, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost:  FREE to all who register - Space is limited!

Class Description:

The YMCA in partnership with Sedgwick County Extension are excited to offer a series of hands-on cooking classes called Cooking Matters to parents through The Learning Center in Haysville (you do not need to be a Y member)! The free Cooking Matters series helps families learn to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. This program is especially helpful for parents/caregivers from lower income households! This is a 6-week program for adults only (parents or caregivers to children). There is no fee to participants. However, please make sure you will be able to attend at least five of the six class dates listed.

Weekly topics include:

  • Free take-home groceries to try new recipes on your family
  • Meal planning & budgeting
  • Incorporating more fruits, veggies, and whole grains
  • A grocery store tour for affordable, healthy foods
  • Hands-on cooking and tasting of nutritious dinner ideas

Presenter: YMCA

Cooking Matters Programming Questions: Tammi Krier, Healthy Eating Director, YMCA 316-264-4066 ext. 5540 or tammi.krier@ymcawichita.org Cooking Matters is a program of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Monday & Tuesday, April 10 & 11, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Only USD 261 Staff May Attend This Workshop

Registration Deadline:  April 3, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Critical Reading 1 focuses on the explicit teaching of active reading strategies that help students gain a deep understanding of expository texts. Participants will engage in activities that demonstrate the proven effectiveness of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) methodologies. This workshop is available only to USD 261 staff.

Presenter: Bruce Lolling

Bruce Lolling has been in education for 21 years. He spent 19 years teaching High School Social Studies and the last 2 years as a building administrator and is currently an Assistant Principal at Campus High School. In his role as Assistant Principal, Bruce is the AVID District Director, crisis team lead, and chair of Campus High School’s technology team. He also serves on the district technology focus team. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in History from McPherson College in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in US History from Emporia State University in 2007 and a second Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Baker University in 2013. Bruce has been an AVID National Staff Developer since 2008 and currently serves as the lead writer for AVID’s History/Social Science Through High Engagement Strategies strand.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday & Thursday, April 12 & 13, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $200 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 5, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

In this 2-day session, participants will explore the crossroads of PBL, standards, and technology integration. The first day, we’ll experience a PBL lesson from the student perspective and dissect what makes it similar and different to “doing projects.” We’ll explore other various examples based on age group and content, and begin to build tasty projects that meet both age-appropriate academic and skills development. Specific tech tools will be spotlighted to take us deeper into engagement. By the end of the 2nd day, we’ll continue to talk about strategies about managing this environment, based on customized Q & A. Teachers will walk away knowing what PBL can be, understanding essential strategies to ensure it works, and be ready to dive deeper into PBL with their learners

Presenter: Ginger Lewman

Project Based Learning has been my passion for the past 8 years, creating a PBL school and the Life Practice Model we used. Working with authentic and engaged learning in all aspects of school and by crossing both the academic and the social continuum, the students, staff, and I created a supremely democratic educational environment. Learners of all ages became empowered with a thoughtful voice and truly loved coming to school each day. I’m ready to share with you the steps that it took to develop a true community of collaborative learners; staff, students, and parents together.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 18, 2017   2 Sessions: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 11, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

In this half-day workshop, you will learn why it is important to engage students, parents, and the community with social media. We will discuss how to make social media work for your classroom and school. The presenters will give examples of social media use for professional development, student engagement, and school/ community pride. The 3 social media platforms we will focus on are FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram. You will get the opportunity to establish a social media presence and learn a few tools, tips, and tricks to help you along the journey.

Presenters:

Misty Long, Haysville West Middle School Secretary

Darral Garner, Campus High School Business Teacher

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1st Session: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Kindergarten
2nd Session: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM: 1st Grade

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 per session for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 12, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the process children go through when learning about quantity and number. Applying research based ideas into activities that can be used immediately in the classroom will be the focus. Connecting these processes and activities to the current curriculum and assessments will be the overall goal. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of the following: Discrete/Continuous units, conservation, subitization, transitivity, iteration, compensation, cardinality, ordinality, hierarchial inclusion and composing/decomposing numbers. Five big ideas will be the focus:

  • Number is an extension of more basic ideas about relationships between quantities.
  • The selection of a unit makes it possible to use numbers in comparing quantities.
  • Meaningful counting integrates different aspects of number and sets, such as sequence, order, one-to-one correspondence, ordinality and cardinality.
  • Numbers are abstract concepts.
  • Our base-ten positional number system is a very efficient way to represent numbers in writing.

Presenter: Krista Pottier & Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill has 16 years of secondary mathematics teaching experience, middle school and high school, and is now a learning facilitator focused on math instruction for USD 261. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southwest Baptist University and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Friends University.

Krista Pottier received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the K-12 Instructional Math Coach for the Haysville School District. She received her Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1st Session: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: 2nd Grade
2nd Session: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM: SPED

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 per session for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 19, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the process children go through when learning about quantity and number. Applying research based ideas into activities that can be used immediately in the classroom will be the focus. Connecting these processes and activities to the current curriculum and assessments will be the overall goal. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of the following: Discrete/Continuous units, conservation, subitization, transitivity, iteration, compensation, cardinality, ordinality, hierarchial inclusion and composing/decomposing numbers. Five big ideas will be the focus:

  • Number is an extension of more basic ideas about relationships between quantities.
  • The selection of a unit makes it possible to use numbers in comparing quantities.
  • Meaningful counting integrates different aspects of number and sets, such as sequence, order, one-to-one correspondence, ordinality and cardinality.
  • Numbers are abstract concepts.
  • Our base-ten positional number system is a very efficient way to represent numbers in writing.

Presenter: Krista Pottier & Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill has 16 years of secondary mathematics teaching experience, middle school and high school, and is now a learning facilitator focused on math instruction for USD 261. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southwest Baptist University and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Friends University.

Krista Pottier received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the K-12 Instructional Math Coach for the Haysville School District. She received her Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 19, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop will focus on how to train a therapy dog to pass the certification test, classroom uses for a therapy dog, and other general dog care and training. The first half of the day will be spent on general dog knowledge, basic training and classroom and school uses for a therapy dog. The afternoon will focus specifically on preparation for passing a therapy dog exam for the purpose of certification. All of the steps of a therapy dog test will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be visual aids on how to read dog body language, some discussions of the “legalities” of having a therapy dog in your school as well as plenty of time for Q and A. All attendees should leave with a full understanding of the therapy dog exam and a sound foundation for the training it takes to pass the exam. They should also have multiple ideas about how to use a therapy dog effectively in a school setting.

Presenter: Don and Brenda Gamble

This husband and wife team have taught in the Haysville district for many years. They have trained three of their own pets to pass the certification test. Brenda has used a therapy dog in her classroom for 8 years. They have a good background in dog training from years of experience training their own pets as therapy dogs as well as training one of their dogs to be a nationally certified search and rescue K9. The Gambles will be using one of their own dogs to demonstrate the therapy dog test.

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Date and Time:  Thursday, April 27, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 20, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

As one of the most popular ways for teachers, students, and the general public to communicate, Twitter is becoming a must-have tool in almost every teacher’s toolbox. Twitter gives new opportunities to teach digital citizenship and connect to other learning communities and new educational content. During this workshop, participants will learn how to utilize Twitter in their classrooms… from informing parents of the events of the school day to interacting with students all over the world. We will spend our day learning the basics of Twitter and how to get students engaged with your classroom Twitter page. We will also participate in a Twitter chat and learn ways to grow our professional learning network.

Presenter: Stephanie High

Stephanie High has eight years of classroom experience teaching second graders at Prairie Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Friends University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Stephanie spends her free time creating and selling teaching materials on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as connecting with other teachers through Twitter & other social media sites. She has a passion for exploring different ways to engage students in learning.

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Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $25 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  May 25, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School is a training designed for K-12 educators to explore how to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During this highly interactive training participants will engage in activities that will help them come away with a better understanding of:

  • Definitions and relevant terminology to assist with communication about this topic.
  • How to be a better ally to LGBT students
  • How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBT students.
  • Data about the issues LGBTQ Youth face.

Presenters: Al Hoffman and Liz Hamor

Al Hoffman - He became a school psychologist for USD 259 after obtaining his Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in the late 90s. When not administering psychological testing and consulting with teachers, Al enjoys carpentry, singing with the Heart of America Men’s Chorus, playing the piano, working out, advocating for LGBT rights, and spending quality time with friends and family. Al GLSENs when all students are able to be safe in their school!

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Date and Time: Tuesday, June 13, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 6, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Workshop Description: This presentation is an overview of the evidence-based practices based on the research literature and the reports of the National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Autism Center. The presentation includes a summary of the research, an overview of each strategy and examples of implementation of the strategy. Strategies for evaluating claims of effectiveness of interventions are also discussed as well as ways that the strategies can be implemented in a school environment.

Presenter: Christina E. Reeve PhD.,BCBA-D

Inspired by a sister with autism, another sister who teaches students with autism, and an aunt who worked with students with special needs, she has worked in the autism field for more than 20 years. Currently, she is a consultant working with school districts to support students with autism, their teachers/staff and families. She designs and provides professional development for school districts and she has presented at a myriad of conferences. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with Edward G. Carr at SUNY at Stony Brook in the early years of nonaversive interventions for challenging behavior. She is a certified behavior analyst and a BCBA-D—a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level. Her mission is to develop practical applications of evidence-based interventions in schools and homes for students with ASD. She currently serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society. She has written several books for children and for teachers & staff. She teaches autism, ABA, and single-subject research design graduate classes at Nova Southeastern University as adjunct faculty.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 7, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop will provide low stress strategies for highly successful educators! Participants will get solutions that work right now to:

  • Help end student arguing and back talk
  • Guide kids to own and solve their problems
  • Build positive relationships with challenging students
  • Raise test scores
  • Prevent problems and save teaching time

Presenter: Linda Long & Lisa McKeown

Linda Long has a Bachelors of Science in Human Services/Psychology from Friends University. She has worked for Haysville USD 261 for 14 years first as the Support Services Coordinator at Haysville High School, and currently as the Support Services/Homeless Coordinator at the district level. Her experience and expertise is in communication and conflict resolution for families in crisis situations and working with adolescents. She completed the Advanced Love and Logic Instructor training in October 2006.

Lisa McKeown received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Newman University. She taught in the elementary classroom for 16 years in grades 2-4. She completed her Masters of Education in Counseling at Wichita State University and has been a school counselor in Haysville for the past 15 years. Lisa is the building coach for the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. She is committed to supporting staff and parents in promoting student success. She completed the Advanced Love and Logic Instructor training in October of 2006.

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Date and Time: Thursday, June 15, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost: FREE to all participants

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Regardless of what subject you teach, computer science is foundational knowledge for all students in the 21st century. Incorporating it in your classroom will give your students a huge leg up. Besides, this is a subject the kids love learning. This workshop will include an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Over 10,000 teachers have participated in a workshop and the majority say it’s the best PD they’ve ever attended.

Presenter: Jessica Asbury

Jessica Asbury is an elementary STEM teacher for Piper Schools in Kansas City, KS. Along with teaching beginning technology skills to kindergarten through 5th grades, she also works closely with classroom teachers as they integrate 21st Century Skills into their classrooms. She has over 10 years of elementary classroom teaching experience and holds a master’s degree in gifted education. She also organizes an after school program that teaches advanced coding skills through game based exploration. Her passion for coding comes from the simple and natural way it integrates Computer Science with problem solving, creativity and persistence.

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Summer Tech Camp 2017 - Attend one session or all twelve!

Week one:  June 20 - 22

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

Registration Deadline:  June 13, 2017

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit from Baker University for $75 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions. Also, combine any two half-day sessions with a full day workshop for 1 graduate credit.

Below is a list of the classes offered during the first week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop.

Tuesday, June 20

Session Class Register
AM Pow Toons
Presenter: Carrie Thrash
AM Screencast-O-Matic & Jing
Presenter: Jeff Maxwell
PM Enhancing Your Classroom with Facebook
Presenter: Kasahra Cotton
PM Getting Started with OneNote
Presenter: Lisa Cundiff

Wednesday, June 21

Session Class Register
AM Symbaloo
Presenter: Natalie Johnson
AM Market Your Classroom with Twitter
Presenter: Stephanie High
PM Snap Circuits & Ozobots
Presenter: Sandee Belden
PM Using Kindle Fires in the Classroom
Presenter: Lisa Cundiff

Thursday, June 22

Session Class Register
AM Google Classroom
Presenter: Mark Kane
AM Print Shop Basics
Presenter: Bob Diasio
PM Market Your Classroom with Instagram
Presenter: Heather Seachris
PM PowerTeacher Pro: Taking It To The Web Java-Free
Presenter: Keven McDonald

Summer Tech Camp 2017 - Attend one session or all twelve!

Week one:  June 27 - 29

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

Registration Deadline:  June 13, 2017

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit from Baker University for $75 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions. Also, combine any two half-day sessions with a full day workshop for 1 graduate credit.

Below is a list of the classes offered during the second week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop.

Tuesday, June 27

Session Class Register
AM Chrometastic Apps, Extensions & Add-ons!
Presenter: Marcia Hersh
AM Digital Interactive Notebooks
Presenter: Annie Dugan
PM Capture Their Attention with Video
Presenter: Marsha Hersh
PM Plickers
Presenter: Heather Seachris

Wednesday, June 28

Session Class Register
AM Window Devices In The Classroom
Presenter: Mark Kane
AM Flipped Classroom
Presenter: Annie Dugan
PM Photostory
Presenter: Charlotte Brickman
PM Windows 10 & Office 2016 Tips & Tricks
Presenter: Mark Kane

Thursday, June 29

Session Class Register
AM Mimio Part 1
Presenter: Krista Pottier
AM Weebly
Presenter: Evie Unrein
PM Mimio Part 2
Presenter: Krista Pottier
PM Gradecam
Presenter: Casey Meier

Date and Time:  Monday, July 10, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 3, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Does the idea of using interactive notebooks with your students sound fabulous, but you just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already use interactive notebooks but are stuck in a rut with them? In this workshop we will discuss why and how to use interactive notebooks in the classroom to help your students become independent and creative thinkers. You will learn some easy ways of getting started with notebooks – everything from setting one up to organizing to creative decorating. By the end of the day, you will have your own notebook filled with great ideas to take back to your classroom. This workshop is great for elementary to high school teachers who don’t mind a day of coloring, cutting, and gluing with some great learning thrown in!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie Dugan has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Currently, Annie lives in the Denver area and provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 4, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

So you know about interactive notebooks. Or you have at least heard about how great interactive notebooks can be! In this workshop we will be looking at different ways to use the ISN (Interactive Student Notebook) in a language arts or reading classroom. We will look at the benefits of using an ISN in the language arts classroom along with ways to implement them so that your students are independent and creative thinkers and learners. This workshop is a great companion to the Interactive Notebooks with a Twist or just on its own. Either way, you will be ready to start the school year with interactive notebooks in your classroom!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie Dugan has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Currently, Annie lives in the Denver area and provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, July 12, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 5, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will discover new and creative ways to teach phonics and fluency to upper elementary and middle school students (and even high school). We will discuss the importance and impact of phonics and fluency for reading comprehension. Various techniques, strategies and activities will be examined. Participants will also have time to create activities to use in their own classroom. This workshop will be a good combination of lively discussions along with interaction and creativity!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie Dugan has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Currently, Annie lives in the Denver area and provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Thursday, July 13, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 6, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Successful implementation of Common Core Standards requires innovative best practices that persuade and prepare students to engage in thoughtful problem solving, as well as encourage better performance through more sophisticated, broad-based assessments. Project-based learning, done well, accomplishes these goals. Participants will learn the effective components of project-based learning and the research behind it. They will learn how to adapt the activities for the learning style and levels of individual students. Participants will learn how to write lesson plans for PBLs, incorporating activities that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie Dugan has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Currently, Annie lives in the Denver area and provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time: Monday, July 17, 2016   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 10, 2016

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Anyone who wants to use the software or hardware. Even if you do not have a Mimio product yet, the software is a great instructional tool! The training agenda includes the following basic Mimio hardware & software functions:

  • Navigating the Mimio Studio software tools
  • Utilizing the Gallery and the Mimio Connect site
  • Use the screen capture feature for making instructional movies
  • Create your own dynamic lessons
  • Use the Mimio tools with other software applications and web sites

 

Presenter: Krista Pottier

Krista has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the K-12 Instructional Math Coach for the Haysville School District. She received her Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University and is also a Certified Trainer for Mimio.

 

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Date and Time: Tuesday, September 12, 2017   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost: $35 per person

SPACE LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE

Registration Deadline:  September 5, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Would you be prepared to help a student or staff member until emergency help arrived in the case of a medical emergency? This training will help you do just that and possibly save a life! At the end of the session you will have a 2 year certification for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR through the American Heart Association and be confident in using the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator.)

Presenter: Life Saver Learning

Life Saver Learning has been providing safety training since 1990. President Michael Ferguson and his team of trainers provide training on a variety of topics including CPR, First Aid, Safety, and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and provide certification through the American Heart Association. Michael employs off-duty Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics who will help you feel confident in using life saving techniques.

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Date and Time: Thursday, September 28, 2017   8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 for Out of District Cost includes Workshop and Workbook

Registration Deadline:  September 21, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Study Smarts will be joining us at The Learning Center to lead a workshop that you don't want to miss! It is entertaining, educational and will equip you as a teacher!

Better Grades. Less Stress. More Fun!

For teachers of students in grades 5-12. Training includes: Self Worth, Motivation, Organization, Note Taking, Procrastinaton Elimination, Learning Styles, Time Management, Goal Setting, Reading Strategies, Vocabulary Building, Memory Techniques, Study Habits, Study Areas, and Test-taking Secrets. Your students will that you for investing in this training!

Presenter: Study Smarts Representative

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2017   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  October 4, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Workshop Description:

You may have heard of Skype in education, but in this session we will provide you with 10 innovative ways to use Skype through gamification, data collection, cultural exchanges, and authentic research. Be prepared to take your imagination on an incredible journey as you develop new opportunities for your own students. We will be sharing the newest Skype Virtual Field Trips for 2017-18.

Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. She wants her students to develop a love for literature, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of their community.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  October 11, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Workshop Description:

From small group discussions to whole class activities, in this session we’ll share 10 ways you can get your students up, moving, and communicating while using technology for both inside and outside learning. Come play, create, and explore with us!

Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. She wants her students to develop a love for literature, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of their community.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to ALL

Registration Deadline:  October 17, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Workshop Description:

During this workshop, participants will explore their own attitudes and beliefs about persons who experience problems with gambling. You will be able recognize the signs and symptoms of problem gambling. Additionally, you’ll understand the magnitude and seriousness of problem gambling. Participants will understand the various types of gamblers, the phases of pathological gambling and will be able to describe various means of gambling. Finally, you will have an opportunity to practice giving a brief presentation to a small group.

Presenters: Carol Spiker and Juan Boez

Carol Spiker is the Problem Gambling Treatment Coordinator for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Behavioral Health Services Commission since 2012. She is a Kansas licensed addiction counselor; a Kansas certified gambling counselor and an internationally certified prevention professional. Carol is the current president of the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, current chair of the Kansas Prevention Certification Board, a member of the Mid-America ATTC Advisory Board, past president-elect of the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling and currently provides technical assistance to the certified gambling counselors in Kansas.

Juan Baez is a Problem Gambling Specialist for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. He has been working in this position since December of 2011. Juan previously worked in the gaming industry as a Training Specialist and was responsible for the training of all casino employees in the responsible gaming program.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  November 1, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

In a rapidly changing society, education must make adjustments and keep learning focused on the needs of students by providing greater opportunities for success. Classrooms filled with students of different cultural background, or a background that is different from yours, as the teacher or leader, makes education a challenge. The challenges are how to design instruction and implement it to meet the academic and social needs of all learners while creating an environment where learning explosions can happen. Understanding different lifestyles, languages, word context, body language, traditions, and dress present opportunities for educators to expand their cultural knowledge and create learning objectives for students which ultimately affect student achievement in the educational environment. The basis for the presentation is designed around the work of Randall Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond Terrell.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the critical role of the leader (classroom and building
  • Discuss the crucial role of the instructional model and what it should include
  • Discuss the importance of the environment and create a plan for improvement
  • Discuss the critical piece of parents and community

Presenter: Tanya Vest

Dr. Vest is a 29-year veteran in public education having served as a teacher, asst. principal, asst. superintendent and superintendent. Because of her extensive experience, her expertise areas include leadership, governance, cultural awareness, alignment of curriculum, promoting and fostering a positive environment and novice teacher training. Having served in the superintendent's office for 17 years, Dr. Vest has also worked closely with boards of education and understands their need for information regarding curriculum, instruction, assessment, and avenues for school improvement.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, December 12, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  December 5, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

Socratic Questioning or The Socratic Method is defined as a pedagogical technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge. During this workshop, participants will gain background knowledge about Socratic Questioning and critical thinking. In addition, Socratic Questioning and Socratic Circles will be modeled.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the critical role questioning plays in the mind of the educated person.
  • Discuss the importance of questioning in education.
  • Summarize the historical roots of the Socratic Method and the philosophy and practices of Socrates.
  • Create connections between Socratic questioning and critical thinking concepts.

Presenter: Amy Youngblood

Amy Youngblood is dedicated to supporting educators, schools, and districts through consulting and professional development focused on curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Included in her areas of expertise are curriculum design, Common Core State Standards and related assessments, designing rigorous assessments, and instructional strategies. Amy began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Southwest Missouri. She has been an elementary teacher, a K-8 gifted teacher, a 9-12 gifted teacher, federal programs director, MSIP Coordinator, and a K-12 curriculum director. Before creating EduOptimus, she was the Executive Director of SuccessLink. At SuccessLink, as part of her responsibilities she planned, developed, and provided professional development opportunities to increase educators’ ability to provide rigorous curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Additionally, she explored, developed, and implemented innovative programs to enhance the delivery, implementation, operations, and evaluation of educational programs in local districts.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2018   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  February 14, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Workshop Description:

Ready to give students the skills to maximize online research in half the time? Imagine quickly identifying quality resources that are age appropriate, images that are better suited for class presentations, archived newspaper articles, and an extensive non-fiction ebook library in a matter of seconds. This hands-on session will provide you the student scaffolds for effective online research and place your classroom on the fast track to better Googling.

Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. She wants her students to develop a love for literature, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of their community.

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Date and Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

http://www.usd261.org:8080/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-9904/The%20Great%20Google%20Tour%202.21.18.pdf

Personalized Learning through student voice and choice tailors instruction, expression of learning and assessment to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. While one-on-one instruction geared toward the strengths and challenges of each student has always been an ideal, only in recent years have technological advances allowed it to materialize in education. In this session we will explore an expansive list of ideas that allow students to demonstrate their learning while designing their own rubrics.

Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. She wants her students to develop a love for literature, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of their community.

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