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.

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:  Monday & Tuesday, October 30 & 31, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Only USD 261 Staff May Attend This Workshop

Registration Deadline:  October 23, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

AVID 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.

This workshop is geared toward Middle and High School teachers and is only available to USD 261 staff.

Presenters: Bruce Lolling & Lauren Kliewer

Bruce has been in education for 24 years. He spent 19 years as a High School Social Studies teacher at Hutchinson High School, McPherson High School, and Campus High School before leaving the classroom to become an Assistant Principal at Campus High School and serves as AVID District Director. He has a Bachelor of Science in History from McPherson College, a Masters of Arts in American History from Emporia State University, and a Masters of Science in School Leadership from Baker University. Bruce has been an AVID National Staff Developer since 2008 and presents AVID trainings nationwide. He has served as the Lead Writer for AVID’s History/Social Science through High Engagement Strategies strand for 3 years providing leadership and training to all of AVID’s History/Social Science National Staff Developers.

Lauren has seven years of classroom experience teaching 9th through 12th grade English Language Arts. She is currently a special education English teacher at Campus High School. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Media and Secondary Education from Baker University and completed her Master’s program in Adaptive Special Education through Fort Hays State University. In addition to teaching responsibilities, she serves as the Student Council sponsor and presents strategies for the classroom to her colleagues during various professional development opportunities. Lauren uses AVID strategies in her own classroom and enjoys finding new ways to engage her students.

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Date and Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $00 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  November 2, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Workshop Description:

Join Renee' to experience a day of math learning activities aligned to the common core. Participants will experience quality math tasks and reflect on the connection to the 8 Mathematical Practices. The critical areas that will be addressed are numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations in fractions, algebraic reasoning, and geometry. Teachers will receive pre-made stations for their grade band that are ready for immediate use in the classroom. If you have technology available please bring a tablet or laptop to the workshop with you. If not, we have a laptop you can borrow! This workshop is appropriate for teachers K-6.

Presenter: Renee' Smith (Curriculum Specialist)

Renee' is an elementary and middle school mathematics specialist at ESSDACK where she facilitates courses around instructional pedagogy aligned to the Common Core Standards. Renee’s passion for engaging, meaningful, hands-on math activities are a part of all of her trainings because she still loves watching “the light bulb” pop on for educators just like it did with students! Renee' wants to help change how our culture views math…from a generation that is A-OK with saying, “I HATE MATH!”, to one that values, loves, and wants MORE math! Renee’ obtained her bachelors degree from Southwestern College and her Masters in Education from Baker University. She has 25 years in the field of education and has presented at the local, state, and national levels. Renee’ and her partner, Tammy Fellers have developed a line of products tied directly to the common core for use by elementary and middle school teachers during small group instruction time.

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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 Baez

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:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 31, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Do you need a refreshing outlook on classroom management? Maybe just a few new ideas? In this lively, fun, and interactive workshop learn practical, eye-opening strategies for building positive, compassionate classroom communities that engage learners, and find and exchange tips for coping with disruptive behaviors and managing distractions effectively, focusing on both preven-tion and intervention.

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie 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. Annie pro-vides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired

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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:  November 14-15, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  $455 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.

Class Description:

The Learning Center and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Wichita, November 14-15, 2017. In this class you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here:

http://grantstraining.com/wichita1117

Contacts:

Janet Darling
Grant Writing USA
800.814.8191
janet@grantwritingusa.com

Penny Schuckman
The Learning Center
316-554-2331 Ex. 101
pschuckman@usd261.com

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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, December 13, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  December 6, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Yay! There’s another adult in the room with me. Now what do I do? In this workshop, we will look at the most effective uses of paraprofessionals in the classroom by exploring what works and what doesn’t work, common misconceptions of what a paraprofessional role is in the classroom, and how the teacher and paraprofessional can work collaboratively to meet the needs of all students. A large portion of the day will be spent on working on a “handbook” or binder to be used specifically for your classroom.

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie 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. Annie pro-vides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, January 16, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 9, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Who doesn’t enjoy a great art project? Or a brilliant game that reinforces learning? There just never seems to be enough time to plan and enjoy these “fun” components. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss the purpose of art and games (and other creative outlets) and the research behind incorporating these in the classroom. Participants will have plenty of time throughout the day to plan and hopefully create for their own classrooms. This will be A day full of sharing, creating, and taking!!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie 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. Annie pro-vides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  January 10, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Share and celebrate student news through online school or classroom broadcasts! Enhance technology integration through the use of film projects incorporated in any subject area! During this workshop, participants will explore student news broadcasts and other ways to incorporate filming and editing in the classroom. The first half of the day we will review how to use digital news broadcasts to create community by celebrating accomplishments and sharing current events and classroom projects. We will explore elements of a broadcast and learn how to create and use a PowerPoint script. In the afternoon, we will expand our knowledge by using video cameras, green screen, and PowerDirector software to create sample news videos posted to YouTube. Participants will leave ready to implement or expand video broadcasting in their school or classroom.

Presenters: Esther Eash and Amber Marshall

Esther Eash has thirty years of experience teaching students K-12 and providing teacher training. She is currently in her fourth year as library teacher at USD261-Oatville Elementary. She holds a BA in Art/Art Education from Bluffton (Ohio) University and a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University. She enjoys finding new ways to engage students in authentic learning opportunities.

Amber Marshall has six years of experience teaching students K-8. She is currently in her second year as technology teacher at USD261- Oatville Elementary. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Masters in Educational Technology. She enjoys integrating student-centered technology projects in her classroom in order to maximize student learning.

Esther and Amber are co-directors of Oatville’s News Network (ONN), a daily news program led by student newscasters. During the 2016-2017 school year, they switched the broadcast from analog to a digital online format, expanded the variety of news elements, incorporated green screen techniques, and provided participation opportunities for more students.

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Date and Time:  Friday, January 19, 2018   12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

You have finished the coursework, now you are ready to begin the interview process! Or are you? Let a seasoned veteran of more than 100 administrator interviews share his experience with you BEFORE your next appointment. Participants will learn how to decide where to apply, when to apply and how to make your credentials stand out without being thrown out. Bring your current portfolio or come prepared to begin writing one.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Clagg, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel for Haysville Schools

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Date and Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018  12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 18, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Welcome to the NEW html PowerTeacher gradebook! PowerTeacher Pro, a full-featured grade keeping application used to enter scores, record, report, and monitor student perfor-mance. PowerTeacher Pro will keep the teach-er, student, parent, and office all linked together to impact every student’s education. This newest system takes what has been on one page, and now adds PowerTeacher Pro, making it easier for a teacher to put in grades, print reports, take attendance, and so much more. Come get an understanding of USD 261’s grading sys-tem! And – now Java Free!

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 25 years. He taught at Campus for nine years, and has since been a middle school counselor. Sadly – when he can't sleep at night, Keven logs into PowerSchool to learn about the newest features and pieces of the soft-ware. Keven tries to learn all aspects of Pow-erSchool so that he can pass on the information to help others succeed in un-derstanding. Keven has taught 'PowerSchool for Admin,' 'PowerScheduler,' and 'Power Teacher Gradebook' at TLC.

 

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 23, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Are you needing some new ideas for incorporating science into your already packed day? Come get a wealth of ideas and visit with local organizations to see what they have to offer. If you have attended before, come again! There will be all new hands-on lessons, as well as ideas for fitting NGSS based content into stations! As always, there will be prizes and give-aways. Please bring your science teaching material and your laptop. If you don’t have a laptop one will be available.

Presenter: Becky Stanfield

Becky Stanfield has fourteen years of classroom experience. She has taught middle school science as well as 5th grade. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. She taught for USD 261 nine years before deciding to work part time and stay home with her three daughters. Becky is currently substitute teaching, working at her church, and LOVES helping others (especially teachers) make connections to the wealth of science resources that are available!

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Date: Wednesday, January 31

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 24, 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, February 20, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 14, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

So you know about Interactive Notebooks and you LOVE them!! If you are ready to add some new tips and tricks for your notebooks and take it beyond the basics, this workshop is for you. We will look at ways for using your input/output pages, grading methods and rubrics that are easy to use for both teacher and students, note taking strategies (like Cornell), more foldables, and LOTS of time to research and create an Interactive Notebook for your classroom. This work-shop is great for elementary to high school teachers, those new and old to Interactive Notebooks, and of course those who don’t mind a day of coloring, cut-ting, 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: Wednesday, February 21, 2018   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 14, 2018

**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**

Workshop Description:

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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Date and Time: Thursday, March 8, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  March 1, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants of this workshop will learn age appropriate conversations to have with children to pro-mote a healthy discover of sexuality. They will learn signs of sexual abuse, as well as how to be an ally to victims. You will walk away with the tools and confidence to have “the big talk” and create an open line of communication and trust for children at all stages of life.

Presenter: Krystle Strelow

Krystle Strelow is going into her seventh year of education. She started at the Ele-mentary level and is now teaching Middle School math at USD261. She is also a part of a company outside of education which sup-ports a foundation and retreat that advo-cates for victims of sexual abuse and the prevention of sexual abuse in children under 18. She speaks passionately for this cause and hopes to educate as many as possible and normalize the conversations around healthy sexuality.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 6, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

What is blended learning? It is the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students. But it so much more than just adding technology to the classroom. In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom, the research that supports using a blended approach, and effective uses of technology. Participants will spend time looking at their curriculum and exploring ways to create a blended classroom.

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie 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. Annie pro-vides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired

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Date and Time:  Thursday, March 29, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

$100 Out of District, FREE to USD 261 Staff

Registration Deadline:  March 22, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

BreakoutEDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem -solve. This session for beginners will walk you through different modes of play and share resources and tips that will help you start your BreakoutEDU journey!

Presenter: Micah Brown

Micah Brown graduated from Wichita State University with a B.S.E. in Elementary Education and earned her Master's degree from Emporia State University. She is a lifelong learner, Skype Master Teacher, Osmo Ambassador, Seesaw Ambassador, Flipgrid Certified Educator and currently an Instructional Technology Specialist for USD #385 in Andover, Kansas. She has also taught 1st and 2nd grade. She is passionate about engaging and inspiring students through global collaboration and hands on opportunities.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 10, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

As educators and in our personal lives, we encounter students, friends, family, and peers who have experienced loss or trauma and are dealing with grief. We will explore types of loss, differences in how children and adults react to loss and trauma, and how to support those who are grieving. The morning session will cover types of loss in childhood, how children react to trauma and loss and the effect it has on the developing brain, and how children grieve differently than adults. We will discuss how to support them in the school setting and elsewhere. The afternoon will cover types of loss experienced by adults, how adults grieve, griev- ing styles, expectations in American society about grief, and how to support adults who have suffere

Presenter: Terri Gray

Terri Gray is a Grief & Loss Counselor and Coach, certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders & Sciences at Wichita State University, and worked as a speech-language pathologist, serving ages birth through adult, in both private and public schools for 37 years. Working with students with special needs and their families, and experiencing the recent death of loved ones led her to explore the various types of loss and the grieving process. This ultimately led her to become a Certified Grief & Loss Coach and Counselor and hospice bereavement volunteer. She is currently working with her church, Heartland Hospice, and the Wichita Catholic Diocese, presenting workshops and offering counseling and support in the areas of grief and loss.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 17, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District, $60 Materials fee for USD 261 Substitutes

Registration Deadline:  April 10, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Small group instruction is the goal of most elementary teachers, however, the reality raises two critical ques-tions: "How will I successfully manage a station frame-work?" AND "What resources are available that don't re-quire hours of preparation?"

Even our young Kansans can demonstrate independence and perseverance in a station framework where students move when a task is completed, rather than transitioning with a timer. Participants will experience quality literacy tasks aligned to the foundational and language standards for grades K-5. Participants will also receive six sets of literacy task cards - useful for station activities in their class-rooms as well as teacher-guided in-struction and intervention.

Presenter: Jane Seward

Jane’s dedication to the teaching profession finds her serv-ing as a literacy consultant at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. She facili-tates learning in Pathways to Reading, LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), and assists districts with data interpretation and instructional planning. Jane is frequently contacted for topics such as decoding and language comprehension strategies and is at her best when collaborating with edu-cators. Her presentation style is informal, interactive, and enthusiastic. Classroom examples, lively discussion, and questioning strategies keep learners engaged and in the moment.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  April 17, 2018

**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:  Wednesday, June 13, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to ALL Participants

Registration Deadline:  June 6, 2018

**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.

You’ll also receive (at no cost to you):

  • Printed curriculum guide
  • Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons
  • Fun Code.org swag

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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Date and Time:  Thursday, July 12, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 5, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will create a syllable type and syllable division script that can be taken back to their classroom for use. The first half of the day we will review the six syllable types, the importance of teaching syllables, and view different syllable lessons. In the afternoon we will create scripts, and a PowerPoint for you to take back and use in your classroom.

Presenter: Kasahra Cotton

Kasahra is in her fourth year of teaching and third year as a first grade teacher at Nelson Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College and is currently working on her Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at Southwestern College. Kasahra loves to share her knowledge with others and has taught a Remind 101, and Facebook class through The Learning Center. She has a passion for research-based reading strategies that engage our struggling and non-struggling readers.

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Date and Time:  Monday, July 16, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 9, 2018

**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 17, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 8, 2018

**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 18, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 11, 2018

**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.

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Date and Time:  Thursday, July 19, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 19, 2018

**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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