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:  Thursday, January 19, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop is designed for those who have taken my “Teachers Pay Teachers” workshop for beginners or who already have an established store on TPT. At this workshop you will learn how to make better product descriptions, hyperlink your products to other similar products, create custom categories, improve the look of your products, and learn more about marketing your products!

Presenter: Lindsay Jervis

Lindsay Jervis is in her fourth year of teaching elementary music and is now teaching Pre – K through 5th grade music at Oatville Elementary in USD 261. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education from Wichita State University and is currently working on a Master’s of Fine Arts in Music Education at Wichita State University. She has completed her Kodaly Certification Training in order to help her students achieve musical literacy in a joyful way. In addition to making music with beautiful children, she has been creating and selling teaching materials on Teachers Pay Teachers since February, 2013. Since she opened shop, she has worked her way up to the Top 10 Sellers in Kansas. She has a passion for providing her students with the very best and sharing her ideas with others.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017   Two Sessions:

  • Google Forms: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Mail Merge: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 17, 2016

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will learn Google Forms basics to create a simple and powerful survey tool. Participants will then create a mail merge utilizing Google Sheets Add-Ons to create form emails and mail merge documents that can be generated and sent automatically when a new google form is completed. Participants will have opportunity not only to see how this powerful tool works, but also have opportunity to create and launch a Google Form project. The first portion of the workshop will focus on the Google Forms itself and participants will create and launch their own Google Form. The remaining portion of the workshop will be spent learning how the different Google Apps work together to empower educators to utilize the mail merge functions of Google to improve communication between teachers, parents, and other staff members. Participants will need to bring their laptops and have access to their USD 261 Google Accounts.

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, January 25, 2017   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost:  FREE to all who register

Registration Deadline:  January 18, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Young people live up or down to the expectations that we set for them. They need us to be adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative human beings. In this workshop, education professionals will learn what it means to foster resilience in their students and gain tools they can use to help their students move past only being resilient and actually thriving. We will look at the building blocks of resilience and how you as professionals can encourage each of those qualities in the children you work with. Then we will move beyond the skills for simply bouncing back from life’s challenges, but discover what we can do to help children bounce forward after a challenge and thrive!

Presenter: Amy Jensen

Amy Jensen is the McConnell Air Force Base School Liaison Officer, STEM Outreach Coordinator, a Mastery Resiliency Trainer, and military spouse of 14 years. She has two military children with her husband, MSgt Chad Jensen. The Jensen family has been stationed at three installations across the globe, including four years in Germany. Ms. Jensen has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and completed her internship at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Outpatient Psychology Clinic, working with service members as they returned from various locations across the globe. She has also assisted the veteran population, military dependents in various capacities, and taught college courses in the Behavioral Sciences through Butler Community College. She received military resiliency training through the Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and has also been trained in education advocacy skills through the Military Child Education Coalition. Ms. Jensen’s primary professional goal as the School Liaison Officer is to assist parents and community members with understanding the barriers to military children and their education and also to create community partnerships that enhance a military child’s education experience while they are stationed at McConnell AFB.

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Date and Time: Thursday, January 26, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 19, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Leadership 103: Focusing On What's Right

During the Focusing on What’s Right workshop, participants look at practical guidelines for applying the key concepts even during challenging times. Participants learn to approach life with confidence, healthy attitudes and grace. She will introduce Concepts utilizing Celebrating What’s Right With the World TM with Dewitt Jones.

Key Concepts 1-7

  • Believe it and you'll see it.
  • Recognize abundance.
  • Look for Possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what's wrong.
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to your edge.
  • Be your best for the world.

Leadership 104: Doing What You Love

Participants discuss how honoring our passion and working together to make a contribution to those around us help in identifying what you love to do and being grateful for the opportunity. She will introduce Key Concepts utilizing For the Love of It TM with Dewitt Jones.

Key Concepts 1-7

  • Begin with a full cup.
  • Find guides.
  • Act as if.
  • Express gratitude.
  • Make a contribution.
  • Pass it on..
  • Chase the light.

Presenter: Brenda Salvati, PFH

She serves as the Prevention Services Program Director and Kansas PFH Training Facilitator at Preferred Family Healthcare, a comprehensive behavioral health non-profit organization providing substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services throughout Missouri and multiple locations in Kansas. Brenda has provided Strategic Planning facilitation for substance abuse coalitions and other non-profits throughout the years to help groups assess community data, build capacity within their organizations through training, identify and plan evidence based programs, practices and strategies to address substance abuse and achieve other goals, implement plans and evaluate success. Brenda is a One Kansas Trained Facilitator, Trainer of Trainers in the Strategic Prevention Framework Process (SPF), and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Trainer of Trainers (SAPST).

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Have you been looking for ways to engage and motivate the students in your math classroom? Then Grab ‘em with games! Games provide an enjoyable venue for the repeated practice necessary for mastering basic skills. They can highlight specific mathematics concepts, activate strategic thinking, help develop logical reasoning skills and provide opportunities to review. Spend a day having fun while exploring a variety of games and ideas for accountability to use in your classroom. These will include invented games and commercial products. This workshop is Designed for teachers of grades K-2.

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 IS 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:  Thursday, February 2, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  September 28, 2016

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will learn how to effectively use Reader’s Theater in the classroom for fluency practice. The first half of the day we will spend time learning how to use the Reader’s Theater by looking at examples. In the afternoon we will expand our knowledge by looking at different resources to help use this in the classroom. Participants will walk away with the ability to effectively use Reader’s Theater in the classroom and maybe a door prize or two.

Presenter: Marcia Rowley and Laura Rowley

MARCIA has 20 years of classroom experience, 2nd and 4th grade. She recently retired from teaching. She has a background in the theater and loves to bring that into her classroom.

LAURA is a first grade teacher at Freeman Elementary. She is currently in her 11th year of teaching. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University, a Masters of Education from Baker University, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at Southwestern College. Like her mother, Laura also loves to use Reader’s Theater in her classroom to engage students.

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

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

Registration Deadline:  February 1, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This model for positive conflict is rapidly gaining traction. Our approach draws on evidence-based best practices, a decade of outcomes research and experience across multiple organizational, cultural and team environments. Trainers, coaches, teachers and executive change agents use LOD material and practices to:

  • Identify drama behaviors and how they impact strategic efforts.
  • Increase self-awareness and personal responsibility for stopping drama.
  • Enforce rules of engagement to ensure drama doesn’t sabotage forward movement.
  • Engage in positive conflict around the most important issues.
  • Facilitate innovation, goal-setting and rapid-cycle change.
  • Make decisions efficiently and with accountability.

**This workshop will require completion of the DRA online assessment by Thursday January 28, 2016. The assessment window will be open from January 22, 2016 through January 28, 2016. Email instructions will be sent to you after you register for the workshop. This is a short simple assessment.**

Presenter: Linda Long

She has 17 years experience working at USD #261 as Support/Homeless Services Coordinator. She has extensive training in effective communication technique through a curriculum called Process Communication Model. Linda was certified as an LOD model trainer in September 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Friends University and has a passion for conflict mediation and management.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 9, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 2, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Have you been looking for ways to engage and motivate the students in your math classroom? Then Grab ‘em with games! Games provide an enjoyable venue for the repeated practice necessary for mastering basic skills. They can highlight specific mathematics concepts, activate strategic thinking, help develop logical reasoning skills and provide opportunities to review. Spend a day having fun while exploring a variety of games and ideas for accountability to use in your classroom. These will include invented games and commercial products. This workshop is Designed for teachers of grades 3-6.

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 IS 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:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 15, 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:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 28, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Team Leaders, facilitators, educators and trainers are always looking for effective ways to enhance and engage their adult and youth learners. Using effective and meaningful activities to incorporate in the learning process that will increase the participant’s ability to grasp and understand the information that’s being shared is a strategy that keeps learners engaged. I will share tips, games and energizers for both youth and adults. Become a Creative Trainer to utilize a variety of learning strategies. Every participant will receive a tool kit!

Presenter: Brenda Salvati, PFH

She serves as the Prevention Services Program Director and Kansas PFH Training Facilitator at Preferred Family Healthcare, a comprehensive behavioral health non-profit organization providing substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services throughout Missouri and multiple locations in Kansas. Brenda has provided Strategic Planning facilitation for substance abuse coalitions and other non-profits throughout the years to help groups assess community data, build capacity within their organizations through training, identify and plan evidence based programs, practices and strategies to address substance abuse and achieve other goals, implement plans and evaluate success. Brenda is a One Kansas Trained Facilitator, Trainer of Trainers in the Strategic Prevention Framework Process (SPF), and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Trainer of Trainers (SAPST).

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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.

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

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

Registration Deadline:  March 2, 2017

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Feeling worn out at the end of the day? Are you tired of saying the same thing over and over? Have your students pushed every last one of your buttons? Well have we got a workshop for you! Come get reenergized and learn new ways to capture your students attention. Learn to let go and let the students hold themselves accountable, taking the burden off of you. Have your classroom be a well oiled machine that can run on its own, even when your gone!

Presenter: Renee Smith – Curriculum Specialist

Heather has been teaching Art at Haysville West Middle School since 2012. She received her undergraduate at The University of Central Oklahoma and taught in Oklahoma for 6 years at the elementary level. She received her masters from Friends University and is currently an Adjunct Instructor there teaching graduate education workshops. A mom of three very active kids and a wife, Heather enjoys remodeling homes in her "free time."

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Date and Time:  Tuesday & Wednesday, 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.

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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, $100 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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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.

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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: 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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