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, Oct. 23, 2019 and Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 (Both Days Required)   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $200 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 16, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

The purpose for this workshop is meant to help current and future educators become fluent in using Google Education Suite evidenced by a Level 2 Certification by Google. These practices will lead to a more effective use of time for the teachers and a more dynamic and engaging environment for students.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris is a Clinical Educator with Wichita State University

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 30, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 23, 2019

**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: Liz Hamor & Daniel English

Liz Hamor - Liz is currently a Stay-at-Home-Mom and part- to full-time GLSEN volunteer. Prior to choosing to stay home to raise her two entertaining children, she taught Kindergarten and Second Grade after earning her Bachelor degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education, and her Masters in Elementary Education with Bilingual and English as a Second Language endorsements. When she’s not cheering on her kids in their various activities or trying to make sure GLSEN Greater Wichita runs smoothly, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading, writing, and capturing her family’s memories in albums. Liz GLSENs when she sees empowered LGBTQ students and allies creating positive change in their schools and communities.
Daniel English - Daniel is the GLSEN Professional Development Coordinator.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 31, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are three skills in high demand for the leaders of the next generation. These traits are often overlooked and not taught in public schools. In this class we will explore ways to add creative options to what we already teach. We will discuss learning styles and the differences in right and left-brain learners, so we can teach to the whole class. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself and your students as well as how to be more creative individuals.

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather currently teaches Art to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Haysville West Middle School.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 8, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will view a series of videos featuring Brian Mendler, a highly sought after speaker who trains tens of thousands of educators every year on how to be successful with challenging youth. Topics will include: Creative Teaching Strategies, Defusing Power Struggles, Teachable Moments, Mental Toughness, and many more. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and practice strategies with each other throughout the viewing.

**** Please note, that some offensive language is included in the DVD series. Mr. Mendler was a tough kid who teaches tough kids - he repeats what the kids said to him, and it is not always school appropriate.

Presenter: Shari Burke

Shari Burke is the Learning Facilitator for Behavior in USD 261. She was a Special Education teacher for 25 years, teaching in inclusion rooms, grades K-12. Her final years of teaching were spent in the Self-Contained ED classroom in Haysville.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 21, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, and Wakelet are three ed tech tools that are exciting PreK through high school teachers and students across the globe! Flipgrid is a video tool that allows students to respond to teacher created prompts in a fun and engaging way. Adobe Spark gives students the opportunity show off their learning in new and different ways through the creation of videos, graphics, or web pages. Wakelet, a tool that is new on the scene, is an easy online curation tool for students to organize their research or a way for you to present topics to students. In this workshop, we will dive in to each of the tools and explore ways that they can empower student creativity, collaboration, communication, and curation in your classroom.

Presenter: Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall is Haysville West Middle School’s Learning Facilitator and has previously worked as a 2nd grade teacher, middle school English teacher, and K-5 Technology Teacher. She earned her Elementary Education degree from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Educational Technology with a dual emphasis as a Technology Integration Specialist and Library Media Specialist from Pittsburg State University. Amber has experience teaching in classrooms where technology is available from 12:1 to 1:1. She enjoys helping teachers effectively integrate the technology available to them to individualize student learning and improve engagement.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Both Days Required)   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 22, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Interested in taking the next step in your journey using Google? This workshop will provide you with the necessary skills and understanding to apply for the Google Innovator certification. You will select a problem in your classroom, go through the innovation process using G-Suite, and publish your final solution.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris is a Clinical Educator with Wichita State University

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Date and Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 29, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

What motivates your students? Where are your students when given a choice? That’s where we need to be as teachers! Want an increase in student achievement? Want to see homework turned in and students participating? Want to see students excited to learn? It’s time to get connected! We will explore apps such as Remind, Instagram, Facebook, Plickers and YouTube to engage and connect with students!

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather currently teaches Art to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Haysville West Middle School.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, February 18, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 11, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Designed with an eye toward what works in the general education setting, participants emerge with tools ready for immediate implementation. The focus is on development of supports for the most challenging student in the class, the one for whom referral to the School Support Team may be under consideration. Disability/need for special education services are suspected, but first, general education initiatives (GEIs) must be tried. Factors explaining inappropriate behaviors are identified, supports are initiated, and data are kept regarding student response to supports. This learning experience is appropriate for administrators, general education teachers, and special education staff. Processes taught are effective at preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels.

Presenter: Linda Aldridge, Ed. D

Linda Aldridge, Ed.D. has worked in Kansas schools since 1983. In both general and special education roles, as a teacher and administrator, she is committed to continual improvement of educational services through relationships with school personnel, families, and students. Determined to model best instructional practices, participants learn through active involvement. Laughter and fun – guaranteed! But come with your learning caps on; when Linda teaches, you WILL go home with new tools in your box.

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Date and Time: Saturday, February 29, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  $15 per person

Registration Deadline:  February 21, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately. Would you like to feel more confident as a parent? Would you like to have more fun parenting?
Answers to:
*How do I get them out of bed in time to catch the school bus?
*How can I stop my children from bickering and fighting?
*How do I get my children to help with the chores without an argument?
*Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?
*How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed-upon time?
*How do I get them to stop spitting their peas and whining at dinner?
And many other day-to-day parenting challenges...

Presenter: Linda Long and Lisa McKeown

Linda Long has a Bachelors of Science in Human Services/ Psychology from Friends University. She has worked for Haysville USD 261 for 19 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 19 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: Tuesday, March 3, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Feb 25, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Looking for easy, tech-integrated ways to show off student learning? This workshop is based on the two -book series titled EduProtocol, which inspire teachers to “Teach Better/Work Less”. Protocols are lesson designs that can be applied to different content. Once students learn the protocol, you can use it throughout the rest of the year creating autonomy for your students. We will dig into the different protocols, and the tech tools integrated with them, to discover ways that you can use them in your classroom. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be ready to put the protocols to use the very next day!

Presenter: Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall is Haysville West Middle School’s Learning Facilitator and has previously worked as a 2nd grade teacher, middle school English teacher, and K-5 Technology Teacher. She earned her Elementary Education degree from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Educational Technology with a dual emphasis as a Technology Integration Specialist and Library Media Specialist from Pittsburg State University. Amber enjoys helping teachers effectively integrate the technology available to them to individualize student learning and improve engagement.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, March 4, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 26, 2020

**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 fifth year of teaching and forth 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: Wednesday, April 8, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  April 1, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will learn the basics about Self-Determination Theory and how this theory can be applied to maximize student engagement and motivation in your classroom. Participants will learn about the basic premises of the Self-determination Theory (SDT), intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, tools to measure motivation, and implications in the classroom environment for K-16.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris Wyant has been educating students since 2005. He has taught in secondary education STEM programs (mostly engineering, math, and science) in both private and public school systems. Chris has BS in General Physics, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education. Chris currently works for WSU as a Clinical Educator, is the director of the Mathematics Education and the Corbin Connect program. Chris specializes in Learning Sciences and Technology Integration and Training.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, April 22, & Thursday, April 23, 2020   8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  April 15, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of thenm accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical. Youth Mental Health First Aid © USA is an 8-hour in-person training program - like traditional First Aid or CPR - designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health proplem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling - rather, they learn to support a youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Presenter: Ellamonique Baccus

Ellamonique Baccus is an art therapist and the Executive Director of Arts Partners in Wichita. She earned her Master's degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago for over 10 years. She has extensive experience providing behavioral health therapy, crisis counseling, peer support groups and diagnostic assessment for youth in grades K-12 in school based settings, residential treatment, community based settings, and counseling centers. Ella developed the Wesley Children's Hospital Medical Art Therapy Program in Wichita. In her role at Arts Partners, she has been able to continue the work she began in Chicago here in Kansas. Her work is to train and collaborate with educators and artists to implement arts integration programs in schools that provide a holistic educational experience for students and supports their social and emotional well-being as a significant component of academic success.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  April 28, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will learn the basics of implementing Problem/Project Based Learning in their classrooms. Discussions will center around the Gold Standard Project Based Learning Rubrics provided by the PBL Works and Buck Institute for Education. Session will focus on differentiating between project vs. Project/Problem Based Learning, process for creating effective PBL, assessing PBL, and insights/experiences to help with smooth implementation of PBL in your classroom.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris Wyant has been educating students since 2005. He has taught in secondary education STEM programs (mostly engineering, math, and science) in both private and public school systems. Chris has BS in General Physics, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education. Chris currently works for WSU as a Clinical Educator, is the director of the Mathematics Education and the Corbin Connect program. Chris specializes in Learning Sciences and Technology Integration and Training.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  May 27, 2020

**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 & Amy Bedient

Linda Long has a Bachelors of Science in Human Services/Psychology from Friends University. She has worked for Haysville USD 261 for 15 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.
Amy Bedient has been working in education for 15 years. She is a Early Childhood School Psychologist for Haysville. Prior to working in Haysville she was a School Psychologist in Wichita. Before becoming a School Psychologist she was a Math Teacher and she has experience teaching in traditional, parochial, and alternative settings. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling with her family.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  June 2, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Nervous about jumping into the substitute teaching world? (Or as a teacher, interested in finding helpful ways to prepare the Substitute for your class?) Sign up for an awesome workshop packed with tips for thriving as a substitute teacher! During this workshop, participants will receive resources for substitute teaching, learn how to be prepared for almost any kind of day, and network with other substitutes. The first half of the day we will look at sample sub plans, discuss classroom management, teaching strategies and navigating a school day. In the afternoon, we will practice filler activities and transitions. We will put together a “bag of tricks” with ready to use activities. You will leave this workshop ready to enter the classroom and charm (almost) any group of students.

Presenter: Becky Stanfield

Becky has fifteen years of classroom experience - mostly as a middle school classroom teacher, but more recently as a substitute teacher to allow for a flexible schedule. Becky has worked in almost every grade level setting (even if just for a day) and in 4 different school districts. Becky has taken on several long-term substitute positions and has required one for her own class. She misses having her own class, but she loves the variety of meeting new people and learning from other classroom and substitute teachers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Friends University.

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Date and Time: Thursday, June 11, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  June 4, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class 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 premade 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

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 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, June 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  June 23, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Does the idea of using interactive notebooks with your students sound fabulous, but you just don’t now 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 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 provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept 16, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is not a one size fits all type of lesson. The more unique they are to your students, the better engagement you will have. In this workshop, we will go over the basics of designing fun and powerful PBL lessons. You will be provided with a guide for design thinking as well as resources for each step of the PBL process. This will be a make it/take it type of workshop, so you will want to bring your standards or specific units that you can use to create a project-based learning experience for your students. There will be plenty of work time and collaboration with the hope that you will have a few lessons ready to go as well as a better understanding and ability to create more PBL experiences for your students in the future.

Presenter: Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall is Haysville West Middle School’s Learning Facilitator and has previously worked as a 2nd grade teacher, middle school English teacher, and K-5 Technology Teacher. She earned her Elementary Education degree from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Educational Technology with a dual emphasis as a Technology Integration Specialist and Library Media Specialist from Pittsburg State University. Amber enjoys creating design thinking lessons for students that are project-based, tech-integrated, and most importantly—fun!

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