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 & Thursday, September 22 & 23, 2021   8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

HAYSVILLE USD 261 STAFF ONLY

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 15, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This strand is designed for history/social science teachers (grades 6–12) who are interested in applying rigorous instructional strategies to prepare students for challenging honors and advanced classes. Using primary and secondary sources, participants will engage in Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading strategies (WICOR) as tools for bringing historical inquiry into the history/social science classroom. This strand will teach, model, and coach through the elements of Cornell notes, writing with original thought, primary source analysis, document-based questions, and a range of academic language discussion group activities. This strand is organized to reinforce the strengths of vertical team articulation. Each participant will receive The Write Path History/ Social Studies: Interactive Teaching and Learning Teacher Guide.

Presenter: Casey Meier

Casey Meier has taught for 17 years at Campus High School and currently teaches World History and International Baccalaureate 20th Century History. His roles at Campus include AVID Site Coordinator and Social Studies Department Chair. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Education from Baker University. Since 2011 he has been an AVID National Staff Developer presenting History/Social Science through High Engagement & Inquiry as well as Content Area Writing.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, September 29, 2021   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 22, 2021

**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 performance. PowerTeacher Pro will keep the teacher, 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 system! And – now Java Free!

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 30 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 software. Keven tries to learn all aspects of PowerSchool so that he can pass on the information to help others succeed in understanding. Keven has taught 'PowerSchool for Admin,' 'PowerScheduler,' and 'Power Teacher Gradebook' at TLC.

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Date and Time: Friday, October 8, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 1, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Presenter: Brad Chapin, BS, LCP, LMLP

Brad Chapin is a best-selling author and an internationally recognized speaker in the area of self-regulation. He has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health serving children and adults. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy self-regulation skills. He continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that self-regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and anxiety/depression.

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Date and Time: Thursday, October 21, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 14, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This blended learning course is a combination of eLearning, followed by a hands-on skills session. Prior to the class, students will be provided a link to on-line education, allowing the students to complete this portion of the course at their own pace and at their convenience. The skills session is completed in person and incorporates the online education with hands on training.
The eLearning must be completed prior to the day of class.
NOTICE: If you start the online piece of this training and then cancel, or if you aren’t able to attend the in person session, you will need to pay a $10 fee.

Presenter: Beth Schutte, RN & Lesley Thomas, RN

Beth Schutte, RN & Lesley Thomas, RN are district nurses with the Haysville School District. Together they have more than 30 years of nursing experience. Beth and Lesley are dedicated to helping you feel confident in using life saving techniques.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, October 26, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 19, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

How do we address learning loss at a classroom level, and our competencies, and standards, and social-emotional needs, and... and... and... Let's come together! This workshop series is about great strategies to teach all the different learners in our classrooms. We will demystify the elementary math competencies, learning loss, standards and empower participants to know - You've got this!

Presenter: Katie Perez

Katie Perez has served as a learning consultant at ESSDACK since 2015. A former Region 1 Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year, she earned her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement and a Building Administration endorsement from Fort Hays State University. Katie believes that classroom instruction should include relevant, hands-on learning opportunities in which students are authentically engaged in project-based learning. A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007. She says, “Hope guides me in all endeavors. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people to encourage, inspire, and build great lives.”

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Date and Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 26, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Bet 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 received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the Curriculum & Assessment Director 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: Wednesday, November 3, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 27, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PowerSchool is the number one method to help staff and students know what is going on in school. Not only can you look up class lists, but you can also email teachers, contact parents, and know the ins and outs of using PowerSchool. Short cuts in life make life easier. That is what this training will do. It will give you the tricks and tips to get the info out of the system that you need. This training will help you on a daily basis! Not only at work – but also at home if you need to get the information before the following day.

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 30 years. He taught at Campus for nine years and has since been a middle school counselor. Sad but true – PowerSchool keeps him up at night. So, when he is up, he learns how to pass on the information to help others succeed in understanding PowerSchool.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, November 10, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  November 2, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Designed with an eye toward 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. Utilizing a neurological perspective, setting conditions (school, community, and home) are explored. Factors explaining behavioral concerns 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 the 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 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! Linda is an Associate Professor at Emporia State University. She also consults with the KS State Department of Education (KSDE) and Technical Assistance Support Network (TASN). In her spare time, Linda is owner of a consulting firm, laLearn, LLC.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, December 1, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  November 24, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will become more familiar with G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 11 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  January 5, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will dive deeper into G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 2 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 2 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 11 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, January 18, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 11, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

How do we address learning loss at a classroom level, and our competencies, and standards, and social-emotional needs, and... and... and... Let's come together! This workshop series is about great strategies to teach all the different learners in our classrooms. We will demystify the elementary ELA competencies, learning loss, standards and empower participants to know - You've got this!

Presenter: Katie Perez

Katie Perez has served as a learning consultant at ESSDACK since 2015. A former Region 1 Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year, she earned her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a K12 Reading Specialist endorsement and a Building Administration endorsement from Fort Hays State University. Katie believes that classroom instruction should include relevant, hands-on learning opportunities in which students are authentically engaged in project-based learning. A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma-informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007. She says, “Hope guides me in all endeavors. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people to encourage, inspire, and build great lives.”

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Date and Time: Wednesday, January 19, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PowerScheduler is the background program used within PowerSchool to make the Master Schedule for next year. There are certain needed steps that must happen for students to enroll, for classes to show, and for the overall building process. This workshop will go through not only the steps that we follow at Haysville West Middle School, but also will include discussion times to explain what you may do or have done in your building. Overall, this is for Secondary Level Staff who want to know how the build and load process takes place for reaching a full Master Schedule for the following school year. There should be plenty of time for questions, for actually hands on processing for what needs to be done, and time to work on the many pieces of the puzzle.

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 31 years, with this being his last as retirement is beckoning. He taught at Campus for nine years and has since been a middle school counselor. Sad but true – PowerSchool is what he works on at 3:00AM when he wakes up. So - then he uses the pieces learned to help others succeed in understanding PowerSchool.

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Date and Time: Saturday, April 2, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $15 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 25, 2022

**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?

  • 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 do I get them to stop spitting their peas and whining at dinner?
  • How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed-upon time?
  • And many other day-to-day parenting challenges...

Presenter: Linda Long

Linda Long has a Bachelors of Science in Human Services/Psychology from Friends University. She has worked for Haysville USD 261 for 21 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.

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