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, 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: October 28 & December 7, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

ONLY OPEN TO USD 261 STAFF

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 21, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

USD #261 is providing a PRAXIS prep program for teachers wishing to obtain their ESOL endorsement and further their professional learning and career.
The district will provide two professional days of learning and test preparation to help prepare you for the PRAXIS test. Graduate credit will be available for these days through The Dr. John Burke Learning Center.
Participants will also be given a professional leave day to take the PRAXIS exam. Upon completion of the test and adding it to your current teaching license, the district will reimburse the cost of the PRAXIS exam.

Presenter: Ashley Zoglmann

Contact Ashley Zoglmann, ESOL Coordinator at azoglmann@usd261.com or by phone at Ruth Clark Elementary, 316-554-2333.

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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, December 8, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  December 1, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Google Slides is a favorite digital classroom tool for educators. This class will present examples and resources that can be used to create interactive virtual environments designed to provide students with a fun and visual way to explore content with Google Slides. The first portion of the class will focus on Google Slides (features, tips and tricks) and the second part will provide participants with exploration time and hands-on practice in creating interactive digital slides.

Presenter: Lisa Cundiff

Lisa Cundiff is the Director of Instructional Technology for Haysville USD 261 public schools. She has a BA in Education from Arkansas State University and a ME in Educational Administration from Wichita State University.

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Date and Time: Thursday, December 9, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Dec. 2, 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, 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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Date and Time: Friday, October 7, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 1, 2022

**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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