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.

Summer Tech Camp 2021 - It's the journey...Not the destination!

Week one: June 15-17

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit through WSU for $60 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions.

Registration:  Click the button below and complete the online form to register.

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2021

Below is a list of the classes offered during the first week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop. CAMP BROCHURE

Once a class reaches capacity, it will be noted as "*FULL*" under the session time (AM/PM). You are still welcome to register for the class. You will be added to a waiting list and will be notified if/when a spot opens up.

Tuesday, June 15

Session Class
AM
Make a Splash with Google Slides
Presenter: Alisha Ewertz
AM
Adobe Spark
Presenter: Stephanie High
PM
Fun with Google Sheets
Presenter: Rachel Nally
PM
Creating FUNctional Bitmoji Digital Environments
Presenter: Lisa Cundiff & Mark Kane

Wednesday, June 16

Session Class
AM Teach Better, Work Less with Google & EduProtocols
Presenter: Amber Marshall
AM
Flip Grid
Presenter: Ashley Zoglmann
PM
*FULL*
Tidy Up Your Google Work Space
Presenter: Amber Marshall
PM
Read Write App/Google Translate for Language Support
Presenter: Ashley Zoglmann

Thursday, June 17

Session Class
AM
Blended Learning in any Environment
Presenter: Stacey Ryan
AM
Document Camera Safari
Presenter: Mark Kane & Lisa Cundiff
PM
Winning with Wakelet
Presenter: Stacey Ryan
PM
The Power of Built-In Accessibility Tools for ALL Students
Presenter: Beth Zellinger

Summer Tech Camp 2021 - It's the journey...Not the destination!

Week one:  June 22 - 24

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit through WSU for $60 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions.

Registration:  Click the button below and complete the online form to register.

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2020

Below is a list of the classes offered during the first week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop. CAMP BROCHURE

Once a class reaches capacity, it will be noted as "*FULL*" under the session time (AM/PM). You are still welcome to register for the class. You will be added to a waiting list and will be notified if/when a spot opens up.

Tuesday, June 22

Session Class
AM Power Up Google Classroom with Apps that Integrate
Presenter: Amber Dougan
AM
New & Improved Moby Max
Presenter: Alisha Ewertz
PM
Beyond the Basics with G Suite & Google Classroom
Presenter: Amber Dougan
PM Edpuzzle
Presenter: Alisha Ewertz

Wednesday, June 23

Session Class
AM
Jammin' With Jamboard & Other Digital Whiteboard Apps
Presenter: Amber Marshall
AM
Teachermade & KAMI
Presenter: Anthony Fulton
PM
Tech Smackdown with The Ambers
Presenter: Amber Marshall & Amber Dougan
PM
The Digital Classroom
Presenter: Heather Seachris

Thursday, June 24

Session Class
AM
Canva
Presenter: Brenda Kobler
AM You'll Flippity for Customized Learning Activities & Goals
Presenter: Marcia Hersh
PM
Microsoft Teams
Presenter: Brenda Kobler
PM
Autocrat for an Automated Workflow
Presenter: Marcia Hersh

Date and Time: Saturday, April 10, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $15 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 3, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

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 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 20 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: Tuesday, June 1, 2021   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 For All Participants

Registration Deadline:  May 25, 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.

Presenters: 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: Wednesday, June 2, 2021   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $15 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  May 26, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With this multimedia training curriculum, teachers and/or parents of teeny, tiny kids will learn how to:

  • Show their tots that whining & arguing doesn’t pay
  • Put an end to misbehavior in public
  • Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
  • Calm sibling bickering and battling
  • Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc.
  • Make potty training fun
  • Teach respect, responsibility and selfdiscipline
  • And much, much more!
There's great news! When teachers and/or parents start Love and Logic early in their children's lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun… instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn.

Presenter: Amy Bedient

Amy Bedient has been working in education for 16 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: Thursday, June 3, 2021   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $15 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  May 27, 2021

**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: Amy Bedient

Amy Bedient has been working in education for 16 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 8, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  June 1, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It includes feelings, thoughts, and behaviors when a loss has occurred. Grief can result after an array of losses beyond death (Ex: Life post‐pandemic) and collective grief is a loss event shared by a group or community. The emotions surrounding grief can catch us off guard and if not fully faced and swept under the rug, can grow to be a bigger issue that comes around at unexpected times and in crippling ways. When we dismiss grief, we are also dismissing life. When we think that we are separate from grief, or - rather, that our grief needs to be separate from us, we perpetuate suffering around this multilayered emotional experience. Read More...

Presenters: Jodi Grover

Jodi believes that every child should have every opportunity to reach his or her full potential. She has spent over 28 years as a school teacher, counselor, administrator and educational consultant in Kansas. Jodi has spent her career as a prek-12 counselor, business teacher, college and career director, and school administrator which has given her a view through a variety of lenses to approach social-emotional and mental health for students. Along with serving as a Crisis Specialist for ESSDACK assisting districts with prevention and recovery, Jodi holds the position as the Chief Education Operations Officer of VIBE (Virtual Interactive Based Education) focusing on social, emotional, and mental health assessments.

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Date and Time: Monday, June 21, 2021 (VIRTUAL)   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $150 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 14, 2021

**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.(See Brochure for more information)

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: Monday, July 12, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 7, 2021

**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 & 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 10 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: Tuesday, July 13, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 6, 2021

**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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Date and Time: Wednesday, July 14, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 7, 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 10 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: Thursday, July 15, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 8, 2021

**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 10 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 & 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: 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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