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, December 2 & 3, 2020   4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  November 25, 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: Saturday, December 5, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Nov 30, 2020

**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, B.S., 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: Tuesday & Wednesday, December 8 & 9, 2020   4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Dec 1, 2020

**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: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 12 & 13, 2021   4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 5, 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.

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 & Tuesday, February 1 & 2, 2021   4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 25, 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: Thursday, February 18 & Thursday, March 4, 2021   4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 11, 2021

**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: 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: Wednesday, June 2, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 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   8:30 AM - 3:30 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: 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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