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September 10, 2012

CONTACTS: Lucie Eusey, leusey@emporia.edu, or Dawn Moews, dmoews@emporia.edu,
1-877-378-5433, 620-341-5372

Events for Kansas educators offered

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops provided this fall. The following events are offered through Emporia State University’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence. Most workshops are offered for graduate credit. Online registration, as well as information regarding fees and materials needed for the workshops can be found at www.emporia.edu/jones/.

  • September 11 Reading Readiness – for Teachers of Preschool, Kindergarten & First grade, & Tier 2 & Tier 3 Interventionists.  Teachers will learn strategies for teach­ing phonological awareness skills, as well as letter recogni­tion, print awareness, oral language, and sound/symbol relationships. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist & certified LETRS® trainer

  • September 14 – 5 Things Every Teacher Should Do to Meet the English/Language Arts Common Core State Standards – for English/Language Arts Teachers, Grades 3–12 Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches. Close examination of the English/Language Arts CCS reveals five shifts to take place in classrooms. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean.

  • September 19 – MTSS Structuring K-12 Structuring for Reading: Module 1 - Framework, Leadership & Assessment – Building Principal; Leaders in Curriculum & Instruction, Assessment, Special Education State & Federal Programs; Teachers from various levels; Entitlement Staff; and Superintendent. Module 1 focuses on an introduction to MTSS – establishing the leader­ship team, establishing how the team is going to function, choosing a con­tent area, and developing the first communication plan to share your efforts. Structures created during this module ensure a systemic approach to provid­ing support to all students. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist.

  • September 21 – LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Module 1 – for K-12 General & Special Educa­tion Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches & Paraeducators. Module 1 explores the nature of skilled reading; the progression of read­ing development; the reasons why many children do not become good readers; instructional factors in learning to read; and the components of effective reading instruction. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist & certified LETRS® trainer.

  • September 22 –National Board Certification Orientation Academy hosted by JIEE’s Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification – for teachers interested in national board certification who were unable to attend the Sept 7-8 orientation. For more information or to attend, contact Alvin Peters at gpeters@emporia.edu.
  • Sept 29 – Renewal Academy hosted by JIEE’s Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification – for all current National Board Certified Teachers looking to renew their national board certification. Presenter: Dr. Roger Caswell, contact him to register, rcaswell@emporia.edu.
  • September 25 & 26 – Multisensory Reading & Spelling – Grades 6-12 Reading Teachers & Tier 3 Interventionists. This two-day course is written for teachers of students who are reading inefficiently, who have weak word attack skills, and have even greater difficulty with spelling and written language. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist & certified LETRS® trainer.
  • October 3 Teaching and Learning with Mobile Devices – This free one-day workshop opportunity is limited to current K-12 Lyon County educators. This workshop will disseminate recent research supporting the use of mobile devices in education, but also include hands-on activities teaching participants how to integrate the use of mobile devices in the classroom. Presenters: Zeni Colorado, JuEun Cho, Seung Gutsch, Daphne Tseng & Qing Zhang.

  • October 8 Inquiry-based Close Reading to Prepare for the Common Core – for Grades 6–12 Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches. This session will focus on close reading strategies that support reader engagement, promote inquiry-based reading practices, and promote critical thinking at the foundational level. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean.

  • October 19 Sometimes Less is More – for English/Language Arts Teachers, Grades 6–12 Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches.  Participants will learn structures and strategies that support the teaching of shorter texts. Activities will help participants discover the power of short texts to develop students’ reading, responding, and writing skills in response to literature and informational texts. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean.

  • October 25 – LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) ParaReading: A Training Guide for Paraeducators. Ensure tutors and paraeducators have the preparation and confidence they need. ParaReading, a LETRS Supplemental Module, prepares paraprofessionals for the increasing demands placed on them in today’s schools. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist & certified LETRS® trainer.

  • November 1 – LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Module 2 – for K-12 General & Special Educa­tion Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches & Paraeducators. Module 2 discusses the importance of phonological awareness in reading and spelling in­struction. Module 2 also clarifies why children confuse certain phonemes (sounds) and how to give corrective feedback. Instructional activities along the entire phonological awareness continuum are demonstrated and practiced. Module 2 aligns with Common Core Founda­tional Reading Skills Standard #2 - Phonological Awareness. Presenter: Judy Rockley, a KSDE-recognized MTSS reading content specialist & certified LETRS® trainer.

For more information about these events, visit www.emporia.edu/jones/ or contact Lucie Eusey at leusey@emporia.edu, 1-877-378-5433, 620-341-5372.