Events for Kansas educators offered

May 27, 2014

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops provided this summer. 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 http://www.emporia.edu/jones/.

Monday, June 2, 2014 – Reaching Rigor, Relevance & Coherence with the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for Mathematics (Grades K–4) – for grades K-4 classroom teachers who teach mathematics, administrators, instructional coaches, special education and title teachers. Implementing the Kansas College and Career Ready Mathematics Practice Standards means increasing rigor, relevance, and coherence for all students. Participants in the workshop will develop familiarity with the KCCRS for mathematics, with a central focus on the Practice Standards. Video clips will be used as a vehicle for reflecting on the Practice Standards. Presenters: Lee Anne Coester; Betsy L. Wiens

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Teaching the Language of Learning for grades 3-12 all content area classroom teachers, administrators, instructional coaches. The KCCRS require students to acquire deeper levels of understanding of academic and domain-specific vocabulary. Vocabulary lessons that present lists of words and ask students to memorize words and meanings won’t work in the new standards. Participants will learn the difference between academic and domain-specific vocabulary and the different levels of teaching vocabulary. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 4 for the Core: ELA Strategies for KCCRS – for grades 3-12 all content area classroom teachers, administrators, instructional coaches. The new standards have implications for planning, teaching, and learning. Shifting to the new standards means new instructional strategies. Participants should bring one or two passages of text from which to develop a “reading for meaning” lesson. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Reaching Rigor, Relevance & Coherence with the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for Mathematics (Grades 5-8) – for grades 5-8 classroom teachers who teach mathematics, administrators, instructional coaches, special education and title teachers. Implementing the Kansas College and Career Ready Mathematics Practice Standards means increasing rigor, relevance, and coherence for all students. Participants in the workshop will develop familiarity with the KCCRS for mathematics, with a central focus on the Practice Standards. Teachers will engage in lessons and activities that fit and support KCCRS with discussion on how they could be modified for use in the teachers’ own classrooms. Presenters: Lee Anne Coester; Betsy L. Wiens

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Learning is Not a Spectator Sport – for grades 3-12 language arts teachers. Learning to read, write, and develop vocabulary is a life-long journey. To begin the journey, students must want to become invested in their own learning. As teachers, we have all met students who appear unmotivated and uninterested in learning. Teachers play a crucial role in helping students decide to invest in learning and become engaged in the classroom. Participants will leave this workshop understanding barriers to student motivation, four “drivers” of student engagement, and how to plan lessons so that students will choose to engage and invest in learning in the classroom. Participants will also learn instructional strategies that promote student engagement in each of the “drivers.” Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Creating Text Sets to Engage Students – for grades K-12 English / language arts teachers. The KCCRS has added emphasis on informational and multi-genre texts has shifted reading instruction in the classroom. Text sets are collections of selections from different genre, media, and levels of reading unified around a topic or theme that they explore. Participants will explore the nature of text sets, research their effectiveness in instruction, learn how to assemble a text set around a topic or theme and then work collaboratively to begin the process of identifying resources for and assembling a text set. Participants need to bring a laptop or mobile device for researching resources and titles. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean

Monday, June 16, 2014 – Mastery Learning in Science & Math: Success for Every Student – for grades 7-12 science & math teachers, instructional coaches. Close learning gaps, show respect for all students, prevent students from sliding by, enable struggling students to catch up even when they lack the foundation pieces - mastery learning enables each student to move at his or her own pace and ensures that every student masters every concept. This full-day workshop will show teachers how to implement mastery learning in math and science classrooms. Presenter: Kelly Morgan Dempewolf

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Teaching Grades 3-5 KCCRS Mathematics for Fluency & Deep Understanding: Focusing on the domains of Operations & Algebraic Thinking (OA) and Number & Operations Base Ten – for classroom teachers grades 3-5, administrators, instructional coaches, special education and title teachers. This workshop will look at two content standard domains for grades 3-5. These domains (OA and NBT) contain clusters which are considered to require greater emphasis than other clusters. This emphasis includes a deep understanding of multiplication and division (including fluency in the multiplication and division facts), the importance of place value understanding, and the use of all four options to solve problems. Presenters: Lee Anne Coester; Betsy L. Wiens

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Facilitating Student Dialogue in All Content Areas with Socratic Circles – for grades 6-12 teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches. With the implementation of KCCRS, teachers must help students develop the ability to construct knowledge through conversation and to improve their discussion skills. This presentation helps educators build their ability to coach students to be more actively involved in classroom discussions. This session provides an introduction to the process of Socratic Circles — a student-centered discussion technique where teachers are able to facilitate and synergize cross-curricular thinking — and the many supporting activities that can help to transform classroom discussion for students and teachers alike. Presenter: Matt Copeland

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Grades 3-8: Differentiating Math Instruction while Teaching to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards – for classroom teachers grades 3-8, administrators, instructional coaches, special education and title teachers. You can differentiate instruction and teach to KCCRS without 'burning yourself out.' This full day workshop will focus on multiple topics: varied suggestions for nine student groups including advanced, struggling, resistant learners, gender, and ESL; activities and strategies that support Grade 3–8 KCCRS Content and Practice Standards; content emphasis on problem solving, number sense, teaching facts, geometry and measurement; numerous resources for both the differentiated groups and teaching to KCCRS. Presenter: Lee Anne Coester

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Advancing Our Practice with Socratic Circles – for grades 6-12 teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches. Designed for educators who have already implemented Socratic Circles into their classrooms and schools, this presentation is an opportunity to advance our professional practice with this style of learning. Those looking to take the next steps with this strategy and expand their repertoire of skills in leading both the inner circle and outer circle will benefit from the day’s reflection, discussion, and coaching. Through an examination of success stories and potential pitfalls, participants will gain insight into the effective use of the strategy and brainstorm possibilities for advancing the learning of their students. Presenter: Matt Copeland

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Formative Assessment Practices for the Teaching of Writing and Revision – for grades 4-12 teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches. New standards for college and career readiness and the next-generation of assessments are helping to rejuvenate writing instruction across the state and across the country. This presentation will walk participants through a variety of formative assessment processes that can strengthen their teaching. Drawing from samples of real writing and our collective classroom expertise, we will all leave for the day with the ready-to-copy handouts, the procedures, and the confidence necessary to transform the teaching of writing and revision in our classrooms.. Presenter: Matt Copeland

For more information about these events, visit www.emporia.edu/jones/ or contact Dawn Moews, dmoews@emporia.edu, 1-877-378-5433, 620-341-5372.

 

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