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Workshops for educators offered at Jones Institute

September 23, 2014

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops provided this fall 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/.
 
Workshops in Using the new AIMSweb Reading & Math Assessments, MTSS Implementation Training for Reading, and MTSS Structuring Training for Reading or Mathematics can be held on site at schools. Contact Dawn Moews, dmoews@emporia.edu, 1-877-378-5433, 620-341-5372, to coordinate a workshop in those areas.
                                                                 

  • Friday, October 3, 2014 – Learning to Write While Writing to Learn: Writing Across Content – for grades K-12 English /language arts teachers. Along with reading comprehension, writing skills are strong predictors of academic achievement and are essential for college and workplace success. Research around writing tells us what students need in order to learn how to write and to use their writing to learn. This workshop will share the importance of using writing to learn and will provide content teachers with strategies to teach students how to write and how to use their writing to learn the content. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean.
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Close Reading: Practice and Planning for Secondary Classrooms – for grades 7-12 English / language arts teachers. Close reading is an instructional routine in which students learn to critically examine a text, especially through multiple readings. This workshop will provide participants with practice in close reading passages and guide them through planning a close reading lesson to use in their classrooms. Presenter: Carol Hailey McLean.
  • Monday, October 13, 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.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Formative Assessment Practices for the Teaching of Writing and Revision – for grades 3-12 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.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 – A Framework of Fun! Learning Through and From Games – for K-12 classroom teachers, special education teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches. Games are incredible learning machines and are being used by educators all around the country to improve student learning and engagement. In this session, participants will explore simple games that can be used to improve student learning and examine more complex, educational practices for sustaining learning through game design and game mechanics such as immersion, narrative context, control, choice, well-ordered problems, customization, and co-design. Presenter: Curtis Chandler.
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Promising Practices in Writing Instruction in a World of College and Career Readiness – for grades 3-12 teachers. This presentation synthesizes the research on promising practices for writing instruction and engages participants in a collaborative quest for classroom-tested methods and activities to fuel student learning. Throughout the day, discussion will focus on identifying and creating examples that can be share among the group. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of effective writing prompts, assignments, rubrics, etc. Presenter: Matt Copeland.
  • Monday, November 10, 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, November 12, 2014 – Doing Social Studies in the 21st Century – for grades 6-12 social studies teachers. As Kansas Social Studies teachers implement the Kansas History, Government and Social Studies (HGSS) Standards adopted in 2013, they face many issues. This workshop will address these questions and help equip teachers to effectively work with the new standards. Prior to the workshop, the presenters will survey registered participants to determine their comfort level with the new standards. Workshop content will be based on the participants’ identified needs. Presenters: Kori Green; Adam Topliff                                     
  • Thursday, November 13, 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.
  • Monday, December 1, 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

 

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