Upcoming Workshops Spring 2017

Empowering Students to Engage in Social Action [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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For the last 8 years, the completion of an independently planned and executed Social Action Project has been a graduation requirement for the 8th graders at The School at Columbia (a K-8 school). Please join us as we explore the history of how this project came about, the structures we have in place to support our student activists, and brainstorm ways to grow and improve the program. Teachers will take away a description of our work as well as access to a shared google site which we will build together creating a list of social justice resources. In addition, we will discuss how to adapt our practice to the work being done at participants' schools.

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$199.00
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SMART Interactive Tools and Apps in World Languages and Beyond [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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During this workshop, we will demonstrate sample lessons from a World Language classroom that integrate interactive instruction using SMART Notebook, iPad apps, and Google Forms. These tools can be adapted for many subjects and learning environments and accommodate a wide range of ages. In addition, attendees will have time to develop their own materials to use in their classrooms.

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$199.00
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Bits to Atoms: Logo and Fabrications [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Logo is a programming language developed to teach people to think about thinking. Perhaps you remember programming Logo yourself as a student, drawing geometric designs with the turtle. Logo remains a viable, low-floor/high ceiling learning environment for people to explore programming. Logo also provides an interesting basis for personal fabrication projects. Ranging from low-tech to high-tech, these fabrication projects are remixable projects that transform your digital designs into physical artifacts.

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$199.00
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Threading the Constitution Through the Social Studies Curriculum [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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This workshop will examine the US Constitution within the social studies curriculum. We will explore ways students can access the text of the Constitution to form an understanding of the important themes of American government. We will then discuss how students apply their knowledge of the Constitution to American history, particularly the lead up to the Civil War, Reconstruction, World War II, Civil Rights, and current events. The presenters will share ways in which their students have documented learning in creative and engaging ways.

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$199.00
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Blended Learning in the Discussion-based Reading and Writing Classroom [Half Day AM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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How can online literature forums deepen student engagement, understanding and writing? How can blended discussions support quieter voices and address diverse learning styles? In this hands-on workshop, we will use blended learning to explore a short story, and demonstrate how to develop an online site for your own students. Laptop or tablet necessary.

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$99.00
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A Developmental Perspective on Teaching Executive Functioning Skills [Half Day PM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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As a group, we will discuss our understanding of executive functioning (EF) skills and how these skills can impact learning and behavior. We will focus on how EF skills develop in K - 8 students with a specific focus on impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, planning, prioritizing, organization, task initiation, and attentional control. Specific and developmentally appropriate interventions for students struggling with these skills will be presented.

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$99.00
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Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in K-2 Classrooms [Half Day AM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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This workshop will focus on the importance of explicitly teaching social and emotional learning to K - 2 students. We will review how to develop a social and emotional learning lesson plan to meet the needs of your students and share lesson plans that have been effective at TSC.

Topics will include:
growth mindset * emotional regulation * friendships * social skills * empathy * Flexibility * Resilience * perseverance

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$99.00
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Triple Threats: Advisors, Advisees and Families [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Advisory programs are thriving in schools at a time when our students need socio-emotional support in addition to academic guidance. This workshop will answer questions about the structure of advisory programs in our Middle School. We’ll cover parent engagement, how to construct an Advisory curriculum, socio-emotional development, and will demonstrate how students engage in our Advisory program at every level.

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$199.00
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Outside In: Integrating Nature Into Urban Classrooms [Half Day PM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Green plants, fresh air, living things and soil have been shown to have a tremendous impact on human development. Even urban classrooms can tap into the power of nature to teach children. This workshop will look at classroom learning that incorporates the power of living things such as mealworms, Fast Plants and chicks to develop math, literacy and Social-Emotional skills in students. Participants will leave with enough mealworms to start their own colony, potted herb seeds, and ideas for literacy and math activities. The workshop is geared towards elementary and upper elementary homeroom and science teachers.

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$99.00
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iPads in the Primary Classroom [Half Day AM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Looking to incorporate iPads into your teaching practice with young students? Are you hoping to build on your already developed classroom practices around iPads? Then join us to build your toolkit for implementing iPads in the classroom. Together we will explore apps that help students demonstrate their learning in new and deeper ways, discuss management strategies for successful uses of technology with students, and develop our mindset for planning learning activities and projects with iPads. You will leave this workshop with a plan to bring back to your classroom for incorporating iPads into your already developed practice around math and literacy.

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$99.00
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Becoming a Lead Teacher in an Elementary Classroom [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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This workshop is for Assistant/Associate Teachers who are planning on becoming lead teachers and need support with the job search process. This workshop will provide strategies and suggestions for how to thrive as an assistant teacher. These strategies can be used in any school. There will be a focused discussion on elementary schools, the education of young children and self-reflection. This workshop will consist of two parts: The first part of the workshop will examine various approaches to acclimating to new schools. The second part of the workshop will provide suggestions for how to prepare for the job search. Participants will leave with ideas, materials and a unique perspective for dealing with the demands of lead teaching.

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$199.00
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Project-based Learning (PBL) 101 in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom [Half Day AM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Choice is a very powerful tool that teachers must embrace in their planning. For adolescents who are navigating social, physical and emotional changes, offering choices gives them a sense of ownership of their learning and the autonomy that they crave. Project based learning (PBL) will not only empower your students, but also facilitate differentiation and integration in mixed ability classrooms. Through PBL students apply learned skilled, hone new skills, and are truly invested in succeeding because they have been given the opportunity to pursue inquiry of their choice. This workshop will help you create a template for integrating STEAM projects into your curriculum and provide pointers on how to structure your syllabus in order to roll out projects immediately. You will walk away with ideas to implement in your math class and a template for successfully implementing PBL. The role of independent inquiry in the middle school classroom will be examined in depth. Likewise the pros and cons of implementing and assessing self-directed learning will be examined in depth. Participants will learn how to adapt and modify selected projects. Participants will discuss how to integrate content into the Mathematics Classroom that promotes student equity and differentiation through:

Accelerated or advanced content * Higher degree of complexity or content * Introduction of content beyond the prescribed curriculum * Working with abstract concepts * Creating or generating something new * Emphasis on personal growth, sophistication in attitude, and appreciation of feelings * Content selected according to student interest

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$99.00
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Project-based Learning (PBL) 102: The Great Mathematician Project (GMP) Big Ideas and important skills [Half Day PM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Participants will examine the rationale for integrating the study of historical figures from the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields into the Mathematics Classroom. The big idea is that mathematics is as much a discipline of study as it is a language, but it is a uniquely people centered discipline. Based on this premise, the GMP is designed to promote equity and ignite students’ imaginations about STEAM field careers. Participants will examine how a project is designed to engage students in independent research about the contributions of historical figures in the history of math, science, engineering, art or technology. This workshop will illuminate the 7 stages of the Great Mathematician Project, and clarify the teacher’s role as facilitator versus the student’s role as historian, writer, mathematician, theorist and inventor. The emphasis will be on providing students with the opportunity to flip teach, empowering students to become experts about an individual whose contribution to a body of knowledge benefitted society.

Participants will:
Develop a timeframe for independent student inquiry and implementation * Learn strategies to accommodate independent student inquiry and meet core curriculum standards * Develop a grading rubric and GMP learning contract * Learn how to modify, adapt, and tailor selected projects to meet instructional needs and individual students needs

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$99.00
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Encouraging Family Mathematical Engagement Through Games [Half Day AM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Learn how to extend the innovative math work we do in the classroom by encouraging families to play games at home. Engaging together in a card or board game can be an opportunity for mathematical enrichment, as well as family bonding, teaching social and communication skills, and promoting creativity, resilience, and focus. Come learn about games for developing computational fluency, logic and reasoning, and strategy. We will explore a variety of games and discuss ways to promote a positive growth mindset in developing young mathematicians.

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$99.00
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I Love This Class!: Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture that Supports Kindness, Respect and Personal and Academic Growth [Full Day]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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In this workshop, learn the keys to unlocking each student’s full potential by creating a group culture that nurtures yet pushes each student to do and be their personal best. What separates an “easy class” from a “challenging class”? What if you could be empowered to support, challenge and enjoy any group of students? In the first half of the workshop, discover how small tweaks to your language, classroom structures, routines, and everyday interactions with students can completely transform your students’ level of engagement with their learning and responsiveness to each other. We will also explore current research that has linked the teaching of “soft skills" to a host of positive outcomes for children, including increased focus, empathy, and academic success. In the second part of the workshop, learn how children with the greatest behavioral challenges can become your greatest community building asset. Each participant will leave with practical and immediately applicable tools to create and sustain a dynamic classroom community students and teachers look forward to being a part of each day!

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$199.00
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SEED Concepts: Curriculum as Window and Mirror [Half Day PM]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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In this workshop, teachers will understand why it is important to have classroom materials both reflect the student body - mirrors, while also providing new cultures and experiences within the materials - windows. As a group, we will use the framework of SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) to engage in reflection, writing and storytelling in order to better understand ourselves which, in turn, will increase our perspectives in understanding our students.

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$99.00
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