Spring Professional Development Classes

All classes will meet for a total of 4 hours, with a 1 hour independent assignment to be completed between each 2 hour session.  You must commit to the full 5 hours of work, in order to receive credit.  Credit will be given in the form of "seat time".  A total of 15 hours of "seat time" equals 1 hour of credit on the salary scale.  Partial credit will not be given. All classes meet on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Class Descriptions:

Discourse in the Math Classroom

This course will help teachers increase the discourse in their math classroom to actively engage students, give them ownership and help them self-monitor their learning.  By increasing discourse in their classroom, teachers will also create a community of learners and an environment that encourages students to take risks and play an active role in problem solving. 

Instructor:  Josh Norman
Class Meeting Times:  Monday, April 14th and Monday, April 28th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Differentiation:  Content, Process and Product - closed

This course will share how teachers can differentiate in response to learner's needs through the design of respectful tasks, flexible grouping and ongoing assessment and adjustment.  Participants will be asked to participate in discussion, practice and reflection related to differentiation and their own instruction and classrooms.

Instructor:  Traci Peters
Class Meeting Times:  Monday, February 3 and Monday, March 10 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Workshop - closed

A workshop framework allows teachers to develop grade-level content in a whole-group setting, follow up with differentiated instruction in a small-group or one-on-one context, and conclude with a sharing session.  During this session we will explore the benefits of utilizing a workshop framework throughout your day.  We will examine the benefits through the lens of the student and through the lens of the teacher.

Instructors:  Deb Leach and Stacey Melloy
Class Meeting Times:  Monday, February 10 and Monday, March 17 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Using Children's Literature in Math - Closed

How can I use read-aloud picture books, along with CCSS, in my math instruction?  Are there ways to help our students learn to think creatively and critically?  This class will offer various ways to use picture books in daily instruction and/or in mini lessons as you teach math to your students.  Come prepared with a copy of your CCSS math standards for your grade level and be ready to participate.  Instructor:  Jean Glick


Assessment - Closed

In District 108, we have developed a systemic way to collect and analyze data at the district and school level for the purpose of continuous improvement.  What can you learn from all of the data you collect?  Starting with our first round of benchmark data, we will begin looking at the data collected, discuss how to analyze and dig deeper in to the data, and how our data warehousing system (Data108) can make data analysis doable.  Instructors:  Angie Arnold and Cathy Stephens


Digital Literacy - Closed

Digital Literacy builds on the foundation of traditional forms of literacy.  How can we take digital information and use it to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word?  How do we teach our students to find, use, summarize, evaluate, create and communicate information using digital technologies?  Learn more about the resources we have available in District 108 and how to use them to foster this type of thinking in your students.  Digital Literacy skills are blended into the ELA Common Core Standards in an integrated model of literacy and are addressed throughout.  Instructors:  Angie Arnold and Cathy Stephens




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