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     Coaching and Mentoring Model Subcategory

          Bullet Erie Middle School PBIS 2017-18
Target group:PBIS team

EMS continues to want to build, improve and implement the school-wide Positive Behavior System. Last year this team created the foundation to the new school-wide system, and this year they want to continue to build upon that system. There was a decrease in referrals and suspensions at EMS since the implementation os the school-wide expectations and system, and they would like to continue that progress.

Next steps would be creating school-wide systems and lessons for teachers, digging into data to see what areas need to be focused on and areas in the building that are of major concern.
          Bullet Integrating In Focus This session is new [A]
Target group: K-8 licensed teachers only

Discover how to increase your students´ social and emotional intelligence and how to effectively use the In Focus curriculum to help students feel safe and ready to learn, make better choices, develop social skills, and manage their emotions. These skills are essential to success inside and outside of school.
          Bullet Novice 2 Induction Cohort
Target Group: Novice 2 teachers

Novice 2 Cohort is the induction class for teachers with 1 to 2 years experience. Cohort will include mentor/mentee facilitated time. The cohort will focus on advancing classroom and reflective practices. Video reflection will be a part of this cohort. Facilitated mentor time will support ongoing mentoring work.
          Bullet Mentor Training for Licensed Teachers [A]

Target Audience:Licensed staff who are mentors or who want to be mentors

This three-night class supports mentors with skills and information needed to support teachers new to St. Vrain Valley Schools. Mentoring is a vital part of the induction process and meeting the needs of teachers joining SVVSD. This class will focus on both the requirements of induction in SVVSD and tools for working with peers as a mentor. Class is participatory and designed to be taken when you have a teacher to mentor but may be taken in advance.

This addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 4A, 5A, 5B.

     Leadership Subcategory

          Bullet Administrative Induction and Supervision & Evaluation Training
Target Group: New administrators

Administrative Induction is designed to acclimate new leadership to the philosophy, policies, procedures and culture of the St. Vrain Valley Schools community.
          Bullet Erie High School - Advisory 2017-18
Target group: EHS teachers and counselors

This group will meet to evaluate the Advisory process and adjust/train as needed. They will continue to present to staff about lessons/options. There will also be smaller breakout groups by grade level to plan specific lessons for the weekly advisory.
     Performance Management Subcategory

          Bullet Great Minds Do Not Think Alike for Leaders: Tap into your Unique Thinking and Behavioral Preferences [A]
Target group: Administrators

This workshop, also known as "Meeting of the Minds," is based on Emergenetics, the "New Science of Success." The Meeting of the Minds reveals individual and behavioral preferences through experiential and interactive learning. As a participant in Meeting of the Minds, you will receive an Emergenetics Profile and an eight-page narrative identifying your Thinking and Behavioral Preferences. The Office of Professional Development will cover the cost of the Profile.

As a result of this workshop you will gain the following:
  • Strategies for direct and practical applications to your schools, including customizing feedback to staff, students, parents, and other education stakeholders so that communication is enhanced.
  • Learn how to build trust and leverage rapport when honoring others´ Thinking and Behavioral Preferences
  • Build cognitively diverse teams that work more efficiently and creatively.

This seminar will have an immediate impact on lesson planning, student ownership of learning, the intervention process and classroom environment.

Registration must be completed by Feb. 16, and the profile must be completed by Feb. 21.

Failure to do so will forfeit your space to someone on the waiting list. Please make sure that you will be able to attend before registering for this class. Because the Office of Professional Development is covering the cost of the $100 profile, it is imperative that all participants attend the workshop. Profiles will not be released without attending. In addition, last minute cancellations have a significant impact on data that will be used in the workshop.
          Bullet Great Minds Do Not Think Alike: Tap into Your Unique Thinking and Behavioral Preferences [A]
Target group: SVVSD staff, sorry no out-of-district

This workshop, also known as "Meeting of the Minds," is based on Emergenetics, the "New Science of Success." The Meeting of the Minds reveals individual and behavioral preferences through experiential and interactive learning. As a participant in Meeting of the Minds, you will receive an Emergenetics Profile and an eight-page narrative identifying your Thinking and Behavioral Preferences. The Office of Professional Development will cover the cost of the Profile.

As a result of this workshop you will gain the following:
  • Strategies for direct and practical applications to your schools, including customizing feedback to staff, students, parents, and other education stakeholders so that communication is enhanced.
  • Learn how to build trust and leverage rapport when honoring others´ Thinking and Behavioral Preferences
  • Build cognitively diverse teams that work more efficiently and creatively.

This seminar will have an immediate impact on lesson planning, student ownership of learning, the intervention process and classroom environment.

Session 1: You must register by Feb. 5 and complete the profile by Feb. 10.
Session 2: You must register by Feb. 26 and complete the profile by Mar. 3.
Failure to do so will forfeit your space to someone on the waiting list.

Please make sure that you will be able to attend before registering for this class. Because the Office of Professional Development is covering the cost of the $100 profile, it is imperative that all participants attend the workshop. Profiles will not be released without attending. In addition, last minute cancellations have a significant impact on data that will be used in the workshop.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards:
2B, 2C, 2D, 2E; 3A, 3B, 3C, 3F; 4A, 4B, 4C; 5C
     Process Model Subcategory

          Bullet Erie Middle School - Pride Time/Advisory
Target group: EMS teachers

This group will use a collaborative process to explore the issues that are being faced in Pride Time. They will work with the teachers that are not in the group, but who are teaching the class, to gain insight into their needs. The team will need to take these teachers´ needs into account and work in collaboration with them as well as the MTSS team to determine the needs of teachers and students to design our next steps.
     Professional Study Group Model Subcategory

          Bullet Book Study: Brief Counseling that Works
Target group: School counselors, mental health interventionists and social workers

This group will be read the book Brief Counseling that Works: A Solution-Focused Therapy Approach for School Counselors and Other Mental Health Professionals. Via an online community on Schoology, they will discuss each chapter of the book and brainstorm ways to apply the learning to daily practice. They will also support one another in the application of these principles in the daily work with students, so as to facilitate and grow each other´s practice.
          Bullet Centennial Elementary PBIS Study Team
Target group: CNEL teachers

Thsi team will:

  • Research behavior intervention ideas and classroom management strategies
  • Recreate school behavior documents such as flow chart, expectations, documentation forms, reflection forms, and posters for halls.
          Bullet Erie High School - Mindfulness Book Study
Target group: EHS teachers

This group will read Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia Jennings. They will have weekly meeting about the readings and:

  • implement the strategies found in the book
  • discuss successes and challenges to the strategies
  • find and implement other mindfulness strategies and resources that may include other books and apps (such as Calm and Headspace)
  • create tools for mindfulness appropriate for a high school classroom, such as sensory bottles and mindfulness coloring pages.
          Bullet Erie High School - Teacher Ropes
Target group: Teachers new to EHS

This group will discuss issues related to procedures such as purchasing, time documentation, obligations, technology issues, and other questions and concerns that arise.
          Bullet Is It Sensory or Behavior? [A]
Target group: District OTs

This group will read the text Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention. This book includes case studies to analyze and diagrams and flow charts to study to guide thought process.
          Bullet Longmont High School - US History - A Thematic View Curricular Development [A]
This group will develop a vocationally and collegiate-ready curriculum based on Project-Based Inquiry models.
          Bullet Longs Peak Middle School - Lost at School [A]
Target group: LPMS teachers

This group will read Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross Greene. They will dialogue between each other, and put their learnings into action throughout the book study in order to support the most difficult students.
          Bullet Mead Middle School - The Growth Mindset Coach
Target group: Mead MS teachers

This group will be read the book The Growth Mindset Coach. Teachers will read chapters and then try out the different activities from each chapter in their classrooms. Teachers will then discuss online with their peers how things are going and what they are seeing. The goal would be at the end of the book study to take the ideas learned from the book and the experiences of the teachers and then apply them to the whole school.
          Bullet Niwot High School Design Advisory Group
The teachers on this committee are promoting the Future Ready Schools Framework which has been introduced to the district to make sure that the new spaces support best teaching practices. The teachers will be researching and contributing ideas in addition to input from district representatives, building administration, community members and student representatives.

They will be go through various exercises with the architects to determine what is wanted and needed. These needs and wants will range from functionality to aesthetics to safety to staffing availability concerns. Teachers will be representing the interests of the faculty at NHS.
          Bullet Old Columbine High School - Alternative School SPF Measures
Target group: OCHS staff

This group will research different testing measures to find one that will be a more authentic measure of student growth and achievement for OCHS.
          Bullet Scheduling at Mead (S@M) Committee
This group will create the master schedule for Mead Elementary for the year.
          Bullet Silver Creek High School - Topic Study on Grit
Target group: SCHS MTSS team will facilitate the topic study, but this study is open to all SCHS teachers.

This group will read Thomas Hoerr’s SHORT book Fostering Grit and research and begin creating strategies and ideas on how Silver Creek HS can embed “grit” within the teaching and culture.
  • What would this look like for SCHS culture?
  • How to model that behavior for students?
  • How to teach grit and growth mindset? - actual lessons? Strategies?
          Bullet Skyline High School - Mindsets Matter 2
Target group: SHS teachers

This group´s main focus will be a differentiated book study where teachers new to the idea of Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets can read Dweck´s book: Growth Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; those who have read that before can delve deeper and look at becoming leaders with a growth mindset by reading The Innovator´s Mindset by George Couros, and those who want to look at ways to specifically apply it to their classrooms can use either Mindsets in the Classroom by Ricci, Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner, or Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler.

They will then use what is read to discuss findings, ah-ha´s, and questions as well as apply strategies to their own lives and classrooms, teaching and empowering students around this idea, too.
          Bullet Sunset Middle School - The Innovator´s Mindset
Target group: SMS teachers

This group will read The Innovator´s Mindset by George Couros and Positive Dog by John Gordon. This group will continue to gain more knowledge on how students learn and how they can succeed. Teachers want students to have a positive outlook so they can be more successful. Sunset hopes to focus on the growth mindset and be innovative in teaching and learning as the school continues their IB focus.
          Bullet Thunder Valley K8 - Removing the Mask - GT Students in Poverty
Target group: TVK8 teachers

This study will focus on increasing efficacy and capacity for interested and invested TVK8 educators around giftedness in poverty.

They will use the book by Ruby Payne - Removing the Mask : How to Identify and Develop Giftedness in Students from Poverty to study and examine the underachievement and under identification of students in poverty for giftedness and high achievement.

Teachers will
  • learn strategies for impacting students
  • create an understanding of achievement and giftedness in poverty
  • discover strategies for reaching GT students in poverty
  • unpack expectations around what giftedness looks like from personal experience that may not echo and resemble the experiences of students
          Bullet Timberline PK8 - Help for Billy [A]
This group will read Help for Billy by Heather Forbes to increase awareness of Trauma Informed Care. They will use the ideas and strategies to work with each other to better understand their students.
          Bullet Trail Ridge Middle School - Lost at School Book Study This session is new [A]
Target group: TRMS staff

TRMS teachers and administrators have voiced concerns around student behavior. This group´s goal is to improve current behavior responses school-wide and give staff tools for responding to student behavior.

They plan to read the book, Lost at School, by Ross Greene and meet with the MTSS Team to implement new strategies to meet the behavioral needs of TRMS´s student population.
     Training Model Subcategory

          Bullet Adolescent RISE Plus [A]
Target group: All staff

In Adolescent RISE Plus, we will take a fun and in-depth look at the developmental period of adolescence. This will include debunking myths about adolescence, understanding the four qualities of adolescence (risk taking, individuation, social reorientation, and emotional intensity), and learning about neuroplasticity and the adolescent brain. With this foundation, we will discuss ways to work more effectively with adolescent students.

In the second part of the training, we will focus on adolescent wellness and how we can help students become aware of the choices they can make to live a more fulfilling and balanced life. The importance of physical wellness (sleep, exercise, nutrition, avoiding harmful habits) emotional wellness, and social wellness will be addressed. In addition, the benefits of mindfulness, gratitude, and service will be discussed.
          Bullet Dealing with Difficult People [A]

Target Group: All staff

Difficult people are everywhere. Don´t believe me? Just look in the mirror. We all come from different backgrounds and possess different values, perspectives and opinions. This workshop explores how we can gain a shared understanding, reduce conflict and collaborate with all kinds of different people. We will learn about communication styles and how to better interact with critical and confrontational and challenging mindsets. You will learn perspectives, techniques and tools for de-escalation and take time to practice these new tools to apply after the workshop.

          Bullet Design a Relationship-Based Classroom [A]
Target group: PreK-12 teachers

Discover why creating positive, trusting relationships with students is the most effective classroom management strategy! Participants will learn how the child/teen brain works, understand how to recognize emotions, and practice using relationship-based strategies such as therapeutic limit setting, offering choices, and problem solving. Additionally, participants will understand the importance of consistent classroom rules, expectations, and routines. Lastly, participants will explore the power of apologies and imperfect teaching while learning how to model self-compassion, self-care, and self-regulation.
          Bullet Induction Academy

This class is designed to ensure that novice teachers have the tools they need to be successful. Topics of the sessions include:
  • Classroom Management
  • Alpine Achievement/Galileo/Google Docs
  • Academic Language/Sheltered Instruction
  • Backward Design/Assessment Tier One Core Instruction/Engagement
  • Using Data to Make Instructional Decisions

Induction coaches and clinical professors will support first year teachers in their own classrooms as they implement and refine their learning from the Induction Academy.

Registration will remain open until Nov. 30 to accommodate late hires.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1A, 2A, 2D, 2E, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3H
          Bullet Mental Health Awareness and Intervention in Schools [A]
Target group: All staff

The goal of this class is to provide a basic introduction of common mental/emotional health problems that may present among students to enhance detection and early intervention. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of how to respond in crisis/tense situations and access supports in the school setting.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 2F, 3A, 4C
          Bullet Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Afternoons [A]
Looking for a training to bring Mindfulness and Stress Reduction to your staff at your site? Desiring to raise the personal awareness of calming strategies and other self-regulation techniques in your building?

Reach out to Corina Remes, our district´s certified Mindfulness Trainer. She is available to provide strategies and techniques aligned to positive education goals.

Please work with your school´s counselor to book a free 8-week series of 30 minute classes conducted at your school . . . contact Corina at corinaremes@gmail

Please do not register here until the Mindfulness class is set up at your school.

Your school´s class may begin at any time up until May. Meeting times will vary between schools.
          Bullet Restorative Practices Coaching This session is new [A]
Target group: Timberline PK8 teachers who attended Restorative Tools for the Classroom on Nov. 4.

Restorative Practices Coaching will build on the November 4th training by providing participants case studies. Participants will apply restorative practices to the case studies supported by coaching to help refine their practice.
          Bullet Safe TALK (Suicide Alertness Training) [A]
Almost all of us have or will have a student, a family member, or a friend we are worried about in terms of their risk for suicide. It´s so hard to know how to recognize the danger and then to know what to say or do if you think someone you know might be having thoughts of suicide.

This three-hour workshop will assist you to be more alert in the event that you think that someone you know or love might be having thoughts of suicide. This will be an opportunity to learn what to say and do and how not to miss, dismiss, or avoid the signs of suicide.

Due to the nature of the workshop, it is imperative that participants be able to attend the training in its entirety.
          Bullet SVVSD Gender and Sexual Diversity Teacher Institutes [A]
Target group: Teachers, counselors, interventionists

Research continues to suggest that many educators feel unsupported in their efforts to create safe and affirming classrooms and schools for LGBTQ students. Our goal is to change this!

In these institutes, we hope to create learning communities across grades, schools, and subjects in which we share our experiences and support one another as we take up topics of gender, sexual, and family diversity in our classrooms and schools. In these gatherings, we´ll collaborate, practice, role-play, invent, reflect, and basically create amazing trajectories for ourselves and our colleagues.

Here’s what these 2-hour institutes are all about:

  • Collaborating with educator colleagues in SVVSD
  • Grappling together about how to introduce, engage in, and navigate conversations
  • Learning practical strategies for creating safe, inclusive, and affirming classrooms through both the social and academic curriculum
  • Becoming a leader in your school and a resource for your staff around these important topics
          Bullet Understanding Yourself, Your Students, and How to Best Respond to Behavior Through CPI [A]
Target group: All educators who want to reflect on their own behaviors and learn how to de-escalate potential crisis situations without having to get physical with students.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
  • be able to identify an emotionally distraught student
  • assess their own reactions and influence on the behaviors of the distraught student
  • use learned strategies to de-escalate a potential crisis situation

We will also be looking at the various forms of communication and their effect on students. To do this participants must first understand the factors that influence behaviors and responses. They will reflect on their own anxieties and fears so that they can make rational and appropriate intervention decisions.

Participants will leave being familiar with ways to respond to students that are emotionally dysregulated, and have a safety plan for students in crisis.

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