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          Bullet Longmont High School - 9th grade Transition Team 2017-18
Target group - 9th grade transition team

This team will collaborate to develop ways to reach the academic and socio-emotional needs fo all students but especially those students identified as having special needs, dual-identified, ELL, reading below grade level, minority student and students from a low SES background.

This group will refine current behavior protocols, develop strategies to maintain and increase student attendance and revise common grade level best practices.
     Process Model Subcategory

          Bullet CMEA Presentation of Classroom Assessment & Instructional Aid Materials for Music for Special Kids
This is limited to the music teachers at the elementary schools with the ASD programs (Niwot, Longmont Estates, and Prairie Ridge).

This group will work on a presentation of the curriculum they have created for ASD programs.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Integrated Curriculum Team
Target group: FHS English and social studies teachers

This group will meet to design integrated content and plan curriculum assessments to go with this integrated model. They will meet to map out the course, select materials, plan and analyze methods, materials and assessments. They will place materials and assessments in Schoology in an integrated resource folder for all teachers to access.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Integrated Curriculum Team Spring 2018 [A]
Target group: FHS English and social studies teachers

This group will continue to meet to design integrated content and plan curriculum assessments to go with this integrated model. They will meet to map out the course, select materials, plan materials and analyze methods, materials and assessments for the Spring semester. They will place materials and assessments in Schoology in an integrated resources folder for all teachers to access.
          Bullet Frederick High School Advisory Team Spring 2018 This session is new [A]
Target group: FHS teachers

This team will continue to update, change, and create new materials for each of the grade levels for students who are developing a post secondary plan in advisory.
          Bullet Legacy Elementary PAL Team
Target group: Legacy Elementary teachers

This group will create a Legacy PAL Resource guide to help increase movement in the classroom.
          Bullet Narrowing the Achievement Gap - MESA
Target group: Active STEM Explorer advisors in SVVS.

The summary product will include a semester plan for each STEM Explorers program based on data and information learned during the STEM Explorers Annual Kick-off, Feeder System and building meeting, and professional development provided by individual education out-reach partners, and other professional development opportunities selected by advisors. The product will be a template that requires the information listed below:

  • Advisor, school, grade level
  • Date and length of time program meets
  • Summary of each project/activity completed that includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project that includes both advisor, EO if applicable, and student opinions about the classes. Evaluation should include suggested changes.
  • A list of each education out-reach partner (EO) that assisted with the project and the EO´s degree of their involvement. CU student mentors are also considered EO´s.
  • When appropriate, measurement of student achievement should be recorded and summarized. Attitudinal surveys may also be used.
          Bullet Prairie Ridge Elementary - Dyslexia 101
Target group: PREL teachers

This group will create a Dyslexia 101 binder which will include such items as characteristics of dyslexia, facts and myths around dyslexia, and research-based interventions that can be used with students who are either identified with dyslexia or exhibit signs of dyslexia. They will be reproducing this binder so each grade level will have a copy to refer to as needed.

Each meeting session will have a set goal of what type of information to add to the binder. Each participant will be asked to bring any information they already have access to around dyslexia, as well as spending time researching other information and assembling it into the final project.
          Bullet Silver Creek High School - ELA Grade-level Team Common Writing Assessments
Target group: SCHS English Language Arts teachers

Grade level teams will create the CWA and identify the window to administer it. The teams will calibrate the papers using an already created ELA Writing rubric. Teams will analyze data of the writing and the P/SAT results and identify trends. Teams will then create plans to address the trends.
          Bullet Trail Ridge Middle School - PBL with Tim from Project Arc
Target group: TRMS teachers

Teachers will create a standards based unit driven by student inquiry. This group will work collaboratively to analyze approaches and give feedback.
     Professional Study Group Model Subcategory

          Bullet Alpine Elementary - Making Thinking Visible Collaboration
Target group: Alpine teachers who completed the Making Thinking Visible PST in the summer of 2017.

Several Alpine Staff members participated in the Making Thinking Visible PST during the summer of 2017. Their learning encouraged the ongoing effort by teachers to create a culture of thinking in student learners. By creating a time and a space for teachers to collaborate and provide feedback to one another, the aim is to deepen capacity to develop thinking routines in classrooms.

From the text, Making Thinking Visible by Karin Morrison, Mark Church, and Ron Ritchhart, this group will be using the ‘LAST Protocol’ (Looking At Students’ Thinking), developed by the Cultures of Thinking Project, Project Zero, Harvard University, to review Thinking Routines that teachers have implemented in their classrooms.
          Bullet Design Thinking: Connecting Mindfulness and SEL [A]
Target group: This is for school teams and is usually arranged through the school counselor. The sessions take place at the participating schools.

Interested in opening some Mindful Doorways, practicing Mindfulness and re-connecting with yourself? Would you like to explore educational activities that nurture Mindfulness and SEL and use these tools in your personal and professional life?

Through a team effort, we will create educational activities (grade level) and connect these with Mindfulness Techniques. Cultivating Mindfulness practices and social-emotional skills within yourself helps you to model these skills in your personal life as well as for students. When you are fully present, you teach better. When students are fully present, the quality of their learning is better. It’s a ‘win-win’ equation that can transform teaching and learning.

Together we can create "teachable moments and learning."
          Bullet Erie High School - Collaborative Working Group
Target group: EHS teachers

The facilitator will begin the meetings by demonstrating some piece of instructional technology. Teachers will then be free to break apart into various sessions in an unconference style mirrored after the highly successful Longmont Ed Camp. By structuring the PST in this form a teacher will be free to share details about what they are doing in the classroom to push student thinking, ask questions, and collaborate together for the betterment of their collective practice.
          Bullet Erie Middle School - Innovation Design Team Proposal
Target group: EMS teachers, 2 from each grade level

This group will examine collected data & observations from across the feeder (and possibly the district) to determine topics of investigation. Through investigation & analysis, they will then determine changes for how they might better serve students. Once those topics are established, they will dig deep into them each month and then at the end propose changes.
          Bullet Flagstaff Academy - CAFE Book Study
Target group: Flagstaff Academy teachers

This group will read The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction and follow the Book Study activities and questions created by the Daily 5/CAFE program. The group will discuss how to use it in classrooms and also participate in a Google Class where they will read and respond to questions presented in the book study.

At the end of the year, teachers will provide a testimony to the rest of the staff about how CAFE has impacted their reading instruction and student growth.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Challenge-Based Learning Study Group [A]
Target group: FHS teachers and administrators

This group hopes to increase student engagement and provide opportunities for voice and choice by exploring CBL in classrooms.
          Bullet Legacy Elementary - Orton-Gilligham Team
Target group: LGEL teachers who took the OG training

This group will discuss what is working in their classrooms, perfecting practice, or collaborate on what is not working. They will also create lesson plans together so classrooms across grade-level are focused on the same skills. Through videos, observations and feedback, teachers will remain consistent in their practices.
          Bullet Mead High School - AP Program Study Group 2017-18 [A]
This cross-curricular group of teachers will meet to discuss the problem of students dropping AP classes and formulate a solution.
          Bullet Mead High School - Collaborative Video Dialogues of Best Teaching Practices
Target group: MHS teachers

In order to improve instructional practice, this group will video lessons and use Edthena to observe instructional practices and offer feedback.
          Bullet Mental Health Collaboration and Self-Care
Target group: Counselors and Interventionists

Each participant will bring curriculum and/or data to share at the counselor´s meetings.
          Bullet Olde Columbine High School - Project-Based Learning
Target group: OCHS & CDC teachers

This group will be studying Project-Based Learning to create content that engages students with authentic, relevant learning experiences.
          Bullet P-Tech Teacher Collaborative
Target group: The P-Tech teachers

This group will discuss:
  • the scope and sequence of the P-Tech classes
  • skill building for college classes
  • the workplace learning skills curriculum
  • academic and social interventions for P-Tech students
  • marketing and recruiting strategies
  • fundraising opportunities,
  • parent engagement strategies
          Bullet Prairie Ridge Elementary - Data with Friends [A]
Target group: Prairie Ridge Elementary teachers

This group will meet approximately once a month to examine several forms of data for groups or classrooms of students. Using this data, they will carry out data discussions based on visible data patterns about root causes and strategies to improve student performance.
          Bullet Prairie Ridge Elementary - Learning Targets [A]
Target group: PREL teachers

This group will participate in an all-school book study focused on the book Learning Targets by Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart. This book focuses on mastering the principles of great teaching.
          Bullet Purposeful Play
Target group: Preschool and Kindergarten teachers, paras are welcome

This group will read the book Purposeful Play and facilitate discussions providing peer collaboration time with participants in the following three main areas; Research of play, play for social emotional growth, and inquiry as a play mindset.

Each session the group will explore one of three sections, each covering three chapters.

The intent is to dive into discussion around each of the chapters, incorporating ways participants can apply the learning to their classroom.
          Bullet Thunder Valley PK8 - Kindergarten ReadyGEN Alignment
Target group: TVK8 Kindergarten teachers

This team will align ReadyGEN lessons with math, science, social studies, and STEM topics of study.
          Bullet Java & Books

Target Group: Teachers or administrators at all grade levels.

You know those books about teaching and learning that you always mean to read but never have time?

In Java & Books, we crack open those books and then gather to discuss them and share connections to our practice.

Books are selected by the group based on the professional interests and needs of participants and their students. Past selections have addressed topics such as: achievement gaps, student motivation, brain research, homework practices and classroom management.

Meetings are casual and convivial, and discussion is geared to challenge and grow your thinking. Participants will document their usage of new learnings within their professional practice. The documentation will be shared with the group and will also be included in the summary product.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 5B
     Training Model Subcategory

          Bullet Bring Design Thinking to Life! [A]
Target group: PreK-12 teachers

While participating in the design thinking process, participants will deepen their understanding of using design thinking as an instructional tool. They will learn a variety of ways to integrate design thinking into all content areas, including classroom management, and create/recreate units, lessons, and classroom routines using the design thinking process. Additionally, participants will reflect on how the design thinking process will increase student motivation, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking skills, and communication.

Participants will leave with a folder full of resources and teaching ideas. Most importantly, this class will help participants to become calmer, more effective educators.
          Bullet Guitars in the Classroom [A]

Target Group: Teachers, K-12,

How would you like to learn to integrate music with your classroom content to reach all learners while having fun? This eight-week music integration program turns singing into a learning modality. Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) trains and equips classroom teachers to use the guitar to learn, sing, strum, teach, and lead songs that boost comprehension, literacy and core learning for all. For children acquiring English as a second language and those with IEPs this program can greatly increase their learning and understanding of concepts. This program boosts academic skills, language, and musicality.

No prior musical knowledge is needed. The simple “Smart Start” Method of guitar instruction will have you singing and playing from the very first session.

Ten guitars are available for use during the class. Please contact the instructor by e-mail to indicate if you will borrow a guitar or bring your own.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1B, 2A, 2B, 2C
          Bullet Guitars in the Classroom Beginner Plus [A]
Target Group: Teachers, classified staff who have taken Guitars in the Classroom Part 1. If you have not taken Part 1, you can still participate if you have some prior knowledge of playing in Standard Tuning. Contact the instructor if you have questions.

This class begins where the first session left off. We will review Open G tuning method and then begin to transition into standard tuning. As you become more confident, you will begin to adapt your teaching style to create more musical experiences in your classroom. This method provides many activities that will allow you to enhance your lessons through music. Singing and rhythmic experiences help boost student language skills and literacy as well as introduce and reinforce general subject knowledge.

You will begin making music to guide students through transitions, to reward class accomplishments, to enhance cultural learning and to complement student plays and assemblies. Loaner guitars can be used for the duration of the class if needed. Please contact instructor if you need to borrow a guitar.

Five hours of out of class practice must be logged and submitted at the end of class. We meet for 10 hours.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1B, 2A, 2B, 2C
Addresses Classified Scoring Elements: Job competence, Problem-solving
          Bullet High School Social Studies Pilot Meetings [A]
These meetings are for the HS social studies teachers who are piloting the new curriculum in the 2017-18 school year.
          Bullet Responding to the Needs of Gifted Students in SVVSD
Target Group: Elementary G/T teachers only

This is a series of classes with topics pertaining to the needs of gifted students.
          Bullet Responding to the Needs of Gifted Students in SVVSD - Secondary [A]
Target group: Secondary G/T teachers or Site Leaders only

This is a series of classes with topics pertaining to the needs of gifted students.
          Bullet The Digital Student Part 3
Target group: K-12 teachers

This course is a “Part 3” class, but part one and two are not a prerequisite for the class.

The Digital Student is a course that focuses on how students in our classes prefer to learn and ways to reach them so that the learning is optimized. The course provides opportunities for teachers to explore different ways to make learning authentic, to highlight the necessity of collaboration in today’s world, and to balance technology with the social needs of students. Participants will also participate in small group book studies throughout the course. Participants need to commit to weekly discussion throughout the 8-week online course via Schoology.

Topics covered in this section are:
  • Brain of the Digital Student
  • Design Thinking
  • Innovation
  • No Tech Required
  • Monitor vs. Mentor
  • Exploring tools to use in the classroom.

Participants will need a district login to access Schoology and the SVVSD Digtial Library.
          Bullet The Digital Student Part 4
This course is for classroom teachers who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one of the previous Digital Student courses (TDS1, TDS2 or TDS 3).

The Digital Student is a course that focuses on how students in our classes prefer to learn and ways to reach them so that the learning is optimized. The course provides opportunities for teachers to explore different ways to make learning authentic, to highlight the necessity of collaboration in today’s world, and to balance technology with the social needs of students.

Participants need to commit to weekly discussion throughout the 8-week online course. Throughout the course participants explore online communities to further professional growth and will share their learning with other colleagues.

Topics covered in this section are:
  • Individualized vs. Personalized vs. Differentiation
  • Soft Skills
  • Inquiry and Curiosity within the Content
  • How, What, Where, When is Your Classroom
  • Time to Explore.
          Bullet The Gift of Mindful Teaching
Target Audience: PreK-12 teachers

Discover the true gift of mindfulness! While exploring the power of self-compassion, the art of paying attention, the importance of self-regulation and body awareness, participants will learn about the many benefits of mindfulness for teachers and students. Participants will learn a variety of mindfulness strategies that can be used inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, participants will explore the transformational qualities of incorporating joy, gratitude, play, rest, and mindfulness into their daily lives.
          Bullet Using Thinking Maps to Capture Complex Thinking and Create Complex Writing Grades K-2
Target group: K-2 teachers, including ELD, literacy, and MTSS specialists

This course welcomes all elementary classroom teachers and academic support specialist/interventionist who desire opportunities to explore how to use Thinking Maps to help students tackle the complex reading and writing demands within our new curricular resources. We will explore how to combine, extend, and scaffold learning with Thinking Maps to help students capture and effectively organize complex thinking in order to produce complex writing.

Participants will learn through exploration and collaborative planning and apply new learning immediately in their classrooms. Class objectives are created to match the elementary literacy curriculum scope and sequence.

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