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     Action Research Model Subcategory

          Bullet Centennial Elementary - OG Lessons This session is new [A]
Target group: CNEL teachers who have taken OG classes and currently using OG in their classroom

Continue to look at the OG phonics sequence and syllabication lessons to create google slides to teach. Each lesson will include the new phonogram, review of prior phonograms, a reading passage, dictation sentences and syllabication lesson.
          Bullet Silver Creek Feeder Book Study: Student Empowerment [A]
Target group: SCHS feeder staff PK-12

This book study will allow for more collaboration between administrators and teachers across the feeder system to address declining student achievement and growth scores, specifically in transition years.

Teachers will select one text from the following anchor texts:

  • Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by AJ Juliani and John Spencer
  • Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom by Mark Barnes (Digital Library)
  • Learner Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion & Unleash Genius by Katie Martin
  • Innovator´s Mindset by George Couros

We will be using Schoology to bring teachers together to discuss common themes across texts in a literature circle format.
     Independent Study Model Subcategory

          Bullet PE Curriculum Writing and Collaboration
Target group: EMS, WMS, SMS PE teachers

This group will create a flexible structure for a PE program that can be adapted to suit any middle school and PE teacher. In aligning with the SHAPE America, Colorado and SVSD PE standards, this working document will allow for others to easily align activities in accordance with the standards.
     On-Line Course Model Subcategory

          Bullet Making Thinking Visible
Sorry, the wait list is closed.

Target audience: K-12 teachers

As teachers we ask our students to think all the time, but rarely step back to define specifically what we want our students to do mentally. This course will assist teachers at all grade levels to more clearly define the mental work they want their students to perform.

Participants will use the book, Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, to explore a variety of routines to engage students in a culture of thinking. The routines, developed by researchers at Project Zero at Harvard, involve students in thinking, planning, creating, questioning, and inquiring to develop deep understanding in any content area. Participants will walk away with highly practical strategies for immediate implementation.

Please purchase the book, Making Thinking Visible prior to the course.
     Process Model Subcategory

          Bullet Altona Middle School - Summer 2018 This session is new [A]
Target group: AMS teachers

Teams of teachers will be working on developing plans for co-teaching units between general education and special education teachers; working to re-design LEAD time to support enrichment and interventions for students and design project-based cross-curricular units.
          Bullet Coal Ridge Middle School - Project-Based Learning Activities [A]
Target group: CRMS 7th and 8th grade math teachers

These teachers will create team-building and inquiry-based activities for each unit in the curriculum. They will go through units and standards and identify biggest ideas, and create activities that can build into lesson plans.
          Bullet Design Thinking in SVVSD
A district-level team will create a blog to use as a warehouse of vetted Design Thinking processes, resources, and experiences, accessible to district staff.
          Bullet DIBELS Next Essentials Training [A]
This class is for elementary district literacy teachers, classroom teachers, and special education teachers who will be administering DIBELS Next. It is appropriate for new DIBELS users, as well as those who have used DIBELS 6th Edition. The workshop covers the foundations and guidelines of DIBELS, as well as how to administer and score each of the DIBELS Next measures.
          Bullet Eagle Crest Elementary - 3rd Grade Empowering Students [A]
Target group: Eagle Crest Elementary third grade team

This group will read Empower by John Spencer and AJ Juliani. They will integrate their year-long curriculum map with enVisionmath and also add in project-based and student choice learning activities.
          Bullet Longs Peak Middle School - 8th Grade Academy
Target group: LPMS 8th grade teachers

This group will:

  • look at the previously identified strategies and change what did not work and add additional support, like exemplars and Kagan strategies, in order to support all students
  • create lessons and forms to support tracking student data and completion of expectations
  • brainstorm how to involve the community and attempt to reach out to community members to bring them into the school
  • continue to work with the district behavior coach
  • reflect on practices to implement which would specifically support students.
          Bullet Mead Elementary - 5th Grade Curriculum 21st Century
Target group: MEEL 5th grade team

This group will create Reciprocal Teaching and Cooperative Learning experiences for as many ReadyGen units as possible using the ReadyGen questions in the teacher´s guide. In addition, they will create a DT or PBL experience for each of the 4 ReadyGen units for a total of 4 lesson outlines. and frame 2 science units and 2 social studies units in a PBL or DT format.
          Bullet Mead High School - Creating a Flipped Classroom for Algebra 2 This session is new [A]
Target group: MHS math teachers

Students who have the time to explore and experiment on their own with concepts develop much deeper mastery and retain the material better. This project will allow teachers greater flexibility to guide the sort of exploration that students must experience to achieve a higher level of mastery.

This group will create individual video tutorials for each lesson.These tutorials will be organized by module, unit, and semester and will be available to students through Schoology.
          Bullet Niwot Elementary - enVisionmath2.0 Workshop This session is new [A]
Target gorup: NIEL teachers

Teachers will bring Envision curriculum resources to class and spend time learning and discussing the structure and layout of the curriculum. They will then work in grade level groups to pick lessons to focus on and design for implementation in the classroom.
          Bullet Sanborn Elementary - enVisionmath2.0 Curriculum Development [A]
Target group: K-5 Sanborn teachers

Grade level teams will collaborate and plan whole group instruction, interventions, and where to integrate technology into each unit.
          Bullet Spark! Discovery Preschool STEM Unit Design 2018-19 This session is new [A]
Target group: SPARK! teachers

This group will create curriculum outlines for the 2018-2019 school year which will include essential questions, design challenges, purchase lists, dramatic play ideas, technology integration, center integration, small group ideas, material creation and standards/ELDG alignment. They will also create materials that can immediately be used in the classroom, including materials for dramatic play, games/activities for different centers, materials for teaching concepts whole group, etc.
          Bullet Thunder Valley K8 - Third Grade Explicit Reading Skills Instruction [A]
Target group: TVK8 third grade team

This group will review phonics and phonemic awareness methods and compile the best resources and practices into a curriculum to use during daily instruction.
     Professional Study Group Model Subcategory

          Bullet Best Instructional Practices in Special Education This session is new [A]
Target group: Special Education teachers (all levels)

Educators will collaborate to identify and reflect upon best practice methodologies to deliver instruction.
          Bullet Books to Support Student Learning 3 [A]
Target group: Northridge Elementary licensed and classified staff are encouraged to attend. Staff from other buildings will need prior approval.

All of the books chosen for this class have themes of building a powerful and cohesive classroom climate that enables optimal academic and social growth in students. The goal is to help students feel physically and emotionally safe in school so that they can learn at their best and to develop self-discipline and the skills needed for working and learning cooperatively with others.

To receive .5 credit, participants will read one book. To receive 1 credit, participants will read two books. There will be four class sessions for discussion and planning.

The books to choose from are:
  • Responsive School Discipline by Chip Wood and Babs Freeman-Liftis
  • Morning Meeting by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis
  • The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton
  • The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete
          Bullet Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain - Book Study
Target group: PK-12 teachers, counselors, administrators

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a way to help teachers support the diverse learners served in SVVSD. This group will read and discuss Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond. This study will provide strategies and insights that teachers can take with them into their classrooms. This PST will focus on how to build rigorous cognitive development strategies into instruction in order to support students in becoming independent learners.

There will be online discussions that require participants to comment and respond to each other about each chapter. Each chapter will have focus questions and a task related to the reading.

There will be 2 face-to-face meetings for participants to have an opportunity to do some gap analysis related to their schools, discuss conception/misconceptions related to CRT, and collaborate around next steps.
          Bullet Design Thinking: Connecting Mindfulness and SEL
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 Frederick High School - Jumpstart Planning and Analysis [A]
Target group: FHS feeder system teachers

This group will research the previous Jumpstart programs and how they were designed and then research and analyze national strategies on how to engage and retain 9th graders in order to help them be successful in high school. They will work with the counselors, coaches and clubs on extra curricular options and ways to get 9th grade students involved and some ways to reduce stress and depression and increase study skills.

All of this research will be combined to create a summer program for incoming 9th graders. This group will take notes and surveys and reflect on the immediate success of the program.
          Bullet Frederick High School Integration of Text Adoption with Technology This session is new [A]
Target group: FHA science teachers

This group will work collaboratively to develop lab activities that align with science standards and newly adopted materials. Time will be spent actively using the probeware to identify specific science standards which can be aligned with science curriculum. Individual and group work time will focus on implementation of the technology and curriculum development.
          Bullet Innovation Academy Exploration
Target group: Teachers, all grade levels

This group will do research and collaborate to share their findings (via Schoology, since the course will be asynchronous), come to observe the instruction happening during the academy at their convenience, and develop next steps for integrating this type of instruction into their classroom and pedagogy.

Below are dates that teachers can observe and work with the instructors at the academy.

Teachers MUST contact one of the instructors via e-mail in order to gain access to either building. IF THEY DO NOT, there will be no access.

    Wednesday, June 6
    9 am - 12 pm @ IBM
    Thursday, Jule 7
    9 am - 12 pm @ IBM
    Friday, June 8
    9 am - 12 pm @ IBM
    Wednesday, June 13
    9 am - 12 pm @ IBM and/or SHS
    Thursday, June 13
    9 am - 12 pm @ IBM and/or SHS
    Wednesday, June 20
    9 am - 12 pm @ SHS
          Bullet Lyons Elementary - Amplify Classroom Instruction [A]
Target group: Lyons Elementary teachers

Participants will create lessons to align standards/benchmarks and support student learning in various grade-level subjects integrating the use of various tech tools with the online curriculum - Envision 2.0 and ReadyGen. For example, fourth grade teachers are creating Nearpod lessons with ReadyGen materials.

These tools include:

  • Nearpod
  • Clips
  • Explain Everything
  • Book Creator
  • SeeSaw
  • Green Screen
  • Math App Suite
  • ChatterPix
          Bullet Mountain View Elementary - iReady and ReadyGen Skills Integration [A]
Target group: Mt. View teachers

This group will:

  • examine and align the ReadyGen curriculum with the iReady reading skills
  • plan specific lessons to integrate skills
  • research and create supplemental materials to use with the whole group and during small group rotations
          Bullet Mountain View Elementary iPad Preparedness Part 2 [A]
Target group: Mt. View teachers

Teachers will explore applications, read educational articles about technology integration, share and problem solve in order to integrate iPads into the curriculum as a creation tool.
          Bullet Northridge Elementary - Departmentalizing of 5th Grade [A]
Target group: NREL 5th grade team

This team of teachers will:
  • Relocate classrooms to minimize transitions
  • Relocate materials and other supplies necessary for each content area
  • Plan the most efficient way to transition students along with their materials
  • Redesign classrooms to deepen learning and provide the most effective learning environment for students.
  • Create a whole year map of units so that all involved are aware of what learning is going on in every part of 5th grade.
          Bullet Old Columbine High School - Project-Based Learning Summer 2018 [A]
Target group: OCHS teachers

Teachers will use project-based learning as an approach to increase student engagement, academic performance and attendance.
          Bullet Prairie Ridge Elementary - Summer iReady Data Dive This session is new [A]
Target group: PREL teachers

Teachers will be meeting as a group to review spring reading and math data for the students coming up in each of our classes in order to begin planning for flex time in the fall, as well as to get a head start on solid instruction for the beginning of next year.
     Training Model Subcategory

          Bullet Bring Design Thinking to Life!
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 CHAMPS: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management [A]

Target group: K-12 teachers, administrators

Engaged students, classrooms that seem to run themselves, seamless transitions--these are the goals of teachers who want to focus on effecive, standards-based instruction. Research to date shows us that when strong management systems are in place, teaching and learning occurs.

This class, which is drawn from Randy Sprick´s resource, CHAMPS: A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management, will enable participants to identify and maintain the effective aspects of the participants´s current management plan while adding and/or strengthening any less-effective aspects.

When teachers create clear expectations around student Conversation, Help, Activities, Movement, and Participation, they experience SUCCESS! This class can help any teacher, whether new or experienced, manage student behavior more effectively.
          Bullet Integrating the Whole Brain for the Classroom (Brain Gym)
Target group: K-12 teachers

This course is designed to give both elementary and secondary educators information about how the brain functions and how the principles of neuroscience in relationship to movement can be used in the classroom. This course will provide knowledge and understanding of how the brain and body work together, focusing on the areas that are related to education and improving literacy, English language development, math, focus, motivation, test taking skills, executive functioning, and affective skills in the classroom. 

Topics of study will include: the physiology of Brain Gym and how to successfully choose and support the implementation of Brain Gym as an educational model in the classroom. Upon completion of this course, teachers will be able to:

  • Describe the three basic principles involved in understanding the physiology of brain gym.
  • Give examples of real life classroom situations and distinguish which Brain Gym movements can be applied in the situation to change the measurable outcome.
  • Design a tangible implementation plan for use in the classroom that demonstrates a working knowledge of the Brain Gym movements taught in this class.

You will be charged $24 for the book when you register.
          Bullet MQI Coaching Workshop [A]
At the end of this workshop, participants will have an understanding of the key components of a productive conversation about instruction. MQI is a math-specific rubric that provides a framework for analyzing math instruction. Video-based virtual coaching will support teachers in reflecting on their work and the work of their students. Teachers will support teachers in reflection on their work and the work of their students.

Teachers will sign up and receive two credits/one credit + stipend for July 23-26 and two credits/one credit + stipend for video coaching.

Here at the options to choose from:

    Option A: 2 PD/Salary credits for the workshop + 2 PD/Salary credits for the ongoing 2018-19 coaching cycles

    Option B: 1 PD/Salary credit +$450 stipend for the workshop + 1 PD/Salary credit + $450 stipend for ongoing 2018-19 coaching cycles
          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 Socratic Seminars: Critical Thinking Through Conversation [A]

Target Group: Teachers, all grade levels and content areas.

The Socratic method of teaching is based on Socrates theory that it is more important to enable students to think for themselves than to merely fill their heads with right answers. Socratic Seminars are a highly motivating form of intellectual and scholarly discourse conducted in K-12 classrooms. Socratic Seminars foster active learning as participants explore and evaluate the ideas, issues, and values in a particular text.

Participants will be able to

  • ask Socratic questions
  • identify age and curriculum-appropriate texts for use in Socratic seminars
  • conduct Socratic seminars
  • evaluate seminar participant behaviors as well as their own behaviors as seminar leaders.

After registering for this, several readings will be e-mailed to you. Participants are asked to read these documents prior to attending the class. Please be sure that your e-mail address entered in your account is accurate.

This addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 1D, 3E, 3F.
          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 Thinking Maps (Strengthening Cognitive Skills)
Target Group: Classroom teachers of every content area and grade level. No out-of-district please.

Thinking Maps provide all students with an opportunity to achieve at a higher level. Learn to use Thinking Maps to strengthen cognitive skills for all students across every content and grade level. Participants will learn the theory and research behind Thinking Maps (Marzano) and application possibilities in every content area. After learning course content, participants will apply knowledge to the classroom setting. Thinking Maps naturally differentiate the curriculum and provide emphasis on the eight most important cognitive skills teachers focus on every day.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1B, 1D, 1E.

The Thinking Maps manual ($137) will be provided at no charge for the first 25 applicants who register for the course.

There will 8 hours of individual time.
Credit will not be awarded until submission of the final project.

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