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     Conference Model Subcategory

          Bullet CAMLE 2018 Conference [A]
Are you registered to attend2018 CAMLE Annual Conference, Owning It: Empowering Students & Teachers in the Middle Grades on Saturday, November 3 at Casey Middle School in Boulder, CO. If so, you can earn PD Salary Credit when you attend and participate in 4 sessions of your choice at the statewide conference. Your options will include over 44 workshops delivered by school practitioners, regional experts and national organizations on the following topics: • building student ownership • student motivation • self-reflection • formative assessment • providing quality feedback
     Independent Study Model Subcategory

          Bullet Longmont High School - 9th Grade Team 2018-19
Teachers will be meet every week with all interested parties including counselors, interventionists, admin, core teachers and elective teachers, our attendance liaison, our MTSS liaison, ELL coordinators, SPED caseload managers, gifted and talented coordinator to address all students´ academic and behavioral needs.
     On-Line Course Model Subcategory

          Bullet Making Thinking Visible [A]

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.
          Bullet Savvy Tools for Savvy Readers - Elementary - Spring 2019 [A]
Target group: Intermediate teachers (grades 3-5)

Participants will gain knowledge of book level, content level, and text complexity through an exploration of novels.

The class is a 8-week online class. There will not be any face-to-face meetings. Participants will be required to check in weekly for discussions and assignment submissions. Using the District Digital Library will be part of the class.

Requirements for the course:

  • Read 3 novels of choice and one required read
  • Complete text complexity activity for each
  • Engage in the weekly activities and discussion questions with a minimum of an initial response and at least one reply to another participant.
          Bullet Savvy Tools for Savvy Readers Secondary - Spring 2019 [A]
Target Group: Secondary teachers, all content areas

Participants will gain knowledge of book level, content level, and text complexity through an exploration of novels and/or non-fiction text.

The class is a 8-week online class. There will not be any face-to-face meetings. Participants will be required to check in weekly for discussions and assignment submissions. Using the District Digital Library will be part of the class. iPad access is not required but is highly recommended.

Requirements for the course:

  • Read 3 novels or 9 non-fiction quick reads or combination (3 non-fiction = 1 novel) that are content and age appropriate for your class
  • Complete text complexity rubric for each
  • Create a tool to monitor student independent reading
  • Develop a “Recommended Reading List” for your class from books that are in the District Digital Library or that can be found in your school’s library
  • Engage in the weekly discussion questions with a minimum of an initial response and at least one reply to another participant
  • Final course assignment

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1B, 2C
     Process Model Subcategory

          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 Erie High School - Chemistry Lab Redevelopment
Target group: EHS science teachers

Using new curriculum and the latest science lab skills this group will create project based labs, student led, inquiry based labs as well and new and exciting demonstrations for each unit.
          Bullet Erie High School - Improving STEM Alignment
Target group: EHS STEM teachers

This group will:

  • do preliminary research about STEM alignment status in an interdisciplinary team of instructional leaders
  • attend the 2-day "Germinator Weekend" as a think-tank professional development by Knowles Teacher Initiative to support the proposal process for a Seed grant.
  • continue work after the Germinator weekend to write Seed Grant proposal and win funds to support implementation work of this ideas generated for STEM alignment improvement at EHS and with EHS feeders.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Advisory Team Fall 2018 [A]
This group will continue to create lessons and place them in Schoology for use in the future. This will include links to tools the district would like the students to access, for example the wellness inventory.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Integrated Team Fall 2018
This group will meet to revise and create integrated content, plan and create new curriculum and assessments to go with revised plans. They will be meet to change readings, revise the course outline and improve on assessments from last years attempt.
          Bullet Lyons Elementary/Middle/Senior Late Start Curriculum Development
Target group: Lyons Elementary, Middle, and Senior High staff

This group will continue the work started in the Colorado Outward Bound Science and Leadership class, building units to incorporate Science, Curriculum, Standards, and Leadership skills for elementary, middle and high school students.
          Bullet Mead High School - 2nd Semester: Creating a Blended Classroom for Algebra 2 [A]
Target Group MHS Math Teachers,

We will create individual video tutorials for each lesson second semester lesson. These tutorials will be organized by module and unit and will be available to students through Schoology. Students will be held accountable for watching video tutorials by answering check-for-understanding questions centered around each lesson. We will also streamline the organization of all unit plans and supplementary resources into a single structure accessible to both students and teachers.
          Bullet Mead High School - Common Performance Assessments for World Language
Target group: MHS World Language teachers

Teachers will meet together to discuss new standards, unit goals and can-do statements for students. They will use these statements to design common performance assessments, rubrics, and grading practices to be used in Level 2. They will work both in group and individually to accomplish these tasks.
          Bullet Niwot High School - IB DP Course Outline and Unit Plans Development Part 2
Target group: NHS IB DP staff

IB teachers will first review the IB provided resources and the IB provided templates to create the Course Outlines and Unit Plans.
          Bullet Spark! Discovery Preschool - Technology Committee [A]
This team will develop:

  • Nearpod lessons for the 6 units
  • Chatter pics experiences for the 6 units
  • Templates for Book Creator
  • After experimenting with Apps, standardize instructional language, prompts, procedures, etc. across preschool classroom environments to support teachers and students in using available tech
  • Build and utilize a recording booth for the Padcaster
  • Other areas found useful
     Professional Study Group Model Subcategory

          Bullet AP Capstone 2018-19
Target group: AP Capstone teachers at SHS, SCHS, EHS, LHS, and MHS.

Teachers will be evaluating curriculum and best practices in AP Seminar and AP Research to make sure they are aligned and offering the best opportunities for authentic, challenging, college-level scholarly work.
          Bullet Best Instructional Practices in Special Education
Target group: Special Education teachers (all levels)

Educators will collaborate to identify and reflect upon best practice methodologies to deliver instruction.
          Bullet Beyond the Pod: Radical Candor
Target group: Licensed teachers

The Vrain Waves podcast is exposing educators to new authors weekly. This PST would allow teachers to focus on the book Radical Candor as well as use the podcast as a resource.

This PST would have three components:

  • In-person meetings with a Vrain Waves listener cohort
  • Edthena video coaching on Vrain Waves implementation strategies with emphasis on peer-peer feedback
  • Schoology book study reflection on Radical Candor anchor text
          Bullet Black Rock Elementary - Wild Card Book Study
Target group: BREL teachers

This group will read The Wild Card and discuss implications for classrooms and plan ways to implement.
          Bullet Centennial Elementary Tech Tuesdays
Target group: Centennial teachers

This group will share various apps and websites to use in order to make formative assessments, interactive lessons, digital activities, games, digital collaboration, digital classroom management, and how to create projects using iPads and Chromebooks.
          Bullet Effective Collaboration in the Special Education Itinerant Model
Target group: Early Childhood Special Education itinerants

This group will read, discuss, and reflect on the text, A Guide to Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services.
          Bullet Erie Feeder Secondary Math Collaboration
Target group: Math teachers from EMS, EHS, Soaring Heights K8

This group will have monthly meetings with a different topic related to the reason for this study. They will look at the expectations for math classes at all levels and different aspects of the curricula used (for example: EMS, Soaring Heights, and EHS use different curricula for Algebra 1). They will align expectations for math students across the Erie feeder system.
          Bullet Erie High School - Advanced Placement Collaboration
Target Group: EHS AP teachers and coordinator

This group will:
  • establish practice testing sessions
  • align expectations
  • develop testing preparation opportunities
  • discuss recruitment ideas
  • share studying techniques
  • support students and fellow teachers
  • analyze the AP scores, trends and enrollment data
          Bullet Erie Middle School - Blended Learning - Fall 2018
Target group: EMS teachers

This group will:

  • View a video of a blended lesson so teachers can see what it looks like in action
  • give feedback
  • choose elements they can take away and try for themselves

Teachers will be provided examples of learning in blended and share teaching strategies:

  • evaluating rubrics
  • learning about 1 point rubrics using stations
          Bullet Frederick High School - A Better Afternoon Banter
Target Group: FHS teachers interested in increasing student agency and voice in the school

FHS is focusing on Student Agency and Student Voice and studying methods to develop this change in instruction. This will be a place to gather ideas from colleagues, talk through successes and challenges, and support change in classrooms. Each week teachers will share one new thing tried and receive feedback and response to the lesson in a collegial manner.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Jumpstart Planning and Analysis
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 - Take Action: Learn, Do and Share (Neuroteach)
Target group: FHS teachers

This group will read professional books, meet regularly, and discuss the books.
          Bullet Frederick High School - Take Action: Learn, Do, and Share (Role Reversal)
Target group: FHS teachers

This group will read professional books, meet regularly, and discuss the books.
          Bullet Hygiene Elementary - Vrain Waves Study and Action
Target group: Hygiene teachers

Teachers wanting to collaboratively discuss, take action on, and implement a peer review process based on the educational best practices, educational trends, and research highlighted on Vrain Waves podcast.
          Bullet Legacy Elementary Pineapple Chart PST This session is new [A]
Target Group:Legacy Elementary Teachers

A Pineapple Chart is a system that allows teachers to invite one another into their classrooms for informal observation. The chart is set up outside of their classroom. Teachers who participate will be required to do observations of their peers that are part of the group. We will meet as a group to discuss the concept of a pineapple chart, develop observation cycles, review and learn about instructional rounds and video lessons for 5 hours. Another 5 hours will be meeting to collaborate and develop lessons based on their observations. 5 hours will be independent where they will read about instructional rounds and feedback, observe their peers and provide feedback: Questions, Suggestions, Strengths. Teachers will also write reflections on the feedback they receive.
          Bullet Mathematical Mindsets Book Study
Target group: K-12 math teachers

This class is a book study on Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students´ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler. In addition to reading and discussing the content of the book, participants will be asked to implement aspects of the book in their classrooms and bring artifacts to each meeting.

Participants will receive a copy of the book.
          Bullet Mead High School - AP Study Group 2018-19
Target group: MHS AP teachers

This group will develop AP boot camps, promotional videos, and study/support groups to foster student success in AP level courses.
          Bullet Middle School & High School ICAP Lesson Planning [A]
Middle School Counselors will develop ICAP lesson plans to align with the middle school ICAP Scope and Sequence. High School Counselors will develop ICAP lesson plans to align with the High School ICAP Scope and Sequence. Each group will create at least 10 lesson plans for each grade level.
          Bullet Mountain View Elementary - iReady and ReadyGen Skills Integration
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
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 Niwot High School: Subjects Matter: A Book Study
Target group: NHS English teachers

This group will:

  • read Subjects Matter by Daniels and Zemelman
  • meet regularly to discuss the reading
  • choose strategies and practices from the text
  • implement them in classroom practice
  • reflect on successes and needs for improvement
          Bullet Planning and Implementing the SMART Teams Program - Fall 2018
Target group: HS science teachers

Members of the PST will share resources among the group and create a cadre of teachers who will provide students with an opportunity to engage in real-world learning, development of professional skills, connect with current scientific researchers and support the transition of students from high school to college-level scientific research and study through the SMART team program.

Teachers will:

  • Training for teachers/mentors Providing resources for helping students develop skills in scientific research (reading, writing, communication skills) Teachers will learn how to utilize Jmol (3D protein modeling program) to design physical models of proteins
  • develop scaffolds and supports for student learning
  • develop and refine strategies for reading and understanding high-level scientific text
  • coach students to give scientific presentations
  • foster student collaboration as a TEAM
          Bullet Prairie Ridge Elementary - Learning Targets 2018-19
Target group: PREL teachers

This group will write learning targets for classes/grade levels for each subject, each day.
          Bullet Reading and Writing Technical Data [A]
Target group: HS Mathematics Educators

We will look through resources for rich mathematical tasks that encourage both reading to understand a situation and writing of mathematical justification which is inherently followed by technical texts. Teachers will look through resources for rich mathematical tasks that encourage both reading to understand a situation and writing of mathematical justification which is inherently followed by technical texts.
          Bullet Sanborn Elementary - S.T.A.R.S. (PBIS)
Target group: Sanborn teachers

This team will collaborate to create verbiage for visuals, discuss data from the counselor to brainstorm reinforcements, work with the tech team, etc. The team will use strategies from trauma trainings to create a system that is trauma sensitive for our kids. They will collaborate and discuss to begin projects that can be completed independently according to team member strengths.
          Bullet Sanborn Elementary - Team Tech
Target group: SAEL teachers

With all of the new technology, teachers would like more support and guidance with using it in authentic ways within the building and strategies of how 10 iPads will be utilized in the classroom. This group will research instructional tools and teach each member of the tech team how to use it. They will implement the tool in their own classrooms and share successes/struggles with the group.
          Bullet Skyline High School - E-Credit During the Day Collaboration
Target group: SHS teachers who teach e-credit during the day

Teachers will work as a team to develop agenda, strategies, and curriculum as needed for students to access and understand the Edmentum program
          Bullet Skyline High School - PTECH Book Study
Target goup: SHS PTEACH Teachers and stakeholders

This group will read Radial Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott. They will learn to communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and community professionals in such a way as to reflect a work place culture where leaders care about their students and create an environment of professionalism and high achievement.
          Bullet Soaring Heights PK8 Lesson Study 2018-19 [A]
Target group: SHPK8 teachers

Each teacher will use Edthena to reflect on their own teaching as well as the teaching of their teammates. Each team will chose a content to focus on and identify an enduring understanding that will be the guiding focus.

Teachers will view and comment on their teammates´ videos as well as on their own video. Each teacher will ask for specific feedback on their video as well identify a “next step” from a teammates video.

This will be a 4 week cycle for each team and each team will participate in two cycles (one in the first half of the year and another in the second half of the year.)

Principal will join the Instructional Technology Coach and the team for a face-to-face reflecting conversation after the 4 week cycle is up for each team.
          Bullet Structured Teaching for Students with Autism
Target group: Autism Center Based teachers, SSN teachers if interested.

This group will:

  • create more structured work tasks that better align to students´ needs
  • provide a schedule or a system for students to independently find work task boxes
  • research different ways to structure the work task system
  • talk about how to differentiate tasks
  • look at how to integrate the curriculum into the independent work systems.
          Bullet Sunset Middle School - What Great Teachers Do Differently
Target group: SMS teachers

Teachers will read and discuss topics from What Great Teachers Do Differently and The Wild Card. They will look for a practical application of the learning that takes place.
          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 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 effective, 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.

Please note, this class is intended for Tier 1 behavior supports and interventions. Participants will also be asked to video their classrooms for reflection.
          Bullet Digital Making Workshop
Target group: Only teachers who have applied and been accepted for the workshop

This is a full day workshop designed around Raspberry Pi that immerses participants in digital making and encourages learning through failure.
          Bullet Learning To Provide an Inclusive Environment Through the Use of Non-Linguistic Representation
Target group: SVVSD educators only (sorry, no out-of-district)

This class is designed for all professionals who want to increase opportunities to engage non-verbal students. Participants will learn instructional strategies for engaging diverse learners through and alternative communicative support method through the access of purposeful signs or gestures. While American Sign Language vocabulary will be provided and taught this course is to promote a more inclusive school environment for ALL students.
          Bullet Love & Logic - 9 Essential Skills for the Love & Logic Classroom [A]

Target Group:K-12 classroom teachers, all staff who work with students.

Start the semester off right, making sure you still have energy at the end of the work day, as well as love your job while increasing student on-task time! Teach more, discipline less, and meet the standards with more students, more often by joining this high-energy positive course.

You will be charged $9 for the handbook when you register.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2F
          Bullet Responding to the Needs of Gifted Students in SVVSD - Elementary
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
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 Gift of Mindful Teaching [A]
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.
          Bullet Trail Ridge Middle School - Differentiating with Depth and Complexity Icons: PST
Target group: TRMS teachers only

This group will start by sharing the results of implementation from the previous week, introducing a new skill or icon with practice and application, and planning with teams.


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