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      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.
      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.
      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
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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
      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
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      Legacy Elementary Pineapple Chart PST [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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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
      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.
      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
      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
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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


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