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      AP Capstone 2018-19 [A]
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 [A]
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 [A]
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 [A]
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.
      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."
      Erie Feeder Secondary Math Collaboration [A]
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 [A]
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
      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) [A]
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) [A]
Target group: FHS teachers

This group will read professional books, meet regularly, and discuss the books.
      Frederick High School Integration of Text Adoption with Technology
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.
      Hygiene Elementary - Vrain Waves Study and Action [A]
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.
      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
      Lyons Elementary - Amplify Classroom Instruction
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
      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.
      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
      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.
      Niwot High School: Subjects Matter: A Book Study [A]
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
      Old Columbine High School - Project-Based Learning Summer 2018
Target group: OCHS teachers

Teachers will use project-based learning as an approach to increase student engagement, academic performance and attendance.
      Planning and Implementing the SMART Teams Program - Fall 2018 [A]
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
      Sanborn Elementary - Team Tech [A]
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 [A]
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 [A]
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.
      Structured Teaching for Students with Autism [A]
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 [A]
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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