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Cognitive Depth: DOK Deep Dive

The most important question is one of practice: how do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.  Join us to dive into using Webb's DOK Levels to transform your student work products and challenge thinking every day.

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Taking Notes Effectively

Believe it or not, students do not come to you knowing how to take effective notes. Find ways to help students learn how to take notes effectively. Session will include structured formats like Cornell Notes as well as general tips to help students practice and improve their note-taking skills.

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Taking Notes Creatively

For many students, adding sketches, color and variety to their notes helps reinforce their learning. Come explore how bullet journals and sketchnotes might help your "out of the box" students find a way to take more effective notes. No special skills, talents or tools required!

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Foldables

Foldables are three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers that quickly organize and display data.  Learn how to replace teacher-generated photocopied worksheets with student-generated documents, and learn how to communicate information through visuals like graphs, models, and diagrams.

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Comics in the Classroom

Participants will learn how to foster summarization skills, focus on main ideas and explore sequencing by engaging students in comics.  This session will support teachers in encouraging creativity using comic apps and websites.

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Using Data to Drive Instruction

This session is designed specifically to put your data to use in your own classrooms and school. Teachers will focus on analyzing data to form small groups of students for RtI.  Administrators and instructional coaches will use this session to identify school-wide trends.

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Diving Deep into Data Analysis

Participants will use data to find pattern and trends on grade, school and district levels and move to action planning by prioritizing focus areas.  Participants will plan for reteaching gaps in standards, curriculum and student services. This workshop can be tailored to teacher learners and administrative teams.

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Data Fundamentals

Introduction of various forms of data collection and the purpose of each, including screeners, diagnostics, informal and informal assessments, progress monitoring and benchmark assessments.  Participants will leave with familiarity of multiple types of assessments and a plan to implement assessments of their choice in their classroom or school.

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NWEA Reports for Teachers: Advanced

Overview of NWEA MAP reports that advanced users commonly need. Learning Continuum reports, Achievement Status and Growth Reports and Student Profile reports will be the focus.  For the purposes of discussion, your classroom and school's data will be used.

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Teachers who have attended NWEA in a Nutshell or with experience running and analyzing NWEA reports.
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NWEA In A Nutshell

Overview of NWEA MAP reports that new users commonly need. Class, Class Breakdown and Learning Continuum reports will be the focus with an introduction to Achievement Status and Growth and Student Profile reports. For the purposes of discussion, sample data will be used.

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NWEA Growth Conversations with Students

Teachers will examine NWEA data and plan conversations with students to discuss performance, goals and action plans. The focus will be on the interactive Student Profile, but we will also cover the Goal Setting Worksheet and Progress Report.

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Mapping Growth Using NWEA MAP Data

Using the data from your NWEA reports, plan instruction and set growth goals both for your class as a whole and for individual students. Encourage growth by helping students focus on specific skills, create action plans and celebrate progress.

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What Does NWEA Mean to Me for Secondary Students

This session is an overview of the importance of NWEA, how the test helps you as a student and goal-setting. Students will leave with a vision board that motivates them to meet their NWEA growth goal.

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Student Goal Setting: Using NWEA MAP Data to Create a Culture of Student Ownership for Administrators

Administrators will examine student goal setting and mentoring protocols while while planning school-wide rollouts. The focus will be on teaching mentors and teachers about conversations with students to discuss performance, goals and action plans while focusing on student-level reporting.

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Administrators with deep knowledge of reports who are striving to create an "NWEA Culture" at their district or school site with a focus on student ownership at all levels (elementary and secondary).
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NWEA in a Nutshell for Administrators

Overview of NWEA MAP reports that new-to-NWEA administrators commonly need. District Summary Report, Projected Proficiency Report and Student Growth Summary Report will be the focus with an introduction to the best reports for teachers. For the purposes of discussion, sample data will be used.

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NWEA Focus on Growth Culture for Administrators

Review of NWEA MAP reports that administrators commonly need to set school-wide goals and drive towards results. The focus will be a professional development plan for training staff on NWEA reports from summer to spring as well as creating an "NWEA Culture" at your district or school site.

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Administrators with basic knowledge of reports who want advanced development in using NWEA data to drive instruction and training teachers on NWEA.
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Online Applications that Support English Language Learners

Increase the use of technology in your classroom to best serve English Language Learners. Begin by exploring applications that are a useful addition to your ELL strategies, and implement them into your daily instruction.

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English Language Learners and WIDA Basics

Participants will learn to use the WIDA assessment, understand the Home Language Survey and explore the characteristics of language acquisition for English Language Learners.

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Do's and Dont's for Teaching ELLs

The Do's and Dont's session will provide easy tips for those new to working with ELL students.  Participants will understand how to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

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Before, During, and After the Lesson: Quick Tips to Benefit ELLs

Quick Tips to Benefit ELL students will teach you to use language development standards to design your lessons.  Participants will also get tools to plan a language development rich lesson, which benefits all students in the classroom.

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Advancing Instruction with Additional English Language Learner Strategies

Participants who have worked with ELL students before will advance their strategies in increasing the rigor of ELL instruction,  add research-based instructional strategies to the ELL toolbox and practice effective instructional strategies in a supportive environment.

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5 Key Strategies for English Language Instruction

Participants will learn 5 ready-to-implement strategies to support English Language Learners with content mastery and practice strategies to use tomorrow in the classroom.

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4 Strategies for Academic Vocabulary

Participants will learn academic vocabulary strategies that will help ALL students and will practice using vocabulary strategies to apply to practice the very next day.

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Writing in Every Classroom

Learn writing strategies for every discipline, curriculum and content that improve student mastery and increase engagement.

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Teach Like a Champion: The Basics

Use Doug Lemov's highly effective Teach Like a Champion strategies to learn techniques to check for and develop a complete understanding using intentional questioning.  Participants will also learn the skill of Cold Call to keep all students accountable, No Opt-Out to implement high expectations for all learners and Wait Time to allow for students to ponder and develop answers. Each piece can be a stand-alone 1-hour workshop as well: Checks for Understanding, Wait Time, No Opt-Out & Right is Right and Cold Call.

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Teach Like a Champion: In-Depth & Subject Specific

Show Call and Art of the Sentence work well in tandem: Art of the Sentence asks students to synthesize a complex idea, summarize a reading or distill a discussion in a single, well-crafted sentence. It’s a rigorous task that can improve the quality of students’ writing. Show Call is a tool for accountability for that written work. Show Call encourages students to give their best effort on their writing and can be used to leverage work of individual students to improve the writing of the entire class.

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Seesaw: Digital Student Portfolios

Simplify classroom workflow with student-driven digital portfolios.  With Seesaw, you can collect and organize all students' digital and physical work while engaging parents with real-time updates on their children's school day.

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Questioning for Learning

Help your students grow increasingly resourceful at problem solving and learn how to make essential questions that increase rigor in your classroom. Applicable to all subject areas and grade levels.

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Mind Mapping by Design

Participants will learn about the powerful use of graphic organizers and how to use them as a strategy to change the culture of a classroom and even a school. Graphic organizers are applicable to all subject areas and grade levels.

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Explicit Instructions

Explicit Instruction based on Anita Archer's practices is systematic, direct, engaging and success-oriented professional development that promotes achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. We will review the following objectives: clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills and routines to teach; design and deliver effective lessons; and give students opportunities to practice and master new material. Sample lesson plans, lively examples and reproducible checklists and teacher worksheets enhance the learner's experience.

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Cooperative Learning Strategies

Dive into cooperative learning, an instructional strategy in which small student groups work together on a common task. This teaching method is an excellent way to allow students to think critically without relying on you for answers.  Implement elements of critical thinking and student-driven classrooms using cooperative learning.

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Close Reading

Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc. Close reading includes many elements, including using short passages and excerpts, diving right into the text with limited pre-reading activities, rereading deliberately and discussing the text with others. Learn how to implement in your school and classroom to increase student engagement and understanding.

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Personalized Learning: Student Goal Setting

Participants will focus on how to set effective goals for students and teach students to do the same for themselves in a personalized learning context.

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Personalized Learning: Small Group Instruction

In a personalized learning environment, participants will focus on data-driven groupings and determine what to teach when to small student groups.

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Personalized Learning: Mentoring

Participants will learn effective strategies for mentoring students in a personalized learning environment,  participate in student mentoring conversations and work on scheduling to implement mentoring in their classrooms and/or school site.

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Personalized Learning: Communicating Progress to Stakeholders

Participants will use rubrics and data from learning management systems to give meaningful feedback to students on projects, assessments and assignments.  Also, there will be a focus on communicating progress and data to parents, the board and the community.

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Teach Like a Champion: Establish a Positive and Effective Classroom Culture

Participants will focus on 5 strands of Teach Like a Champion practices to support establishing a positive culture. Establishing a positive culture can be delivered at any point throughout the school year but is most effective for summer professional development sessions.  Modules include Compliance You Can See, Firm-Calm Finesse, Least Invasive Intervention, Positive Precise Praise and Systems and Routines.

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Succsessul Strategies for Working with High Risk/Challenging Students

Do you work with a challenging student or two? Explore best practices that help transform your students from disengaged and challenging to engaged and productive.

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Effective and Efficient Structures to Engage Students

Participants will learn instructional strategies designed to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students' confidence and retain their interest in lessons.

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Reading in Every Classroom

Learn reading strategies for every discipline, curriculum and content that improve student mastery and increase engagement.

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Reading & Math Strategies

Master strategies that will help students understand content more deeply and in a way that translates to summative assessments, specifically state assessments.

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Introduction to Interactive Notebooks

Learn what interactive notebooks are and where they fit into your instruction.  Participants will also learn how to integrate interactive notebooks into their lessons and manage their time and resources while using interactive notebooks. This workshop applies to all subjects and grade levels and includes creative note-taking, effective note-taking and foldables.

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Delving Deep Into Differentiation

We will dive deep into differentiation by learning what differentiation is and what it isn't. Then, we will explore strategies to accommodate your students' learning styles that can be implemented immediately after training.

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Charts, Tables, and Graphs

Strategies for students in every discipline to better understand and interpret charts, tables and graphs.

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