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Description
Session A
9:15-10:30
Session B
10:45-12:00
Session C
1:30-2:45
20 Active Learning Strategies to Engage All Students
 
Facilitator: Matthew Rosenthal
 
In this session, participants will practice and come away with 20 active learning strategies to engage all students. These strategies can be used in, or adapted to all grade levels and all subject areas. The session will focus on strategies to begin class, to utilize during class, and to end class. 
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Add a Soundtrack to your Classroom: An Introduction to Garage Band
 
Facilitator: Megan Riccio
 
All of us have Garage Band on our school computers and it really is a fantastic resource that is not always utilized.  Come and learn the basics of this easy to use program so you can add music and creativity to your classroom.  No previous musical experience required! Bring your laptop and headphones, if available.
 
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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Elementary ATLAS Rubicon Curriculum Maps
 
Facilitator/s: Jane Hundley, Karen McCarthy, Karen Tripoli, Kathy McCarthy
 
This session will allow participants the opportunity to  use ATLAS to design and plan units of instruction and learn to access curriculum information. 
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An Experiment in Standards Based Grading
 
Facilitator: Avon Lewis 
 
I am in my third year of an experiment in standards based assessment with modified mastery grading in my AP Physics class.  This experiment has transformed my interactions with students and how I think about my material.  In this workshop I will share the process I followed when developing this course, the materials I use with students, some of the mistakes I have made and the feedback I have gotten about grading in this way. We will finish by taking some time to brainstorm how this might work in other disciplines and subjects. 
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An Introduction to planbook.com with iPad and laptop
 
Facilitator: Walter Richardson
 
An introduction and idea sharing session on the use of planbook.com.  Participants are encouraged to bring  iPads, iPhones, android devices, and laptop of any platform.  Participants should also bring their lesson plan books so they can use their own lesson examples.  Topics will include custom templates, calendar management, exploration of student access and file attachment.
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Article Discussion:  Homework, Engagement, Resilience and Standards-Based Grading
 
Facilitator/s: Jennifer Turner, Anna Monaco  
 
During the session, participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss recent articles published in Educational Leadership and other current educational journals.  Topics will include  homework, student engagement, resilience, and standards based grading.  Through carousel-type activities, participants will share their thoughts and ideas, challenge each other, ask questions, and reflect on their own personal experience in each of these areas. 
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Assessing Readers using Teacher's College Running Records Level L-Z
 
Facilitator/s: Patty Cascio, Tammy McBride
 
Teacher's College has provided us with another option, besides DRA, for determining a student's independent reading level. These RRs are quicker to administer and give the teacher better information in regards to each student's area of strengths and weaknesses.  In this session, we will take you through the administration and scoring of TC Running Records factoring in the three areas of concern when assessing a reader, 1. accuracy and self-correction 2. fluency and expression and 3. comprehension.   We will also include some helpful suggestions for students pre and post this assessment.
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Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, ONLY
 
Facilitator/s:  Barbara Schuster, Claire O'Connell, Jill Gasperini
 
Students will learn single-rescuer and team basic life support for adults, children and infants through 5 interactive exercises, scenarios and a written test. Navigation controls allow students to move easily through content as they learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilation and provide early use of an AED. Course also teaches relief of choking. 
 

 
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Blackholes in the Classroom
 
Facilitator: Kelly Kilts 
 
Has a student ever asked you, "What is a black hole?" or have you wondered about them yourself?  In this tutorial, learn where black holes come from, what they are, and how to briefly explain them to your students
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Building a Learning-Aware Class Culture 
 
Facilitator: Dane Despres
 
Culture is established through the customs, social institutions, and art of a particular group of people.  What can we do in our practice to build a culture that encourages student awareness and ownership of their own learning?  This session will review the essential building blocks of a learning-aware culture, present models of learning-aware practices, and provide you with the time and guidance to begin building your own learning-aware class culture. 
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Building A Successful School Through Trust, Collaboration, Capacity Building and Leaders At All Levels 
 
Facilitator:  Paul Ash
 
During the past decade, schools have been forced to adopt more and more standardization, accountability, and compliance rules to improve employee and student performance. This workshop will focus on strategies that increase organizational outcomes, innovation, and employee morale. Dr. Ash will share examples of what has worked--and not worked to connect teachers and administrators to work together more effectively and meet student academic and social/emotional needs. 
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Building Students' Academic and Social Strengths Through Positive Community Connections
 
Facilitator/s: Beth Glick, Efe Igho-Osagie, Caroline Cohan
 
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn some of the latest theories that support enriching your students' learning potential. There will be opportunities for participants to have hands-on experience with different classroom activities focused on enhancing a growth mindset for student learning and problem solving. This workshop will address academic as well as social-emotional learning with a particular focus on elementary students. 
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Close Reading in Science and Social Studies: An Integrated Approach (grades 3-5) 

Facilitator/s: Neil Taylor, Julie Selhub, Lauren Archibald, Melinda Loof

In this session, you can look for ways to incorporate close reading strategies and lessons into your science and social studies teaching. By blending thoughtful literacy instruction with thematic content, you will push students to deeper levels of thinking and make your teaching more interconnected. Join the session to learn more about close reading and to see examples of the work done by a team of 4th and 5th grade classroom teachers, specialists, and literacy specialists. Together we can also brainstorm what this might look like in your classroom.    
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"Color Blind or Color Brave" Advocating for Our Children of Color
 
Facilitator/s:  Barbara Nobles, Cheryl Crowder
 
Color Blind or Color Brave will help you understand the impact of institutional racism on ALL of our students.  It will also provide you with strategic interventions to respond to racism and effectively advocate for our students of color.

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Compliments and Teaching Points:  Conferring with Writers, Grades 3-5
 
Facilitator:  Maggie Aikenhead, Anne Garcia-Meitin
 
We will briefly review the structure of a conference, and then analyze one student's work together for strengths and next steps, identifying possible compliments and teaching points for conferring.  Participants will then spend the bulk of the time looking at their own students' writing.  Teachers should bring students' writing notebooks and writing folders with them in order to plan for both conferences and small group instruction.  They should also bring the Writing Pathways and If...Then books from their Writing Units of Study. 
 
 

 
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CPR for Friends and Family
 
Facilitator/s: Eamonn Sheehan, Jane Bergin
 
This workshop will give participants an overview of what intervention steps can be taken if a cardiac event occurs.  Participants will participate in the hands on process of assessing the victim, initiating the emergency response system and the basics of CPR and AED use.  * Note while skills will be practiced and observed the course will not lead to CPR certification. 
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Creative and Collegial Models of Professional Learning In The School Day
 
Facilitator/s: Sandra A. Trach, Rebecca Brogadir
 
Learn about creative models of professional learning that energize collegiality and school culture, and promote strong student achievement.  These models can be held within the school day as part of our everyday work together, and have little to no additional cost.
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District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)/Special Education Accommodations
 
Facilitator: John Bruno
 
Every school district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is required to developed a District Curriculum Accommodation  Plan to support teachers and administrators in planning and providing a general education plan that is able to accommodate students' diverse learning needs.  Now, how does one decipher the difference(s) between DCAP and special education accommodations?  Can having a District Curriculum Accommodation Plan evade unnecessary referrals to special education and truly assist diverse learning needs?
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Engaging Students Through Technology
 
Facilitator: Tammy Darling
 
Come learn how to add audio to your presentations.  Turn up the volume: add music and voiceovers to your Prezis.  It is important to note that you can drop your existing power point slides in Prezi with just a click!  After a tutorial you can try it out on your own and leave with a new Prezi presentation to share.  You will also learn how to invite students to co-create remotely using Prezi.
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Executive Function: Sharing Ideas to Support Brain Function for Elementary Students in the Specialist Classrooms
 
Facilitator: Roberta Wehmeyer
 
This sharing session will look at how we can increase the executive brain function though instruction and visual supports. These strategies when looked at through a specialists' lens are for multiple levels, pro-social and support transitions. Please bring with you any ideas that you could share that help children manage themselves, materials, and tasks over time. 
 
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Executive Functioning in the Classroom: Overview and Strategies
 
Facilitator: Karen Morin, Bonnie O'Connor, Kristine Wiltz
 
This session is designed for anyone looking to expand his or her understanding of how executive functioning skills impact students in the classroom. The session will give a brief description of which executive function areas impact student learning, how to identify needs in your students and a few strategies for supporting and developing executive functions in the classroom. 
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Exploring Cultural Proficiency
 
Facilitator:  Jennifer Wolfrum
 
How can we better address cultural diversity in our classrooms and schools?  What does it mean to be culturally proficient?  In order to become culturally proficient, we need to understand what cultural diversity represents as well as how our own cultural backgrounds and experiences impact our interactions with others, including our students.  This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore cultural diversity and to share strategies for achieving cultural proficiency.

 
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Falling in Love with Close Reading
 
Facilitator/s: Nancy Taylor, Susan Rosie, Jean Kelley
 
We will read and use the jigsaw format to study the book by authors Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts about Close Reading. The book "provides a clear fresh approach to close reading that students can use independently and with any text." This text can help guide students to gain greater understanding of books. 
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Family and Student Involvement:  Self-Determination in Special Education
 
Facilitator: Elizabeth Harkins
 
This session will address appropriate family and student involvement in the IEP process.  School personnel may experience challenges involving families and students in positive ways, and special educators can use specific strategies to include them.  By reinforcing self-determination skills, students can be empowered to become the primary stakeholders in their special education programming.
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Favorite Multi-Use Teaching Strategies for Elementary Students with Special Needs
 
Facilitator/s:  Cheryl Forsythe, Laura Lees, Kathy Abou-rjaily
 
Three special educators will each present one strategy that has made a difference for students currently and/or in previous years.  These are literacy strategies that have also evolved to enhance skill in the domains of executive function and math. There will be time for discussion, questions and sharing of ideas. 
 

 
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Film Time not Nap Time  Actively viewing (short) films and music videos
 
Facilitator: Heidemarie Floerke
 
This workshop provides techniques to keep students actively engaged while viewing short films and music videos in the foreign language classroom. Teachers of social studies may find the content of the films and videos I will use of independent interest. 
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Formative Assessments with Socrative
 
Facilitator/s:  Kelly Lisowski, Michael Keleher, Maureen Haviland
 
Socrative is a web-based program that students and teachers can use on both the iPads and laptops to create formative assessments with immediate feedback for the students. This app can increase student engagement, address areas of growth in understanding difficult concepts and remediate common student errors within a content area. 
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Fostering Mathematical Practices using iPads to 'Explain Everything'
 
Facilitator/s: Edie Lipinski, Nish Dagley, Mary Yardley, Julie D'Eramo
 
Being able to communicate your thinking about mathematics is one of the most important skills we can foster in our students. Teachers from Kindergarten through 5th grade will share the ways they are helping students improve their explanations using a few simple iPad apps. Please come and share your own ideas with us. 

 
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Games and Puzzles for Skill Building
 
Facilitator: Anne Chavez 
 
Students like to practice required skills when they are presented in an enjoyable way.  For my Spanish students, that means GAMES and PUZZLES.  This workshop will show you 4 full-class games for all skill levels, plus a couple of puzzle formats I use which  students find challenging and stimulating.    I currently teach Spanish at LHS, but have used these games/puzzles with elementary level and ELL  students as well.  You will have the opportunity to actually play the games and solve the puzzles yourself during the session. 
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Guided Inquiry and Your School Library
 
Facilitator/s:  Harriet Wallen, Sarah Anderson
 
Are you currently doing research projects as part of your curriculum? Do you want your students to experience information literacy skills in a rich meaningful way? Come be introduced to Guided Inquiry Design, a research-based approach that has been shown to improve outcomes for student learning. 
 
 
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Head Injuries and Concussions
 
Facilitator/s:  Susan Kaftan, Jill Gasperini 
 
Research has given us a better understanding of the devastating impact of head injuries.  This understanding has pushed changes in how head injuries are managed. This presentation will discuss the etiology of head injuries and the impact on students and their learning. The presentation will also cover how the district is working with a new protocol for the concussed student's gradual return to academics. 
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Helping All Language Learners - How we Helped the Parents of ELL Students Transition to Bridge
 
Facilitator/s: Chris Cavatorta, Jo Hannah Katz, Yuiko Shimazu, Deirdre Schadler
 
This class will provide a synopsis of a grant that we ran this fall which helped new families become familiar with our school. It was designed to be easily adapted and implemented across the town. This class will give you the necessary information to set up the program, what it covered, our materials, and our results. 

 
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Ice Breakers and Instant Activities with Little or No Equipment
 
Facilitator/s: Carol D'Antuono, Emmett O'Brien, Katie Boudreau, Kalie Judd, and Josh Sideman
 
Come learn new and exciting ways to start your lesson by getting students moving and learning at the same time! Activities focus on cooperation, teamwork, communication, and risk taking. Presentation is focused on middle school/high school but activities can be adapted to elementary school as well.  We request that participants come prepared to participate in all activities.
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Implementing and Teaching the Math Workshop Model
 
Facilitator/s:  Gail Grimes, Katie Ritter, Deb Pelkey, Maureen McKenna
 
Our team will present a template we've developed to plan and implement math workshop in the elementary classroom.  Planning and collaboration methods will be shared.  We will also discuss establishing routines for workshop management and strategies for differentiating instruction. 
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Implementing Feedback in Your Practice
 
Facilitator/s: Mary Barry, Erin Maus
 
As educators, we want students to "own" their learning, but sometimes we struggle with how to teach this.  Learn how to best use feedback with your students will help them to develop self-assessment and self-regulations skills in relation to their thinking, motivation and behavior during learning.  This session will help you understand the overall importance of feedback, the different levels of feedback, and the importance of empowering students to build knowledge, skills, confidence and understanding about themselves as learners.
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Improvisation for Beginners
 
Facilitator/s: Sandra DiMartino, Jillian Singer-Wong
 
Have you always wondered about what happens in drama classes? Come join us for a session of drama games and activities. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to be active. 

 

 
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Industrialization as a Global Phenomenon
 
Facilitator/s: Erin Barrett, Kristin Strobel
 
The Industrial Revolution is often depicted with Great Britain as the central player. We will look at global factors in the centuries prior to British Industrialization, and in the centuries that followed. 

 

 
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Introduction to Google Drive
 
Facilitator/s: Rina Farber-Mazor, Beckie Bray
 
Presenters will walk through how to start using Google Drive. Participants will learn to create Google Docs and Google Sheets, how to share them, how to control editing privileges, and how to upload and download files to the drive. There will be structured hands-on activities and time at the end for developing something for the class. 
 
 
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Introduction to Kripalu Yoga in the Schools
 
Facilitator: Audra Alexander
 
Yoga can be a profound vehicle for managing stress.  The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools curriculum is designed to improve the mental, social, and emotional well-being and stability of adolescent students.  The overall philosophy and fundamental practices of the program rest on the teaching of self-regulation and self-inquiry.  The goal is for students to develop mindfulness and, in turn, compassionate awareness of self and others.
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Leading Adult Learning: Understanding Adult Development to Run a Better Meeting
 
Facilitator/s:  Mary Anton, Sarah Leveque
 
In this session, you will learn about stages of Adult Learning Development and how you might use this understanding to deepen your PLC/team collaboration and discussion. Come learn techniques and strategies to enhance adult learning and collaboration. 
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Learning Google Presentations and Google Drawing
 
Facilitator: John Chamberlain
 
Using Google Presentations is a great vehicle for presenting and sharing curriculum, for getting students engaged in group work and projects, inside and outside of class, and for showcasing student work across a class or team.  I will also show how Google Drawing can be used to create curriculum.  This workshop will start with "how tos" and examples, and then, using our laptops, have time to work on building a presentation or drawing that suits our curricular needs. 
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Let's Write:  Composing Demonstration Pieces for Mini-lessons, Small Groups, and Conferences, Grades 3-5
 
Facilitator: Maggie Aikenhead, Anne Garcia-Meitin
 
Teachers will briefly study the qualities of writing at the benchmark level for their grade, and then use the bulk of the time to write demonstration texts that they can use for the teaching portion of mini-lessons, small groups, or conferences.  Teachers should bring their own writing notebook, the Writing Pathways book, and the unit of study that they will be using in November. 
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Literacy and Movement 
 
Facilitator/s: Karol Welburn, Maria Azeredo, Susan Sepe, Paula Donahue 
 
This workshop will provide teachers of young learners (K-3) a unique opportunity to explore movement practices that support early literacy development, focus/engagement, reading/writing readiness, and stamina.  We are hoping to provide fun, hands-on strategies that will increase reading/writing practices in the classroom setting.  We as a group will share simple ideas with our colleagues in hopes to facilitate group discussion and compile ideas to improve student achievement and learning. 


 
 
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Making Interactive Textbooks for the iPad
 
Facilitator:  Howard Wolke
 
Teachers often have issues with textbooks, but there is software that allows any educator to create their own books, customized to their own content, and set up in a way that makes sense for their students.  We will look at iBooks Author as a platform for teachers to do this.
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Making the Most of the 2 Pen Assessment, Grades 3-5
 
Facilitator/s: Amy Burk, Sharon FitzGerald
 
During this session,  participants will learn about the math behind the 2 Pen Assessments. We will look at resources to use to develop students' fluency. We will take a look at Context for Learning Number Strings to see how related problems promote understanding of properties of operations. Active participation will be encouraged. 
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Managing Word Study Using Words Their Way Grades 3-5
 
Facilitator/s:  Maria Azeredo, Christine McMahon, Jessica Caverly
 
Please come join us to learn about the basics of the Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction program. If you are new to Words Their Way, and are considering using it, this is a good opportunity to hear about the program from your colleagues.  If you have been using Words Their Way as your word study program, this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and management systems. 
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Maximize Brain Function through BrainGym & Movement Activities
 
Facilitator/s:  Michael Gloor, Brittany Hassan, James Kane, Laurie Willey
 
Do you know the extensive benefits of exercise for student learning and engagement?  This workshop will help you develop tools to increase student's cognitive control while creating a positive classroom climate.   Learn to utilize a 2 minute routine designed by Dr. Dennison, creator of BrainGym to support student learning and their recall of information. The presentation will include several options to activate both sides of the brain through fun, cross-lateral challenges. 

 
 
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Mental Wellness Among Asian Youth
 
Facilitator: Cynthia Tang
 
Build awareness of and share different initiatives within the district and community to support the mental wellness of our Asian youth.  Brainstorm ideas to link into district efforts and/or work within your office, classroom or school to build awareness and/or supports.

 
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Metacognitive Moments: Using Metacognition in the Classroom
 
Facilitator/s: John Harper, Ruth Levanoni
 
We will explore several simple tools to use in the classroom to develop metacognitive skills.  The tools include weekly progress sheets, goal-setting opportunities, and reflection tools for self-assessment.  These tools can be built into the curriculum of the class, used incidentally through presentations or units, or used to enable students to become more reflective and responsive in their academic work.
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Mindfulness for Educators - How to Take Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others
 
Facilitator: Mel Buttaro
 
Come enjoy a session where we learn how to better take care of ourselves (and each other), so we are present, in the moment, and feeling optimistic to face whatever comes our way.  This session will feature mindfulness work including meditation, gentle stretching yoga, and essential oils. 
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Motivated Classroom
 
Facilitator:  Bayard Klimasmith
 
Join us to explore the "drivers" that build a classroom climate in which students feel self-motivated.  If participants are interested, we will dive deeper into questioning strategies and other ways to encourage our students to develop a learning mindset.  There will be opportunities for participants to share strategies.
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Moving to Learn:   Using Your CORE to Master the Common Core!
 
Facilitator: Ellen Day  
 
In this workshop Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade teachers will see, hear and move to a series of songs and lessons designed to present the standards to young learners. Learning is a full body, sensory experience. Using researched based lessons, commercial CDs and teacher created games we will work on literacy, math and social emotional classroom lessons. Come prepared to move and share your ideas with your Early Childhood colleagues. 
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PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)
 
Facilitator/s:  Jenn Pierrelouis, Jaimie Tingle, Becca Brogadir
 
Comprehensive overview of school wide PBIS system.  Discussion includes gaining an understanding of tiered behavioral supports/ RTI and development of a socially/emotionally based child study team. 
 
 
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PebbleGo, World Book and More: Elementary Research Databases at your Fingertips
 
Facilitator/s: Brenda Rich, Lynnette Allen, Jennifer Kuhn
 
LPS offers a variety of databases for even our youngest students! Come learn about PebbleGo – an Emergent Reader Research Solution with 4 databases, World Book On-Line, Encyclopedia Britannica and more, all available to you from any computer!.  Lesson plans, printable organizers and other tools, and connections to the Common Core State Standards will all be demonstrated. Bring a laptop, if you can. 
 

 
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Playing Ping Pong: Improving Student Discussion Skills
 
Facilitator:  Christen Walters
 
Teaching discussion skills helps students to become more active, curious learners and builds a collaborative environment that promotes academic risk-taking. This workshop will explore how to help students progress from teacher-facilitated to student-led discussions. We will discuss how to explicitly teach discussion skills such as levels of inquiry, building upon previous comments, asking relevant follow-up questions, using evidence in a discussion, and thoughtfully inviting others into the discussion.  Together, we will examine strategies in teaching discussion skills, creating discussion formats and prompts, assessing student discussions using data and rubrics, and providing immediate and meaningful feedback to students on their performance. You will also be introduced to a discussion format called Ping Pong Discussions. 
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Practical Uses for Photoshop
 
Facilitator: Sean Hagan
 
Practical Uses for Photoshop takes an "everyday" approach to the way Photoshop can be used to do basic image manipulation and size correction.  You will learn how to optimize images for use on the web, as well as how to alter an image's contrast, color and saturation.  An overview of many of the useful tools in Photoshop will also be covered.

 
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Pursuit of Happiness
 
Facilitator: Matt Gardner  
 
What makes people happy? How do we find satisfaction in our lives? How can we flourish? We will evaluate positive psychology based responses to these questions. 
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Quick Overview of Google Drive for the Classroom
 
Facilitator: Stephanie Hoban
 
In this workshop, I will show teachers the basic apps within Google Apps for Education (Lexington MA): Drive, Docs, Forms, & Calendar and how using them can enhance many classroom practices.

 
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Recorder Practice Notes and Rubrics
 
Facilitator: Debbie Side
 
This session is for music teachers who teach recorder. Practice notes is a home practice log that students take home and record their practice and track their improvement through a rubric model.  They also perform in class and each student offers ways that a student can improve their playing through the rubric list.  We will discuss ways to make a safe classroom so that a student can perform for fellow students.

 
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RETELL in a Nutshell: The 7 Steps
 
Facilitator/s: Catherine Murphy, Molly Rawding
 
Catherine and Molly will share a strategy for pre-teaching vocabulary using the "7 Steps" method from the RETELL course. The presenters will share how this pilot has worked at Fiske. While this strategy is geared towards ELLs, it is helpful for all learners K-12. 

 
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Revisiting the 'Independent Learner': Helping Students to Help Themselves
 
Facilitator/s: Danielle Israel, Jeanette Urquhart, Katelyn Riley, Michael Horesh
 
One of the focuses of the chemistry teachers over the past couple of years has been emphasizing the importance of students reflecting on their personal habits of mind.  Addressing this emphasis has led to creative means of demonstrating understanding, identifying old, limiting habits, and utilizing 'best actions' so that they may develop into stronger, more independent learners.  Strategies to achieve this goal include administering metacognitive reflection/post-assessments, self-evaluations, alternative assessments, employing ways that foster independence, and cultivating problem-solving skills. 

 
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Section 504 Basics
 
Facilitator: Valerie Viscosi
 
In this session, information will be presented about Section 504 as it pertains to students in our schools.  Topics will include the rights and protections that the law provides, the LPS process for eligibility and the responsibilities we share as educators.  Time will be allocated for discussion, sharing and questions.
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Sharing Self-Regulation Techniques for Students in the Classroom
 
Facilitator: Maureen Wojcik
 
This is an opportunity to share strategies from different disciplines to help our increasingly non-regulated students.  Which activities and interventions work best with whole groups or individuals?  Is daily routine better or is a changing sensory diet the way to go?  How do you orchestrate a while class movement break without revving up some students?  These and other question will be discussed along with the latest sensory diet techniques.
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SMARTBoard Tips & Tricks
 
Facilitator: Ann Kim Tenhor
 
This session is for people who have had some training in SMARTBoard technology, but would like to explore some more than basic ways to use the board. We will have a discussion of ways you have used the board in your room and explore some fun tools. 

 
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Social Thinking in the K-8 Classroom
 
Facilitator/s: Joan Strodel, Bonnie O'Connell, Karen Morin
 
This session is designed for anyone looking to expand his or her understanding of social thinking concepts. The session will also focus on strategies for supporting students with social thinking needs in the classroom as well as incorporate some social problem solving curricula. 
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Sowing the Early Seeds of Executive Function Skills: Helping Young Children Develop Self Regulation Skills
 
Facilitator/s: Elizabeth Billings-Fouhy, Mandy Wilds, Margaret Seymorian, Kerry McIntosh, & Cara Stringer-Proulx
 
Helping young children develop inhibitory control, working memory and cognitive flexibility skills will provide them with lifelong skills.  Come explore the researched based Tools of the Mind Curriculum and how preschool students in our district are growing and learning while engaged by a developmentally appropriate, play based, yet rigorous curriculum.
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Staff Wellness: "Demystifying the Fitness Center and Creating a Personalized Exercise Program for a Healthy Balanced Life"
 
Facilitator/s: Steve Solly, Jason Rajotte, Amanda Ciarletta, Vic Cuzzupe, Frank Pagliuca
 
As part of the staff wellness program the middle school and high school fitness centers have scheduled times for staff only participation. For many individuals, going to any type of fitness center can be a challenge to demystify  the array of equipment currently available. This workshop will focus on teaching participants how to use the various types of equipment at an exercise center which typically includes cardio-equipment,   plate- loaded machines and free weights to name a few.  The workshop will focus on proper and safe use of the machines along with a discussion on how to customize the workout programs to suit individual needs. 
 
 
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Standards Based Grading in Middle School: What? Why? How?
 
Facilitator/s: David Lawrence, Jillian Smoragiewics, Jamie Walsh
 
This session will introduce you to the practice of Standards Based Grading (SBG) to support and promote a growth mindset in your classroom. The session will focus on four major topics:  What exactly is SBG?   Why do teachers and students find SBG useful?   How can a teacher begin to implement SBG?   What new challenges does SBG present for teachers, and what are some ways to address them? 
 
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Standards-Based Grading in the Secondary Math or Science Classroom
 
Facilitator:  Susan McClellon
 
This session will explore why you might want to consider using aspects of standards-based grading in a secondary math or science classroom, and different ways to incorporate it. One model will be fully outlined, and other ideas will be presented. Participant participation -- either questions or other ideas will be encouraged! 
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Strategies to Motivate Support Staff in Special Education
 
Facilitator/s:  Amy Golding, Sara Gardner
 
During this session we will spend some time reviewing sections of the chapter "Motivating Human Service Staff: Supervisory Strategies for Maximizing Work Effort & Work Enjoyment" by Dennis H. Reid and Marcia B. Parsons. We will then discuss the strategies that we are currently using in our programs and how we can incorporate other strategies throughout the work day. 
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Student-Created Videos in the Classroom
 
Facilitator: Teresa Cordova
 
A look at how student-created videos have been used in a Spanish 1 class as alternative assessments, to increase student engagement, for community-building, and for collaboration with a partner class across the globe. 
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Sustaining Independent Reading
 
Facilitator: Sharon Kingsbury
 
Participants will share current practices and questions around the topic of Sustaining Independent Reading in their classrooms.  We will read an article and revisit questions posed at the beginning of the session.  We will also  discuss/highlight points to help refine our practice. 

 

 
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Technology in the Classroom
 
Facilitator/s: Chelsea Baum, Kaolin McEvoy
 
We hope to provide a comfortable social forum for people to share opinions and ideas on technology and its impact on education. Facilitators will provide engaging videos and articles to spark a lively dialogue. 
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Text Levels in Grades K and 1
 
Facilitator: Sarah Gertner
 
During Readers Workshop, it is our job to match students with books at their  independent reading levels, but how are we supposed to do this if we don't know the level of the book, and we can't find it on Scholastic Book Wizard?  This hands-on workshop will help you become a book-leveling expert for level A-I.  We will examine characteristics of books at each level, determine what students need to know in order to be successful at each level, and practice leveling some of your own books.  Please bring your classroom library that you would like to level with the group!
 
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The 15-Minute Writing Workshop
 
Facilitator: Josh Olivier-Mason
 
The goals of a writing workshop are many: to develop a community of writers; to enhance the writer’s and reader’s notion of audience; to feature student texts and to make writing public; to create productive dialogue about writing and revising. This session will provide participants with a framework for smoothly incorporating writing workshops into their courses. Specific emphasis will be placed on developing students' skills as nuanced peer editors. 
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The Ins and Outs of the I.E.P:  Everything you wanted to know but haven’t asked
 
Facilitator/s:  Karol Welburn, Chris Wai
 
This workshop is designed to help new teachers or staff understand the breakdown of an   I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program).  Participants will come away with a greater understanding of how the I.E.P. is designed and how to contribute to the process and programming for each student in need. 
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Thinking Like an Historian: Using Primary Sources to Teach Social Studies
 
Facilitator: Alex Kuschel
 
In this session participants will explore different ways that primary sources can be incorporated into teaching social studies in the elementary grades.  We will look at examples using artifacts, visual sources, and written documents.  Participants will both participate in using primary sources as well as have time to discuss and plan how they could use primary sources in their own curriculum. 

 
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Twitter for Educator
 
Facilitator: Thomas Martellone
 
Interested in Twitter? It's not just for movie stars!  This session will support participants in starting a Twitter account, learning about some of the basics and using a simple tool  to curate content.  Educators will leave with an established Twitter account.  Participants should plan to bring laptops, and if possible, two digital photos (one headshot and one profile picture).

 
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Understanding Lexington's Diversity
 
Facilitator: Robyn Grant
 
In this workshop, participants will learn about the changes in the make-up of Lexington's students, by percentage, their languages, and motivations for moving here.  We will explore its implications for meeting the needs of those students and their families.
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Use your iPad to Make Quick Instructional Videos for Your Students and Colleagues!!
 
Facilitator/s: Lisah Rhodes, Linda Menkis, Kristen Shanahan
 
Come learn how to use the iPad to make short instructional videos in minutes using the camera and iMovie. 
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Using a Market Simulation to Teach Supply and Demand in Grades 5-12
 
Facilitator/s: Bill Cole, Rachel Lecomte, Ed Unger
 
At the high school we have developed three different market simulations that students experience during different social studies electives.  The model is very adaptable and can incorporate any historical periods that are being studied in a class such as colonial America, 17th century Europe, or China during the Silk Trade.  It is an active learning simulation in which students move around the room and negotiate price in trying to agree on transactions and earn a profit.  Students have fun and learn the principles behind a market economy. 
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Using Google Drive in the Classroom
 
Facilitator/s: Rina Farber-Mazor, Beckie Bray
 
Presenters will walk through some examples of how they use gDrive in curriculum development, presentations, and corresponding with students. Participants will learns to use Google Forms to collect/organize information and to administer formative assessments. There will be structured hands-on activities and time at the end for developing something for the class. Participants should already know how to use Google Drive basics (Docs, Spreadsheets, Sharing/Editing privileges, etc). 
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Using iPads for Formative Assessment in the Elementary General Music Classroom: A Refresher
 
Facilitator: Nick Hart
 
Continuing the PD from this summer, participants will review, refresh, and compare how things are going with their formative assessing with the iPads. We will review the nuts and bolts of inputting data, refresh our recollections of optimal use of the iPads, and compare strategies that we've been using. 

 
 
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Walkthroughs for Educators
 
Facilitator:  Avon Lewis
 
Educators observing other educators can provide powerful moments of professional learning for both the observer and the observed. In this workshop originally developed for the mentor program, we will review the principles of good feedback, discuss a simplified "rubric" for things to look for when entering a space where an educator works with students and then practice giving feedback through a series of role play scenarios.  While topic is relevant to educators of all stripes, the role play scenarios are most relevant to educators who work with students in a classroom setting (general ed or special ed). 
 
This session will be 2 hours in length, ending at 3:15 p.m.

 
 
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Wellness Jump Start for yourself and your students
 
Facilitator: Jacqueline Dick
 
This session will guide participants through the process of change as they set realistic and tangible goals for Wellness.  We will look at specific actions that can be incorporated into the work day to help reach goals that are truly practical and attainable.  Participants will leave with a personal action plan that will address the issues and barriers related to achieving their Wellness goal.
 
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What's the Difference?
Understanding the Progression of Subtraction Concepts in Grades K-4
 
Facilitator/s: Linda Menkis, Sharon FitzGerald
 
In this session participants will be involved in tracing the development of subtraction concepts from Kindergarten to Grade 4.  During the session participants will engage in activities and gain insight into the progression of subtraction concepts from early counting to the Standard Algorithm.  Focus will be made on the transition from concrete models, to diagrams to the symbolic representation of subtraction problems.  At the end of the session teachers will know their place in the continuum of subtraction learning, as well as what understandings come before and what follows.
 
 
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Where Did My Human go?
 
Facilitator: Anne Carey
 
Come join this yoga based class that I use with students at LHS. No experience necessary.  A few stress reduction tools, laughs, stretching, and just reminders of your humanity.

 
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Who or What is ALiCE?
 
Facilitator/s: Mary Ellen Dunn,  and Captain Joe O'Leary
 
Is ALiCE new?  Is ALiCE a person?  Should I be introduced to ALiCE?  ALiCE is all of the above.  Most importantly ALiCE is an emergency response protocol that the district will be adopting.  We need you to make it your own.  Why?  The state of school safety and security seems to be in the news regularly these days.  Lexington will be adopting this emergency response protocol over the next two school years.  Join us to learn what ALiCE is and is not and how this protocol can keep you and your students safe during an emergency.

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Why do my Students do that?  Motor Function, Learning and the Brain
 
Facilitator: Julie Goff
 
Ever wonder "why is my student doing that!?" This workshop will review the function of different parts of the brain and how differences in brain structure/development can impact movement, attention, and learning.  It will also suggest strategies to help these students succeed.  This is a review of a continuing education course taught by Janine Wiskind, OTR/L at the Therapies in the Schools Conference in 2013

 
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