Spring 2018 Professional Learning Courses

  • Content and Pedagogy
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    PL-CI-117 The Effective Teacher - Leading and Learning: Addressing Standards III & IV (PK-12)


    The Teachers 21 Effective Teaching program is designed to provide teachers with the strategies, conditions and interactions necessary for understanding and increasing their impact on student learning and engagement. In order for teachers to create the reflective learning culture needed for all students to learn optimally, they must be leaders of the classroom and life-long learners themselves.

    Facilitator(s): Deb Merriam, Teachers21

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2, Room 1 on May 16, 2018

     


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    PL-CI-120 Differentiated Teaching: Questioning Skills and Student Assessment (PK-12)


    This course was designed to provide teachers with the most current instructional practices in differentiated instruction. Throughout the one credit course, educators will learn a multitude of proven classroom strategies for differentiation that effectively implement the latest research. Participants will learn best practices for assessment in the differentiated instruction classroom, and create formative and summative assessments and rubrics for immediate classroom use.

    Facilitator(s): Cindy Marchand, Educational Consultant for Ribas Associates

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CI-138 PBL Project Slice (PK-12)


    A Project “Slice” is a full-day immersive exploration of project based learning, where participants take on the role of the learner in order to understand the critical elements of effective project based learning. This day will allow educators to see how the PBL process unfolds in a classroom, and helps create a shared understanding of project based learning.

    Facilitator(s): Buck Institute for Education National Faculty

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2

     


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    PL-CI-139 Project Based Learning (PBL) 101 (PK-12)


    This three-day immersive workshop guides educators through the PBL process to design a gold-standard PBL unit for use in their classroom. Participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to design, manage, and assess a PBL experience for students. This workshop utilizes a mix of direct instruction, group and individual work time, structured feedback opportunities, and resource sharing to provide a rich learning environment that mirrors what pbl could look like in a classroom.

    Facilitator(s): Kristy Lathrop, Buck Institute for Education National Faculty

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2

     


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    PL-CI-208 One in Ten: Understanding Dyslexia (PK-12)


    According to statistics, as many as 1 in 10 students may have some form of dyslexia. Although most people have some knowledge of the impact of dyslexia, many assume that students with dyslexia read backwards and confuse their b/d’s and p/q’s. While this may be true for some students, dyslexia is so much more complex, and the level of severity can vary as well as the obstacles students with dyslexia face.

    Facilitator(s): Wendy A. Stacey, M.S., Director of Reading at the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1, Upper Level Conference Room on May 8, 2018

     


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    PL-CI-210 Open Writing Workshop for Educators


    This workshop will help participants to design and develop personal and/or professional writing projects in a structured, supportive workshop environment. During the course, participants will experiment with new techniques and strategies in the domains of narrative, persuasive, and expository writing. Most of each workshop will be spent in careful examination of published exemplars and participants’ submissions.

    Facilitator(s): Remy Coombs

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Upper Level Conference Room

     


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    PL-CI-510 The Mentor Institute - 2018 (PK-12)


    This eight-session Mentor Training Institute is required for educators serving or planning to serve as mentors as part of the Lexington Public Schools New Educator Induction Program. Please see important pre-requisites listed below PRIOR to registering for The Mentor Institute.

    Facilitator(s): Francesca Pfrommer, Amy Klotz, Avon Lewis is the Mentor Coordinator for Lexington Public Schools

    Location: Lexington High School, Room 410

     


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    ELL
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    PL-CI-407 Not Your Average Book Club: SEI Strategies for the Busy Teacher (PK-12)


    This hybrid online and face-to-face book discussion group uses the text Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder to examine important topics such as culturally responsive teaching, activating background knowledge, and creating scaffolds to support academic language learning. Educators will reflect on their own cultural expectations in order to better understand how layers of culture matter when teaching English.

    Facilitator(s): Catherine Murphy Lonamae Shand

    Location: Fiske Elementary School, Room 179

     


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    Social/Emotional
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    PL-CI-456 Youth Mental Health First Aid (6-12)


    Just as a bystander might use CPR to assist someone in medical crisis until the paramedics come, Youth Mental Health First Aid provides participants the knowledge and strategies to support a young person with a mental illness, substance use disorder, or in an emotional crisis until professional help is available. Participants are introduced to common mental health challenges for youth (age 12-18) and their risk factors, and learn a 5 Step action plan to respond.

    Facilitator(s): Christine Mowry, Project Director, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, Inc.

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CI-460 Responsive Classroom I (K-5)


    Responsive Classroom is a widely used research-based approach to elementary education that is designed to increase academic achievement, decrease problem behavior, improve a child’s social skills, and lead to more high-quality instruction. This course will provide an intensive, hands-on introduction to five of the practices at the very heart of the Responsive Classroom approach.

    Facilitator(s): Gail Lunetta, Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2

     


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    PL-CI-526 Allies, Achievers, and Risk-Takers: Tapping the Social and Academic Potential of All Students Through Community Building (PK-8)


    Allies, Achievers and Risk-Takers focuses on developing ways to create an empathetic and caring community and to become culturally proficient in a manner that will foster mutual respect and trust among students and teachers. Topics and activities focus on culture/race, ally/bully behavior, and character building.

    Facilitator(s): William Craft, A.L.M.Psy., Middle School Guidance Counselor, Janis Fovel, M.Ed., Educational Consultant

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CI-527 Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students (PK-12)


    This graduate course is designed to expose educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement. Participants will examine personal, cultural, and institutional racism, the cycle of oppression, and racial identity development.

    Facilitator(s): Susan Allen, EDCO IDEAS Instructor Jennifer Wolfrum, EDCO IDEAS Instructor

    Location: Lexington High School - Room TBD

     


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    Technology
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    PL-TCH-854 All Eyes on New Google Sites


    Want to learn to build a site that is easy to navigate and maintain? Do you have a Classic Site that you need to move? Join us for two sessions (with time on your own) to learn and build your own Site. Create a website for your project, unit or classroom. Bring your laptop, and no experience necessary.

    Facilitator(s): Lindsay Ong, Middle School Instructional Technology Specialist Ann Kim Tenhor, High School Instructional Technology Specialist

    Location: Lexington High School, Room 179

     


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    PL-TCH-864 Make & Take Google Template Projects (PK-12)


    Google templates for Drive can be used to seamlessly create Jeopardy-Style quizzes, flash cards, memory games, crossword puzzles and more! Join us for this make and take session where you can create an array of exemplars to bring back to your classroom! We will focus on ready-made templates that can easily be customized for your class and pushed out through Google Classroom for individual or group work.

    Facilitator(s): Jenn Judkins, Director of Educational Technology

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 7

     


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    PL-TCH-865 Transforming Videos into Interactive Lessons


    Change the way students use video to learn! Using the functionality of EdPuzzle, you will learn how to make the videos you use in your lessons interactive and dynamic for your students. You will learn to change videos from passive, sit-and-get experiences into interactive lessons that incorporate questions, supply immediate feedback and allow you to monitor student learning. You will start your own interactive video during the workshop, for immediate use in your classroom.

    Facilitator(s): Eddie Davey, Instructional Technology Specialist

    Location: Clarke Middle School, Room TBD

     


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    PL-TCH-866 Reading and Writing for ALL Learning Styles (6-12)


    This blended course will focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how to use technology tools to address UDL within your classroom and curriculum in order to meet the needs of all students. We will focus on reading and writing across content areas at the secondary level. Come learn about specific tools and Google extensions such as Read & Write for Google, Draftback, Keep, and more! This course will be a blended course and include an online component.

    Facilitator(s): Rachel Kuberry, Assistive Technology Specialist Ann Kim Tenhor, Instructional Technology Specialist

    Location: Lexington High School, Room 179

     


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    PL-TCH-867 Beyond the Hour of Code in the K-8 Classroom


    Explore the digital world through a series of activities that put you in the inventor seat! Learn about computer programming with Ozobots, Edisons, Scratch, and Makey Makey and understand how the development of logic and reasoning can be integrated into any subject area. No previous coding experience necessary!

    Facilitator(s): Traci Jansen, Instructional Technology Specialist Linsday Ong, Instructional Technology Specialist

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 7

     


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    PL-TCH-868 Tuning Up Your Drive (Beginner Level)


    We’ve been using Google Drive to store and share files since September. With the mid-year approaching, it's a great time for a "tune-up" of Drive and core Google tools like Docs and Slides. Organize your Drive files and "Shared with Me" content into color-coded folders. Learn how to "star" frequently-used files for quick access and practice locating items using Google's powerful search feature. Try new ways to add content to Drive by moving files from your Macbook or even upload photos.

    Facilitator(s): Lisah Rhodes, Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 7

     


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    CPR and AED
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    PL-HE-1032 CPR & AED for Workplace, Family & Friends – Complete Certification Course (All Staff)


    Back by popular demand, we are once again offering a mini-course in training for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device that is located at every school in the district and at the Central Administration Building.

    Facilitator(s): Eamonn Sheehan

    Location: Lexington High School, Fitness Center

     


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    Crisis Prevention Institute
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    PL-CPI-100C Crisis Prevention - Full Training


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Full Training is a course that teaches participants how to prevent or manage disruptive behavior. The first half of the course emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods for de-escalating a potentially escalating situation. The second half of the course expands on crisis intervention methods to include the study and practice of non-harmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM .

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200C Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200D Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200E Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200F Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a 6-hour course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200G Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a 6-hour course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    PL-CPI-200H Crisis Prevention Institute Refresher


    CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Training is a 6-hour course that reinforces and builds upon the concepts taught during the CPI Full Training. This course is open only to people whose CPI certification is still active. Participants will have the opportunity to practice proactive, verbal de-escalation strategies, as well as nonharmful Nonviolent Physical Crisis InterventionSM techniques. The course is tailored toward the specific needs and concerns of participants.

    Facilitator(s): Heejean Parry-Cruwys, Amanda Begley, Mike Memmelo

    Location: Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

     


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    Primary Source
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    Primary Source Spring 2018


    Lexington Public Schools is pleased to share with you Primary Source offerings for Spring 2018. PRIMARY SOURCE is a collaborative partnership of schools and school districts whose primary goal is to “deeply affect the teaching and learning of history and humanities K-12.” The Lexington Public Schools has been a longtime member of this partnership and is happy to continue our mutual efforts to advance teaching and learning during the new year.

    Facilitator(s): Various

    Location: Various

     


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