Professional  Learning


We are excited to announce and rollout a series of professional development opportunities for instructional staff. These trainings will be conducted through Zoom and recorded for those who are unable to attend the live session(s). Interested participants can register for the training(s) and time(s) that best work with their schedule through the appropriate links to Sign Up Genius. Zoom meeting information will be distributed to registered participants either the evening before or the morning of the training.

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Below you will find the list of trainings for the month of May 2020, their descriptions, and links to register:

Angry Teachers 5: When Is This Going to End?

Tuesday, May 26 @ 4:00– 5:00pm ET
Wednesday, May 27 @ 9:00– 10:00am ET

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Presenter: Dr. Byron Ernest
Using project-based learning (PBL) initiates curiosity. PBL constitutes a kind of gamification of learning, and thus has the same benefits that are driving the gamification of education movement. Games allow for short-term failure on the way to a goal without long-term cost, multiple paths to success, and just-in-time information within context of a goal. Projects have these same characteristics with the real word providing the conditions of the game. Come learn with Dr. Ernest and three teachers from Waterset Charter School, Apollo Beach, Florida, how the multiple paths, information, successes, and failures are all provided by the world as students develop their projects and ultimately learn.

Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, May 26 @ 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Wednesday, May 27 @ 10:00 – 11:00am ET
Thursday, May 28 @ 10:00 – 11:00am ET

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Presenter: Denise Mueller
In this interactive and informative session, we will provide techniques and strategies to make handling difficult conversations easier. Participants will learn how to prepare for a difficult situation, gain insights into real situations they may have experienced, and leave feeling more confident in approaching conversations effectively.

Embracing the Changes: Let’s Not Go Back to Status Quo
Wednesday, May 27 @ 4:00 – 5:00pm ET
Thursday, May 28 @ 9:00 – 10:00am ET

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Presenter: Dr. Byron Ernest

During these challenging times, teachers have been creative, tried new ideas, slowed down to focus on the most important content, and connected with students to address their social and emotional needs. The abrupt shift to remote instruction changed many aspects of education, including school no longer being just a place. Come be a part of discussing what we’ve learned, what should be changed, and what needs to continue.

Filling the Gaps
Tuesday, May 26 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Wednesday, May 27 @ 10:00 – 11:00am ET
Thursday, May 28 @ 9:00 – 10:00am ET
Friday, May 29 @ 9:00 – 10:00am ET
Friday, May 29@ 2:00 – 3:00pm ET

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Presenter: Toni Barnes
During this course we will discuss the trying times we have experienced during COVID-19 and identify gaps the pandemic has created academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Finally, we will seek assurance that this transition from the virtual learning world back to a semi-traditional learning environment by filling the gaps in the lives of ourselves and our students.

Guided Reading Workshop K-8, Part 5
*30 seats per session
Tuesday, May 26  @ 12:30 – 2:00pm ET (K-5 All Subject Areas )
Tuesday, May 26  @ 2:30 – 3:30pm EST (K-5 Departmentalized)

Wednesday, May 27  @ 10:00 – 11:30am ET (K-5 All Subject Areas)
Wednesday, May 27  @ 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET (3-5 Departmentalized and 6-8 ELA)
Thursday, May 28  @ 9:30am – 11:00pm ET (ESE, ESOL, Special Areas)
Thursday, May 28  @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET (All grade levels K-8)

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Presenter: Ashley Doty
*This is a 90-minute session with 30 seats per session
We have made it to the end of the year and the end of our time with the Guided Reading presentations and workshops. What a wonderful journey this has been together!  In this final session, we will spend time exploring how to fit all the elements into a literacy block.  This will be a hybrid presentation-workshop model, where you will be able to work with others to come up with possible schedules of how to fit everything in with your students in the classroom - whether virtual or real life.  I hope to see you there!

Guided Reading Workshop 3.5
*30 seats per session
Tuesday, May 26 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm ET (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)

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Presenter: Ashley Doty
Let's work together on the application of prompting, debriefing, and extending.  This will be largely a work session where we can help workshop your ideas on these three steps in the Guided Reading process.  Suggestions for goals and texts will be provided for you.  

Small Group Support

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If you have attended our trainings and have had time to process, but you may still have questions or need additional guidance. Our team is offering 30-minute support sessions for no more than 5 individuals at a time, on specific topics.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 11:00 – 11:30am ET
Wednesday, May 27 @ 10:30 – 11:00am ET
Thursday, May 28 @ 4:00 – 4:30pm ET
Friday, May 29 1:00 – 1:30pm ET

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