Wichita State's College of Applied Studies offers Professional Learning Courses (PLC) for educators looking to learn new skills and earn continuing education credit. These are for-credit graduate-level courses.  

Enrollment Information
Students will complete a Wichita State Non-Degree B Graduate Application and enroll on the first day of the course. 

If you want to complete the application and enrollment prior to attendance, please contact WSU PLC/MBT Coordinators at cas.dean@wichita.edu.

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at each of the designated WSU partnering districts and some are available to individuals outside of the designated district. To determine the availability of a course, please see the intended audience listed for each course.  Please note, out of district attendees may pay a small fee for attendance in addition to the WSU credit hour charges. 

 

 Summer 2020 Courses

Candidates choosing to earn WSU graduate credit for their completion of professional development courses in their district will enroll in the market based tuition course designated for their district.  Due to the specialized nature and timing of this program, participants will be enrolled in the 2-week pre-session following the completion of their professional development (PD) work.  For instance, candidates completing Maize PD June 1-July 31, 2020, will be enrolled in CAS 750D Effective Instructional Practices III during the August 2020 Pre-session (August 3-15th). 
Haysville Learning Center
Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter
These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.
In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 
 
Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:
 
Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter
 

Credit Hours:  1 college credit hour is obtained by taking the equivalent of four 3-hour course sessions (12 contact hours) (3 clock hour courses = 0.25 college credit hours) 

 
Love & Logic in the Classroom
Instructor:  Linda Long & Amy Bedient
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop will provide low stress strategies for highly successful educators! Participants will get solutions that work right now to:

 

  • Help end student arguing and back talk
  • Guide kids to own and solve their problems
  • Build positive relationships with challenging students
  • Raise test scores
  • Prevent problems and save teaching time

Chronic Conditions

Instructor:  Lesley Thomas
Date and Time: Thursday, June 4, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Having students with chronic conditions in the classroom can be intimidating and cause stress for teachers and other school staff. The needs of children with chronic illness can be complex and continuous and includes both daily management and addressing potential emergencies. This workshop covers ways to help staff understand the special needs of students suffering from a chronic illness, how to recognize health events that may interfere with learning, and suggestions for appropriate interventions. In addition to other illnesses, conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, ADHD, asthma, and allergies will be discussed.

Haysville Learning Center Summer Tech Camp  
Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

 These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance. In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter
 
Credit Hours:  1 college credit hour is obtained by taking the equivalent of four 3-hour course sessions (12 contact hours) (3 clock hour courses = 0.25 college credit hours)
 
Summer Tech Camp 2020
WEEK ONE, June 9-11
Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Register through this website only for the Summer Tech Camp: http://usd261.com/learningcenter
Tuesday, June 9-11
Microsoft Teams in the Classroom
Instructor/Facilitator: Chris Wyant
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Microsoft recently revamped its Teams application to better represent the needs of educators and students. This course will showcase how Microsoft Teams can create a collaborative and connected classroom, provide a smooth and easy communication platform for staff, and it will facilitate communication across clubs and sports from a single application. If you are a fan of Google Classroom, you need to see what Microsoft Teams is all about.

Google Classroom Basics  
Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Dougan
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Are you interested in using Google Classroom in your class, but aren't sure where to start? If so, this session is for you! Participants will learn how to create, customize, and assign assignments in Google Classroom.
Cybertraps for Educators
Instructor/Facilitator: Chris Wyant
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is to help educators and administrators tackle and understand the new challenges raised by technology, with a focus on the legal risks that will arise from its misuse and malicious application. This workshop will help educators and administration reflect on their own use of technology, and help maximize the use of technology with students while minimizing the risks associated with it.

Beyond the Basics with G Suite & Google Classroom
Interactive Notebooks with a Twist
Instructor:  Annie Dugan
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Does the idea of using interactive notebooks with your students sound fabulous, but you just don’t now where to start? Or maybe you already use interactive notebooks but are stuck in a rut with them? In this workshop we will discuss why and how to use interactive notebooks in the classroom to help your students become independent and creative thinkers. You will learn some easy ways of getting started with notebooks, everything from setting one up to organizing to creative decorating. By the end of the day, you will have your own notebook filled with great ideas to take back to your classroom. This workshop is great for elementary to high school teachers who don’t mind a day of coloring, cutting, and gluing with some great learning thrown in!

Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Dougan
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Are you ready to take Google Classroom and G Suite to the next level? In this session, we will cover LOTS of ways to level up your technology usage with G Suite. Participants will leave with many templates that are ready to use with students

Wednesday, June 10
Formative Tech 
Instructor/Facilitator: Marcia Hersh
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
In this course, participants will gain practical tips to use technology for formative assessment with the whole class, small groups, and individual students. Ideas will be shared for assessing project-based and inquiry-based lessons. Discussion on ways to evaluate data and communicate results to parents will provide teachers with the right tools for keeping families informed.
Active Learning: Get Them Up & Moving with or without Tech
Instructor/Facilitator: Dyane Smokorowski
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
From small group discussions to whole class activities, in this session we’ll share 10 ways you can get your students up, moving, and communicating while using technology for both inside and outside learning. Come play, create, and explore with us!
Document Camera 101
Instructor/Facilitator: Mark Kane & Lisa Cundiff
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Document cameras are popular and useful tools for educators, especially with a powerful software application like iPevo Visualizer. Participants in this session will learn about the general hardware and software features available for most document cameras. Classroom applications will be explored and there will be a hands-on activity to better familiarize participants with document camera hardware and software.

Have Students Show You What They Know
Instructor/Facilitator: Dyane Smokorowski
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Personalized Learning through student voice and choice tailors instruction, expression of learning and assessment to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. While one-on-one instruction geared toward the strengths and challenges of each student has always been an ideal, only in recent years have technological advances allowed it to materialize in education. In this session we will explore an expansive list of ideas that allow students to demonstrate their learning while designing their own rubrics

Thursday, June 11
New & Improved Moby Max
Instructor/Facilitator: Krista Pottier & Alisha Ewertz
Date and Time: Thursday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Learn about the new and improved Quick Checker feature in Moby Max. This will allow you to create benchmark, fluency and skill assessments for your students which can provide you with valuable information to help you guide classroom intervention, instruction, and standards-based report card data.

Organizing Your G Suite
Instructor/Facilitator: Jeremy Winter
Date and Time: Thursday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you are not careful with Google Drive you may become known as a doc hoarder. With some simple strategies, you can save time and avoid ridicule from coworkers and students. This session is designed to help organize your Google Drive, and give you some tips to help you and your students stay organized.

Pear Deck
Instructor/Facilitator: Anthony Fulton
Date and Time: Thursday, June 11, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Make your presentation interactive and move your lessons up the SAMR scale. For beginning and advanced users.

Google G Suite Basics
Instructor/Facilitator: Mark Kane & Lisa Cundiff
Date and Time: Thursday, June 11, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of logging into G Suite and using its variety of tools including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. As time permits, tips and tricks for Gmail, Calendar and Contacts will also be covered. This class is a good foundation or refresher before diving deeper or into Google Classroom.

Summer Tech Camp 2020
WEEK TWO, June 16-18
Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16
AI & Machine Learning in Education
Instructor/Facilitator: Chris Wyant
Date and Time: Tuesday June 16, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

An exploration of what AI and machine learning really is, how these things work, and how can we as educators better prepare our students to use these tools in an ever evolving world. We will engage in PBL with a focus on exploring the aspects of AI and Machine Learning with the potential to solve real world problems.

Power Up with Google Classroom with Apps that Integrate
Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Dougan
Date and Time: Tuesday June 16, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

One of the awesome things about Google Classroom is that it plays well with others! In this session, you will learn about several Apps that integrate with Google Classroom.

Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Marshall
Date and Time: Tuesday June 16, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to use GSuite tools to create lesson frames known as EduProtocols to make your content more engaging with very little work from you behind the scenes. These EduProtocols are

customizable to your grade level and content area and based on classic teaching strategies that have been modernized to help students master content while engaging in the 4Cs.

Creating with Google Earth & Easy Tutorials with Iorad
Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Dougan
Date and Time: Tuesday June 16, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We will cover two awesome tools in this session. First we will create interactive tours with Google Earth! Participants will learn how to create their own guided tours and how to assign them to students! We will also learn about the new app Iorad. Iorad makes creating computer tutorials super easy!

Wednesday, June 17
Ride the #WAKELETWAVE
Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Marshall
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wakelet is an amazingly FREE curation tool that will help you and your students save and organize content from across the web or share and collaborate on projects in any subject area. Come ride the #WakeletWave with us as we dive into the many ways that this tool can increase productivity in your classroom.

Adobe Spark
Instructor/Facilitator: Alisha Ewertz
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Engage your students with this creative app that allows them to make social graphics, videos and web pages! It takes presentations and projects to a whole different level!

Catch the #FLIPGRIDFEVER
Instructor/Facilitator: Amber Marshall
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Flipgrid is a versatile video tool to increase student voice in your classroom. In this session you will learn how to connect with your students in a new way and how to give them opportunities to connect with others outside your classroom walls.

10 APPS to Put Your Student’s Device to Good Use
Instructor/Facilitator: Alisha Ewertz
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Do you have 1:1 devices in your classroom or are you tired of battling with students about their smartphones? Well, let’s use them to engage our students with 10 amazing apps that will make your lessons interactive, visual and fun!

Thursday, June 18
Instagram in the Classroom
Instructor/Facilitator: Heather Seachris
Date and Time: Thursday, June 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

It's more than a social media site! Learn a variety of ways to use Instagram to enhance your classroom, increase student engagement, and encourage students.

Global Collaboration for All Learners
Instructor/Facilitator: Stacey Ryan
Date and Time: Thursday, June 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
We will explore the many avenues students can experience through global connections! We'lllearn how to navigate and find connections for your students using resources such as Skype inthe Classroom, Flipgrid, Empatico, Skype-AScientist, and more. Participants will have timeto begin planning how global collaboration opportunities such as guest speakers, virtual fieldtrips, and class-to-class connections can enhance the learning in their class and content areas. 
There’s A Google Extension for That!
Instructor/Facilitator: Beth Zillinger
Date and Time: Thursday, June 18, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Remember the phrase: “There’s an App for that!” The world of google has exploded with

educational Google Extensions to support student learning as well as teachers in the classroom. All these new tools can be overwhelming, how do we choose? During this workshop participants will (1) review Google Extensions and how they collaborate with other Google tools, (2) learn about Google Extensions to support students with reading, organization and other skills, (3) learn strategies to select the best Google Extensions for your classroom or work.

Google Slides for Beginners
Instructor/Facilitator: Stacey Ryan
Date and Time: Thursday, June 18, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Come learn how to create, organize, and share Google Slides! Participants will learn the basicsas well as tips and tricks for both teachers and students. You will leave this session with aready-to-go lesson or presentation as well as ideas for creative student projects. 
The Enneagram – A Tool to Understand Yourself & Others
Instructor:  Maureen Corcoran
Date and Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, July 7 - 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Personality tests are everywhere, and many of us love taking them because we want to see how close the descriptions are to the way we see ourselves. But most of these aren’t that accurate. The Enneagram is different. It is an ancient typing system with uncanny accuracy in describing how each of us is wired, both positively and negatively. This workshop will take you on the Enneagram Journey with videos from Suzanne Stabile (a master teacher of the enneagram), reflection, and discussion. By the end of the three days, you will begin to understand why you do the things you do and react to situations the way you do. Knowing the enneagram will not only help you become a better you, but it will help your relationships personally and professionally.

Therapy Dogs in the Classroom
Instructor:  Don & Brenda Gamble
Date and Time: Monday, July 13, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop will focus on how to train a therapy dog to pass the certification test, classroom uses for a therapy dog, and other general dog care and training. The first half of the day will be spent on general dog knowledge, basic training and classroom and school uses for a therapy dog. The afternoon will focus specifically on preparation for passing a therapy dog exam for the purpose of certification. All of the steps of a therapy dog test will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be visual aids on how to read dog body language, some discussions of the “legalities” of having a therapy dog in your school as well as plenty of time for Q and A. All attendees should leave with a full understanding of the therapy dog exam and a sound foundation for the training it takes to pass the exam. They should also have multiple ideas about how to use a therapy dog effectively in a school setting.

Math Work Stations
Instructor:  Renee Smith
Date and Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join Renee' to experience a day of math learning activities aligned to the common core. Participants will experience quality math tasks and reflect on the connection to the 8 Mathematical Practices. The critical areas that will be addressed are numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations in fractions, algebraic reasoning, and geometry. Teachers will receive premade stations for their grade band that are ready for immediate use in the classroom. If you have technology available, please bring a tablet or laptop to the workshop with you. If not, we have a laptop you can borrow! This workshop is appropriate for teachers K-6.

Mentor Training
 Instructor/Facilitator: Penny Schuckman
Date and Time: July 21 (8:30 a.m. to noon)

This workshop covers each Nine Week Observation that is completed by the mentor/mentee teams.  Techniques for reflective conversations are explored.  Participants learn and practice a variety of instructional strategies and classroom management techniques.

Renwick, USD 267

Renwick, USD 267
Professional Development
Renwick Professional Development


These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered in the Renwick School District, USD 267, and are available to individuals outside of USD 267.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Renwick USD #267 Assistant Superintendent for more information:

Kati Thul
Assistant Superintendent
Renwick USD #267
600 W. Rush
Andale, KS 67001
316-444-2165 ext. 2006
kati.thul@usd267.com

Personalized Student Learning  
Date: June 1 - July 3
Instructor: TBD
Location: Online
Credits: 2

 Participants will complete a book study of the book "How to Personalize Learning" by Barbara Bay and Kathleen McClaskey. Students will read through sections of the book and complete online assignments to learn more about individualizing instruction for all students, creating learner profiles, learner backpacks, finding tools to help all students, and more. There will be 3-5 hours of homework each week along with readings. 

 STEM Academy

Date: June 8-12th
Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Instructor: Rachel Meenen, Instructional Specialist 
Location: Andale High School Cafeteria

Teachers will work alongside K-8 students to learn about STEM instructional strategies that they can take back to their classroom for 2020-21.

 

Working together: Google Meet and Google Classroom
Instructor:  Rachel Meenen, Instructional Specialist
Location: Renwick School District
Dates: June 1-July 31st
Audience: Renwick teachers
Credits: 0.5

Description:  Learn how to use both Google Meet and Google Classroom to help with distance learning.

 How to Flip your Classroom
Instructor:  Kati Thul, Asst. Superintendent
Location: Renwick School District
Dates: June 1-July 31st
Audience: Renwick teachers
Credits: 1.0

Description:  Learn the instructional strategies to successfully "flip" your classroom content to allow for more in-depth instructional time with students when they are in your classroom.

 Flipgrid for All
 Instructor:  Kati Thul, Asst. Superintendent
Location: Renwick School District
Dates: June 1-July 31st
Audience: Renwick teachers
Credits: 0.5

Description:  Flipgrid is NOT just for elementary students!  Learn how to successfully engage students in your classroom content with the video opportunities that Flipgrid provides.

 

Clearwater, USD 264

Clearwater, USD 264

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered by various entities within Clearwater Public Schools and are available to individuals in USD 264 and some for PreK- 12 Kansas Teachers.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.  In addition, these professional development sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the following individual for more information:

Jason Crist
USD 264 - Clearwater Schools
K-12 Technology Facilitator
Middle School Athletic Director
Head Middle School Girls Track Coach
High School Student Council Advisor
jcrist@usd264.org 

 

 
Course Name: Pop Culture Tech Tools - Memes/GIFs, Emojis & Bitmojis
Instructor: Kelly Bielefeld
Location: Online via Google Classroom
Dates: June 1 - June 21
Credits: 1 Credit Hour
Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)

Description:   Pop Culture Tech Tools encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in creating and integrating Pop Culture Tech Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Memes, GIFs, Emojis & Bitmojis and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Course Name:  Getting Started with Google - Gmail, Drive, Chrome and More
Instructor: Kelly Bielefeld
Location: Online via Google Classroom
Dates: June 1 - June 21
Credits: 1 Credit Hour
Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)

Description:   Getting Started with Google encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some basic Google Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Gmail, Google Drive, the Chrome Web Browser and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Course Name:  Formative Tech Tools - Flipgrid, Edpuzzle and Quiz Games
Instructor: Kelly Bielefeld
Location: Online via Google Classroom
Dates: June 1 - June 21
Credits: 1 Credit Hour
Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)

Description:  Formative Tech Tools encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some basic Google Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Flipgrid, Edpuzzle and Quiz Games such as Kahhot, Quizizz, Quizlet and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

Course Name:  Make It & Mark It Up! - Google Drawings, KAMI and Google Jamboard     
Instructor: Kelly Bielefeld
Location: Online via Google Classroom
Dates: June 1 - June 21
Credits: 1 Credit Hour
Cost: Course Registration = $60 and 1 Credit Hour = $60 ($120 Total)

Description:  Make It & Mark It Up! encourages communication, collaborative learning, information sharing, creative expression, student engagement, and community building. This course guides educators in using and integrating some basic Google Tools in their classrooms. In conjunction with Google Drive, we will address advanced topics such as the use of Google Drawings, KAMI and Google Jamboard and more. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration and creativity, but also why.

 

 
Wichita Public Schools, USD 259

Wichita Public Schools, USD 259

Professional Learning Opportunities

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered by various entities within Wichita Public Schools and are available to individuals in USD 259 only. 

These professional development sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the following individuals for more information:

Tana Ruder
Technology Integration Specialist
Certified Google Trainer
Wichita Public Schools
903 S. Edgemoor | Rm 407 |  Wichita, KS | 67218
☎ 316-973-4518  TanaRaiyne  📩 truder3@usd259.net
https://www.usd259.org/Page/2034
 
or
Shannon Balthrop
Program Specialist for Intensive Support
Student Support Services
Wichita Public Schools
903 S. Edgemoor | Wichita, KS | 67218
P: 316-973-4777
F: 316-973-4492

 

Teaching Exceptional K-12 Learners
 
Instructor/Facilitator: Shannon Balthrop
Date and Time: To be Announced
Location:
Audience:
Credit hours: 1 to 2 graduate credit hours (based on level of attendance/participation)

This course is designed for current K-12 certified staff in USD 259 who aspire to enhance their expertise in working with exceptional learners. Participants will be further equipped and provided resources to address curriculum, instructional best practices, and behavior management.

 
 
 
Andover Public Schools, USD 385

Andover Public Schools

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered by various entities within Andover Public Schools and are available to individuals in USD 385 and some for PreK- 12 Kansas Teachers.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, these professional development sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the following individual for more information:

Dyane Smokorowski
smokorod@usd385.org
2019 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee
2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year
Technology and Innovation Lead Teacher
Andover Public Schools
Andover, KS
Twitter: Mrs_Smoke

 

Virtual EdCampKS 2020
Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski
Dates: June 1-3
Time: Daily from 2-8pm
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

Don't miss out on the best FREE edtech conversation of the summer with Virtual EdCampKS. Teachers from all over the state will dial in and talk about innovation for the 2020-21 school year, and we have a reserved seat for you! This is an un-conference event where teachers design the topics based on interests and questions they have in education. It's democratic, personalized, and completely free.

PBL 101 
Presenter: Shannon Fisher
Dates: June 1-2, 2020
Time: 8:30-3:30
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

This 2-day project-based learning workshop will provide the foundation for project design and teaching practices as defined by PBLWorks. Participants will participate in activities to learn about the process of planning, designing, and implementing PBL in the classroom. Each participant will leave the workshop with a fully-developed PBL unit. 

PBL 201 
Presenter: Shannon Fisher
Dates: June 9-10, 2020
Time: 8:30-3:30
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

 Now that you have a background in the basic design elements and teaching practices of project-based learning, it's time to dig a little deeper! During this workshop, we will focus on strategies that enhance the rigor of the project and improve students' critical thinking skills. We will also discuss facilitation and scaffolding strategies to ensure that your PBL is student-centered. During the 2-day workshop, you will apply your new learning while developing a PBL unit for your classroom. All participants must complete PBL 101 prior to enrolling in PBL 201.  

 Blended Learning Vision 2020-21: Taking Learners FAR with Feedback, Agency, and Relevance
 Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski
Dates: June 8-21
Time: Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 2

As schools rapidly shift to meet both the academic and social needs of all students from a distance, educators are exploring innovative methods of communication, opportunities to build positive connections, and ideas to increase student motivation. In this two-week exploration of Blended and Personalized Learning, participants will hear how other schools around the globe are designing learning opportunities that highlight student agency, content relevancy, and high quality teacher feedback. 

How to Personalize Learning
Presenter: Dr. Kristen Kuhlman
Dates: May 22-June 30
Time: Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application.
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 2

Personalized Learning creates a powerful shift in education by building a culture of learning so every learner is valued.  In this 5-week online course, participants will discover how to build a shared vision that supports personalized learning using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. We will explore the elements of high quality personalized learning, hear from experienced teachers from around the country, and investigate strategies for implementing personalized learning in the classroom.

Blended Learning Vision 2020-21: Taking Learners FAR with Feedback, Agency, and Relevance
Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski
Dates: June 22-July 5
Time: Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 2

As schools rapidly shift to meet both the academic and social needs of all students from a distance, educators are exploring innovative methods of communication, opportunities to build positive connections, and ideas to increase student motivation. In this two-week exploration of Blended and Personalized Learning, participants will hear how other schools around the globe are designing learning opportunities that highlight student agency, content relevancy, and high quality teacher feedback.

2020 National Teacher Leadership Conference: Creating a 2020 Vision for Revolutionizing Education
Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski
Dates: July 8-10
Time: Daily 8a-5pm
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

Teacher Leadership is more important than ever in education, and this three-day event will connect participants with change-makers to revolutionize education.

Educators and school leaders from across the globe will unite to collaborate on three promising practices:
  • DIVERSITY IS THE NORM, EQUITY IS THE WAY
  • UNLEASHING LEADERSHIP
  • LEARNER CENTERED INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Graphic Design for Educators 101
Presenter: Dyane Smokorowski, Micah Brown, and Stacey Ryan
Dates: July 19-August 2nd
Time: Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application.
Location: Online
Audience: Andover PK-12 Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

This short 2 week mini-course into graphic design will take participants on a journey through some of our favorite digital creation tools such as Canva, Adobe Spark, and Google Drawings. Utilizing graphic design in learning is a powerful tool for establishing focal points, communicating key concepts, and engaging your audience. On top of these benefits, there are a number of design elements you can implement to maximize the impact of your lesson and ease the strain on your students’ working memory. This visual journey will be a great summer deep dive before school begins in August.

English Learners (ELs) in the Classroom Part 1 (Workshop)Instructor: Allison PerryLocation: Online
Dates: 6/1- 7/24 - Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application.
Audience: PreK- 12 Kansas Teachers
Credit Hours: 1

In 2018, 11% of students in Kansas schools were considered English Learners. Educators of all levels, content, and department must be prepared to support that language development of students acquiring English proficiency. In this online workshop, educators will explore linguistics, language learning and theories, ESOL instructional strategies, culture, assessment and evaluation, and professionalism and advocacy. These six essentials topics are the foundation for supporting language in the classroom. During the workshop participants will not only engage with content but have the opportunity to transfer these skills for application into the classroom.

For educators seeking their ESOL endorsement, follow this course with ELs in the Classroom Part 2 (Application).

English Learners (ELs) in the Classroom Part 2 (Application)
Instructor: Allison Perry
Location: Online
Dates: 6/1- 7/24 - Each week participants will have 5 hours of classwork along with 2-4 hours of classroom application.
Audience: Andover and  PreK- 12 Educators who have taken Part 1
Credit Hours: 2

This course if for educators that participated in ELs in the Classroom Part 1 (Workshop) and have applied their learning to become ESOL endorsed. This course extends the theories, strategies, and knowledge from Part 1 into real world classroom inclusion.

In 2018, the Kansas Board of Education adopted new Standards for English Learners. These standards were written for highly integrated language support and instruction pushing students to be engaged in content and language standards simultaneously. Having ESOL endorsed content and classroom teachers provides a powerful flexible layer of support for English Learners.

Buhler, USD 313

Buhler

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered in the Buhler School District, USD 313, and some are available to individuals outside of USD 313.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

District contact for more information:

Kyle McClure
Director of Innovation
USD 313 - Buhler Public Schools
785-477-9448
kmcclure@usd313.org

 

Automaticity: Launching Our Learners as Fluent Mathematicians
 
Dates and Time: June 15th-July 15th, MWF, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Location: Union Valley Elementary Library/Zoom
Audience: K-8 Teachers/School Leaders
Credit Hours: 1
 
Course contact:  Paul Erickson, Principal, Union Valley Elementary School

1-620-662-4891

perickson@usd313.org

 Course Description: Mastering fundamental computation in the forms of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is an essential goal for K-8 students.  Higher levels of math hinge on students' computational fluency.  In this course, educators will explore the professional literature supporting computational fluency and the best practices that ensure "math facts" are cemented in students' understanding and can be employed quickly and accurately.  Outcomes of the course include the following:

 

  1. Understanding the five fundamentals of computational fluency as supported by contemporary research
  2. Learn and gain experience with strategies that help students "find facts" that are not yet committed to memory
  3. Learn and gain experience with activities and assessment tools that provide engaging fact practice and provide formative data.
  4. Learn and gain experience in designing a school-wide approach to ensuring time, effort and resources support computational fluency 
Multi-Sensory Reading Workshop and Practicum
Instructor: Yvonne Michaud and Diane Callewaert
Date and Time: June 29th - July 10th 8:30-4:00
Location: Union Valley Elementary, Hutchinson KS
Audience: District Teachers, interventionists, paraeducators (with bachelor's and teacher license) - limited spots available for out of district teachers please contact Kyle McClure for more information.
Credit Hours: 3

Registration link:  http://bit.ly/OGreading

Course Description:  This workshop provides teachers the specific skills necessary to help teach students to read, write, and spell on a level commensurate with their ability. These methods have a direct effect upon reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, spelling, written expression skills, and handwriting, especially for classroom students struggling with basic reading and written expression skills.

Participants will be introduced to synthetic, multi-sensory phonics and language remediation techniques, including the logic and patterns of basic and upper level structures. Participants will be taught effective practical techniques to improve basic reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and written expression for individual, small group, and classroom settings. A student practicum is included to provide direct experience using the methodology.

Maize, USD 266 Professional Learning Series

 

CI 750AN

Effective Instructional Practices II

Summer 2020

 

Maize, USD 266 Professional Learning Opportunities

OneMa1ze Professional Learning  

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Maize Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 266.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.   In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour.   Please contact the Professional Learning Center Coordinator for more information:

Marcia Hersh

OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series Coordinator
USD 266 Maize Public Schools
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series Coordinator
mhersh@usd266.com
316-350-2003

 

PLS website: http://tinyurl.com/266-pls

 

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2020          

Time:  varies by date                                    

Location:  USD 266 Educational Outreach Center (unless indicated below)                 

 

Credit Hours:  1 credit hour for taking the equivalent of four 3-hour courses (12 contact hours)                                                                              

NOTE: The Professional Learning Series is adhering to the Reopen Kansas Framework. We are hopeful the state will be in Phase 2 by June, which allows for gatherings of 30 people. If we are still in Phase 1, face-to-face courses will be converted to virtual courses.

 

Course Description:

3 Hour Courses (0.25 credit)

 

Kansas WILD!                                                                                  
Presenter: Marcia Hersh   
Audience: K-8            
Dates:  Mon., 7/20     8:30-11:30                                
Location: EOC

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore our amazing state's flora and fauna (including a nature walk, weather permitting) to create learning experiences for your students. Together we will delve into a plethora of resources from KS Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism that are sure to please your students both in the class and out!

Get Interactiv with ActivInspire                                                     
Presenter: Marcia Hersh
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  Mon.,   7/20    12:00-3:00                               
Location: EOC

Do the flipcharts you are using leave you less than inspired? Would you like to use your Promethean board more, but do not have the time or skills to make fancy presentations? In just one afternoon you will learn about the many tools in ActivInspire to quickly make interactive learning experiences for your students. You will get hands-on experience and they will love you for it!

Teach Like a Champion: Building Trust and Academic Rigor  
Presenter: Mark Bradshaw   
Audience: ALL            
Dates:  Tues., 7/21    8:30-11:30                                
Location: MSHS Library

This course aims to help teachers engage every student in thinking, writing, responding, discussing with peers, and taking part in class meetings—whether in person or on-line. It will highlight high-impact techniques rooted in the book Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov (9781118901854), such as Check for Understanding, Targeted Questioning, No Opt Out, Wait Time, Cold Call, and Precise Praise. No book required.

Google Classroom for an Organized Lesson Flow                      Presenter: Marcia Hersh   
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  Tues., 7/21 12:00-3:00                                   
Location: EOC

Google Classroom is your one-stop shop for keeping your lessons and student work organized. Whether you are new to Classroom or would just like a revamp of your current classes, this course is for you!

Executive Functions                                                                        
Presenter: Shelly Walston   
Audience: 6-12           
Dates:  Wed., 7/22    8:30-11:30                                
Location: EOC

Come to this course if you would like to learn more ways to help students plan, prioritize, and avoid procrastination. We'll look at the three prongs of EF: working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control, and we'll also discuss strategies for developing mini-lessons to help students improve their EF skills. You *will* leave this course with at least one ready-to-go lesson/activity.

Success Criteria: Bringing Clarity and Direction to Learning   
Presenter: Megan Fowler   
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  Wed., 7/22    12:00-3:00                                
Location: EOC

Participants will explore the purpose of success criteria, how they can be utilized in the classroom, and practice writing some that could be incorporated into their classrooms.  Success criteria for student success!

“What Have We Learned from the CLP?” Roundtable Discussion     Presenter: Mark Bradshaw   
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  Mon., 7/27     8:30-11:30                               
Location: MSHS Library

This facilitated discussion provides classroom teachers an opportunity to hear, share, and compile firsthand accounts of “best practices” from our spring of connecting with students on-line during the Continuous Learning Plan: What class procedures bore fruit? Which tech. tools served learning? What Google trick saved you precious hours? How can we each communicate our expectations to students effectively, whether on-line or in person?

Seesaw                                                                                              
Presenter: Christy Paul   
Audience: PreK-5      
Dates:  Mon.,   7/27    12:00-3:00                               
Location: EOC

Seesaw is an app that is described as “a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school”. In reality, Seesaw does so much more! Teachers are using it for digital worksheets, flipped learning activities, and home-school communication, to name a few. This course will take you on a tour of the application and provide tips and tricks from a kindergarten who uses and LOVES it!

 

266 Resource Carnival                                                                     Presenter: Laura Wheeler   
Audience: K-5            
Dates:  Tues., 7/28     8:30-11:30                               
Location: EOC

This course is a show and tell of several key subscription web applications for student learning. Introductions include DreamBox Math, Reflex Math, Lexia, Reading Street, Great Minds, BrainPop/Jr, and more. Participants will get an overview of each with hands-on exploration time. 

To Infinity, and Beyond! How to use Google Apps for More than Word Processing and Slideshows  Presenter: Laura Wheeler   
Audience: 3-12           
Dates:  Tues.,  7/28    12:00-3:00                               
Location: EOC

Let's unleash all that G Suite for Education has to offer! We will explore Google tools you know and love on a whole new level. We will look at the versatility of Google Forms, Slides, Sites, Jamboard, and Docs, and how you can use them. Come ready to dive in!

My Google Drive is a MESS!!!                                                       
Presenter: Laura Wheeler   
Audience: ALL            
Dates: Wed., 7/29    8:30-11:30                                 
Location: EOC

Is your Google Drive a mess? Do you have trouble locating the files, presentations, and forms you need? I will share with you 10 tips for organizing your Google Drive. I'll share some new features of Google Drive that can help you stay organized as well as some of my tried and true tips for staying organized!

 

What is THAT?                                                                               
Presenter: Laura Wheeler
Audience: ALL            
Dates:  Wed., 7/29    12:00-3:00                    
Location: EOC

Have you heard about Peardeck, Flipgrid, Nearpod, Kahoot, Gimkit, or Wakelet? Let's explore what they are and how to integrate them into your lessons to enhance them.

 6 Hour Courses (0.5 credit)

 What I Wish My Students Would Have Known Before the 'Rona                     

Presenters: Joel Burgeson and Shelly Walston
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  Tues., 6/9, 6/16, & 6/23   9:00-11:00             
Location: Maize South High Library

When school resumes teachers will need to be very intentional in setting expectations and helping students reestablish productive routines. We will work virtually or face-to-face to develop short, 10-minute lessons covering topics like Executive Functions, Learning Strategies, and Character Education. At MSHS these lessons will be used as the curriculum for Maverick Mondays, taught each Monday of the school year during EnCor. This hybrid course has a 12 hour option.

12 hour Courses (1.0 Credit)

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 Online Book Study                                    
Presenter: Lenn Shipman
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  6/1-7/31                                                          
Location:  Online        

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed Debbie Silver     ISBN #: 978-1-4129-9877-2

Using major motivational theories, this book synthesizes thinking and provides a framework of what to say and not to say to children and why.  Addressing research based strategies to help students become autonomous and lifelong learners, the author presents a concrete way of gaining ground.  Very reader-friendly, this book appeals to all student advocates who desire to help students learn to solve problems, have confidence, and take risks in pursuit to success.

Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter Online Book Study   
Presenter: Andi Shipman
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  6/1-7/31                                                          
Location:  Online        

Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter  Hal Urban     ISBN #:  0-7432-3782-X

Written by a teacher/parent, this book describes 20 principles to teach, parent and live by!  The topics are gained from lifetime experiences and include ideas on money, understanding "real" success, and having fun.  A fun and simple read, this book provides easy to implement ideas for the classroom and home in areas of motivation and habits for life success.  Reading this will ignite the desire to see the best in yourself and others.

 

One Word that will Change Your Life Online Book Study         
Presenter: Shelli Brown
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  6/1-7/31                                                          
Location:  Online        

One Word that will Change Your Life, Expanded Edition, Jon Gordon        Amazon: $10.89

This book explains how to simplify your life by focusing on just one word for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word makes it a catalyst for life change. This book shows you how to cut through to the core of your intention for the next year. It offers an action plan and simple process to discover your word for the year.

Purposeful Play:  A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day Online Book Study                                                                                                               
Presenter: Sharon Lindebak
Audience: ALL           
Dates:  6/1-7/31                                                          
Location:  Online       

Purposeful Play:  A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, Cheryl Tyler       ISBN #:   978-0-325-07788-8 

This book looks at building on what children do best--PLAY!  The authors share their belief that "there is play in work and work in play."  You will examine different types of play, see how to implement rigorous learning through play and walk away with practical resources and classroom tools.

Unit Planning for World Literature Texts                                                 
Presenter: Shelly Walston
Audience: HS Literature Teachers    
Dates: Wed., June 3, June 17, July 1     9:00-11:00 a.m.     
Location:  Maize South High Library       

            

This PLS course will focus on re-working ELA texts to reflect a more diverse, world literature emphasis. Teachers will read two to three novels and spend time collaborating on unit plans to align with standards.

Titles include Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

This is a blended course with 6 hours face to face and 6 hours independent work.

 Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

*Select appropriate strategies or practices for student lessons to provide optimal learning opportunities

*Identify and apply ways to differentiate learning in the classroom

*Effectively motivate students through the use of a variety of teaching strategies

*Communicate effective methods of monitoring student learning and growth

*Relate information and resources to the specific needs of their students

*Demonstrate and apply technology skills and resources in lessons for the success of all students

 

Textbook/Materials:  Participants are responsible for their own copy of book study books. Presenters for each course will provide all other materials.

 

 Fall 2020 Courses

Candidates choosing to earn WSU graduate credit for their completion of professional development courses in their district will enroll in the market based tuition course designated for their district.  Due to the specialized nature and timing of this program, participants will be enrolled in the 2-week pre-session following the completion of their professional development (PD) work.  For instance, candidates completing Maize PD August 1-December 22, 2020, will be enrolled in CAS 750E Effective Instructional Practices IV during the January 2021 Pre-session (January 4--16th).    

 

Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter

Create Your Own Project-Based Learning Lessons
Instructor:  Amber Marshall
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is not a one size fits all type of lesson. The more unique they are to your students, the better engagement you will have. In this workshop, we will go over the basics of designing fun and powerful PBL lessons. You will be provided with a guide for design thinking as well as resources for each step of the PBL process. This will be a make it/take it type of workshop, so you will want to bring your standards or specific units that you can use to create a project-based learning experience for your students. There will be plenty of work time and collaboration with the hope that you will have a few lessons ready to go as well as a better understanding and ability to create more PBL experiences for your students in the future.

Chronic Conditions
Instructor:  Lesley Thomas
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Having students with chronic conditions in the classroom can be intimidating and cause stress for teachers and other school staff. The needs of children with chronic illness can be complex and continuous and includes both daily management and addressing potential emergencies. This workshop covers ways to help staff understand the special needs of students suffering from a chronic illness, how to recognize health events that may interfere with learning, and suggestions for appropriate interventions. In addition to other illnesses, conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, ADHD, asthma, and allergies will be discussed.

Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation
Instructor:  Brad Chapin, B.S., LCP, LMLP
Date and Time: Friday, October 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School
Instructor:  Liz Hamor & Daniel English
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School is a training designed for K-12 educators to explore how to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During this highly interactive training participants will engage in activities that will help them come away with a better understanding of:

  • Definitions and relevant terminology to assist with communication about this topic
  • How to be a better ally to LGBTQ students
  • How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBTQ students
  • Data about the issue’s LGBTQ Youth face