Black River Local Professional Development 2014

The list of classes and workshop opportunities for the summer 2014 are listed below.  Classes are free for Black River teachers. 

Ashland University credit is available for each course at an additional cost of $175.00. Beginning Feb 1, 2013 Ashland University  implemented a non-refundable service fee on all credit card payments of 2.7% and a flat $2.95 service fee on all electronic check payments. Checks mailed to the office will not be subjected to the service fee. 

Ashland University Elyria Center
Lorain County Community College
University Center, Suite 105 A
1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

We welcome out of district participants! The cost for each course is $50.00. Ashland University credit is available at an additional cost of $175.00 per course plus a non-refundable service fee on all credit card payments of 2.7% and a flat $2.95 service fee on all electronic check payments . Please register for each class using the registration link and submit payment to:

Black River Local School District
257 County Road 40 
Sullivan, Ohio
Attention:  Tina Hill, 2014 Summer PD Payment

Your password will be emailed to you after your payment is received.

Apps and Activities for Diverse Learners
This 1 credit online course back by popular demand will provide participants with a variety of websites and apps that are available to support all learners in the classroom. Participants will be provided with a variety of tools they can use in the classroom, as well as research additional websites or apps to meet the needs of their content area. Participants will communicate and collaborate with others in the course by sharing ideas and brainstorming ways the information can be used in the classroom.



Instructor:  Alicia Toghill

Cafe Strategies and Daily 5 in the Language Arts Classroom
This new 1 credit online course uses the Daily 5 and Cafe Strategies. It provides a way for teachers to structure literacy time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one settings. This system works to target whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals. Spend less time on classroom management and more time teaching!



Instructor: Amanda Accavallo
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Common Core Literacy Standards in the Content Area
This new 1 credit online course is aimed at teachers of middle and high school history, science, technology and elective courses. It will introduce practical and effective strategies for reading and writing including before, during, and after reading strategies, graphic organizers, text complexity indicators, and writing process activities.




Instructor: Rachael Strader

Couponing 101
This new 1 credit online course will educate you on the basics of saving money and finding deals with traditional and online coupons. Learn how to build a coupon binder, use various websites to find deals, and build a stockpile.




Instructor: Jenifer Demczyk

Create It: Using the iPad
This 1 credit online course is back by popular demand!  It will focus on using 'creative' iPad apps that will help teachers, administrators, and students create content across all curricular areas. It will provide opportunities for participants to learn about, explore, and create with apps such as Skitch, Educreations, ScreenChomp, ShowMe, iMovie and Explain Everything. These creative apps will help teachers who are trying to experiment with the "Flipped Classroom."


Instructor: Tina Kotlarek

Creating and Integrating Moodle Quiz Tools into the Classroom

This new 1 credit online course will help teachers create PARCC like assessments.  It will guide teachers on the basics of setting up a Moodle course that can readily be used by students, and then go through all the details of using the Moodle Quiz tool, including: multiple choice, matching, drop & drag features, short answer, and essay question types. Additionally, all of the varied options and tools in designing a quiz will addressed. Great for teachers who want to integrate online testing to their assessment practices or provide students with automatic grading, which gives instant feedback. Optional face-to-face session on Tuesday July 8 from 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM and by appointment on any of the following July 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.


Instructor: Courtney Dieter

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Creating and Using Varied Assessments in Moodle 

This new 1 credit online course will help teachers create PARCC like assessments.  It will guide teachers on the basics of setting up an online course in Moodle that can readily be used by students. We will explore assessment tools in Moodle and how to integrate each into the classroom. Tools will feature quizzes, online assignments (writing, graphic organizers, etc.), choice & feedback, and journal. Optional face-to-face is scheduled Tuesday, August 5 from 1 PM - 3:30 PM. Other times by appointment.

Instructor: Courtney Dieter

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Formative Assessments in the Classroom
This  new 1 credit online course will help teachers find effective strategies and applications in their classrooms for formative assessments.  The goal of this course is to teach you how to quickly and efficiently obtain quantitative data on your student’s progress within the day’s, week’s, or unit’s lessons. Becoming proficient within these applications and strategies will allow you to quickly and accurately assess the level of understanding that your students currently have in regards to the content and will help to guide you as well as the students on the educational path.

Instructor: Nate Fallow

Inclusion Strategies
This 1 credit online class is back by popular demand! It focuses on understanding inclusion and an IEP, strategies to support students in the classroom, and ways to utilize the tools we have to support the needs of our students.




Instructor:  Alicia Toghill

Math Workshop K - 8
This  1 credit online course is  back by popular demand for teachers in grades K - 8.  This workshop model will provide an overview of a math  model that can be used in a classroom setting.  It will provide a plan for using this model by describing what each rotation will look like and showing you how to differentiate for your students' needs.  Math workshop provides a smaller more direct type of group instruction while teaching math, but still provides whole group instruction.



Instructor: Amanda Accavallo 

Organizing your Google Drive and other Scripts to Simplify Your Online World

This new 1 credit face-to-face class will simplify your world. Are you using Google Docs and are overwhelmed with the management of all the documents? This class will help organize documents for you and your students.  We will also share other great scripts that will simplify your online world!  




Instructor: Amanda Accavallo 

Organizing your Google Drive and other Scripts to Simplify Your Online World
 

This new 1 credit face-to-face class will simplify your world. Are you using Google Docs and are overwhelmed with the management of all the documents?  This class will help organize documents for you and your students.  We will also share other great scripts that will simplify your online world!  


Instructor: Amanda Accavallo 

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Pinterest
This new 1 credit online course is designed to explore Pinterest. Whether you are new to Pinterest or a Pinterest pro, there is something for you in this course. You will learn what all the hoopla is surrounding Pinterest, how to use Pinterest to curate your internet content, how to share boards, how to use boards for brainstorming with colleagues and other educators, and even how Pinterest might be used in your classroom.



Instructor:  Tina Kotlarek

Schoology

This new 1 credit online course will show you an alternative online class platform. Schoology is a free online classroom similar to Moodle. This class will lead you through how to join Schoology and set up all aspects of developing your account to share with students.





Instructor: Wendy Schollaert

Teach Like a Pirate
This new one credit online course is a book study for Teach Like a Pirate by David Burgess. This book will offer you inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.


Instructor: Janice Kollar

Technology and More for the Classroom  
This new 1 credit online course is a self-directed program created for individuals to explore additional basic technology tools that can be used in any type of classroom. Topics include creating bookmarks, Remind101, downloading and editing YouTube videos, learning the basics of the Smart Senteo system, and much, much more!




Instructor:  Sonya Slayton

Technology Basics for the Classroom
This new one credit online course is a self-directed program created for individuals to explore basic technology tools that can be used in any type of classroom. Some of the topics consists of backing up your data, creating online study tools for students, sending text messages to students from your school account, changing formats of work to be used in different settings, etc.




Instructor: Sonya Infantino

Technology Integration Strategies
This new one credit online course will help you find ways to integrate technology into your lessons, Utilizing various technology tools you will increase your use of technology in the classroom and gain a greater knowledge of tools available that are aligned to your profession.



Instructor: Alicia Toghill

Twitter for Teachers - Advanced
This new one-credit online course will educate teachers on how to take basic Twitter social media skills, professional discussion, and navigation to the next level. This class will focus more on class and parent/community collaboration than the course offering from Summer ‘13. Learn how to build and establish a PLN (Personal Learning Network) with other educators worldwide, and engage in an array of current, valid, and personalized professional development opportunities via Twitter. Further, learn how to integrate Twitter and additional free Online tools to support and foster collaborative experiences in upper level classrooms or with other educators.

Instructor:  Courtney Dieter

Twitter for Teachers - Beginner
This one-credit online course that focuses on using Twitter as a professional educator is back by popular demand.  Participants will set up their own professional Twitter account, choose topics and people to follow, post articles and links to share with others, search for topics of interest, read or watch and review information found via Twitter, use hash tags to tag their own Tweets as well as search for Tweets relevant to their topics of interest, participate in group chats, communicate with educators and people around the world to build their Personal Learning Network, and use Twitter as a tool in the classroom.

Instructor: Tina Kotlarek

Using SMART in your Classroom

This 1 credit hybrid class is back by popular demand. It will help teachers to:

     
     1.  Research and create lessons and activities,
     2.  Align activities to the revised standards,
     3.  Utilize additional tools and resources, and
                                       4.  Collaborate and share ideas with others.

When this SMARTBoard class is complete, you will have some material ready for the fall!


Face to Face: August 19th, 2014 BREC 8:00 am - 2:00 pm .
Online due by: August 24th, 2014

Instructor: Alicia Toghill