RPS Summer 2021
Professional Development
Registration

After a tumultuous year of both challenges and great success, we are pleased to offer this summer professional development program. Reflecting on the lessons we have learned through the last year and half, and considering alignment with the goals of the Strategic Plan, we are excited to offer a range of options which will enable you to reflect, recharge, and prepare for a successful return to school in September.


Each of these sessions will be held in person and will run for six hours at George Washington Middle School. As in prior years, your participation in a six hour summer professional development session will entitle you to earn the May 2nd, 2022 PD Day off.


Registration will be open from Tuesday June 1 until Friday June 11. All sessions will accommodate 25 participants, so in the registration, you will be asked to select your first date choice, along with other dates that may work for you in the event that your first choice does not run or is filled.


Please note: Sessions that are being run by Lauren DePinto and Michelle Fenwick are intended for non-teaching staff, and teachers may enroll in those courses only if there is space after non-teaching staff has been accommodated. If you are a teacher who is interested in one of those offerings, you may not register until after June 11.


We look forward to another great summer of professional learning!

Demonstration of Learning

Demonstration of Learning: In this PD session teachers will explore unique, meaningful, and interesting ways for students to showcase evidence of their learning and understandings. A priority of this PD work is to collaborate around the development of concrete practices and ways to integrate demonstrations of learning into the classroom in an effort to teach and foster student reflection and goal setting. Teachers will work in person with peers K-12 to both capture best practices as well as create structures that will be valuable tools to be implemented in the upcoming school year.

Presenters: Caroline Hoffman, Katherine Kashmanian, Chris McCullough, Greg McDonald, Jeff Nyhuis, Lorna Oates-Santos

Location: George Washington Middle School
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Assessment

Assessments are a foundation for our students’ learning experiences. As we maintain our grade, course, and district requirements, our district exploration of DEI reminds us to ensure access and equity for all learners. This session will afford participants the opportunity to work together, K-12, to help build a model for proficiency expectations across the Ridgewood Public School system with increased awareness of assessment equity for all students.

Presenters: Mary Ferreri, Mark Ferreri, Serhiy Morhun, Anthony Orsini, Danielle Wood

Location: George Washington Middle School
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday July 7 - GWMS Art Room 112
Tuesday July 27
- GWMS Art Room 112

Thursday July 8 - GWMS Media Center
Thursday July 29 - GWMS Media Center

Habits of Learning: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Creativity, Resiliency

In this six hour summer professional development, teachers will build community with colleagues to explore:

  • What do the HOLs “look like” for teaching and learning?

  • How do we demonstrate a commitment to each habit in the work that we do with students?

  • How do we effectively communicate our expectations for each HOL to students?

  • In what ways can we provide feedback to students on their growth with each habit?

  • Who “owns” the integration of these Habits?

This cohort will continue conversations throughout the 2021-2022 school year with each other and other members of RPS.

Presenters: Dan Kilday, Jeannie O'Neill, Susan Nold, Michael Piacenza, Paul Semindinger, Greg Wu

Location: George Washington Middle School
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday July 14 - GWMS Room Media Center
Wednesday July 21 - GWMS Media Center
Wednesday July 28 - GWMS Media Center
Wednesday August 4 - GWMS Media Center


Compassion in Action: Strategies for Building Staff Resilience and Strengthening Self-Care

In this course we will explore and discuss ways to maintain a compassionate presence in our interactions with students, families, and colleagues to help strengthen our own wellness and self-care planning using a combination of reflection activities and guided small group discussion from the Compassion Resilience Toolkit established for educators. This course aims to support the social-emotional wellness of educators and is designed to guide the continued development of skills we need to manage expectations, set professional and personal boundaries, strengthen effective collegial relationships, and reduce burn-out.



Presenter: Lauren DePinto, LSCW, District Coordinator of School-Based Mental Health Services



Tuesday July 13
and
Thursday July 15

Location: George Washington Middle School, Media Center
Time:
8:30am - 11:30am


This course is intended for non-teaching staff. You may register for this course only if there is space after non-teaching staff have been accommodated. If you are a teacher who is interested, you may not register until after June 11.




Creating A House That Smiles: A Relationship-Based Approach for Building Trauma-Responsive Schools Using the Principles of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy)

In a trauma-responsive school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress and adverse life experiences. This requires a commitment to educating ourselves on the psychological, physical, and cognitive implications of acute and complex trauma on the developing brain. More importantly, it calls for adopting a relationship-based pedagogy that emphasizes belonging, emotional security, and psychological safety. As we continue to adapt and adjust to the educational changes and challenges due to COVID-19 and prepare for our return in September 2021, the importance of recognizing and applying trauma-responsive practices in our classrooms cannot be overstated or undervalued. In this course, you will be introduced to the foundational concepts of Dr. Daniel Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and learn how to adapt and apply a trauma-responsive PACE attitude to your daily practice.


Presenter: Lauren DePinto, LSCW, District Coordinator of School-Based Mental Health Services

Location: George Washington Middle School
Time:
8:30am - 11:30am

Monday July 12 - Media Center
and
Wednesday July 14 - Vocal Room 226


This course is intended for non-teaching staff. You may register for this course only if there is space after non-teaching staff have been accommodated. If you are a teacher who is interested, you may not register until after June 11.

Strengthening School 504 Plans & Accommodations

504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many eligible students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for school district staff if they are not properly planned and executed. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of 504 plans along with procedural safeguards. and take away valuable information you can use in reviewing and implementing 504 plans for students in your classroom.
Participants will benefit from ensuring that their students get the tools they need to be successful; understanding the “leveling of the playing field” for eligible students, contribute effectively to the creation of intervention plans and collect the appropriate data the document support, and properly protect the legal rights of students with 504 plans in situations word discipline codes of conduct may have been broken.
T
his professional development workshop will focus on:

  • Review of Section 504, compare with IDEA and determining eligibility under both laws

  • Developing and Implementing 504 Plans and enhancing general education accommodations

  • 504 Accommodations vs Specially Designed Instruction

  • Discipline and Expulsion Essentials under a 504 Plan

Presenter: Michelle Fenwick, SLP.D, Director of Special Programs

Wednesday July 14


Location: George Washington Middle School, Room # 223
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm


This course is intended for non-teaching staff. You may register for this course only if there is space after non-teaching staff have been accommodated. If you are a teacher who is interested, you may not register until after June 11.

The Use of Time and Space

Our six-hour session will be devoted to an in-depth examination of efficient and effective use of instructional time. We will draw upon pre-pandemic experiences, as well as those changes and innovations that developed as a response to the restrictions of the COVID era. Our goal will be to utilize time in a way that puts the focus on what we value most. Collaboration between and among K-12 teachers will be an essential element of this offering. This professional development opportunity will include a work session for the revision of an existing unit.


Presenters: Dave Bailey, Janel Nese, Basil Pizzuto, Brian Ross, Shauna Stovell, Tara Taylor

Location: George Washington Middle School
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Tuesday July 6 - GWMS Media Center
Tuesday July 20 - GWMS Media Center
Tuesday July 27 - GWMS Room 226
Tuesday August 3 - GWMS Media Center


Reimagining, Building and Creating Culturally Responsive and Equitable Learning Environments

In 6 hours of professional development and reflection, educators will be given the tools to journey through thematically connected workshops that will guide them through an exploration of themselves through reflective inquiry, storytelling and art to grasp new understandings that will address and disrupt biases, norms and mindsets that can compromise teaching and impede learning, and reimagine a recentered inclusive equitable learning environment that will give students voice and agency to become sociopolitically conscious and socioculturally responsive to engage in critical conversations and become agents of change. In the final session, teachers will consider whose voices are included and excluded in our learning environments, and whose knowledge counts in the curricula we teach to move toward competency based learning that prepares students for life.

Presenter: Pat Hans


Tuesday July 6th and Thursday July 8th GWMS Room 226

Wednesday July 7th and Friday July 9th GWMS Media Center

(9:00am -12:00pm)

Location: George Washington Middle School

*Please note this course has now been opened for Social Studies and English teachers.