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Upcoming ESC Professional Development

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June Academy at the ESC 

Click here for our 16-page brochure [PDF] 

Take your learning to higher levels of understanding with this month-long academy of professional learning experiences. Options include day-long workshops or multi-day specialty academies.

Specialty academies (including single-day and multi-day options):

 Performance Task Design June 2-6, 2014
 ELA Common Core June 3-6, 2014
 English Language Learners June 9-10, 2014
 Math Common Core June 9-13, 2014
 Project-Based Learning | BIE-Certified Facilitators June 16-20, 2014 
 Blended Learning: Teacher as Architect June 23-24, 2014  

Online Course Options        
       Data Beyond the Numbers June 9-30, 2014
       Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric for Designing 
       Online and Blended Learning Courses

June 16-July 7, 2014
   HQT Online Courses May 12-June 22, 2014
       Language Arts/Reading
       Social Studies
       Instructional Pedagogy

Other Professional Development Options  
  Advocating for High Poverty Students:
  College and Career Success Series 
June 5, 2014      
  Understanding Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
  through Assessment Tasks
June 11, 2014
  Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Dyslexia:
  The Orton Gillingham Approach
June 16-27, 2014        
  OTES for Teachers  June 18, 2014
  Ohio's New A-F Accountability System for
  School Improvement: How to Understand and Use It
June 19, 2014
  Value-Added (VA) Data at the Classroom and 
  Teacher-Level to Improve Student Achievement: 
  How to Understand and Use It
June 19, 2014
  ODE Recertification of OTES Evaluators:
  Review and Prep for the Online Assessment
June 20, 2014
  Classroom Walkthroughs/Informal Observations:
  Strengthening Teaching & Learning through a
  Shared Practice of Improvement (select AM or PM session)
June 25, 2014

Click here to view and register for all available multi-day academies and single-day workshops.


Tanny McGregor | How to Help Kids Connect
the Abstract Concepts and Create Engaged Learning
June 6, 2014
ELA standards are loaded with abstract concepts, from comprehension strategies to learning about text types. How can we make these concepts accessible for ALL students? How can we engage and motivate kids along the way? Author of the 2 books Comprehension Connections AND Genre Connections, Tanny McGregor has developed a launching sequence that honors the gradual release of responsibility, making learning incremental and achievable - even when the content or concept is abstract. Participants will learn how to usher their students into the world of complex text, using concrete objects, art, music and conversation. The day will be filled with practical, easy-to-implement lesson ideas for new and veteran teachers alike. More than ever, our students need to be motivated and engaged. More than ever, we need fresh, authentic ideas for instruction. Tanny's workshop will provide teachers with the tools they need to reach kids where they are - and guide them to a deeper understanding of abstract concepts. A staff developer and internationally known keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Tanny shares imaginative, inspiring, and practical teaching strategies that engage and motivate teachers and students alike. With creativity and a can-do spirit, she has helped hundreds of thousands of practitioners improve how they reach their readers.

Steve Leinwand |
Practical Strategies for Making Math Work for ALL Students
June 11, 2014
Steve Leinwand is the author of the bestselling book, Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement. This fast-paced, example-laden seminar will discuss and model a set of high-leverage, research-affirmed instructional strategies that maximize access to mathematical ideas and understanding and raise student motivation. We will look at such issues as conducting daily cumulative review, adapting strategies from the reading program, using multiple representations of the mathematics being taught and eliciting and valuing alternative approaches to solving problems. We'll also look at the role of context and application to give out students a reason to care. The entire day will be closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Common Core mathematical practices and the new set of Effective Teaching Practices developed by NCTM. Steve is Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., where he supports a range of mathematics education initiatives and research. Steve served as Mathematics Supervisor in the Connecticut Department of Education for 22 years and is a former NCTM president.

Dayna Laur |
Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real World Approach to PBL
June 19, 2014
A common shortcoming of PBL is the lack of authenticity in the design of the work. Join PBL expert and author, Dayna Laur as she explains the nuts and bolts of how to increase authenticity and how to implement a real-world approach to PBL. Dayna, also a digital expert, will weave Edmoto "how-to" elements through-out the day to share how it can be a powerful platform for building classroom connections beyond the traditional classroom. Learn how she tackles vital components of great PBL instruction like teaching critical thinking, creating community and career connections, and creating a meaningful outside audience. Learn from a variety of examples that incorporate technology and address the Common Core State Standards. Whether you or new to PBL or looking to fine-tune your work, this is a can't-miss opportunity.



Student Learning Objectives

Understanding Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
as part of Student Growth Measures in OTES
May 15, 2014
This overview is designed to learn more about the effective use of SLOs as a means of measuring student growth. Led by Lou Staffilino and Cynthia Yoder, participants will examine the "pieces & parts" of actually constructing AND deconstructing SLOs and will also have the opportunity to use a rubric to assess the quality indicators of effective SLOs. District Teams are encouraged to attend (teachers, union leadership, principals & administrators). Contact Lou Staffilino at 614.542.4154 or with questions regarding workshop content.
Member District Rate: $49 / Non-Member District Rate: $79


Teacher Observation: Rubric/Calibration Refresher
April 29, 2014
May 29, 2014
Designed for DISTRICT TEAMS of EVALUATORS, practice using the ODE "Teacher Performance Evaluation Rubric" to minimize the differences of the use of the rubric between district administrators/evaluators and promote a common understanding, vocabulary and consistent application inside the district. Participants will view videos, discuss evidence and score teacher performance as a DISTRICT TEAM. All participants must be previously OTES trained & certified thru the ODE process prior to this refresher/calibration workshop. Contact Lou Staffilino at 614.542.4154 or with questions regarding workshop content.
Member District Rate: $89 / Non-Member District Rate: $109



Understanding Depth of Knowledge
(DOK) through Assessment Tasks

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June 11, 2014 (repeat of March 17 workshop)
Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is a key determinant of rigor-level in next generation assessment design. Teachers can utilize DOK as an investigative lens into learning standards as educators consider how to create classroom assessment tasks. Jill Stine of the Common Core Institute has designed this day-long practicum to help educators work through a progression of DOK understanding, explore text complexity, analyze sample assessment tasks, and share strategies for increasing rigor with assessments and performance tasks. All content area/grade-level teachers are encouraged to bring samples of current classroom assessments to identify the DOK level and have time and assistance in modifying the tasks to even deeper levels. All participants will receive a complete DOK FLIP Chart. Ashland credit option available for an additional $249 if combined with a Math or ELA Workshop. Lunch is on own.
Member District Rate: $149 / Non-Member District Rate: $179



College & Career Success Series 2.0

 Click here to view College & Career Success Series flyer [PDF]

Advocating for English Language Learners
May 6, 2014 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
English language learners face complex challenges to attaining and completing post-secondary training. Besides language and academic preparation concerns, social and cultural factors need to be understood and addressed as well. These as well as other needs expressed by the participants will be topics covered during this session.

Advocating for High Poverty Students
June 5, 2014 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This session will focus on the challenges facing high poverty students. Topics will include: instilling aspiration; identifying and employing effective outreach and parent engagement strategies; creating advising opportunities around “future story” development; addressing non-cognitive skill deficits; and Common Core transformation of standards into practice.

$20 per session or $50 for all three sessions. Continental breakfast included.



Mentor Teacher Network dates! [click for PDF]


Learning Leaders/Educational Leadership Brown Bag dates! [click for PDF]



Online Courses  

Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric for
Designing Online and Blended Learning Courses
June 16-July 7, 2014
Offered online, the Applying the QM Secondary Rubric course focuses on the K-12 Secondary Rubric developed by Quality Matters. Participants focus on the use of the rubric in reviewing the design of online and blended courses, on its application to a teacher-created course, and on writing helpful recommendations for continuous course improvement. Intended for teachers, instructional designers, and administrators who are interested in learning more about research-supported best practices and quality course design, the course requires approximately 15 hours of work during the three-week session. One hour of graduate credit through Ashland University is available for an additional $249. Instructor is Megan Ash.
Member District Rate: $99 / Non-Member District Rate: $99

ODE-Approved Advanced Mentor Teacher Courses

Data Beyond the Numbers
June 9-30, 2014
This three-week online course supports and extends mentor learning for Year 2 of the Ohio Resident Educator Program. In this 15-hour interactive course, mentors will learn to recognize and experience data from a variety of sources as a result of a study of data-related words and the complexities of teaching. Additionally, the Inquiry Cycle will be introduced and mentors will have the opportunity to practice gathering data by using the cycle to deepen their skills, knowledge, and practice. Presently, the ESC of Central Ohio hosts the only online option available to substitute for the face-to-face version of the ODE Advanced Mentor Teacher course. Space is limited to 20 participants. One hour of graduate credit through Ashland University  is available for an additional $249.

Please contact Megan Ash, Coordinator of Digital Learning and Training at 614.753.4714 for more information. 


Northwest Evaluation Association’s
Measures of Academic Progress Assessment

Available on-site/in-district or in sessions throughout the year at the ESC

Central Ohio educators now have local access to training on a valuable tool to monitor student progress and individualize learning, Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®).

The ESC of Central Ohio is partnering with NWEA to deliver affordable training to district leaders, building principals and classroom teachers on administering MAP assessments, accessing and interpreting data, and using NWEA’s continuum of instructional resources to foster a personalized learning experience for every child.

These ESC professional development offerings will represent a training continuum to help educators master the art of data-driven education, delivered by highly skilled staff, fully credentialed by NWEA.

Download the PDF flyer for additional details.

Email or call 614.542.4120 for more information.


Dating Violence Prevention

This online training module will fulfill the HB 19 requirement. HB 19 mandates education about violence in dating relationships for grades 7-12 and mandates specified staff members to be trained about violence in dating relationships.

Email or call 614.542.4111 for further information.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming ESC sponsored professional development events on MyLearningPlan.



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