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Upcoming ESC Professional Development

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Resident Educator Retreat

Click here for the Resident Educator Retreat flyer [PDF].

Resident Educator 101: The Big Picture
August 4, 2014 | 8:30-11:30am

You’ve Gotta Connect: Building Relationships that Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms and Higher Achievement
August 4, 2014 | 12:30-3:30pm

Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) 101
August 5, 2014 | 8:30-11:30am

RESA Writing Strategies for Success
August 5, 2014 | 12:30-3:30pm

Classroom Management 101
August 5, 2014 | 8:30-11:30am

Formative Assessment Strategies for Resident Educator
August 5, 2014 | 12:30-3:30pm

One hour Ashland University graduate credit option available for an additional $249 for those attending four half-day sessions, Aug. 4-5.



Socratic Questioning
August 13, 2014 | 8:30am-3:30pm
Socratic Questioning is a strategy that can be used in all classes to provide students the ability to explore complex ideas, uncover assumptions, distinguish what they know from what they do not, and to follow the logical effects of thought. This workshop will focus on the six question types of Socratic Questioning and Costa's Levels of Thinking and Questioning, as well as methods of classroom implementation, such as Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs. Instructor: TJ Smith.  Location: Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Road, London, OH 43140.
Member District Rate: $149 / Non-Member District Rate: $149


RUBRICS - the What, When and How!
August 14, 2014  | 8:30am-3:30pm

Rubrics improve teaching, contribute to sound assessment, and are an important source of information for program improvement when well-constructed and used wisely. Well-designed rubrics also help teachers and students, in all disciplines, meaningfully assess the outcomes of more complicated assignments that are the basis of problem-solving, inquiry-based and student-centered teaching and learning. Learn the basic elements of what distinguishes a high quality rubric from one that will likely yield frustration for both you and your students. This workshop will examine the what, where and how of rubrics. Instructor: Jean Kugler. Location: Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Road, London, OH 43140.
Member District Rate: $149 / Non-Member District Rate: $149


Understanding and Creating Text-Dependent Questions
August 18, 2014 | 8:30am-3:30pm
Lesson design does not stop with the creation of learning targets and the selection of rigorous resources. The careful crafting of text dependent questions (TDQs) is the final step in process of implementing the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy. Join Literacy Specialist Rachel Lang in analyzing this shift in questioning, to explore the anatomy of TDQs and to analyze question samples. Participants are asked to bring a copy of an assessment or assignment with a variety of question types in order to do some analysis. Participants will leave with several tools to evaluate question quality. Questions? Contact: Location: Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Road, London, Ohio, 43140.
Member District Rate: $149 / Non-Member District Rate: $149


Writing and the CCSS
August 19, 2014 | 8:30-11:30am
Join ELA Specialist Rachel Lang in a half-day session to explore the writing standards. This opportunity will allow participants to explore both the anchor standards and end of grade-level expectations, Appendix C, and online tools to support implementation. Additionally a portion of the time will be spent exploring instructional strategies and writing prompts to engage students in the writing process. Questions? Contact:  Location: Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Road, London, OH 43140.
Member District Rate: $75 / Non-Member District Rate: $75


Close Reading Among Content Areas
August 19, 2014 | 12:30-3:30pm
In this half-day session, join Literacy Specialist Rachel Lang in an exploration of one of Common Core's most important concepts, close reading. Expert Doug Fisher describes the approach as "careful and purposeful rereading of a text." But it takes more than just reading the text over again and in this session, strategies, tips and techniques will be shared to help support the approach. Participants are encouraged to bring a text they plan to use with students as there will be time for all to create a personalized close reading plan. Location: Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Road, London, OH 43140.
Member District Rate: $75 / Non-Member District Rate: $75



Student Learning Objectives

Understanding Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as part of Student Growth Measures

August 20, 2014
September 16, 2014
October 8, 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). Questions? Contact Lou Staffilino 614.542.4154.
OTES Recalibration Training
September 22, 2014
October 6, 2014
Beginning in late spring 2014, credentialed OTES evaluators will be required to be recertified every two years. This process includes a three-hour online training module provided by ODE/NIET and successful completion of the online assessment. This workshop provides participants the opportunity to view together the three-hour ODE Recertification Training Module provided by NIET with assistance and coaching from the ESC's OTES Trainers. Trainers will highlight strategies and skill necessary for successful completion of the recertification on line exam. Participants are encouraged to complete their credentialing exam independently on a hard-wired computer. Questions? Contact: or


Inspiring Mathematical Thinking Series

Instructor: Dr. Raj Shah of Math Plus Academy

Click here for Mathematical Thinking Series flyer [PDF]. 

Session 1: Using Mental Math and Games to Build Number Sense for All Students

Oct. 6, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Registration:
Mental math is the gateway to excellent number sense and estimation skills which are required in the CCSSM. Learn several unique, powerful strategies along with visual explanations that make mental arithmetic a breeze for students. Also, get hands-on demonstrations of games and puzzles that help students build mathematical reasoning skills while having fun. Mental math strategies increase both your students’ working memory and confidence in their mathematical abilities. All grade levels welcome to attend, but most relevant to grades 1-7.
Session 2: Getting Students to Persevere in Problem Solving — Yes, You Can!
Oct. 29, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Registration:
Learn 8 critical problem solving strategies that every student must know to become perseverant problem solvers. Take away problem solving guides and templates that students can use to develop and explain their thinking. Also, learn a powerful framework for presenting rich math problems that gets students engaged and intrinsically motivated. In addition to providing several treasure troves of wonderful, rich problems, learn how to take standard word problems and turn them into perplexing problems that students will love. All grade levels welcome to attend, but most relevant to grades 1-7.
Session 3: Seeing and Learning Math through Pictures
Nov. 20, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Registration:
So many students are visual learners and the ability to “see” math can be the difference between success and failure. This workshop will demonstrate how pictures can make some of the most difficult problems and proofs elementary. Learn how to help students draw their own pictures and diagrams to make sense of mathematical problems. All grade levels welcome to attend, but most relevant to grades 1-7.
Cost Per Session | Member District Rate: $149 / Non-Member District Rate: $179
Dr. Raj Shah
Dr. Shah is a life-long lover of math who graduated from Dublin Coffman HS and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just memorize. Since then, Dr. Shah has been building curriculum that develops problem-solving skills, builds confidence, and sparks curiosity. For questions about these workshops, email him at



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
September 8-29, 2014
October 13-Nov 3, 2014
HQT Online Courses
ODE-Approved Advanced Mentor Teacher Courses

Data Beyond the Numbers
August 4-22, 2014
September 8-26, 2014
October 6-24, 2014
November 3-21, 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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