New Teacher/Administrator Workshop: Stressed Brains Can’t Learn: Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom with Strategies That Work

Who: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hours of Earned Credit: 5

Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

Presenter: Megan McDowell, Angela Reeter, and Mary Adams

Participants in this workshop will learn about the impact of developmental trauma on the brain, it’s relationship to mental health, and how it manifests itself in the classroom setting. The presenters will make a case for a perspective shift from asking “what is wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” as an essential component to successfully address the students’ needs. Trauma sensitive classroom strategies will be shared with participants that can be taken back to the classroom to implement immediately.

Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

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4 New Teacher/Administrator ROE 41 Workshops for 2018!

Below are 4 new workshops for teachers/administrators for 2018.

  1. Project Wild! 2 Day K-12 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop!

    Who: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, January 31 AND Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    (must attend both days)

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities,

    1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Hours of Earned Credit: 14

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: Learn to Integrate Environmental Education, Literature, Math, and Social Science into your existing curriculum with nature as your medium. Teachers will engage in hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies that encourage higher-order reasoning skills.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    2. Growing Up Wild! and Early Childhood Experiences in Project Learning Tree

    PreK-2 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop

    Who: PreK-2 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Hours of Earned Credit: 6

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: This preschool/early childhood science workshop will help build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Teachers will receive two activity guides with field tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    3. Project Learning Tree – 2 Day K-8 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop

    Who: K-8 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AND

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    (must attend both days)

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities

    1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Hours of Earned Credit: 14

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: Learn to Integrate Environmental Education, Literature, Math, and Social Science into your existing curriculum with nature as your medium. Teachers will engage in hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies that encourage higher-order reasoning skills.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    4. Ready? Set? Engage!

    Who: K-8 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  Hours of Earned Credit: 5.5

  Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

  Presenter: Dr. Kelly West

 Synopsis: This interactive workshop will provide strategies to INCREASE student       ENGAGEment in grades K-8. Participants will also examine and explore student-   created assessment opportunities while acquiring classroom management strategies.   Please bring along 1 assessment sample and join us as we get READY to SET our   time learning some new tools in your classroom to ENGAGE your students!

Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.

Have a great Thanksgiving from your friends at the Madison County Regional Office of Education!

November ROE 41 Workshop/Academy Reminders

Hello,

This is just a reminder about our upcoming workshops and academies for November.

Administrator Academy – Leveraging Cultural Differences to Promote Diversity and Equity – AA #1860 – Thursday, November 9, 2017

By acknowledging and valuing diverse cultural backgrounds, educators can devise instructional lessons and activities that contextualize critical content and skills within students’ everyday lives. Through this process, educators and students learn more about one another in safe, respectful environments that promote pro-social behavior, reduce bullying, spark intrinsic motivation, increase home-school connection, and close opportunity gaps through personalized learning. This session offers strategies school leaders and teachers can transfer immediately into their buildings and classrooms to reach and engage learners of all cultures, ages, and abilities.
Click HERE for a flyer and click HERE to register.

The Art of Communication – Body Language and Other Essential Skills – Monday, November 6, 2017

This workshop will explore essential skills educators need to effectively communicate with both students, parents and colleagues. Using the “Super Six” as a base, this highly interactive workshop combines theory, activity and the opportunity for participants to examine their current skill level and those areas in need of practice.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

October & November Workshop/Academy Reminder

Hello,

This is just a reminder about our upcoming workshops and academies for October and November.

Administrator Academy – Leveraging Cultural Differences to Promote Diversity and Equity – AA #1860 – Thursday, November 9, 2017

By acknowledging and valuing diverse cultural backgrounds, educators can devise instructional lessons and activities that contextualize critical content and skills within students’ everyday lives. Through this process, educators and students learn more about one another in safe, respectful environments that promote pro-social behavior, reduce bullying, spark intrinsic motivation, increase home-school connection, and close opportunity gaps through personalized learning. This session offers strategies school leaders and teachers can transfer immediately into their buildings and classrooms to reach and engage learners of all cultures, ages, and abilities.
Click HERE for a flyer and click HERE to register.

The Art of Communication – Body Language and Other Essential Skills – Monday, November 6, 2017

This workshop will explore essential skills educators need to effectively communicate with both students, parents and colleagues. Using the “Super Six” as a base, this highly interactive workshop combines theory, activity and the opportunity for participants to examine their current skill level and those areas in need of practice.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards (K-12) with Networking and Integration of ELA & NGSS – Thursday, October 26, 2017
Participants will be provided with an overview of the New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards. Practical tips on implementing the standards will be shared. Additionally, ideas on integrating Social Studies with ELA and science will be provided.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

Upcoming ROE 41 School Improvement Workshops

The Art of Communication – Body Language and Other Essential Skills – Monday, November 6, 2017

This workshop will explore essential skills educators need to effectively communicate with both students, parents and colleagues. Using the “Super Six” as a base, this highly interactive workshop combines theory, activity and the opportunity for participants to examine their current skill level and those areas in need of practice.

Click HERE for a flyer.

New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards (K-12) with Networking and Integration of ELA & NGSS – Thursday, October 26, 2017

Participants will be provided with an overview of the New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards. Practical tips on implementing the standards will be shared. Additionally, ideas on integrating Social Studies with ELA and science will be provided.

Click HERE for a flyer.

Take it SLO! Creating Purposeful and Rigorous Assessments That Drive Meaningful Student Learning Objectives – Tuesday, October 17, 2017

With the majority of Illinois districts using student learning objectives (SLOs) for the growth portions of their teacher evaluation process, the need for high quality, teacher-created assessments has never been greater. This workshop will walk both administrators and teachers through a very deliberate process of creating high quality and skill-based assessments that provide meaningful evidence of growth. While the tasks in this workshop are directly related to developing purposeful assessments, the context for all of the work is the evaluation process and use of SLOs. Attendees will leave with a firm understanding of quality assessments, the role of those assessments in the evaluation process and strategies for improving both in their home districts.

Click HERE for a flyer.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education Offerings & Grants

October 2017

1. ENTICE Professional Development Workshops
Registration Closes Soon for Workshops in Makanda and Chicago
New Workshops Added in Moline and Rockford
Register soon at https://www.enticeworkshops.com for ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) professional development workshops for educators sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). ENTICE workshops provide background information, networking opportunities, hands-on lessons, supplemental resources on the topic and the opportunity to work with resources professionals on a variety of topics. Professional Development Hours are available. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and/or Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards are provided. Shown below are upcoming workshops for fall 2017, winter 2018 and spring 2018. New workshops for Moline and Rockford have been added to the schedule for spring. Visit https://www.enticeworkshops.com for the complete list of workshops. Experience ENTICE!
 
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall, Giant City State Park, Makanda, November 4, 2017
Aquatic Ecosystems: Lake Michigan Ecology, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, November 4, 2017
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Winter, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, January 13, 2017
Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators, Giant City State Park, Makanda, March 16, 2018
Animal Adaptations and the Next Generation Science Standards, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, March 24, 2018
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, April 7, 2018
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring. Giant City State Park, Makanda, April 13, 2018
Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, April 14, 2018
Illinois Frogs and Toads, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, April 21, 2018
Illinois Frogs and Toads, Cache River Visitors’ Center, Cypress, April 23, 2018
Monarch Mania!, Giant City State Park, Makanda, May 12, 2018
Using Children’s Nonfiction in PreK-Second Grade Science, WIU Quad Cities Campus, Moline, May 19, 2018
Organisms of Flowing Water, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, June 9, 2018
Survival in Numbers, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, June 16, 2018
 
2. Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant – Submit Your Application Soon
Applications will be accepted by the IDNR Division of Education through November 30, 2017, for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. New for the program this year are two application options. Option One will allow you to apply for a standard pollinator garden. With this option, the plant species are predetermined. You and the students must decide how best to use these species in your available space. Other items to be purchased are limited with this option. Option Two allows the applicant to determine what type of wildlife habitat to develop. You can view both options at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/GrantsSHAG.aspx. Please use the supporting video podcasts to assist you in completing the application form. The optional preliminary review deadline is October 31. See the instructions for details. Help wildlife species while taking learning to life! This program is funded by generous contributions to the Illinois Conservation Foundation from the Jadel Youth Fund and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation.
 
3. October Kids for Conservation®: Raccoon
The October edition of the IDNR Kids for Conservation® Web page features the topic of the “Raccoon.” You can learn basic facts about this species in the information section. Watch the video podcast, too. Take the quiz to test your knowledge. Educators, there are resources for you to utilize. We have developed a version of the information section specific to early childhood educators. “Kids in Action” features the students of Carbondale New School in Carbondale who worked to overhaul a garden area on the school grounds to make it more easily accessible to younger students while increasing available habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. This topic will be posted at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/outreach/kidsconservation/Pages/default.aspx after September 28. The November topic is the “Eastern Cottontail.
 
4. Applications Being Accepted for 2018 Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants
Visit https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/GrantsIBFTG.aspx to find the instructions and application form for the 2018Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program from the IDNR and the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Teachers and home-schooling educators of grades prekindergarten through 12 in Illinois may apply. Take learning to life with an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. All funds for this program are donated. The support of the Independence Tube Corporation in Bedford Park, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation in Skokie and the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation in Wilmington is greatly appreciated.
 
5. Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROM Series Conversion to Web-based Format – More than 700 Files Available
The IDNR Division of Education is in the process of converting the information and images from the Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROM series (Volume I, Aquatic HabitatsVolume II, Woodland HabitatsVolume III, Prairie and Edge Habitats) into a searchable, Web-based format. Files are being added as they are completed, so check back often. There will be about 1,500 species in this field guide when it is finished. Visit https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/Biodiversity-of-Illinois.aspx to access the approximately 700 files that have been posted to date.
 
6. Reporting Monarch Educational Activities
The IDNR and its partners in the monarch initiative are collecting information about educational activities related to monarch butterflies. If you conducted any activities in 2016 or 2017 related to educating people in Illinois about monarch butterflies or to enhancing or developing monarch habitat in Illinois, please send us a brief description (no more than three sentences) describing each activity. Include the date, a description of the activity, the targeted audience (if an educational activity), the organization or person leading the activity and an email address for someone who can answer questions about the activity. Submit the information to dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov. We will post the information on the IDNR Web site at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/monarchgen.aspx. This Web site is not intended to promote upcoming activities. We want to share information about efforts that have already taken place to help monarchs and their habitat. We will continue to accept information through 2017 and beyond. Please do not send photos. Thank you!
 
7. New Video Podcast
The Raccoon video podcast can be found in the Podcasts page at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/podcasts.aspx after September 28, 2017. This video podcast is also available on YouTube.
 
8. Learning Standards Interactive Web Page
Looking for IDNR lessons to help you meet the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, Illinois Social Science Standards or Illinois Early Learning Standards? Now you can easily find them with the new interactive Learning Standards Web page from the IDNR Division of Education at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/Learning-Standards.aspx. You can search by grade level, topic, learning standard and/or subject area. Try it today!
 
9. Central Illinois Educators: Fishing and Aquatic Ecology Programs Now Available from the IDNR
Educators, if you teach in any of the following counties, the IDNR can help you bring hands-on aquatic education to your students. These programs work to develop positive attitudes towards natural resources, conservation and fishing in young people. Lessons align with the state and national learning standards and are adapted to all grade levels. For more information or to schedule a program, contact Van Grissom at 217-720-3501 or van.grissom@illinois.gov.
 
Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Hancock, Iroquois, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Vermillion
 
10. Wild Illinois History Leads Students on a Journey to Learn About History and Wildlife Conservation
The IDNR is offering a “virtual” trip for late-elementary schoolteachers, students and their parents. With a few mouse clicks, students can journey back to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory when voyageurs and Native Americans hunted the prairies, forests and rivers. Wild Illinois History helps students in grades three through five focus on early French exploration, along with river and settlement geography. Students can learn how wildlife helped Native Americans and early settlers survive. They also can see how wildlife is a part of our lives today. A fictional French trapper in the 18th century Illinois Territory leads students on the trip. Brief story-telling slideshows are mixed with fun, interactive activities. For teachers, Wild Illinois History offers lesson plans, activities, photos, posters and correlations to Illinois Learning Standards. Try it out at http://www.wildillinois.org/. For more information, contact Bob Bluett, IDNR Wildlife Diversity Coordinator at 217-782-7580 or bob.bluett@illinois.gov.
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
217-785-0973
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AP Program Back-to-School Professional Development Opportunities from CollegeBoard

As your students gear up and prepare for the new school year, the College Board can help you do the same. Each fall, we offer professional development workshops for AP® and K–12 educators to share best practices and prepare for the year ahead.

These workshops give educators the opportunity to receive subject-specific support and training to strengthen their AP courses. We also offer specialized workshops for AP coordinators and administrators. Search by subject and location, as workshops are being added in our region.

For example, click HERE for the listing for Webster University in St. Louis.

For more information, email mwromtgs1@collegeboard.org or call 866-392-3019 (toll-free).

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