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    Professional Development

    Earn clock hours by attending our Professional Development workshops! We have a variety of workshops with many different topics to suite your needs. Check back often for new and updated workshop days!

    Administrator Academies

    Earn your Administrator credit with one of our Administrator Academies. We have them at both ROE locations. If you would like to host an Academy call our office today to schedule the Academy that will fit your needs!
    May
    10
    Tue
    Admin Academy: Communicating & Lobbying with Legislators @ Stratton Office Building - Room #413
    May 10 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Learn how to make your views known with your legislators. Mr. Calvin Jackson will host a meet and greet with presentations from legislators at the Stratton Building in Springfield. Registration begins at 8:00am with presentation beginning at 8:30am.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    May
    13
    Fri
    Early Numeracy Concepts @ ROE #9
    May 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    This workshop is designed for K-2 teachers and anyone supporting student acquisition of fluency in basic addition and subtraction math facts. We will focus on providing students with four early numeracy concepts needed for students to become FLUENT with their facts. Participants will walk away with hands on activities and resources needed to support students development of efficient, accurate and flexible number sense needed to become fluent.

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    May
    31
    Tue
    Writing Matters – Elementary @ iHotel
    May 31 @ 10:00 am – Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm

    Two day training May 31 – June 1, 2016 at iHotel 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    This resource-rich professional development will provide educators with instructional practices to implement the Illinois Learning Standards for Writing.  The Writing Matters website will be used to facilitate the various writing tasks necessary to meet the standards and prepare for PARCC.  Strategies and resources will be shared.

    Click here to register!

    Jun
    1
    Wed
    Writing to Read-Middle & High School Teachers @ Urbana Middle School Room #1713
    Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

    Two day workshop: June 1-2, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Ariel and Will Durant were right when they said, “Education is the transmission of civilization.” Putting our current challenges into historical context, it is obvious that if today’s youngsters cannot read with understanding, think about and analyze what they’ve read, and then write clearly and effectively about what they’ve learned and what they think, then they may never be able to do justice to their talents and their potential. ISBE Content Specialists will use the Writing to Read research from the Carnegie Corporation by Steve Graham and Michael Hebert to identify the cluster of closely related instructional practices shown to be effective in improving students’ reading. The report groups these practices within three core recommendations in order of the strength of their supporting evidence.  A culminating activity of designing a classroom task and connections to PARCC will be shared.

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    Jun
    2
    Thu
    Writing to Read-Elementary @ iHotel
    Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Ariel and Will Durant were right when they said, “Education is the transmission of civilization.” Putting our current challenges into historical context, it is obvious that if today’s youngsters cannot read with understanding, think about and analyze what they’ve read, and then write clearly and effectively about what they’ve learned and what they think, then they may never be able to do justice to their talents and their potential. ISBE Content Specialists will use the Writing to Read research from the Carnegie Corporation by Steve Graham and Michael Hebert to identify the cluster of closely related instructional practices shown to be effective in improving students’ reading. The report groups these practices within three core recommendations in order of the strength of their supporting evidence. A culminating activity of designing a classroom task and connections to PARCC will be shared.

    This is a two day training – plan on attending both days.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

    Jun
    3
    Fri
    Admin Academy: Seminar on School Finance @ ROE #9 Rantoul, IL
    Jun 3 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Get customized real world training from two recently retired superintendents on your budgeting process!

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    Jun
    6
    Mon
    Don’t Leaf Out Technology: Environmental Applications of STEM in the Classroom @ Museum of the Grand Prairie-Mahomet
    Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

    Bring your science lessons into the 21st Century with Project Learning Tree®, an award-winning environmental education activity guide designed for educators working with youth. This workshop will help educators (teachers, home school parents, youth group leaders, etc.) introduce their 2nd-8th grade students to Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) concepts using the environment as the canvas. Participants will elave the workshop with PLT’s preK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, correlated to common Core Language Arts and Math educational standards, as well as a variety of classroom-ready tools and resources. This event will be held at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.

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    Jun
    8
    Wed
    Making Thinking Visible Brunch @ iHotel
    Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

    If you are wrapping up your first, second or third year in the classroom, you are invited to our ROE SchoolWorks’ Beginning Teacher Brunch. Join us for conversation, a presentation, discussion and reflection. You will receive a copy of Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners by Ron Richart, Mark Church and K. Morrison.

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    Minecraft in the Classroom @ iHotel & Conference Center
    Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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    Minecraft has an immense potential as an educational tool and is already being used in classrooms around the world to teach everything from STEM subjects to arts and poetry. You can hardly walk 5 feet without hearing a kid (or adult) talking about Minecraft. The game often serves as our kids’ ‘third place’ or ‘affinity space’, allowing them to learn concepts like digital citizenship in an authentic manner. Lessons incorporat-ing Minecraft take many forms, from delivering or exploring content to constructing buildings and complex systems.

    We will use a tailored Minecraft edition specifically designed for classroom use, MinecraftEDU. The education edition gives teachers the easy-to-manage tools they need to use Minecraft on an everyday basis.

    In this workshop we will introduce, play, and show you how to setup Minecraft: Education Edition for your classroom.

    Agenda

    1. Introduction to Minecraft and Education

    2. Minecraft Play – Learn the how to create, navigate, build, and survive.

    3. Minecraft in Education

    Start using Minecraft in your classroom. Lessons, stratgies, and tips.

    Presenter:

    Zack Gilbert is a teacher, author, and leading advocate for instructional technology and educational gaming in Illinois. Zack teaches 6th grade social studies and language arts at Parkside Junior High School in Normal, IL, where he utilizes Minecraft and other educational games to promote student creativity and learning. He is the host of the EdGamer podcast, the longest running podcast dedicated to Games and Learning, and serves in several leadership positions within the Games and Learning field. Zack is a chapter co‐author in the upcoming book TeacherCraft: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Minecraft. Zack’s chapter discusses how to start, maintain, and manage a successful after school game club.

     

    **MinecraftEDU licenses are NON transferable. If you are unable to attend Minecraft in the Classroom, please cancel registration 48 hours in advance to avoid payment

    Writing Matters-Middle and High School @ Urbana Middle School Room #1713
    Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm

    Two day training: June 8-9, 2016 12:00 pm -5:00 pm

    This resource-rich professional development will provide educators with instructional practices to implement the Illinois Learning Standards for Writing. The Writing Matters website will be used to facilitate the various writing tasks necessary to meet the standards and prepare for PARCC. Strategies and resources will be shared.

    Click here to register!

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