Link for Online Evaluation for Summer Workshops:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nfevalsummer14

 
Click on the above link to complete workshop evaluations. The first question is the workshop title and you should be able to find your workshop title listed in the drop-down menu options. Select your workshop and complete the remaining questions.
 
 
 
 
 

Technology Workshops Posted by Melanie Kitchen for July and August
You must register online with WNYRIC for these workshops. The link is in the attachment below.

 

TRC Summer Workshops2014

 (Please register via email if interested in a workshop.  Workshops may be cancelled due to low enrollment.)
 
 
Printable version: TRC Summer Workshops

 

APPR Portfolios: Creating a Professional Tool for Teacher Reflection, Analysis, and Evaluation

Tuesday, July 15

9:00 to 12:00

3 clock or PD hours

NFHS-TRC

Presenter: Susan Rhodenizer

This workshop will review theDanielson Domains content and explore different ways to gather and storedigital evidence needed for the district APPR evaluation process.  We will discuss artifacts and evidence andfollow the models provided by the National Board Certification process forcreating commentary to provide evaluators with the information they need. Thisworkshop is a great way to do some pre-planning for your APPR evaluation beforethe school year begins.

 

Book Study Group: Teach Like a Champion

Wednesdays,July 16, 30, and Tuesday, August 12

6 clock orPD hours

1:30 to 3:30

NFHS Library

Facilitator:Dave Brooks

This is anexcellent book study to discuss and review strategies to use in the classroomstaring on September 4th for both newer teachers and veterans. Thetechniques and strategies address classroom management, engaging students,setting high academic expectations as well as behavioral expectations for all.All of these topics are part of the Danielson rubrics for the APPR evaluation.Re-energize as you plan for next year with new tools in your toolbox.

 

Adapting and Differentiating the ELAModules (Grades 3-6)

Thursday,July 17

6 clock orPD hours

9:00 to 3:00

NFHS RoomTBA

Presenter:Lyndie Granto

The goal of theworkshop is to learn about adapting the ELA modules and differentiating thesupporting materials to meet all students’ needs. Teachers will closely readthe lessons and make the necessary changes needed for time and/or specificclassroom needs. There will be a time to get the necessary information aboutadapting and differentiating the lessons, and a work period to actually planfor Module instruction for the upcoming school year. Teachers will be asked tobring an ELA module they are using in the upcoming school year.

 

Common Core Math: Why Before How(Grades 1-5)

Thursday,July 17

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS RoomTBA

Presenter:Carrie Cino

Singapore math isembedded in the NY Common Core Modules. We will discuss and practice thecomputation strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.We will focus on number bonds, decomposing numbers left-to-right addition,place value disks and charts, vertical addition, traditionaladdition,traditional subtraction, the distributive property, area model,traditional multiplication, Partial quotient division, traditional longdivision and short division.

 

Vertical Planning: Statistics Modulefor Grades 6 and 7

Thursday,July 17

9:00 to 3:00

6 clock orPD hours

NFHS RoomTBA

Presenter:Colleen Caprio

In this workshop wewill examine the 6-8 Learning Progressions in Statistics. Participants will beengaged in lessons from Grade 6 Module 6 (Statistics) and Grade 7 Module 5(Statistics and Probability), noticing similarities and differences as well asidentifying opportunities for depth. Time will be allotted to workcollaboratively to plan a Common Core Statistics Unit.

 

 

Library Webinar: Automation

Sunday, July20

8:00 to 9:00

1 clock orPD hour

Presenter:Dave Brooks

The library automation system contains may functions beyond a catalogue. Get a quick overview of the major features of the system in this webinar.

 

Book Study: Notice and Note forSecondary-Close  Reading Strategies for Any Class

Tuesdays,July 22, July 29, and August 5

10:00 to 12:00

6 clock orPD hours

Facilitator: Leah Baldassarre

This course will study the text, Notice & Note by Beers and Probst.In this text, teachers will be introduced to 6 signposts identified to helpstudents develop independent close reading skills.

The six signposts identified by Beers and Probst are not unfamiliarconcepts to most ELA and literacy teachers, but they are presented in a waythat places them naturally and gradually in your classroom so that as studentspractice using these skills, they become second nature.

During the duration of the course you will be reading and discussing thebook to familiarize yourself with the signposts and actual lessons in theclassroom, called “Classroom Close – Ups.”

Materialswill be provided so you can immediately implement this practice in yourclassroom in September.

Teaching About Native Americans withinthe Elementary Grades Common Core Modules

Wednesday,July 23

9:00 to12:00

NiagaraFalls High School-Room TBA

3 clock orPD hours

Presenter:Perry Ground

Locatingaccurate, reliable and culturally appropriate materials about Native Americanscan be challenging at times and teachers are now faced with a new set oflearning expectations. Teachers are often left wondering if what they areteaching is correct, if resources are trustworthy or if the material shared isculturally sensitive...THIS is the opportunity to have those questionsanswered!!

Thissession will present a broad overview of the history, culture and traditions ofthe Native American tribes that are discussed within the Common CoreModules/Sequences for ALL Elementary grade levels.   These tribes include the Haudenosaunee(Iroquois), the Lakota (Souix), the Wampanoag, the Lenni-Lanape, the Shoshone,the Cherokee, and the Inuit.  Connectionsto themes within the new NYS Social Studies framework (such as WestwardExpansion, Revolutionary War, Early Colonial Settlement, etc) will bediscussed.

Particularemphasis on the Haudenosaunee (the Native People of NY, often called theIroquois) will be given.  Topics such asthe formation of the Confederacy (known as the Peacemaker Story), The HiawathaWampum Belt, the Clan system, uses of the Three Sisters and other naturalresources, the role of women in Haudenosaunee society, longhouses, clothingstyles, and reservations will be discussed. The BrainPop video recommended within Module 1 will be reviewed aswell.  Ideas for lessons and activitiesrelated to these topics, connections to the textbook and links to otherresources will be shared also.

 

 

 

Teaching About Native America in the Secondary Classroom

Thursday,July 24

9:00 to12:00\

NiagaraFalls High School-Room TBA

3 clock orPD hours

Thisvery interactive session will present a broad overview of the history, cultureand traditions of several tribes of Native Americans that play an importantrole in American History with particular emphasis on the Haudenosaunee(Iroquois) of NYS.  Topics such as theformation of the Confederacy and its’ influence on American democracy, the useof  wampum, trade relationships withearly colonists, uses of natural resources, the role of women in Haudenosauneesociety and their influence on the Women’s Suffrage movement, and contemporaryreservations will be discussed. 

Other topics to be discussed include the French and Indian War, Lewis and Clark andSacagawea, the Trail of Tears, Westward Expansion and the effects on NativePeoples, the treaty and reservation systems, Boarding Schools, and issuesfacing contemporary Native Peoples.  Wewill also examine how stereotypical notions about Native Peoples across theUnited States were created and continue to be perpetuated.  This dialoguebased session promises to be lively, engaging, interactive and instructionalfor all participants!

Thissession will examine Native Americans from both a historical and contemporaryperspective and discuss how many of their traditional ideas/beliefs/customs/traditionsare still relevant within Native communities today.

 

 

Library Webinar: Encyclopedia-Worldbook Online

Sunday, July27

8:00 to 9:00

1 clock orPD hour

Presenter:Dave Brooks
 
The Niagara Falls School District, as well as many other districts, subscribe to Worldbook Online.  The encyclopedia has features that may be of interest to you, your students, or your own children.
 

 

 

National Board CertificationAwareness Session

Monday, July28

9:00 to 11:00

2 clock orPD hours

Orleans-NiagaraBOCES Conference Center, Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn

Thisworkshop will provide information about the National Board CertificationProcess for teachers who are thinking about becoming National Board Candidates.It will outline the requirements for portfolio entries and the content-areatesting component along with financing and the changes to the program that willstart next school year. To register, please email Terri at TRDiPasquale@aol.com.

 

 

Bookand Documentary Study: America’s Promise and Promises Kept

Tuesday, July 22 and July 29 plus one additional 2 hoursession TBA

10:00 to 12:00

6 clock or PD hours

NFHS-TBA

Facilitator: Susan Rhodenizer

This workshop will focus on the PBS documentary America’s Promise and the accompanyingbook Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys toBe Successful in School and in Life. We will view the documentary thatfollows the experiences of two boys who attended a prestigious prep-school inNYC. Discussion will focus on what we can do to help our black boys to be moresuccessful in school and in life.

Book information:

http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise/promises-kept-book-excerpt.php

Documentary information:

http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise/film_description.php

 

History in Our Backyard Series:Forest Lawn Cemetery

Wednesdayand Thursday, July 30 and 31

10:00 to11:30

Fee: $5 forwalking  tour of Forest Lawn cemetery

3 clock orPD hours

MAXIMUM 20participants

Facilitator:Susan Rhodenizer

The firstsession of this workshop will review the history of Buffalo and WNY that istied to Forest Lawn Cemetery. We will look at the historical facts andactivities in the Educator’s Guide to the cemetery and other publications.  We will also review Common Core standards andcontent that align with curriculum that we teach. The second session will be aguided walking tour of the cemetery. A $5 fee is payable on the first day ofthe workshop.

 

 

Library Webinar: Databases

Sunday,August 3

8:00 p.m. to9:00 p.m.

1 clock orPD hour

Presenter:Dave Brooks

 
Our district subscribes to several databases which would be of interest to high school students. You yourself may find them useful for planning lessons.
 

 

 

30 Tips for a More SuccessfulParent-Teacher Conference

Monday,August 4

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Jon Gatto

Communicating with parents isthe second most important thing we do as teachers. When we can work togetherwith a child's parents toward common goals, we improve the atmosphere forlearning. Of course, while parent conferences can be one of the most helpfultechniques in a teacher's "bag of tricks," we also know thatsometimes they can be a discouraging waste of time, or even turn into uglyconfrontations. This course will cover 30 proven tips to improve the encounter.

 

Stress 101 and Ways to Deal with It

Tuesday,August 5

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Jon Gatto

Everyone seals with stress nowand then. The real problem is that often times we don’t “DEAL” with it. We livewith it, we ignore it, and we move on, this is so unhealthy. This class willhelp you understand where your stress is coming from, and show you 101 differentand proven ways to deal with it.

 

Book Study: Creating a ClassroomCulture that Supports the Common Core

Mondays,August 4, 11, 25

9:00 to11:00

6 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Facilitator:Angela Santiago

The CommonCore is here to stay! Regardless of our personal views, we have a duty toprovide ourselves, and our students, with any and all tools to help achieve orexceed these standards.  Join us as wefill our toolbox on such topics as managing student behavior, questioning,critical thinking, academic conversations and rigor in an effort to build aclassroom culture that supports the CCLS. (Books will be ordered early in Julyand registrants will be notified when they can be picked up from the TRC.)

An Understanding of Problem Behavior in Students

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5-6

9:00 to12:00

6 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Larry Scott

Participantswill gain a comprehensive understanding of behavior-what creates it,influences, and maintains problem behavior. This will include brain development/functioning and how emotionalimpairment impacts behavior.  The use ofsuspension to change behavior will be explained, as well as alternativeconsequences to problem behavior. Participants will gain a better understanding of problem behavior andhow certain responses/approaches impact the course of the behavior.  There will be a focus on how studentsactually behave, rather than just how we would like them to behave.

 

Dealing with Inattention, Attention-Seeking,and Defiance

Thursday,August 7

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Larry Scott

Thisworkshop will cover problem behaviors commonly encountered in the schoolsetting including inattention, hyperactivity, attention-seeking, anddefiance.  Participants will gain anunderstanding of what influences typical problem behavior andstrategies/approaches for managing this behavior.  Participants will also learn how toprevent/de-escalate conflict with a defiant student. Participants areencouraged to take “An Understanding of Problem Behavior in Students” prior totaking this workshop, but it is not required.

 

Common Core Literacy for All ContentAreas/Classrooms (Social Studies, Science, “Technical Area Subjects”)

Thursday,August 7 and Tuesday, August 12

9:00-12:00

6 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Leah Baldasarre

Thiscourse will first focus on gaining an understanding of the shifts in the CCLSin the areas of Literacy, Social Studies, Science and technical areas and theimplications that these shifts have on classroom instruction.

Additionally,the participants will be introduced to various literacy techniques that can beutilized in the classroom, in all content areas, to help students access thecomplex texts and writing skills necessary to meet increasingly rigorousstandards.

 

The Calm Person is the Strong Person

Monday,August 11

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Jon Gatto

The person that remains incontrol is respected. This class will demonstrate some techniques for remainingcalm in the face of problems.

 

 

Developing Student Motivation

Tuesday,August 12

9:00 to12:00

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA

Presenter:Jon Gatto

Students can become overwhelmedby what may seem like overbearing impossible odds and situations. This coursewill cover some of the skills and lessons used to build a students motivation,helping them to face and overcome everyday situations, as well as, obstacles intheir lives.

 

Mummies of the World

Wednesdayand Thursday, August 13 and 14

10:00 to11:30

3 clock orPD hours

NFHS-RoomTBA and the Buffalo Museum of Science

Fee: $12 for tickets to the exhibit at theBuffalo Museum of Science (to be paid at the first session)

Facilitator:Valerie Rotella-Zafuto

The firstsession of this workshop will be to explore the educator’s materials that areprovided to support the exhibit around the content areas of history, socialstudies, Spanish, and science and to discuss alignment with the Common Corestandards and to content that could be shared with students. The second sessionwill be meeting at the museum to tour the exhibit.

 

 

Niagara’s Exploration of Technologyin Education 6 Conference “Blending Technology with the Common Core”

Tuesday,August 26

9:00 to 3:30

6 clock orPD hours

Fee: $30 (includes lunch)

Presenters:Varied

NiagaraCounty Community College

To registerand to select your preferred workshop sessions, go to:

http://www.niagaranett.blogspot.com/

 

MTIP Seminar-Planning for a GreatBeginning

Wednesday,August 27

9:00 to11:00

2 clock orPD hours/MTIP hours

NFHS-TRC

Facilitator:Susan Rhodenizer

Open to allMentors and Intern pairs or individuals from 2013-2014

This seminarwill be an opportunity for Interns in the MTIP program to meet and discusseffective strategies needed for a successful beginning to the school year. Wewill review some suggestions from Harry Wong’s First Days of School andClassroom Management books. We will also discuss additional professionaldevelopment that could support the MTIP program.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Far West Regional Summer Workshop Offerings

Register online by June 30

Far West Regional Summer Workshops

 

 

Buffalo Museum of Science Workshops for Teachers
$30 per session.   Register with them and then notify the TRC that you will be attending.
 
 
 
 
NYSUT Regional Face-to-Face Courses (45 hours, $375)
These courses meet weekday evenings and/or weekends. A number of them are in Lockport and Amherst.