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Friday, January 27
 

1:00pm

106. Preparing Students for the Middle School Next Gen Math Test
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will develop their knowledge of next generation test components as well as explore questioning techniques that support these components. Participants will immerse themselves in the released PARCC questions and research related to next generation assessments. We will particularly address the three tiers of questioning in PARCC and begin developing a bank of questions that fit the three tiers.

Facilitators
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Kandice McBrearty

Luther Burbank

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank, Room D-125 103 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

113. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Limited Capacity seats available

This PD will explain the causes and patterns of emotional dysregulation based on the bio-social theory. It will also help us evaluate our current responses and how to use concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy to more effectively interact with easily dysregulated students.  Three of the five early release sessions (10/21/16, 1/27/16 and 4/28/17) will meet face-to-face. During the other two sessions (12/9/16 & 5/26/17) participants will work independently or with colleagues reading related articles and responding to relevant video presentations.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Library 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

205. Art Room Classroom Management And Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will collaborate to develop common assessments for Grades 6-8 Art classes.  The session will also involve sharing of current assessments and effective practices in art classroom management.

Facilitators
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Liz Scudiere

Florence Sawyer

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Determined by Participants

1:00pm

207. Strategies to Support Preschool Curriculum and Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Preschool Instructional Assistants will discuss and develop modifications for Preschool.  Preschool Teachers will review current assessments, rubrics, rating system and data sheets and update for preschool 3's, 4 & 5 year olds. In addition they will develop curriculum units in Rubicon Atlas utilizing Understanding by Design components.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Emerson Building, Conference Room 50 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

104. Goal Setting/Functional Movement & Program Design In Physical Education/Coaching
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is geared towards physical educators, health teachers, and coaches.  Matt Travis is a certified physical education teacher and youth strength and conditioning coach, who has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to teaching students and athletes about reaching their goals and how to become better movers.  During this workshop, we will take a look at goal setting and the true meaning of functional movement.  We will also observe Matt teaching a lesson and have the chance to talk to him about our own teaching practices and what we can do to enhance our curriculum.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Center School, Gymnasium 403 Great Rd. Stow, MA

1:00pm

107. Middle School Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Working with our job-alike groups and vertical teams, participants will continue to develop curriculum and new units to align with the newly adopted Massachusetts Science and Engineering technology standards.  Groups will review current topics, see where and how they align in the new frameworks and begin working on developing new units to address standards found in the new frameworks that are not currently addressed.

Facilitators
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Mary Mullahy

Florence Sawyer
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Tiffany Trahan

Luther Burbank

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, Room165 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

108. K-12 Music Curriculum Alignment
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal is to vertically align our K-12 Music Curriculum so that all students have equal opportunities for music, based upon the National Standards for Music Education.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 416 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

110. Curriculum Unit Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will develop curriculum units in their subject area working with colleagues or individually. Curriculum developers are encouraged to use Atlas Academy  and other Supportive  Resources in Rubicon Atlas as they create units that reflect the UbD framework. All unit and lessons developed must be documented in Rubicon Atlas.  Subject area and unit titles will be requested in the online registration so that Teaching and Learning can prepare the course and access if needed.  Throughout the year, participants will receive feedback on their units from a member of the Teaching and Learning department.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Participant Choice

1:00pm

401. High School World History Curriculum and Skills Alignment
Limited Capacity seats available

To provide greater alignment of content, conceptual-based skills assessment, and assessment strategies for the instruction of freshman World History / World Humanities students.  This group will also look at how other courses, both within and potentially from outside of Social Studies, teach world cultures, and will look to share best practices. Looking at preparing freshman students for the skills expectations of sophomore year, and exploring use of Google apps and Chromebooks in the classroom, will also play into this group's work.

Facilitators
LS

Leo Sakellarion

High School
High School Social Studies Teacher and Dept. Chair.

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 255 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

402. Luther Burbank Advisory Professional Learning Team
Limited Capacity seats available

The LBMS Advisory PLT will develop and finalize an advisory curriculum for LBMS students in grades 6-8. The final product will include grade specific units, CPR and A+ advisory lessons, and appropriate resources and materials.

Facilitators
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Laura Friend

Luther Burbank

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank, Conference Room 103 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

105. A Teacher’s Guide to Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

Each participant will receive the digital, interactive binder, “Teacher’s Guide to Tech - 2016” by Jennifer Gonzales. This digital binder contains 201 pages that you can store on your home computer, work computer, even on a tablet or smartphone. Whether you are a technology guru or just beginning to integrate technology in your classroom, if you need time to determine which tools and why, and gain practical ideas of  how to best  incorporate them into teaching and learning with step by step guidance, then this session is for you. Teacher participants can receive a premium PearDeck account if they choose.

Facilitators
avatar for Cynthia Larsen

Cynthia Larsen

Digital Learning Curriculum Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank, Library 103 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

305. Pear Deck
Limited Capacity seats available

Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool used to actively engage students in individual and social learning.  With Pear Deck you can bring interactive, engaging slide presentations to your classroom, enhance understanding and drive inquiry-based learning. It seamlessly integrates with Google Drive, offers real-time formative assessments and tracks data. Teachers can import Google Slides, PDF's or create a Pear Decks from scratch. Pear Deck is a fabulous tool for any classroom. At the end of either Pear Deck workshop, participants will have an interactive engaging presentation that promotes inquiry-based learning and integrates formative assessments ready to go.

Facilitators
avatar for Stephanie Potito

Stephanie Potito

Instructional Technology Teacher, Florence Sawyer
Middle School Instructional Technology Specialist. Formerly High School Social Studies and AP Psychology teacher.

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, Computer Lab 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

403. Development of Grade 4 Multi-Media Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

K-5 ITS will collaborate to create 2-4 lesson plans for Grade 4.  The group will analyze data across the district to isolate areas of concern.  This data will be used to drive lesson planning and unit development work.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, Library 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

303. Next Generation ESL: Model Curriculum Units
Limited Capacity seats available

Curriculum development will focus on combining elements of UbD (Understanding by Design) with a structured process that includes: a Collaboration tool, CEPA developmental tool, Academic language, Sociocultural Context Implications, Unit validation protocol and ESL Review Rubrics.  The goal is to increase collaboration efforts while developing these units and lessons.  At the same, participants will be learning about diversity within the EL population, their English Language Development (ELD) levels, language objectives, and looking deeper into sociocultural contexts and connections.  

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Library 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

204. Clinical Management of the Health Needs of All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

District nurses will collaborate in an assessment of the current health needs of students.  They will develop a plan to address and manage the needs identified in order to promote and support student achievement.  Skill enhancement relating to health education, prevention and promotion will be provided.

On January 27, 2017 Pam Garramone, M.Ed., Positive Psychology Speaker will be speaking on working with students with anxieties. 

Facilitators
Presenters
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Pam Garramone

M.Ed., Positive Psychology Speaker


Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hale, Library Media Center 55 Hartley Rd, Stow, MA

1:00pm

111. Propose Your Own Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will direct their own learning through the development of a project that is standards-based, student-centered and supports individual learning needs.  Participants will propose a collaborative or individual project(s) as part of the registration process.  For Instructional Assistants the project may be a continuation of  work started last year in the “Make and Take” PD sessions. Throughout the year, participants will receive feedback on their projects from a member of the Teaching and Learning department. All participants are encouraged to share created product(s) with colleagues.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Participant Choice

1:00pm

301. You 'Taught It', They 'Learned It', So Where Is It? (Making Learning Effective)
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the course of three meetings, we will read, discuss, and evaluate the educational implications presented in Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown and Henry L. Roediger III.  From this text, we will collaborate about ways to impact your classroom and initiate strategies to pilot throughout the year.  Hopefully these strategies are added to your toolbox, and also influence and shape your educational philosophy for years to come.  Areas of focus include how to use retrieval practice /formative assessment as instructional tools for you AND learning tools for your students, how to implement an intentional shift to effortful learning where both educations and students realize that faster is not always better, and how and why the foundation of this learning, which is Carol Dweck's growth mindset theory, will change what your students learn, how they learn it, and how they feel about that learning.

Facilitators
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Kim Rocha

High School

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 253 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

302. Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop introduces educators to Visual Thinking Strategies, how to facilitate student responses to art images, and other classroom applications for VTS. Teaching strategies align with Common Core Standards, district writing goals, and target critical thinking. VTS is a method that can be applied in the classroom with all ages. Beginning with basic facilitation skills, responding to narrative imagery, we will progress through structured responses to portraiture, landscape, and abstract images. Participants will explore both oral and written responses. Since VTS can be applied across disciplines, we will use these strategies to discuss a short passage of text, a math story problem, or other material participants may choose to share with the class. Teachers should bring their computers.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson, Computer Lab 101 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

202. Mindful Leadership and the Team Chair Role
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants (team chairs) in this workshop will read Janice Marturano's book, Finding the Space to Lead, and consider implications for the team chair role.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Team Chair Office 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

102. Conferring to Engage, Differentiate, and Assess Reading 6-12
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this workshop series is to learn how to conduct effective reading conferences with students.  Teachers will learn techniques that will have practical applications to the classroom.  Participants will have time to observe live and recorded conferences and reflect on its impact on reading engagement and comprehension.  

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 205 103 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

109. Investigating Lucy Calkin's Units of Study for Teaching Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will  review the Lucy Calkins manuals, across grade levels, in order to create a vertical alignment reflecting a specific topic featured (ie. Nonfiction, characterization, etc.).  From this gathered data, participants will choose one grade level on which to focus in order to create supplemental material to support a unit/bend of study.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Center School, Library 403 Great Rd. Stow, MA

1:00pm

112. The Reading Zone
Limited Capacity seats available

Nancie Atwell is “one of the most highly respected educators in the U.S. and across the world.” The focus of this work is centered around Atwell's book, The Reading Zone. Each participant will receive a copy of this book in order to discuss research and practices related to student choice and the Reading Workshop Model.  Learner’s Edge graduate credits are available to those who choose to engage in additional discussion and design classroom products outside of the five early release professional development sessions.

Facilitators
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Eugenie Collins

Florence Sawyer

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, Library 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

306. Unpacking the ELA Reading Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will start by 'unpacking' the Reading Standards,  looking closely at each of the sub-standards.  They will then begin to create lists of generalized questions for each of the sub-standards that could be used for any piece of fiction (or nonfiction).  Later, groups of cohorts can create specific Reading Standards- based questions for the common reading materials.  (For example, grade 7 ELA teachers will create questions for The Outsiders; sixth grade social studies teachers could create text-based questions for important passages.)

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hale, ELA Classroom 55 Hartley Rd. Stow, MA

1:00pm

405. Reader's and Writer's Workshops in the Middle Years
Limited Capacity seats available

The LBMS ELA vertical team will meet to extend our learning from our Internship at Nancy Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning.  We will focus on identifying and implementing best practices for  Reader's and Writer's Workshops at LBMS.  We will document our work using Google Communities, inviting district colleagues to share our learning.

Facilitators
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Kate Lynch

Luther Burbank
The LBMS ELA vertical team will meet to extend our learning from our Internship at Nancy Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning. We will focus on identifying and implementing best practices for Reader's and Writer's Workshops at LBMS. We will document our work using Google Communities, inviting district colleagues to share our learning.

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank, Room D-132 103 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

201. Math in the K-5 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

K-5 teachers will participate in workshops that develop their practice in facilitating mathematical problem solving and differentiation using the enVisionmath 2.0 program.  During the second half of the year, teachers will continue their work with problem solving and differentiation while focusing on specific math content and practice standards

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, K-1 RM 232, 2-3 RM 233, 4-5, RM 231

1:00pm

203. OT Across The Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

The sessions will be a combination of online workshops, review and discussion of recent conferences attended by the various staff members, case reviews and outcomes, sharing of successful strategies and tools, guest presenters and a book/literature review.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, OT/PT Room 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

206. Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning Book Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore the concepts and strategies discussed in the book Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning to expand each participant’s individual knowledge related to implementing project based learning in the classroom. Research supports that the best practices in education embed project based learning strategies into their teaching methodology. This session will involve a book study and project designs that will complement existing units.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Florence Sawyer, Room 224 100 Mechanic Street, Bolton, MA

1:00pm

101. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
Limited Capacity seats available

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic presents a thorough history of the forces ('the perfect storm') that converged to bring heroin addiction into America's small towns and suburbs.  Since it is rare to have the opportunity to read materials beyond required texts and classroom assessments, time will be devoted to reading and discussion so that participants will gain a deeper understanding of this national health concern.

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 209 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

103. Inclusive Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to earn the 15 special education PDPs needed for re-certification. Participants will learn about special education programming, special education staff members from across the district, and the ins and outs of IEPs and the team process. The workshop will address hot topics in inclusive education including but not limited to anxiety, executive functioning skills, and co-teaching. Throughout the course of the workshop we will also explore best practices. (Preference will be given to educators in need fulfilling licensure requirements.)

Facilitators
Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 216 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA

1:00pm

304. Teaching with Poverty in Mind
Limited Capacity seats available

Would you like to read practical books that will enable you to more effectively meet the needs of diverse students? Eric Jensen's books Teaching with Poverty in Mind and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind incorporate brain-based research with practical applications for the classroom. It is every teacher's challenge to maintain a classroom environment that is respectful of students' differences, while providing appropriate supports and academic challenges.

Facilitators
MP

Maureen Principe

High School

Friday January 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nashoba Regional High School, Room 406 12 Green Rd. Bolton, MA