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COUNSELOR CONNECTions

Date(s): Multiple Dates and Locations
Cost: Varies by Location

Opportunities for Indiana Student Service Professionals to gather regionally and share ideas, best practices, collaborate, network, and grow professionally!

Comprehensive School Counseling Series

Cost: FREE

This three-part series will support participants as they evaluate and improve their school counseling program to best serve students while using data.

Accelerating Learning Math Series: 15 High Impact Visible Learning Math Strategies

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
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Date(s): September 15 - 4:00 pm EDT
Duration: 4 1.5-Hour Sessions
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

John Hattie’s Visible Learning research has resulted in a list of 15 high-impact math strategies that have shown to result in a significant growth in student achievement over a year’s worth of time.

The State of STEM in Indiana

Presenter: Amanda McCammon, Jake Koressel, Charity Flores, Keith Monfreda
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Date(s): September 21 - 1:30 pm EDT
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: FREE

Learn where we are and where we are going within the STEM space in both formal and informal learning settings.

Accelerate, Don’t Remediate: Closing the Gap for our Math Students

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
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Date(s): September 27, October 4 & 11 - 4:15 pm EDT
Duration: 3 1-Hour Sessions
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Recent research has shown that learning acceleration, not remediation is the key to closing learning gaps for math students. In this session, we will examine exactly what learning acceleration looks like in a math classroom.

Teacher Evaluation Training for Evaluators – Region 8 – In-Person

Presenter: Cindy McKinney, Program Director, Region 8 ESC
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Date(s): September 28 - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 7 Hours
Cost: $125

If you are new to teacher evaluation or just need a refresher, this session is for you. Evaluators will learn how to conduct classroom observations, feedback sessions, and effectively use a Teacher Effectiveness Rubric.

How Simulation-Based Learning is Transforming Education

Presenter: Imran Mouna
Date(s): September 28 - 4:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Communication skills are one of the most in-demand skills in the workplace today, and one of the skill sets students struggle the most to develop – especially now as we adjust to online learning.

Instructional Coaches Cadre

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, & Anna Cook, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
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Date(s): September 29 - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 4 6.5-Hour Sessions
Cost: $450

This four-part series will allow participants to explore coaching practices, implement them in their work, and reflect and receive feedback on those practices. Jim Knight’s Impact Cycle will provide the instructional coaching framework for this work.

Comprehension Intervention (Grades 5-9)

Presenter: Kara Guiff
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Date(s): October 1
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50

Discover how to use some of my favorite FREE and FREEmium (The Free versions are all you need) technology tools to help students build the reading comprehension skills they need to make progress toward mastery of grade level standards.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – 5 Week Blended Course

Presenter: Dr. Dennisha Murff
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Date(s): October 4
Duration: 5 week course with 2 live events
Cost: FREE

Join us for a 5-week intensive blended workshop as we develop a clear understanding of culturally responsive pedagogical (CRP) practices.

Teacher Evaluation Training for Evaluators – Region 8 – Virtual

Presenter: Cindy McKinney, Program Director, Region 8 ESC
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Date(s): October 5 - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 7 Hours
Cost: $125

If you are new to teacher evaluation or just need a refresher, this session is for you. Evaluators will learn how to conduct classroom observations, feedback sessions, and effectively use a Teacher Effectiveness Rubric.

Preparing Hireable Hoosiers for Leaders

Presenter: Amanda McCammon, Indiana STEM Ecosystem Lead
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Date(s): October 5 - 9:00 am EDT
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 | FREE for GEER Schools

Educational leaders benefit from fully understanding the expectations of career readiness within the K-12 space and Indiana employability skills standards required by our state to be implemented by grade band into ALL schools in Indiana.

Preparing Hireable Hoosiers for Educators

Presenter: Amanda McCammon, Indiana STEM Ecosystem Lead
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Date(s): October 5 - 12:30 pm EDT
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 | FREE for GEER Schools

Indiana educators are now expected to incorporate career readiness and employability skills standards into their K-12 instruction. Understanding how to implement the Indiana Employability Skills grade band standards into units of instruction in a meaningful way is key to bringing life to career development in your classroom and making it more than just a one off career day event!

Keep Indiana Chatting: I’m Not OK – How to Keep Planning in an Ever-Changing World

Presenter: Melissa Walley, Dianna Knox, Sandy Goehring
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Date(s): October 5 - 7:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

We want to create a safe and inviting space for teachers to come and share strategies that will help others endure the current educational climate. Planning ahead and feeling prepared can help take away some of the stress.

How Simulation-Based Learning is Transforming Education

Presenter: Imran Mouna
Date(s): October 6 - 11:30 am EDT
Duration: I Hour
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Communication skills are one of the most in-demand skills in the workplace today, and one of the skill sets students struggle the most to develop – especially now as we adjust to online learning.

Read Alouds to Build Strengths from Challenges

Presenter: Anna Cook
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Date(s): October 7 - 3:30 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Read alouds are something many students of all ages enjoy. However, they have additional benefits – they build community.

6 Instructional Strategies to increase learning for Struggling (and all) Students!

Presenter: Kara Guiff
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Date(s): October 8 - 9:00 am EDT
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50
Location: Virtual

Students struggling to retain important information? Attend this training to learn how to utilize 6 researched-based instructional strategies to increase the learning of all your students.

Creating Thinking Cultures

Presenter: Cindy McKinney, Program Director, Region 8 ESC
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Date(s): October 12 - 4:00 pm EDT
Duration: 9 1-Hour Sessions
Cost: $150 | FREE for GEER Schools

We all want students to think on deeper levels, but how do we get there? Each week, you will learn about 6 new strategies to engage students and choose 1 or 2 to try in your classrooms.

Accelerating Learning Math Series: Enhancing Student Engagement and Empowerment in the Math Classroom

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
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Date(s): October 25
Duration: 5 Weeks
Cost: $150 | FREE for GEER Schools

Supporting all learners in mathematics requires engagement by all students. In this self-paced 6-week course, we will explore instructional strategies that encourage student engagement by empowering them to own their learning.

ILEARN ELA: The Literacy Block… How to fit it all together

Presenter: Anna Cook
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Date(s): October 26 - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 6 Hours
Cost: $250 (Non-Members), $125 (Members), FREE (GEER)
Location: Virtual & In-Person at CIESC

Between Science of Reading, Balanced Literacy, Guided Reading, Writing, Accelerating Readers, and RTI, elementary teachers are having a tough time trying to fit it all together during their ever shrinking Literacy Block.

Intro to Building a STEM Ecosystem & the Indiana STEM Needs Assessment

Presenter: Amanda McCammon
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Date(s): October 26 - 1:30 pm EDT
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: FREE

Why should we put our time into assessing our STEM needs and building this comprehensive team? Come learn the benefits to creating a local STEM ecosystem and how the Indiana STEM Needs Assessment can assist you in this important work!

Making Data Privacy Promises That You Can Keep

Presenter: Chad Heck & Kristin Patrick
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Date(s): October 28 - 10:00 am EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Most district leaders can agree that the protection of student and family privacy is a necessary objective. Committing to that goal, however, can be a different story.

How to build an equity-focused family engagement practice that makes a difference for kids

Presenter: Eyal Bergman
Date(s): October 28 - 4:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

The global pandemic has fundamentally rearranged the boundaries between home and school. Schools and districts have been forced to shift their collaborations with families from the “nice to do when we have time” category to the top of their list of concerns.

ILEARN for Math: What is the real answer to increased student achievement?

Presenter: Laurie Ferry
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Date(s): November 11 - 8:30 am EST
Duration: 6 Hours
Cost: $250 (Non-Members), $125 (Members), FREE (GEER)
Location: Virtual & In-Person at CIESC

We can’t keep teaching math in the same way, using the same resources and instructional strategies and expect that our students’ achievement on ILEARN is going to increase. Something has to change!

Engaging, Empowering, and Equitable: Learner Centered Lesson Design

Presenter: Lena Darnay, CIESC Professional Learning Specialist
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Date(s): November 15 - January 7
Duration: 6 Week Course
Cost: FREE

In this self-paced course, we will look at strategies for sparking student engagement and curiosity, empowering students with choice and agency, and developing a learning space that is equitable and accessible.

Unpacking the Standards: National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

Presenter: Kara Heichelbech
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Date(s): November 15 - 4:00 pm EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

Through our partnership with the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, and in conjunction with Quality Matters, Indiana Online, a department of the CIESC, was a contributor to the National Standards for Quality Online Learning.

Supporting Students during Independent Reading

Presenter: Anna Cook
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Date(s): November 16 - 3:30 pm EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

Many know the power and importance of giving students independent reading time. How do we know if they are truly reading, and if so, how to hold our students accountable?

Accelerating Learning Math Series: Building a Partnership Between Formative Assessment and Student Feedback in Mathematics

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
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Date(s): November 17 - 8:30 am EST
Duration: 2 7-Hour Sessions
Cost: $250

As we address the need to fill gaps for math students, frequent formative assessments are crucial to help teachers inform and adjust their instruction.

Teacher Evaluation Training for Evaluators – WVESC – Virtual

Presenter: Tami Hicks, Director of Professional Learning, Wabash Valley Education Center
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Date(s): November 18 - 9:00 am EST
Duration: 7 Hours
Cost: $125

If you are new to teacher evaluation or just need a refresher, this session is for you. Evaluators will learn how to conduct classroom observations, feedback sessions, and effectively use a Teacher Effectiveness Rubric.

The Pillars of High Quality & Transformative STEM

Presenter: Amanda McCammon
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Date(s): November 30 - 1:30 pm EST
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual

What does high-quality STEM look like that will actually change the way my students learn and grow? Learn the basics of truly transformative teaching and learning and how to make your teaching relevant to your students!

Accelerating Learning Math Series: Supporting Struggling Math Students

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
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Date(s): January 27th - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 2 7-Hour Sessions
Cost: $250

This 2-day series addresses the key concerns all math educators are planning for right now. In this session, we will discuss the difference between surface, deep, and transfer learning and which strategies are best for each phase of learning.

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