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Carrying the Torch to Student Success: Overview and First Steps Towards the New Gold Star

Presenter: Sam Vidal, Michelle Clarke, Nick Abel, and Danielle Duarte
Begins: February 24 11:30 am
Duration: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Cost: FREE

Learn about the new and improved Indiana Gold Star process for building a comprehensive school counseling program that serves all students. This new program is called, “Carrying the Torch to Student Success,” and is a free service from the Indiana Department of Education.

ILEARN Preparation for Teachers

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Grewe
Begins: March 1 - 8:30 am
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 for members; $75 for non-members

A 3-hour live virtual opportunity to have the IDOE’s wealth of information presented in a simplified fashion so teachers walk away with resources ready to use for test administration. Michelle will talk you through the test from set-up to wrap-up with all the tools you will need.

The Answer to Increased Student Engagement and Student Voice in the Virtual/Hybrid Classroom Series

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
Begins: March 1 4:00 pm
Duration: 3 1-Hour Sessions
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

In our current learning environment, it is difficult to engage students at the same level and in the same way we are used to doing. We have to find new ways to hear student voices and see student engagement. Participants will be provided with ‘try now’ activities and tools in a choice board format that they will try in their classroom outside of the workshop sessions. The sessions will be spent sharing and collaborating on what worked. You will learn from each other and from best practices.

ILEARN Preparation for Teachers

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Grewe
Begins: March 2 - 12:30 pm
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 for members; $75 for non-members

A 3-hour live virtual opportunity to have the IDOE’s wealth of information presented in a simplified fashion so teachers walk away with resources ready to use for test administration. Michelle will talk you through the test from set-up to wrap-up with all the tools you will need.

What’s Working in My Virtual Classroom K-5 Series

Presenter: Lena Darnay, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: March 3 4:30 pm
Duration: 3 1-Hour Sessions
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

In this 3 part series of evening sessions, we will hear from a panel of Indiana classroom teachers as they share practical and classroom tested strategies for student engagement, classroom management, and project organization in the digital and hybrid classroom environment.

Using Questioning to Drive Instruction Series

Presenter: Laurie Ferry, Director of Professional Learning, CIESC
Begins: March 4 4:00 pm
Duration: 3 1-Hour Sessions
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

The power of questions strategically embedded in a lesson can’t be underestimated. When we ask the right questions at the right time it can spark student engagement, creativity, critical thinking and thoughtful discussion. Asking questions isn’t an art, it is a process. In these sessions, we will explore the Quality Questioning Process and examine how we can seamlessly embed, deliver and enhance questions in our lessons to really drive instruction to a new level, especially in our current learning climate.

The SEL Journey Through the Lens of Two Indiana Districts

Presenter: Kyle Miller and Brooke Lawson
Begins: March 9 - 11:30 am
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: FREE

Join district leaders from Westfield Washington Schools and Hamilton Southeastern Schools as they share their journey of a practical and integrated approach to District-Wide SEL implementation. This session will focus on 4 simple, but far from simplistic, conditions any district can cultivate to support district-wide implementation.

Teaching Social-Emotional Learning within a Jam-Packed Curriculum

Presenter: Kaley Esselborn
Begins: March 9 - 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

What skills, qualities, and attributes would you like your students to possess at age 25? During this session, educators will discuss core competencies, challenges, and solutions for implementing social-emotional learning strategies into any classroom or school setting.

Keep Indiana Chatting, Hosted by Melissa Walley and Dianna Knox

Presenter: Melissa Walley and Dianna Knox
Begins: March 9 - 7:00 pm
Duration: 4 30-Minute Sessions
Cost: FREE

Keep Indiana Chatting is a live online 30-minute session where educators meet to discuss timely topics. The purpose of these chats (in Zoom) are to get teachers together in a safe environment to troubleshoot any issues they are currently experiencing.

Thriving PLCs in any Environment Series

Presenter: Carrie Rosebrock, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: March 15 3:00 pm
Duration: 6 Week Course
Cost: $125

Professional learning communities are at the heart of teacher collaboration and both student and adult learning. And, with the beauty of technology, we can collaborate and enhance our team virtually anywhere. Participants will join a cohort of learners for a six-week blended learning series.

Engaging Reading Strategies in a Virtual Setting

Presenter: Carrie Rosebrock, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: March 15 4:00 pm
Duration: 6 Week Course
Cost: $125

Looking for ways to create engaging, critical reading sessions in your virtual classroom? This session explores top Visible Learning reading strategies as applied to a virtual learning environment. Engage students with reading and strategies that actually help them pause, think, and make decisions about what they’ve read. Participants will join a cohort of learners for a six-week blended learning series.

Keep Indiana Chatting, Hosted by Jo Cox

Presenter: Jo Cox
Begins: March 16 - 7:00 pm
Duration: 3 30-Minute Sessions
Cost: FREE

Keep Indiana Chatting is a live online 30-minute session where educators meet to discuss timely topics. The purpose of these chats (in Zoom) are to get teachers together in a safe environment to troubleshoot any issues they are currently experiencing.

IDOE Dyslexia Community of Practice Forum

Presenter: IDOE Dyslexia Community of Practice Forum
Begins: March 23 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 HOUR
Cost: FREE

Join educators from around the state in our IDOE Dyslexia Community of Practice Forums. These live discussions will occur monthly and are open to anyone (whether currently a member of the community or not). We will process and discuss “Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers Third Edition” by Louisa Cook Moats.

Inquiry-based Learning in Blended, Hybrid, and Virtual Environments

Presenter: John Spencer
Begins: March 29 - 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

Inquiry-based learning can work in any subject and with any grade level. Here, students ask their own questions, engage in research, analyze data, and share their findings with others.

Science Remix for the 6-12 Virtual Environment Series

Presenter: Dr. Christy Hilton, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: March 31 4:00 pm
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

Participants will learn how to revise current lesson plans to have a greater impact in a virtual environment. Free technology tools and applications will be showcased as professional learning specialists model how to update lesson plans chosen from participant submissions.

Sparking Curiosity in the Digital Classroom 6-12

Presenter: Lena Darnay, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: April 5 (4-Week Course). April 15 and April 22, 4:30-5:30PM (Live Sessions).
Duration: 4 Week Course with 2 Live Sessions
Cost: $125

Keeping learners engaged in the Zoom and on their own learning time can be tough! In this professional learning course we will explore strategies and resources to spark their curiosity and tap into their authentic passions and creativity. Blended lessons that include anytime learning resources with live, synchronous sessions make this course a true community of learning and creating.

Literacy ReMix for the Virtual Environment Series

Presenter: Carrie Rosebrock & Lena Darnay, Professional Learning Specialists, CIESC
Begins: April 7 4:00 pm
Duration: 2 1.5-Hour Sessions
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

Have a great reading or writing lesson idea but you aren’t sure how to remix it for the virtual classroom? Join us as we co-think-aloud with you during our collaborative, 2-part workshop. Come prepared with lesson ideas to have us “remix” live and on the spot with you.

Stop Calling Them Soft Skills!

Presenter: Trevor Muir
Begins: April 26 - 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

A nationwide survey showed that the top reason people are fired from their jobs is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. People lack these skills not because they are incapable of learning them, but because they never had a reason to.

Science Remix for the k-5 Virtual Environment Series

Presenter: Dr. Christy Hilton, Professional Learning Specialist, CIESC
Begins: April 27 4:00 pm
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: $50: Members, $75: non-Members

Participants will learn how to revise current lesson plans to have a greater impact in a virtual environment. Free technology tools and applications will be showcased as professional learning specialists model how to update lesson plans chosen from participant submissions.

Implementing Restorative Practices within an MTSS Framework

Presenter: Ali Hearn
Begins: April 28 - 11:30 am
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Cost: FREE

Restorative Practices can help build and strengthen relationships and restore and repair harm. When implementing these and other practices in schools, the creation of systems for installation and the monitoring of fidelity and intended outcomes are often overlooked as priorities.

The Power of a Teacher

Presenter: Adam Saenz
Begins: May 17 - 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

We often talk about what, when, how and where we do what we do. It’s critical, though, for us to stay in touch with why. Remember? You went into education to make a difference!

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