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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!

Accelerating Learning Math Series: Supporting Struggling Math Students

Presenter: Jeff Harker and Jessica Miller
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Date(s): January 27 and February 17 from 8:30AM - 3:30PM EST
Duration: 2 7-Hour Sessions
Cost: $125 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: Virtual Only

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.

Writing Workshop…Fitting it in the Literacy Block

Presenter: Anna Cook
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Date(s): February 8, 2022 - 1:00 pm EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 (FREE for GEER)
Location: In-Person

How to fit everything in the ever shrinking Literacy Block? This 3 hour workshop will guide you in weaving the Writer Workshop model in with your Reading; assuring a seamless integration between Reading and Writing.

Alternatives to Timed Tests: Measuring Mastery of Basic Math Facts, K-5

Presenter: Jessica Miller
Offered By:
Date(s): February 15, 2022 - 4:00 pm EST
Duration: 4 - 90 Minute Sessions
Cost: $50 (FREE for GEER)
Location: Virtual

Recent research has found that timed tests are not the best way to support mastery of basic math facts, but we know that mastery is important. So if not timed tests… then what?

Teaching Employability Skills Through STEM

Presenter: Dr. Christina Hilton
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Date(s): February 17, 2022 - 9:00 am EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $150 (FREE for GEER)
Location: Virtual

Employability skills are critical in a child not only finding academic success but happiness and success in life. STEM challenges are already an integrated approach with real-world applications. This session will include ideas to address self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Nurturing these skills through intentional activities in the classroom help children take responsibility for their actions and make good choices in academia and beyond.

Exploring Two Inquiry-Based Teaching Models

Presenter: Dr. Christy Hilton
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Date(s): March 3rd from 9:00AM - 12:00PM EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $150 ($125 for ESC Member School Districts, FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: Virtual

Today’s students must be proficient in science regardless of their intended career path. Science proficiency involves more than an understanding of important concepts, it also involves being able to “do” science. This includes being able to use scientific explanations to solve problems, to generate and evaluate scientific explanations and arguments, and to communicate in an effective manner.

ILEARN for Administrators 2022

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Grewe, Director of Professional Development, NIESC
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Date(s): March 15 from 8:30AM - 11:30AM EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $60 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: Virtual

ILEARN begins April 18, 2022. Dr. Michelle Grewe will lead this 3 hour virtual presentation to provide school leaders with a review of the many moving parts involved with organizing the preparatory tasks of statewide testing.

ILEARN for Teachers 2022

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Grewe, Director of Professional Development, NIESC
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Date(s): March 16 from 12:30PM - 3:30PM EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $60 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: Virtual

This 3 hour session will give teachers clear explanations on how to prepare for and administer ILEARN. This training will provide new teachers with a holistic view of the statewide test and provide experienced teachers with a comprehensive review and resources they may be unfamiliar with.

Foundational Number Work in the Primary Classrooms: Kindergarten

Presenter: Jessica Miller
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Date(s): March 24, 2022 - 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 (FREE for GEER)
Location: Virtual

The Kindergarten year is an important year for the foundational learning of early math skills and concepts, especially in the areas of number sense and computation.

Foundational Number Work in the Primary Classrooms: First Grade

Presenter: Jessica Miller
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Date(s): March 24, 2022 - 12:30 pm EDT
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $50 (FREE for GEER)
Location: Virtual

First grade is an important year for the foundational learning of early math skills and concepts, especially in the areas of number sense and computation.

5 High Impact Strategies for the Secondary Math Classroom

Presenter: Jeff Harker
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Date(s): April 11th, 2022
Duration: 5 Weeks
Cost: $125 (FREE for GEER)
Location: Virtual

This self-paced course will help teachers fine tune the great things already going on in their instruction. You will focus on strategies for both the teacher and to help students become more independent thinkers and problem solvers.

Organizing Your Math Workshop with the 8 Effective Teaching Practices in Mind, K-8

Presenter: Jessica Miller, Professional Learning Specialist
Offered By:
Date(s): April 14th from 8:30AM - 3:30PM EST
Duration: 7 Hours
Cost: $125 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: CIESC, 3500 Depauw Blvd. Pyramid 3, Floor 2 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Whether you have 40 minutes or 90 minutes in your daily schedule, you know that every minute of a Math Workshop matters. In this Workshop, participants will engage in collaborative learning about the 8 Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices (NCTM) and high-impact teaching strategies that help teachers and students make the most of each part of the Math Workshop.

Examining ILEARN Data 2022

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Grewe, Director of Professional Development, NIESC
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Date(s): June 2nd from 8:30AM - 11:30AM EST and June 3rd from 12:30PM - 3:30PM EST
Duration: 3 Hours
Cost: $60 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: Virtual

Join this live, virtual presentation and support opportunity to learn with Dr. Michelle Grewe from NIESC (Northern Indiana Educational Services Center). The information in this workshop is appropriate for superintendents, principals, curriculum and assessment directors, instructional coaches, and teachers who track, analyze, and apply data.

Transformational School Improvement Planning

Presenter: Anna Cook and Lena Darnay
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Date(s): July 12th and 13th from 9:00AM - 3:00 PM EST
Duration: 6 Hours
Cost: $250 (FREE for GEER School Districts)
Location: CIESC, 3500 Depauw Blvd. Pyramid 3, Floor 2 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Imagine if School Improvement Plans genuinely guided the work for your school to make transformational and measurable change. Reimagining our approach to developing School Improvement Plan goals, allows us to create authentic, transformative, and actionable steps which inspire buy-in at all levels of the school and into the community.

Student-Centered Coaching Cadre

Presenter: Anna Cook & Jessica Miller, CIESC Professional Learning Specialists
Offered By:
Date(s): July 14, 2022 8:30 am EDT
Duration: 4 6.5-Hour Sessions
Cost: $350
Location: In-Person at CIESC

Student-Centered Coaching introduces a novel way of delivering instructional coaching that puts the needs of students’ front-and-center.

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