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2018-2019 Professional Learning Calendar

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Upcoming National Presenters

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Stephanie Affinito

Ruth Ayres

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan

Christy Rush-Levine

Stella Villalba


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  • Monday and Tuesday: Don’t be fooled when getting your ticket. When you “select date” it only shows an option for Monday; however, if you follow it through, you will see it is for both dates.
  • Monday (9/24/2018) Only 
  • Tuesday (9/25/2018) Only: Please note, day 2  will have more conversations related to the principal-coach partnership. It is suggested that principals and coaches attend together; however, it will be be valuable if coaches or principals attend this day independently. 

*The two days will compliment one another, while also designed to stand alone.

Target Audience: Instructional coaches, technology coaches, administrators and teacher leaders

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Location: Northfield High School, Wabash, IN

Dates: September 24 and 25, 2018

Special Notes: The two days will compliment one another, while also designed to stand alone. Day 2 (9/25/2018) will have more conversations related to the principal-coach partnership. It is suggested that principals and coaches attend day 2 together; however, it  will be still be valuable if coaches or principals attend this day independently.

Recommended Book: Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology (Heinemann, 2018)

Stephanie Affinito, a former classroom teacher and literacy specialist, is a literacy teacher educator at the University of Albany. She has a deep love for literacy coaching and supporting teachers’ learning through technology, and she presents nationally on this topic.

Learn more about Stephanie Affinito!


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Target Audience: Educators who work alongside student writers.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations: November 29 at Garrett-Keyser-Butler in Garrett, IN

Special Notes: Each day is an identical presentation.

Recommended Book: Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers (Stenhouse, 2017)

As a director of a professional development consortium of 35+ schools, Ruth spends her encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. She is the author of three books, a contributor to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy, an active blogger, and presents nationally, as well as works alongside schools across the country.
Ruth earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. She taught seventh-grade language arts in Wawasee Middle School for four years, followed by a dozen years as the district’s writing coach. She became an innovation specialist, working alongside building instructional coaches and providing district PD to increase inquiry in workshop and develop structures to support innovation via PBL.

Learn more about Ruth Ayres at her website, blog or Twitter feed.


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A Day with Clare and Tammy!

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Target Audience: Any educator who supports and encourages students as readers. (Elementary and Secondary English/Language Arts; Literacy Leaders (instructional coaches; administrators, teacher leaders; Reading Specialists; Title I Supervisors/Teachers)

Dates and Location:
September 13 at Wa-Nee Community Schools, Nappanee, IN
September 14 at Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Columbia City, IN
March 11 at Westfield Washington Schools, Westfield, IN

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Special Notes: Each day is an identical presentation.

Recommended Book: Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers(Stenhouse, 2012)

Topics:

  • small group reading and the different types of small groups
  • gradual release of responsibility
  • connecting it to the assessment data
  • teaching the reader not the book
  • scaffolding versus rescuing
  • connecting whole class, small group and independent practice
  • collecting formative data as you go
  • student role in assessment
  • text as a scaffold – taking a closer look at complexity

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan are staff developers who are still teachers at heart. They began their work together twenty-four years ago co-teaching in an integrated first and second-grade classroom at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School in Medford, MA. They now lead a private staff development business, Teachers for Teachers, and spend their days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. They believe that effective professional development includes side by side teaching; analysis of student work; mutual trust; respect; and a good dose of laughter.

You can find them online at Teachers for Teachers where they blog about books and the art of teaching, and on Twitter.


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  • November 5 at Wawasee Middle School, Syracuse, IN

Target Audience: Secondary language arts teachers who are interested in applying the workshop philosophy to their classrooms.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations: November 5, 2018 at Wawasee Middle School, Syracuse, IN

Special Notes: Not only will Christy share information in an interactive workshop, but she will also put her beliefs in action as she models in a language arts classroom.

Topics Include: 

  • How to fit in meaningful reading conferences
  • Balancing shared text with independent reading
  • Building choice into reader’s response
  • Supporting independent reading (time, choice, book talks)
  • Leveraging talk to enhance comprehension
  • Assessing readers

Christy Rush-Levine  is an 8th grade language arts teacher and college instructor in Illinois. She believes effective teaching involves a lot of watching, listening, and planning. Christy writes for Choice Literacy and has been published in the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle. She has presented at All-Write and the Illinois Reading Council Conference in addition to consulting with local schools.

Learn more about Christy!



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Get your tickets! Please register for both days.

October 5 (Day 1)

March 8 (Day 2)

Akron Elementary, Akron, IN

Target Audience: Anyone who would like to know more about working alongside EL and refugee students.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:
October 5
March 8

Special Notes: It is ideal to attend both days because Stella will be continuing the conversation.

Stella Villalba divides her everyday life teaching English language learners for one part of the day as she has been doing for 18 years. The other part of her day includes collaborating and coaching teachers across the Dublin, Ohio school district, bridging understandings regarding teaching ELLs. Stella is currently a Lead Ambassador for NCTE. She is passionate about languages, literacy and culture. She loves her city of Columbus and shares it with as many people was possible.

Follow Stella on Twitter.


Study Groups

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Coach to Coach with Ruth Ayres

Math Coaching with Lori Hochstetler and Patti Newman

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Study Group is Full!

Target Audience: New Instructional Coaches

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $300 for non-members

Dates and Locations:
August 22 at Wawasee Schools (North Webster, IN)
October 23 at Manchester Community Schools (North Manchester, IN)
January 23 at Warsaw Community Schools (Warsaw, IN)
March 5 at Southwest Allen County Schools (Fort Wayne, IN)

Webinar Dates: December, April, May

Special Notes: This study group is designed to offer support and knowledge across the school year to a new instructional coach. There are only 15 spots available, so please complete the registration application as soon as possible. You will be notified by June 15 of acceptance or regrets. Study group is full for 2018-2019!

About the Instructor: Before becoming the director of The Lead Learners Consortium, Ruth Ayres was a longtime district instructional coach. Although she began with a focus on working alongside teachers to hone their instruction in writing workshop, she evolved to work with content area teachers in reading and writing and then moved into student-centered coaching in all contents and grades. Ruth is a licensed secondary teacher in biology, chemistry and english. She has a Master of Science degree in elementary school administration. She is a contributor to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy on topics of literacy, instructional leadership and trauma-informed teaching. Her most recent book is Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers (Stenhouse, 2017).

Learn more about Ruth Ayres at her website, blog or Twitter feed.



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Math Coaching with Lori Hochstetler and Patti Newman

Dates: Aug. 21, Sep. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, April 16, and May 14

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Bring your own lunch!)

Location: Wawasee High School, Warrior Room (Door #17)

Special Notes: This is a study group for those who are passionate about math instruction and connecting with other coaches. The group divides its time among these topics:

  • Encouragement and support for working with teachers in math
  • Digging into math process standards
  • Sharing resources
  • Book study discussion

Book Study Book: Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

Lori Hochstetler has been the math coach in the Middlebury District for 11 years. She also has over 20 years of experience with teaching math to 6th graders. She is passionate about math and watching students make mathematical connections. She also loves to see teachers get excited about teaching math. Lori’s favorite thing to do is anything that involves spending time with her two teenage children.

Patti Newman is an K-5 Instructional Coach at Mentone Elementary.  She believes that students learn best in mathematics when given a task with which they have productive struggle.  After transitioning from being a classroom teacher, she has worked extensively to incorporate math workshop in the primary and intermediate grades. Her favorite activity is spending time with family, especially her six grandchildren.


Local Workshops

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Beginning Writing Workshop

Strategies of Scholars

Number Talk Workshop

Bridges to ELA Success

Beginning Reading Workshop


Beginning Writing Workshop

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Please register for both days. Only 20 spaces available for each section!

Primary Day 1: September 26 at North Webster Elementary
Primary Day 2: October 16 at Middlebury


Intermediate Day 1: September 27 at Central Noble
Intermediate Day 2: October 17 at Middlebury

Target Audience: Primary and intermediate teachers who would like to know the key components of writing workshop. Learn the structure and set-up, as well as how to launch writing workshop.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:
Primary: September 26 at North Webster Elementary and October 16 at Middlebury
Intermediate: September 27 at Central Noble and October 17 at Middlebury


Suggested Texts:
Primary

Intermediate

Special Notes: Be prepared for a lot of information, a chance to collaborate with others in your grade level, and a live demo lesson.  It is important to register for both days. Ruth Ayres is the instructor.

Learn more about Ruth.


Strategies of Scholars with Kristen Horrell

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Postponed until spring.

Target Audience: Teachers, coaches, administrators, and media center specialists in grades 3- 8 who are interested in a common set of mindsets for any learner in any situation.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:
October 3 at Community Schools of Frankfort
December 3 at Prairie Heights

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Special Notes: An understanding of basic workshop practices is a prerequisite. This is not a “test prep workshop,” but rather a way to create a community of scholars who are confident to use strategies of scholars when asked to perform on a standardized test.


Number Talk Workshop

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Postponed until spring.

Target Audience: This workshop is for any K- 5 teacher who would like to see Number Talks in action. This workshop will be valuable for the novice as well as the experienced educator.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:
October 30 at Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation
November 1 at Middlebury School Corporation


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Special Notes: 

In this workshop, we will briefly look at the components of a number talk and how number talks can be used for both practicing and assessing computation and number sense.  The majority of the time will be spent in classrooms observing number talks led by Lori and Patti. Participants will observe a number talk in each grade level K-5. There will be opportunities to debrief after each number talk.  Participants will leave with access to ideas for a wide range of number talks, as well as an awareness of what number talks look like at various grade levels.


Bridges to ELA Success: Workshop in the Secondary Classroom

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November 13 at Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation

Target Audience: secondary language arts teachers who would like to embed workshop practices into their courses.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:
November 13 at Tippecanoe Valley


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Special Notes: Three high school language arts teachers share research based practices for embedding workshop practices into their classrooms. They will open their doors for live demos with their students.

 


Beginning Reading Workshop

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Primary Day 1: January 15 at Whitko Community Schools
Primary Day 2: February 12 at Whitko Community Schools

Intermediate Day 1: January 16 at Manchester Community Schools
Intermediate Day 2: February 13 at Manchester Community Schools

Target Audience: Primary and intermediate teachers who would like to know the key components of reading workshop. Learn the structure and set-up, as well as how to launch reading workshop.

Cost: $0 for consortium members; $150/day for non-members

Dates and Locations:

Primary Day 1: January 15 at Whitko Community Schools
Primary Day 2: February 12 at Whitko Community Schools

Intermediate Day 1: January 16 at Manchester Community Schools
Intermediate Day 2: February 13 at Manchester Community Schools


Suggested Text: 

Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth & Independence by Jennifer Serravallo and Gravity Goldberg

The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

Primary: The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook (Grades K-2) by Jennifer Serravallo

Intermediate: The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook (Grades 3-6) by Jennifer Serravallo

Special Notes: Be prepared for a lot of information, a chance to collaborate with others in your grade level, and a live demo lesson.  It is important to register for both days. Inga Omondi is the instructor.

Learn more about Inga.


Summer Institute 2018

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