Curriculum & Instruction PD Descriptions

The Problem with Words in Math

Course Date: 7/18/17

Many students become anxious when confronted with a word problem, and often struggle to understand what to do or simply give up without trying. Common Core-aligned curricula and state exam questions across grade levels expect students to read and understand informational text which is often very challenging for them. The goal for this workshop is to explore strategies that can help students gain confidence in grappling with and engaging productively in solving word problems. Participants will review examples of word problems and familiarize themselves with the grade-level expectations for vocabulary and comprehension of informational text, evaluate instructional practices for supporting student learning of vocabulary, and applying problem solving techniques to word problems. The workshop will also include opportunities for participants to share and refine or develop strategies suitable for implementation in their instructional practice.

Presenter: David Tranter
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: 3-12 Math Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Guided Reading-Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom

Course Date: 7/18/17

Participants learn why guided reading is a critical component of effective literacy instruction. By combining the principles of differentiated instruction and guided reading strategies, you build a balanced literary framework that gets results with even the most challenged learners. Participant will leave with strategies to differentiate the literacy block.

Presenter: Natalie Harjes
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Audience: K-6 Educators
Contact: Ean McDermott
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

All Things Being Equal: The Semantics of Equations

Course Date: 7/25/17

Have you noticed that students often think that equations only ask for the right answer? Do you wonder why students think this way and how you might be able to help them better understand equations? The goal of this workshop is to explore and develop ways to help deepen students’ conceptual understanding of equations in different contexts, which can better prepare them for success in algebra. The workshop includes opportunities to review current research and literature that identifies and addresses challenges in teaching equations to students across grade bands, analyze different uses of equations and the equal sign, and explore possible interventions that help improve students’ conceptual understanding of equations. Participants will also be able to adapt or create lesson plans or materials for use in classroom instruction. The targeted audience is 3-12 math teachers.

Presenter: David Tranter
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: 3-12 Math Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser: 509

Formative Assessments: Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning

Course Date: 7/25/17

After carefully defining formative assessment as assessment that informs classroom instruction, participants examine the literacy assessments they are currently using in order to determine if they are assessing the full picture of literacy, assessing what they are teaching, and whether they are using the data to determine patterns and inform instruction. They will participate in exercises to analyze assessment data and determine appropriate instruction and learn strategies for enhancing their instruction based on assessment data, in order to meet the needs of all their students every day.

Presenter: Natalie Harjes
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Audience: K-6 Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Marvelous Math: Engaging Students Through Games

Course Date: 7/26/17

Do you want to learn some interesting ways to motivate students with math lessons? Your students can have fun while learning and improving their math skills. This hands-on, interactive workshop is designed to provide K-8 teachers and teacher’s assistants time to explore various games that will engage students while learning math.

Presenter: Sherrie House
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: K-8 Educators and Teacher’s Assistants
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Marvelous Math (PART II)

Course Date: 7/26/17

As an extension of Marvelous Math (PART I), participants of this workshop will be given time to collaborate with colleagues on identifying which Common Core Math Standards are addressed with the activities of the first workshop. Participants will also examine how to utilize math stations to enhance, differentiate or extend the learning for sample lessons. Participants should bring a lesson plan they would like to enhance using math games/stations .**This workshop is only open to participants who attended Marvelous Math (PART I) on either March 27, May 8, or July 26 (AM).

Presenter: Sherrie House
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Audience: K-8 Math Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

TELL ME WHY! Promoting Questioning and Discussion in the Problem Solving Process

Course Date: 7/27/17

Collaboration and communication are critical components of the problem-solving process. This workshop will focus on MP3 with respect to promoting students’ mathematical reasoning and collaboration in learning through problem solving. Participants will explore questioning and discussion techniques that develop students’ skills in constructing, justifying, and communicating mathematical arguments, and also how these techniques can be applied in the classroom. This workshop has been renamed and is the same as LET’S SOLVE IT! (Part 2) that was offered in the spring.

Presenter: David Tranter
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: K-8 Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Can They Talk the Talk? Academic Discussions for ELLs and All Students K-8

Course Date: 8/1/17

Giving students scaffolds for practicing academic language in partnerships and small groups supports speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing for English Language Learners and for all students. Participants will identify key sentence stems and bring back strategies for increasing intentional student talk in the classroom.

Presenter: Katherine Simpson
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: K-8 General and Special Education Educators, ENL Educators
Contact: Ean McDermott
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

The Nuts and Bolts for Teachers of Newly-Arrived English Language Learners K-12

Course Date: 8/2/17

As our population of English Language Learners increases, it’s important for all of us to be prepared for new arrivals.This workshop will address the following topics: How to welcome ELLs into the classroom in ways that benefit all students, dealing with culture shock; Parent involvement, making the most of the native language even if you don’t speak it, key information to ask of the ENL teacher, and helpful web resources Walk away with a plan for setting new arrivals up for success!.

Presenter: Katherine Simpson
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: K-12 General Education Educators, Co-teaching teams
Contact: Ean McDermott
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study

Course Date: 8/8/17

Participants explore the definition and characteristics of effective word work. They understand the role of phonological awareness and phonics in literacy development. They gain familiarity with the stages of spelling development, how it applies to instruction, and administering a sample spelling inventory. In this workshop, they will experience hands-on word study activities such as Making Words and playing word wall games and sorting, and consider how they can apply these activities in their own classrooms.

Presenter: Natalie Harjes
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Audience: K-6 Educators
Contact: Ean McDermott
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

LET’S SOLVE IT! Cultivating a Classroom Culture of Problem Solving

Course Date: 8/8/17

What does a classroom look when every student is engaged in solving an interesting math problem? As teachers, we would love for our students to enjoy the challenge of and have success with solving problems. This session is designed to provide teachers time to look more closely at Math Practice Standard 1 (MP 1) with the goal of developing students’ persistence and independent thinking while solving math problems. Participants will examine best practices for teaching through problem solving and plan how to implement them in their own classroom.

Presenter: Sherrie House
Venue: The Jane Bullowa Conference Center
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Audience: K-8 Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509

Comprehension Strategies

Course Date: 8/15/17

Participants learn what research teaches us about the comprehension process and effective comprehension instruction. Time will be spent discussing specific comprehension strategies such as making connections, visualizing, and inferring. Instructional methods for explicitly teaching comprehension strategies will be shared.

Presenter: Natalie Harjes
Venue: Ulster BOCES Instructional Services Technology Learning Center Lab
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: Donald Odom, Jr.
Cost: $75 Subscribers; $0 Co-Ser 509