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Friday, September 1, 2017 - Friday, June 1, 2018
Infusing Technology STEM Toolbox Program

The WV Center for Professional Development's Infusing Technology program exposes West Virginia educators to powerful technology tools and resources for instruction and student engagement. Teachers and principals learn how to integrate high levels of technology to increase students' critical thinking, reasoning, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills.

The Infusing Technology STEM Toolbox Program will extend teachers' exposure to these technology resources and create a library of high quality STEM tools that educators can check out and borrow throughout the school year. WVCPD will provide multiple classroom sets of devices and tools that support technology integration and STEM education in the classroom.

Any West Virginia educator can request to borrow a classroom set of devices, however priority will be given to those teachers who have attended any previous Infusing Technology Summer Academy. The IT Summer Academy workshops provided participants with an opportunity to work with their peers, collaborate together on content delivery, and design best practices for classroom management with the STEM tools. Educators will have four weeks to borrow a classroom set of STEM tools which will include two weeks of integration and two weeks for the shipping process, at no cost to them.

PLEASE VISIT OUR STEM TOOLBOX WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REQUIRED FORMS:

WWW.WVCPDSTEMTOOLBOX.WEEBLY.COM


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Greenbrier Teacher Academy

This session, designed for Greenbrier County teachers, will include two required courses for the WVCPD Teacher Academy.

Classroom Management "Setting the Stage" - November 29-30, 2017

This session will explore how classroom management affects student achievement. Session will help teachers:

Establish effective rules and procedures
Implement appropriate discipline interventions
Foster productive relationships in the educational setting

"Understanding and Dealing with Difficult Situations"-March 14, 2018

This interactive, fun and uplifting workshop is tailor-made to fit the needs of teachers as they learn how to identify and deal with difficult situations in all areas of their professional and personal lives.

To be eligible for 3 hours graduate credit in spring 2018, an additional online book study is required. Additional details will be available at the session.


Monday, December 4, 2017 - Monday, January 29, 2018
December Book Study # 4 - "Poor Students, Rich Teaching"

Online Book Study

December 2017

Title: "Poor Students, Rich Teaching"

Author: Eric Jensen

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty.

Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.

Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator. You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration. Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, December 4, 2017 - Monday, January 29, 2018
December Book Study # 1 - "What Great Teachers..."

Online Book Study

December 2017

Title: What Great Teachers Do Differently

Author: Todd Whitaker

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

This book describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric of life in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses on the specific things that great teachers do... that others do not.

Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator. You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration.

Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, December 4, 2017 - Monday, January 29, 2018
December Book Study # 2 -"101 Answers"

Title: 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors

Author: Annette Breaux

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Key concepts of this study include:

• Providing a collection of teaching tips and “thought provokers” for new teachers

• Offering common sense strategies for any teacher seeking to be more effective • Instantly impacting on teaching and learning Topics include, but are not limited to:

• Planning • Professionalism, attitudes, and behaviors of effective teachers

• Motivation and rapport

• Classroom management Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator.

You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.

The book study is two months in duration. Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.


Monday, December 4, 2017 - Monday, January 29, 2018
December Book Study # 3 - "Teach Smart"

Online Book Study

December 2017

Title: Teach Smart

Authors: PJ Caposey and Todd Whitaker

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Transform your classroom from teacher-centered to learner-centered! This book provides eleven strategies you can use immediately to put students at the center of their learning!

Get your students geared up for success and high achievement with great ideas for: • providing a roadmap • giving the work back

• differentiating daily instruction

• communicating for your audience, not to your audience

• giving students choices • planning intentional engagement • asking better questions

• and more

For each strategy, you get a clear example of what it looks like in action, as well as a breakdown of how to make it work in your classroom! Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator.

You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration.

Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, January 8, 2018 - Monday, February 19, 2018
Digital Creativity and Collaboration to Enhance Student Projects

The Digital Creativity and Collaboration to Enhance Student Projects professional development is a six week online course designed by WVCPD’s Infusing Technology program. This course will explore the use of technology resources to encourage and promote creativity and collaboration in digital student projects. Free digital tools that can be accessed on any web-enabled device can provide excitement and engagement for student projects. Students can collaborate in school or from home using whatever device is available, including a smartphone. For students of all ages, providing information digitally gives them the chance to be more creative in a format they are comfortable with while increasing important 21st century skills. A wide variety of free resources will be showcased and experienced so that teachers can determine which tools would be most effective in their classroom.

OPTIONAL GRADUATE CREDIT FOR INFUSING TECHNOLOGY ONLINE – Spring 2018

There are six sessions in the Infusing Technology Online series. This series will run from August 2017 – March 2018. To apply for graduate credit, you need to successfully complete three of the six sessions scoring 80% or above. For more detailed information on the other sessions, please see the Infusing Technology section of the website.


Friday, January 12, 2018 - Friday, March 23, 2018
Exp. Principals' Winter Book Study- "Becoming a Learning School"- Elementary Group 1

Friday, January 12, 2018- Friday, March 23, 2018

Title: Becoming a Learning School

Author: Joellen Killion and Particia Roy

“Becoming a Learning School” by Joellen Killion and Patricia Roy is an excellent resource for all school leaders. This study will focus on seven chapters of the book while reviewing its resources for tools, ideas, and research-based strategies for creating learning communities whose focus is the improved learning of all students.

The book study will be moderated by an experienced West Virginia administrator, and participants will be asked to make postings in response to questions based on their reading and also make postings in response to the postings of their peers.

Upon registering, principals will receive an email confirmation and a copy of the text by mail, along with a guide about how to participate in the online book study. Moderators and WVCPD staff will provide guidance and technical assistance.


Friday, January 12, 2018 - Friday, March 23, 2018
Exp. Principals' Winter Book Study- "Becoming a Learning School"- Secondary Group 2

Friday, January 12, 2018- Friday, March 23, 2018

Title: Becoming a Learning School

Author: Joellen Killion and Particia Roy

“Becoming a Learning School” by Joellen Killion and Patricia Roy is an excellent resource for all school leaders. This study will focus on seven chapters of the book while reviewing its resources for tools, ideas, and research-based strategies for creating learning communities whose focus is the improved learning of all students.

The book study will be moderated by an experienced West Virginia administrator, and participants will be asked to make postings in response to questions based on their reading and also make postings in response to the postings of their peers.

Upon registering, principals will receive an email confirmation and a copy of the text by mail, along with a guide about how to participate in the online book study. Moderators and WVCPD staff will provide guidance and technical assistance.


Monday, February 5, 2018 - Monday, March 19, 2018
Web Tools to Encourage and Support Reading and Writing

The Web Tools to Encourage and Support Reading and Writing professional development is a six week online course designed by WVCPD’s Infusing Technology program. Today’s students are “digital natives” and by incorporating technology into reading and writing instruction, students will be more engaged and attentive to the process. Technology can be an excellent tool for differentiating instruction. The digital tools that will be covered can make reading more accessible and engaging for students across content areas and grade levels. There are amazing free web tools to adjust lexile levels while providing the same non-fiction content to all the students. Digital storytelling, journaling and blogging can be used in almost every content area and encourage writing by providing a way to share work digitally. Reading and writing are essential to every content area. All of the web resources covered in this course will provide teachers with options that will increase accessibility and engagement for all their students.

OPTIONAL GRADUATE CREDIT FOR INFUSING TECHNOLOGY ONLINE – Spring 2018

There are six sessions in the Infusing Technology Online series. This series will run from August 2017 – March 2018. To apply for graduate credit, you need to successfully complete three of the six sessions scoring 80% or above. For more detailed information on the other sessions, please see the Infusing Technology section of the website.


Monday, February 12, 2018 - Monday, April 9, 2018
February Book Study # 1 - "What Great Teachers..."

Online Book Study

February 2018

Title: What Great Teachers Do Differently

Author: Todd Whitaker

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

This book describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric of life in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses on the specific things that great teachers do... that others do not.

Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator. You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration.

Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, February 12, 2018 - Monday, April 9, 2018
February Book Study # 4 - "Poor Students, Rich Teaching"

Online Book Study

February 2018

Title: "Poor Students, Rich Teaching"

Author: Eric Jensen

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty.

Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.

Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator. You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration. Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, February 12, 2018 - Monday, April 9, 2018
February Book Study # 3 - "Teach Smart"

Online Book Study

February 2018

Title: Teach Smart

Authors: PJ Caposey and Todd Whitaker

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Transform your classroom from teacher-centered to learner-centered! This book provides eleven strategies you can use immediately to put students at the center of their learning!

Get your students geared up for success and high achievement with great ideas for: • providing a roadmap • giving the work back

• differentiating daily instruction

• communicating for your audience, not to your audience

• giving students choices

• planning intentional engagement • asking better questions

• and more

For each strategy, you get a clear example of what it looks like in action, as well as a breakdown of how to make it work in your classroom! Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator.

You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

The book study is two months in duration.

Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Monday, February 12, 2018 - Monday, April 9, 2018
February Book Study # 2 -"101 Answers"

Title: 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors

Author: Annette Breaux

This session is a Menu C course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Key concepts of this study include:

• Providing a collection of teaching tips and “thought provokers” for new teachers

• Offering common sense strategies for any teacher seeking to be more effective

• Instantly impacting on teaching and learning Topics include, but are not limited to:

• Planning

• Professionalism, attitudes, and behaviors of effective teachers

• Motivation and rapport

• Classroom management Each online book study will be facilitated by an outstanding WV educator.

You will be expected to post responses weekly based on assigned readings in the book. You will be asked to apply strategies from the book in your classroom and report back to the forum for discussion and reflection. Your facilitator will guide and support you through this process if you have never participated in an online book study before.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.

The book study is two months in duration. Books will be mailed to participants approximately one week prior to the session start date. Approximately one week prior to the session start date teachers will receive information via email with detailed instructions about how to participate in the online book study.


Friday, February 23, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018
Evaluation Leadership Institute (WV State Session)

New and potential principals and central office administrators will build skills needed to evaluate personnel effectively. This training is required as part of principals' certification.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Evaluation Leadership Institute (Charleston Marriott)

New and potential principals and central office administrators will build skills needed to evaluate personnel effectively. This training is required as part of principals' certification.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Classroom Management - Setting the Stage

This session is a Menu A course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

This session is created around the work of Lee Canter’s book, Classroom Management for Academic Success, exploring how classroom management affects student achievement.

Discussion topics and strategies include:

• Defining classroom management and what the research says about classroom management

• Organizing the learning environment

• Creating an environment of respect and rapport

• Managing student behaviors

• Implementing classroom procedures

• Establishing a culture for learning

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Classroom Management - The Power of Planning

This session is a Menu A course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers. This session is designed around Marcia Tate’s book, “Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites”.

Key topics in the session include:

•Reflecting on practice and identifying areas for developing effective procedures to enhance student learning

•Understanding the difference between rules and procedures

•Understanding the connection between classroom management and student achievement

•Understanding specific practices that improve student focus

•Developing a growth plan for improving culture for learning in classroom

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Teacher Mentor Training - Days 1 - 2 - Charleston

Experienced educators wishing to serve as mentor teachers during the 2017-2018 school year are encouraged to participate in this professional development to be certified as a mentor teacher. This session is geared toward experienced teachers who will work as mentors for new teachers. Both those who have never attended mentor training AND/OR those who attended mentor training prior to fall 2006 are invited to attend.

Teachers who receive effective support in their first few years of teaching are most likely to remain in the profession and become the committed, caring, quality educators of tomorrow. Mentors will receive training based on the New Teacher Center’s Foundations in Mentoring. This model focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings for those who mentor new teachers. The mentor training is guided by the belief that learning to teach is a career-long developmental process that involves a continuous cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting. Some of the key concepts included are the following:

• Creating a Vision of Quality Teaching

• Defining Mentoring Roles

• Identifying New Teachers' Needs

• Building an Effective Mentoring Relationship

• Selecting Support Strategies

• Establishing an Environment for Professional Growth

• Highlighting the Role of Professional Standards in Mentoring

Registration will be confirmed when payment is received or Purchase Order # is provided.


Thursday, March 8, 2018
Teacher Academy - Digital Tools to Promote Family Engagement and Student Success

This session is a Menu B course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

The Digital Tools to Promote Family Engagement and Student Success professional development is a one day session designed by WVCPD’s Infusing Technology program. Social science research indicates positive family engagement correlates with higher levels of success for students.

Participants will be introduced to the importance of family engagement, in education, by reviewing national data from the US Department of Education, the National Center for Educational Statistics, and the Harvard Family Research Project.

Participants will explore ideas that will challenge their way of thinking about family engagement learning by:

• creating a welcome that supports a partnership for family engagement

• identifying and implementing the best practices for communicating with their students’ families

• establishing a professional online presence that supports all families and students in a safe learning environment

• exploring how to strengthen the family engagement partnership by sharing student success

Participants will gain invaluable ideas and skills designed to transform their perspective and teaching practices to promote their students’ successes.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Thursday, March 8, 2018
Understanding and Dealing With Difficult Situations

This session is a Menu B course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers. This interactive, fun and uplifting workshop is tailor-made to fit the needs of teachers as they learn how to identify and deal with difficult situations in all areas of their professional and personal lives. The session will address relationships including those with colleagues, administrators and supervisors, students, and parents/guardians of students.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Infusing Technology Showcase at the WV Culture Center

The Infusing Technology (IT) Showcase will be an extraordinary opportunity for teachers to share their own experiences using technology in the classroom while learning more about how their peers are using digital resources to maximize learning experiences for students. Educators who have taken WVCPD's Infusing Technology Summer Academy, in 2017, will have the opportunity to showcase how they are integrating technology into their classrooms. Presentations will highlight how these individual teachers are using digital resources to increase student engagement, support differentiation, and increase student mastery. The day will be full of valuable information on best-practice techniques for transformational uses of technology in the school and classroom.

Program Details

  • A full day of peer-led professional development focusing on using technology in the classroom.
  • Network Luncheon to include the WVCPD STEM Toolbox program and recipients of the Governor's STEM Initiative Grant.
  • Tour of the WV State Museum.
  • Participants must have attended the 2017 Infusing Technology Academy.
  • For those educators who attended all three full days of Infusing Technology Summer Academy in the summer of 2017 and wish to receive three hours of graduate credit, presenting one 20 - 30 minute session is mandatory.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Empowering Bystanders, Empowering Schools

Empowering Bystanders, Empowering Schools: Strategies to Enhance Bullying Prevention and Respect for Diversity

This session is a Menu B course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers. This engaging, fast-paced workshop will explore the dynamics of bullying with an emphasis on supporting the victims and bystanders.

Discussion topics and strategies include assertion techniques & other social-emotional skills, adult roles & responsibilities, enhancing diversity, and creating safe space. Many educators, parents and youth alike misunderstand bullying and bullying dynamics, relying on old myths and stereotypes. We’ve often given our sons and daughters, students, or clients misguided advice regarding how best to deal with it. In addition, we often base our knowledge of bullying on information we’ve acquired from movies, literature and generally held beliefs. Thankfully, information and skills derived from research offer a foundation for much-improved strategies to create safe space and support the majority of our students who are either bystanders or victims.

This session will, through a variety of facilitation techniques, (small group activities, scenario work, video reaction, large group problem solving, etc.) provide a solid and practical foundation for adults and students alike to be UPSTANDERS, creating safe and supportive relationships in their school buildings.

Learning Objectives

• To overview the principles of violence prevention, diversity education, and the bullying dynamic

• To define behaviors associated with the bully, target, bystander and the upstander

• To learn and practice intervention strategies that reinforce a respect for diversity

• To learn and practice prevention/intervention strategies that empower children who are targeted or who are bystanders

• To prepare and work toward implementing an action plan that will assist schools in enhancing their school climate and creating safe space

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Thursday, March 22, 2018
Teaching Diverse Learners

This session is a Menu A course option for the WVCPD Teacher Academy and is open to all teachers.

Teaching Diverse Learners is a session designed around Carol Ann Tomlinson’s book, Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom and Think Big, Smart Small by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt which highlights the brain basics that affect your classroom the most— attention, memory, emotions, and stress.

Discussion topics and strategies include differentiated instruction strategies and resources, accommodating the needs of all students, and pacing and planning tips.

With a variety of simple brain-compatible strategies, you’ll see a measurable difference in your differentiated classrooms.

Your space will not be guaranteed until payment for the session or purchase order number is received.


Friday, March 23, 2018 - Saturday, March 24, 2018
Evaluation Leadership Institute (Princeton)

New and potential principals and central office administrators will build skills needed to evaluate personnel effectively. This training is required as part of principals' certification.

  
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