On September 19, 2017, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for kindergarten and first grade teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, the group analyzed the newly adopted College and Career Ready Science standards, and learned about the 3-Dimensional Teaching and Learning Model that can be used to integrate these new standards into the classroom. The next PLC will be held in the spring. Between now and the next meeting, teachers are encouraged to try incorporating a 3-Dimensional lesson in their classroom.
On September 7, 2017, ESU #11 hosted a photography workshop. This workshop was facilitated by Alan Mais, “The Camera Doctor”. This training was specifically designed for students and teachers who have digital application and yearbook responsibilities. During the course of this half-day, participants learned about the basics of taking pictures, how to operate their specific camera, the variety of accessories that are available for their camera, how to troubleshoot a variety of problems, and the proper care of cameras and prints.
On September 6, 2017, Kate Hatch and Jody Bauer conducted the second workshop for Entry Year Assistance for new teachers. At this session of training, the group focused on classroom management and how to establish positive relationships with parents. In addition Kate presented strategies and tactics that can be utilized to ensure successful, nonthreatening conferences. ESU #11 Technology Curriculum Consultant, Jody Bauer, also showcased the ESU 11 website and a variety of free online tools to help increase student engagement and assist in classroom management such as Kahoot, Class Dojo, Padlet, and QR Codes.
On August 7 and 8, 2017, Kate Hatch supported Bertrand and Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools by coordinating a two-day APL workshop. New teachers from Elwood, Southern Valley, and Alma also participated in the workshop. This workshop provided teachers with a top-notch professional growth experience that focused on instructional and classroom management skills. The skills learned during this workshop will help increase student time on task, improve student behavior and performance, and increase student motivation. These districts will use the strategies learned in this workshop to help the district create a common language of instruction.
On August 4, 2017, Kate Hatch from Educational Service Unit #11 conducted an Introduction to Marzano workshop. During this training, teachers received an overview of the Marzano Instructional Model from Phil Warrick, associate vice president of Marzano Research Laboratory. Kate then provided specific information regarding Design Questions 6 and 8, which focus on establishing relationships, rules and procedures.