Professional Development COE Seminars Return

Professional Development Seminars for Teachers and Administrators Return at Lewis University

Published: April 19, 2017.

The College of Education at Lewis University is offering Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40 per person and must have a minimum of 10 people. Attendees will earn four professional development units for each seminar.

The one-day seminars begin on June 5 and continue through June 28. Most of the seminars are held on the Romeoville campus and one seminar at the Oak Brook campus.

The 17 seminars cover many topics. Visit www.lewisu.edu/SummerSeminars for complete seminar descriptions.

#1 App Smashing

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Use project-based learning to engage your students. The focus is on student-centered classrooms and developing a process that gives them voice and choice. We will go step-by-step to create a project that uses a variety of apps. iPads will be provided, but participants may bring their own devices if desired.

Presenter(s): Br. Chuck Gregor, FSC
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#2 Reality: Virtual and Augmented

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017  
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Explore the world in 360°. Create and use AR and VR in your classroom. iPads will be provided, but participants may bring their own devices if desired.

Presenter(s): Br. Chuck Gregor, FSC
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#3 Rethinking Classroom Grading Practices through a Standards-Based Mindset

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

Making clear linkages between standards, assessment and grading can ensure greater validity and fairness for all students. In this interactive seminar, participants will learn about myths of standards-based grading; compare/contrast traditional grading practices to a standards-based mindset; distinguish between grading principles vs. grading practices; discuss/analyze the research addressing grade calculation vs. grade determination; and examine the use of performance level rubrics to collect student data as a developmental progression of mastery through standards as well as some reporting tools.

Presenter(s): Mr. Jim Harvey
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#4 Engaging Your One-to-One Classroom with Nearpod

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 3-12 Grade Teachers

Learn how to use Nearpod, an interactive multimedia lesson builder to engage students on a variety of one-to-one devices. You’ll be able to construct lessons, learn how to monitor and measure performance and even include absent students in classroom lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring content material as there will be lab time to work on lessons that meet the needs of your learners. iPads and computers will be provided, but participants may bring their own devices.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#5 Working with Paraeducators as Members of a Team

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017  
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers and Paraeducators

Designed for teachers, administrators, licensed professionals and paraprofessionals and includes knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in teams composed of professionals and paraeducators. We will present ways paraprofessionals can support teachers in their work with students with special needs.

Presenter(s): Dr. Mary Fisher
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#6 Culturally Inclusive Teaching

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

This seminar supports teachers interested in analyzing and/or creating curriculum and pedagogy to be culturally inclusive. We will begin with thinking about our own identity and provide tools for self-reflection and specific frameworks to support their practice. Topics include: unpacking identity and power; marginalization/stereotypes; culturally relevant pedagogy and three criteria; issues of bias and identity development - considering race, gender, language, ability and sexuality; and characteristics of culturally responsive and competent educators and schools.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Dávila, Dr. Mary Fisher, Dr. Jung Kim and Dr. Laura Quaynor
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#7 SMART Board: Creating Collaborative, Engaging Activities

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: PreK-8 Grade Teachers

Using the SMART Board and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, participants will create interactive lessons and classroom activities. The seminar will cover creating attendance activities, editing pre-made games and ways to make lessons more interactive. Participants are encouraged to bring content material and a flash drive to use for their activities.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#8 Literacy Strategies for English Learners and Developing Readers

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

This seminar focuses on scaffolding literacy in the secondary school, focusing on multilingual students and developing readers. Teachers will discuss and apply language and literacy strategies that help students to comprehend complex, content-based texts. We will examine the language demands of different texts, and consider ways that a variety of scaffolds can make the texts more accessible to students. Particular attention will be paid to content-specific language at the secondary level.

Presenter(s): Dr. Laura Quaynor and Dr. Jung Kim
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#9 Creating Dynamic Learning Experiences with Emerging Technology Tools

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: PreK-6 Grade Teachers

Key topics addressed in this seminar will include creating interactive learning experiences, integrating mobile technology into the classroom and facilitating web-based collaborative projects. This seminar provides participants with an understanding of the technology tool/device itself, and ways to integrate technology tools/apps in PreK-6 classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#10 Designing Student-Centered Collaborative Learning Experiences with Emerging Technology Tools

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 7-12 Grade Teachers

Participants will design student-centered, collaborative learning experiences using various Google Apps and learn effective implementation of mobile technologies in Grade 7-12 classrooms through hand-on activities. Participants will gain new ideas, strategies and skills that can be implemented in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#11 Building Support Systems for Beginning Teachers

Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

Teachers who are new to the profession are excited to begin their careers but may become overwhelmed with planning for classes and evaluating student performance. This seminar will focus on practical strategies that beginning teachers can use to instruct and facilitate classrooms. It will also provide tools for teachers to use in collaborating with other professionals, parents and community members.

Presenter(s): Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#12 Addressing Ableism in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

We will present a framework for examining the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related CCSS resource materials with respect to possible negative messages about dis/ability. Using this framework and the English Language Arts Standards, we will identify “ableist” messages across both the standards and exemplar texts and suggest expanded interpretations as well as recommend alternative texts to use. Participants will have opportunities to try out this framework using primary and/or middle school level exemplar texts.

Presenter(s): Dr. Mary Fisher
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#13 Creating Dynamic Learning Experiences with Emerging Technology Tools

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: PreK-6 Grade Teachers

Key topics addressed in this seminar will include creating interactive learning experiences, integrating mobile technology into the classroom and facilitating web-based collaborative projects. This seminar provides participants with an understanding of the technology tool/device itself, and ways to integrate technology tools/apps in PreK-6 classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#14 Designing Student-Centered Collaborative Learning Experiences with Emerging Technology Tools

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 7-12 Grade Teachers

Participants will design student-centered, collaborative learning experiences using various Google Apps and learn effective implementation of mobile technologies in Grade 7-12 classrooms through hand-on activities. Participants will gain new ideas, strategies and skills that can be implemented in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#15 How to Deal with Controversial Issues in School

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers

It is no surprise to any educator that there are always controversial and hot issues when it comes to school. And they're not always “new” debates. This session will examine some of those issues and focus on how teachers may be able to lead a discussion that is enlightening, exciting, educational and safe.

Presenter(s): Dr. Steven Klein
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#16 Meeting the Needs of our Emerging Mathematicians

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

This seminar can support educators interested in math instruction and intervention that is culturally inclusive and student-centered. The seminar will provide an overview of the current research-based literature on best practices in math intervention; strategies for adopting school or district-wide math intervention resources/curriculum; and developing an RTI (Response to Intervention) Guidance Document. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on their own practice and student work.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Dávila
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#17 Using Music and Multimedia for Literacy Learning

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-3 Grade Teachers

This seminar will consist of four micro-sessions in which we will explore the use of children’s literature across the curriculum, incorporating music, movement and Language Arts. Micro-sessions will include hands-on activities for literacy learning.

Presenter(s): Dr. Deborah Augsburger
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#18 Engaging Your One-to-One Classroom with Nearpod

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 3-12 Grade Teachers

Learn how to use Nearpod, an interactive multimedia lesson builder to engage students on a variety of one-to-one devices. You’ll be able to construct lessons, learn how to monitor and measure performance and even include absent students in classroom lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring content material as there will be lab time to work on lessons that meet the needs of your learners. iPads and computers will be provided, but participants may bring their own devices.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#19 Literature to Build Community amid Controversy

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Oak Brook campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

This seminar will explore titles in current child/adolescent literature that can help K-12 teachers address politically charged or controversial topics, particularly as children are experiencing fear and attempting to understand stories of hate crimes, group stereotyping and marginalization in the news. Focus will be on the use of literature to build empathy and greater understanding and appreciation of differences. Participants will engage in activities designed to promote response to literature and create discussion prompts to foster a critical perspective. A list of titles and resources for all K-12 levels will be provided.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jung Kim and Dr. Deborah Augsburger
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#20 SMART Board: Creating Collaborative, Engaging Activities

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: PreK-8 Grade Teachers

Using the Smart Board and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, participants will create interactive lessons and classroom activities. The seminar will cover creating attendance activities, editing pre-made games and ways to make lessons more interactive. Participants are encouraged to bring content material and a flash drive to use for their activities.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#21 Solving the Mysteries of Teaching Writing

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 4-12 Grade Teachers

This seminar will provide hands-on strategies that will promote ideas of how to teach writing from the ground up. Participants will come away from the seminar with a renewed and positive approach to teaching writing. Attendees will take away practical strategies and supportive mentor text titles that can immediately be implemented in classroom curriculum for the new school year.

Presenter(s): Dr. Nancy Kennedy
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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