Workshop Attendees

We encourage all USD 261 staff to take advantage of the learning opportunities available at The Learning Center. Guests from other districts are always welcome to attend any of our workshops. We offer a full array of classes that are interactive, differentiated, job embedded, sustained and research based. Enroll in a workshop today!

Our Presenters!

The Learning Center has scheduled many well-known presenters and experts who are willing to share their knowledge and to lead workshops, such as Lynn Sawyer, Carol Simoneau, Kevin Honeycutt, Dan Meyer, Brad McCoy, and Dr. John Vandewalle. Along with these, The Learning Center utilizes the expertise of our district’s staff members as presenters, who have practical suggestions that are used successfully every day in their classrooms.

Leadership knowledge and skills are imperative at all levels of the district and community. If you aspire to be an administrator in your district, this academy will equip you with the tools you need!

Dates:  2018-19 School Year:  Tuesdays: Sept 18, Oct 23, Nov 27, Jan 15, Feb 26, Apr 2, and May 3  - Meets once monthly for seven months

Times:  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost per strand:  $200 per person for Out of District, Free to Haysville USD 261 Employees

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Books Provided:  Now, Discover Your Strengths

Leadership knowledge and skills are imperative at all levels of the District and Community. This Academy will equip you with the tools you need to be a leader in your district.

Sample Session Topics Include:

  • Situational Leadership
  • Understanding Change and Why It Happens
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Tech Tools
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Growth
  • Dealing with Negativity
  • Successful Tips For Interviews
  • And much, much, more!!

 Informational Brochure  

Date and Time:  Thursday, Nov 08, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Nov 01, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Presenter: Brad Chapin, B.S., LCP, LMLP

Brad Chapin is a best-selling author and an internationally recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health serving children and adults. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy Self-Regulation skills. He continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that Self-Regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety/depression.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Nov 07, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Are you in need of some new ideas to increase technology use in your classroom? In this session, you will learn about a variety of tech tools to establish and grow a blended learning environment. During the first part of the day, topics will include tech tools on platforms, lesson presentation, collaboration, visualization, screen casting, flipped/blended learning, and assessment, each flexible enough to work with the technology available in most classrooms. During the second half of the day, teachers will pick their favorite tools and create a plan for how they can use them to become more innovative with their teaching practices. You will have ample time to explore your favorite tech tools so that you can begin implementing them in your classroom right away. This session is geared toward 3rd grade through high school classrooms that have at least 4 or more student devices available to use in their rooms.

Presenter: Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall has previously worked as a 2nd grade teacher and middle school English teacher in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and is currently the K-5 Technology teacher at Oatville Elementary in Haysville. She earned her Elementary Education degree from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Educational Technology with a dual emphasis as a Technology Integration Specialist and Library Media Specialist from Pittsburg State University. Amber has experience teaching in classrooms where technology is available from 12:1 to 1:1. She enjoys helping teachers effectively integrate the technology available to them to individualize student learning and improve engagement.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Wed & Thu, Nov 28-29, 2018   8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 for Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Nov 21, 2018

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of them accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical. Youth Mental Health First Aid® USA is an 8- hour in-person training program — like traditional First Aid or CPR — designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, they learn to support a youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Presenter: Ellamonique Baccus

Ellamonique Baccus is an art therapist and the Executive Director of Arts Partners in Wichita. She earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago for over 10 years. She has extensive experience providing behavioral health therapy, crisis counseling, peer support groups and diagnostic assessment for youth in grades K-12 in school based settings, residential treatment, community based settings, and counseling centers. Ella developed the Wesley Children’s Hospital Medical Art Therapy Program in Wichita. In her role at Arts Partners, she has been able to continue the work she began in Chicago here in Kansas. Her work is to train and collaborate with educators and artists to implement arts integration programs in schools that provide a holistic educational experience for students and supports their social and emotional well-being as a significant component of academic success.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 9, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will use Publisher to create documents for the classroom. We will use the preset to templates for items such as postcards, flyers, forms, labels, greeting cards, and many more. You will develop skills to save time, organize teaching practices, and create exciting items for your students. You will leave the workshop with several items you create to use in your classroom!

Presenter: Rachel Nally

Rachel has twenty-three years of classroom and library experience. She has taught business classes for 10 years and been a librarian for 13 years. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri as well as a Master’s of Educational Technology degree from Pittsburg State University. Rachel is active on many committees and sponsors several school activities.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 and Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 (Both Days Required)   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $200 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 15, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

The purpose for this workshop is meant to help current and future educators become fluent in using Google Education Suite evidenced by a Level 2 Certification by Google. These practices will lead to a more effective use of time for the teachers and a more dynamic and engaging environment for students.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris is a Clinical Educator with Wichita State University

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 16, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Need a great way to jumpstart your math period? Looking for strategies that promote accuracy, efficiency, flexibility, and communication in math? Number Talks is what you have been looking for. The focus of this training is to increase student engagement through communication around mental math in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Number Talks provide a structure to promote a safe community for learners while engaging in 5-15 minute conversations around the area of whole number computation, operations, and properties. We will explore: designing purposeful conversations, posing good questions, following student thinking, recording that thinking to make it visible for all students, and the connection to the eight math practices from the KCCRS. We will spend time practicing these techniques and viewing examples of Number Talks in action. Participants will leave with this training with the Number Talks book with sample lessons and videos of various teachers and students using Number Talks in actual instruction.

Presenter: Renee Smith (Curriculum Specialist)

Renee is an elementary and middle school mathematics specialist at ESSDACK where she facilitates courses around instructional pedagogy aligned to the Common Core Standards. Renee’s passion for engaging, meaningful, hands-on math activities are a part of all of her trainings because she still loves watching “the light bulb” pop on for educators just like it did with students! Renee wants to help change how our culture views math…from a generation that is A-OK with saying, “I HATE MATH!”, to one that values, loves, and wants MORE math! Renee obtained her bachelors degree from Southwestern College and her Masters in Education from Baker University. She has 25 years in the field of education and has presented at the local, state, and national levels. Renee and her partner, Tammy Fellers have developed a line of products tied directly to the common core for use by elementary and middle school teachers during small group instruction time.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 22, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Get cooking in the classroom by using food to engage students. What student is not motivated by food? In this class we will learn ways to incorporate food into all subjects of learning. We will also see how food can be used in Capturing Kids Hearts team building activities. Be ready for a tasty good time! Class will cater to teachers of grades PreK-12.

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather currently teaches Art to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Haysville West Middle School.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 23, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Who doesn’t enjoy a great art project? Or a little music? Research shows the integrating art in the classroom can only enhance learning. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss the purpose of art (and other creative outlets) and the research behind incorporating these in the classroom. Participants will have plenty of time throughout the day to plan and hopefully create for their own classrooms. A day full of sharing, creating, and taking!!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. She provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Tuesday, February 05, 2019   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 29, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Research suggests that mindfulness meditation, tapping, and positive journaling can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure, and enhanced cognitive function. Participants will learn how these alternative stress relievers are done, practice them as a group, and develop a plan to implement at least one technique in their classroom.
*****Please wear comfortable clothing and, if possible, bring a beach towel or something to lay on the floor.

Presenter: Shari Burke

Shari Burke is the Learning Facilitator for Behavior in USD 261. She was a Special Education teacher for 25 years, teaching in inclusion rooms, grades K-12. Her final years of teaching were spent in the Self-Contained ED classroom in Haysville. With the increased awareness of the impact of ACES, she has become very interested in how to help high ACE score students in the classroom with alternative relaxation techniques. She is not a licensed trainer in any of the techniques, but will guide you through the processes with the use of videos.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb 7, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Jan 31, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to use the software or hardware. Even if you do not have a Mimio product yet, the software is a great instructional tool! The training agenda includes the following basic Mimio hardware & software functions: • Navigating the Mimio Studio software tools • Utilizing the Gallery and the Mimio Connect site • Use the screen capture feature for making instructional movies • Create your own dynamic lessons • Use the Mimio tools with other software applications and web sites.

Presenter: Krista Pottier

Krista received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the K-12 Instructional Math Coach for the Haysville School District. She received her Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University and is also a Certified Trainer for Mimio.

Information Brochure

Date and Time:  Friday, February 08, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Feb 01, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Presenter: Brad Chapin, B.S., LCP, LMLP

Brad Chapin is a best-selling author and an internationally recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health serving children and adults. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy Self-Regulation skills. He continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that Self-Regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety/depression.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb 27, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Feb 20, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PowerSchool is the number one method to help staff and students know what is going on in school. Not only can you look up class lists, you can email teachers, contact parents, and know the ins and outs of using PowerSchool. Short cuts in life make life easier. That is what this training will do. It will give you the tricks and tips to get the info out of the system that you need. This training will help you on a daily basis! Not only at work – but also at home if you need to get the information before the following day.

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 26 years. He taught at Campus for nine years, and has since been a middle school counselor. Sad but true – PowerSchool keeps him up at night. So, when he is up he learns how to pass on the information to help others succeed in understanding PowerSchool.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, March 06, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Feb 27, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

So you know about Interactive Notebooks and you LOVE them!! If you are ready to add some new tips and tricks for your notebooks and take it beyond the basics, this workshop is for you. We will look at ways for using your input/output pages, grading methods and rubrics that are easy to use for both teacher and students, note taking strategies (like Cornell), more foldables, and LOTS of time to research and create an Interactive Notebook for your classroom. This workshop is great for elementary to high school teachers, those new and old to Interactive Notebooks, and of course those who don’t mind a day of coloring, cutting, and gluing with some great learning thrown in!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. She provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Mar 20, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will learn how to use the Pear Deck add-on in Google Slides to create interactive presentations. They will also learn how to use Deck.Toys to create engaging lessons and games for their students. In the morning, we will work with Pear Deck and go in depth on the many features the software has to offer. In the afternoon, we will dive in Deck.Toys. We will explore what Deck.Toys is and how to use it with students.

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 9 years of classroom experience in fifth grade. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and is currently working on her Masters of Science in Instructional Technology at Fort Hays University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Amber trains teachers in her building on the use of technology in the classroom. She has a passion for exploring different ways to engage students in learning, especially through the use of technology.

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Date and Time: Thursday, March 28, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 21, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will view a series of videos featuring Brian Mendler, a highly sought-after speaker who trains tens of thousands of educators every year on how to be successful with challenging youth. Topics will include: Creative Teaching Strategies, Defusing Power Struggles, Teachable Moments, Mental Toughness, and many more. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and practice strategies with each other throughout the viewing.
*****Please note, that some offensive language is included in the DVD series. Mr. Mendler was a tough kid who teaches tough kids - he repeats what the kids said to him, and it is not always school appropriate.

Presenter: Shari Burke

Shari Burke is the Learning Facilitator for Behavior in USD 261. She was a Special Education teacher for 25 years, teaching in inclusion rooms, grades K-12. Her final years of teaching were spent in the Self-Contained ED classroom in Haysville.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Thursday, April 10, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 03, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

As one of the most popular ways for teachers, students, and the general public to communicate, Twitter is becoming a must-have tool in almost every teacher’s toolbox. Twitter gives new opportunities to teach digital citizenship and connect to other learning communities and new educational content. During this workshop, participants will learn how to utilize Twitter in their classrooms… from informing parents of the events of the school day to interacting with students all over the world. We will spend our day learning the basics of Twitter and how to get students engaged with your classroom Twitter page. We will also participate in a Twitter chat and learn ways to grow our professional learning network.

Presenter: Stephanie High

Stephanie High has eleven years of classroom experience teaching second graders at Prairie Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Friends University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Stephanie spends her free time creating and selling teaching materials on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as connecting with other teachers through Twitter & other social media sites. She has a passion for exploring different ways to engage students in learning.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FREE to ALL

Registration Deadline:  April 17, 2019

Class Description:

In this workshop we will discuss preparing for retirement. We will look at the sources of income you can expect in retirement and how to maximize income once we reach it. One of the main sources of income that educators rely on is KPERS and we will discuss how your pension and supplemental savings work together. We will also address the Roth vs Traditional question in a way that is easy to understand. Our main goal with the Preparing for Retirement seminar is to give educators the tools to answer a few retirement questions and possibly spark a few new ones.

Presenters: William Benjamin & Brandon McBeth

William Benjamin graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in entrepreneurship and economics. He decided to work with educators because his grandfather was a physical education teacher. William is with the Retirement Benefits Group at AXA and helps educators navigate retirement savings. Brandon McBeth graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in finance. He chose to work with educators because he saw the need that was present. His mother taught in Butler County for 27 years and conveyed the unmet need for financial planning in schools. The roots of education run deep in both of their families. The most rewarding piece of their work is educating educators.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, June 11, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 04, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

As educators and in our personal lives, we encounter students, friends, family, and peers who have experienced loss or trauma and are dealing with grief. We will explore types of loss, differences in how children and adults react to loss and trauma, and how to support those who are grieving. The morning session will cover types of loss in childhood, how children react to trauma and loss and the effect it has on the developing brain, and how children grieve differently than adults. We will discuss how to support them in the school setting and elsewhere. The afternoon will cover types of loss experienced by adults, how adults grieve, grieving styles, expectations in American society about grief, and how to support adults who have suffered loss or trauma.

Presenter: Terri Gray

Terri is a Grief & Loss Counselor and Coach, certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders & Sciences at Wichita State University, and worked as a speech-language pathologist, serving ages birth through adult, in both private and public schools for 37 years. Working with students with special needs and their families, and experiencing the recent death of loved ones led her to explore the various types of loss and the grieving process. This ultimately led her to become a Certified Grief & Loss Coach and Counselor and hospice bereavement volunteer. She is currently working with her church, Heartland Hospice, and the Wichita Catholic Diocese, presenting workshops and offering counseling and support in the areas of grief and loss.

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Date and Time:  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and Thursday, June 13, 2019 (Both Days Required)   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $200 EACH Session Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 5, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to help current and future educators become fluent in using 21st Century Learning Design Rubrics developed with support of Microsoft. This course will help teachers and administrators have a better understanding of what 21st century skills learners should be practicing in courses. It will provide rubrics to effectively measure if teachers/administrators/environments are providing the opportunity for those skills to be practiced, and coaching/facilitation of those rubrics into current practice.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris is a Clinical Educator with Wichita State University

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Date and Time: Monday, June 24, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 17, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Nervous about jumping into the substitute teaching world? Sign up for an awesome workshop packed with tips for thriving as a substitute teacher! During this workshop, participants will receive resources for substitute teaching, learn how to be prepared for almost any kind of day, and network with other substitutes. The first half of the day we will look at sample sub plans, discuss classroom management, teaching strategies and navigating a school day. In the afternoon, we will practice filler activities and transitions. We will put together a “bag of tricks” with ready to use activities. You will leave this workshop ready to enter the classroom and charm (almost) any group of students.

Presenter: Becky Stanfield

Becky has fifteen years of classroom experience - mostly as a middle school classroom teacher, but more recently as a substitute teacher to allow for a flexible schedule. Becky has worked in almost every grade level setting (even if just for a day) and in 4 different school districts. Becky has taken on several long term substitute positions and has required one for her own class. She misses having her own class, but she loves the variety of meeting new people and learning from other classroom and substitute teachers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Friends University.

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, July 09, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 02, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Need a great way to jumpstart your math period? Want ways to promote accuracy, efficiency, flexibility and communication in math? Number talks may be just what you have been looking for. The focus of this training is to increase student engagement through communication around mental math. Number talks provide a structure to promote a safe community for learners while engaging in 5-15 minute conversations around the concepts and operations of fractions, decimals, and percent’s. Topics that will be explored are: designing purposeful conversations, posing good questions, following student thinking, recording that thinking to make it visible for all students, and the connection to the 8 math practices from the KCCRS. Time will be spent practicing these techniques and viewing examples of number talks in action. Participants will leave with the number talks book which includes sample lessons and videos of various teachers and students engaged in this practice.

Presenter: Renee Smith (Curriculum Specialist)

Renee is an elementary and middle school mathematics specialist at ESSDACK where she facilitates courses around instructional pedagogy aligned to the Common Core Standards. Renee’s passion for engaging, meaningful, hands-on math activities are a part of all of her trainings because she still loves watching “the light bulb” pop on for educators just like it did with students! Renee wants to help change how our culture views math…from a generation that is A-OK with saying, “I HATE MATH!”, to one that values, loves, and wants MORE math! Renee obtained her bachelors degree from Southwestern College and her Masters in Education from Baker University. She has 25 years in the field of education and has presented at the local, state, and national levels. Renee and her partner, Tammy Fellers have developed a line of products tied directly to the common core for use by elementary and middle school teachers during small group instruction time.

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Date and Time:  WEdnesday, July 10, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 03, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop will hit a little bit of everything you need to know to successfully implement a therapy dog into your classroom. We’ll talk about what kind of dog makes the best therapy dog and ideas for where you can find him, why it’s beneficial to have therapy dogs in schools, the logistics and first steps for making your therapy dog goal a reality, training tips, how to read a dog’s body language, the ins and outs of therapy dog testing, and health and wellness of your therapy dog.

Presenter: Don and Brenda Gamble

The presenters for this workshop are Don and Brenda Gamble. This husband and wife team have taught in the Haysville district for many years. Therapy dogs have been a part of Brenda’s classroom for more than 10 years of her teaching career. Both Don and Brenda have extensive dog experience, and they love using their dogs to help others.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 9, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Does the idea of using interactive notebooks with your students sound fabulous, but you just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already use interactive notebooks but are stuck in a rut with them? In this workshop we will discuss why and how to use interactive notebooks in the classroom to help your students become independent and creative thinkers. You will learn some easy ways of getting started with notebooks, everything from setting one up to organizing to creative decorating. By the end of the day, you will have your own notebook filled with great ideas to take back to your classroom. This workshop is great for elementary to high school teachers who don’t mind a day of coloring, cutting, and gluing with some great learning thrown in!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Annie provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 10, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

So you know about interactive notebooks. Or you have at least heard about how great interactive notebooks can be! In this workshop we will be looking at different ways to use the ISN (Interactive Student Notebook) in a language arts or reading classroom. We will look at the benefits of using an ISN in the language arts classroom along with ways to implement them so that your students are independent and creative thinkers and learners. This workshop is a great companion to the Interactive Notebooks with a Twist or just on its own. Either way, you will be ready to start the school year with interactive notebooks in your classroom!

Presenter: Annie Dugan

Annie has twenty years of classroom experience in a Language Arts and Reading classroom. Twelve of these years were spent in Haysville USD 261 at both Haysville Middle School and Haysville West Middle School as an intensive reading teacher. She has a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on reading. She has extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing reading curriculum which focus on research and best practices to maximize learning opportunities in a diverse classroom. Annie provides reading consulting and tutoring through her own practice, Inspired Literacy.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 17, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to use the software or hardware. Even if you do not have a Mimio product yet, the software is a great instructional tool! The training agenda includes the following basic Mimio hardware & software functions: • Navigating the Mimio Studio software tools • Utilizing the Gallery and the Mimio Connect site • Use the screen capture feature for making instructional movies • Create your own dynamic lessons • Use the Mimio tools with other software applications and web sites.

Presenter: Krista Pottier

Krista received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and also has a Middle Level Math endorsement. She taught math at the middle level for 12 years and is currently the K-12 Instructional Math Coach for the Haysville School District. She received her Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University and is also a Certified Trainer for Mimio.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept 04, 2019   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

$35 Per Person

Registration Deadline:  August 28, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Would you be prepared to help a student or staff member until emergency help arrived in the case of a medical emergency? This training will help you do just that and possibly save a life! At the end of the session you will have a 2 year certification for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR through the American Heart Association and be confident in using the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

Presenter: Life Saver Learning

Life Saver Learning has been providing safety training since 1990. President Michael Ferguson and his team of trainers provide training on a variety of topics including CPR, First Aid, Safety, and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and provide certification through the American Heart Association. Michael employs off-duty Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics who will help you feel confident in using life saving techniques.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept 4, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PowerSchool is the number one method to help staff and students know what is going on in school. Not only can you look up class lists, you can email teachers, contact parents, and know the ins and outs of using PowerSchool. Short cuts in life make life easier. That is what this training will do. It will give you the tricks and tips to get the info out of the system that you need. This training will help you on a daily basis! Not only at work – but also at home if you need to get the information before the following day.

Presenter: Keven McDonald

Keven McDonald has been in USD 261 for 26 years. He taught at Campus for nine years, and has since been a middle school counselor. Sad but true – PowerSchool keeps him up at night. So, when he is up he learns how to pass on the information to help others succeed in understanding PowerSchool.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, October 2, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost: FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept 25, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

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Google’s digital platform is great for easily sharing information and assignments between teachers and their students. Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to create more inclusive and collaborative learning environments has continued with the arrival of powerful updates to Office 365 Education. This workshop will focus on how Google Classroom and Office 365 Education enables teachers to engage every learner.

Presenter: Lisa Cundiff and Mark Kane

Lisa Cundiff is the Director of Instructional Technology for Haysville USD 261 public schools. She has a BA in Education from Arkansas State University and a ME in Educational Administration from Wichita State University.

Mark Kane has been involved with the Haysville School District since he was in preschool at Rex Elementary. He graduated from Campus High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Genetics at the University of Kansas. Mark taught two years at Maize South High School. At this time he is a System Analyst for Haysville USD 261, managing different software systems and helping with various technology needs of our students, teachers and staff.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 30, 2019   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $25 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  October 23, 2019

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School is a training designed for K-12 educators to explore how to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During this highly interactive training participants will engage in activities that will help them come away with a better understanding of:
• Definitions and relevant terminology to assist with communication about this topic
• How to be a better ally to LGBT students
• How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBT students
• Data about the issues LGBTQ Youth face

Presenters: Liz Hamor & Daniel English

Liz Hamor - Liz is currently a Stay-at-Home-Mom and part- to full-time GLSEN volunteer. Prior to choosing to stay home to raise her two entertaining children, she taught Kindergarten and Second Grade after earning her Bachelor degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education, and her Masters in Elementary Education with Bilingual and English as a Second Language endorsements. When she’s not cheering on her kids in their various activities or trying to make sure GLSEN Greater Wichita runs smoothly, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading, writing, and capturing her family’s memories in albums. Liz GLSENs when she sees empowered LGBTQ students and allies creating positive change in their schools and communities.
Daniel English - Daniel is the GLSEN Professional Development Coordinator.

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