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. This academy will equip you with the tools you need to be a Teacher Leader in your district!

Dates:  2020-21 School Year:  Sept 22, Oct 29, Nov 24, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30, and May 7  - Meets once monthly for seven months during the school year

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:

Materials Provided:  "Stand Out", "Teach With Your Strengths" and "Good to Great"

Sample Session Topics Include:

  • Situational Leadership
  • Leader Success Stories
  • Understanding Change and Why It Happens
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Tech Tools
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Growth
  • Dealing with Negativity
  • Effective Professional Learning
  • And much, much, more!!

 Informational Brochure  

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 9, 2020   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Cost: $11.30 For All Participants

Registration Deadline:  September 2, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This blended learning course is a combination of eLearning, followed by a hands-on skills session. Prior to the class, students will be provided a link to on-line education, allowing the students to complete this portion of the course at their own pace and at their convenience. The skills session is completed in person and incorporates the online education with hands on training. The eLearning must be completed prior to the day of class.

Presenters: Beth Schutte, RN & Lesley Thomas, RN

Beth Schutte, RN & Lesley Thomas, RN are district nurses with the Haysville School District. Together they have more than 30 years of nursing experience. Beth and Lesley are dedicated to helping you feel confident in using life saving techniques.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept 16, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is not a one size fits all type of lesson. The more unique they are to your students, the better engagement you will have. In this workshop, we will go over the basics of designing fun and powerful PBL lessons. You will be provided with a guide for design thinking as well as resources for each step of the PBL process. This will be a make it/take it type of workshop, so you will want to bring your standards or specific units that you can use to create a project-based learning experience for your students. There will be plenty of work time and collaboration with the hope that you will have a few lessons ready to go as well as a better understanding and ability to create more PBL experiences for your students in the future.

Presenter: Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall is Haysville West Middle School’s Learning Facilitator and has previously worked as a 2nd grade teacher, middle school English teacher, and K-5 Technology Teacher. 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 enjoys creating design thinking lessons for students that are project-based, tech-integrated, and most importantly—fun!

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 23, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Having students with chronic conditions in the classroom can be intimidating and cause stress for teachers and other school staff. The needs of children with chronic illness can be complex and continuous and includes both daily management and addressing potential emergencies. This workshop covers ways to help staff understand the special needs of students suffering from a chronic illness, how to recognize health events that may interfere with learning, and suggestions for appropriate interventions. In addition to other illnesses, conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, ADHD, asthma, and allergies will be discussed.

Presenter: Lesley Thomas

Lesley Thomas, MSEd, RN, NCSN is the Assistant District Nurse for Haysville Public Schools. Lesley holds a Master of Science in Health Education, a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, an Associate Degree in Nursing, and is a Nationally Certified School Nurse. She is also a CPR instructor and teaches classes for the district. She has worked at the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Sedgwick County Health Department, and Wichita Public Schools. While at the ADA, she traveled across the state teaching classes to educators, hospital staff, and other caregivers about caring for children with diabetes. Lesley understands the complexity of managing health concerns in school and seeks to educate staff about student’s illnesses and educate students about their conditions and how to self-manage. She also holds a strong passion for advocating for students to receive the care and accommodations they need to receive the best education possible.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 7, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct 1, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will become more familiar with G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 10 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Friday, October 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct 2, 2020

**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: Thursday, October 15, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 8, 2020

**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 Curriculum & Assessment Director 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: Wednesday, October 28, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct 21, 2020

**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 LGBTQ students

*How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBTQ students

*Data about the issue’s LGBTQ Youth face

Presenter: 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.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct 28, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Help!!! My student doesn’t speak English (or not very well). This is the place to be. During this workshop, participants will learn about technology and scaffolds that will help support non-English and limited English speakers. We will cover family communication and apps that support language translation. Participants will also learn about Google extensions that support language learning to improve instruction in the classroom. Finally, we’ll address simple scaffolds that allow other language learners to access content and differentiation with the English Language Proficiency Standards. You will leave with strategies and tools you can use the next day in your classroom to help you meet the needs of English Language Learners.

Presenter: Ashley Zoglmann

Ashley Zoglmann has worked with students in grades PreK - 5 in a variety of settings including Title One Reading Teacher, Classroom Instructor and Independent Tutor. She is the current ESOL Coordinator for Haysville USD 261 as well as a Certified Reading Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and her Master’s in Education: Reading Specialist/Curriculum and Instruction from Newman University where she also completed her Building Leadership work. Ashley has experience as a District Trainer and enjoys the learning that can happen when educators share their knowledge and collaborate.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  November 10, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will learn the basics about Self-Determination Theory and how this theory can be applied to maximize student engagement and motivation in your classroom. Participants will learn about the basic premises of the Self-determination Theory (SDT), intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, tools to measure motivation, and implications in the classroom environment for K-16.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris Wyant has been educating students since 2005. He has taught in secondary education STEM programs (mostly engineering, math, and science) in both private and public school systems. Chris has BS in General Physics, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education. Chris currently works for WSU as a Clinical Educator, is the director of the Mathematics Education and the Corbin Connect program. Chris specializes in Learning Sciences and Technology Integration and Training.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Nov 11, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will dive deeper into G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 2 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 2 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 10 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday & Thursday, December 2-3, 2020   8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

HAYSVILLE USD 261 STAFF ONLY

Registration Deadline:  Nov 25, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This strand is designed for history/social science teachers (grades 6–12) who are interested in applying rigorous instructional strategies to prepare students for challenging honors and advanced classes. Using primary and secondary sources, participants will engage in Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading strategies (WICOR) as tools for bringing historical inquiry into the history/social science classroom. This strand will teach, model, and coach through the elements of Cornell notes, writing with original thought, primary source analysis, document-based questions, and a range of academic language discussion group activities. This strand is organized to reinforce the strengths of vertical team articulation. Each participant will receive The Write Path History/ Social Studies: Interactive Teaching and Learning Teacher Guide.

Presenter: Casey Meier

Casey Meier has taught for 17 years at Campus High School and currently teaches World History and International Baccalaureate 20th Century History. His roles at Campus include AVID Site Coordinator and Social Studies Department Chair. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Education from Baker University. Since 2011 he has been an AVID National Staff Developer presenting History/Social Science through High Engagement & Inquiry as well as Content Area Writing.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Dec. 2, 2020

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will gain some ideas and develop a writing plan to be used in the classroom. Come to the workshop with an idea of where you would like your grade level students to be by the end of the year and a list of units you would like to insert writing. The morning will be a review of the writing process and ways each of the steps can be utilized in any ELA unit. The afternoon will be spent developing presentations, worksheets, assignments, and procedures to use in the classroom. You will leave with materials appropriate for your grade level and ideas to help improve your students’ writing skills.

Presenter: Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer Alexander has twenty-five years of experience teaching high school English, 9- 12 College bound English for ten years, and 7 -8 Language Arts for the last 15 years. She currently enjoys her weekdays with her 7- 8 graders at Haysville West Middle School. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern College in 1990 (5- 9 in science and 5-12 in English) and completed her Masters of Arts in Education at Friends University in 2018. Watching the “lightbulb” turn on reflected in her students’ reactions brings a great sense of accomplishment and pride as she hopes her students learn to become independent learners and communicators.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 27, & Thursday, January 28, 2021   8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  January 20, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of thenm 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 proplem 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: Thursday, February 11, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Feb 4, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will become more familiar with G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 10 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  February 17, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Participants will learn the basics of implementing Problem/Project Based Learning in their classrooms. Discussions will center around the Gold Standard Project Based Learning Rubrics provided by the PBL Works and Buck Institute for Education. Session will focus on differentiating between project vs. Project/Problem Based Learning, process for creating effective PBL, assessing PBL, and insights/experiences to help with smooth implementation of PBL in your classroom.

Presenter: Chris Wyant

Chris Wyant has been educating students since 2005. He has taught in secondary education STEM programs (mostly engineering, math, and science) in both private and public school systems. Chris has BS in General Physics, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education. Chris currently works for WSU as a Clinical Educator, is the director of the Mathematics Education and the Corbin Connect program. Chris specializes in Learning Sciences and Technology Integration and Training.

Information Brochure

Date and Time: Wednesday, March, 2021   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 10, 2021

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will dive deeper into G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 2 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 2 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 10 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

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