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.

Summer Tech Camp 2022

Week one: June 14-16

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit through WSU for $60 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions.

Registration:  Click the button below and complete the online form to register.

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2022

Below is a list of the classes offered during the first week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop. CAMP BROCHURE

Once a class reaches capacity, it will be noted as "*FULL*" under the session time (AM/PM). You are still welcome to register for the class. You will be added to a waiting list and will be notified if/when a spot opens up.

Tuesday, June 14

Session Class
AM
*FULL*
Engaging Sites & Games
Presenter: Caleb McCaffree
AM
Jammin' With Jamboard
Presenter: Amber Marshall
PM
Using Quizizz to Make Your Lesson Interactive
Presenter: Connie Schaef
PM
*FULL*
Tidy Up Your Google Workspace
Presenter: Amber Marshall

Wednesday, June 15

Session Class
AM
Google Slides for Digital Notebooks
Presenter: Miranda Buff
AM
*FULL*
Easy Websites With Google Sites
Presenter: Amber Dougan
PM
*FULL*
Canva
Presenter: Brenda Kobler
PM
Power Up Google Classroom With Apps That Integrate
Presenter: Amber Dougan

Thursday, June 16

Session Class
AM
Making a Splash With Google Slides
Presenter: Alisha Ewertz
AM
*FULL*
Tech Smackdown With the Ambers
Presenter: Amber Dougan & Amber Marshall
PM
Autocrat
Presenter: Alisha Ewertz
PM
*FULL*
Engaged & Ready for the Takeoff
Presenter: Amber Marshall

Summer Tech Camp Panel

Summer Tech Camp 2022

Week one:  June 21 - 23

AM Session: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

PM Session: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, Out of District: $50 per class & $5 off each additional session.

**Graduate credit available**
Earn 1 graduate credit through WSU for $60 for attending any combination of four half-day sessions.

Registration:  Click the button below and complete the online form to register.

Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2022

Below is a list of the classes offered during the first week of Tech Camp – See the brochure for a complete description of each workshop. CAMP BROCHURE

Once a class reaches capacity, it will be noted as "*FULL*" under the session time (AM/PM). You are still welcome to register for the class. You will be added to a waiting list and will be notified if/when a spot opens up.

Tuesday, June 21

Session Class
AM
Using Technology to Teach Math K-5
Presenter: Connie Schaef
AM
Level Up Your Google Game
Presenter: Stacey Ryan
PM
Building a Thinking Classroom Using Technology: Math 6-12
Presenter: Connie Schaef
PM
*FULL*
Say Hello to HyperDocs
Presenter: Stacey Ryan

Wednesday, June 22

Session Class
AM
*FULL*
You'll Flippity for Customized Learning
Presenter: Marcia Hersh
AM
Adobe Spark
Presenter: Stephanie High
PM
Tap Into Learning With Tiny Tap
Presenter: Marcia Hersh
PM
Spicing Up Slides
Presenter: Rebecca Barton

Thursday, June 23

Session Class
AM
Personalizing the Web
Presenter: Lisa Cundiff
AM Wonderful Websites
Presenter: Rachel Nally
PM
The Basics: Getting Started With Your Chromebook Classroom
Presenter: Mark Kane
PM
Teachermade & KAMI
Presenter: Anthony Fulton

Date and Time: Friday, April 22, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 15, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Participants will gain clarity by moving beyond vague advice on how to manage challenges to developing a clear, practical skill set. This will increase the participant’s ability to navigate challenges more successfully. Participants will grow and leave with a personal plan with emphasis in three areas of skill development:

Physical Regulation – A clear awareness of physical warning signs and master effective ways to promote a sense of emotional safety
Emotional Regulation – Identification, healthy expression, and empowering ownership of emotions
Cognitive Regulation – Identify and challenge unhealthy thinking patterns, encourage optimism, and how to get psychological needs met in healthy ways.

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.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, June 7, 2022   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to EVEYONE

Registration Deadline:  May 31, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This seminar helps women understand the unique life circumstances associated with their longevity and finances. We will discuss spending and savings techniques, acknowledging your money mentality, and planning for today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Presenters: William Benjamin & Adeline Johnson with Equitable

We help people with holistic financial planning through addressing the human and emotional needs first. We are based in Andover at Terradyne Country Club and serve over 1,000 households across: Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 14, 2022   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 7, 2022

**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. NOTICE: If you start the online piece of this training and then cancel, or if you aren’t able to attend the in person session, you will need to pay a $10 fee.

Presenter: Beth Schutte, RN & Dr. Clint Schutte

Beth Schutte is the district nurse for the Haysville School District and has over 26 years of nursing experience. Dr. Clint Schutte is an administrator with the Haysville School District and has experience as a firefighter and teacher. They are excited to provide you the knowledge and confidence to save a life.

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Date and Time: Monday, July 18, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 11, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

How do we address learning loss at a classroom level, and our competencies, and standards, and social-emotional needs, and... and... and... Let's come together! This workshop series is about great strategies to teach all the different learners in our classrooms. We will demystify the elementary ELA competencies, learning loss, standards and empower participants to know - You've got this!

Presenter: Katie Perez

Katie Perez has served as a learning consultant at ESSDACK since 2015. A former Region 1 Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year, she earned her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a K12 Reading Specialist endorsement and a Building Administration endorsement from Fort Hays State University. Katie believes that classroom instruction should include relevant, hands-on learning opportunities in which students are authentically engaged in project-based learning. A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma-informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007. She says, “Hope guides me in all endeavors. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people to encourage, inspire, and build great lives.”

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Date and Time: Wednesday, July 20, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 13, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop will focus on the benefits of using a therapy dog in schools, the logistics that need to be considered prior to bringing a therapy dog to school, specific uses for a school therapy dog, the basics of reading dog body language, what to expect on standard therapy dog certification tests, tips to achieve health and wellness for your therapy dog, and more. A fully certified therapy dog will be present during class. Please do NOT bring your own dog.

Presenter: Don & Brenda Gamble

This husband-and-wife team have taught in the Haysville district for many years. They have trained several of their own dogs to be therapy dogs. Brenda has used a therapy dog in her classroom for most of her teaching career. Besides training for therapy work, the Gambles have also trained 2 of their dogs to be nationally certified air scent search and rescue dogs.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 21, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 14, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It includes feelings, thoughts, and behaviors when a loss has occurred. Grief can result after an array of losses beyond death (Ex: Life post‐pandemic) and collective grief is a loss event shared by a group or community. The emotions surrounding grief can catch us off guard and if not fully faced and swept under the rug, can grow to be a bigger issue that comes around at unexpected times and in crippling ways. When we dismiss grief, we are also dismissing life. When we think that we are separate from grief, or - rather, that our grief needs to be separate from us, we perpetuate suffering around this multilayered emotional experience. (To see more, click on the Information Brochure below.)

Presenter: Jodi Grover

Jodi believes that every child should have every opportunity to reach his or her full potential. She has spent over 28 years as a school teacher, counselor, administrator and educational consultant in Kansas. Jodi has spent her career as a prek-12 counselor, business teacher, college and career director, and school administrator which has given her a view through a variety of lenses to approach social-emotional and mental health for students. Along with serving as a Crisis Specialist for ESSDACK assisting districts with prevention and recovery, Jodi holds the position as the Chief Education Operations Officer of VIBE (Virtual Interactive Based Education) focusing on social, emotional and mental health assessments.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 14, 2022

**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 12 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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Date and Time: Friday, October 7, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 1, 2022

**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, BS, 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.

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Date and Time: Thursday, November 3, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 27, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Designed with an eye toward the general education setting, participants emerge with tools ready for immediate implementation. The focus is on development of supports for the most challenging student in the class, the one for whom referral to the School Support Team may be under consideration. Utilizing a neurological perspective, setting conditions (school, community, and home) are explored. Factors explaining behavioral concerns are identified, supports are initiated, and data are kept regarding student response to supports. This learning experience is appropriate for administrators, general education teachers, and special education staff. Processes taught are effective at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels.

Presenter: Linda Aldridge, Ed.D.

Linda Aldridge, Ed.D. has worked in Kansas schools since 1983. In both general and special education roles, as a teacher and administrator, she is committed to continual improvement of services through relationships with school personnel, families, and students. Determined to model best instructional practices, participants learn through active involvement. Laughter and fun – guaranteed! But come with your learning caps on; when Linda teaches, you WILL go home with new tools in your box! Linda is an Associate Professor at Emporia State University. She also consults with the KS State Department of Education (KSDE) and Technical Assistance Support Network (TASN). In her spare time, Linda is owner of a consulting firm, laLearn, LLC.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 13, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  July 13, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

We all recognize the importance of building relationships with students, but how do we get there? In this workshop you will gather ideas to grow your team while having FUN! We will engage the senses and spark our imaginations. Create activities that you and your students actually enjoy doing!

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather Seachris is an Art teacher at Haysville West Middle School. She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught at the elementary, middle and college levels. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and her masters in education from Friends University. A wife, mother, and adventurous traveler, Heather never wants to stop learning and exploring.

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