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On-site Classes Week 1: June 22 to 25, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, MD

 

  • Teaching the Gifted   Syllabus     Textbook 1      Textbook 2

    • This course is designed to increase the understanding of the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners. It will focus on instructional strategies for elementary and middle school gifted students. It will cover these topics: rationale for gifted education, myths about gifted education, characteristics of the gifted, needs of the gifted, identification of the gifted, instruction programming for the gifted, an overview of the PGCPS TAG program models, major elements of the differentiated classroom, instructional and classroom management strategies. Assignments include maintaining a portfolio, designing lessons and activities, and completing an individual or group presentation. Designed for teachers of students in grades 2-8.

 

  • Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction Grades 3 to 8     Syllabus    Textbook

    • This course will examine best practices for planning and delivering mathematics instruction.  Instruction will focus on using formative assessments to inform instruction, developing family partnerships, and differentiating instruction for all learners. Mathematics topics will focus on algebraic thinking, diagnosing math misconceptions and errors, measurement, data, and probability. Participants will be engaged in hands-on activities, problem solving, authentic tasks, and active learning activities that exemplify best practices.  Participants will be responsible for a small group presentation on a portion of the text, planning a family involvement project and presenting on the project, and implementing and reflecting on a formative assessment.

 

  • Materials for Reading Instruction    Syllabus    Textbook

    • This course is designed to assist teachers in selecting and evaluating materials for teaching reading and related skills that are consistent with the findings of scientifically based reading research. Teachers should leave this course with an understanding of research-supported programs, approaches, and methods, so that they can address different levels of reading proficiency within the classroom and enable students to become strategic, fluent, and independent readers. Participants will use a variety of texts and other materials to promote student independent reading. Participants will be prepared to involve parents and members of the school and surrounding community to promote daily reading inside and outside of school.

 

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Syllabus  no textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • An overview of autism spectrum disorders for teachers. We will examine the characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism. Participants will explore current issues and best practices in providing educational services that meet the unique characteristics and need of students with autism. The first half of this course will focus on definition, diagnosis, causes, intervention and program planning. The second half of this course will examine specific intervention strategies (involving ABA, TEACCH Model, and Self- Regulation).

 

  • Positive Classroom Management   Syllabus    Textbook to be purchased on 1st day   CLASS IS FULL.

    • A course dedicated to exploring sets of skills teachers use to create and maintain positive classroom (and school) climate and culture. As a result of this course, the student will have knowledge of and competence in:

      effective relationship-building and maintenance, effective classroom management, effective embedment of social skills/character ed/values development, engaging lesson-building and delivery, and how to create and maintain school wide systems ALL staff can buy into.

 

  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2) Syllabus   no textbook

    • This course teaches secondary level teachers strategies to support reading comprehension in the content areas such as English, math, social studies, and science.  The course will assist participants in learning how to integrate the processes of reading, writing, and literature in their content areas.  Specific attention will be directed to ELL students and ways to use technology to assist instruction.

 

  • Differentiated Instruction: Addressing the Needs of All Learners     Syllabus   Textbook

    • Participants will build both a conceptual and a practical understanding differentiated instruction (DI). Characteristics and key elements of differentiated instruction will be explored as well as beliefs that guide the DI model. Participants will analyze how differentiated classrooms differ from traditional classrooms as well as engage in various learning activities through which they will learn about teaching strategies designed so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs will have equal access to the curriculum.  Specifically, participants will examine how to differentiating instruction by varying content, process, and product through strategies such as tiering, compacting, and choice among others.  Challenges to adopting DI will also be discussed.

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Summer Institute 2015 Classes
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On-site Classes Week 2: June 29 to July 2, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bais Yaakov, Baltimore, MD

  • Successful Classroom Management for the Early Childhood Classroom Syllabus   Textbook

    • An overview of classroom management skills for the early childhood classroom.  We will examine how young children behave in the context of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), and explore a variety of methods to support children’s behaviors challenges. The first half of the class will focus on DAP and setting up systems to help children succeed in the classroom, and the second half will give tips and tools for behaviors management.  This class looks at early childhood education through a lens of respect, seeing the children as capable, competent and powerful.

 

St. John Regional Catholic School, Frederick, MD

 

  • Educating Children with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in the Traditional Classroom Syllabus     no textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • Research is increasingly demonstrating that, in many cases, the optimal learning environment for students with mild and moderate disabilities is the regular education classroom. This creates a need for all educators to be skilled in the instruction of both typical learners and students with special learning needs.  This course will focus on providing administrators and teachers with the skills and insights needed to successfully include students with mild and moderate in regular education classrooms.

 

Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School, Easton, MD

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder  Syllabus   no textbook

    • An overview of autism spectrum disorders for teachers. We will examine the characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism. Participants will explore current issues and best practices in providing educational services that meet the unique characteristics and need of students with autism. The first half of this course will focus on definition, diagnosis, causes, intervention and program planning. The second half of this course will examine specific intervention strategies (involving ABA, TEACCH Model, and Self- Regulation).

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Online Session 1: June 22 to July 2, 2015
 
  • Methods of Reading Instruction  Syllabus   Textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • This course is designed to provide classroom teachers the research-based best practices, techniques and strategies in reading instruction.  Learners will explore how observation, interpretation, and evaluation result in effective, efficient instructional planning for each of the stages of literacy development.  Learners will focus on strategies for managing and allocating instruction time while developing the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) as they relate to the implementation of a comprehensive reading program.  

 

  • Processes and Acquisition of Reading  Syllabus    Required Textbook    Optional Textbook

    • This course explores an instructional approach for teaching literacy skills: speaking, reading, spelling, and writing.  It also addresses fluency, comprehension, orthographic knowledge, and writing from an emergent to advanced level.  Students examine how observation, documentation, interpretation, evaluation, and planning result in appropriate instruction based on children’s strengths and needs.  The course also focuses on the process of language development, including the impact of phonemic awareness and how the brain responds to reading acquisition.

 

  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 1)  Syllabus    Textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • This course teaches strategies to support reading comprehension in the content areas.  The course will assist participants in learning how to integrate the processes of reading, writing and literature into their content areas.  Participants will learn strategies to support readers at varying literacy levels in order to give students the opportunity to understand, explore and share knowledge.

       

  • The iPad Ready Classroom: Keys (and Apps) to Untethered Learning   Syllabus   no textbook

    •      CLASS IS FULL.  This course is designed to answer the question “What place do iPads have in the classroom?”  The course will examine, and answer, this question through reviews of case studies, review and evaluation of Apps and evaluate App-Centric lessons.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to share thoughts, ideas and tips with one another.  Upon completion of this course, participants will have a working knowledge of how to effectively incorporate iPads into their classrooms or schools as well as in their professional realm.

 

  • Using Student Assessment Choice to Motivate Student Learning  Syllabus   no textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • Differentiation is the structuring of lessons to suit the needs of multiple learning styles in a classroom.  In this course we will explore differentiation of products (assessments) as a means to increase student motivation and task completion.  We will explore what differentiation of product is and why it is successful.  You will leave this course with lessons that you can use in your own classrooms and the tools necessary to create more.    

 

  • Google Apps in Education  Syllabus     Textbook    Second section added.

    • This course will help educators learn to use Google’s web-based applications as an educational tool to empower themselves and students to develop authentic, relevant, and digital learning opportunities anywhere — using a computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

 

  • Differentiation in the Math Classroom (K-6)   Syllabus  no textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • Gifted and talented students require differentiation in all curriculum areas and in thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively. Tools are needed to address their needs, to engage them, and challenge them, on a continuous basis. This course will help you identify bright and gifted students will give you tools and resources that can be utilized in your classroom to challenge and engage the learner in the math classroom.  Students will have an understanding of best practices and strategies to start differentiating immediately.

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Online Session 2: June 29 to July 9, 2015
 
  • Materials for Reading Instruction  Syllabus  Textbook

    • This course is designed to assist teachers in selecting and evaluating materials for teaching reading and related skills that are consistent with the findings of scientifically based reading research. Teachers should leave this course with an understanding of research-supported programs, approaches, and methods, so that they can address different levels of reading proficiency within the classroom and enable students to become strategic, fluent, and independent readers. Participants will use a variety of texts and other materials to promote student independent reading. Participants will be prepared to involve parents and members of the school and surrounding community to promote daily reading inside and outside of school.

 

  • Assessment for Reading Instruction Syllabus   Textbook   CLASS IS FULL.

    • This course is designed to support teachers in becoming proficient users of classroom-based assessments and assessment data. Instruction focuses on the purpose of assessment, types of assessment tools, and the administration and use of valid, reliable formal and informal assessments of reading. Participants will show that they can use assessment data to guide instructional decisions.

 

  • Utilizing Today’s Technology in the 21st Century Classroom Syllabus    no textbook

    • Technology and twenty-first century teaching are often cited and studied together. But just what skills are necessary to prepare our students to thrive and learn now and in the future. This class will study many definitions of effective twenty-first learning skills to discover a personal plan for future teaching. We will read current literature about strategies for engaging our students and create educational ideas to develop our own understanding and definition of twenty-first century teaching. We will model many of the ideas we research as we communicate, collaborate, create and plan together in the Blackboard environment. In each module participants will read, review, summarize, discuss and create with technology. This course including the final project will require 45 hours of work to complete the MSDE requirement for 3 re-certification credits. The curriculum will encourage participants to organize their own tasks, accumulate their own knowledge and be a part of group discussions, and collaborate with other participants to develop your own learning strategies.

 

  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Part 2)   Syllabus   Textbook 1   Textbook 2 CLASS IS FULL.

    • This course teaches strategies to support reading comprehension in the content areas. The course will assist participants in learning how to integrate the processes of reading, writing and literature into their content areas in order to give students the opportunity to interact and reflect on the information that they are acquiring. Participants will learn strategies to support English Language Learners and reluctant readers in building academic vocabulary and confidence.

 

  • Using Technology in the Teaching of Reading and Math Syllabus   no textbook CLASS IS FULL.

    • One of the benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction for the diverse learner. Meeting the needs of every student in every lesson aids in student achievement. Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences. This course will focus on strategies for teaching reading and math strategies in the classroom. Please note this course is eligible for recertification credit, but not for credit towards the reading requirement(s).

 

  • iPad Integration and Professional Learning Networks...All the Tricks of the Trade   Syllabus   Textbook 

    • This course will offer teachers of all grade levels ideas for best practice for implementing various forms of technology into strong dynamic, lesson plans (most of the focus will be on iPad implementation but the course will touch on other forms of technology as well). Imperative to an effective 21st Century classroom is strong classroom management and planning. We will create amongst the class a “professional learning community” and learn how to reach out for the resources needed to find success in a classroom when teachers are facilitators and students drive their own learning in a one to one environment.

 

  • Using Technology in the STEM Classroom     Syllabus     no textbook

    • In today's 21st century classroom, technology is not only readily available but its use is implied as the current industry standard.  Both students and teachers are bringing their handheld devices to the classrooms and have access to the web at their fingertips.  Teachers are expanding their classroom to include the internet, technology and media in all formats.  This class is designed for teachers of all grade levels and content areas to learn different ways to bring technology into their STEM classes through grading procedures, presentations, social media, apps, and online assessments.   Participants in the class will investigate methods of integrating technology as well as make decisions about when using technology would work and when it won't in their own environment and setting.

 

  • Differentiation in the Math Classroom (Grades 6-12) Syllabus    no textbook

    • Considering the varying learning needs of the students in our classrooms, teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively.  Not only can the differentiation of instruction address student needs, but it also helps to engage learners and challenge them appropriately.  This course will help you to identify when differentiation is needed and will give you some strategies and resources that can be utilized in your classroom to help you challenge and engage the learners in your mathematics classroom. 

 

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Early Childhood Short Courses
These courses offer continuing education clock hour credits for Early Child hood educators.  Participants taking the Tues. class will receive 6 clock hours.  The two short courses on Weds. will offer 3 clock hours each.  For more information on the Early Childhood courses, please call Pearl Rosensaft at 845-304-1267.
 
  • Overview of Positive Solutions for Families Sessions Tues.  June 30, 2015.  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $20 fee.
    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has developed an evidence-based, user-friendly parent training series of six sessions to help professionals working with parents to promote positive and effective parenting behaviors in order to promote children’s social and emotional development and address the challenging behavior and mental health needs of children in child care and Head Start programs.
 
  • Observation and Documentation (Using Portfolios) Weds.  July 1, 2015.  9:00 a.m. to noon $10 fee.
    When we sit beside and get to know young children, we can effectively document their growth to share with their families so that together we can provide the very best opportunities to support their development. In this workshop we will discuss observation and documentation and identify how to create effective portfolios that connect to standards and provide us with valuable information enabling us to facilitate children’s learning.
     
  • Creativity in the Classroom (A Project Approach) Weds. July 1, 2015.  1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  $10 fee.
    This approach focuses on being intentional in facilitating children’s learning by building on their interests. Meaningful curriculum is founded on trust in the power of play. In this workshop we will look at the importance of providing time, space, materials, and permission for children to explore and make sense of their world through ongoing projects that  result in true life discovery.
 
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