Institute Day Program

Next Generation Science Standards

Intended Audience: K-4th Grade

Standards: Learning Communities, Outcomes

Time: 9:00-9:40

Length: 40 minutes

Room: 101

Presenter(s): Donna McDonald, Lauren Harris, Michelle Hanley, Katie LoPresti & Wendy Nystedt

Description: This session will begin with an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We will examine how the standards are different from previous science standards and what the authors of the NGSS were hoping to achieve. We will then break up into grade level groups to delve into the science standards for each grade level. The presenters are K-4 grade teachers who have taken NGSS coursework and will share with participants the units they created. They will also share additional resource they have found useful in planning and instruction.

Lauren Harris: I have been teaching kindergarten in the district for twelve years. I have taken an NGSS class through St. Francis as well as attended a two day conference hosted by the Illinois Math and Science Academy. I have my masters in reading from University of St. Francis.

Michelle Hanley: I have been teaching 3rd grade for 26 years. I attended Northern Illinois University for my Bachelor’s in Education and Illinois State for my Masters in Reading. I often travel to California and Arizona to visit my family.

Donna McDonald: I have worked in District 201 for 24 years as both a kindergarten teacher and a first-grade teacher. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I received my Reading Specialist degree from Olivet University and have taken additional coursework in ELA Common Core, Math Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards all through the University of St. Francis. I enjoy teaching young students and engaging and channeling their enthusiasm for learning.

Kathryn LoPresti. Fourth grade teacher at Walnut Trails. I’ve been teaching for sixteen years as part of Minooka CCSD 201. I have a masters degree in Reading from St. Xavier University. A few years ago, I attended the first NGSS class offered through the district. I was able to create an entire unit based upon the 4-PS3 Energy standard. Although the original unit has been modified over time, the goals and final project remain the same.

Wendy Nystedt: I’m in my 26th year of teaching. I started out teaching music and now am currently in my 13th year in the 3rd grade classroom. I’ve been in Minooka for 23 of those teaching years.

Using Data to Drive Instruction

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Data

Time: 9:50-10:30

Length: 40 minutes

Room: 122

Presenter(s): Michele Schluntz

Description: In this session, participates can expect to receive a practical guide to improve instruction through the use of student data. Topics of discussion include: framework for decision making, assessments, analysis of assessments, and actions to take based on data. Elementary examples will be presented to demonstrate the various stages.

Dr. Michele Schluntz has been an elementary teacher for Minooka District 201 since 2006. Her areas of expertise include collective teacher efficacy, curriculum development, data driven instruction, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Schluntz received her Master in Art in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis (2006), and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University (2018). When she is not reading about the next best practice in education, Dr. Schluntz enjoys creative outlets such as photography and crafting, and watching NIU Huskies take on the sports world. Along with her teaching duties, Dr. Schluntz is currently consulting on implementation of professional learning communities (PLCs).

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities

Time: 11:20-12:00

Length: 40 minutes

Room: 122

Presenter(s): Michele Schluntz

Description: Participants of this session will walk away with an accurate definition and understanding of PLCs. The presentation begins with an overview of PLCs and the critical questions that drives the work. Discussion on implementing a PLC and challenges that may arise will complete the session’s discussion.

Dr. Michele Schluntz has been an elementary teacher for Minooka District 201 since 2006. Her areas of expertise include collective teacher efficacy, curriculum development, data driven instruction, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Schluntz received her Master in Art in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis (2006), and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University (2018). When she is not reading about the next best practice in education, Dr. Schluntz enjoys creative outlets such as photography and crafting, and watching NIU Huskies take on the sports world. Along with her teaching duties, Dr. Schluntz is currently consulting on implementation of professional learning communities (PLCs).

Three Rivers Library System - Teacher Resources

Intended Audience: EC-8th

Standards:

Time: 1:00-1:40

Length: 40 minutes

Room: 110

Presenter(s): Sarah Robertson & Amber Maxwell

Description: This session will talk about Teacher Cards, Relevant Databases, and school/Library Partnerships.

Sarah Robertson is the Adult Services Manager for the Three Rivers Library System

Amber Maxwell is the Youth Services Manager for the Three Rivers Library System

Introduction to Atlas

Intended Audience: All

Standards: Learning Designs

Time: 9:00-9:40 / 10:40-11:20. Each Session will be followed by a 40 minute collaboration time session if you would like to delve into what you have learned.

Length: 40 minutes

Room: 122

Presenter(s): Dr. Joshua Ruland

Description: The District has begun using the Atlas system to develop and document district curriculum. Come learn how to use the Atlas system to access the district curriculum and begin mapping your own units of study.

Joshua Ruland has been involved in curriculum and assessment design for over ten years. He is a power user of Atlas and a recovering English teacher and educational system trouble maker.

Rubicon Atlas Understanding by Design (UbD)

Intended Audience:

Standards:

Length: All Day

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Room: MJHS LRC

Presenter(s): Ashley G. Brown

Description:

NWEA MAP Skills Tools (Limit 40 per session)

Intended Audience: 3rd-8th

Standards: Data

Length: 3 hours

Time: 9:00-12:00 / 1:00-3:30

Room: MIS Library

Presenter(s): Luann Byerly

Description: MAP Skils

NWEA MAP Skills Checklists (Limit 40 per session)

Intended Audience: K-2nd

Standards: Data

Length: 3 hours

Time: 9:00-12:00 / 1:00-3:30

Room: Junior High Learning Lab

Presenter(s): Bill Demaree

Description: MAP Skils

Using Whole Brain Teaching Techniques in the Classroom

Intended Audience: 1st - 6th Grade, Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities, Learning Designs, Implementation, Outcomes

Length: 40 minutes

Time: 9:00-9:40

Room: 111

Presenter(s): Megan Bersano, Sarah Peterson & Delaney Bolte

Description: Whole Brain Teaching is a student engagement strategy that emphasizes on active learning while using the whole brain to actively learn and practice new concepts. During whole brain learning, teachers may use broad motions, repetitive sayings, and engaging body language and tones to engage their learning. It creates and builds a more active classroom atmosphere, while students are encourage to visualize, draw, and act out what they are learning.

Mrs. Sarah Peterson has been teaching third grade at Aux Sable Elementary for 5 years. She completed her undergrad at Illinois State University where she earned a degree in Biology. She decided to go back to school to complete her masters in Elementary Education.

Mrs. Delaney Bolte has been teaching third grade within the district for three years. She completed her undergrad at the University of St. Francis where she obtained a dual degree in Elementary & Special Education. Currently, she is one course away from receiving her masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University and will graduate in May of 2019.

Megan Bersano has been teaching second grade at Aux Sable for 4 years. She completed her undergrad at the University of St. Francis where she obtained a degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master of Arts in Education: Reading Specialist degree from Olivet Nazarene University in May of 2018.

Engaging Readers with Meaning and Purpose

Intended Audience: 1st-6th

Standards: Learning Designs, Outcomes

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 10:40-12:00

Room: 109

Presenter(s): Jason Garner

Description: In this session, we will explore strategies that help learners engage with a text and find meaning within the author’s words. The strategies presented are from the Notice and Note books by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Noticing Signposts in fictional text that the author has naturally used within the text can be a powerful way to help readers make inferences, make connections, identify themes, and explain how characters develop. Likewise, noticing Big Questions and Signposts in nonfiction text can lead readers to become more aware of inferences, bias, point of view, and important details.

This is my eleventh year teaching in Minooka. I taught fourth grade for nine years at MES, and this is my second year teaching fifth grade at MIS. I like to drink water, milk, and chocolate milk. I’m a simple guy.

Using Responsive Classroom to create a Positive Environment

Intended Audience: K-4th

Standards: Learning Communities, Learning Designs, Implementation

Length: 40 minutes

Time: 9:50-10:30

Room: 101

Presenter(s): Anita Stimac, Melissa VanAsdlen, Jackie Hoessler & Chelsea Cotton

Description: This session will provide an overview of the essential components of the Responsive Classroom Model. Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching K-6 students that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. The components that will be focused on are Morning Meeting, Closing Circle, quiet time, and behavior management.

Chelsea Cotton, 4th grade teacher at Minooka Elementary School for 6 years.

Anita Stimac, Kindergarten teacher at Minooka Elementary School for 6 years.

Jaclyn Hoessler, 1st grade teacher at Minooka Elementary School for 9 years.

Melissa VanAsdlen, Kindergarten teacher at Minooka Elementary School for 4 years.

Differentiating Instruction

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Implementation

Length: 40 minutes

Time: 9:00-9:40

Room: 122

Presenter(s): Michele Schluntz

Description: Participants of this session can expect to have a further understanding of the essential components needed in establishing a successful differentiated learning environment. Such components that will be discussed are: what is differentiated instruction, managing a differentiated classroom, and lesson planning for differentiated instruction.

Dr. Michele Schluntz has been an elementary teacher for Minooka District 201 since 2006. Her areas of expertise include collective teacher efficacy, curriculum development, data driven instruction, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Schluntz received her Master in Art in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis (2006), and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University (2018). When she is not reading about the next best practice in education, Dr. Schluntz enjoys creative outlets such as photography and crafting, and watching NIU Huskies take on the sports world. Along with her teaching duties, Dr. Schluntz is currently consulting on implementation of professional learning communities (PLCs).

Co-Teaching: First Semester Reflections

Intended Audience: Certified co-teaching pairs, not classrooms that have assistants

Standards: Learning Communities, Resources, Data, Learning Designs

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 9:00-10:30 / 10:40-12:00

Room: 107

Presenter(s): Susan Mizeur & Lisa Breese

Description: Do you have questions about how to deal with situations in a co-teaching setting? Who grades, who plans, who answers emails? Come join us as we talk about our first year of co-teaching together. We will discuss all of those questions as well as how to handle uncomfortable situations.

Susan is an 8th grade language arts teacher. She has taught a total of 19 years. She spent 7 years in Arizona where she taught both middle and high school levels. She has been at MJHS for 12 years. She has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

Lisa is a special education teacher at Minooka Junior High. She has been teaching in Minooka for the past 12 years. She has a masters in Special Education and a bachelors in Elementary Education.

Susan and Lisa have attended a National Train the Trainer Institute on co-teaching. They both have experience in co-teaching settings and this year are co-teaching together.

Using Google Classroom and Google Forms to Differentiate Assessment

Intended Audience: 3rd-8th, Special Education

Standards: Resources, Implementation

Length: 40 minutes

Time: 9:50-10:30

Room: 111

Presenter(s): Rachel Klode & Shelly Papp

Description: We will be sharing ways to easily and practically implement different grouping for in-class activities and classroom assessments. This includes real examples of modified assessments and practical easy ways to share them with different groups. We will also show you how to use Google Forms to make grading easy and fast. Time will be included to create assessments and troubleshoot.

Rachel Klode: I have been teaching science at the Junior High for 7 years and have worked over the past couple of summers as one of the 6-8 Science Curriculum Developers. Within recent years, we have seen an increased number in the amount of students with diverse needs included in our science (and all general education) classes, and I'm constantly looking for ways to ensure their needs are met while also be practical and easy to implement regularly and seamlessly with my "everyday routines". I attended the University of St Francis in Joliet and live in Channahon with my husband, daughter, and dog.

Stop the Bleed Training

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 1:00-1:40

Room: MIS Gym

Presenter(s): Morris Hospital Health Care Centers

Description: This presentation will help you respond to an uncontrolled bleed during a trauma situation. Participants will learn how to react and remain calm in a crisis situation. Participants will also have hands on learning to use a tourniquet and how to pack a wound. This presentation is designed for all staff members.

Team members are trained medical professionals

Youth Mental Health First Aid - An Overview

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 9:00-10:30

Room: 103

Presenter(s): Kelly Hitt - Grundy County Health Department

Description: A young person you know could be struggling with a mental health illness or going through a crisis situation. Learn an action plan to help! This overview will take staff through the surface layer of assisting our students with mental health needs and trauma. After this in-service, if staff are interested, Minooka CCSD 201 can host a four part workshop delving deeper into youth mental health.

Special Education Cadre

Intended Audience: Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 10:40-12:00

Room: 111

Presenter(s): Jan Schmitt (Collaboration-Not a Presentation)

Description: This cadre meeting is for Special Education Teachers to meet with their same grade level colleagues from other buildings. Teachers will collaborate on the following topics: interventions, special education programming, scheduling, IEP goals, and data collection.

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Intended Audience: EC-8th, Special Education

Standards: Learning Communities

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 10:40-12:00

Room: 105

Presenter(s): Easter Seals, Autism Support Program

Description: In this training, staff will gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This in-service will explore diagnostic criteria, the primary characteristics of ASD, and an overview of universal supports and interventions.

Beyond the Slideshow: Using Google Slides in the Classroom

Intended Audience: 1st - 8th

Standards: Learning Designs, Outcomes

Length: 80 minutes

Time: 9:00-10:30

Room: 109

Presenter(s): Jason Garner

Description: This session will look at a variety of ways to use Google Slides in creative ways for learners to show their knowledge and understanding. Ideas for math, language arts, science, and social studies will be explored. Ultimately, the focus will be on generating your own ideas for using Google Slides to meet the needs of your teaching and classroom.

This is my eleventh year teaching in Minooka. I taught fourth grade for nine years at MES, and this is my second year teaching fifth grade at MIS. I like to drink water, milk, and chocolate milk. I’m a simple guy.

Google Apps

Intended Audience: 1st-8th

Standards: Resources

Length: 40 minutes

Time: 10:40-11:20

Room: 101

Presenter(s): Kelly Sowinski

Description:

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