Spring 2023 - Professional Development

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  • Accessible Literacy Framework


    Instructor: Natalie Porter McCuistion
    Date: Saturdays - March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 29th, and May 6th
    Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
    Independent Work Expectations: 10 Hours
    Location: Kimball ES
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course covers how to provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The essential components of reading instruction—phonological awareness, sound blending, initial phoneme segmentation, letter-sound correspondence, decoding and shared reading—are framed to address students with complex communication needs.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Best Practices of Integrating Technology to Enhance Student Engagement and Assessment


    Instructor: Julian King 
    Class Meeting Dates: Saturdays - April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
    Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Asynchronous Work Expectations: 10 Hours 
    Location: Online
    Cost: Registration Fee Required


    This course will focus on the research and instructional practices of educators (Pre-K-12) effectively planning, creating, and utilizing Google Classroom (Learning Management System), MS 365 Teams, MS 365 OneNote, MS 365 Sway, MS 365 SharePoint, MS 365 Forms, and MS 365 Stream for instruction, student learning, and assessment. It will provide teachers opportunities to implement best practices in face to face, hybrid and/or distance learning. Additional educational technology included is Seesaw, Edpuzzle, Kahoot, Screencast-o-Matic, Vimeo Playposit, and Flipgrid will be used to create meaningful learning activities as well as creating instructional videos. Students will also be tasked with applying for a technology grant that will provide teachers additional resources to enhance their instruction. The course content is aligned to the DCPS Four Pillars of Hybrid Learning, social emotional learning, and the Trauma- Responsive Schools Model Core 4. ISTE Student Standards will also be applied. 

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s. 

  • Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

    Kimball ES

    Instructor: Vincent Pope
    Date: Saturdays, April 1st., 8th, 15th 2023 & May 6th, 13th, 20th 2023
    Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    Location: Kimball ES
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    Teachers learn how to successfully incorporate music into their lessons in order to improve outcomes and make learning come alive in their classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the historical periods of western music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. The research presented provides insight into the lives of the great composers and their compositions. We study the political, social, economic, and cultural times in which the music was created. Participants learn about the compositional styles of famous figures of the musical periods while listening, viewing, and discussing each musical piece. The course also presents a synthesis of research on arts integration in public schools in the United States and the history of integrating the arts into teaching. Teachers gain knowledge of how the arts can play a vital role in the development of the whole child.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or three graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Beginning Reading Instruction

    Kimball ES

    Instructors: WTU President Jacqueline Pogue-Lyons & Joann Cornish
    Date: Saturdays - March 11th, 18th, April 22nd, April 29th, May 13th
    Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
    Location: Kimball ES
    Cost: Registration is required

    This course focuses on how children learn to read and the best ways to teach beginning reading from pre-K to the end of the primary grades. Because the course contains considerable information on how students develop basic decoding skills, it is also useful for teachers and support staff working with older students who are still having difficulty with decoding and fluency. The course presents a synthesis of the research consensus for beginning reading instruction; and it provides the most effective instructional strategies—aligned to research that will help students develop phonological and phonemic awareness, knowledge of the alphabetic system, phonics/decoding skills, print awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University

  • National Board Certification


    Instructor: Maria C. Angala
    Class Meeting Dates: Fridays - April 28th, May 5th, May 12th, May 19th, and May 26th
    Times: 4:30-7:30
    Asynchronous Work Time: 10 Hours
    Location: Online
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    The class is composed of a series of comprehensive review sessions designed to provide interested National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification — all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment. Session 1: Focus on Body of Knowledge and Content Knowledge. Session 2: Differentiation in Instruction. Session 3: Teaching Practice & Learning Environment. Session 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner. Session 5: Foundations in Practice for Components 2, 3 and 4.

    Participants may earn 20 PLU’s.

  • SEL for Adults


    Instructor: Dr. Persephone Brown
    Class Meeting Dates: Saturdays, May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd.,10th
    Times: 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Asynchronous Work Time: None
    Location: Online
    Cost: Registration Fee Required

    This course will cover ways to promote SEL in your life, better assist your students with managing their emotions, build more positive relationships with others and make mindful, proactive decisions. In this mini-course, participants will explore the dynamics of SEL for adults, as well as developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. Best practices for creating and cultivating a positive school year will also be examined. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

    Participants may earn 25 PLU’s.

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