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New Teacher Academy

Chronological Listing of Sessions


Date

Time

Title

Presenter

August 1
4

8:30
-

3:30

The Right Start: Classroom Organization and Management
-

Secondary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure f
or establishing a classroom management system. There
will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching. Some of the ideas that will
be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connectin
g instruction to classroom
management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline. There will be a separate
meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 1
5

8:30
-

3:30

The Right Start: Classroom Organization and Management
-

Elementary Education

This workshop will have participants leaving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system. There
will be practical ideas for starting the year off and manag
ing the regular tasks of teaching. Some of the ideas that will
be shared include administrative responsibilities; room arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom
management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline. Th
ere will be a separate
meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

August 1
6

8:30
-

3:30

The Right Start: Classroom Organization and Management


2
nd

& 3
rd

Year

This workshop will have participants le
aving with a structure for establishing a classroom management system. There
will be practical ideas for starting the year off and managing the regular tasks of teaching. Some of the ideas that will
be shared include administrative responsibilities; roo
m arrangement; connecting instruction to classroom
management; paper grading/assessment; parent communication and student discipline. There will be a separate
meeting room for elementary teachers and another for middle school teachers.

Laurie VanSteenkist
e

September 1
3

4:30


7
:30

A Framework for Professional Practice: New Teacher Academy Orientation

For 10 years the MISD has successfully empowered new teachers through a unique curriculum that offers the skills
and knowledge they need to become confident

life
-
long learners so that students meet high standards. The
presentation will demonstrate our approach, with an emphasis on research
-
based strategies, a meaningful framework
for teaching that outlines measures relating to quality teaching organized into

four domains: Planning and
Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities. NTA faculty will present an
overview of the workshops that will be offered and explain the BlackBoard tool available to NTA participants.

NTA I
nstructors

September
2
0

4:30


7
:30

Working with Parents: Perspectives and Strategies

Facilitators representing parent, teacher and administrator perspectives will discuss principles and strategies for
positive parent teacher working relationships. Roun
d table discussions will center on such issues as holding effective
parent
-
teacher meetings, conducting and maintaining positive communication with parents and tactfully informing
parents of problems. Interactions, questions, and discussion of participant
s will be encouraged.

Mel Miller and guest
speakers

September 26

4:30


7
:30

Michigan State ASSIST Website


Laurie VanSteenkiste

September 28

4:30


7
:30

Creating the Culturally Responsive Classroom

Teachers will expand their awareness and enhance their
preparedness to teach culturally diverse student populations.
The session will help participants to: 1) examine personal perceptions and understand their impact on student
achievement; 2) analyze different approaches to implementing a multicultural educat
ion.

Su McKeithen
-
Polish

October
2

4:30


7
:30

Reflecting on Your First Month of School

During this session participants will reflect on their first month of school. Participants will highlight their successes an
d
identify areas of improvement. Areas to

be explored will be the four domains: Planning & Preparation, Classroom
Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities. Action plans will be written to address areas of
improvement.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

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Date

Time

Title

Presenter

October
4

4:30


7
:30

Parent/Teacher
Conferences

This session will give new participants practical tips to ensure positive interactions with parents during parent

teacher
conferences. A practice session will be incorporated within this professional development session to prepare teachers
for

the possible unexpected.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

October 11

4:30


7
:30

Using Cultural Responsive Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Students

Participants will examine principles and guidelines for meeting the needs of diverse students. The Sheltered

Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) model that help teaches work more effectively with ELL students who are
studying content topics while learning English will be shared.

Su McKeithen
-
Polish

October 18

4:30


7
:30

Understanding Students of Poverty:

The Ruby Payne Model

Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students of poverty. The hidden rules of economic
class and strategies to overcome the obstacles of poverty will be discussed. Teachers will look at possible ways to
i
mprove achievement and behavior of the economically disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Kathy Kropf

November
1

4:30


7
:30

Blackboard.com

and Other IT Resources from the MISD

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classro
om. This online course toolkit can help you organize
assignments, produce online tests and manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a
login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately. Additional IT resources will be present
ed.

Frank Miracola and
Jim Wenzloff

November
6

4:30


7
:30

Planning and Preparation

Charlotte Danielson’s book
Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching
, she outlines measure
related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each w
ith several components.
Planning and Preparation

is
concerned with the teacher’s skill in engaging students in learning the content, and includes the wide range of
instructional strategies that enable student to learn. This session will offer participant
s conversations around the
participant’s evolving knowledge of instruction. The Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Instruction
Rubric will be discussed
.

Laurie VanSteekiste

November 8

4:30
-
7:30

OPEN?


November 14

4:30


7
:30

Teacher Certifica
tion

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching. During
this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your teaching certificate renewal. This session will
give you info
rmation to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career
opportunities in education.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

November
15

4:30


7
:30

What Works in Social Studies Classrooms: Understanding Social Studies Using the
Mich
igan Curriculum Framework

When content, instruction and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases. Participants
will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework social studies standards and benchmarks and best instructional
st
rategies for all learners.

Mel Miller

November 2
0

4:30


7
:30

Blackboard.com

and Other IT Resources from the MISD

Come learn how to use Blackboard.com in your classroom. This online course toolkit can help you organize
assignments, produce online tests an
d manage electronic discussion boards. All registered attendees will receive a
login ID to begin using Blackboard immediately. Additional IT resources will be presented.

Frank Miracola and
Jim Wenzloff

November 2
7

4:30


7
:30

What Works in Science Classr
ooms: Understanding Science Using the Michigan
Curriculum Framework

When contents instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases. Participants
will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Science standards and

benchmarks and best practice
instructional strategies for all learners.

Mike Klein/Paul
Drummond

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Date

Time

Title

Presenter

November
28

4:30


7
:30

Working with Homeless Students & Domestic Violence: What You Need To Know!

Do you have a homeless student in your classroom?

This wo
rkshop will address how best to identify and assist homeless students in your classroom/school.

Are you doing all you can to meet their basic and academic needs?

How does domestic violence affect children and families? School safety procedures will be di
scussed.

You will also be given information on community resources available to assist these special students.

Kathy Kropf

November 29

4:30


7
:30

Science MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint science teachers with the des
ign of the science MEAP assessment. A
review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items. Samples of student
responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Paul Drummon
d

December
4

4:30


7
:30

What Works in Language Arts Classrooms



Elementary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessment area aligned student achievement increases. Participants
will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework English lang
uage arts standards and benchmarks and best
practice instructional strategies for all learners.

Kathy Markel

December 1
1

4:30


7
:30

ELA MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint English language arts teache
r
s with the design
of the ELA MEAP
assessment. A review of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment items. Sample
of student responses, scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Elaine Weber/

Guest S
peaker

December
12

4:30


7
:30

Math MEAP Planning & Preparation

The purpose of this session is to acquaint mathematics teachers with the design of the MEAP assessment. A review
of the released test form will give teachers concrete examples of assessment
items. Samples of student responses,
scoring guides, and annotations on scoring will be made available to participants.

Marianne Srock

December
13

4:30


7
:30

Working with Your School Counselor

Participants will discuss a variety of topics in working wit
h your school counselor. Topics will include:



Reasons to send a student to talk to counselor.



What are duties of a school counselor?



What are the differences between the school counselor, school psychologist and school social worker?

There will be some han
ds
-
on

activities. The remaining time will focus on social/emotional/behavioral concerns that
new teachers would want to be aware of in their students.


Sarah Thompson

January
8

4:30


7
:30

All Things Digital: Simple Technology Solutions for At
-
Risk Stude
nts

Take advantage of all things digital. Discover practical strategies and great resources for using electronic text and
media to support struggling readers and writers. Explore creative ways to use Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other
software so ALL s
tudents succeed. Discover the wealth of digital resources available to support literacy and learning
so all students succeed.

Sue Hardin

January 9

4:30


7:30

Special Education: Working with Your Paraprofessional

College prepares the beginning teacher f
or many things regarding students. Seldom do these schools prepare the
new teacher about how to work with Para Professionals. These support staff are a valuable additions to the classroom
if used to their best potential. Otherwise, they can be one more per
son to manage. Supervision of staff can be
troublesome for the new teacher. In this session we will discuss building a working relationship, how to delegate, what
to delegate and what to manage yourself. We will also spend time discussing how to deal with
conflict between staff,
and addressing philosophical differences between teachers and para
-
professionals.

Chris Kinney

January 2
4

4:30


7
:30

What Works in Math Classrooms: Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum
Framework Elementary

When conten
t, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases. Participants
will understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice
instructional strategies for all learners.

Mar
ianne Srock

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Date

Time

Title

Presenter

January
31

4:30


7
:30

What Works in Math Classrooms: Understanding Math using the Michigan Curriculum
Framework Secondary

When content, instruction, and local and state assessments are aligned student achievement increases. Participants
wil
l understand the Michigan Curriculum Framework Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks and best practice
instructional strategies for all learners.

Marianne Srock

February
5

4:30


7
:30

How to Meet the Academic Needs of Special Education Students in Core Are
as

Modifying and accommodating elementary and middle school students. Addressing the academic and behavior
needs of special education students around instruction.

MISD School Staff

February
2
7

4:30


7
:30

Public Relations: Building Communications

You go
t the job! Now it is time to develop a positive rapport with parents and community members. Learn
more about public relations skills to promote a positive image of you, your classroom and your
instructional style.

Kathy Kropf

February 7

4:30


7
:30

Unders
tanding Students of Poverty: The Ruby Payne Model Follow Up

This is a follow up to November 15, 2005. Participants will examine Ruby Payne’s model for understanding students
of poverty. The hidden rules of economic class and strategies to overcome the
obstacles of poverty will be
discussed. Teachers will look at possible ways to improve achievement and behavior of the economically
disadvantaged student by rethinking instruction and discipline.

Kathy Kropf

March
7

4:30


7
:30

Creating a Community in Yo
ur Classroom: How to Facilitate Bully
-
Free Relationships

(Elementary)

This experiencial event will focus on strategies for the classroom teacher to implement and create a respectful
classroom.

Lucy Smith

March
12

4:30


7
:30

Motivating Students

This sess
ion will focus on student motivation. The participants will have a better understanding of why it is important
to connect with their students and how this feeling of connectedness improves relationships and motivates students.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

March
13

4:30


7
:30

Emotional Literacy: Building a Caring Community of Learners

Learn about emotional literacy using a framework that focuses on social and academic competency. Explore the
biology of learning and discuss how emotion is the gatekeeper to perfo
rmance. Learn strategies for fostering the
development of emotional literacy in the classroom.

Julie Lemond

March
20

4:30


7
:30

Differentiated Instruction: The Complex Issues of Academically Diverse Classrooms

Participants will create a vision of effec
tive heterogeneous school communities through differentiated instruction.
Learn how teachers in a academically diverse classrooms can address student differences in readiness, interest, and
learning profile in order to provide a genuine challenge for each

learner.

Julie Lemond

March 26

4:30


7
:30

Teacher Certification

The documentation of your professionalism will be essential as you move through your fist years of teaching. During
this session we will discuss updating your portfolio, applying for your
teaching certificate renewal. This session will
give you information to prepare for opportunities, meet certification deadlines, and explore continued career
opportunities in education.

Laurie

VanSteenkiste

April 2
4

4:30


7
:30

Professional Responsibilit
ies Dialogue Session: Reflecting on your Teaching Practice

In Charlotte Danielson’s book
Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching
, she outlines measure
related to quality teaching organized into four domains, each with several components
. Conversations on
Professional Responsibilities
, concerned with the teacher’s knowledge of reflecting on his/her teaching and
fostering of relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community, will spotlight the session.
The Maco
mb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Professional Responsibilities

Rubric will be discussed.

Laurie VanSteenkiste

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Date

Time

Title

Presenter

May
2

4:30


7
:30

Finale: Maintaining Professional and Respectful Teacher/Student Relationships

The teacher
-
student relationship is a c
ritical aspect to students' success in the secondary level classroom. Much
research and development has gone into tracking student achievement data and comparing student performance to
state standards and national norms. However, successful classroom teach
ers recognize that students are most
concerned with being embarrassed and fearing failure. Observe for a moment a large group of students in a school
setting and it is easy to see that their acceptance by peers far outweighs any letter grade from a teacher
.


This session focuses on the need for teachers to manage the interpersonal climate of their classrooms as much as all
other aspects of their teaching. Student learning is most productive when teachers focus on relationships and not
procedures.

TBD