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There is something for everyone on "A Day of Exploration at Nashoba!"

Location: Luther Burbank and Mary Rowlandson, Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

Schedule:
  • 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. Sessions followed by 10:05 a.m. Sessions 
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Lunch
  • At 1:00 p.m. all staff will meet in their Job Alike for vertical and horizontal curriculum discussions or pre-determined topics.  

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Friday, March 10
 

8:00am

Assessment and Progress Monitoring with enVisionmath
Limited Capacity seats available

With the guidance of a Pearson instructor, participants will learn about the variety of assessment tools available within enVisionmath.  The main focus will be on creating and using online formative and summative assessments tools and analyzing the data generated using these tools.  The workshop will end with an open Q&A session that can focus on any unaddressed needs.  Once registration is set, participants will be contacted to gather input on the exact structure of this session.  K-5 staff are the target audience.

Outside Presenters
Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-133 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Authentically Inclusive Teaching and the Brain
Limited Capacity seats available

This two hour session is an introduction to brain-based learning and the influence of factors including cultural proficiency.  

Important Notes:

  • Grades 6-12 Paraprofessionals will be attending this same session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during Job Alike. If you are a Grade 6-12 paraprofessional, please add different session during this time.
  • During the summer academy in June, participants will have the opportunity to experience a two day workshop exploring inclusive systems and practices leveraging brain-based learning in greater depth.  You are not obligated to the attend the two day workshop in the summer by attending the two hour session on March 10th.  All are welcome!
Description:
“Too often, we focus on only doing something to [or for] our diverse [learners] without changing ourselves, especially when our students are dependent learners who are not able to access their full academic potential on their own.” Zaretta Hammond (from Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, 2015)
Productive struggle is a term used to describe the sweet spot of learning - not too easy, not too hard, and anchored in something that feels important.  Research shows that productive struggle grows brain power required to help dependent learners emerge as independent learners because of the brain’s neuroplasticity.  Culturally responsive teaching stimulates the brain’s neuroplasticity by creating connection, removing barriers, and decreasing threats.  The amygdala can be triggered to shut off learning pathways (withdraw, shut down, disengage)  if a student feels judged, excluded, invalidated or can be triggered to persevere and engage when a student feels included, believed in, cared for, and inspired.  According to Zaretta Hammond, creating an inclusive, culturally responsive environment is contingent upon building an environmental mindset that includes Awareness, Learning Partnerships, Information Processing and Community.  A critical foundation of each of those four dimensions is self-reflection, or what many social scientists and inclusion experts refer to as “inside-out work.”    This workshop will model culturally responsive, inclusive techniques to deliver content that will assist participants in that foundational self-reflective inside-out work required to advance a culturally responsive environment.  
You will learn about the connections between neuroscience and inclusive practices, will experience interactive activities that model some of the practices that can promote neuroplasticity, will engage in self-reflection, and will leave with resources for taking your journey further.
In this session participants will learn to:
  1. Explore the key concepts in the marriage of neuroscience and culturally responsive teaching.
  2. Interactively unpack dimensions of diversity and the elements of the Cultural Proficiency Model.
  3. Interactively engage in individual and collective self reflection (inside-out work)
  4. Identify intentions and strategies for next steps.
  5. Access resources for learning more.

Outside Presenters
NA

Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad

Assabet Valley Collaborative, Director of Consultation Services
NB

Nhang Bang

Nhang is an English Learner Teacher at the the Fowler School in Maynard.
CC

Cathy Cummins, Ed. D.

Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
Cathy Cummins, Ed. D. | Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
KK

Kim Kusiak

Consulting Psychiatrist, Assabet Valley Collaborative

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Mary Rowlandson Library (B-117) 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Motivation and Mindset
Limited Capacity full

Gain an understanding of mindset as it relates to our students. Explore instructional practices and resources to instill a growth mindset in learners.  Outcomes of this session will provide educators with practical strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, and attitudes toward learning. 
Target Audience: Grades K-5

Facilitators
AD

Abby Davis

Mary Rowlandson
PN

Paige Nystedt

Mary Rowlandson


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank Library (C-147) 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

PBS LearningMedia: Free and Classroom Ready for Grades 6-12 Educators
Limited Capacity full

In this interactive, hands-on session, you will come away knowing how to search, save, share and effectively use digital resources found in PBS LearningMedia, a free service from WGBH and PBS. After a guided introduction, there will be ample time for you to explore on your own, ask questions and work with your colleagues. Tips for effectively searching and a sneak peek at upcoming content will be featured. One lucky attendee will take home a WGBH goodie bag.

Facilitators
avatar for Alexandra Akdikmen

Alexandra Akdikmen

Instructional Technology Specialist, Mary Rowlandson
PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, Dedicated to lifelong learning and knowledge sharing

Outside Presenters
avatar for Carolyn Jacobs

Carolyn Jacobs

Senior Manager, WGBH (Boston PBS TV Station)
Carolyn Jacobs, Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement at WGBH Education

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM C- 180 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Enhancing Opportunities for Engaging With the Science and Engineering Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will have the opportunity to explore several of the 8 science and engineering practices in the MA K-12 STE Framework and how to design classroom experiences that support students in developing these practices.  Participants will have time to apply their learning by modifying/outlining a lesson or experience that addresses an STE standard at their grade level. The target audience is Grades 6 - 12 teachers.  However, teachers at other grade levels are welcome.

Outside Presenters
JF

Jake Foster

Consultant, WGBH
Jake Foster recently left the MA Department of Education where he led the development of the state’s science, technology/engineering, mathematics, and computer science standards and curriculum frameworks, state-funded STEM professional development opportunities, and support for districts.  | Jake is currently supporting WGBH in Boston to develop media-rich digital resources that use representations, data, and models from various... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-170 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Meet The Freakes: An Introduction to The Arts Immersion Approach to Learning Across Disciplines
Limited Capacity filling up

Experience an introduction to in-depth study of a single work of art. Topics across disciplines intersect through the exploration of this work of art. As an example for this workshop, we will examine a well-known portrait of a mother and child from 17th century Boston. A study of one exemplary work will lead students down many avenues of exploration, with opportunities for interdisciplinary and differential learning. A variety of concepts using a range of teaching modalities, including project-based learning, will be discussed. A work of art in any medium (visual art, music, literature, etc.) can be employed for this Arts Immersion Approach.
All educators are welcome.

Facilitators
JL

Jane Lattimore

Mary Rowlandson


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-185 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Get Inspired with Adobe Spark
Limited Capacity filling up

Come get inspired with Adobe Spark, a free online and mobile graphic design app that allows you to easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that help tell your own story. Explore how you can Adobe Spark to teach concepts, assess learning, and prepare your students for success as digital communicators. This session will focus on the power of Digital Storytelling and is aimed at teachers wishing to start their journey in understanding and using digital tools to create captivating digital stories, presentations, and communication.

On mobile, the Spark collection is a trio of apps Adobe – called Spark Post; Spark Page; and Spark Video.
Come get inspired to tell your story! Adobe’s suite of creative apps make it easier than ever to communicate digitally and can be used across all content areas.
Presentaiton Page/link 

Learning Outcomes
In this workshop, you’ll:
  • Review the main features and functionality of Adobe Spark.
  • Create and share an Adobe Spark project.
  • Explore sample Adobe Spark classroom projects.
#nashobalearns #nashobapd

Facilitators
avatar for Mary Marotta

Mary Marotta

InstructionalTechnology, High School
Technology Integration Teacher, PD Consultant and Adjunct Faculty GCE Fitchburg State University. Passionate about teaching and learning.


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-123 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

GoAnimate for Education
Limited Capacity filling up

GoAnimate for Schools is a safe and secure platform where teachers and students can create and share animated movies. The tool gives you the opportunity to create your very own animated videos. You can customize everything from characters and scenery to text and audio. GoAnimate offers an easy to use version (students simply enter text and the video animated on its own) to a more complex version (students can customize all aspects of the video). Students and teachers alike can make any content area come to life with GoAnimate! During this workshop, you’ll: Learn the interface of GoAnimate Learn how to create student accounts Preview exemplary projects Learn how to make your own video Create your own masterpiece!

Facilitators
avatar for Stephanie Potito

Stephanie Potito

Instructional Technology Teacher, Florence Sawyer
Middle School Instructional Technology Specialist. Formerly High School Social Studies and AP Psychology teacher.



Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-125 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Discover the Osmo Gaming Kit
Limited Capacity seats available

Change the way your students interact with an Apple iPad. The Award Winning Osmo Wonder Kit, opens the door to active learning experiences. The Osmo game system is an iPad accessory that consists of a stand, a camera attachment, and some specially designed games: Numbers, Masterpiece, Newton, Words, Tangram, and Coding. Workshop participants will explore the kit, learn how to best use it in the classroom, how to take advantage of the ever growing Osmo curriculums that are available and learn how to create your own custom word albums. This new dimension in learning allows students to use critical and creative thinking skills during physical play and fosters learning in key areas such as: creative problem solving, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and common core.
Coding teaches logic and problem solving skills.
Tangram fosters spatial relational skills.
Words teaches spelling and critical thinking skills.
Newton fosters creative problem solving skills.
Masterpiece teaches drawing and creative confidence.
Numbers teaches counting, addition and multiplication.
Come play, learn and get ready to bring Osmo to your classrooms. We will review the host of educational resources available on the Osmo website at www.playosmo.com/en/.
You can bring a kit from your classroom or some will be available for you to use.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KBxRgoGTmnlMsforemgGNxypCPrI1IqOagFLU2fq_MY/edit

Facilitators
MF

Mary Fitch

Instructional Technology Teacher, Florence Sawyer



Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-184 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

“Let Me Show You What You Can Do with Google!”
Limited Capacity full

The “Let Me Show You What You Can Do with Google!” workshop will provide teachers and paraprofessionals with a greater understanding and knowledge of the resources available through Google Chrome. This will allow them to help their students better access curriculum in order to succeed in a digital learning age. Using multiple applications and extensions, teachers and paraprofessionals will be able to create a variety of engaging and enriching activities for their students in all disciplines and learning levels.

Facilitators
KM

Kyle Moulaison

Instructional Technology Specialist, Hale


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank Computer Lab 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

'Cutting the Carbon' Environmental Engineering
Limited Capacity seats available

With the adoption of the new 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/ Engineering standards, all grade levels are implementing a variety of engineering practices. Engineering experiences are most meaningful when designed from real world problems, and climate change meets that critical requirement. Participants will be taught about the dysregulation of the carbon cycle via a variety of technological tools, such as Climate Explorer and NASA Climate Images. Participants will also be provided with the resources for environmental engineering experiences, such as designing carbon capture systems for industrial and personal use. The use of hydroponic planting systems, sustainability of the world food supply, the albedo effect on solar radiation, as well as the availability of safe drinking water worldwide will be explored.

Grades K-8 Educators

Facilitators

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-178 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Anxiety and School Performance
Limited Capacity full

Anxiety that students experience not only challenges academic progress, but also significantly affects behavior. This workshop will review how anxiety affects student behavior and performance, and strategies that can be employed to help students effectively manage the demands of school and home. Presented by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.

Outside Presenters
DG

David Gotthelf

Middlesex Partnership for Youth


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Mary Rowlandson Auditorim 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

When Kids Don't Play Nice
Limited Capacity filling up

Dozens of parents and professionals have expressed their concern with the social
difficulties children experience. The social isolation, rejection and humiliation
children experience every day is heart wrenching. Playing nice requires the
personal intelligences and this session covers field-tested ways of developing
both. This workshop is appropriate for anyone working with elementary and early
childhood.

Outside Presenters
JF

Jeannine Fitzgerald

Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning
Jeannine Fitzgerald is a Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, and Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:55am
Mary Rowlandson Cafeteria (A-137) 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

Rookie Rugby for Physical Education Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Rookie Rugby is a safe non-contact introduction for both boys and girls to Rugby, a major international sport which returned to the Olympics last summer.  Players will develop catching/passing, movement, communication and teamwork skills in an easy to learn game that has near continuous action.  This class will involve learning to lead Rookie Rugby classes by participation in Rookie Rugby games and activities.  Teachers will be introduced to curriculum materials and supporting information. 
Target Audience: Physical Education Teachers

Outside Presenters
BG

Bill Good

President, MA Youth Rugby Organization
Bill Good, President, MA Youth Rugby Organization

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:30am
Center School, Gymnasium 403 Great Rd., Stow, MA

8:00am

Reader's and Writer's Workshops in the Middle Years
Limited Capacity filling up

The LBMS ELA vertical team will meet to extend our learning from our Internship at Nancy Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning.  We will focus on identifying and implementing best practices for  Reader's and Writer's Workshops at LBMS.  We will document our work using Google Communities, inviting district colleagues to share our learning.

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-119 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

SBIRT In Schools: Implementation Essentials
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop requires an additional registration through Boston University - SHIELD (School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development)
Add the workshop to your Schedule and then  Click here to register for this workshop through BU SHIELD 


Description:

This three (3) hour SBIRT skill building workshop, lead by MASBIRT trainers, is designed for school health personnel who will be directly involved in implementing SBIRT in their schools. Implementation planning requires working through logistics and clinical questions. This session will give participants opportunities to discuss implementation questions and concerns. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop strategies for responding to challenging situations that come up during screening students. Substance use screening and interviewing requires a specialized set of skills that require practice to master. This session provides opportunities to practice and build experience with Motivational Interviewing and Brief Intervention skills that were taught in SBIRT I – Introduction. This session will also provide participants with knowledge and skills to help motivate students to change unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and other drug use.
Building-level teams will spend the fourth hour planning SBIRT pilots and discussing specifics of implementation of the NRSD SBIRT Plan for SY17-18.
Contact Donna Linstrom (dlinstrom@nrsd.net) if you have not participated in an SBIRT 1 training.

NOTE: This workshop is mandatory for middle school and high school nurses, guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, and interventionists. MS and HS administrators invited to attend the first hour (8-9 a.m.).



Outside Presenters
EW

Enid Watson

Massachusetts SBIRT Trainer

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-169 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

8:00am

ESL Curriculum and Program Development
Participants will (1) revamp progress reports, (2) streamline curriculum and (3) plan a Parent Night. 

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
High School ESL Office 12 Green Road Bolton, MA

8:30am

Exploring the EMK Institute
Limited Capacity seats available

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. EMK website

The EMK Institute has abundant resources including interactive exhibits and public programs Public Programs. On March 10th, there is an opportunity to observe in a 2.5 hour Senate Immersion Module (SIM) using technology and a hands-on approach to learn about representation and the legislative process. SIM Information Sheet 
A bag lunch is recommended.


Friday March 10, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
Edward M. Kennedy Institute University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) campus, 100 Morrissey Boulevard

8:30am

Mass Archives: What's it all about?
Limited Capacity seats available

This tour begins at 10:00 a.m.
To ensure the preservation and accessibility of the records of government. To provide assistance to government agencies. To provide leadership to ensure the preservation and accessibility of Massachusetts's historical heritage. To develop an appreciation of the value of historical records. The Massachusetts Archives serves the Commonwealth and its citizens by preserving and making accessible the records documenting government action and by assisting government agencies in managing their permanent records. The Archives provides leadership in preserving historical records and ensuring that those records are known and valued by citizens, students, and scholars. Mass Archives

Mass Archives has many rich resources and opportunities for educators, including a digital gateway to the Boston Massacre. The museum features both permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits as well as web exhibits. On March 10th, there is an opportunity to participate in a 90 minute tour and view a variety of primary source and curriculum materials. The end of the day will culminate with an opportunity to talk with Dr. Stephen Kenney, the Education Director.
A bag lunch is recommended.


Friday March 10, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
The Massachusetts Archives 220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

10:00am

Authentically Inclusive Teaching and the Brain
Limited Capacity full

This two hour session is an introduction to brain-based learning and the influence of factors including cultural proficiency.  
Important Notes:

  • Grades 6-12 Paraprofessionals will be attending this same session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during Job Alike. If you are a Grade 6-12 paraprofessional, please add different session during this time.
  • During the summer academy in June, participants will have the opportunity to experience a two day workshop exploring inclusive systems and practices leveraging brain-based learning in greater depth.  You are not obligated to the attend the two dayworkshop in the summer by attending the two hour session on March 10th.  All are welcome!
Description:
“Too often, we focus on only doing something to [or for] our diverse [learners] without changing ourselves, especially when our students are dependent learners who are not able to access their full academic potential on their own.” Zaretta Hammond (from Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, 2015)
Productive struggle is a term used to describe the sweet spot of learning - not too easy, not too hard, and anchored in something that feels important.  Research shows that productive struggle grows brain power required to help dependent learners emerge as independent learners because of the brain’s neuroplasticity.  Culturally responsive teaching stimulates the brain’s neuroplasticity by creating connection, removing barriers, and decreasing threats.  The amygdala can be triggered to shut off learning pathways (withdraw, shut down, disengage)  if a student feels judged, excluded, invalidated or can be triggered to persevere and engage when a student feels included, believed in, cared for, and inspired.  According to Zaretta Hammond, creating an inclusive, culturally responsive environment is contingent upon building an environmental mindset that includes Awareness, Learning Partnerships, Information Processing and Community.  A critical foundation of each of those four dimensions is self-reflection, or what many social scientists and inclusion experts refer to as “inside-out work.”    This workshop will model culturally responsive, inclusive techniques to deliver content that will assist participants in that foundational self-reflective inside-out work required to advance a culturally responsive environment.  
You will learn about the connections between neuroscience and inclusive practices, will experience interactive activities that model some of the practices that can promote neuroplasticity, will engage in self-reflection, and will leave with resources for taking your journey further.
In this session participants will learn to:
  1. Explore the key concepts in the marriage of neuroscience and culturally responsive teaching.
  2. Interactively unpack dimensions of diversity and the elements of the Cultural Proficiency Model.
  3. Interactively engage in individual and collective self reflection (inside-out work)
  4. Identify intentions and strategies for next steps.
  5. Access resources for learning more.

Outside Presenters
NA

Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad

Assabet Valley Collaborative, Director of Consultation Services
CC

Cathy Cummins, Ed. D.

Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
Cathy Cummins, Ed. D. | Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
KK

Kim Kusiak

Consulting Psychiatrist, Assabet Valley Collaborative

Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Mary Rowlandson Library (B-117) 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

PBS LearningMedia: Free and Classroom Ready for Grades PreK - 5 Educa
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interactive, hands-on session, you will come away knowing how to search, save, share and effectively use digital resources found in PBS LearningMedia, a free service from WGBH and PBS. After a guided introduction, there will be ample time for you to explore on your own, ask questions and work with your colleagues. Also, tips for effective searching will be presented.

Facilitators
avatar for Alexandra Akdikmen

Alexandra Akdikmen

Instructional Technology Specialist, Mary Rowlandson
PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, Dedicated to lifelong learning and knowledge sharing


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C- 180 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Planning and Teaching with enVisionmath
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop, facilitated by a Pearson instructor, will focus on reviewing enVisionmath tools that are available to teachers for planning and implementing units and lessons within the program.  Participants will have time to explore the resources available for implementation online or in print and to use these in planning an upcoming lesson.  The workshop will end with an open Q&A session that can focus on any unaddressed needs.  Once registration is set, participants will be contacted to gather input on the exact structure of this session.  K-5 teachers are the target audience.

Outside Presenters
Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-133 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

NRHS US History Working Group
Limited Capacity seats available

The HS Social Studies teachers engaged in this group will identify priorities for a new US History text, look at sample texts, share individual perspectives on those samples, and decide on a new US2 / US1 text for our US History courses for the 17-18 school year.

Facilitators
LS

Leo Sakellarion

High School
High School Social Studies Dept. Chair


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-116 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Using Science Notebooks to Capture Students’ Thinking
Limited Capacity full

Science notebooks are a great way to incorporate inquiry and literacy into science and engineering.  Participants in this session will explore the use of science notebooks in helping students express their thinking, synthesize science ideas, and communicate their work with the science and engineering practices. The session is open to both current users of science notebooks and those who wish to implement them as a regular part of the science and engineering classroom.
Teachers in grades K-5 are the target audience.  However, teachers from other grade levels are welcome.

Outside Presenters
JF

Jake Foster

Consultant, WGBH
Jake Foster recently left the MA Department of Education where he led the development of the state’s science, technology/engineering, mathematics, and computer science standards and curriculum frameworks, state-funded STEM professional development opportunities, and support for districts.  | Jake is currently supporting WGBH in Boston to develop media-rich digital resources that use representations, data, and models from various... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-170 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Implementation of Hyperdocs and Digital Tools in the 1:1 Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop we will see how the 1:1 initiative was implemented in the Freshman Science classroom. We will focus on the creation and use of hyperdocs as a way to engage students in active learning and investigate other digital resources that can be used. Integration with Google Classroom will be demonstrated. The use of tools such as Padlet (to share projects and collaborate), Quizlet (for students to create study sets) and Pear Deck (interactive Powerpoint) will be examined. A demonstration of Goobric (for online rubric grading) will be done. The goal of this workshop is to give participants a view of what is possible in the paperless classroom and how you can take advantage of some available digital tools. This workshop is not restricted to science and can be applied to other disciplines.
Workshop is targeted for teachers whose students have access to 1:1 Chromebooks.

Facilitators
avatar for Michael Tollefson

Michael Tollefson

Science Teacher, High School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-185 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Explore the World Through Google Geo Tools
Limited Capacity filling up

The world is an awesome place for students to explore with Google Geo Tools! Join this session to learn about Google My Maps, Google Tour Builder, Google Street View, Google Expeditions & several Geo games.  We will discuss how it applies to the classroom and begin creating/exploring your own choice Geo Tool. 

Outside Presenters
avatar for Julie Spang

Julie Spang

Digital Learning Coach, Groton Dunstable Regional School District
Julie is a former Grade 3-12 classroom teacher and currently the Digital Learning Coach for Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Common Sense Certified Educator: Digital Citizenship, co-organizer of Edcamp Grafton & North Shore, MakerSpace enthusiast and presenter at MassCUE and Christa McAuliffe Technology conferences. She delivers professional development in and out of the district and... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-123 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Digital Storytelling and More with Storyboard That
Limited Capacity full

Fun and learning come together with Storyboard That. This powerful tool makes digital storytelling easy. This application allows you or students to create comic strips, storyboards or graphic organizers. Storyboard That features:
  • Cloud-based and works on Chromebooks. 
  • Simple drag and drop interface allowing students to focus on their ideas rather than how to navigate the program. 
  • Wide selection of scenes and versatile characters that make it easy for students to express their understanding.
  • Supports English, History, Special Ed, STEM, ELL, & Foreign Languages
  • Tools for Graphic Organizers, Presentation Creation, and Delivery
To help you get started Storyboard That has an extensive collection of teacher created lesson plans, example graphic organizers and storyboard templates that students can use for assignments and projects.

In the ELA lesson plans you will find creative sample lesson plans for the most popular books taught in your ELA, English and Language Arts Classes or you can get inspiration to develop your own lessons.
  • Diagram Narrative Structures & Genres
  • Character Evolution
  • Reading Reinforcement
  • Visualize Symbolism
  • Literary Elements
  • Parts of Speech & Grammar
  • Literary Analysis
  • Life Skills
In U.S History or World History, you can bring history to life with history boards and storyboards. Your students can depict historical events with accurate characters, scenes, and props.

Whether you teach Math, History, Foreign Language, Special Education, Life Skills, and More Storyboard That bring lessons from every subject to life.

Facilitators
MF

Mary Fitch

Instructional Technology Teacher, Florence Sawyer



Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank Computer Lab 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Breakout Edu
Limited Capacity full

Have you heard of the game "Escape Room"? During this session, you will participate in a game very similar to "Escape Room" called "Breakout Edu". Your task will be to reveal clues, riddles or challenges placed inside your classroom to unlock mysteries and win the game. During this session, you will also be shown how to create your own "Breakout Edu" games and how you can easily integrate those games or games other people have already created into your curriculum. These games foster collaboration and team building. They can be played in small or large groups from the ages of kindergarten students to adults. Come join us and see if you can "BREAKOUT!" For more information, you can check out the BreakoutEdu website.

Facilitators
avatar for Gregg Newton

Gregg Newton

Gr. 6-8 Technology Integrationist, Luther Burbank Middle School
avatar for Derek O'Riorden

Derek O'Riorden

Mary Rowlandson
avatar for Laura Pagington

Laura Pagington

Social Studies Teacher, Luther Burbank


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM C-178 & 179 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

NAEYC Accreditation
Limited Capacity seats available

NAEYC's Accreditation system is a major part of the efforts to improve and maintain quality in early childhood education. New knowledge gained over the last decade has deepened the understanding, of how to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality. NAEYC continues to revise and refine ideas about how to promote every child’s optimal development and learning. Learn how the system has changed and how you can document criteria and your best practices in an online system. Teachers working in accredited classrooms will have the opportunity to begin or update their online portfolios.

Facilitators
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Cynthia Maxfield

Early Childhood Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District
Early Childhood Coordinator


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Mary Rowlandson Conference Room 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Intercultural Learning Overview: the self - the difference - the space between
Limited Capacity filling up

Concepts of equality, fairness and change are in our daily vernacular. Often making it difficult to have an honest conversation about truth and connotation of differences in the human experience.

A conversation of “differences,” the ways by which we view experience, and the process of adjustment will be approached by a session focused on intercultural learning. Through guided dissection of personal cultural identity, hands-on cultural learning activities, an introduction to the five frameworks of intercultural studies as well the Development of Intercultural Sensitivity Measurement theory, we will strive to better empathize and serve both students’ and families’ social and emotional needs during cultural transition. Our dialogue will highlight the process of assimilation, reflect on the factors and historical understanding of our own lens, and explore the both challenging and rewarding reality of the space between ourselves and difference.

Facilitators
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Sarah Tate

High School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Luther Burbank RM D-124 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Underage Substance Use
Limited Capacity seats available

Underage substance use continues to be a major issue in our schools and communities. While street drugs are readily available in many communities, teen drug users may easily obtain over-the-counter or prescription medications from a variety of sources, including their family's medicine cabinet. Information about the opioid epidemic is included in this workshop. Presented by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.

Outside Presenters
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Gregg Nadeau

Sargent, Middlesex Partnership for Youth


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:55am
Mary Rowlandson Auditorim 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Pixton for Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Pixton is a web-based tool for creating comics - from a few panels to a whole book. Pixton offers over 3,000 backgrounds, 2,000 props, and 700 subject-specific comic templates. The tool gives you the opportunity to create your very own digital comic strip/book. You can customize everything from characters and scenery to text and audio. Pixton offers an easy to use version (students simply enter text and drag characters around) to a more complex version (students can customize all aspects of the comic strips). Furthermore, Pixton offers students the ability to collaborate on a project. Students and teachers alike can make any content area come to life with Pixton! During this workshop, you’ll: Learn the interface of Pixton Learn how to create student accounts Preview exemplary projects Learn how to make your own comic strip Create your own masterpiece!

Facilitators
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Stephanie Potito

Instructional Technology Teacher, Florence Sawyer
Middle School Instructional Technology Specialist. Formerly High School Social Studies and AP Psychology teacher.



Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Luther Burbank RM D-125 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

10:00am

Social Emotional Teaching Strategies and Positive Behavior Supports
Limited Capacity seats available

This training is appropriate for Kindergarten and Preschool Teachers, Assistants, and support staff, with various levels of knowledge of a tiered behavioral framework. Educators will learn strategies and take home tools for preventing challenging behaviors and teaching social and emotional skills. This model supports the Massachusetts State Standards for Social and Emotional Learning, and Approaches to Play and Learning for Preschool and Kindergarten. This session runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 

Facilitators
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Cynthia Maxfield

Early Childhood Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District
Early Childhood Coordinator
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Kristine Martineau, MS.Ed.

Special Education Teacher, Florence Sawyer


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-169 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grade 8 General and Special Educators: MCAS CBT Training
MCAS Computer-based Training

Facilitators
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Cynthia Larsen

Digital Learning Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District


Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-240 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grade 1 General Ed.
Horizontal Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-123 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grade 2 General Ed.
Horizontal Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-122 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grade 3 General Ed.
Horizontal Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson B-223

1:00pm

Grade 4 General and Special Educators: MCAS CBT Training
MCAS Computer -based Training

Facilitators
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Cynthia Larsen

Digital Learning Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District


Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson B-206 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grade K General Ed.
Horizontal Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-138 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 5-12 ELA General Ed.
Vertical Planning

Outside Presenters
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Patty O'Connor

ELA Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM D-125 & 126 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 5-12 Math General Ed.
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-176 & 178 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 5-12 Special Education
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-185 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 6-12 Paraprofessionals
Authentically Inclusive Teaching and the Brain

“Too often, we focus on only doing something to [or for] our diverse [learners] without changing ourselves, especially when our students are dependent learners who are not able to access their full academic potential on their own.” Zaretta Hammond (from Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, 2015)
Productive struggle is a term used to describe the sweet spot of learning - not too easy, not too hard, and anchored in something that feels important.  Research shows that productive struggle grows brain power required to help dependent learners emerge as independent learners because of the brain’s neuroplasticity.  Culturally responsive teaching stimulates the brain’s neuroplasticity by creating connection, removing barriers, and decreasing threats.  The amygdala can be triggered to shut off learning pathways (withdraw, shut down, disengage)  if a student feels judged, excluded, invalidated or can be triggered to persevere and engage when a student feels included, believed in, cared for, and inspired.  According to Zaretta Hammond, creating an inclusive, culturally responsive environment is contingent upon building an environmental mindset that includes Awareness, Learning Partnerships, Information Processing and Community.  A critical foundation of each of those four dimensions is self-reflection, or what many social scientists and inclusion experts refer to as “inside-out work.”    This workshop will model culturally responsive, inclusive techniques to deliver content that will assist participants in that foundational self-reflective inside-out work required to advance a culturally responsive environment.  
You will learn about the connections between neuroscience and inclusive practices, will experience interactive activities that model some of the practices that can promote neuroplasticity, will engage in self-reflection, and will leave with resources for taking your journey further.
In this session participants will learn to:
  1. Explore the key concepts in the marriage of neuroscience and culturally responsive teaching.
  2. Interactively unpack dimensions of diversity and the elements of the Cultural Proficiency Model.
  3. Interactively engage in individual and collective self reflection (inside-out work)
  4. Identify intentions and strategies for next steps.
  5. Access resources for learning more.

Outside Presenters
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Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad

Assabet Valley Collaborative, Director of Consultation Services
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Cathy Cummins, Ed. D.

Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
Cathy Cummins, Ed. D. | Executive Director, Assabet Valley Collaborative
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Kim Kusiak

Consulting Psychiatrist, Assabet Valley Collaborative

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson Library (B-117) 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 6-12 Science Technology & Engineering General Ed.
Vertical Planning

Outside Presenters
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Jake Foster

Consultant, WGBH
Jake Foster recently left the MA Department of Education where he led the development of the state’s science, technology/engineering, mathematics, and computer science standards and curriculum frameworks, state-funded STEM professional development opportunities, and support for districts.  | Jake is currently supporting WGBH in Boston to develop media-rich digital resources that use representations, data, and models from various... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-170 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 6-12 Social Studies General Ed.
An outreach coordinator from the American Antiquarium Society will present information and resources from 1-2 p.m. Educators will have an opportunity to engage in vertical team planning from 2-3 p.m. 

Facilitators
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Patty O'Connor

ELA Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District

Outside Presenters
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Kayla Hopper

Kayla Hopper is an outreach coordinator from the American Antiquarian Society. She will present resources / information from 1-2 p.m.

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM D-132 1 Hollywood Drive Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades 8-12 World Lang.
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C- 180 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K- 5 Paraprofessionals
Math Practices with Envisions 2.0

Outside Presenters

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank Computer Lab 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-12 Art
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM A-134 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-12 Health
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM D-123 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-12 Library Media
Vertical Planning

Outside Presenters
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Cynthia Larsen

Digital Learning Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank Library (C-147) 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-12 Music
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM A-140 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-12 Physical Ed.
Vertical Planning

Outside Presenters
Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-119 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-4 Special Education
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM C-184 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-8 Literacy Specialists
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-125 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Grades K-8 Math Specialists
Vertical Planning

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson RM B-231 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Nurses, Social Workers and Interventionists
Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Facilitators
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Donna Linstrom

Coordinator of Health and Wellness, District


Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank RM D-124 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

PreK General Ed. & Special Ed.
Horizontal Planning

Outside Presenters
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Cynthia Maxfield

Early Childhood Coordinator, Nashoba Regional School District
Early Childhood Coordinator

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Rowlandson Conference Room 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Pyschologists and Team Chairs
Mindfullness

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank Teacher's Lounge 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA

1:00pm

Speech, OT, PT , COTA, BCBA, District Program Staff
Speech- will work together and review caseloads and schedules so we can prepare for next year.

OT & PT will work together and review caseloads and schedules so we can prepare for next year

Program Faculty
The specialized classroom teachers and BCBA's will focus on students who are transitioning to a new class next year.  Every class has students moving another level.For example, Links I has 3 students moving to Links II next year.  The teachers will discuss students' strengths, areas of concern, service delivery and interventions and strategies that are tailored to each student.  In addition, academic progress should be discussed so the receiving teacher is aware of what content the student is currently working on and what the rate of progress is.  

Friday March 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Luther Burbank Library (C-147) 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA