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Welcome to the Inspire ’16 Professional Development Day Website.  

This Teacher-Driven PD Day has a wide variety of options for educators both within the Mendon-Upton Regional School District and outside of the district to participate, collaborate and learn.  

Register for Sessions:  
  • Please view the schedule options and click on the sessions you would like to attend to register and to build your day’s schedule.  
  • This can be changed at any time leading up to the day.  
  • You can view the schedule in various forms (simple, expanded, grid, by venue) by clicking on the Schedule Dropdown arrow.
Logistics:  
  • The day will begin at 8:00, with the keynote presentation, starting promptly at 8:15 in the Nipmuc HS Auditorium. 
  • Once sessions are approaching capacity, registration maybe closed if we can’t find a larger venue.  
  • Some rooms may be changed between now and the day of the event.  
  • Some details of sessions may be adapted as well.
  • We still welcome session proposals by emailing Maureen Cohen at mcohen@mursd.org
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Important Note:  
  • Please read the session information carefully.  Some of the sessions are open to all participants, and others are closed sessions for only MURSD participants. 

For additional details about the day go to:  March 11 PD Day Information
 

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Friday, March 11
 

8:00am

Welcome
We welcome all in-district and out-of-district participants to our March 11 PD Day:  Inspire '16.  The day will begin promptly at 8:15 with our Keynote speaker in the auditorium at Nipmuc.  

Friday March 11, 2016 8:00am - 8:15am
Nipmuc Auditorium

8:01am

Full Day Session: RETELL for School Nurses
The MURSD nurses will view the RETELL for School Nurses online program, which was specifically designed to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's RETELL licensure recertification requirements.  Each online course contains videos to watch, questions to answer, and certificates of attendance.  These videos are of live RETELL programs that were presented in collaboration with Northeastern University's School Health Institute.  The nurses will watch the sessions together and collaborate during the process.  Participants should bring a device so that they can participate in the online questions.  There will be a couple of computers available for those who do not have access. 

(This is an open session for all nurses. If you are an out of district nurse, you can watch the sessions live with the nurses, but to earn credit in the course, you'd have to register and pay online).

Facilitators
avatar for Kristin Gauthier RN, BSN, NCSN

Kristin Gauthier RN, BSN, NCSN

School Nurse, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have been a Registered Nurse for 16 years with the last 7 years working as the School Nurse at Nipmuc Regional. I am also a National Certified School Nurse. I have worked in the hospital and home care settings for the last 16 years working with newborns through aging adults. I am... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 8:01am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc Health Office

8:01am

Full Day Session: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
The participants will be watching a video training of the following:

 In this ground-breaking seminar, professionals from many different perspectives come together to learn how their interventions integrate to remediate some of the more complicated dysfunctions seen in education today. The Pyramid of Potential approach starts the remediation with building blocks of mind and body health from the nutrition and psychology disciplines. This is followed by neurodevelopment (primitive reflex integration) and sensory-motor development from occupational therapy, physical therapy and vision therapy disciplines. Finally, cognitive skills training, such as memory, attention, and processing speed, come from education. This program combines lecture and notes with discussion and hands-on exercises to facilitate every learning style.

Objectives: Identify the common causes of Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia and when brain development occurs for necessary cognitive skills. Explain how many professions, such as education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, psychology and others can use an integrated approach to improve Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia. List the 4 underlying areas of brain development needed in order to have academic success. List at least 10 different ways to improve test scores of learning disabled students. List at least 3 ways to improve or accommodate for visual or auditory processing problems that may lead to Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia. Create a systematic plan of interventions aimed at improving the functioning of a student with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia.  Listed as 6 hours and 12 minute training.

(Open to all participants).

Facilitators
Friday March 11, 2016 8:01am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B340

8:01am

Full Day Session: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training (CPI)
It is a safe, nonharmful behavior management system designed to help human service professionals provide the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control individuals even during their most violent moments.  

(This is a training for  MURSD STAR faculty and staff members.  There may be a few extra spots open.  Please email Dennis Todd at dtodd@mursd.org to be added to the waitlist. )

Presenters
DJ

Doug Johnson

Special Education Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 8:01am - 2:31pm
Nipmuc Media Center

8:15am

Keynote: The Courage to Run with Aaron Polansky
Courage is a relative term, and to run can certainly take on several meanings.  Having the courage to run can be interpreted in numerous ways.  Make no mistake about it; having the courage to run means we are moving.  We are either running from something or toward something; and it's usually both.  Having the courage to run means we've made a decision, and our decisions are catalysts for great things.  Everything that happens in our lives happens first on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District.  Bring your sneakers.  We may even run.  It's your time to glisten.  Why not you?

You'll laugh, you'll feel, and most importantly-you'll think.  Aaron delivers an authentic message that changes lives and transforms cultures.  Aaron brightens mindsets, builds capacity, and ignites action.  His message transcends day-to-day routine and resonates for a lifetime.  Your outlook will change immediately.  The results are long-lasting and have helped to transform individuals, companies, and school systems alike.

Aaron was the 2011 Wrestling USA Magazine Massachusetts Man of the Year, 2013 Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Frederick Douglass Award Recipient for contributions to 'at risk' youth.

Aaron recently created the 'Walk a Mile Scholarship' to support at-risk youth interested in pursuing post-secondary education in a field where they too will pay it forward.  Aaron currently serves as the Principal of Bristol County Agricultural High School and resides in Southeastern, MA with his wife Rhonda, their six children, and dog Stella. 

(This is open to all participants). 

Presenters
avatar for Aaron L. Polansky

Aaron L. Polansky

Superintendent-Director, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Nipmuc Auditorium

9:10am

Session 1 and Session 3: Individual Project Music Assessments
The Middle School music department will collaborate to build common assessments for the Middle School Music curriculum.  This aligns with Stage 2 of their curriculum mapping in Atlas Rubicon.

( This is a closed session for MURSD middle school music teachers and is an individual project).

Presenters
LA

Lauren Amitrano

Music Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
NL

Nick LaPete

Music Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 9:40am
Nipmuc Music Room

9:10am

Session 1: Response to Intervention Discussion
Join in the discussion to hear about the successful implementation of the first-grade Response to Intervention program and share how RTI has been successfully used at your grade level/school.  This will be a collaborative discussion centered around RTI practices.  Bring your ideas and questions as we look to share best practices.  This is an Edcamp-style facilitated discussion.

(Open to all partcipants) 

Presenters

RTI PD pdf

Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Nipmuc G220

9:10am

Session 1: Individual Project 7th Grade Co-teaching

The 7th-grade co-teachers will work on an individual project to:

  • review and implement MCAS and PARCC material for our co-taught classroom
  • plan and collaborate on the final two chapters (8 and 9) of the Pearson text
  • improve teaching practices on mathematical vocabulary especially in regards to MCAS/PARCC
(This is a closed session for the MURSD 7th grade co-teaching team).

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Nipmuc B241

9:10am

Session 2: Individual Project. 2nd Step Curriculum Training
This is an individual project to participate in an online training in 2nd Step Curriculum.

( This is a closed session and individual project).

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Clough

9:10am

Session 1: The Newly Adopted MA Science and Technology Standards
A representative from DESE, a science ambassador, will be providing an overview of the newly adopted science standards, which were adopted on January 26th.  An overview of the key shifts between the old and new standards will be provided.  The presenter will be available for questions about the implementation process moving forward across the state.

The Massachusetts Science Ambassadors are a  cadre of effective science educator leaders that are committed to raise awareness and provide information about the MA revised Science Technology Engineering (STE) Standards across the state.

(Open to all participants) 
At the conclusion of this presentation, would you kindly complete this brief feedback survey?
 
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Thanks!

Jeff Weinstein 


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Weinstein

Jeff Weinstein

DESE STEM Ambassador
In addition to being a DESE STEM Ambassador, I am also a fifth grade educator in Framingham Public Schools where I teach Science, Math, and Writing. I have been working closely with the new standards for three years and have developed multiple rollout plans and curriculum units that... Read More →



Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Nipmuc Auditorium

9:10am

Session 1: 8th Grade English Google Classroom
The 8th grade English teachers will work together to develop a Google Classroom for 8th grade English.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for MURSD 8th grade English teachers). 

Presenters
CJ

Carla Joyce

8th Grade English Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District (MURSD)


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Nipmuc B240

9:10am

Session 1: Beyond the Curriculum
The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine.” Alex Korb, PhD

“When threatening conditions do not exist, the Reticular Activating System focuses its attention on stimuli that arouse curiosity. This is the “key to the gate.” The brain seeks input about the new, the unexpected, the colorful, musical, moving, aromatic sensations.” Dr. Judy Willis

The best educators elicit curiosity and innovation in their students through passion, competence, and connection. The day to day demands of curriculum and protocol can often feel overwhelming in a world where a clear mind contributes to our best work. Neuroscientists and psychologists have routinely proven the importance of culture in education. ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ focuses on the importance that school culture plays in our quest to reinforce a growth mindset and will provide attendees with some simple take-aways that result in a culture where staff, students, and families are encouraged to communicate authentically, learn creatively, and contribute passionately. The formula shared is simple with implications that will last a lifetime.

In just over an hour, we will share inspiring stories of success that have resulted from the effective use of peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. An approach founded in social-emotional well-being has led to the transformation of students and educators on a multitude of levels. Leave smiling with simple take-aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron L. Polansky

Aaron L. Polansky

Superintendent-Director, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Nipmuc G217

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: 5th Grade ELA Common Assessments
The fifth-grade ELA team will continue their work on inputting curriculum and assessments into Atlas Rubicon, and creation of common assessments.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for MURSD grade 5 ELA teachers) 

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Rutkowski

Andrea Rutkowski

5th Grade Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:15am
Nipmuc B242

9:10am

Session 1 and Session 2: CPR Refresher Course
This is a refresher CPR course for anyone who has previously been certified in CPR and want a refresher.  

(Open Registration to All) 

Presenters
BM

Bill McInnis

Physical Education Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:15am
Nipmuc Cafeteria

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: 1st Grade Math
The first-grade team will work on gathering common assessments and look at benchmarks.  They will also work on math workshop activities and materials that align with the Common Core Standards for first grade.  This is an in-house collaborate project.

(This is closed to MURSD first-grade teachers).

 

Presenters
JH

Jennifer Hall

Grade 1 Spanish Immersion Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:15am
Nipmuc B238

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: Collaborative Creation of Team Website with Weebly
The 5th-grade team will be working on creating a Weebly website to further communication with our students, parents, family, and MU community. We are working on creating a Weebly website to further communication with our students, parents, family, and MU community.

(This is a collaborative project for grade 5 teachers) 

Presenters
SM

Sarah Montano

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:15am
Nipmuc G221 (Computer Lab)

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: Assessment in the Art Program
The MURSD Visual Art department will share and score K-12 Visual Art Common Assessment work, which is phase 3 of our year-long process.  

(This is a limited collaboration, open only to MURSD Visual Art educators.)

Facilitators
avatar for Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell

Teacher
Kevin is veteran public school teacher with a demonstrated history of teaching multi-modal classes. He is also the supervisor/mentor of the Camper Discipleship Program at Camp Berea for students aged 14-17 which focuses on leadership training and character development.
avatar for Alison Clish

Alison Clish

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan Hansen

Art Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am a seasoned Art Teacher who seeks to inspire my students in the MURSD to love and appreciate Visual Art as a core subject and challenge them through fun and engaging lessons and artistic exercises. I believe that any child can learn to develop an appreciation for the arts and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Alice Gentili

Alice Gentili

Visual Art Educator, Mendon Upton Regional School District
Alice Gentili is a Visual Art Educator and Department Chair in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District. She is an Apple Teacher, a Google Certified Educator and Lifelong Maker, using iPads in the art classroom to design for 3D printing, digital art, media art, and the Google Suite... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:15am
Nipmuc Art Classroom

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: Google Apps for Social Studies Teachers
Vertical session for Social Studies teachers to discuss and collaborate on the use of Google Slides, Google Classroom and other apps that have been beneficial in the classroom. Session 2 would focus on performance assessments and what performance assessments and formative assessments we use in the classroom. This would be a tremendous opportunity for the Social Studies department to collaborate and share insight with each other.

(This is open to all participants).

 

Presenters
BR

Brendon Rosenau

8th Grade History Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:20am
Nipmuc G215

9:10am

Session 1 and 2: Guiding Principles of Immersion Education

Spanish Immersion Teachers will work together to review the guiding principles of dual language education and the current research on promoting biliteracy. Teachers will examine available resources and publications on immersion education and collaborate vertically on strengthening the program and practices.  

(This is a closed session for MURSD Spanish Immersion teachers and staff). 


Presenters
avatar for Katie Cardamone

Katie Cardamone

Spanish Immersion Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
I have been teaching Spanish Immersion at Memorial Elementary school for 13 years. I have taught second, third and fourth grade. I coordinate the Spanish Immersion program in our district, Mendon-Upton Regional, and feel passionate about promoting world language programs, technology... Read More →



Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 11:20am
Nipmuc G216

9:10am

Session 1-3: 8th Grade Math Common Assessments in Pre-Algebra and Algebra
This session is for 8th grade math teachers to work on developing common assessments for Pre-Algebra and Algebra.

(This is a closed session for MURSD 8th grade math teachers). 

Presenters
avatar for Sheila Alsen

Sheila Alsen

Grade 8 Math Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc PDC

9:10am

Individual Project: MCAS 2015 Data Analysis and Collaborative Conversation
The Math/ELA Curriculum Assistants from Miscoe Hill Middle School will be analyzing MCAS results from 2015.  They will identify problem areas and determine interventions for improvement.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed to only middle school math/ELA curriculum assistants). 

Presenters
avatar for Liz Kadra

Liz Kadra

Middle School Math Teacher M.Ed. Mathematics Professional Development Co-Chair Math Curriculum Assistant


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 1:30pm
Miscoe

9:10am

Full Day Session: 4th Grade Collaboration on Assessments
The fourth grade team will continue our work around assessment. We will parse our day to address a variety of assessment related topics. The following questions will be addressed: 1) What specific formative assessments are we using with fourth graders across the curriculum? Are there common, formative assessments being used? How are we/can we capitalize on the collection of data from such assessments? 2) What common, summative assessments are we using across all disciplines? What are our priorities when it comes to designing/adopting new assessments? 3) How should we handle math end-of-term benchmark assessments as our curriculum will be changing (even if we go with Investigations)? 4) How will MCAS 2.0 challenge our students? We will look at samples available online and pinpoint specific areas of our instruction in both Math and ELA that may need to be adjusted so that our students can meet the demands of this new test. 5) What DDM can we design/adopt to best illustrate our students' growth? We will discuss our options for a fourth grade DDM and ideally, decide on a DDM that will work for our students and team.
OBJECTIVES:
The fourth grade teachers will have five common formative assessments that they can add to their practice and a will develop a plan for data analysis and responding to the data.
The fourth grade team will gather and list the current, common, summative assessments. The team will develop a list of priorities that will guide future assessment development efforts.
The fourth grade team will decide how to handle the end-of-the-year, math benchmark assessment.
The fourth grade team will develop an action plan in response to information released from the state and MCAS 2.0 samples.
The fourth grade team will decide on tentative DDMs for the 2016-17 school year.

(This is a closed session for MURSD 4th grade teachers). 

Presenters
avatar for Marie McManus Brigham

Marie McManus Brigham

Grade 4 Teacher, MURSD


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G213

9:10am

Full Day Session: RETELL in the ELA Classroom
As part of the RETELL program requirement, teachers are required to work collaboratively in a Professional Learning Network.  This group will discuss the unique needs of ELL students in our school, and the implications for teaching and learning in the ELA classroom.  

(This is a closed session for 9-12 ELA teachers)

Presenters
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G219

9:10am

Full Day Session: Developing School Counseling Curriculum
The Nipmuc counselors will work to finalize the high school developmental school counseling curriculum. We will also look at measurable data, school counseling assessments, and DDMs. We plan to spend the morning on our curriculum, and the afternoon on DDMs and data.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for Nipmuc counselors only). 

Presenters
avatar for Allison Towne

Allison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc Counseling Office

9:10am

Individual Project: 11th Grade ELA Creating Performance Assessments
This is an individual project.  The focus of the individual project work will be to meet a SMART goal bechmarks:  design and administer an assessment (multi-genre research project) that provides students multiple modes to demonstrate their understanding (student's choice). Further, a previously used assessment will be redesigned and administered, which integrates technology as a means to promote student engagement.

(This is a closed session and individual project). 

Presenters
avatar for Melisa Kinkela

Melisa Kinkela

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G218

9:10am

Individual Project: 21st Century Skills Curriculum
This is an individual project.  The goals will be to revise and rewrite the curriculum for the 21st Century Skills course in Atlas Rubicon.

(This is a closed session and an individual project). 

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I'm a Spanish teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School! I love languages and traveling (especially with my students)!


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B237

9:10am

Individual Project: French Curriculum Work
This is an individual project.  The goals will be to continue curriculum work in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Atlas Rubicon for the French language classes at the high school.

(This is a closed session and an individual project). 

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Danielson

Lisa Danielson

World Language Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B236

9:10am

Individual Project: Library Cataloguing and Curriculum
The elementary library-media specialistss will catolog books in their respective schools for the first half of tehday and then meet at one of the schools to work on curriculum development.

(This is a closed session and individual project). 

Presenters
KG

Karlyn Gale

Librarian, Memorial Elementary School
LT

Lara Trimble

Librarian, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
School-based libraries

9:10am

Individual Project: Math Curriculum Work in Atlas Rubicon
This is an individual work project to update assessments, check and revise the math department curriculum maps, and to create a new course curriculum in Atlas Rubicon.

(This is a closed session and an individual work project). 

Presenters
avatar for Amy Gilchrist

Amy Gilchrist

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G314

9:10am

Individual Session: DBT/Mindfulness Implementation Planning
The Guidance staff will meet to continue implementation of a DBT/Mindfulness curriculum in our individual school based buildings.  This is an individual in-district project.

(This is a closed session for Miscoe counselors.)
 

Presenters
VB

Victoria Beauregard

Guidance Counselor, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 9:10am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc Gathering Room

10:15am

Session 2: Lexia Reading
An Edcamp style discussion focused on the Lexia reading program for teachers currently implementing the program with their students.  Come and discuss how the program is being used at your school, student progress, and questions/concerns you may have.

(Open to all participants.) 


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Nipmuc G220

10:15am

Session 2: Adding "Power" to your Class
This session will summarize and make suggestions for ways to incorporate the chapters of "Power Up: Making the shift to 1:1 teaching and learning" by Diana Neebe and Jen Roberts in our classrooms. Some topics include communication and workflow, engagement, collaboration, differentiation, creativity, and the "connected educator."  Useful resources can be found at http://www.pluginpowerup.com/ (Resources are available to all.  No book purchase necessary).

(Open to all participants)

Presenters
avatar for Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Nipmuc B240

10:15am

Session 2: All Things Google Classroom
This will be a collaborative discussion on Google Classroom and all it has to offer.  What are all the ways teachers are managing and using Google Classroom?  The facilitator will share what it has done for her in her classroom and participants will share additional ways that they are using it to maximize its features.  This is an Edcamp-style facilitated session.

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
avatar for Heather Langdon

Heather Langdon

Seventh Grade Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Nipmuc B235 Computer Lab

10:15am

Session 2 and 3: Kindergarten Collaboration and Discussion
Kindergarten teachers will review and explore new apps on our ipads and ipods. We will review Gold Strategy dimensions and collaborate on wonders assessments. Participants should bring an ipad and/or ipod, gold strategy manual and current wonders performance data. Please feel free to bring anything else you would like to discuss with the team.  This is an EdCamp Style facilitated discussion.

(This is a closed session for MURSD Kindergarten teachers and staff). 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc G217

10:15am

Sessions 2 and 3: Science Break-Out Session
Any science teacher who would like to review the new science standards is welcome to come to work through the changes to plan, design, and implement new assessments, projects and labs that are aligned with the new curriculum. The DESE Science Ambassador will also be available to assist with this process.

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
avatar for Cari White

Cari White

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc B241

10:15am

Individual Project: 8th Grade Science Curriculum Development
This is an individual project proposal to find and create resources that align to the new science standards, as well as work on curriculum development to help streamline and organize current materials to see where the new standards might be more easily incorporated into units.  Whenever possible, hands-on activities will be added.

(This is a closed session and individual project.  It will be held off-site).

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc Gathering Room

10:15am

Session 2, 4, and 5: Individual Project Support Services-Classroom Routines and Content Design
This session will be a discussion and planning session for creative routines and content to embed in special education support classes in order to best meet individual student needs and measure student progress.
(This is a closed session and collaborative session for Nipmuc special educators). 

Presenters
avatar for Lori Beaudoin

Lori Beaudoin

Teacher, Mendon-Upton
avatar for Meagan Brazil-Sheehan

Meagan Brazil-Sheehan

Nipmuc Regional HS
avatar for Alison Nameika

Alison Nameika

Student Support Services, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B139

10:15am

Sessions 2-5: Grade 6 "Doing Science" with the New Standards
With the new science standards focusing on "doing" science rather than "knowing" about science, the 6th-grade science teachers will spend the time creating hands-on activities that line up with the standards and go with the curriculum that we teach. We currently do several hands-on activities, but we would like to create even more, now that the science standards stress this so much. We will brainstorm ideas, create lesson objectives and common activities, and hands-on assessments.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for 6th-grade science teachers). 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G121

11:20am

Session 3: Licensure-How to Earn PDPs for Professional Licensure Renewal
This is an EdCamp style facilitated session. I just earned my professional license and need to start earning PDPs. I do not know how to get started.  My idea is for an EdCamp style session for any participant, including both those who already know what to do will share, as well as those like me who need some friendly peers to talk with in order to learn what needs to be done for renewing licensures and acquiring/tracking PDPs.

(This is open to all participants and is an EdCamp style session).

Presenters
avatar for Bruce Bisbee

Bruce Bisbee

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School



Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:00pm
Nipmuc G306

11:20am

Session 3: "Collaborate" with Wonders, Year 2
Wonders Year 2, What is working for you? What would you still like support with? Join colleagues as we reflect, refine, and recharge our work with Wonders. Share your experiences or learn from others. Participants are encouraged to bring a device so that we can play and explore the many online features Wonders has to offer! Learn how to integrate the Wonders Collaborate tool or share how you are using it with your class.

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
avatar for Brenda Webster

Brenda Webster

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
28 year veteran who feels like a first year teacher every year. I dabble with, but am no expert at: #classroombookaday, Flexible Srating, Genius Hour/Passion Projects, Online Student Portfolios using See Saw, Student-Led conferences, The LAUNCH Cycle (Aj Juliani), classroom Twitter... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc B240

11:20am

Session 3: Reading "Rigorously"
Presentation/discussion using the entry points described in the book Rigorous Reading, by Fisher and Frey.  Will present 5 entry points using materials from the companion website-video/PPT-and combine that with artifacts from my classroom student work samples, templates, etc.  Embedded in this will be some thoughts and ideas for facilitating this in a diverse setting or a co-taught ELA class.  This will be a mixture of a presentation and facilitated discussion.

(Open to all participants). 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc G220

11:20am

Session 3: Lunch Option #1
Participants have the option of going to lunch during either Session 3 or Session 4.  It will be provided in the cafeteria.

Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc Cafeteria

11:20am

Session 3: Introduction to Verso
 Verso app is a free app or site that gives teachers the ability to create a challenge (inquiry-based learning activity) from audio, video, images and embed content from other sources (YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, URL). Students participate anonymously, and each response invites further discussion by classmates. Students are required to submit their own ideas before gaining access to other responses.

Teachers can measure students' understanding and engagement, and can view participation data that shows quantity and quality of student engagement.

 This session will walk participants through the set-up of Verso, different ways it can be used in the classroom.  Our goal is to provide one-to-one support for colleagues to help facilitate the set-up and understanding of the application for immediate application in the classroom.

(Open to all participants). 


Presenters
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Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Matt Merten

Teacher, Mr


Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc G221 (Computer Lab)

11:20am

Session 3: Writing using Google Drive
This will be a collaborative discussion with teachers using Google Drive to facilitate their students' writing.  The participants will discuss what scripts or apps are making the editing/writing process easier for students and feedback more manageable for teachers.  This is an Edcamp-style facilitated session.

(Open to all participants). 

Presenters
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Heather Langdon

Seventh Grade Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nipmuc B235 Computer Lab

11:20am

Sessions 3,4,5: MCAS Alternate Assessment Compilation and Review Session
An opportunity for MCAS-Alt portfolios to be finalized and reviewed by fellow MURSD teachers in order to ensure portfolio completeness. 

(This is a closed session for MURSD teachers who work with MCAS-Alt) 

Presenters
LS

Lise Smith

Special Education Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 2:30pm
Clough

11:20am

Individual Project: Photographic Methods in the Art Curriculum
With iPads in the hands of every student, photography has become a viable medium to include in the visual art curriculum.  The Worcester Art Museum is currently holding a rare exhibition of photographs made with the Cyanotype process.  The goal will be to visit the exhibition with the hope of adding Cyanotype photography to the art curriculum.  This is an individual proposal, however all MURSD art educators are welcome to attend as well.  

(This is a closed session for MURSD art educators).

 http://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/cyanotypes-photographys-blue-period/

Presenters
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Alice Gentili

Visual Art Educator, Mendon Upton Regional School District
Alice Gentili is a Visual Art Educator and Department Chair in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District. She is an Apple Teacher, a Google Certified Educator and Lifelong Maker, using iPads in the art classroom to design for 3D printing, digital art, media art, and the Google Suite... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 2:30pm
Worcester Art Museum

11:20am

Session 3, 4, 5: 5th Grade Math Workshop Integration
The fifth-grade math teachers will continue to create materials for math workshop, which will align with Investigations and the Common Core Curriculum.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for grade 5 MURSD math teachers). 

Facilitators
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Jaclyn Keenan

5th Grade Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School

Friday March 11, 2016 11:20am - 2:30pm
Miscoe

12:25pm

Session 4: Lunch Option #2
Participants have the option of going to lunch during either Session 3 or Session 4.  It will be provided in the cafeteria.

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 1:25pm
Nipmuc Cafeteria

12:25pm

Session 4: 1st Grade Social Studies
The first-grade team will collaborate on project-based learning activities that align to the social studies standards.

(This is a close session for MURSD first-grade teachers). 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 1:25pm
Nipmuc B238

12:25pm

Session 4: Getting Google Certified
Are you a teacher who is new to Google Apps?  Or maybe you have been using google Apps for a while?  Curious about how using google Apps can streamline classroom workflow and give more time for projects and hands-on learning?  if so, stop by this "open house" session in which you can learn about and begin the simple steps to become a Google Certified Educator.

This session will:
  • explain what it means to be a Google Certified Educator
  • show you how to access and complete the Google Certified Educator training sessions
  • provide you with information about the upcoming course offered by Anthony Amitrano on how to become Google Certified
  • get you started on the process to earn your certification
This session is applicable to everyone from those who are just beginning to explore technology integration to the most advanced Google users in the district.

 

Presenters
avatar for John Clements

John Clements

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School
John Clements is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. He began his career at Nipmuc 21 years ago as an English teacher. He spent seven years as an assistant principal and is currently in his ninth year as principal. Mr. Clements is passionate about evolving education to meet... Read More →
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Mary Anne Moran

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 1:25pm
Nipmuc G316

12:25pm

Session 4: Twitter for Everyone
Come learn, step-by-step how to setup, use, and make great use of your very own Twitter account!

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
NL

Nick LaPete

Music Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 1:25pm
Nipmuc G220

12:25pm

Session 4: Using Google Calendar as a Way to Plan and Collaborate
Did you know that Google Calendar can be used as a plan book? With this versatile tool, you can plan ahead, share your plans with teachers and/or students, schedule rooms (lab space/work rooms) and events (tests/projects)as well as collaborate with other teachers. Calendars can be linked to web sites and assignments. Once you know the basics, it will be your new go to planner!

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
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Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 1:25pm
Nipmuc G221 (Computer Lab)

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Inclusive Practices

The Inclusive Practices workshop is designed for both general and special educators working in inclusive settings.  Topics will include:

  1. An overview of four key co-teaching models currently utilized by MURSD co-teaching teams
  2. An overview of inclusive practices appropriate for use in all classrooms:
  • Best practices in providing scaffolds and accommodations
  • Evidence-based instructional strategies appropriate for all learners

These sessions are targeted for those who have not yet experienced inclusion/co-teaching training. However, all are welcome to attend.

(Open to all participants). 

Presenters
JG

Judy Garvey

Co-teaching and Inclusive Practices Consultant


Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc PDC

12:25pm

Sessions 4 and Sessons 5: Inclusion Planning and Data Analysis
This session is designed for current inclusion co-teaching teams. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze current student data and develop an action plan to address the learning needs of their diverse classroom. Please bring current student data (Math or ELA data is recommended), the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and a laptop. 

(Open to all participants)

Facilitators
LH

Leah Hagen

Special Education Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
AH

Amy Henderson

Elementary Teacher, Math Curriculum Assistant, Mendon-Upton Regional Schools
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Kim Lopes

Grade 3 Teacher, Memorial Elementary School

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
G217

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Individual Project Art Curriculum Development
This is an individual project to update art curriculum.

(This is a closed session and an individual project).

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Clough

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Individual Project 7th-Grade Co-teaching

The 7th-grade co-teachers will work on an individual project to:

  • review and implement MCAS and PARCC material for our co-taught classroom
  • plan and collaborate on the final two chapters (8 and 9) of the Pearson text
  • improve teaching practices on mathematical vocabulary especially in regards to MCAS/PARCC
(This is a closed session for the MURSD 7th grade co-teaching team).

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Miscoe

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: 2nd Grade Unpacking Science Standards
Second-grade teachers will be meeting to look at, discuss, and plan implementation of the newly adopted MA Science standards.   

(Open to all participants.  Focus will be 2nd grade) 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B241

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Social Studies Common Assessment
Social Studies Teachers will work with their grade level to discuss common assessment. Focus will be on reviewing data and results of common assessments that have been administered. Groups will also enter common assessments into Atlas Rubicon and will look ahead at possible common assessments for the remainder of the school year.  

(This is a closed session for MURSD 5-8 middle school social studies teachers).

Presenters
BR

Brendon Rosenau

8th Grade History Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G215

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Elementary World Language Programs

What is the best approach for delivering World Language Instruction in the elementary years. FLES, FLEX, Immersion? Join us for a discussion on world language implementation at the elementary level. Bring ideas, questions or resources to share.

 

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
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Katie Cardamone

Spanish Immersion Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
I have been teaching Spanish Immersion at Memorial Elementary school for 13 years. I have taught second, third and fourth grade. I coordinate the Spanish Immersion program in our district, Mendon-Upton Regional, and feel passionate about promoting world language programs, technology... Read More →
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Olga Grau

Kindergarten Teacher, Spanish Immersion Program, Memorial Elementary School



Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G216

12:25pm

Session 4 and 5: Individual Project on Group Counseling Resources
This session will focus on researching and creating go-to lesson resources for group counseling topics.

(This is a closed session and individual project). 

Presenters

Friday March 11, 2016 12:25pm - 3:30pm
Clough

1:30pm

Session 5: Preparing for ELA 2.0
This session will be a facilitated discussion of the upcoming testing and the shifts in question formats and writing expectations based on what we currently know.  Participants should bring some PARCC item examples and ideas for helping to prepare our students for new assessments in ELA.  This is an Edcamp style facilitated discussion.

(Open to all participants) 


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G214

1:30pm

Session 5: What Information Matters Here? 6th Grade Problem Solving
Math is a series of models that make sense. The focus of this session is to creat problems that provide 6th grade students with the opportunity to apply their mathematical skills to everyday life.  These problems will address Model with Mathematics;  Use Appropriate Tools Strategically, and Attend to Precision.  Attendees are asked to bring their creativity, an iPad, and a list of grade level math concepts.

(This is a closed session for MURSD grade 6 math teachers). 


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G220

1:30pm

Session 5: 1st Grade Science Standards
The first-grade team will begin to explore the newly adopted science standards, review curriculum maps and discuss implementation steps for next year.

(This is a session open to first-grade teachers).

Presenters
JH

Jennifer Hall

Grade 1 Spanish Immersion Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B238

1:30pm

Session 5: Individual Project: Middle School Science Curriculum
The middle school science curriculum assistants will be meeting to review curriculum in Atlas Rubicon, continue to realign curriculum and materials to the new standards, and to check in with other MS science teacher groups.

(This is a closed session for MURSD science CAs and an individual project). 

Presenters
BK

Brittney Kahler

Grade 7 Science Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
JP

Jennifer Parent

Grade 8 Science Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B240

1:30pm

Session 5: Kindergarten Science Curriculum
The Kindergarten team will meet to collaborate on the science standards to build and schedule lessons/activities, as well as develop a supplies list for science materials.

(This is a closed session for MURSD kindergarten teachers). 

Presenters
RH

Rebecca Hardin

Kindergarten Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G215

1:30pm

Session 5: 8th Grade English Google Classroom
The 8th grade English teachers will work together to develop a Google Classroom for 8th grade English.  This is a collaborative work project.

(This is a closed session for MURSD 8th grade English teachers). 

Presenters
CJ

Carla Joyce

8th Grade English Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District (MURSD)


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G315

1:30pm

Session 5: Getting Google Certified
Are you a teacher who is new to Google Apps?  Or maybe you have been using google Apps for a while?  Curious about how using google Apps can streamline classroom workflow and give more time for projects and hands-on learning?  if so, stop by this "open house" session in which you can learn about and begin the simple steps to become a Google Certified Educator.

This session will:
  • explain what it means to be a Google Certified Educator
  • show you how to access and complete the Google Certified Educator training sessions
  • provide you with information about the upcoming course offered by Anthony Amitrano on how to become Google Certified
  • get you started on the process to earn your certification
This session is applicable to everyone from those who are just beginning to explore technology integration to the most advanced Google users in the district.

 

Presenters
avatar for John Clements

John Clements

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School
John Clements is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. He began his career at Nipmuc 21 years ago as an English teacher. He spent seven years as an assistant principal and is currently in his ninth year as principal. Mr. Clements is passionate about evolving education to meet... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G316

1:30pm

Session 5: Intro to Google Classroom
The goal is to help participants create Google Classroom from the ground-up.  We will begin with a class set-up to help participants create individual assignments and lessons within their grade level and content area.  Our goal is to provide one-on-one support with a colleague to help facilitate this process for participants and to answer individual questions.  This is a workshop model with one-on-one training/support.  You will walk out of the session with your Google Classroom set-up.

(This is open to all participants) 

Presenters
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Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Matt Merten

Matt Merten

Teacher, Mr
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Brian Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
When I am not teaching history at Nipmuc Regional, you can find me on the sideline as a soccer, lax, XC, or basketball dad. I have had the privilege of teaching in both middle and vocational school settings and I welcome any approach to history class that encourages my students to... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc G221 (Computer Lab)

1:30pm

Session 5: Weebly Website for Beginners
Are you looking to start a class website, but don't know where to begin? Weebly is the perfect fit. It's easy to use, drag and drop format will make you feel like a pro. Bring your own device and let's start building. Participants will leave this session with the first 2 pages (or more) of their own website complete!

(Open to all participants) 

Presenters
avatar for Brenda Webster

Brenda Webster

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
28 year veteran who feels like a first year teacher every year. I dabble with, but am no expert at: #classroombookaday, Flexible Srating, Genius Hour/Passion Projects, Online Student Portfolios using See Saw, Student-Led conferences, The LAUNCH Cycle (Aj Juliani), classroom Twitter... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc B235 Computer Lab