May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Introducing Duolingo Into Your Classroom

Room #: BSES 128

Chris Shultz

Duolingo is a free language learning app that can be accessed on the iPad or on a chromebook. Students can access the program using their Google credentials and teachers can complete just a few steps to become a Duolingo certified educator (which we will do as a part of the course). Duolingo is excellent for high school students as they can test out if they are in advanced language classes or for younger learners who can benefit from language learning at a young age. Looking into a language also offers cultural connections and opportunities to learn about different places and people. I'd like to explore what other extensions students could engage in off of their work in Duolingo.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Global Citizenship Brainstorm Session

Room #: GVHS B 120

Marc Bertrando

This session is designed to brainstorm the types of adult behaviors that administrators, teachers, and support staff can adopt as they model for our students the key understandings of global citizenship. We will discuss ideas to advance community service, cultural awareness and appreciation, social and emotional wellness, and systemic character education. Ultimately, it's the Global Citizenship Committee's vision that adults modeling these behaviors will be one more element that will prepare students for success in a rapidly changing global community.

Participants DO NOT have to be part of the Global Citizenship Committee to participate. The more perspectives the better!!!

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Developing Effective Rubrics and embedding them in Schoology

Room #: GVHS B 122

Kyle Brun and Barb Shaw

Participants will explore what makes rubrics effective and share out rubrics that are currently used in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to embed rubrics into a Schoology assignment for easy grading and quality feedback.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Understanding all things related to the new High School Schedule

Room #: GVHS B 118

Greg Hilden

This session will focus on helping teachers become more familiar with the new bell schedule at GVHS. The topics will include: Lunch & Learn, collaboration time, duty time, special education, vo-tech, testing guidelines and other miscellaneous items.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Using MENUS to Increase Student Choice and Independence

Room #: BSES LGI

Meghan Lowe and Meg Hayes

Are you wondering how you can free up time to work with students and differentiate learning experiences? Come learn about the UPDATED VERSION OF MENUS as effective instructional tools. This session will include application time to design menus that help add rigor, choice, independence, and collaboration to any subject.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Disrupting Gender in RW - Mirrors and Windows to Worlds Beyond our Own

Room #: BSES Lab

Tara Allen and Tim Murray

Participants will engage in thoughtful discussions about inclusiveness in the way we present and choose materials for readers and read aloud in the reading workshop. We will explore Master Narratives, Petit Narratives and the possibilities to be more thoughtful in our choices and the ways we open up windows rather than close them.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

STOP the BLEED

Room #: GVHS Library (Right Side)

Joseph Kingsborough and Tony Sivo

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Learning Through Open Doors

Room #: BSES 112

Stefanie Bock and Aisling Travers

Participants will visit classrooms around the district and have the opportunity to explore new learning environments. They will visit classes of other participants and leave a note behind about what they liked seeing or what they learned just from stepping inside someone else's classroom. Participants will leave their classroom doors open to allow visits from colleagues as well.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Community Partnerships: Exploring Newlin Grist Mill as a Partner for Learning

DOUBLE SESSION

Location: The Newlin Grist Mill

Stephen Brandt, GVHS Principal

Tony Shahan, Director of The Newlin Grist Mill

Participants will be introduced to Newlin Grist Mill and the many opportunities this community partner could provide our teachers and students via a walking tour and presentation. Within this session, there will be ample opportunity to share ideas and dialogue around potential partnerships and initiatives, as the NGM staff provides an overview of their facilities and resources. (Double Session 8:00 - 11:50)

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Social Justice Teaching 101: Tools For K-12 Classrooms

Room #: GVHS A 112

Deb Knox and Rebecca Robbins

Teachers will learn how to incorporate the Social Justice Teaching Standards in daily lessons, build and maintain a collaborative and respectful learning community, and empower their students to speak up against bias and injustice. Teachers will engage in a number of collaborative and reflective activities that they may apply to the classroom setting.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to Mindfulness

Room #: GVHS Library (Quiet Study Area)

Kevin Finan

This session will serve as an introduction to mindfulness practices based on the teachings of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. We will dispel myths and misconceptions around mindfulness, experience and discuss mindfulness practices, and understand why the best way to bring mindfulness to your students is through development of a personal practice.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Differentiated Instruction: From Research to Practice - Planning for the #FutureReady Student

Room #: GVHS B 121

Anthony Gabriele and Terry Bracken

Garnet Valley is committed to personalized learning through authentic & purposeful innovation. A key to accomplishing this is continue to deepen our understanding of and practice around Differentiated Instruction. Participants will take a look at what DI is/is not, explore ways to differentiate product & content, & use formative assessments to differentiate process. Time to plan will be given.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to the Interactive Whiteboard

Room #: BSES 203

Jessica Smith and Jessica Baggio

This session will provide an introduction to the use of the Interactive Whiteboard. Teachers will have time to explore the board and get more comfortable with the basic functions in order to feel prepared when using it next year.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to Echo: Using Alexa to Enhance Your Classroom

Room #: BSES 124

Meredithe Stefanowicz

Participants will be introduced to the power of their voice through the use of the Echo device in the classroom. They will have an opportunity to try hands-on activities using Amazon Alexa skills, most especially with askMyClass. District guidelines and suggested timelines and techniques for classroom introduction will be shared.

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May
24
8:00 AM08:00

Nearpod 101: An Introduction to Nearpod

Room #: GVHS B 127

Emily LaFantano (District Strategy Consultant at Nearpod)

This workshop is designed for anyone who is brand new to Nearpod and wants to get started using Nearpod in their classrooms! Participants will experience all the interactive features, explore the Nearpod Lesson Library, learn how to launch both Live and Nearpod Student Paced lessons, and how to access post session reports. In this session, participants will also explore supplemental packages such as: Nearpod EL, Historical Perspectives and Literacy, College and Career Exploration, Digital Citizenship and Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning. Also, get a sneak peek of what is coming for back to school 2019!

About the Nearpod Presenter:

Emily LaFantano is a District Strategy Consultant at Nearpod. Emily is a dedicated educator passionate about using educational technology and 21st-century learning to enhance student achievement. She is a former teacher who loves to learn innovating ways to use technology in the classroom and loves to listen to new ideas!

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Student Centered Instructional Design for Personalized Learning and the #FutureReady Student in the K-5 Classroom

Room #: BSES 128

Anthony Gabriele and Kyle Brun

We will focus on the Student Centered Instructional Design portion of our 4 Part Course Development Process. Participants will take a deeper dive into our work with the Global Online Academy, focusing on Designing Experiences, Building Interactions, & Presenting Content. The session will have a particular focus for where the district is headed with Open Education Resources for the K-5 classroom.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Using Drones in the Classroom

Room #: GVHS (Outside Art Wing)

Mike Simone and Dan Schemmer

Are you interested in drones? Would you like to use drones in your class with your students but are unsure how? This session allows teachers to learn about the types of drones that are available in GVSD. Teachers will learn and fly Parrot Mambo Drones in a variety of ways, learn and fly the Phantom Drone, and also be able to apply drone learning across the curriculum through peer collaboration.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Using Drones in the Classroom

Room #: BSES Gym Area

Carin Zecca & Rebecca Brown

Are you interested in drones? Would you like to use drones in your class with your students but are unsure how? This session allows teachers to learn about the types of drones that are available in GVSD. Teachers will learn and fly Parrot Mambo Drones in a variety of ways, learn and fly the Phantom Drone, and also be able to apply drone learning across the curriculum through peer collaboration.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Developing a Database of Leveled Titles for Guided Reading & Interactive Read Alouds in the Elementary Classroom

Room #: BSES 126

Kaitlin Mack and Jill Rosen

Participants will collaborate to establish a database consisting of leveled titles to be used at various guided reading levels. Within this database, teachers will have access to titles, levels, and resources to accompany the titles. In addition to guided reading titles, the database will also include interactive read aloud titles and resources, which will support cross curricular content.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Using Your New Classroom Projector

Room #: BSES 220

Brian Quindlen

This session will focus on how to operate the Epson Brightlink 685Wi, the new projector that is going to be installed in GV classrooms. We will learn the basics of operation, the projector's special features, and how it works with our district computers.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Using Your New Classroom Projector

Room #: BSES 122

Rob Guidetti

This session will focus on how to operate the Epson Brightlink 685Wi, the new projector that is going to be installed in GV classrooms. We will learn the basics of operation, the projector's special features, and how it works with our district computers.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Checking In: Your Year with Alexa and askMyClass

Room #: BSES 124

Meredithe Stefanowicz

Participants in the district Alexa/askMyClass pilot will discuss their successes and areas of continuous growth during their first year with the Echo devices. Techniques for introduction, class maintenance and more will be shared in order to plan for more use with the device in the future. Google Forms will be completed about their experience to guide future planning.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Nearpod 103: Advanced Tips and Tricks

Room #: GVHS B 127

Emily LaFantano (District Strategy Consultant at Nearpod)

n this workshop, participants will learn Advanced Tips for the Nearpod Platform which will include Nearpod Notes, How to best utilize the +Add Activities Tab, incorporating Student-Paced Lessons, Nearpod for Subs, Nearpod integrations with other platforms and our Professional Learning Networks. In this session, participants will also explore supplemental packages such as: Nearpod EL, Historical Perspectives and Literacy, College and Career Exploration, Digital Citizenship and Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning. Also, get a sneak peek of what is coming for back to school 2019!

About the Nearpod Presenter:

Emily LaFantano is a District Strategy Consultant at Nearpod. Emily is a dedicated educator passionate about using educational technology and 21st-century learning to enhance student achievement. She is a former teacher who loves to learn innovating ways to use technology in the classroom and loves to listen to new ideas!

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Oculus Go Virtual Reality: What is it and how can it fit into your curriculum

Room #: GVHSLibrary (Right Side)

Erin Cleary and Dan Provence

Take a break from reality with Oculus Go VR! Learn what it is, how to use it, and try it hands-on! Visit another planet, face your fears, or try some guided meditation on a beach! After familiarizing yourself with our VR sets you'll have time to brainstorm with your colleagues on how to incorporate VR into your curriculum.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Project Based Learning - Sharing your best ideas

Room #: GVHS B 118

Kim Kievit

The first half of the session will involve participants sharing a project they currently use with students. The second half of the session will allow participants to take the projects that were shared and adapt them to fit their needs based on grade level, content area, etc.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Designing Assessments and Tests in Schoology

Room #: GVHS C 131

Anna Truskin

This session will go over the similarities and differences between the Test and Assessment features in Schoology, as well as the settings available, types of questions, and analytics available using these tools. This session is beneficial for any teacher that utilizes Schoology and is interested in designing informal or formal assessments within their Schoology courses.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Primary K-2 Math Number Talks / Moving Toward Small Group Math Learning Stations

Room #: BSES 127

Jennifer Brennan and Kelly Macauley

An INTRODUCTION to math learning stations. Sharing what works in the primary classroom and evolve from whole group math instruction to engaging learning stations, where students independently apply learned math strategies.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Teaching is Phenomenal

Room #: GVHS C-118

Paul Kazanjian

Phenomena are facts or situations of which the cause is in question. To understand phenomena, students must learn how to ask questions, gather evidence and synthesize arguments. In this session, we will discuss the theory and practice of motivating students with everyday surroundings. Participants will also have time to collaborate on and share their own experiences with this method.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

How Can I Help Foster a Positive, Productive Culture in My Team, Department, or School?

Room #: BSES 112

Steve Piasecki

This session is for teacher leaders and for the leader in all teachers. How well does your team, department, or faculty work together? Can your collaboration and productivity be improved/enhanced? Drawing on the work of Daniel Coyle (Culture Code) we will explore the important facets of group culture--safety and belonging, vulnerability, and purpose--in order to be agents of growth and change.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Creating Tool Kits for Reading/Writing Workshop

Room #: BSES C & I Lab

Vanessa Stroup and Marybeth Schoeninger

Teachers will collaborate, create and develop toolkits to support students’ reading/writing growth. Toolkits to include the charts, practice texts, and other tools that helps make your teaching more concrete, specific, and more responsive to each student’s needs.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Visible Learning: What's It All About?

Room #: GVHS B 122

Kris LaFave and Beth Murphy

What is Visible Learning? Let's take a close look at John Hattie's work that involved millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence-based research into what actually works best to improve student learning. We will take time to discuss his findings and come up with ways we can use them to help our own students. What will help students learn the most? What has a minimal impact? The answers might surprise you!

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Session 3 (1:00 pm - 2:50 pm)

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May
24
1:00 PM13:00

Online Component for All Teachers

Please Join the GarnetValleyLearns Schoology Course by using the following course access code: VPBS6-KKPDW

This course will serve as the online component for both the February 15th and May 24th In-Service Days. Once you join this course, you will continue to have access to the course and all of the resources.

Once you join the Schoology course, navigate to the February 15th/May 24th folder and view the guided instructions and complete the required work.

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