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 Professional Development Academy

 We have posted the PDA courses on the Bellmore-Merrick MyLearningPlan “Professional Development Academy” page. To review the offerings and register, go to https://www.mylearningplan.com/Index.html, log on and click on the “District Catalog” link on the left hand column.  Then in the search menu click on the pull-down menu where it says “All Programs” hit the option for “Professional Development Academy” and then click on search.  Scroll down and you will be able to review the course offerings.

 

Please see the Summer Professional Development workshops for the weeks of June 26 and August 21:

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/26/2017

Instructors: Mary Beth Vetro and Maura Kempton

 Location: Brookside Board Room

 
Familiarize yourself with the Bellmore-Merrick Co-Teaching Model while focusing on teacher roles, how to approach co-planning, fostering the relationship with your co-teacher, instructional arrangements, pacing, and integrating technology. You will leave this course with practical strategies and tangible resources that you can implement in your co-taught classroom.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/26/2017

 Instructor:  Kristin Fusaro

 Location: Brookside Curriculum Library

 
The Weebly Pro website service is a powerful tool designed specifically for teachers as an interactive platform with a drag and drop website builder allowing users to add content elements such as multimedia, photos, videos, text, and maps with ease. This course will guide you through creating your own website, publishing your site, and integrating "wow" factors through various Internet resources. Because of Weebly Pro's use of drag and drop elements, even novice users will be able to create impressive looking interactive websites!

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/27/2017

 Instructor: JeanMarie Perrella

 Location: Calhoun Library


Participants will explore how flipped learning promotes student autonomy, offers continual feedback, and transforms the classroom experience to provide increased opportunities for meaningful communication, active learning and engagement. Participants will experience various tools for audio and visual recording, integrating interactivity, collecting data and providing feedback (e.g., WeVideo, YouTube, Google Forms, etc.), as they work to create their own digital content.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/27/2017

 Instructor: Teq

 Location: Brookside Curriculum Library

 

SMART amp, one of the newest products from SMART Technologies, is a web-based platform designed to connect a variety of different devices to a single collaborative work space. Join us for an introduction of how it can be integrated with Google Classroom. Teachers will be able to set up classes, easily distribute lesson materials to students, conduct formative assessments, and manage student projects, all in real-time. 

- The following topics will be covered:
- SMART amp Overview
- Creating a Class and Adding Students
- Creating a Workspace
- Organizing with Google Drive
- Creating a SMART amp assignment in Google Classroom

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/27/2017

 Instructor:  Dr. Joseph Scardapane

 Location: Brookside Board Room


 
Jon Kabat Zinn (2013) describes mindfulness as "The awareness that arises by paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally". This workshop will address each of the key components described in this definition conceptually and experientially. Participants will learn the foundation of mindfulness which is the practice of meditation. The practice of being mindful in our daily lives and activities will be explored and demonstrated. 

Strosahl and Robinson's (2015) five processes of present moment awareness: Observing, Describing, Detaching, Loving Yourself and Acting Mindfully, will be discussed and demonstrated so that participants will come away with practices to utilize in their personal and professional lives.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/27/2017

 Instructors:  Wendy Simson and Saul Wiener

 Location: Calhoun High School Room B175

 

This course will offer strategies to all collaborative teams from incipient to veteran. Collaborative partners are URGED to attend this course TOGETHER as we explore best practices in lesson planning, instruction, and differentiation. We will offer time for teams to lesson plan and create/modify assessments.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/28/2017

 Instructor:  Teq

 Location: Kennedy iMac Lab

 

Participants will learn the basics of creating quality images and segments to be integrated into multimedia software. Teachers will be able to develop multiple paged documents for print, web, or mobile devices. The following topics will be covered: 


• Overview of the Adobe Creative Suite 

• Adobe After Effects – Features and User Activity 

• Adobe InDesign – Features and User Activity 

• Sample Projects

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 6/29/2017

 Instructor: Rachel Mathieu-Leo

 Location: Mepham Library


 
Some of the topics to be covered:
- Using picture books and/or literature as a springboard to lessons
- How to get the most out of Destiny (the library catalog) by using all of its features
- Getting to know the databases on offer 
- How to search for and obtain informational text for classroom lesson support (books, Internet, databases)
- How to build a good research project (using the Research curriculum that Adeline and I both worked on a few summers ago)
- How to maximize the use of the Library Media Specialist in your school (we are here to help!)
- Using technology to enhance class assignments and projects
- Sharing resources: a discussion on what go-to online resources teachers use
Teachers will be asked to bring a project they have assigned in the past, or an idea for a new project they would like create, and they could spend the last portion of the class working independently on updating/creating this project with the knowledge learned throughout the workshop. Teachers will walk away with the beginnings of an updated/new project they can use in the future. This class would be helpful to all disciplines.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/21/2017

 Instructors: Shari Stack and Nicole Tschan

 Location: Brookside Curriculum Library


 
Over the course of five hours, participants in this workshop will learn what makes a good Website, how to navigate the editing features of Weebly Pro, as well as create their own Website, and link other platforms (Google Classroom, Edmodo, etc.) to their site. By the end of the course, participants will have a fully functioning online classroom that they can use in September.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/22/2017

 Instructor: Teq

 Location: Brookside Curriculum Library


 
SMART amp, one of the newest products from SMART Technologies, is a web-based platform designed to connect a variety of different devices to a single collaborative work space. Join us for an introduction of how it can be integrated with Google Classroom. Teachers will be able to set up classes, easily distribute lesson materials to students, conduct formative assessments, and manage student projects, all in real-time. 
- The following topics will be covered:
- SMART amp Overview
- Creating a Class and Adding Students
- Creating a Workspace
- Organizing with Google Drive
- Creating a SMART amp assignment in Google Classroom

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/22/2017 to 8/23/2017

 Instructors: Justin Gioia and David Quartarone

 Location: TBD

 

This professional development seeks to help educators develop a greater understanding of the rationale and framework for the inclusive co-teaching model. An emphasis will be placed on the effective models of co-teaching, building supportive relationships with co-teachers, and engaging students through differentiated instruction. {This is a 10 hour workshop}

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/23/2017

 Instructor: Teq

 Location: Brrokside - Room 118 (iMac lab)

 


 
Participants will learn the basics of creating quality images and segments to be integrated into multimedia software. Teachers will be able to develop multiple paged documents for print, web, or mobile devices. The following topics will be covered: 

• Overview of the Adobe Creative Suite 

• Adobe After Effects – Features and User Activity 

• Adobe InDesign – Features and User Activity 

• Sample Projects

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/23/2017

 Instructor: Dr. Joseph Scardapane

 Location: Brookside Board Room


 
Jon Kabat Zinn (2013) describes mindfulness as "The awareness that arises by paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally". This workshop will address each of the key components described in this definition conceptually and experientially. Participants will learn the foundation of mindfulness which is the practice of meditation. The practice of being mindful in our daily lives and activities will be explored and demonstrated. 

Strosahl and Robinson's (2015) five processes of present moment awareness: Observing, Describing, Detaching, Loving Yourself and Acting Mindfully, will be discussed and demonstrated so that participants will come away with practices to utilize in their personal and professional lives.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/24/2017

 Instructor: Kelly Desmond

 Location: Brookside Curriculum Library


 
Ever wonder how to take advantage of technology students use every day? This PD session with have you flipping in no time. Flipped learning is an instructional strategy that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom through student's computers and mobile devices. Participants will learn how to use web tools to differentiate instruction, encourage collaboration and promote student reflection while creating a lesson to use with students. Please come with a lesson in mind to flip, audio-visual equipment will be available.

Dr. Joseph Scardapane
Dr. Joseph Scardapane
Wendy Simson and Saul Wiener