Wabash Valley Education Center

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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
April
4/27/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD POP: ~*Let's Write! (K-2) - Presented by Donna Whyte!
The importance of young children's writing in developing literacy is based upon understanding how reading, spelling, knowledge of the alphabet, and speech sounds develop together and support each other in meaning-making among beginning writers. Donna works with the authors of this best-selling book to bring it to life for teachers ready to support successful little writers.
May
5/3/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Students...5 Great Tips for Mastering Teacher Wellness - Melissa Gill
Are you at your wits' end? Are you trying to figure out how to stay sane during the COVID pandemic? Take some time for you! Attend this PD POP to walk away with 8-10 mastery moments to move forward with teacher wellness.
5/3/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD POP: ~*What About Our High Kids? (K-2) - Presented by Donna Whyte!
So many times, we search for interventions for struggling students. This sessions will focus on the skills that should be taught to those students that read at or above grade level. Leave with ideas for ensuring that these students are challenged to move forward at their pace.
5/4/2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*Spring Title III Meeting (Virtual)
Join us for our last virtual Title III meeting of the school year. Topics for this meeting include: IDOE Updates, EL TOR Info/Updates, SIOP Updates & Next Steps, 21-22 PD/Needs Assessment, and Family Engagement support for consortium schools
5/5/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Engaging and Effective Interventions (PK-2) - Carolyn Howard & Carol Grady
Interventions support the growing learner. Effective interventions are research based and developmentally appropriate. In this workshop, we will explore ways to take the traditional intervention session components “out to the playground”. Discover easy activities and ideas that we have used to take traditional small group intervention curricula to a new level. We will share instructional strategies that excite imagination and creativity, while maintaining the fidelity and integrity of the research behind the intervention.
5/5/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Motivating the Unmotivated Student (3-12) - Kevin Dill
Participants will learn the 'new' science of what really motivates students. We'll explore different techniques and strategies of integrating the science of motivating the unmotivated student within instructional approaches.
5/6/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*HOBART: Smekens: Best-practice Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary (K-12) - Virtual
This strategy-rich workshop for teachers in grades K-12 is all about helping students improve comprehension by developing a deep understanding of core academic vocabulary. No more is vocabulary instruction about rote memorization. Now the emphasis is on providing students with multiple exposures to key terms so that they truly “own” content-area words. This workshop will unveil current research on teaching vocabulary while tying these findings to dozens of instructional strategies that are both practical and engaging. This will be a virtual workshop.
5/11/2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
20-21 Reading Specialists Networking Meetings
Registration Closed
HAVE YOU BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE NEW READING SPECIALIST FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT? If so, these networking meetings are for you!! Come and learn from the experts in the field, as well as spend some quality time with others in the same position as you! There will be time built into each meeting for sharing discussing, and asking questions about critical topics such as scheduling, when to screen K, appropriate interventions and more! All networking meetings are from 10-2pm EST at WVEC. No lunch is provided- bring a snack or sack lunch with you! DATES for the meetings are: Sep 15, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, and May 11. (November 10th date changed to November 17th)
5/11/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Blended Learning Models for the Post-COVID Classroom (K-12) - Michele Eaton
As we look to a brighter future, without the constraints that come with living and teaching during a pandemic, there's a lot that can change in our classrooms moving forward. Join this session for a discussion on leveraging what you have learned over the past year to blend your future classroom. Michele Eaton, author of The Perfect Blend, will share models that are best for traditional classrooms and several templates and tools you can use right away with your students.
5/12/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Play-based Learning (PK-2) - Carolyn Howard & Carol Grady
When I started teaching kindergarten they said we didn’t have time to do big theme units because we have too many standards we needed to hit. I bought into this for a while but I found a way to fit it in to almost any standard I am teaching. With themes you hit, science, social studies, reading, writing, and math. After this session, you will leave with ideas that you can start using in your classroom immediately! Play-based learning is worth it!
5/12/2021
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
PD Pop: ~*Reading Strategies with Digital Text (K-12) - Michele Eaton
You’ve heard the debate by now. Which is better: print or digital? Let’s end that debate today. There’s a place for both in the modern classroom. In this session, let’s discuss the research behind how we read online, review teaching strategies for improving comprehension of digital media, and share tips for creating effective digital content for the classroom.
5/13/2021
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
~2021 Virtual STEM Kids Conference for 5th Grade Classrooms - May 13 (WVEC Member Schools Only)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Your 5th Grade classroom is invited to attend the 2021 Virtual STEM Kids Conference hosted by Purdue’s Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM! Students will use 21st Century skills such as collaboration, creativity, and communication as they engage in two 90-minute STEM activities. Choose either May 13th (Put Me in the Zoo/Tall Tower Challenge) or May 14th (Robot Artist/Secret Codes for Kids). Materials and a teacher guide will be delivered to each classroom. Registration is limited to 15 classrooms. THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR MAY 13th. (WVEC Member Schools only)
5/14/2021
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
~2021 Virtual STEM Kids Conference for 5th Grade Classrooms - May 14 (WVEC Member Schools Only)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Your 5th Grade classroom is invited to attend the 2021 Virtual STEM Kids Conference hosted by Purdue’s Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM! Students will use 21st Century skills such as collaboration, creativity, and communication as they engage in two 90-minute STEM activities. Choose either May 13th (Put Me in the Zoo/Tall Tower Challenge) or May 14th (Robot Artist/Secret Codes for Kids). Materials and a teacher guide will be delivered to each classroom. Registration is limited to 15 classrooms. THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR MAY 14th. (For WVEC Member Schools only)
June
6/1/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*Final Follow Up Days for 20-21 SIOP Train the Trainer Cohorts
There will be two final follow up days for all SIOP Train the Trainer participants from the 20-21 training sessions. This includes anyone trained in the summer of 2020 or fall of 2021. These sessions will be from 9:00-3:00 ET in-person at WVEC on June 1 and 2.
6/3/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
HOBART: Moving Away From the Quit, Stop, Don'ts - Strategies for Promoting Social Emotional Learning - Virtual
This active workshop is designed to prepare educators to implement strategies in their classroom that promote social emotional learning and decrease student challenging behavior. Participants will learn to design and implement multi-tiered class wide, small group, and individualized systems of support to promote social emotional development for learners from Pre-K to 6th grade. This workshop will be virtual and all times are CENTRAL TIME.
6/4/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PD Pop: ~*Did You Hear That? (K-12) - Melissa Fresch
This pop up is focused on the listening domain of WIDA and strategies to help develop listening skills in our ELs. Get lots of practical tips, real life examples, and digital downloads for you to use in your classroom!
6/7/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
*Summer SPARK 2021 (Virtual Conference)
Join us for our second SPARK Educator Conference…..SUMMER SPARK! Our SPARK Conference will be hosted by three DYNAMIC presenters who will share short SPARKS of Professional Learning Experiences with you throughout the month of June. All sessions will be recorded so you can listen to them at a time convenient for you!! One price for the entire month of Summer SPARK sessions!! Join Melissa Gill for rich discussions as she guides you through Dr. Lori DeSautels new book: Connection over Compliance. Engage with Kevin Dill as he presents his professional learning series for Student Community, and hear wonderful ideas and strategies from Indiana Educator, Phyllinga Jackson on supporting and engaging your diverse learners.
6/8/2021
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
*Summer Institute: Mitigating Learning Loss (Virtual Series) - Presented by Donna Whyte! (K-4)
“What are the best strategies to support your students who have fallen behind in reading and writing?” Plan to attend this virtual session to explore the most effective, engaging instructional strategies specifically to aid our students for success in the future. Learn to use the quickest and easiest path to providing the instructional supports necessary to meet each of your Grades K-4 struggling readers & writers right where they are and to fast-track their progress. Discover that by concentrating our teaching on the most crucial factors of reading and writing skills – we can make up for lost time knowing that our students have the best foundation we can provide.
6/8/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PD POP: ~*Quick Tips for UDL Implementation: Engagement, Action & Expression, and Representation (K-12)
Participants will gain an understanding of the three brain networks associated with Universal Design for Learning. Participants will utilize that understand to audit their learning environments. In addition, participants will gather specific strategies to design their learning environments and support learner variability.
6/11/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PD Pop: ~*Read All About It! (K-12) - Melissa Fresch
This pop up is focused on the reading domain of WIDA. We know our ELs can struggle with the Big 5 of reading development. During this pop up we'll learn some helpful strategies to build ELs skills in those areas, along with building their confidence as a reader. We'll pack a lot into 45 minutes, but you'll leave with some ideas, organizers, and digital downloads.
6/15/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*SIOP Train the Trainer Series - Cohort 1 - WVEC
This training is for trainers who will be providing SIOP training in their schools. Trainers will learn the 8 components of SIOP, as well as strategies, resources and techniques for each component of the SIOP model. This series consists of three days in the summer - June 15, 16, 17 that will be held at WVEC and two additional days in the fall with dates to be decided later.
6/18/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PD Pop: ~*If You Can Say It, You Can Write It! (K-12) - Melissa Fresch
This pop up is focused on the writing domain of WIDA. We know this area can be so difficult for our EL students. This workshop will offer some tips to help your EL students bridge that gap from oral language to written language. See how our school has made writing a focus and we've seen the results in the scores, as well as the overall confidence in our students as writers. Leave this pop up with some great resources and digital downloads!
6/22/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*SIOP Train the Trainer Series - Cohort 2 - NIESC
This training is for trainers who will be providing SIOP training in their schools. Trainers will learn the 8 components of SIOP, as well as strategies, resources and techniques for each component of the SIOP model. This series consists of three days in the summer - June 22, 23, 24 that will be held at NIESC in Mishawaka from 9:00-3:00 EASTERN TIME each day. Two follow-up days will be held in the fall at dates to be determined.
6/25/2021
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PD Pop: ~*Say It Loud & Proud! (K-12) - Melissa Fresch
This pop up is focused on the speaking domain of WIDA. Our ELs often lack confidence in speaking and it quite often shows on the WIDA scores. In this workshop learn ways to help strengthen those speaking skills in our ELs. Learn how to help your students go from quiet to confident speakers! You'll leave this workshop with some great resources, some digital downloads, and even a copy of a grant proposal that we used to help our students with speaking.
6/29/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*SIOP Train the Trainer Series - Cohort 3 - CIESC
This training is for trainers who will be providing SIOP training in their schools. Trainers will learn the 8 components of SIOP, as well as strategies, resources and techniques for each component of the SIOP model. This series consists of three days in the summer - June 29, 30, and July 1 that will be held at Central Indiana Education Service Center and two additional days in the fall with dates to be decided later.
August
8/3/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~Google Tools for Remote, Hybrid, and Blended Learning (K-12)
Over the last year (and more) Indiana teachers have stepped up to the plate for their students and schools. They've gone above and beyond with technology in their classrooms and at home. This session will help K-12 teachers harness the power of Google tools to organize learning experiences for students in-person and virtually. We'll focus on Google Classroom, G Suite tools, Jamboard, YouTube, and more! Presented by Sarah Margeson.
8/4/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~*Digital Creation Tools (K-12)
Tired of the same slideshow presentation turned in by every student? Shake up the way students demonstrate their learning by giving them choices. Attendees for this workshop will explore websites and discuss ways to introduce them to students. Tools featured during this session will include Adobe Spark, Canva, Book Creator, Screencastify, Google Earth, and more! Note: Most features covered will be the free versions of these tools. (K-12) Presented by Sarah Margeson.
8/31/2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
*EL TOR Networking Meetings 2021-22
These meetings are designed for individuals working to become the EL TOR for their district, or already are one. Come join others in the same role and ask questions, share ideas and learn from one another. As needed, experts from IDOE and around the state will join our meetings. We will use the hybrid approach with virtual meetings and in-person meetings.
September
9/2/2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
21-22 Reading Specialists Networking Meetings
Have you been identified as the Reading Specialist for your school or district? If so, these networking meetings are for you! Come and learn from the experts in the field, as well as spend some quality time with others in the same position as you. There will be time built into each meeting for sharing, discussing, and asking questions about critical topics such as scheduling, when to screen K, appropriate interventions and more.
9/21/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*SIOP Train the Trainer Series - Fall Cohort - WVEC
This training is for trainers who will be providing SIOP training in their schools. Trainers will learn the 8 components of SIOP, as well as strategies, resources and techniques for each component of the SIOP model. This series consists of three days in the fall - September 21, 22, and 23 that will be held at WVEC and two additional days on November 16 and 17 in W. Lafayette.
9/28/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~*Using Identified Picture Books that Develop Social Emotional Learning Competencies by Creating a Culture of Wonder and Curiosity (PreK-2)
Teachers will learn how to use a collection of picture books as a vehicle to support Indiana's Social Emotional Learning Competencies. This is for teachers of grades Pre-K to 2 (General Ed, Title III, and High Ability).
9/29/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~*Using Identified Picture Books that Develop Social Emotional Learning Competencies by Creating a Culture of Wonder and Curiosity (Grades 3-5)
Teachers will learn how to use a collection of picture books as a vehicle to support Indiana's Social Emotional Learning Competencies. This is for teachers of grades 3-5 (General Ed, Title III, and High Ability).
October
10/13/2021
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
~How Do We Play Fact Fluency Games When Kids Can't Share Materials? (K-6)
Learn a variety of games to help students learn their basic math facts! Although, traditionally, these games are taught with paper gameboards and physical materials (dice, two color counters, playing cards, etc.), participants will learn to transfer these games to digital environments. In doing so, kids can play games together as they sit 6 feet apart, from across the classroom, or from home after they leave our classrooms. We'll discuss ways that the pandemic has shifted our thinking in relation to online spaces and the benefits of technology in teaching fact fluency games. [K-6]
November
11/16/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
*2021-22 SIOP Train the Trainer Follow-Up Days
There will be two follow up days for all SIOP Train the Trainer participants from the 21-22 training sessions. This includes anyone trained in the summer or fall of 2021. These sessions will be from 9:00-3:00 ET at the Beck Ag Center in West Lafayette on November 16 and 17.
11/17/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~*Deepening Our Students' Understandings of Elementary Mathematics (K-6)
Teachers often note that their students can accurately compute; however, their students' understandings of mathematics don't seem to match their computational accuracy. This workshop will delve into ways to move beyond correct answers, to delve into the mathematical justifications children must know and understand in order to thrive in our ever-evolving world. [K-6]
December
12/8/2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
~*Mathematics for Our Youngest Learners (PK-1)
Before entering formal school settings, young children have many mathematical experiences. These out-of-school experiences can be used as a foundation upon which early childhood educators can build. Participants in this workshop will learn how to utilize children's experiences in developmentally appropriate ways as they delve into the teaching and learning of mathematics. [PK-1]