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The College of Education at Lewis University is pleased to announce Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40/person and must have a minimum of 10 people. You will earn four (4) professional development units for each seminar you attend. Please note variations in locations and times of seminar offerings.

Sessions Available:

#1 SMART Board Part 1: Creating Collaborative, Engaging Activities

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Is your SMART Board serving as an expensive projector screen, or perhaps a bulletin board covered with magnets and papers? It’s time to maximize this engaging digital tool! In this 4-hour hands-on seminar, participants will learn how to use the SMART Board and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software to create interactive lessons. The seminar will cover the basics needed to begin using the SMART Board, including how to use the board itself, the different tools available, software usage and online resources.

Presenter(s): Ms. Liz Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#2 SMART Board Part 2: More Collaborative Activities

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Want to continue where SMART Board Part 1 left off? In this 4-hour hands-on seminar, participants will use the SMART Board and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software from SMART Board Part 1 to create interactive lessons and activities tailored to their classrooms. The seminar will cover creating attendance activities, editing pre-made games, and ways to make lessons more interactive. Participants are encouraged to bring content material and a flash drive to use for their activities.

Presenter(s): Ms. Liz Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#3 Usage-Based Instruction (UBI) - an Innovative Approach for Teaching Oral Communication Part 1

Date: Part 1 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus

Teaching for oral proficiency in foreign languages is notoriously inefficient. Studies indicate that most students do not reach the target level of speaking proficiency in foreign languages after four years of instruction. This workshop is intended for both college-level and high-school teachers of foreign languages. Usage-Based Model of language is a refreshingly new perspective on how language is represented in the mind, how it is learned, and how it should be taught. This seminar will provide foreign language instructors with ready-to-use strategies and techniques they can apply to accelerate instruction for oral proficiency. Participants will understand the theoretical underpinnings to the UBI approach, experience it through learning a new language, learn how to switch completely to the UBI or use it in conjunction with a textbook.

Presenter(s): Dr. Serafima Gettys, Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#4 Usage-Based Instruction (UBI) - an Innovative Approach for Teaching Oral Communication Part 2

Date: Part 2 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus

Those who would like to learn more about the practical application of the UBI are invited to attend Part 2 of the seminar which will be conducted on August 4. A person may register for Part 1 and/or Part 2.

Presenter(s): Dr. Serafima Gettys, Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#5 Addressing the Common Core Reading Standards in the Content Areas - Grades 6-12

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus

This seminar will focus on practical ways to apply the Common Core Reading Standards for Literacy in Science, Social Science, and Technical Subjects in grades 6-12. Particular attention will be paid to the areas of ideas and details, craft and structure and integration of knowledge as they apply to the use of fiction and nonfiction in the curriculum. Although materials will be supplied, participants are strongly encouraged to bring copies of their own classroom readings so that they may be prepared to use their new and/or revised lessons, activities and assessments in the fall.

Presenter(s): Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#6 Addressing the Common Core Standards for Writing - Grades 6-12

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Oak Brook Campus

This seminar will focus on practical ways to apply the Common Core Reading Standards for Writing in grades 6-12. Particular attention will be paid to the areas of text types and purposes, production and distribution, and research as they apply to the use of multiple types of writing in the curriculum. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring copies of their own classroom materials so that they may be prepared to use their new and/or revised lessons, activities and assessments in the fall.

Presenter(s): Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#7 Common Core is Here to Stay: Addressing Reading and Literacy – Grades 4-12

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

This seminar will introduce strategies that educators can implement in their classrooms to embrace the Common Core Standards by applying results-driven Thinking and Visualization Strategies in different genres that students read. Thinking and visualization strategies are simple, effective and powerful approaches that help students interpret meaning and images from the material they are reading. Participants will develop a comfort level of understanding of the strategies, practice application, and be astonished with the positive results/outcomes. With proper instruction, participants will be able to leverage the Common Core Standards as an important agent of change and an opportunity for deeper meaning and student success in literacy.

Presenter(s): Dr. Nancy Kennedy, Ms. Fontini Abou
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#8 Access "101"

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

This seminar will introduce a variety of methods for teachers to use to support students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Through demonstration, modeling and applied practice, participants will learn ways to eliminate common barriers to student learning and increase students’ access to curriculum, instruction and the physical classroom environment. Participants will engage in small group discussions, examine curriculum and materials and practice straightforward strategies that can be generalized for all grade levels. While the strategies are applicable to all areas, there will be a focus on supporting students with disabilities in reading, writing and mathematics. The seminar should be particularly beneficial to general and special educators who support students in general education classroom settings.

Presenter(s): Ms. Jennifer Buss
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#9 Using iPads in the Classroom

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

iPads can be powerful tools in the classroom to increase student engagement and differentiate instruction. In this 4-hour hands-on seminar, participants will be introduced to ways of utilizing iPads and free apps, engaging students as not only consumers of existing digital content, but also as creators of new digital content. iPads will be available for use, or participants may bring their own.

Presenter(s): Ms. Liz Sturm
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#10 Skills and Supports for Instructional Assistants

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

This seminar is designed for instructional assistants and classroom teachers who work with instructional assistants. The seminar will focus on defining the roles of instructional assistants and developing strategies to help them support diverse learners in a variety of classroom settings. Best practices will be shared, demonstrated and modeled during this session from experienced educators. School policies, responsibilities of the classroom teacher and instructional assistant, procedures, strategies, behavior management and ethics will all be addressed. The session will be engaging and present a variety of practical ideas for instructional assistants and classroom teachers.

Presenter(s): Ms. Jennifer Buss
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#11 Fun over Fear: Techniques for Teaching Poetry in Middle and High School

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus

Because too many educators and students fear poems, over-simplify or have suffered bad experiences with poetry, this seminar will engage its participants with fresh methods of teaching both poetry as a genre and poems as artifacts, from the canon and beyond, from historical to diverse contemporary schools of poetry, from theoretical perspectives to those of a practicing poet's craft. Core pedagogical approaches, contextual materials, student activities, and assessment options will be provided and participants will leave the seminar with the makings of a unit plan, an "anthology" of teachable poems and interdisciplinary or cross-curricular connections.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jackie K. White
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#12 Computer Programming for Teachers

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

In this seminar, you will learn how to write computer programs in Python, one of today's most popular computer languages. You'll learn how to write programs that interact with the user, perform calculations, process text, draw, animate and play games. With the growing popularity of computer programming today, and with the national effort to get all children to learn how to code, this timely seminar will enable you to pass on these skills to your students in grades 6-12.

Presenter(s): Dr. Ray Klump
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#13 Teaching and Learning with Mindfulness for K-12 Teachers

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus

"Mindfulness" practices, based on present moment direct experiences and nonjudgmental awareness, are increasingly being used and valued in classrooms for enhancing students’ social and emotional learning, academic performance and teacher self-care, at all grade levels and all around the world. This seminar explores the ways in which mindfulness practices can be effectively used in our classrooms, within our courses and for ourselves. Specifically, we will 1) review and practice a variety of approaches to teaching and learning mindfulness; 2) explore the robust research that supports the use of mindfulness in our teaching, learning and being; 3) address the tensions that accompany the use of mindfulness in the classroom; and 4) share numerous resources designed to support one’s own mindfulness practice, which serves as the foundation for our own teaching of and with mindfulness.

Presenter(s): Dr. Sheila Kennedy, Dr. Jennifer Consilio Kukler
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#14 Gifted Education in the Middle School

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus

This seminar is designed for instructors working with gifted students in grades 6-7-8 specifically in Reading, Writing and Language Arts. Through demonstration, modeling and applied practices, participants will learn ways to work some new methods and align the Common Core Standards in their classrooms. Strategies, materials, lesson planning and classroom technology tools will all be shared with participants. The session will assist instructors’ understanding of gifted education and how to work with and challenge the students at an appropriate level. All middle school teachers are welcome to attend.

Presenter(s): Ms. Jennifer Buss, Mr. Bryan Buss
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#15 Helping High-Needs Students Achieve Academic Success

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Oak Brook Campus

Research has clearly demonstrated the link between lack of academic achievement and students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This workshop will focus on the benefits, challenges and strategies favorable to working in a high-needs school environment. Teaching in a high-needs school can be highly rewarding and given the right conditions, all students – including those from less fortunate circumstances – can have the opportunity to succeed. Particular attention will be given to characteristics and strategies that can be applied to grades 6-12 classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Dorene Huvaere, Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#16 Using Classroom Assessment to Improve Student Performance

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Assessment has become a commonly used term school wide. This seminar will focus on simple approaches to assessment that will help classroom teachers use day-to-day classroom assessments to help their planning and instruction and assist student learning. Teachers will participate in activities that will help them look at classroom assessment tools such as tests, handouts and technology in light of informing students and enhancing their participation in the learning process.

Presenter(s): Dr. Mitra Fallahi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#17 Tackling the Big Three: Rigor, Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questions

Date: Monday, June 29, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

This presentation will clarify the terms rigor, close reading and text-dependent questions with user-friendly definitions, examples and application to the classroom curriculum. Participants will not only be introduced to the strategies, but will practice implementing the strategies to various reading genres. An opportunity to share concerns and questions will allow participants to receive individual help with particular issues they may have in their classrooms. This seminar will relieve anxiety and frustration with rigor, close reading and text-dependent questions and help the participants to use the Common Core Standards as agents of change in grades 4 and above, rather than as a dictated curriculum.

Presenter(s): Dr. Nancy Kennedy
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#18 So You Are Thinking of Becoming a Principal

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

This seminar will discuss aspects of leadership at the school level. Qualities of a successful principal and the importance of collaboration with school faculty, parents, and staff, as well as the Central Office will be presented. Elements of the new principal preparation legislation will be presented and requirements of Lewis University’s Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement. The internship will be highlighted as it reflects one of the most compelling changes.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jane Petrek
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#19 Literature into Film: Teaching Adaptations in Middle and High School

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus

Film Studies in general and adaptation in particular offer educators a potent, appealing, and enjoyable means of fostering print and visual literacies. By familiarizing themselves with the relationship between film and literature, students learn about the elements of both genres, the cultures that produce them, and the connection between viewing and reading. Most importantly, they sharpen their skills in analysis and writing. To promote these learning outcomes, we will discuss best practices in Film Studies pedagogy, review the theory and terminology associated with Film Studies and adaptation, consider how and why literary texts are adapted into films, and reflect upon effective student activities and assessment methods.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jamil Mustafa, Dr. Christopher Wielgos
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#20 The Signs and Symptoms of Teacher Burnout and What to do About it!

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Tinley Park Campus

One third of teachers leave the profession within the first five years of teaching due to burn out. We will explore strategies to deal with stress, difficult people, and stay focused on the students in the classroom. Lewis University alumni attend free of charge! If you are an alum, please contact Jean Lucas at (815) 836-5847 to register.

Presenter(s): Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dr. Mitra Fallahi
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#21 Lockport's Lincoln Landing, Local History in a National Context

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015 
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Gaylord Building Historic Site, Lockport Illinois

Designed for teachers of grades 2-8, this seminar will include strategies to use the Lockport Lincoln Landing as a way to investigate local and national history. Participants will use lesson plans, place-based learning and group discussion to immerse themselves in this content. Topics will include will local history, Abraham Lincoln and the theme of transportation including the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

Presenter(s): Dr. Dennis Cremin, Ms. Laura Pratt
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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