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Summer Seminars for teachers, administrators are in June

Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators continue through end of June

Published: May 16, 2013.

Lewis University College of Education is offering Continuing Professional Development Credit with Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Participants will receive one CPDU for each hour of attendance.

Fourteen seminars are being presented in June at various locations. Pre-registration and payment is required. More information about the seminars is available at www.lewisu.edu/events/SummerSeminars or by calling Jean Lucas at 815-836-5847.

  1. “Polishing the Apple - Strategic Marketing for Schools and School Systems” 8am-noon June 10 Romeoville campus ($40)
    Learn how your school can boost its image in the community, create more effective communication, gain greater business support, raise school spirit and increase staff and faculty moral. Marketing professor Robert Bergman, instructor of marketing, has helped public, private and parochial schools craft strategies for creating total community “buy-in” for happier and healthier schools.
  2. “Reading Strategies in the 6-12 Classroom” 8am-noon June 11 Romeoville campus ($40)
    Dr. Chris Palmi, assistant professor of secondary education, will introduce teachers to and have them practice the following strategies: 4-2-1 Guides, Save the Last Word for Me, Anticipation Guides, Word Family Trees and Directed Reading Sequence Activities. Teachers will leave the workshop with new ideas for their tool kits in order to foster a deeper understanding of content literacy for all learners. Note: Participants should bring one or more textbooks used in their curricula.
  3. “MORE Reading Strategies in the 6-12 Classroom” 8am-noon June 13 Romeoville campus ($40)
    As a follow-up to the first Reading Strategies workshop, Dr. Chris Palmi, assistant professor of secondary education, will introduce teachers to and have them practice, additional reading strategies including Text Impressions, Tossed Terms, Semantic Feature Analysis, QAR and Readers Theater. Teachers will leave the workshop with ideas to enhance the teaching of literacy skills across the curriculum. Note: Participants should bring one or more textbooks used in their curricula.
  4. “Writing Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom” 8am-noon June 25 Romeoville campus ($40)
    The session is a supplement to the Reading Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom workshops. Dr. Chris Palmi, assistant professor of secondary education, will introduce teachers to and have them practice the following strategies: Shades of Meaning, RAFT Writing, SPAWN Writing, Found Poetry and Poems for Two Voices. Teachers will leave the workshop with ways to assist students in using writing strategies across the curriculum. Note: Participants should bring one or more textbooks used in their curricula.
  5. “Hip-Hop in the Classroom” 8am-noon June 12 Romeoville campus ($40)
    Dr. Brad Porfilio, associate professor of educational leadership, will explore how the incorporation of hip-hop in K-12 classrooms has the power to foster caring relationships between teachers and students, to improve students' academic performance and to increase students' understanding of their world. The participants will develop concrete strategies for implementing hip-hop based education in their content areas. Finally, the participants will recognize several of the common misconceptions of hip-hop culture.
  6. “Co-Teaching” 8am-noon June 17 Romeoville campus ($40)
    Interested in learning more about how to plan and implement a co-teaching model in your classroom? Participants of this workshop will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of how to work with colleagues and other school professionals to assist all learners in the classroom. Dr. Dorene Huvaere, chair and professor of secondary education, and Elizabeth Pearce, assistant professor of special education, will briefly review the concept of co-teaching, explore the various co-teaching models and discuss how to build a strong relationship between co-teachers.
  7. “Usage-Based Instruction (UBI)- an Innovative Approach for Teaching Oral Communication” 8am-3pm June 17-18 Romeoville campus ($80)
    This workshop is intended for both college-level and high-school teachers of foreign languages. Usage-Based Instruction, an innovative approach to teaching oral communication, was developed on the basis of Cognitive Perspective on Second Language Acquisition which sees language and language learning in a refreshingly novel way. Significantly modified and improved from the previous year, this workshop will provide foreign language instructors with ready-to-use strategies and techniques they can immediately apply to accelerate instruction for oral proficiency. Dr. Serafima Gettys, coordinator of Foreign Language Program and assistant professor, and Iwona Lech will present the two-day workshop. 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 your textbook.
  8. “Usage-Based Instruction (UBI)- an Innovative Approach for Teaching Oral Communication” 8am-3pm August 7-8 Romeoville campus ($80)
    This workshop is intended for both college- level and high-school teachers of foreign languages. Usage-Based Instruction, an innovative approach to teaching oral communication, was developed on the basis of Cognitive Perspective on Second Language Acquisition which sees language and language learning in a refreshingly novel way. Significantly modified and improved from the previous year, this workshop will provide foreign language instructors with ready-to-use strategies and techniques they can immediately apply to accelerate instruction for oral proficiency. Dr. Serafima Gettys, coordinator of Foreign Language Program and assistant professor, and Iwona Lech, adjunct instructor, will present the two-day workshop. 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 your textbook.
  9. “Ethical and Moral Decision Making” 8am-noon June 19 Tinley Park campus ($40)
    Michael Mecozzi, adjunct instructor, will examine the role of educational leaders as they determine their values in making decisions. The workshop considers the ethical and moral underpinnings of decisions and how the decisions impact students, staff and families. It discusses the importance of integrity and trust in building relationships and their contributions to a positive school climate. Case studies and moral dilemmas will be used to illustrate these concepts.
  10. “Singapore Math - Model Drawing Grades: 1-5” 8am-noon June 20 Romeoville campus ($40)
    Do your students get frustrated when it is time to solve word problems? Perhaps they find the process confusing or cannot seem to figure out what the problem is asking. During this workshop, Ann O’Brien, instructor of elementary education, will present a solution to this problem - a Singapore Math Strategy called Model Drawing. It gives students seven reliable steps that will help them solve just about every word problem they encounter.
  11. “Special Education Law” 9am-noon June 24 Oak Brook campus ($40)
    Dr. Pam Jessee, dean and associate professor, will present the 3-hour seminar that will demystify the basic tenets of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Concepts include free appropriate public education, least restrictive environment, parent participation and procedural safeguards and non-discriminatory assessment. Other disability laws that impact school administrators will also be discussed including Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  12. “Common Core” 8am-noon June 26 Shorewood campus ($40)
    The number and complexity of the Common Core State Standards can be daunting for school teams working on aligning their curriculum and instruction. Dr. Deborah Augsburger, chair and associate professor of Reading and Literacy, and Jessica Quaresima, adjunct instructor, will provide participants with a hands-on exploration of the ways that identified best practices in literacy are addressed in CCSS, including how to address complex text with emerging and striving readers, suggestions for incorporating subject area vocabulary across the curriculum and ways school teams can work together to find a place for all students in the CCSS.
  13. “Supporting Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): An Introductory Workshop” 8am-noon June 27 Shorewood campus ($40)
    Dr. Will Blackwell, assistant professor of special education, will present the workshop designed for teachers who want to learn more about supports for students with ADHD. This introductory workshop will focus on the characteristics of children and young adults with ADHD, with an emphasis on recognizing these students' considerable strengths in order to design instructional and behavior support strategies. Participants will engage with information on identification of learners with ADHD, lesson plans that capitalize on student strengths and behavior support approaches.
  14. “School Culture and Collaboration” 8am-noon June 28 Tinley Park campus ($40)
    Michael Mecozzi, adjunct instructor, will present the workshop to discuss various aspects of school culture. The workshop will provide different lenses through which a culture can be viewed as well as prototypes of school cultures. Consideration will be given to the role of collaboration and communication and its impact on the nature of school culture.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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