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The College of Education at Lewis University is pleased to announce the 2016 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: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

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 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): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: (Session is FULL)
Note: A second SMART Board Part 1 seminar has been added - See Session #24

Cost: $40

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#2 Access 101

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016  
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-12 General and Special Education Teachers

This seminar will present various ways classroom teachers can accommodate and modify the general education classroom for students with disabilities. Through this process we will demonstrate, model and practice best strategies for the classroom. All participants will be shown ways to "Access" what you already have in your classroom and demonstrate how to structure your classroom to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will be able to engage in small group discussions, practice and alter curriculum, engage with materials and practice simple strategies which can be generalized for various grade levels. Reading and math content areas will be the focus.

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

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#3 Struggling Learner Strategies

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 3-8 Grade Teachers

Various ways classroom teachers can accommodate and modify the general education classroom for students struggling academically through goal setting, time-management, self-determination, attitudes and belief systems will be presented in this seminar. Through this process we will demonstrate, model and practice best strategies for the classroom. Participants will be able to engage in small group discussions, practice and engage with materials and practice simple strategies which can be generalized for various grade levels.

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

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#4 SMART Board Part 2: More Collaborative Activities

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016  
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

Want to continue where SMART Board Part 1 left off? In this 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): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#5 Literature into Film: Teaching Adaptations

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade ELA Teachers

This seminar offers educators a potent, appealing and enjoyable means of fostering print and visual literacies. Almost all of the works studied in literature classrooms have been adapted into movies and many have been filmed multiple times over the decades. By considering how literature translates into film, students learn about the elements of both genres, the cultures that produce them and the relationship between reading and viewing. Most importantly, they sharpen their skills in analysis and writing. To promote these learning outcomes, we will discuss how and why literary texts are adapted into films, review the theory and terminology associated with adaptation and consider effective student activities and assessment methods.

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

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#6 Using iPads in the Classroom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: All Teachers

iPads can be powerful tools in the classroom to increase student engagement and differentiate instruction. In this hands-on seminar, participants will be introduced to ways of utilizing iPads and free apps, engaging students not only as 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): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#7 Writing and Reading Approaches for the Gifted

Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook campus
Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers

In this seminar, various ways classroom teachers can incorporate gifted learning in the areas of reading and writing will be presented. Through this process the instructor will demonstrate, model and provide hands on examples for the classroom. Participants will be able to engage in small group discussions, practice and engage with materials.

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

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#8 Instructional Assistants' Training Session

Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Oak Brook campus
Target Audience: K-12 Instructional Assistants

The role of an instructional assistant in the classroom will be examined in this seminar. Best practices will be shared, demonstrated and modeled during this session from experienced educators. Defining the roles of an instructional assistant and ways to support various learners will be introduced. School policy, responsibilities of the classroom teacher and assistant, procedures, strategies, behavior management and ethics will also be covered. This fun-filled session will be engaging and will present numerous great ideas for future use.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jennifer Buss
Maximum Seats: (CANCELLED)
Cost: $40

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#9 Global Education in Classrooms and Schools

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers or Administrators Interested in Global Education Initiatives

Today, schools prepare students to be citizens of their community, nation and the world. This seminar will explore the many purposes of global education and consider ways to create or build on global education initiatives in classrooms and schools. Participants will learn about exemplary practices in global education from K-12 and ways to integrate technology into global initiatives. We will consider connections between global education, civic education, human rights, peace education and ethical or character education. Participants will leave with hands-on plans for global initiatives in their own school, discipline or grade level. We will also discuss how to build upon global connections in school communities.

Presenter(s): Dr. Laura Quaynor
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#10 Reading and Writing Informational and Argumentative Texts

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Oak Brook campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers or Administrators Interested in Global Education Initiatives

Addressing complex text in the intermediate grades doesn’t need to be complicated! This seminar’s participants will be using models and prompts that help students write to learn and read deeply as they engage with informational and argumentative texts. We will provide hands-on examples to help you get students excited about learning through reading and writing.

Presenter(s): Dr. Deborah Augsburger
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#11 Teaching Vocabulary for Memorization and Communication

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: Foreign Language Teachers

This seminar will teach foreign language teachers how to introduce and practice new vocabulary to help students easily memorize and retain it. Our approach to teaching vocabulary is based on the Usage-Based Concept of language, a refreshingly novel view on how language is learned which has powerful pedagogical implications. The attendees will leave the seminar with a set of ready-to-use strategies and techniques they can apply in their classroom.

Presenter(s): Dr. Serafima Gettys, Mr. Rocio Rodriguez, Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 15
Cost: $40

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#12 Designing an Engaging Online Class

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: All Teachers

More and more instruction is switching to the distance education environment but teachers, as well as students, are often not prepared for that switch. Changing a traditional class into an online one requires a “retooling” of our traditional practices. This session will introduce the participants to these new tools and ways of making this transfer. Participants will engage in interactive hands-on activities in which they will learn how to design an online course in a synchronous or asynchronous mode.

Presenter(s): Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#13 Understanding Gender

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: All Teachers

This seminar panel will present roles of integration and collaboration using children’s literature, faculty training, students’ input, parents’ perspective and administration. They will begin with practical in-class material that teachers can use to teach about the topic to middle schoolers. A panel led discussion will follow with multiple school districts’ journeys of integration. The panel will consist of a teacher and representatives from administration, Youth 360 Services and parents who have experienced working with school districts on the topic of the transgendered.

Presenter(s): Mr. Bryan Buss, Dr. Jennifer Buss and a Panel of Professionals
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Gaylord Building Historic Site, Lockport
Target Audience: 2-8 Grade Teachers

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, placed based learning and group discussion to immerse themselves in this content. Topics will include local history, Abraham Lincoln and the theme of transportation including the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

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

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#15 Flip your Students! How to Easily Flip your Classroom

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: All Teachers

This seminar will explain what stands behind a "flipped classroom" model and introduce the reasons for flipping a traditional classroom in any subject. Real examples for different subjects will be presented. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion and learn how to turn their own ideas and possibilities into a partially or fully flipped model. We will focus on step-by-step implementation methodology in which participants will learn how to gradually and slowly change their instruction with a minimum effort.

Presenter(s): Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#16 Integrating Technology into the K-6 Classroom

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-6 Grade Teachers, Technology Coordinators and Administrators

his seminar will focus on a wide range of instructional activities with various technology tools. Participants will explore free apps and strategies to empower young learners as creators of their own learning. This seminar will address four key activities: 1) digital storytelling, 2) visible thinking strategies, 3) interactive multimedia creation and 4) checking student understanding. This seminar provides participants not only with an understanding of the technology tool/device itself, but also ways to integrate essential tools and apps in the elementary classroom. In order to refine their typical instruction with technology during the seminar, participants are encouraged to bring sample lesson plans and assessments used in their classrooms to the seminar.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#17 Integrating Technology into the Grades 7-12 Classroom

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 7-12 Grade Teachers, Technology Coordinators and Administrators

This seminar will focus on a wide range of instructional activities with various technology tools. Participants will explore free apps and strategies to empower adolescent learners as creators of their own learning. This seminar will address four key activities: 1) visible thinking strategies, 2) interactive multimedia creation, 3) checking student understanding and 4) flipping instruction. This seminar provides participants not only with an understanding of the technology tool/device itself, but also ways to integrate essential tools and apps in the classroom. In order to refine their typical instruction with technology during the seminar, participants are encouraged to bring sample lesson plans and assessments used in their classrooms to the seminar.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#18 Strategies for Differentiating the Middle / High School Classroom

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Target Audience: Middle/High School Teachers

Differentiated instruction is a method of designing and delivering instruction to best reach each student. During this seminar, participants will use various tools to help differentiate instruction through the content, process or product. Participants are asked to bring along curriculum materials they would like to use in developing differentiated lessons.

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

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#19 Reading and Writing Informational and Argumentative Texts

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Target Audience: 3-5 Grade Teachers

Addressing complex text in the intermediate grades doesn’t need to be complicated! This seminar’s participants will be using models and prompts that help students write to learn and read deeply as they engage with informational and argumentative texts. We will provide hands-on examples to help you get students excited about learning through reading and writing.

Presenter(s): Dr. Deborah Augsburger
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#20 Implementing Technology into a Foreign Language Classroom

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: Foreign or ESL language teachers

Recent developments in the field of instructional technology have created a vast array of applications and tools. The number of options, however, often becomes overwhelming to teachers who simply have no time to research and test every tool. A ready list of what works and what doesn’t would help make a classroom more attractive without spending hours exploring. This seminar will explore what tools are familiar to the participants, introduce new and effective tools specifically for language instruction and specific examples will be shown. Participants will be able to test the newly-introduced tools right on the spot.

Presenter(s): Ms. Iwona Lech
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#21 Simple and Inexpensive Activities to Teach Engineering

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

This active, hands-on session will share a variety of inexpensive engineering activities designed to challenge students while teaching them teamwork, problem solving and resilience. Participants will engage in the activities themselves and participate in discussions and debriefing. All participants will receive copies of the activities to use in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Lauren Rentfro
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#22 Folding Frenzy: Vocabulary and Content Activities

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

A variety of folded organizers and study aids will be shared. Participants should bring a composition notebook (100 pages), scissors and glue sticks. Everyone will create an interactive notebook during the session.

Presenter(s): Dr. Lauren Rentfro
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#23 75 Vocabulary Games for Engaging Students in Academic Language

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

This activity-based session shares 75 vocabulary games and strategies to enhance student learning and use of academic vocabulary in the science classroom.

Presenter(s): Dr. Lauren Rentfro
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville campus (DL 327)
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

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 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): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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