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The College of Education at Lewis University is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40/person and must have a minimum of 10 people. You will earn four professional development units for each seminar you attend. Please note variations in locations and times of seminar offerings.

Note: Registration for seminars will close 24 hours prior to the event.

Sessions Available

#1 Culturally Inclusive Teaching K-12
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 teachers

This seminar can support teachers interested in analyzing and/or creating curriculum and pedagogy to be culturally inclusive. We will begin with participants thinking about their own identity and providing tools for self-reflection and then provide some specific frameworks to support their practice. Some of the specific topics include: (1) Unpacking identity and power; (2) Marginalization/stereotypes; (3) Culturally relevant pedagogy and three criteria; (4) Thinking in particular on issues of bias and intersectionality; and (5) Characteristics of culturally responsive and competent educators and schools.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica R. Dávila
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#2 Developing Communication Skills in Your Students
Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Although a great deal of emphasis is placed on the development of reading and writing skills in adolescents, the Common Core Standards also indicate the importance of attention to the development of speaking and listening skills. This seminar will address practical speaking and listening strategies you can use to engage your students. Particular attention will be paid to ways in which you can incorporate the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards into your already established curriculum.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#3 Enhancing the Soft Skills in Your Classroom
Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Surveys among employers have recently indicated the need to develop the seven soft skills in their employees: leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, work ethic, flexibility, and interpersonal relationships. This seminar will focus on the ways in which teachers can address and strengthen each of these seven skills in working with adolescents. Participants will both explore research-based, practical strategies that they can use with their own students, and consider ways in which they can model these same skills in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#4 Access "101"
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

In this seminar, we will present various ways teachers can make accommodations and modifications in 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 what ways you can structure your classroom to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will be able to engage in small group discussion, practice and alter curriculum, engage with materials, and practice simple strategies that can be generalized for various grade levels. Reading and Math content areas will be a focus.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jennifer Buss
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#5 Skills and Supports for Paraprofessionals
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

In this seminar, we will present roles that a paraprofessional has in the classroom. Teachers working with paraprofessionals are encouraged to attend. Experienced educators will share, demonstrate and model best practices during this session. Defining the roles of a paraprofessional 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 give you plenty of ideas to walk away with.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jennifer Buss
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#6 Using Social Media to Expand the Classroom Walls
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

See all the buzz about Twitter and other social media platforms? Want to find a way to build global partnerships and take more local action? Teachers are using a variety of social media platforms to share work and ideas, collaborate across the globe, bring virtual guests into their classrooms, and to help students become global citizens. This session will help you use social media safely and thoughtfully, both for your students' learning and your own professional development needs.

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

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#7 The Reggio Emilia Approach: An Overview of Key Principles and Practices with Examples of the U.S. Context
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

This presentation will include an overview of some of the key principles and practices of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early learning. There will be examples of programs from Italian as well as U.S. contexts that have adapted principles of this philosophy of early education. These examples will include schools/programs from the private and public sector. There will be a special focus of three areas: Environment and Languages, Emergent Curriculum (observing, interpreting and organizing for opportunities), and the Role of Documentation. Participants will gather possibilities for their own learning environments. There will also be a time for questions and reflections.

Presenter(s): Dr. Juana Reyes
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#8 Engaging with Youth Who Seek Change: Teaching in an Age of Youth Activism
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

Teachers are working with youth during a time of social unrest. We are teaching in an era of youth organization and involvement that transcends simply retweeting a meme or liking a Facebook status. Teachers have a tremendous opportunity to engage with students around these issues. How can teachers best facilitate meaningful dialogue with their students regarding difficult social issues, while also balancing their professional responsibilities as educators? Participants will explore discussion techniques for fostering responsible civic engagement and dialogue.

Presenter(s): Mr. Michael Dieter
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#9 Mindfulness, Meetings, & Monkey Minds
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

Please join us to learn about the power of mindfulness both in your professional and personal life. Ever wonder what to do about that nagging "monkey mind" that sends you negative messages about yourself or how you can work better with others to accomplish goals? We will explore the current science of mindfulness and the brain, and investigate tools and strategies that encourage us to work toward our potential, both in a professional setting as well as in our personal lives. This session will include hands-on experience with meditation and reflection for participants.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christy Roberts
Maximum Seats: (Session is FULL)
Cost: $40

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#10 Captivate and Motivate Your Students!
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: Licensed and Pre-Service Teachers

This seminar will help participants explore strategies for increasing student motivation and engagement in any classroom setting. We will discuss the factors that affect student motivation and offer useful approaches to address lack of motivation. Additionally, we will examine important considerations to understanding the ways students think and learn. Suggested strategies and activities will be shared to support student engagement in the learning process and stimulate deeper learning.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio and Ms. Kelly Cisco
Maximum Seats: (Session is FULL)
Cost: $40

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#11 Science Experiments: Who Has Time for That?
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers

Have you ever thought, "I would love to do science experiments in my classroom, but who has time for that?" Here you will learn how to weave science experiments into your day. Some of the experiments will be "one-day" while others you will be able to have on-going your entire school year. Come and learn how to work with the "little born scientists" you have in your room.

Presenter(s): Mrs. Ann O'Brien
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#12 Going Green in the Classroom
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-6 Grade Teachers

Are you a nature lover? Would you love to have tons of manipulatives in your classroom, but your budget cannot afford it? In this seminar you will learn how to use natural materials in the world such as rocks, twigs and seashells as well as recycled water bottles and plastic bags to not only teach reading, writing and arithmetic, but also keep our environment heathier.

Presenter(s): Mrs. Ann O'Brien
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#13 De-Escalating the Classroom
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

Some of today's children have many social and/or emotional concerns. At times, these social-emotional displays can manifest themselves as sadness, anger, or maladaptive behaviors. This seminar will help you as a teacher understand why some children respond this way and how you can help to de-escalate these situations.

Presenter(s): Mrs. Ann O'Brien and Dr. Valerie Hill
Maximum Seats: 35
Cost: $40

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#14 Mindfulness, Meetings, & Monkey Minds
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

Please join us to learn about the power of mindfulness both in your professional and personal life. Ever wonder what to do about that nagging "monkey mind" that sends you negative messages about yourself or how you can work better with others to accomplish goals? We will explore the current science of mindfulness and the brain, and investigate tools and strategies that encourage us to work toward our potential, both in a professional setting as well as in our personal lives. This session will include hands-on experience with meditation and reflection for participants.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christy Roberts
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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#15 Integrating Digital Tools to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment for K-5 Learning
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-5 Grade Teachers

Although collaborative learning is powerful, many teachers often face challenges in creating collaborative experiences and assessing/grading students. In this session, participants will explore various digital tools and learning strategies to create an effective collaborative learning environment that engages students, fosters curiosity, and empowers students as creators and critical thinkers. Key topics include Google Apps, multimedia creation, collaborative projects and assessments. Participants will experience collaborative learning firsthand and discover how to incorporate collaborative technologies to facilitate connection, collaboration, and communication among learners.

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

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#16 Integrating Digital Tools to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment for 6-12 Learning
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

Although collaborative learning is powerful, many teachers often face challenges in creating collaborative experiences and assessing/grading students. In this session, participants will explore various digital tools and learning strategies to create an effective collaborative learning environment that engages students, fosters curiosity, and empowers students as creators and critical thinkers. Key topics include Google Apps, multimedia creation, collaborative projects and assessments. Participants will experience collaborative learning firsthand and discover how to incorporate collaborative technologies to facilitate connection, collaboration, and communication through interactive online and/or face-to-face learning activities.

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

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#17 Capturing Students' Interest with Escape Rooms and Breakout Boxes
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers

Come learn about the hottest trend in interactive classroom activities, Escape Rooms. Do you have the knowledge it takes to escape the Egyptian tomb before the air runs out? You will have the opportunity to participate in a classroom-created escape room, try your hand at creating puzzles based on content you teach, and experiment with a variety of tools used in many escape rooms such as black lights, UV lights, secret objects, and code wheels. Learn about how to use narrative storytelling to create themed escape rooms and leave with resources to start you on your own escape room.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $40

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