Summer Seminars
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The College of Education and Social Sciences at Lewis University is pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $50/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.

Sessions Available

#5 Science Experiments: Who has Time for That?
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
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: 30
Cost: $50

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#6 Critical Teaching with Graphic Novels in Grades 4-12
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: 4-12 Grade Teachers

Graphic novels are wildly popular amongst youth today. While they have won almost every literary award, some still think the place of graphic novels is outside of the classroom. The presenter has co-written two books that would argue otherwise. This session will cover not only what graphic novels are and how to read them, but also how they can be used as stand-alone texts or paired with more traditional texts to help create deeper learning and engagement for your classrooms. Ideas on how to use graphic novels for a range of disciplinary content and purposes will be covered. Particular attention will be given to graphic novels that encourage critical literacy and are focused on issues of diversity and equity.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $50

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#7 Going Green in the Classroom
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: PreK-5 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 to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic while keeping ourenvironment healthy.

Presenter(s): Mrs. Ann O'Brien
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $50

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#8 Leadership Work and the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: School and Community Leaders

This seminar is designed to support school and community educational leaders engaging with the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards. Schools and educational-serving community spaces across the state are working to understand and apply these timely and critical standards. The facilitators will provide the participants with an overview of the research that demonstrates the need for these standards and the ways in which they impact leadership. The seminar will dive deep into the first of the standards, which is focused on self-awareness. While the focus will be on Standard A, the seminar will address how the work of the other standards are interconnected. Both presenters have an extensive background in autoethnography and other introspective methods that we will share as tools to effectively implement and sustain the standards in their respective spheres of leadership.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Dávila and Dr. Michael Dieter
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $50

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#9 How to Create 3D Immersive Learning Contents
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

In today's digital world, new technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (VR) show great potential to provide more immersive and engaging learning experiences which are unobtainable with traditional instruction. In this seminar, the participants will learn about AR and VR technologies for educational uses and create interactive, engaging, and accessible learning contents for online or in-person instruction. We will focus on three topics: 1) foundational concepts of AR/VR in education, 2) various pedagogical approaches to design instruction with AR/VR, and 3) hands-on experience on creating practical products that would be immediately useful in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 15
Cost: $50

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#10 Returning to the Classroom: Addressing Students' Socio-Emotional Needs
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience:

This past year has presented many challenges for everyone. Many students have been learning from home or have been a part of a hybrid school program. As students begin to fully return to the classroom this fall, teachers can expect to see internalizing and externalizing behaviors from students as a result of the recent disruption in learning. This seminar focuses on understanding children's socio-emotional development and helping teachers respond to various classroom behaviors. Participants will be provided with hands-on tools designed to help recognize and respond to a student's social emotional needs in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Dr. Kimberly Duris and Dr. Valerie Hill
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $50

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#11 Inclusive Teaching with Asian American Literature
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

With the recent uptick of violence against Asian Americans in this country, it is clear that it is past time to address their invisibility in classroom curriculum. This session will cover two of the most predominant Asian American stereotypes, that of the model minority and forever foreigner, and how it impacts how Asian Americans are viewed in and out of the classroom. It will briefly review some Asian American history as well as provide a context. Dr. Kim will present on a wide range of Asian American literature that can be used to highlight the Asian American experience, whether it is the story of a recent immigrant or that of being Chinese on the plains during western expansion.

Presenter(s): Dr. Jung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $50

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#12 Elevating Student Voice: Implementing the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: PreK-12 Teachers

This seminar is designed to support educators who are implementing the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards in their classrooms. In this seminar participants will have an opportunity to unpack the standards and explore the ways in which they can design their curricula and instruction to meet student needs not only by reflecting student lived experience, but by empowering students through the elevation of their voice in the classroom. Teachers will leave this seminar more confident in their ability to put culturally responsive teaching at the forefront of their responsibilities. Both presenters have extensive experience in working with teachers to create educational experiences that put multiculturalism and inclusion at the forefront of teaching and learning

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Dávila and Dr. Michael Dieter
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $50

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#13 How 2 Inform
Date: Monday, July 12, 2021 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Kids spend 6 to 9 hours online daily, excluding school. Harmful and confusing information persists on social media, including falsehoods that enable harm and targeted violence. Educational media literacy courses are lacking nationally leaving many confused and misinformed. The training is meant to pass on skills to curb the spread of misinformation through social media. Our training is designed to combat the rise of harmful online content by helping students determine truths from fiction, to take action when they see dangerous misinformative material, and prevent further spread on social media. Everyone should have access to analytical tools now, so we created H2I to arm individuals with such tools, both physical and online.

Presenter(s): Dr. Vesna Markovic
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $50

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#14 Academic Vocabulary in the Content Area Classroom
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: 4-12 Grade Teachers

The Common Core Standards call for increased attention to Academic Vocabulary, but educators grapple to find ways to make vocabulary instruction both authentic and engaging. This seminar will explore the specified tiers in addressing Academic Vocabulary, as well as provide useful strategies for teachers to use in incorporating vocabulary in their instruction. Participants are encouraged to use fiction and nonfiction materials that they will highlight in their classrooms during the school year.

Presenter(s): Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $50

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#15 Enhancing the Soft Skills in Your Classroom
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
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 theses same skills in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $50

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#16 Using Children's Literature to Teach Mathematics: PreK – 2nd Grade
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-2 Grade Teachers

This interactive seminar is designed to help PreK–2nd grade teachers recognize the potential of using children's literature to teach mathematics using a multicultural approach and to learn effective ways of unleashing that potential in the classroom. Whether teachers are introducing a mathematical concept or facilitating an extended investigation, children's literature offers them an engaging link between mathematics and the world of children. Teachers will learn how to select outstanding children's literature to use in mathematics teaching, how to model problem posing and problem-solving using literature and how to design and develop a variety of mathematical activities inspired by children's books.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $50

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#17 Using Children's Literature to Teach Mathematics: 3rd - 6th Grade
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 3-6 Grade Teacher

This interactive seminar is designed to help 3rd – 6th grade teachers recognize the potential of using children's literature to teach mathematics using a multicultural approach and to learn effective ways of unleashing that potential in the classroom. Whether teachers are introducing a mathematical concept or facilitating an extended investigation, children's literature offers them an engaging link between mathematics and the world of children. Teachers will learn how to select outstanding children's literature to use in mathematics teaching, how to model problem posing and problem-solving using literature and how to design and develop a variety of mathematical activities inspired by children's books.

Presenter(s): Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $50

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#18 Refresh Your Literacy Practices to Promote Culturally Relevant Practices and Increase Rigor
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: VIRTUAL
Target Audience: 3-5 Grade Teachers

This interactive seminar will help teachers refresh their language arts and literacy practices for the upcoming school year. Geared towards teachers in grades 3-5 classrooms, the session will focus on implementing Culturally Relevant Teaching practices and strategies that will motivate students, increase rigor, and help teachers feel more confident in planning literacy instruction.

Presenter(s): Dr. Martha Wilkins
Maximum Seats: 25
Cost: $50

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