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The College of Education is pleased to announce Summer Seminars for Continuing Professional Development Credit for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40/person (unless otherwise noted), and must have a minimum of 10 people per seminar.

Sessions Available:

#1 Reading Strategies in the 6-12 Classroom

Date: Monday, June 16 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Shorewood Campus

Teachers will be introduced to, and have opportunities to practice, the followingstrategies: 4-2-1 Guides, Save the Last Word for Me, Anticipation Guides, Word Family Trees and Directed Reading Sequence Activities. Teachers will leave the seminar 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.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#2 MORE Reading Strategies in the 6-12 Classroom

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Shorewood Campus

As a follow-up to the first Reading Strategies seminar, teachers will be introduced to, and have opportunities to practice, additional reading strategies including Text Impressions, Tossed Terms, Semantic Feature Analysis, QAR and Readers Theater. Teachers will leave the seminar with ideas to enhance the teaching of literacy skills across the curriculum.
Note: Participants should bring one or more textbooks used in their curricula.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#3 Writing Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Shorewood Campus

A supplement to the Reading Strategiesfor the 6-12 Classroom seminars, this session will introduce teachers to, and have opportunities to practice, the following strategies: Shades of Meaning, RAFT Writing, SPAWN Writing, Found Poetry and Poems for Two Voices. Teachers will leave the seminar with ways to assist students in using writing strategies across the curriculum.
Note: Participants should bring one or more textbooks used in their curricula.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Palmi
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#4 Google Apps for Instruction and Assessment

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

interested in learning how the Google apps can be used for teaching and learning. In the seminar, participants will explore a variety of Google apps such as Drive and other apps for differentiated instruction, student project, collaboration and authentic assessment in their curriculum areas. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own teaching materials for immediate student use.

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

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#5 Enhancing Play for Effective Learning Experiences

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Nothing replaces the HUGE cognitive and social-emotional benefits of participation in well-designed free play opportunities in early childhood. In this interactive seminar, participants will explore interest center materials with a focus on Simon Nicholson's theory of loose parts and discover the many ways that young children develop academically, socially and emotionally while exploring the classroom. This seminar is for pre-school and kindergarten teachers.

Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Pruitt and Ms. Ann O'Brien
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#6 Addressing Ableism in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts at the Primary and Middle School Grades

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

In this 4-hour seminar session, we will present a framework for examining the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related CCSS resource materials with respect to possible negative messages about dis/ability. Using this framework and the English Language Arts Standards, we will identify “ableist” messages across both the standards and exemplar texts and suggest expanded interpretations from a non-ableist perspective. In addition, we will recommend alternative texts to use in place of, or in conjunction with, the exemplar texts. Participants will have opportunities to try out this framework in small groups using primary and/or middle school level exemplar texts as well as review a set of recommended alternative texts. Through this process, participants will also become familiar with the Standards approach to measuring text complexity, a three-part model that assesses qualitative dimensions, quantitative dimensions and reader and task considerations in order to identify how easy or difficult a text is to read.

Presenter: Dr. Mary Fisher, Ms. Liz Pearce, Dr. Will Blackwell, Ms. Jennifer Buss and Dr. Nancy Kennedy
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#7 Supporting Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): An Introductory Seminar

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville

This seminar is designed for teachers who want to learn more about supports for students with ADHD. This introductory seminar 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.

Presenter: Dr. Will Blackwell
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#8 SMART Board 101: Creating Engaging Activities Using SMART Notebook Collaborative Learning Software

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014 
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 session, 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 for the SMART Board.

Presenter: Ms. Liz Pearce
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#9 Common Core Standards and Best Practices in Literacy

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus

The number and complexity of the Common Core State Standards can be daunting for school teams working on aligning their curriculum and instruction. This seminar 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.

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Augsburger and Ms. Jessica Knobbe
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#10 Access 101

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Tinley Park Campus

This seminar will introduce a variety of methods that teachers can 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 be able to engage in small group discussions, examine curriculum and materials and practice straightforward strategies which can be generalized for all grade levels. While the strategies are applicable to all content areas, there will be a focus on supporting students with disabilities in reading, writing and mathematics. All teachers are welcome to attend. The seminar should be particularly beneficial to general educators and special educators who support students in general education classroom settings.

Presenter: Ms. Jennifer Buss and Dr. Will Blackwell
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#11 Skills and Supports for Instructional Assistants

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Tinley Park 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: Ms. Jennifer Buss and Dr. Will Blackwell
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#12 So When Did I Become a Brain Surgeon... I Thought I was a Teacher?

Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Part 1: The Brain and Classroom Management
Participants will learn basic brain anatomy and function. Through examples and activities the tie between brain structure and classroom behavior will be examined. A wide variety of activities will be modeled, discussed and created to provide a working knowledge of brain-friendly teaching. Participants will leave the seminar with resource ideas and ready-touse activities.

Presenter: Dr. Lauren Rentfro
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#13 So When Did I Become a Brain Surgeon... I Thought I was a Teacher?

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Part 2: What the Learning Brain Likes and Doesn’t Like in the Classroom
After a brief review of brain anatomy and function, participants will be introduced to dozens of brain-friendly teaching and learning strategies. A wide variety of activities will be modeled, discussed and created to provide a working knowledge of brain-friendly teaching. Participants will leave the seminar with resource ideas and ready-to-use activities.

Presenter: Dr. Lauren Rentfro
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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#14 Science That Rocks! Energize Your Science Instruction!

Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus

Learn about the 5e and 7e models of planning for inquiry-based science, science process skills that cut across all curricular areas and using discrepant events to engage your students. Discover that the same ideas can enhance your instruction in English/Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics. As a part of this seminar you will actively participate in many inquiry-based activities and discussions. Participants will leave the seminar with free resource ideas and ready-to-use activities. Bring your curriculum to begin planning activities for the fall! (Targets K-8 Science)

Presenter: Michael Mecozzi
Maximum Seats: 40
Cost: $40

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