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The vision for Professional Development in the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District is consistent with the district’s commitment to providing a quality education that prepares all students to be contributing citizens of local and global societies, in an ever-changing world. The quality of our staff is one of the most important variables affecting student learning. Excellence in teaching is a journey, not a destination. In Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District, we believe that ongoing professional growth is essential to cultivate this excellence and to maximize student achievement. Masterful staff continuously add to their repertoire through deliberate efforts to improve their instruction, classroom management, content and curriculum knowledge, assessment, technology integration, and leadership skills.  In the following, you will find the workshops available this summer. 

 

If you are interested in any of the following workshops, please complete the form found here:

Summer 2019 PD Workshop Form

All workshop signups should be submitted by May 25, 2019.


 

Below are the available workshops for the summer of 2019:

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How Exposure to Trauma & Adversity Impacts the Learner, and How Educators Can be an Asset in Creating a Safe and Nurturing Environment*
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 9am - 3pm | 6 Contact Hours | Location: Von Deck Lecture Hall, Oakmont | Presenter: Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC, UMA Medical School

The first half of this training will focus on identifying different types of trauma/adversities; understanding common reactions to trauma; exploring short and long-term consequences of trauma exposure; and learning about the impact of trauma on brain development.   We will learn about the ACEs study to further our knowledge about the significant long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences. This training will also focus on how exposure to trauma can impact a student’s learning, as well as his/her social, behavioral, and emotional capacities in the classroom.  Together we will explore strategies for how to structure classroom assignments and activities to best meet the needs of the traumatized students.

Working with youth who have experienced trauma and adversity often has consequences on the professional.  The second half of the training will explore how working with students impacted by adversity can impact educators.  Together, we will understand the differences between vicarious trauma (VT), secondary traumatic stress (STS), and compassion fatigue (CF) – all consequences of the helping profession. We will also explore risk and resilience factors that professionals have, which can either increase their risk of, or protect them against, the risk of developing VT/STS/CF.  Case examples will be used to demonstrate the experiences of VT, STS, and CF.  Audience members will also have the opportunity to use an assessment to look at their own levels of Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction.

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Using Chrome Extensions, Apps, and Add-ons
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 8:30am - 11:30am | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Room, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Katrina Sinclair

We will talk about the difference between Chrome extensions, apps, and add-ons and then identify, install, and use a variety of these tools to increase teacher and student productivity and facilitate learning.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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Mental Health First Aid
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 8:45am - 2:45pm | 6 Contact Hours | Location: Von Deck Lecture Hall, Oakmont | Presenter: Michelle Babineau

As of 2018, there are more than 1 million people trained in Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. by a network of more than 12,000 Instructors. Mental Health First Aid was originally created in Australia in 2001 under the auspices of the University of Melbourne, and is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland and Singapore.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Limit 30 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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Virtual Break Out Rooms
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 12pm - 3pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Room, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Katrina Sinclair

Come attempt to solve a virtual “Escape Room” with your friends. Participants will try to solve a series of puzzles to reach an end goal using a virtual format. Once participants have solved the provided virtual breakout, they will learn to create their own virtual breakouts to use with their students. These activities use a variety of Google Suite products including Sites, Forms, Docs, and Sheets.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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SEI Training - Day 1
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 9am - 3pm | 6 Contact Hours | Location: Library, Oakmont | Presenter: Barbara Cohen

The district will be offering sessions to cover the required 15 PDPs related to working with English Learners. This no cost option will run on June 19 and June 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location is to be determined. This will be taught by Barbara Cohen. We are still working out the exact topics, partially based on the audience. Some topics will include WIDA tools, language acquisition and cultural considerations. A product will need to be completed to meet the 15 hours.

 

 
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Using Google Tools for Personal Productivity
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 8:30am - 11:30am | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Room, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Katrina Sinclair

Tips & tricks for using the Chrome web browser, Gmail, Drive, and Google Calendar to organize your life! Participants will have time to apply what they have learned.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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6 + 1 Traits of Writing Webinar
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 9am - 3pm | 6 Contact Hours | Location: Von Deck Lecture Hall, Oakmont | Presenter: 

 Educators learn the three parts of the writer's workshop. Then, to facilitate a successful "launch" of the writer's workshop, viewers learn how to foster independence by troubleshooting three writer dependencies.

 

 

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Creating Digital Portfolios with Middle and High School Students
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 12pm - 3pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Room, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Katrina Sinclair

Participants will learn how to create a new Google Site that can be used as a portfolio. Skills learned will include creating pages, adding links, images, text and videos and publishing options. Participants will work on creating their own site as time allows. This is a great way for students to document their school and extra curricular successes.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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SEI Training - Day 2
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 9am - 3pm | 6 Contact Hours | Location: Library, Oakmont | Presenter: Barbara Cohen

The district will be offering sessions to cover the required 15 PDPs related to working with English Learners. This no cost option will run on June 19 and June 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location is to be determined. This will be taught by Barbara Cohen. We are still working out the exact topics, partially based on the audience. Some topics will include WIDA tools, language acquisition and cultural considerations. A product will need to be completed to meet the 15 hours.

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Using Multimedia to Help Students Show What They Know Part 1
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 8:30pm - 11:30pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Classroom, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Participants will learn how to use two tools that provide options for students to show what they have learned in any subject area. FlipGrid is an online video discussion platform where students can record short videos of themselves and reply to each other’s videos. Screencastify allows students to record screencasts from within the Chrome browser. Students can add audio narration, embed video from a webcam, or use the annotation tools to draw on the recording with the pen tool.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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Using Multimedia to Help Students Show What They Know Part 2
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 12:00pm - 3:00pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Classroom, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Two more tools that provide options for students to show what they have learned in any subject area: 1) Stop Motion Studio allows students to create their own stop motion animations using cut paper, claymation, LEGOs, and more; 2) Touchcast Studio allows students to record and edit videos that replace the real background with any still or moving image.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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Using Google Classroom Tools to Provide Feedback and Differentiate
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 8:30pm - 11:30pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Classroom, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Participants will learn how to use Forms to create self-grading Classroom quizzes, exit tickets and differentiated assignments. Again, participants will have time during the session to create quizzes, exit tickets and differentiated assignments for their own classrooms.  Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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Creating Digital Portfolios with Elementary Students
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 12:00pm - 3:00pm | 3 Contact Hours | Location: Science Classroom, Westminster Elementary School | Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Participants will learn how to: 

  • Find or create activities to share with students.
  • Help students take pics, draw, record videos and more to capture and reflect on learning in a portfolio.
  • Allow families to see their child’s work and leave comments and encouragement.

Limit 25 participants (first come, first serve basis).

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If you are interested in any of these workshops, please complete the form found here:

Summer 2019 PD Workshop Form

All workshop signups should be submitted by May 25, 2019.

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