In this workshop, participants will be exploring Google Form's unique features that allow educators to collect, manipulate and display data for classroom purposes. Google forms can allow educators to save time in communication needs by managing family data and streamlining parent connections. Students can utilize forms for assessments, ELA, Digital Breakouts and many more interactive features. Participants will explore the various add-ons for Google FORMs/SHEETs and apply these to their classrooms.

Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to explore various assessment ideas and effective digital tools to enhance both formative and summative assessments. Additionally, participants will learn about and apply their knowledge of Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model of technology integration to enhance units of study and support mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards. Through use of weekly content, discussion boards, collaborative conversation, feedback, and support, participants will experience hands-on practice with digital tools to utilize the integration of technology for assessment in a classroom setting. As a culminating project, participants will develop a lesson or unit containing a digital assessment tool to be implemented in their classrooms. 

In this workshop, participants will be exploring Google Chrome’s unique features that allow educators to select extensions to customize their students’ online use and explore “add-on” features used with Google Docs. Participants will explore the various available extensions and add-ons and apply these to their classrooms. To be most successful in this workshop, participants should have a basic knowledge of Google Docs.

This Illinois Civics Is Back workshop will prepare participants to identify, analyze, and reflect upon both the new civics law and their current practices and offerings in their civics curriculum. Participants will also examine and assess best practices in civics using direct instruction, current and controversial issues, simulations of democratic processes and practices, and service learning. Additionally, the workshop will provide participants the opportunity to implement one of the best practices for civics education in their classroom.

This workshop provides elementary and middle school teachers with an opportunity to explore how activities that foster algebraic thinking can be integrated into the elementary classroom. Algebraic thinking consists of more than just learning how to solve for the variables x and y; it helps students think about mathematics at an abstract level, and provides them with a way to reason about real-life problems. In this workshop, participants will explore three components of algebraic thinking: making generalizations, thinking about the equals sign, and being able to reason about unknown quantities. As participants stretch their own algebraic reasoning skills, they will also spend considerable time thinking about how to integrate algebraic tasks into their own classroom instruction. This workshop uses readings, video, online discussion boards, a final project, and engaging mathematics problems to promote the idea that the incorporation of algebraic thinking tasks in elementary school mathematics is critical to students' future success.

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to expand their expertise in developing close reading lessons for students in grades 3 through 6. Participants will develop a step-by-step lesson plan while engaging in reading, viewing, and discussing the preparation of a close reading lesson.

In this workshop, participants will review the importance of vocabulary and vocabulary instruction. Participants will identify how to choose vocabulary words within lessons, strategies that may be used to teach vocabulary, how to teach word parts for understanding and effective ways to assess vocabulary knowledge of students. Participants will develop a lesson or unit utilizing vocabulary strategies to be implemented in their classroom.

This workshop will guide participants through an examination of the intent of the Illinois Writing Standards, how to integrate standards and create quality tasks that can be used in the classroom. Evidence statements and rubrics will be used to determine the quality of work students submit. Additionally, participants will review integration of writing into the content areas and some thoughtful technology tools will be utilized to support writing instruction.