Container for Summer 2019 onlineIMPACT courses.

During this workshop, participants will look at articles, models and resources that depict what a math talk can look like in the classroom along with practical ideas ready to use right away. Participants will build a foundation of knowledge for math talks through understanding various formats, exploring resources to help implement math talks, and utilize math talks to improve fluency and number sense for purposeful problem solving. Participants will create a math talk lesson and receive feedback and provide feedback to colleagues in the workshop.

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.

This workshop will explore setting the stage for close reading in grades K-2 by focusing on instruction that helps primary students deepen their comprehension and enjoyment of reading. Using a read-aloud of a complex text, a standards-aligned lesson plan will be developed including a focus on important learning or the big idea, purposes for reading and rereading, text-dependent questions, and a culminating task. Components of the lesson plan will be developed each week of the workshop resulting in a completed lesson plan ready for implementation.

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.

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.

Trauma impacts students' learning and behavior at school. Schools have an important role to play in meeting the social and emotional needs of students. All individuals can help build resiliency skills by providing safe and supportive relationships for students. This online course has been developed to increase the knowledge, skills and attitudes of child-serving individuals to respond to the needs of students impacted by trauma and/or chronic stress.

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.

A foundation of the 8 Mathematical Practices will be explored through a variety of resources including articles, best-practice strategies, videos and instructional materials.  Participants will explore instructional shifts and strategies in order to implement the 8 Mathematical Practices.