Wichita State's College of Applied Studies offers Professional Learning Courses (PLC) for educators looking to learn new skills and earn continuing education credit. These are for-credit graduate-level courses.  

Enrollment Information
Students will complete a Wichita State Non-Degree B Graduate Application and enroll on the first day of the course. 

If you want to complete the application and enrollment prior to attendance, please contact WSU PLC/MBT Coordinators at cas.dean@wichita.edu.

 

Spring 2020 Courses

WSU Main Campus
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WSU South - Harry Street
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Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter

Early Childhood Curriculum
Instructor:
Jetta Williams
Date:
January 13

USD 261 Early Childhood Curriculum will be aligned and instructional and assessment strategies will be planned.

Classified Leadership Academy 
Instructor: Multiple Presenters
Dates
: January 14, February 25, March 31, May 7

Leadership knowledge and skills are imperative at all levels of the district and community.  This academy will equip you with the tools you need to be a Classified Leader in your district! 

Motivating & Managing Hard To Teach & Disruptive Students
Instructor:
Shari Burke
Date:
January 15

During this workshop, participants will view a series of videos featuring Brian Mendler, a highly sought after speaker who trains tens of thousands of educators every year on how to be successful with challenging youth. Topics will include: Creative Teaching Strategies, Defusing Power Struggles, Teachable Moments, Mental Toughness, and many more. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and practice strategies with each other throughout the viewing.

Mandt Recertification
Instructor:
Sandra Beck
Dates:
January 16, February 28, March 26, April 16, April 29

The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others. The focus of The Mandt System is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological, and physical safety needed in order to teach new behaviors to replace the behaviors that are labeled “challenging”.

Ukulele 101
Instructor:
Lacey Easterday
Date:
January 21

During this workshop participants will learn how play the ukulele more efficiently and leave knowing more about ukulele curriculum. We will discuss which brands of ukulele are best, what to start teaching first with your students, funding and grants, and what curriculum to use and what they offer.
In the afternoon, participants will become more familiar with the instrument. We will explore songs that you would like to take back to your own classroom and try! You will leave with ideas and knowledge on how to get started creating amazing music.

ESOL Praxis Prep Program
Instructor: Ashley Zoglmann
Date: January 23

During the morning workshop participants will gain an understanding of the basic needs of ELL students, state regulations and an overview of our current district program. We will explore ESOL standards and build connections to core classroom standards. The morning will also cover utilizing information from a student’s Individualized Learning Plan.  The afternoon session is all about STRATEGIES that are beneficial to ESOL students in the elementary classroom. Participants will build a bank of ideas that can be taken back to the classroom and utilized immediately.  Participants will engage in collaborative learning around strategies such as VLC, modified picture walks, DOTS charts and participation strategies.

Three Tech Tools To Empower Student Creativity
Instructor:
Amber Marshall
Date:
January 28

Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, and Wakelet are three ed tech tools that are exciting PreK through high school teachers and students across the globe! Flipgrid is a video tool that allows students to respond to teacher created prompts in a fun and engaging way. Adobe Spark gives students the opportunity show off their learning in new and different ways through the creation of videos, graphics, or web pages. Wakelet, a tool that is new on the scene, is an easy online curation tool for students to organize their research or a way for you to present topics to students. In this workshop, we will dive in to each of the tools and explore ways that they can empower student creativity, collaboration, communication, and curation in your classroom.

Becoming A Google Certified Educator:  Advanced Google
Instructor: Chris Wyant
Dates:
January 29 and February 26

Interested in taking the next step in your journey using Google? This workshop will provide you with the necessary skills and understanding to apply for the Google Innovator certification. You will select a problem in your classroom, go through the innovation process using G-Suite, and publish your final solution.

Literacy First New Staff Training
Instructor:
District Learning Facilitators
Date:
February 4

The major components of Literacy First will be covered including Academic Learning Time, Anatomy of a Lesson, Activating Prior Knowledge, Teacher Input, Student Active Participation, and Identifying Student Success. 

The Connected Classroom
Instructor:
Heather Seachris
Date:
February 5

What motivates your students? Where are your students when given a choice? That’s where we need to be as teachers! Want an increase in student achievement? Want to see homework turned in and students participating? Want to see students excited to learn? It’s time to get connected! We will explore apps such as Remind, Instagram, Facebook, Plickers and YouTube to engage and connect with students!

Mandt Initial Training
Instructor:
Sandra Beck
Dates:
February 5, 6

The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others. The focus of The Mandt System is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological, and physical safety needed in order to teach new behaviors to replace the behaviors that are labeled “challenging”.

Behavior Supports That Work!
Instructor:
Linda Aldridge
Date:
February 18

Designed with an eye toward what works in the general education setting, participants emerge with tools ready for immediate implementation. The focus is on development of supports for the most challenging student in the class, the one for whom referral to the School Support Team may be under consideration. Disability/need for special education services are suspected, but first, general education initiatives (GEIs) must be tried. Factors explaining inappropriate behaviors are identified, supports are initiated, and data are kept regarding student response to supports. This learning experience is appropriate for administrators, general education teachers, and special education staff. Processes taught are effective at preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels.

Love & Logic For Parents
Instructor:
Linda Long & Lisa McKeown
Date:
February 29

This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately. Would you like to feel more confident as a parent? Would you like to have more fun parenting?
Answers to:
*How do I get them out of bed in time to catch the school bus?
*How can I stop my children from bickering and fighting?
*How do I get my children to help with the chores without an argument?
*Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?
*How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed-upon time?
*How do I get them to stop spitting their peas and whining at dinner?
And many other day-to-day parenting challenges...

EduProtocols For Every Classroom
Instructor:
Amber Marshall
Date:
March 3

Looking for easy, tech-integrated ways to show off student learning? This workshop is based on the two -book series titled EduProtocol, which inspire teachers to “Teach Better/Work Less”. Protocols are lesson designs that can be applied to different content. Once students learn the protocol, you can use it throughout the rest of the year creating autonomy for your students. We will dig into the different protocols, and the tech tools integrated with them, to discover ways that you can use them in your classroom. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be ready to put the protocols to use the very next day!

Breaking The Code Of Phonics
Instructor:
Kasahra Cotton
Date:
March 4

During this workshop, participants will create a syllable type and syllable division script that can be taken back to their classroom for use. The first half of the day we will review the six syllable types, the importance of teaching syllables, and view different syllable lessons. In the afternoon we will create scripts, and a PowerPoint for you to take back and use in your classroom.

Early Childhood Love & Logic
Instructor:
Jetta Williams & Amy Bedient
Date:
March 7

With this multimedia parent-training curriculum, parents of teeny, tiny kids will learn how to:
• Show their tots that whining and arguing does not pay • Put an end to misbehavior in public
• Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
• Calm sibling bickering and battling
• Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc.
• Make potty training fun
• Teach respect, responsibility and self-discipline
• And much, much more!
There's great news! When parents start Love and Logic early in their children's lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun…instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn.

HGSS Assessment Training
Instructor:
Shenae Stein
Dates:
March 26, April 16, April 28

This training identifies skills supporting college, career, and citizenship ready outcomes for student learning and reinforces the work of other entities in defining the skills and knowledge required to be college, career, and citizenship ready.

Motivating Learners:  Applying Self-Determination To The Classroom
Instructor:
Chris Wyant
Date:
April 8

Participants will learn the basics about Self-Determination Theory and how this theory can be applied to maximize student engagement and motivation in your classroom. Participants will learn about the basic premises of the Self-determination Theory (SDT), intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, tools to measure motivation, and implications in the classroom environment for K-16.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Instructor:
Ella Baccus
Date:
April 22 & 23
Time: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of them accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical. Youth Mental Health First Aid © USA is an 8-hour in-person training program - like traditional First Aid or CPR - designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling - rather, they learn to support a youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Implementing Problem Based Learning In The Classroom
Instructor:
Chris Wyant
Date:
May 6

Participants will learn the basics of implementing Problem/Project Based Learning in their classrooms. Discussions will center around the Gold Standard Project Based Learning Rubrics provided by the PBL Works and Buck Institute for Education. Session will focus on differentiating between project vs. Project/Problem Based Learning, process for creating effective PBL, assessing PBL, and insights/experiences to help with smooth implementation of PBL in your classroom.

Maize Educational Learning Center

Maize School District
Professional Learning Series
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at USD 266 Educational Outreach Center (unless otherwise indicated on the schedule) and are available to individuals outside of USD 266.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Maize School District Professional Learning Series Coordinator for more information:

Marcia Hersh
Learning Center Coordinator
Educational Outreach Center   
201 S. Park, Maize, KS 67101
316-350-2003
mhersh@usd266.com 
OneMa1ze Professional Learning Series

Beginning Spanish
Presenter: Rachel Delzer
Dates: January 23, January 30
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12

Spend 3 total hours immersed in the Spanish language as you learn very basic conversational Spanish that you can use in class with students or outside of class in the real world. In this beginning course, we'll start with some introductions, descriptions, and likes/dislikes. We'll also discuss some common phrases to use in the classroom! Be ready to listen, speak, read and write all in Spanish before the end of class!

Critical Conversations
Presenter: Jeannine Pfannenstiel
Date: March 31
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12

What is a hard conversation? Whenever you feel uncomfortable or have second thoughts about what you are saying or you avoid saying something, you are probably having a hard conversation. This course is designed to help you navigate these situations by understanding the power of dialogue and how to create a learning conversation. Students will discuss various aspects of critical or crucial conversations, read current research on dialogue, and practice using tools for preparing for fierce conversations.

Elementary Art
Instructor:
Beth Janssen
Date: March 4
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: MHS C31
Audience: K-5

In this course, classroom teachers will learn the benefits of integrating art into any curriculum. Participants will leave with practical tools and vocabulary for a true cross-curricular project.

Google Maps and More
Instructor: Laura Wheeler
Date: February 3
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: VES Rm 117
Audience: PreK-12

I didn't know you could do that with Google! Would you like to go on a virtual field trip, create a class website, or create a drag and drop activity? Learn how to do these things and many more to enhance your lessons.

Outdoor Education with Kansas WILD Classroom Curriculum
Instructor: Heidi Albin
Dates: April 7, April 14
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: CHSM
Audience: PreK-12

Kansas WILD is to outdoor education what FFA is to agricultural education. Gain access to resources from curriculum to fishing poles, and from camping equipment to canoes! Experience several curriculum-based activities that get your students outside. Learn how to form a WILD club at your school or just implement more engaging outdoor activities into your teaching. This is appropriate for any age level, and can be implemented in many different courses.

Taking Care of Kids and Yourself
Instructor: Eric Nachtigal & Megan Fowler
Date: February 6
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12

This course is targeted for any educator that is interested in knowing more about being Trauma Informed and learning strategies that can positively impact students who have experienced trauma (well, really it is good for ALL students) including Educator Self-Care and Co-Care Strategies!

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the ACES

  • Participants will learn about how Trauma impacts students brain, learning, and

  • Participants will learn (and be reminded) of strategies they can immediately put in place in their classrooms which will build stronger relationships and empower all

Basic Sign Language
Instructor: Holly Reibenspies
Dates: January 13, January 21, January 28
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m 
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12

Research shows that including sign language as a visual and tactile tool in the classroom helps improve spelling and vocabulary scores for children K-5. Sign language can make learning and teaching fun again! This course will include an introductory to understanding deaf and hard of hearing individuals, learning basic sign language skills that include vocabulary, signing rules, as well as how to use it in the classroom. Come learn to teach with your hands!

HyperDocs
Instructor: Marcia Hersh
Dates: April 13, April 20                                                               
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: EOC
Audience: 3-12                                                       

Hyperdocs are interactive documents that replace worksheets and lecture as methods of delivering lessons. Students are engaged in learning by exploring links, videos, and activities while collaborating with each other throughout the learning experience. With the use of G Suite tools, such as Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings, you can create amazing learning experiences for your students in no time!

Modeling Instruction                                                                       
Instructor: David Leib
Dates: February 1, February 8                                                           
Time: 8:30 p.m . - 11:30 p.m. 
Location: MSHS J109
Audience: MS/HS Science and Math teachers

The Modeling Method has been intentionally developed to correct many weaknesses of the lecture-demonstration method of instruction typically seen in STEM classrooms. These weaknesses include the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world.

Instruction is organized into modeling cycles which move students through all phases of model development, evaluation and application in concrete situations — thus promoting an integrated understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of coordinated modeling skills. This pedagogical approach is especially helpful for adapting the NGSS science (think phenomena based approach) and the engineering practices as well as strengthening the 8 mathematical practices. This course would be perfect for science and math teachers in middle school up to the high school. The content is really ""thinking"" and the context happens to be your math or science classroom. Come join us for this introduction and leave with some approaches that you can use the very next day in your classroom instruction.

Intermediate Sign Language
Instructor: Holly Reibenspies
Dates: February 11, February 18, February 25
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12  

This is a follow up class to the ‘Beginning Sign Language' class. This will include more extensive practice with signing for those that want more practice and want to build their receptive and expressive signing vocabulary. Basic Sign Language class required to take this course.

Restorative Justice in the Classroom and Beyond              
Instructor: Jessica Fisher
Dates: March 3, March 24                                                      
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: EOC
Audience: PreK-12  

In this course, participants will define and develop ways to use restorative justice in our day to day setting to increase student engagement and decrease disruptive behaviors. Resources include current research on restorative justice and discipline. This blended course culminates in an individual project.

The Writing Revolution: Focus on Paragraphs                     
Instructor: Mark Bradshaw
Dates:  January 15, January 22                                                               
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: MSHS Library
Audience: 6-12        

This course focuses on helping students to write paragraphs using strategies adapted from the book The Writing Revolution (ISBN: 978-1119364917) by Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler. It primarily aims to aid teachers in language arts, social studies, and special education who want to make accomplished writing accessible to students of varied ability levels. During the evening sessions, participants will learn about, practice, and plan how to use writing strategies, and they'll present their plans to fellow participants

Formative Tech                   
Instructor: Marcia Hersh   
Dates:  February 5                                                             
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: EOC
Audience: K-12    

In this course, participants will gain practical tips to use technology for formative assessment with the whole class, small groups, and individual students. Ideas will be shared for assessing project-based and inquiry-based lessons. Discussion on ways to evaluate data and communicate results to parents will provide teachers with the right tools for keeping families informed.

Transgender Issues in Education                   
Instructor: Beth Janssen   
Dates:  February 18                                                            
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: MHS C31
Audience: PreK--12  

This course is taught with input from a high school counselor, an art teacher and a former Maize High School graduate. It will focus on how teachers can better communicate support for students who are transgender.

 

The 5 Languages of Appreciation Online Book Study                     
Instructor: CoCo Bontrager
Dates: January 20 - April 24 
Location: Online
Audience: PreK-12              

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, by Gary Chapman and Paul White (ISBN: 978-0802418401) provides tools to create a more positive workplace. This online book study for anyone that works with others. We will read about how to appreciate our colleagues in an authentic and meaningful way. Help nurture a healthy, enjoyable, motivating environment for yourself and your co-workers. Participants will read on their own and answer questions.

The Book Whisperer Online Book Study                                             
Instructor: Andrea Burnett
Dates: January 13 - April 24 
Location: Online
Audience: K-8

Teachers will read and discuss "The Book Whisperer; Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child" written by Donalyn Miller. In this book, Miller, a 6th grade teacher, reveals the secrets of her unconventional instructional approach to reading. She promotes individual reading choice with a program for independent reading, which empowers her students to become lifelong readers. Throughout our book study, participants will complete reflective prompts, discussion/opinion posts, and give ideas for implementation and engagement.

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties Online Book Study
Instructor: Kaylee Francis
Dates: January 20 - April 24 
Location: Online
Audience: PreK-12                       

Essentials of Understanding and Assessing Reading Difficulties by David Kilpatrick (ISBN: 978-1118845240) is a practical, accessible, in-depth guide to reading assessment and intervention. It provides a detailed discussion of the nature and causes of reading difficulties, which will help develop the knowledge and confidence needed to accurately assess why a student is struggling. This book is formatted for easy reading as well as quick reference, the text includes bullet points, icons, callout boxes, and other design elements to call attention to important information.

Although a substantial amount of research has shown that most reading difficulties can be prevented or corrected, standard reading remediation efforts have proven largely ineffective. This book provides an overview of the best assessment and intervention techniques, backed by the most current research findings.

This course will be an online discussion through Google Classroom that will require chapter readings while posting answers to questions and commenting on other group member's discussion board.

Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success Online Book Study  
Instructor: 
Shelli Brown
Dates: January 13 - April 24 
Location: Online
Audience: PreK-12                                                                                                  

Disney is recognized and admired around the world. The company's remarkable success comes from its ability to keep customers coming back again and again. Almost 70 percent of Magic Kingdom guests are return visitors. Now, the principles that drive the culture and phenomenal success of Disney are disclosed in this fun, easy-to-read book. Based on interviews and discussions with past and present Disney employees, it reveals seven key lessons that can be applied in any company and provides powerful examples that will help employees at any level become more customer focused.

You'll learn:

  • How Disney creates and sustains one of the most powerful corporate cultures ever

  • Who’s the real competition for Disney and your company

  • How to get all employees to understand and believe that they play an important role

  • The type of feedback that is even more damaging than punishment and how to avoid this common trap

  • The special way Disney cast members learn teamwork and how you can put that into practice at your

Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success by Tom Connellan (ISBN 978-1885167231)

The Whole-Brain Child Online Book Study                             
Instructor: Emily Millspaugh
Dates: January 13 - April 24 
Location: Online
Audience: K-12                                                                                

In The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (ISBN: 978-0553386691) authors Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson share twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. Join in this online book study to learn a research-based strategy for speaking to children and handling big feelings, as well as brain-based strategies for working with children of all ages.

Renwick, USD 267

Renwick USD 267
Professional Development
Renwick Professional Development


These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered in the Renwick School District, USD 267, and are available to individuals outside of USD 267.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Renwick USD #267 Assistant Superintendent for more information:

Kati Thul
Assistant Superintendent
Renwick USD #267
600 W. Rush
Andale, KS 67001
316-444-2165 ext. 2006
kati.thul@usd267.com

Dare to Lead Book Study
Instructor: Rachel Meenen, Instructional Specialist 
Date: January 27 - March 25
Time: Will vary with each session
Location:  District Office Conference Room and Zoom meetings

Staff will meet to collaborate on the Brene Brown book, Dare to Lead. 

Innovative Classrooms
Date: January 13 - April 20
Time: Will vary with each session
Instructor: Rachel Meenen, Instructional Specialist 
Location: District Office Conference Room and Zoom meetings

Staff will meet to discuss innovative strategies for the classroom and how to integrate these into their own classrooms. 

Summer 2020 Courses

Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
usd261.com/LearningCenter

Love & Logic in the Classroom
Instructor:  Linda Long & Amy Bedient
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop will provide low stress strategies for highly successful educators! Participants will get solutions that work right now to:

  • Help end student arguing and back talk
  • Guide kids to own and solve their problems
  • Build positive relationships with challenging students
  • Raise test scores
  • Prevent problems and save teaching time

Chronic Conditions
Instructor:  Lesley Thomas
Date and Time: Thursday, June 4, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Having students with chronic conditions in the classroom can be intimidating and cause stress for teachers and other school staff. The needs of children with chronic illness can be complex and continuous and includes both daily management and addressing potential emergencies. This workshop covers ways to help staff understand the special needs of students suffering from a chronic illness, how to recognize health events that may interfere with learning, and suggestions for appropriate interventions. In addition to other illnesses, conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, ADHD, asthma, and allergies will be discussed.

Interactive Notebooks with a Twist
Instructor:  Annie Dugan
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Does the idea of using interactive notebooks with your students sound fabulous, but you just don’t now where to start? Or maybe you already use interactive notebooks but are stuck in a rut with them? In this workshop we will discuss why and how to use interactive notebooks in the classroom to help your students become independent and creative thinkers. You will learn some easy ways of getting started with notebooks, everything from setting one up to organizing to creative decorating. By the end of the day, you will have your own notebook filled with great ideas to take back to your classroom. This workshop is great for elementary to high school teachers who don’t mind a day of coloring, cutting, and gluing with some great learning thrown in!

The Enneagram – A Tool to Understand Yourself & Others
Instructor:  Maureen Corcoran
Date and Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, July 7 - 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Personality tests are everywhere, and many of us love taking them because we want to see how close the descriptions are to the way we see ourselves. But most of these aren’t that accurate. The Enneagram is different. It is an ancient typing system with uncanny accuracy in describing how each of us is wired, both positively and negatively. This workshop will take you on the Enneagram Journey with videos from Suzanne Stabile (a master teacher of the enneagram), reflection, and discussion. By the end of the three days, you will begin to understand why you do the things you do and react to situations the way you do. Knowing the enneagram will not only help you become a better you, but it will help your relationships personally and professionally.

Therapy Dogs in the Classroom
Instructor:  Don & Brenda Gamble
Date and Time: Monday, July 13, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop will focus on how to train a therapy dog to pass the certification test, classroom uses for a therapy dog, and other general dog care and training. The first half of the day will be spent on general dog knowledge, basic training and classroom and school uses for a therapy dog. The afternoon will focus specifically on preparation for passing a therapy dog exam for the purpose of certification. All of the steps of a therapy dog test will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be visual aids on how to read dog body language, some discussions of the “legalities” of having a therapy dog in your school as well as plenty of time for Q and A. All attendees should leave with a full understanding of the therapy dog exam and a sound foundation for the training it takes to pass the exam. They should also have multiple ideas about how to use a therapy dog effectively in a school setting.

Math Work Stations
Instructor:  Renee Smith
Date and Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join Renee' to experience a day of math learning activities aligned to the common core. Participants will experience quality math tasks and reflect on the connection to the 8 Mathematical Practices. The critical areas that will be addressed are numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations in fractions, algebraic reasoning, and geometry. Teachers will receive premade stations for their grade band that are ready for immediate use in the classroom. If you have technology available, please bring a tablet or laptop to the workshop with you. If not, we have a laptop you can borrow! This workshop is appropriate for teachers K-6.

Renwick, USD 267

Renwick, USD 267
Professional Development
Renwick Professional Development


These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered in the Renwick School District, USD 267, and are available to individuals outside of USD 267.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Renwick USD #267 Assistant Superintendent for more information:

Kati Thul
Assistant Superintendent
Renwick USD #267
600 W. Rush
Andale, KS 67001
316-444-2165 ext. 2006
kati.thul@usd267.com


STEM Academy

Date:
June 8-12th
Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Instructor: Rachel Meenen, Instructional Specialist 
Location: Andale High School Cafeteria

Teachers will work alongside K-8 students to learn about STEM instructional strategies that they can take back to their classroom for 2020-21.

Fall 2020 Courses

Haysville Learning Center

Haysville Learning Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
usd261.com/LearningCenter

These Professional Learning Opportunities are offered at Haysville Learning Center and are available to individuals outside of USD 261.  Out of district attendees pay a small fee for attendance.

In addition, each of these sessions are offered for WSU graduate-level credit and cost $60/credit hour. 

Please contact the Haysville Learning Center Director for more information:

Penny Schuckman
Learning Center Director
150 Stewart, Haysville, KS 67060
(316) 554-2331
pschuckman@usd261.com
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Create Your Own Project-Based Learning Lessons
Instructor:  Amber Marshall
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is not a one size fits all type of lesson. The more unique they are to your students, the better engagement you will have. In this workshop, we will go over the basics of designing fun and powerful PBL lessons. You will be provided with a guide for design thinking as well as resources for each step of the PBL process. This will be a make it/take it type of workshop, so you will want to bring your standards or specific units that you can use to create a project-based learning experience for your students. There will be plenty of work time and collaboration with the hope that you will have a few lessons ready to go as well as a better understanding and ability to create more PBL experiences for your students in the future.

Chronic Conditions
Instructor:  Lesley Thomas
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Having students with chronic conditions in the classroom can be intimidating and cause stress for teachers and other school staff. The needs of children with chronic illness can be complex and continuous and includes both daily management and addressing potential emergencies. This workshop covers ways to help staff understand the special needs of students suffering from a chronic illness, how to recognize health events that may interfere with learning, and suggestions for appropriate interventions. In addition to other illnesses, conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, ADHD, asthma, and allergies will be discussed.

Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation
Instructor:  Brad Chapin, B.S., LCP, LMLP
Date and Time: Friday, October 9, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School
Instructor:  Liz Hamor & Daniel English
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in School is a training designed for K-12 educators to explore how to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During this highly interactive training participants will engage in activities that will help them come away with a better understanding of:

  • Definitions and relevant terminology to assist with communication about this topic
  • How to be a better ally to LGBTQ students
  • How to ensure your classroom and/or school is safe for LGBTQ students
  • Data about the issue’s LGBTQ Youth face