Summer 2017 Teaching & Learning Academy

View August Class Schedule

Sign up is on a first come, first served basis through MyLearningPlan. Please note that the maximum stipend limit for August technology classes is 4.5 hours total (not including coding classes) and the stipend limit for staff development classes in August is 6 hours. If a conflict arises later this summer, PLEASE remember to cancel your registration so someone else can have your spot! Classes will be held at Minnetonka High School unless listed otherwise. Room assignments will be posted in MyLearningPlan in mid-August and signs will be posted on site directing you to the correct room.

See you this summer!

Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services

Michelle Ferris, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Matt Rega, Director of Assessment

Diane Rundquist, Director of Advanced Learner Programs

Eric Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Steve Urbanski, Director of Curriculum

Sara White, Director of Teacher Development

Plus Teacher Instructional Coaches, Instructional Technology Coaches, Media Specialists, and numerous other staff leading classes

New teachers only: Most of the technology training that is necessary for you to begin teaching in Minnetonka will be covered during your new teacher training workshops. We advise new teachers not to take on too much as you begin- you are going to receive a lot of information during the two weeks before school starts! However, if you will be teaching grade 5-12, you will want to make sure to get into a "First Year in an iPad 1:1 Classroom" session on August 28. You can sign up for one of these classes when you begin your new teacher training in August. (Please note that new teachers won’t have access to MyLearningPlan to sign up for classes like current teachers until the end of August.) 

All Summer:

As TIES members, Minnetonka staff qualify for unlimited access to most professional development workshops at the TIES Training Center in St. Paul on an as-available basis. Choose from Google, iPad, SMARTBoard, and many other classes from their Workshop Catalog.

Learn a Language!
Want to learn a new language or brush up on your skills? Minnetonka students are using Rosetta Stone, and staff can as well for no charge (normally a $300 license). You can pick almost any language, work at your own pace, and practice speaking and reading with a digital assistant that analyzes your speech and teaches you.
Learn more about the process.  Ready to commit and get started? Email the Helpdesk to request access through Single Sign On. CEUs and stipend are not available for this.

June Options

Minnetonka Teaching and Learning Framework in Action 
Join Minnetonka teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators at this summer’s Minnetonka Teaching and Learning Framework in Action workshops this summer on Tuesday, June 13, Wednesday, June 14, and Friday, June 15. These mini-institutes are designed to connect one or more of the dimensions of the Framework with programs and practices. Each day will feature five hours of learning with a one-hour break for lunch. Participants may bring a lunch, order pizza, or visit a local eatery.

July Options: 


Once again
 this summer there will be online options for learning. These classes allow you to work at your own pace at a time of your choosing while learning. Choose from Screencasting with iPads or Formative Assessment Toolkit.online.jpg

New this summer: One-hour online relicensure workshops in several areas! These one-hour courses are designed to meet re-licensure requirements. Please note: facilitators will finalize and award the CEUs in early August.

5 Pillars of Reading for Elementary Students (Staff Development, State Area 3)

Heather Kohnen, Elementary Reading Specialist and Instructional Coach

In this online course teachers will learn about the 5 Pillars of Reading which make up the foundation of a successful reader.  These pillars include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  Along with a brief overview, teachers can select a pillar to focus on.  After exploring resources in that area they will reflect on their learning and write a lesson plan incorporating one or more of the reading strategies that they learned about.  You may complete work at your own pace, but all assignments must be submitted by August 7. Course opens July 10 and all work must be completed by August 7. A code to the Schoology course will be sent to you when it is available.

Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

Best Practices for Teaching English Learners (Staff Development, State Area 7)

Jayna Rafferty and Barbara Kalczynski, ELL Teachers

In this online course teachers will learn who the English Learners (ELs) in Minnetonka are and how we can best support our ELs using research-based best practices in our classrooms. Teachers will reflect on their own understanding of diversity and the role of language and culture in a student's academic development. Teachers at all grade levels will walk away with strategies and resources to guide their work with ELs. You may complete work at your own pace, but all assignments must be submitted by August 7. Course opens July 10 and all work must be completed by August 7. Schoology access code: VHWZB-8SND9

Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

Mental Health Awareness (Staff Development, State Area 4A)

Melissa Feller (HS Social Worker) & Carrie Radde (504 Coordinator)

The online course is designed to introduce you to the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and how to better support students in your classroom. A combination of presentation, videos, articles, and reflection provides meaningful opportunities to learn and implement new strategies to promote health and well-being. You may complete work at your own pace, but all assignments must be submitted by August 7. Course opens July 10 and all work must be completed by August 7. Schoology access code: 9G5FF-Z2VG9

Personalized Learning

Secondary Reading Instruction (State Area 3) - Limit 15 students
Stephanie Brondani, MHS Reading Teacher

This course will focus on how to design reading assignments that foster student engagement with text. You will learn what to do before students read to set them up for reading success, what to have students do while they’re reading so that they think about the text while reading it, and what to do after reading so that comprehension is maximized and students feel competent. Based on the principles of Mike Schmoker’s work in Focus, this framework can be applied in any content area. Course opens July 10 and all work must be completed by August 7. Schoology access code: 3CDXS-GZ4NW.
Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

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A Closer Look: 504s vs. IEPs (Staff Development, State Areas 1 and 2)

Kristin Laughlin (Special Education Facilitator) & Carrie Radde (District 504 Coordinator)

8/24/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1524

During this session, which is suitable for all levels, participants will dig into the similarities and differences between 504s and IEPs, discuss the general education teacher’s role with both, and organize a system for tracking/supporting students’ needs.

Target Audience: General Education Teachers K-12

Collaboration, Communication

Advancing Co-Teaching Practices (Student Support Services)

Dr. Martina Wagner (Metro ECSU trainer)

8/29/2017 (8:00-11:15) MHS 2302-06

Co-Teachers you’re not on an island…if you’ve found your co-teaching partner and are looking for more to take co-teaching further this is the session for you!  Participants attending this session will dive deeper into the models of co-teaching, critical setup and maintenance of their co-teaching partnerships, as well as, analyze the makeup of the students in their co-taught class. This session explores instructional strategies on differentiating instruction and modifying co-taught lesson plans using task rotation.  Participants will not be disappointed with this session as they will be introduced to how to find and create effective and efficient planning time, as well as, be introduced to technology tools that enhance any co-teaching partnership. This session is ideal for co-teachers who have had the Purposeful Collaboration through Co-teaching-The Basics training and have experience co-teaching. Co-teacher teams are strongly encouraged to attend together. This class is by invitation only.

Application & Practice of SEL: K-5 (Student Support Services)

Kristen Laffe-Thao, Social Emotional Learning Strategist

8/21/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 2302-06

Target Audience: Elementary Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers

During this session participants will gain an understanding of the importance of social emotional learning including the impact on academics, school climate, and life skills. Participants will learn to recognize signs of stress and learn how to respond and support students SEL needs within the school and classroom. Attend and build your “SEL toolbox” with specific strategies and interventions including websites, apps, check-in and -out strategies, movement activities, emotional regulation activities, data collection tools, and curriculum resources.

Application & Practice of SEL: 6-12 (Student Support Services)

Kristen Laffe-Thao, Social Emotional Learning Strategist

8/21/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 2302-06

Target Audience: Elementary Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers

During this session participants will gain an understanding of the importance of social emotional learning including the impact on academics, school climate, and life skills. Participants will learn to recognize signs of stress and learn how to respond and support students SEL needs within the school and classroom. Attend and build your “SEL toolbox” with specific strategies and interventions including websites, apps, check-in and -out strategies, movement activities, emotional regulation activities, data collection tools, and curriculum  resources.

Clayton Cook: Keynote (Student Support Services)

Dr. Clayton Cook (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota)

8/22/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS Forum

Mental health among children and adolescents is a growing national concern given the prevalence rates of mental health disorders and the costs to society when young people transition into adulthood.
Research indicates that roughly 1 out of 5 children have diagnosable mental health disorders. Dr. Cook will review current research and share several evidence-based practices that can be applied in schools to prevent or re-mediate mental health problems and promote well-being and academic success.

Clayton Cook: SRT/SST Teams (Student Support Services)

Dr. Clayton Cook (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota)

 8/22/17 (9:45-11:15) MHS Forum

Dr. Cook will facilitate an  in-depth exploration of MTSS with active collaboration time for school teams, sharing research and evidence based strategies on processes, to support and facilitate District work in the area of MTSS.

Clayton Cook: MTSS for All- Establishing a Continuum of Supports to Address Students' Social, Emotional, and Behavioral (Student Support Services)

8/22/17 (12:00-1:30)  MHS Forum

Dr. Clayton Cook (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota)

Dr. Cook researches school mental health, multi-tiered systems of support, implementation science, and emotional and behavioral disorders and other areas of behavioral psychology focused on the topic of school-based mental health. Cook believes schools are the ideal setting to orchestrate and deliver a range of services that prevent, identify and/or treat social, emotional and behavioral problems that serve as barriers to academic and life success. He works with organizations across the country on system change efforts to increase child access to needed services.

Coaching Writing Across the Disciplines (Staff Development) - Max 25

Krista Hitchcock (Writing Center Coordinator) & Liz Peterson (HS English Teacher and Cognitive Coach)

8/28/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 2302-06

Every teacher is a teacher of writing. No matter what your discipline, you probably use writing as a means of learning. You can also use cognitive coaching strategies as a means to give students meaningful feedback on their writing. In this workshop, we will explore concrete ways to “coach” writing and develop your students’ writing skills.

Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

Code.org (Coding Class, State Area 5)

Kirsten Lunzer (TONKA<codes> Site Rep.) & Kirsten Rue Johnson (TONKA <codes> Site Rep.)

8/23/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 2300

8/28/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1001C

This class will introduce you to Code.org, the new coding and computer science curriculum for grades 1-5 during the 2017-18 school year. You will have the opportunity explore the online coding components of Code.org as well as try out computer science “unplugged” mini-lessons with other teachers.

Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking

Coding Project Integration Grades PreK-2 (Coding Class, State Area 5)
Kirsten Lunzer (TONKA<codes> Site Rep.) & Kirsten Rue Johnson (TONKA <codes> Site Rep.)

8/23/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 2300

8/28/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1001C

As our students grow in their coding abilities, how can they apply these new skills to their core curricular learning?  In this class, learn how to use ScratchJr. to have students develop simple “apps” that can be used over and over to reinforce letter sounds, sight words, and other core curricular concepts.

Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Use of Technology for Learning 

Coding Project Integration Grades 3-4 (Coding Class, State Area 5)
Kirsten Lunzer (TONKA<codes> Site Rep.) & Kirsten Rue Johnson (TONKA <codes> Site Rep.)

8/23/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 2300

8/28/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1001C

As our students grow in their coding abilities, how can they apply these new skills to their core curricular learning?  In this class, learn how to use Scratch and ScratchJr. to have students develop simple games, slideshows and apps that can be used over and over to reinforce vocabulary words, multiplication facts, life cycle, and other core curricular concepts.

Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Use of Technology for Learning

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Cognitive Coaching in Your Daily Interactions (Staff Development)

Diane Daniels (Elementary Teacher and Cognitive Coach)        

8/23/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1406-08

Cognitive coaching strategies allow adults and students to become clearer and more resourceful in how they plan and problem-solve. In this session, you will learn questioning and reflection techniques which will help focus on the thinking processes that make up decisions. Build capacity in developing the reflective muscle within yourself and those who you interact with daily.

Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking

Conferring with Readers in the Elementary Classroom (K-2, 3-5) (Curriculum & Assessment, State Area 1)  

Ursula Speedling ( Teacher & Elementary Language Arts Department Chair)

Grades K-2 8/22/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1406-08

Grades 3-5 8/22/17 (1:45-3:15)  MHS 1406-08

You will learn how to use individual reading conferences to meet the reading needs of your students and to assess their progress as readers.

Authentic & Real-World Learning, Communication, Personalized Learning

Design for Learning: Remake Your Space (Staff Development)

Julie Baeb (Design Innovation Team)

8/28/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1306

How might we create spaces where students can engage in authentic and real world learning? How can the design of my classroom space change the way students think creatively and apply critical thinking to design original work? Join us for this 90 minute introduction to Design for Learning and Design Thinking, and explore what happens when teachers and students have a voice in the creation of the learning environment. This session will also serve as a prerequisite for teachers who are interested in “hacking” their space and serve as a prerequisite to apply for funding in 2016-217.

Collaboration, Personalized Learning, Communication, Creativity, Use of Technology

Digital Health & Wellness (Tech Class, Start Area 5)

Dave Eisenmann (Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services)

8/22/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1001C

8/28/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1300
Keeping up with technology can be challenging, but a positive and well informed approach can have a big impact on your personal habits and those of your students. Learn how to develop a balanced and healthy use of technology. Get tips and ideas for maintaining open dialog about technology and understand the significant role you play in helping youth and their parents be responsible and safe in today’s high-tech world. Numerous ideas and free resources will be shared and time for Q & A provided.
Use of Technology

Dyslexia 101 (Staff Development, State Area 2)

Amy Shatava (Reading Specialist) & Michele Zillmer (RTI Teacher)

8/23/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1306

There is so much more to dyslexia than flipped letters!  Join us to begin exploring the definition and brain research around dyslexia.  We will discuss signs/symptoms of dyslexic learners, classroom strategies, and more.

Effective Read-Alouds in the Elementary Classroom (Staff Dev., State Area 3)

Presented by Language Arts Committee Members

Grades K-5 8/22/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1306

Read-alouds are a core component of a balanced literacy program.  In this course you will learn how effective read-alouds can increase student engagement and learning.  You will learn how to read more effectively and how to increase student involvement in your read-aloud.  We will also share favorite read-aloud picture books and chapter books.

Engaging Classrooms 2.0 (Staff Development, State Area 1)

Erin Kopischke (Elementary Teacher) & Cindy McGlasson (Teacher Instructional Coach)

8/21/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 2302-06

According to Dr. Robert Marzano, keeping students engaged is one of the most important considerations for the classroom teacher. The state legislature agrees, as one component of teacher evaluation under the new law is based on student engagement. Which leads to many questions: Is the job of teachers to entertain students? What does engagement look like at different levels? In this era of high stakes testing, how can I engage my students in meeting all of their standards. This session will explore how to generate high levels of student attention and engagement through four key questions that students ask relating to their engagement: How do I feel? Am I interested? Is this important? Can I do this? This workshop builds on previous workshops, but does not require that you have attended the initial training.
Authentic & Real World, Collaboration, Personalized Learning

Engaging Students in Reading Non-Fiction Texts (Staff Development, State Area 3)

Stephanie Brondani (HS Reading Teacher)

8/21/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1300

8/28/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1406-08

Wondering what you can do to make sure your students can read and understand your course’s texts? Come to this session to learn about and practice effective, research-based instructional activities with text that have a real impact on student learning. Collaboration, communication, and critical thinking will be front and center.

                 Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking

English Learners: Best Practices (Staff Development, State Area 7)

Chelsea Jordan, ELL Teacher,  and Tyson Zitzow

8/22/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 2302-06

In this online course teachers will learn who the English Learners (ELs) in Minnetonka are and how we can best support our ELs using research-based best practices in our classrooms. Teachers will reflect on their own understanding of diversity and the role of language and culture in a student's academic development. Teachers at all grade levels will walk away with strategies and resources to guide their work with ELs.

Communication, Personalized Learning

English Learners: Beyond the Basics (Staff Development, State Area 7)

Chelsea Jordan, ELL Teacher,  and Tyson Zitzow, School Psychologist/District EL Evaluation Consultant St. Cloud Public

8/22/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 2302-06

This is a course designed for teachers that have taken a EL Best Practices Course in Minnetonka. We reflect on our experiences (both successes and challenges) with meeting the needs of our ELs.  We will also discuss "typical" language and academic development for EL students, as well as, how we can identify at-risk EL students and work through a comprehensive problem solving, pre-referral process.

Communication, Personalized Learning

ENIL Pilot Session for Elementary Teachers (Curriculum & Assessment)

American Reading Company Consultant

8/24/17 (8:00-3:15) MHS 1001C

This session is designed for elementary teachers piloting the ENIL Spanish Immersion reading resources.

Global Learning, Personalized Learning

First Aid (Staff Development)

Ann Foss (District Nurse) & Rogene Meriwether (HS Nurse)

8/23/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 2302-06

Teachers are often on the front line of medical situations, particularly when on field trips. This class will prepare you to care for an injury or illness until professional help arrives. This idea was put forth in the 2015-16 Big Hunt for Ideas.

First Year in a Grade 5-12 iPad 1:1 Classroom (Tech Class, State Area 5)

(First Year iPad teachers need to attend this session once during pre-workshop days.)

Andrea Hoffmann & Ben Stanerson (Technology Instructional Coaches)

8/28/2017 (8:00-11:15) MHS Port

Darren Best & Sara Martinson (HS Teachers)

8/28/2017 (12:00-3:15) MHS Port

This training session is for new 5th grade homeroom teachers, 5th grade English Language and math teachers who support a 5th grade classroom and all grade 6-12 teachers new to Minnetonka for the 2017-18 school year. We will learn about and discuss classroom management strategies, show example lessons, and expand the ways iPads can be part of your teaching routines to maximize student learning.

Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Formative Assessment Toolkit (Online Tech Class, State Areas 2 & 5)        

Sara Hunt (Instructional Technology Coach)

Interested in an efficient way to give more formative assessments and develop strategies using formative data to drive instruction? Need to save time grading? Want your students to get more from a formative assessment than just a score? Learn how to use a wide variety of formative tools (Google Forms, Socrative, Schoology, Pear Deck, Quizzizz, Quizlet Live, Go Formative etc.) to create assessments online and use to help guide teaching and learning. This online class is designed as an overview of formative tools. As long as you complete all of the requirements by August 18, 2017, you will receive 3.0 worth of CEUs.

Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Global Learning Across the Curriculum (Staff Development, State Area 2)globe.png

 MaryBeth Huttlin, Stephanie Glaser, Patricia Cespedes-Schueller

Elementary- 8/21/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1300

Secondary- 8/21/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1300

The “Authentic and Real World Learning” and “Collaboration” dimensions of the Minnetonka Framework converge in a third Framework dimension, “Global Learning.” To help students develop and apply Global Perspectives in various facets of their work and lives and experience success in a global world, Global Perspectives can be incorporated into many different areas of study.

In this session, we will discuss what Global Learning is and how it relates to the Framework, share examples of current global integration in classrooms throughout the district, and offer tried-and-tested strategies for incorporating Global Perspectives into many diverse learning scenarios. Work time will be provided so that participants have ideas ready to pursue in the upcoming year.

Authentic & Real-World Learning, Collaboration, Global Learning

Global Learning Across the Curriculum (Staff Development, State Area 2) -ONLINE COURSE

MaryBeth Huttlin

In this online course, you will progress through materials to explore the Global Learning strand of the Minnetonka Teaching and Learning Instructional Framework. Knowing that incorporating Global Learning is an intentional practice, this course is designed to help you identify the levels of complexity that currently exist in your lesson plans and to help you plan for other levels of complexity in your next steps. We encourage you to work at your own pace. The content of the course is equivalent to the amount that would be shared during a three-hour training. As long as you complete all of the requirements by the due date, August 18, 2017, you will be awarded three hours-worth of CEUs. Schoology Access Code BCRFQ-T4TQ3

Authentic & Real-World Learning, Collaboration, Global Learning

Google Tools for Beginners (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Kelli Whiteside (Deephaven Media Specialist)

Sara Hunt (Instructional Technology Coach)

8/24/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1300

Google Apps offers a full suite of web-based collaborative tools for you and your students to create, edit, and share content.  Google Apps integrate directly with Schoology to make using them even easier.  Google Apps include document, spreadsheet, and presentation creation on the web which can be viewed and edited simultaneously by a small group or entire class, easy form creation for data collection, online file storage accessible from anywhere with the ability to share files with other users, and much more, including student email.  Come learn how easy it is to use Google Apps and begin to plan how you can integrate its tools into your curriculum.

 

Google Tools: Intermediate Tips and Tricks (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Erin Carcamo (Deephaven Media Specialist)

Kelli Whiteside (Deephaven Media Specialist)

8/24/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1300

Feel like you have a handle on the basic features of Google?  Are you ready to amp up how you are using it?  Come and get some ideas and put them to work right away with challenges throughout.  We will also have some time to then share our new learning with each other, so you walk away with not only your new inspiration as well as a good list of ideas from each other.

Guided Reading in the Primary Classroom, K-5 (Staff Development, State Area 3)

Lacy Hladky & Brenda Van Dixhorn (Reading Specialists)

8/23/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 2302-06

What is guided reading?  What is an F&P level?  Do I need to know my students' reading levels?  How do I determine reading levels?  How do I plan a guided reading lesson?  In this class, you will learn about Fountas & Pinnell guided reading, reading levels, and assessments.

Personalized Learning

Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) for Language Immersion Grades K-10 (Curriculum & Assessment, State Area 2)

Matt Rega (Director of Assessment) & Immersion Staff

8/28/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 2302-06

Grade K-10 Immersion teachers will learn about Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) and the role of the assessment in the language immersion program districtwide.  This session is designed to be introductory for those participants unfamiliar with the Minnetonka Integrated Performance Assessment model and expectations.

Introduction to Making Meaning & Being a Writer (Curriculum & Assessment, State Area 3)

Ursula Speedling (Elementary Language Arts Department Chair)

8/23/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 2302-06

This course is an introduction to our reading and writing program, with a focus on the philosophy of the program, goals and objectives, teaching strategies and assessments.  Teachers will have work time as part of this session.

Authentic & Real World Learning, Communication, Critical Thinking

iPad Integration Grades K-4 (Tech Class, State Area 5)ipad-app-development.jpg

Rachel Studnicka & Andrea Hoffmann (Instructional Technology Coaches)

8/21/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1008

8/23/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1306

8/24/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1008

8/24/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1008

8/28/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1306

8/28/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1306

Each kindergarten through fourth grade classroom will have a small set of iPads for use in their class beginning in the 2017-18 school year. With this introduction, kindergarten through fourth grade teachers are strongly encouraged to take this training to understand best practices in workflow and get practice with apps that promote use of the Framework, including creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, personalized learning, communication, and use of technology for learning. Elementary specialists are also invited to participate in this training.

Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Makerspace Hands-On Playground

Minnetonka Foundation Endowment Project Volunteers

Open 9:30-4:00, August 21-24 & 28, MHS Writing Center

Stop in and play with the materials that will be available for you to use with your students this year! The Makerspace Playground will be open for exploration from 9:30-4:00 each day, including lunch. Feel free to drop in for a few minutes or hours!

Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning

Makerspace K-5 (Staff Development)

Andrea Hoffmann (Instructional Technology Coach, MME)

8/24/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS FACs Room 1008

8/28/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS Research Room 2007

Makerspaces are informal places or materials for creative production in art, science, and engineering where students of all ages blend digital and physical technologies to explore ideas, learn technical skills, and create new products.  Come learn about and play with the materials that will be available for you to use with your students this year!

Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning

Makerspace 6-8 (Staff Development)

Lisa Reed (STEM and Computer Science Teacher)

8/28/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS Research Room 2007
Jump aboard the Makerspace Movement in this hand-on, minds-on session. In just 90 minutes you will get a chance to tinker, create and innovate all while discussing ways in which you can bring making to the hands of your own students. Bring a colleague friend or come ready to make a new one.  This session will be geared towards Middle School teachers and will open your eyes to a new type of authentic assessment in any content area.

Collaboration, Creativity, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning

Naviance Family Connection- High School Counselors (Curriculum & Assessment) - Max 15

Steve Urbanski (Director of Curriculum)

8/23/2017 (8:00-3:15) DSC 105

This session is designed for high school counselors and will focus on the Family Connection features of Naviance.

Authentic & Real-World Learning, Communication, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning

Naviance Family Connection-Middle School Counselors (Curriculum & Assessment) - Max 15

Steve Urbanski ( Director of Curriculum)

8/24/17 (8:00-3:15)  DSC 105

This session is designed for middle school counselors and will focus on the Family Connection features of Naviance.

Authentic & Real-World Learning, Communication, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning

Operation iPad Grade 5 (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Rachel Studnicka & Andrea Hoffmann (Instructional Technology Coaches)

8/21/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1008

8/23/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 2302-06

8/28/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1306

All returning teachers need to attend this session once - either during the August 2017 Teaching and Learning Academy (stipend) or during teacher workshop days. This training session is for all 5th grade homeroom teachers, 5th grade English Language and math teachers who support a 5th grade classroom. We will share engagement and efficiency strategies involving our core apps, updates to digital tools, and our professional development plans for the year. This course is designed to inspire thinking about teaching and learning with technology for the first day of school and beyond. Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Operation iPad Middle School (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Sara Hunt & Andrea Hoffmann (Instructional Technology Coaches)

8/21/17 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1008

8/22/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1008

8/22/17 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1008

8/24/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1306

8/24/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1306

8/28/17  (12:00-1:30) MHS Research Room 2007

All returning teachers need to attend this session once - either during the August 2017 Teaching and Learning Academy (stipend) or during teacher workshop days. This training session is for all grade 6-8 teachers. We will share engagement and efficiency strategies involving our core apps, updates to digital tools, and our professional development plans for the year. This course is designed to inspire thinking about teaching and learning with technology for the first day of school and beyond. Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Operation iPad High School (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Darren Best, Ben Stanerson & Patricia Price (Instructional Technology Coaches)

8/21/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1008

8/22/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1306

8/22/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1008

8/23/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1306

8/24/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1008

8/24/17  (1:45-3:15) MHS 1306

8/28/17 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1300

All returning teachers need to attend this session once - either during the August 2017 Teaching and Learning Academy (stipend) or during teacher workshop days. This training session is for all grade 9-12 teachers. We will share engagement and efficiency strategies involving our core apps, updates to digital tools, and our professional development plans for the year. This course is designed to inspire thinking about teaching and learning with technology for the first day of school and beyond. Use of Technology for Learning, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking

Overcoming Barriers for Hard to Reach Learners (Staff Development, State Area 2)

8/22/17 (8:00-9:30)  MHS 2302-06

Ann Hanstad, Cindy McGlasson (Teacher Instructional Coaches)

Take a moment to reflect on those students who challenge our thinking and require deep connections to find success.  Walk away with specific strategies that will help you set up your classroom environment and develop practices for connecting with ALL students.

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning: At the PreK-2, Grades 3-5, or Middle / High School School (Staff Development, State Areas 1 & 2)

Cindy McGlasson, Kate Ohrt, Rick Buchholz, & Amy Altenburg (Teacher Instructional Coaches)

K-2 8/21/17 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1300

3-5 8/21/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1300

In this session, we will discuss what Personalized Learning is and how it relates to the Framework. This course is designed to help you identify the levels of complexity that currently exist in your lesson plans and identify opportunities to add elements of Personalized Learning to your work and/or increase the level of complexity. Work time will be provided so participants have ideas ready to pursue in the upcoming year.  Please come with a specific unit, lesson, or assessment in mind.

Personalized Learning, Authentic & Real World, Use of Technology
for Learning


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Tiffany Grams Farkas, Coordinator of Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Screening & Minnetonka Preschool

8/28/17 (12:00-03:00)  MCEC Deephaven Room

Overview of the Social Emotional Pyramid model for Early Childhood. Examine relationships, environments, targeted supports and intensive interventions for promoting social emotional competence in young children. Learn about how to teach skills around feelings, problem solving, and friendships. Practice how to collect and use data for behavior and social issues.

Purposeful Collaboration through Co-Teaching: The Basics (Staff Development, State Areas 1 and 2)

Dr. Martina Wagner (Metro ECSU trainer) 

8/24/17 (8:00-11:15) MHS 1520

Target Audience: Already identified secondary staff involved in co-teaching for 2016-2017 school year

Are you excited to start co-teaching? Or hesitant because you just don’t know where to start? Join this session to get all your co-teaching needs met! Participants attending this session will be introduced to the trends in co-teaching, learn the pre-requisite skills, develop critical skills necessary for successful and sustainable co-teaching partnerships, investigate tools to begin setting the stage for co-teaching roles and responsibility, as well as, develop a foundational understanding of co-teaching models that can be used and expanded in the co-taught classroom. This session is ideal for those co-teachers who are new to co-teaching, beginning a new co-teaching partnership, or have not yet had formal professional development on co-teaching. Co-teacher teams are strongly encouraged to attend together.

Collaboration, Communication, Personalized Learning

Quality Sources: Student Research in the Era of Fake News and Wikipedia (K-12) (Staff Development)

Ann Kaste (Information and Digital Learning Coordinator MHS)

Kelli Whiteside (Deephaven Media Specialist)

8/28/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1300

Fake news has been around for a long time, and thanks to the recent election, learning to spot it has taken on new levels of importance. With information readily available on the internet, students need strong research strategies and skills to discern the difference between real and fake information. This workshop will offer hands on experience with online databases, effective strategies for using search engines (Google, Bing, etc.), and provide evaluation strategies for information found online.

Authentic & Real World, Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning, Global Learning

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope (Staff Development)

Melissa Feller (HS Social Worker)

8/21/17 (1:45-3:15) MHS 2302-06

Participants will watch the documentary Resilience and engage in a facilitated discussion following the viewing. The following description is from the Resilience website, “Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.” http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/

Schoology Digital Classroom Grades 5-12 (Tech Class, State Area 5)

Carson Hoeft (Social Studies Teacher, MME)

Sara Hunt (Instructional Technology Coach)

8/22/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1300

8/23/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 2300
8/24/2017 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1300

8/28/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1300

Take your Schoology use to the next level! Schoology offers so much more than a simply a place to post due dates and collect homework. Leverage Schoology for teacher absences so learning continues without your presence. Explore ways to embed Youtube videos and other content, create Pages, add video/images into quizzes, create student groups to differentiate assignments and/or discussion boards, as well as try out new tools like Schoology Portfolios. Come and spend some time thinking about your Schoology use. We will quickly review our Minnetonka Schoology Expectations, explore the next step features and test out the features that speak to you.

Authentic and Real World, Communication, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning 

Screencasting and Interactive Lesson Design: Explain Everything App (Online Tech Class, State Area 5)

Ben Stanerson (Instructional Technology Coach 9-12)

Your iPad and Explain Everything are a perfect combination for recording tutorials, video lessons, and using your iPad as an interactive whiteboard. This is an interactive course that highlights recording tips, potential workflows, and teacher created examples. You will be using Explain Everything to make your own screencasts while learning to use the various tools in the app. In addition, learn how to create lessons and teach them using Explain Everything in a similar a SMART board. The course will also explore ways to have students interact with EE project files you create as living worksheet templates for homework or class instruction. Please download Explain Everything before you start the class. Explain Everything is available in the staff MTKA store. As long as you complete all of the requirements by August 18, 2017, you will receive 1.5  hours worth of CEUs.

Use of Technology for Learning, Creativity, Communication, Personalized Learning, Critical Thinking


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Social Thinking - K-5 Elementary: Why Teach Social Thinking? (Staff Development, State Area 1)

Kari Palmer (Speech Language Pathologist/Cognitive Therapist)

8/23/17 K-5 (12:00-3:15)  MHS 1008
This practical course will focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social information into action. We will discuss how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension and organizational skills. The Social Thinking vocabulary concepts:  Hidden Rules and Expected and Unexpected Behaviors will be the main theme of this session. We will explore how to effectively use these concepts to teach students to think more deeply about the social situation in which they are involved.  Often times the terms are misused in an attempt to simply redirect, scold or extinguish “bad behavior.”  The first part of the course will focus on how to use the terms with accuracy, leading to lasting change in the way students think and participate in the classroom.  The second part of the session will introduce specific materials and easy, practical ideas for teaching these concepts in grades K-5.

Social Thinking - Pilot: Social Thinking - Opportunity to Learn and Lead (Student Support Services, State Area 1)

Kari Palmer (Speech Language Pathologist/Cognitive Therapist)

8/24/2017 (8:00-11:15) MCEC Deephaven Room

Building site facilitation teams will work with Kari Palmer to set up Year 1 of the Social Thinking pilot program.  Teams will be given training dates for the year, coaching expectations and discuss how to evaluate their learning and implementation.

Social Thinking - Secondary: Why Teach Social Thinking? (Staff Development, State Area 1)

Kari Palmer (Speech Language Pathologist/Cognitive Therapist)

8/23/2017 (8:00-11:15) MHS Forum
This practical course will focus on how to put the research and best practices of teaching social information into action. We will discuss how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension and organizational skills. The Social Thinking vocabulary concepts:  Hidden Rules and Expected and Unexpected Behaviors will be the main theme of this session. We will explore how to effectively use these concepts to teach students to think more deeply about the social situation in which they are involved.  Often times the terms are misused in an attempt to simply redirect, scold or extinguish “bad behavior.”  The first part of the course will focus on how to use the terms with accuracy, leading to lasting change in the way students think and participate in the classroom.  The second part of the session will introduce specific materials and easy, practical ideas for teaching these concepts in middle school and high school.

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SpEd Form Trainers (Kathy Wipperling & Lauren Johnsen)

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Minnetonka has now been using SpEd Forms, our online IEP database, for a full school year.  All staff were trained in the Fall of 2016. IF you would like to continue your learning and exposure to SpEd Forms, in order to become more efficient with the system or learn tricks/tips, please sign up for this course! Our wonderful SpEd Form trainers, Kathy Wipperling and Lauren Johnsen, will be leading the group through examples, showing short-cuts, and ways to make your time writing IEPs easier.
*Please bring due process examples or names of students to work on during this training as there will be opportunities for work time.*

Standards-Based IEP, Module 2 (Student Support Services)

District-based trainers

8/21/17 (12:00-1:30)  DSC 105

8/23/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 1300

Keep the momentum rolling on your standards based IEP training by enrolling in Module 2 training. We will be diving into writing disability impact statements which you can use in your daily IEP writing practices this fall. During this module, participants will learn how to accurately describe the impact of the disability within the context of the daily school setting. Participants will learn tricks and tips to write these statements and be provided supported time to finish Module 2.


Suicide Prevention in School - one hour class (Staff Development, State Area 4b)

Melissa Feller (HS Social Worker) & Jonna Hirsch(School Psychologist)

8/23/17 (10:15-11:15)  MHS 1406-08

8/23/17 (1:45-2:45)  MHS 1406-08

8/28/17 (1:45-2:45)  MHS 1406-08

Attendees are strongly encouraged to have already participated in the mental health workshop, online or in-person.Authentic & Real-World Learning, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

Supporting Mental Health Needs in the Classroom - one hour class (Staff Development, State Area 4a)

Carrie Radde (504 Coordinator), Jonna Hirsch (School Psychologist) & Melissa Feller (HS Social Worker)

8/23/17 (9:00-10:00)  MHS 1406-08

8/23/17 (12:30-1:30)  MHS 1406-08

8/28/17 (12:30-1:30)  MHS 1406-08

Teachers and school staff will be informed about early warning signs of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders in adolescents. Participants will also learn strategies to use with these students as well as supports that are available within the school system.

Swift Playgrounds- Coding Grade 5 (Coding Class, State Area 5)

Andrea Hoffmann (Instructional Technology Coach, MME)

8/22/2017 (1:45-3:15) MHS 1008

8/24/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1306

All Minnetonka grade five students will use Swift Playgrounds along with Code.org as part of their coding curriculum for the 2017-18 school year. Bring your own iPad with the Swift app installed ahead of time to this workshop and experience a fun way to learn advanced coding! Get familiar with Swift Playgrounds and the accompanying iBook.

Authentic and Real World, Communication, Personalized Learning, Use of Technology for Learning 

UbD 101: Designing Unit Plans for Meaning, Engagement, and Deeper Learning (Staff Development, State Area 2)

Steve Urbanski (Director of Curriculum)

8/28/17 (12:00-1:30) MHS 2302-06

Teachers will be introduced to Understanding by Design (UbD), a three-stage design process that effectively aligns curriculum, instruction and assessment. Working within a standards-driven curriculum, UbD emphasizes the critical role of teachers in designing student learning. The UbD framework is built upon clarifying student learning goals, devising performance assessments to collect evidence of student understanding, and crafting engaging and relevant learning activities supported by research and best practice.

Authentic & Real World, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Personalized Learning

Using Rubrics to Evaluate Integrated Performance Assessments (Staff Development) - max 25

7-12 World Language Teachers

Bekah Aponte &  Megan Budke (Wayzata Public Schools)

8/24/2017 (1:45-3:45)* MHS 2302-06

The purpose of this workshop is to provide 7-12 World Language teachers with training on how to evaluate students using performance-based rubrics as we transition to Integrated Performance Assessments as part of our curriculum review.

Authentic & Real-World Learning

*Please note: this is a 2-hour session.

Work/Life Blending (Staff Development) - limit 20 participants

Heather Kohnen (Teacher Instructional Coach)

8/24/17 (8:00-9:30) MHS 2302-06

Is there such a thing as work/life balance?  Are you struggling to find the time for things that you are you passionate about in life and/or the classroom?  Learn how to look at time differently, tips to multiply your time, and take control of your technology.  Leave this workshop with the gift of more time.

Personalized Learning

Writer’s Workshop in the Elementary Classroom (K-2 and  3-5) (Curriculum & Assessment)

Grades 3-5 8/22/2017 (8:00-9:30) MHS 1406-08

Grades K-2 8/22/2017 (9:45-11:15) MHS 1406-08

Learn about writer's workshop as a structure to implement the Being a Writer program.  We will review expectations of Being a Writer, discuss what the workshop model looks like for writing, and explore different types of writing, conferences, and assessments.

Authentic and Real World Learning, Communication