Overview Based on overwhelming feedback from last year's October Teacher-Directed PD Day, our October 11, 2019 will be an educator-driven PD Day. Similar to last year's October day format, you determine what type of learning activity you would like to participate in throughout the day.
We will provide a mixture of formats to include opportunities for participants to facilitate discussions on topics of interest, collaborate with colleagues on projects, work individually, and attend external PD events.
We are expecting to see a wide variety of options for learning on the PD Day in alignment with our strategic plan. In designing your proposals for your professional learning, you will be asked to identify how it aligns with our new strategic plan, school improvement goals, or your proposed professional practice/student learning goals.
If you see open sessions/trainings that are available in Teachpoint that you wish to attend, you just need to register for that in Teachpoint (under Available Events), you do not need to submit a proposal, just sign up for the sessions available in Teachpoint.
Proposal Submission Please complete the session proposal form linked above:
If you are proposing a workshop or discussion that will be open for others to sign up for, please submit that as soon as possible so we can communicate to staff the available open sessions. Many people often wait to see what is being offered that is open to others before submitting, so please submit those proposals first when possible.
If you are interested in having an outside presenter come in to offer a specific training, and have not already reached out to a PD Committee member and/or your co-chairs (Maureen Cohen and Brendon Rosenau), please do so as soon as possible so we can see if we can bring in that training. Some people have already reached out regarding trainings and those are listed in Teachpoint as well as on this page. The securing of outside presenters is based on cost, number of participants who will be involved, and availability.
Deadline for Submission
For those whose proposals are collaborative projects open to others or workshops open to others, please submit the proposal by Friday, September 27th.
The final deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 4th.
Approvals We will approve proposals in the order that they come in. When approved, we will be putting the information from the proposals into Teachpoint PD Tracking, where you will be able to register for sessions prior to the Oct 11 date, and then sign into the sessions on Oct 11 to receive PDPs.
Building Location You will be able to work in your respective buildings for your collaborative PD activities, as there are no full-district coordinated activities for this PD Day. Since people will be spread out over the district or out of the district, lunch will be on your own. We will be asking you to identify the building location and room location of your session and we will then in turn add that into the Teachpoint Form.
Submission of Forms for Groups All teachers are expected to complete a PD Proposal Form to let us know what you will be working on. If you are working with a group, one form with all of the group members names on it is adequate, so if you are submitting for a group, be sure to let the members know. For group work, each participant does not need to submit a separate proposal; one person can submit for the group, but please be sure to put in your full names into the proposal form.
Multiple Submissions If you are submitting more than one proposal for the day, please submit individual forms for each proposal.
October 11, 2019 PD Day Open Offerings
Current open available options for the October 11, 2019 PD Day
The following open options have been posted in PD Tracking in Teachpoint where you can go and enroll.
Mental Health First Aid Training (On site) Time: 8:00-2:30 (with 30 min lunch on your own) Presented by: Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
What it Covers:
Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
How to connect the adolescent with help.
Medicaid Training/SNAP (Nurses)
Time: 8:00-11:00 Location: Nipmuc Regional High School Description:This session will provide an overview of the interactions between Medicaid and SNAP for nurses. Best For: Nurses Point of Contact: Leslie McGinnis
Frontline Training (formerly eSTAR/eSPED)
Time: 1:30-2:30 Location: Miscoe Description:Frontline Education formerly known as eSTAR formerly known as eSPED is your access to your student's IEP in an online platform. Whether it is your first introduction to special education software or if you want to re-familiarize yourself with the features of this software, please join this session. I will demonstrate how to navigate Frontline Education to locate a student's IEP and show you how to use the various screens. I will walk you through the entire IEP and outline important features contained within each section. Being able to access Frontline provides you with a powerful tool because you will always be able to access a student's IEP at home or school without the need to carry any paperwork. For: Open to all Presenter: Diane Borgatti
McGraw-Hill History Resources Training
Time: 12:00-2:30 Location: Miscoe Description: This training will provide an overview of new and pilot resources for grades 6-8 social studies teachers. For: Open to grades 6-8 social studies teachers Presenter: McGraw Hill presenter
CPI Restraint Training
Time: 8-2:30 Location: Miscoe Description: This training will provide an overview of safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior, as well as restraint. For: Open to all Presenter: Marabeth Ishler
Admin Assistants 11:30-12:30 (gathering room)
Location: Nipmuc Media Center Description: This will be informal open help session to work with teachers to answer questions they have. For: Open to all Presenter: Marcia Pereira
DESMOS Workshop-(Grade 6-12 Math Teachers)
Bellingham will be holding a full day DESMOS workshop for Grade 6-12 Math Teachers on Friday, October 11th from 8am - 3pm at the Memorial School, 130 Blackstone Street, Bellingham (11am-12pm lunch will be on your own).
Description: Explore how technology can help and hinder student learning in the classroom by engaging in a variety of math activities using both the Desmos Tool and Activity Builder. Participants will have the opportunity to level up their own skills through a variety of engaging activities as well as have time to put their learning into practice.
In the morning, participants will learn about the Desmos graphing calculator and have a chance to level up their graphing skills. We'll also explore a Desmos Activity Builder showcase from the student's perspective to experience the Classroom Conversation Toolkit and take a site tour. In the afternoon, participants will learn the Desmos design principles and strategies for modifying/creating their own activities. Work time will be provided throughout for participants to explore at their own pace.
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: TRC at Milford High School which is located at 31 West Fountain Street. Description: This session will provide an overview and requirements of the new EDMS (billing system) for Medicaid, as well as required paperwork and what the expansion means for the various providers.
The training is for some providers that have never used the system before so they will be going over the functionality, but they will also be spending time discussing the paperwork piece and what the expansion means for everyone in a general sense. Details: In addition to signing up in Teachpoint, please e-mail Lori Villemaire who is coordinating with Milford Public Schools.
Creating an Arts Spirit
Time: 8:00-2:30 Location: Foxboro High School, Stephen C. Massey Music Suite, 120 South St., Foxboro, MA 02035 Description: Session topics include choral pedagogy, mindfulness for students and teachers, conducting workshops and more! Coordinators: Dr. Frederick Harris, Conductor, MIT and Cami Tedoldi, Director of Music, Foxboro Cost: Free for LSDO members (we are LSDO members) Registration: Link. Due Oct 4. Register separately through this link. Best For: Music educators