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Summer 2017

All sessions held at the UK/Lexmark Center in Lexington unless otherwise noted


View Opportunities for Math

Empowering Students to Meet the Challenge of Fractions

June 6-7    $225 or $375 with manipulatives    Grades 3-5    registration deadline June 2!
Do your students really understand foundational fraction concepts and their connections to algebra and beyond? Learn how to support student learning through the use of a variety of models including number lines, pattern blocks, and towers; write and pose questions that have a high cognitive demand with an emphasis on fractions; use multiple strategies to facilitate math talk in the classroom; and utilize open questions and question strategies to engage all students.  Get Uncomplicating Fractions to Meet Common Core Standards in Math, K-7 by Marian Small, fraction games, and engagement strategies.  Optional: purchase a custom-made fraction circle classroom set (see registration site for details).

ACT Math Boot Camp

June 15-16    Prestonsburg    $200    registration deadline June 7!
How do we help teachers incorporate the ACT© Readiness Standards in their everyday teaching? How can we help teachers use ACT© Readiness Standards progression ideas for student progress to guide instruction throughout middle and high school courses and develop improvement plans that provide continuous support for students?  Develop course intervention strategies and student support systems that move away from a single focus on last minute test taking tips. Work collaboratively to create challenging growth goals for your students and develop instructional strategies to empower and engage all students utilizing critical components of the College and Career Readiness Standards.

Toolkit for Improving Your Instructional Practice

June 30    $75    K-12    This event has been cancelled
The Instructional Practice Toolkit (IPT) is designed for use by coaches and instructional leaders to help Kentucky teachers, and those who support teachers, build understanding and experience with College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards-aligned instruction.  Learn how to recognize and support effective teaching and learning practices that reflect the specific Shifts of CCR standards and develop shared, complementary expertise across districts, schools, and classrooms.  Develop a common language and set of expectations for identifying Shifts-aligned instruction, planning, and analysis of student work.

Student Success in Algebra

July 13-14    $200    registration deadline July 5!
Get research-proven strategies, activities, and assessment ideas that make a difference in student learning and performance in the middle and high school Algebra classroom in this 2-day workshop. Learn how to build a learning culture in your classroom and the strategies to focus on individual needs of students to give them all the best possible chance of succeeding in Algebra I and II.  You will get strategies that align to effective teaching and learning that are indicators of what an effective Algebra classroom should look like, engage and motivate students to persevere through challenging content, strengthen the quality of your instruction to improve student learning, and address multiple representations within the mathematical content being taught to build conceptual knowledge and develop math proficiency.


View Opportunities for Science

High School Biology Institute

registration deadline June 2!
Lexington: June 6-7
Madisonville: June 8-9
$200 for 2-day session
Successfully transition from Quality Core Biology for the EoC to the three-dimensional approach required by KY’s Science Assessment System.  Learn from a teacher who has been implementing the NGSS while also preparing students for the EoC.  Get lesson sequences and/or units of study for Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems (HS-LS1.C) and for Natural Selection and Evolution (HS-LS4).  Learn how to make teaching and learning more three-dimensional in biology with in-depth experiences using the Science and Engineering Practices of modeling and constructing explanations and the Crosscutting Concepts of patterns, cause and effect, and stability and change to deepen conceptual understanding.

Modeling: An Integral Practice for Success with the KAS for Science

Prestonsburg: June 12-13    this session has been cancelled
Lexington: June 15-16    registration deadline June 7!
Madisonville: June 26-27    registration deadline June 18!
$200 for 2-day session    6-12
Engage students using scientific modeling – a prevalent Practice they can use to demonstrate their understanding of scientific phenomena as part of the KY Science Assessment System. Develop a deeper understanding of modeling and its relationship to the other Science and Engineering Practices.  Get a grade/course appropriate lesson sequence that incorporates modeling and tools for supporting student use of models to predict and explain in the classroom.  Examine strong examples of models, learn how to effectively integrate modeling as an essential practice in science, and discover which performance expectations require modeling for students to demonstrate understanding.

Summer 2017 Academy for Effective Science Teaching & Learning

Building a System of Classroom Assessments
Bowling Green: June 20-21    registration deadline June 12!
Lexington: June 27-28    registration deadline June 19!
Returning participants = $150; New participants = $200    K-12
Examine and design interrelated components of assessment and instruction, aligned to the three dimensions of KAS for Science.  Look at learning sequences and focus on critical points in student understanding and conceptual development.  Spend time collaborating with fellow educators to review examples of various types of assessments, including Classroom Embedded Assessments (CEAs) and Through Course Tasks (TCTs), and use a process to develop/refine your system of assessments for a chosen unit, including classroom summatives.  You’ll develop a lesson sequence with embedded formative assessments and summative items that target content, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts.

Together We Lead: Elementary Principal-Teacher Partnerships for Science Program Improvement

June 26, 2017    $75 per team member    K-5    registration deadline June 18!
Develop leadership and expertise to guide TCT (Through-Course Tasks) and CEA (Classroom Embedded Assessments) decisions at the elementary level.  Attend this training as a school team to ensure success of implementing the KY Academic Standards for Science and the KY Science Assessment System.  Get a protocol for student work analysis, resources for implementing 3D teaching and learning and integrating ELA and Math, and examples of 3D and integrated lesson sequences.

Constructing Explanations and Arguing from Evidence – Grades 4-8

June 29, 2017    $125    registration deadline June 21!
What experiences, supports, and practice do students need in order to construct scientifically accurate explanations of natural phenomena? What role do developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, and arguing from evidence play in constructing proficient explanations? Experience activities as a learner that promote concept and practice understanding, and discuss implications for best practice and highly effective teaching with other professionals.  Participants will leave with processes and strategies for helping students construct explanations and argue from evidence: support materials, ready to implement lessons, sample assessment items, strong and weak models, and instructional strategies and scaffolds.

Elementary Science Lessons and Unit Organizers

Helping students make sense of their world through the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) and Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC)

Life Science $200 each
What will you learn?
Grades K-2 June 8-9
Kids are fascinated with life science! Learn how to leverage their curiosity about the natural world while building their skill set in sense making strategies.  Get Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science for your grade band to integrate literacy with each Performance Expectation
Grades 3-5 June 29-30
Earth Science $175 each  What will you learn?
Grades K-2 June 22-23
How to leverage the SEPs of modeling, data analysis, and argumentation and the CCCs of patterns, cause and effect, and systems to help students develop an understanding of foundational science concepts to understand the Earth and its place in the Solar System.  How to use the engineering design process to help students deepen their understanding of key science concepts.
Grades 3-5 July 13-14

Students who are confident in their abilities to use the SEPs and CCCs will be better prepared to successfully approach and succeed on the Kentucky Science Assessment System. Attend one of our grade-band specific Earth or Life Science trainings and learn how to help lead your students in developing their abilities to use the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts to get excited about the topics being taught in your classroom.

Waves & Electromagnetic Radiation – Grades 4 & 7

July 20-21, 2017    $200    registration deadline July 12!
Understand key ideas underlying the concepts of waves and information transfer (4th & 7th) and electromagnetic radiation (7th).  Learn how to develop student understanding of waves in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts are embedded in instruction as envisioned in the NGSS.  Get a storyline, lesson ideas ready for use in the classroom, support materials and strategies for assisting students’ development and use of models, math and literacy integration, notebooking strategies, and sample assessment items.

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Increasing Student Engagement

June 22-23, 2017    $250    K-12    registration deadline June 14!
Creating a classroom where everyone is engaged, thinking and learning
Examine research-based strategies from a variety of sources (Shirley Clarke, Persida Himmele and William Himmele) that will increase student engagement and promote critical thinking skills – both of which are essential to student’s conceptual understanding of content. Strategies can be applied to any content at any grade level.