Assessing the NGSS: A one-day workshop facilitated by Liz Mirra @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Assessing the NGSS: A one-day workshop facilitated by Liz Mirra @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitated by Liz Mirra


Dates: February 20, 2018; 8:30 am registration; 9-3:30 pm

Target Audience: Vermont Educators involved in NGSS Instruction

Next Generation Science Standards – 3-Dimensional Learning
· Science & Engineering Practices
· Crosscutting Concepts
· Disciplinary Core Ideas

The Next Generation Science Standards call for teachers to design and administer assessments that allow students to demonstrate three-dimensional learning.  This is a significant shift from the way students have previously been assessed in science.

As the state of Vermont moves towards a new state science assessment aligned to the NGSS, educators need to become familiar with these shifts and develop a deeper understanding for what our students may be asked to do on the new state assessment.

In this workshop, we will explore:

· the vision for NGSS-aligned assessments
· the hallmarks of high-quality assessments aligned to the NGSS,
· analyze and explore resources and examples of classroom and state assessments aligned to the NGSS. 

NGSS-Aligned Assessmentsflyer
NGSS-Aligned Assessmentsflyer
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About our Facilitator: Liz Mirra is the Math and Science Coach at Springfield High School. She was involved in reviewing and providing feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards throughout their development.  Liz has worked with numerous school districts providing professional development on science best practices and assistance with aligning curriculum to the new standards. She is a national presenter facilitating workshops on the NGSS.  Liz was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Dr. Ross Greene: Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions @ Trader Duke’s Hotel, formerly DoubleTree
Apr 5 – Apr 6 all-day

Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

A 2-day Institute with Dr. Ross Greene

Dates: April 5 & 6, 2018; 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 (light breakfast and lunch included) LocationTrader Duke’s Hotel, formerly DoubleTree

Dr. Ross Greene’s evidence-based, empirically-supported CPS model – as described in his books Lost at School and Lost & Found — has a track record for dramatically reducing discipline referrals, detentions, and suspensions, improving student behavior, and improving relationships and communication. The model represents a shift away from modifying behaviors and toward solving the problems that are causing that behavior. And the problem solving is collaborative and proactive rather than unilateral and reactive. It’s the future of school discipline…but it’s happening already in countless schools across the world.

Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, along with practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to their schools.

Day One:
Key Themes
The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)
Practice and Feedback: Using the ALSUP
Overview of The Three Plans

Day Two:
Overview of Plan B
Plan B Video, Practice, and Feedback
Implementation in Schools and with Nonverbal Youth

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Describe how different explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior in kids can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention, and why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids.
• Identify and assess the various cognitive skills that are central to adaptively handling life’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges
• Identify and prioritize unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior
• Describe the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each, and the three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B
• Describe how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior

*fee includes the book:  Lost & Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

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Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is an American clinical child psychologist and the author of the books The Explosive ChildLost at SchoolLost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.” Dr. Greene is the developer of the research-based method now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions.Read More

Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices /Summer 2018 @ CVEDC Classroom
Jul 5 all-day
Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices /Summer 2018 @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Instructor: Annie O’Shaughnessy    Hybrid/Online course

Start Date:  July 5    Face to Face Dates:   July 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 2018    9:00 am – 3:30 pm  End Date: July 25, 2018

Online Work:7/5-7/11  and  7/19-7/25

Target Audience: Educators, therapists & helping professionals

In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing a vital learning community. While class meetings will be primarily experiential in order to develop an embodied understanding of mindful awareness and restorative work, online material and assignments will challenge participants to become fluent in the principles, science and research that support them.

Emphasis is placed on each participant’s unique goals and teaching styles, providing structure, resources and support for the tricky, often challenging work of teaching content while building community and attending to the social and emotional needs of students. Finally, participants will experience the power of Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as tools within a collaborative reflective practice, looking closely at our teaching lives.

Participants will:
· Review research on the effect of mindful awareness activities and restorative practices (RP) on classroom learning, executive functioning & behavior and teacher/counselor wellness.
· Use mindful investigation and analysis to improve teaching practice
· Design & implement mindfulness activities that are developmentally appropriate and feel authentic to the teacher.
· Learn how RP works to improve classroom culture, decrease behavioral incidents and increase positive academic risk-taking.
· Explore how RP can be woven into content instruction

Includes book: Rechtschaffen, D. (2014). ​The Way of Mindful Education: ​Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students and Riestenberg, N. (2012). Students & Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School.

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Summer 2018 Syllabus Mindfulness & Restorative
Summer 2018 Syllabus Mindfulness & Restorative
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Standards are for Teaching
Standard 3: Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Standard 8 : Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep
understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually
evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community) and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

For Leading:
Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to learning and staff professional growth.
Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical

About the Presenter: Annie O’Shaughnessy