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Kokopelli On Demand


Online Access to Professional Learning
Spring 2020 Semester Classes Available January 6, 2020 - April 24, 2020

Southwest Plains is now offering professional learning on your own schedule through virtual workshops.
Available for college credit hours. Affordable, convenient and quality courses for educators in all content areas. 

Each virtual workshop is available for 2 weeks after purchase.
Registration Fee:  $125 per course*

*ESOL Praxis Prep Fee: $125 per session ($300 for full access)

College Credit Available:  0.5 college credit hour per course. 
                                            $45 per course payable to MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Questions? Contact Patty Titus 620.675-8833 or patty.titus@swplains.org

for any On Demand Workshop
after January 5th



WHY?  Formative Assessment is embedded throughout high-quality lesson design.  The time is now to ensure you have access to the latest research and best practice for implementing a comprehensive formative assessment process in your daily instructional routine.

WHAT? Southwest Plains' newest book, Check for Understanding: Formative Assessment Made Easy, is an activation guide that distills formative assessment into a step-by-step process for classroom implementation.  Endorsed by highly-renowned research and author John Hattie, Visible Learning, this workshop will equip participants with the WHY, WHAT and HOW of research-based formative assessment.  Walk away with 65 tactices to Check for Understanding!


In October 2015, the Kansas State Board of Education announced a new vision for education in Kansas, giving direction for a student-focused system and resources for individual success. The Board identified Kindergarten Readiness as one of five Outcome Areas to measure progress and now expects every district in Kansas to utilize a developmentally appropriate snapshot tool.

The goal of Kindergarten Readiness is to ensure that each student enters Kindergarten at age 5, socially, emotionally and academically prepared for success. The BOE determined that to do this, Kansas needed to have common kindergarten entry data sets across all elementary schools. The ASQ assessments were selected to gather such data.

In this four-part module series, the participant will engage in how to analyze ASQ data and consider the “what to do with it.” The first module proves an overview for both the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2. The second module shows how to analyze and interpret data gathered from both tools and how reports can be generated to aid the classroom teacher or provider with organized information to use in planning and to use or share with other educators. Modules three and four offer the participant the “doings” after the interpreting and organizing of ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 results. Handouts and activities accompany the power point presentations.

Targeted Audience: Early Childhood Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, District and Building Administrators


In 1997, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Secretary of Education were charged to convene a national panel to assess the status of research-based knowledge and instructional approaches regarding teaching children how to read.

This panel of 14 members included well-known researchers/educators who considered a database of nearly 115,000 research studies and decided because of the sheer number of studies, they would need to prioritize topics. They determined these BIG IDEAS or TOPICS would be alphabetics (including phonemic awareness and phonics), fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.

The first module of this five-part series takes the participant through a simulated reading experience in order to engage in the essential reading components. In modules 2 through 5, the participant examines each of the big ideas in terms of its “WHAT” and the “HOW” it is taught. The participant will also examine each big idea in terms of the KS ELA Standards and reflect on HOW the BIG FIVE essential components overlap and balance each other. Handouts and activities accompany the power point presentations.

Targeted Audience: K-6 Elementary Teachers, Para-educators, Elementary Building Administrators, ELA Teachers


Guided reading is an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can read similar levels of texts (scholastic.com). Data, instructional focus, and student movement through groups are all parts of the best practices related to guided reading. Learn the ins and outs of what guided reading can look like in your classroom. The process, assessments, data, and sample groupings are all part of the learning in these videos with reflection activities! Learn sample routines for the small group lessons, watch a sample lesson, review activities for what ALL the students are doing during guided reading time, and learn the answers to some frequently asked questions! Guided reading can work in a variety of classrooms and settings. Come learn the what, why, and how!


Every student needs a target... something to aim for when learning. Setting objectives is the process of establishing a direction to guide learning (Pintrich & Schunk, 2002).

When teachers communicate objectives for student learning, students can see more easily the connections between what they are doing in class and what they are supposed to learn. Setting objectives and providing feedback is a focus of the “Marzano Nine” most highly effective strategies for student learning. These videos will explore the best ways to help focus your classroom experiences with 4 recommendations to be effective with learning objectives, strategies for applying these in the classroom, as well as activities to write your own. Feedback on how the students are progressing toward the objectives is key, so tie in the best practices for feedback and you will be ready to make the most of LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND FEEDBACK in your classroom.


Students who think and write about what they've read in ELA, science, social studies, and math on a
regular basis are building skills to support the thinking required for on-demand writing tasks they will
be asked to complete on tests, in other classes, and in the work place.

On-Demand Writing is a four session module designed to support participants as they design lessons and writing tasks to support students’ learning needs.

Session #1: “The WWF” is not just for wrestling anymore. It’s a writing prompt guide to support
participants’ efforts to build stronger, clearer writing prompts for student writers. Participants will
engage in four tasks to learn the prompt and then apply their understanding to their current prompts,
revising those needing clarity.

Session #2: “Power of Paraphrase” provides a look at this most important life skill from a college
and career perspective. Participants will immerse themselves four tasks, including the reading of
contemporary business texts, to gain insight into how students will use this skill after public school. 

Session #3: Participants will explore the value of “Writer’s Workshop” in their own classrooms
through four tasks that include defining this learning structure, using John Hattie’s work to determine
the valuable influences in this structure, adjusting their own lesson plans to accommodate writer’s
workshop, and reflecting upon what they understand, value, and need to understand about the
structure in order to keep to fresh.

Session #4: “Building a Reading and Writing Vocabulary” provides participants an opportunity to
experience Marzano’s “Steps to Teaching Academic Vocabulary.”  Through four tasks, participants
will understand the tool, observe their own instruction to determine which steps they are currently
using, examine effective implementation of each step, and teach the steps to their students.  


Get set to transform the delivery of instruction by providing powerful feedback, instantaneously, for continuous improvement -- grown, not gotcha!

Discover how to design and deliver actionable feedback that will truly make a difference in preparing future-ready students.  Go past the horizon--begin to envision the creation of a collaborative culture in which feedback is valued, sought out, and put to productive use!


"Play has an essential role in happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. It is also essential to our health," Stuart Brown, 2010.

Play is an essential component of the early childhood classroom, but how do we make it "PURPOSEFUL?" These videos will give you the What, Why, and How to put purposeful play into your classroom. From planning to knowing the "kinds of play," stages of play, setting up the classroom, you can grow your toolbox of knowledge and skills through information, readings, reflection activities and resources. See sample lesson ideas so you can guide your students' learning through purposeful play experiences to make the most of your school day!

for any On Demand Workshop

Get students engaged. Get students talking and thinking.
Get students to take responsibility for learning and for their future success.
Total participation---it is possible and it works! 
An analysis of student academic growth over time suggests that teacher effectiveness is the #1 factor that influences student learning.  But, consider this:  Every nine seconds, a student is lost due to dropping out (Lehr, Johnson, Bremer, Cosio, & Thompson, 2004), this is one in four students.
The most common reason for dropping out is boredom (Bridgeland, DiIulio, & Morison, 2006).
The solution is not simple; however, student engagement is a key ingredient in helping students stay in school and be successful (ASCD, 2010; Bridgeland et al., 2006; Lehr et al., 2004; Ream & Rumberger, 2008; Voke, 2002).


NEW for 2019: GOOGLE CLASSROOM with Teresa Lacock

Have you heard of Google Classroom and how it can help to streamline your classroom workflow?  This workshop will help you learn the ins and outs of Google Classroom.
There will be time during the workshop to set up your own classroom and apply your learning. Teresa Lacock is a Google Certified Trainer and has presented at multiple school districts as well as several workshops and conventions throughout the state of Kansas. She brings knowledge of Google Apps for Education and all things tech.

The preferred device for this workshop is Mac or PC that has the Google Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  You will need a Google Apps for Education account.

If you are new to G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) this workshop will offer you hands-on, guided instruction in how to navigate all the key components. Join Google Certified Trainer Teresa Lacock to create, develop and collaborate using Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Mail.

Participants will learn how to navigate Google Drive, Mail, Sheets, Docs and Slides; and how to collaborate using G Suite for Education.

Take your knowledge of G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) to the next level. This workshop will take an in-depth look at more complex features of G Suite as well as useful apps and extensions. Join Google Certified Trainer Teresa Lacock to extend your knowledge.

Participants will learn how to utilize advanced settings in G Drive, Mail, Sheets, Docs and Slides; and how to utilize useful apps and extensions.


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Do you want to introduce blogging to your students? Do you want to breathe life into your History, Government, Social Studies Standards? Do you need to know how to get started? Join Mindy Applegate and get ready to put your own digital citizenship to the test. You'll test drive safety-tested education web-logging sites to find the model that works best for you and your students.

Participants will define blogging in the context of their own social studies instruction, learn how to select a web-logging site to suit their instructional needs and put together a simple starter blog for use in their classrooms.

Participants will be issued lists of safe, effective blogging sites and build a simple starter blog to use as a model for their classrooms.

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Do you love pinning your weekend ideas on pinterest? Are you a DIYer at your core? If so, Makerspace might be for you and your students. It is a blend of craft and technology, can be done individually or collaboratively, and is completely wonder-driven. All of these aspects make it possible in virtually in grade level or content area. Participants will get the basics of Makerspace (what a Makerspace consisits of, where to find numerous resources, finding what will work for for you) and get tons of ideas for your own classroom or school.

Participants will walk away with numerous websites and ideas for their own Makerspace and will have time to start to develop their own.





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How many of you have students that can't explain their answer in writing during Math? Okay, okay put your hands down, come learn some amazing techniques and strategies to cultivate the writing out of your students in Math application problems. This workshop is designed for all ages but we will focus on how to create Math Writers so participants will need to bring a set of word problems that we can practice on ourselves!!

Participants will leave with 10 Tools to use to improve writing in the Math classroom.




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Last year the Kansas State Assessments incorporated On Demand Writing (Multidisciplinary Performance Task-MDPT) into the assessment process. Teachers this past year have been challenged with understanding and facilitating the move to students being required to think critically and write in an on-demand environment. This assessment technique, while challenging for all students, is especially challenging for the English Learner.

Last year Dr. Kelly Gillespie presented a variety of instructional strategies to assist teachers, both ESOL and content, in preparing students for this assessment technique. One common feedback from the two sessions given that year were that attendees would like further information about the rubrics, instructional resources, and instructional strategies. This workshop is designed to provide teachers further professional learning about On Demand Writing (MDPT), with emphasis on ESOL strategies.

Participants will learn about On-Demand in general, but will specifically examine the MDPT writing tasks and rubrics with ESOL emphasis. 

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These three sessions are designed to help teachers prepare their thinking and their classrooms for students whose first language is not English. The expectation for ESOL endorsed teachers is not that they will know the students’ first language, but that teachers will be able to structure their classrooms, lesson plans, and teaching strategies to successfully support English Language Learners (ELLs). This does include the expectation that these teachers have a strong understanding of how the English language works linguistically and grammatically.

College credit available through MidAmerica Nazarene
0.5 college credit hour available per session
1.5 credit hours can be earned by completed all 3 sessions.

Session #1—Planning and Implementing Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation 
This session will be divided into sections that will cover topics including the following: Lesson preparation (Language and Content Objectives), Cooperative learning structures to support ELLs, Stages of Language Acquisition, Krashen’s research on Language Acquisition, Dominant Philosophical Approaches to Language Instruction, and Vocabulary to support assessment procedures.

Session #2—Linguistics and Culture
This session will be divided into sections that will cover topics including the following:  Parts of speech including modal verbs and verb tenses, Active and passive voice, Pragmatic, Sociolinguistics, Phonemes, graphemes, morphemes, etc., Intonation and word stress, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), Rhetorical patterns, the impact of language on culture and vice versa, Types of cultures and how culture impacts learning.  In addition,  this course will include a sample of the listening questions that will be embedded into the Praxis assessment.

Session #3 - Language and Professional Issues
This session will be divided into sections that will cover topics including the following: Registers of language including formulaic utterances, Some of the theorists important for teachers of ELLS, Literacy instruction, Acronyms important for teachers of ELLs, How ESL Programs are classified, and Three main court cases that impact public schools with ELL enrollment.

for any On Demand Workshop

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No time for science? How about grabbing students' interest using science and then expanding their literacy skills
by having then read and write about what they observed
AND what they can infer from their investigations?

The Next Generation Science Standards shift science learning into DOING, thinking, observing, and then explaining science.
All of this will support both the state science content assessment and the science MDPT.

Teachers will learn the organization of NGSS, DO several activities that support NGSS, practice reading and writing to support their learning about NGSS , see ways to use science to support literacy and to support preparation for the science MDPT, take away an AC2E Notebook with grade-appropriate science activities as well as writing activities and ideas, and take away knowledge about several apps that will support student writing.

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Explicit Instruction is systematic, direct, and engaging teaching that has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area.

This workshop will provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and delivering effective 
lessons; and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material. Watch Anita Archer in real classrooms so that you can "see" how the strategies work and talk about the "Archerisms" that will make you the happiest teacher in your school.

Participants will learn to identify the key concepts in their curriculum to explicitly teach, design effective lessons, and give students the information they need to practice and master new material. 

for any On Demand Workshop

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