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Kokopelli On Demand


Online Access to Professional Learning
Fall Semester Classes Available September 3, 2019 - December 2, 2019

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 Andrea Simmons 620.675-8831 or andrea.simmons@swplains.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER after September 2nd
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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER after September 2nd
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. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER after September 2nd
for any On Demand Workshop

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