The LiNK Goes On: Literacy Conference

Jan 18 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

100% Virtual via Zoom

Are you wondering how to keep the literacy learning link alive and moving forward during a pandemic?
Join the SW KS LiNK Grant Virtual Conference to hear distinguished speakers share instructional practices that are effective whether teaching in a face-to-face, hybrid or remote learning environment.

FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Dr. Douglas Fisher, Dr. John Almarode, Alex Kajitani, Dorina Sackman, Joann McRell, Kim Muff and Cindy Hadicke.

AGENDA AND SESSION DETAILS  

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REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE to SWKS LiNK Consortium Districts:
Copeland, Deerfield, Kismet-Plains, Montezuma, Ness City, Satanta, Stanton County, Sublette, Syracuse, Ulysses
$60/person for SWPRSC members
$75/person for non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Credit requires completion of assignment.

FAST Essentials Training Session 1 of 4

Jan 19 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

via Zoom

Facilitated by Shaketa Gillard, Illuminate Certified FastBridge Instructor

REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION HAS REACHED CAPACITY 

Learn how to administer, interpret and use FastBridge effectively and efficiently within your system.
This 12-hour training includes key functionality, as well as resources for continued support.

TOPICS FOR THIS SESSION INCLUDE:
  • Welcome
  • User Roles and Navigating FastBridge
  • Screening with FastBridge
  • FASTtrack Reading (earlyReading English - teacher administered CBM, CBMreading English - teacher administered CBM, aReading - computer adaptive test, AUTOreading - computer based CBM)
  • Closing and Next Steps

This training is designed for beginning users and will be conducted virtually in 3-hour sessions from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM central time over the course of 4 days. 

REMAINING SESSION DATES:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

REGISTRATION FEE:
$50/person/session

COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 1.0 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $90 - only available with completion of all 4 sessions.. Requires completion of assignment.  

Vocabulary Strategies for English Learners: Enhancing Cognitive Academic Language

Jan 20 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Presented by Dr. Gayla Lohfink
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English Learners (ELs) are one of the fastest-growing sub-groups among the school-aged populations in the United States. What instructional strategies are you implementing to specifically meet these students’ vocabulary needs? This workshop focuses on teachers’ awareness and practice of strategies meant to increase classroom opportunities for students to engage in structured, academic talk and develop students’ sophisticated vocabulary language knowledge (i.e., word structure, multiple meaning words, nuances of words, idiomatic expressions and/or figurative language). Participants will also consider vocabulary learning from socio-cultural, linguistic, cognitive, and academic dimensions in terms of helping ELs activate background knowledge, connect new word knowledge, and affirm with evidence what has been learned. This workshop is appropriate for grades PK-12.

REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE to SWP Title III consortium members
$125/person for SWPRSC members
$140/person for non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of assignment.
REGISTRATIONS/CANCELLATIONS: Trainings with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

Industry Certifications & CTE End of Pathway Assessments Support

Jan 21 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL via ZOOM

Presented by Clelia McCrory, Career & Ed Tech Consultant for ESSDACK
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This virtual training will provide participants with a PDF resource that will help schools to know:
  • where to get the assessment or certification
  • what concepts or skills are targeted with the assessment or certification
  • which pathway or pathways it supports
  • which ones count for postsecondary student success rate
  • other certification/assessment implementation tips
Participants will also have the opportunity to join a CTE Assessment listserv to receive ongoing certification/assessment updates and tips during 2021.
REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE to SWP CTE/Perkins consortium members
$60/person for SWPRSC members
$75/person for non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: Not available 
REGISTRATIONS/CANCELLATIONS: Trainings with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

Principals Council

Jan 21 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette,

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Collaborative opportunity for area PK-12 principals to come together to share their successes, challenges and learn about/discuss state initiatives and other areas essential to a successful school system.  Participation is welcome in person or by Zoom.   
REGISTRATION FEE:*
FREE to SWPRSC members
$30/person for non-members
*includes lunch for onsite participants

FAST Essentials Training Session 2 of 4

Jan 26 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

via Zoom

Facilitated by Shaketa Gillard, Illuminate Certified FastBridge Instructor

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.

Learn how to administer, interpret and use FastBridge effectively and efficiently within your system.
This 12-hour training includes key functionality, as well as resources for continued support.

TOPICS FOR THIS SESSION INCLUDE:
  • Choose your Reading Adventure
  • FastBridge Math Overview, Part 1 (earlyMath - teacher administered CBM, CBMmath Automaticity - computer based CBM)
  • FastBridge Math Overview, Part 2 (aMath - computer adaptive test)
  • Choose Your Math Adventure
  • Screening Procedures
  • Closing and Next Steps

This training is designed for beginning users and will be conducted virtually in 3-hour sessions from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM central time over the course of 4 days. 

REMAINING SESSION DATES:
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

REGISTRATION FEE:
$50/person/session

COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 1.0 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $90 - only available with completion of all 4 sessions.. Requires completion of assignment.  

Embracing the New HGSS Classroom Assessment for Optimal Learner Engagement

Jan 28 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest PlainsConference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Presented by Marcia Fiorentino, KSDE Social Studies Consultant

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What better use of standardized assessment than to have an assessment that is learner focused, individualized, and utilizes the classroom teacher as the head coach. Come and enjoy a day with peers learning about the new learner-centered rubrics and how to embrace the new HGSS assessment, rather than feel that it is just one more thing on your shoulders during an already challenging time. Begin the workshop with a fun activity for connecting learners and continue working with peers toward designing your first classroom based on the HGSS assessment. Decide if you may be able to assist KSDE with this new program launch by participating in the 2020-21 field test, or maybe you just simply want to be prepared for the assessment next school year.

REGISTRATION FEE:
$25/person  
*Fee includes lunch  
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of assignment.
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATIONS: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

SWP - PLN - Data Management Support for CTE

Jan 28 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Facilitated by Kim Mauk and Traci Taylor, SWPRSC

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Join us for an opportunity to discuss and ensure you are completing all data expectations for CTE. These brief sessions will allow participants to ask questions and review current timelines for data completion.   All SWPRSC CTE Perkins districts can join for FREE!
A $150 stipend will be given to individuals that attend all 6 sessions. 

REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE to SWPRSC Perkins/CTE Consortium Members

COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires attendance at all 6 sessions and completion of assignment. Credit information will be made available at the end of the last session in December.

Kansans CAN and Do with Your Thinktank Approach to Civic Engagement

Jan 29 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Presented by Marcia Fiorentino, KSDE Social Studies Consultant

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Join us to learn about the 2020 CAN Winners and engage with peers to assist the Civic Advocacy Network in living up to its slogan, Making Civic Engagement Part of Our Schools' Culture. In these challenging times, let's get back to the basics of how to be a good human and how to teach our students to focus on being a good human. Civic engagement is more important now than it has ever been. This workshop will begin with a reflection on your personal values and what matters most to you. It will continue with peer work on how we incorporate our own values into our classrooms and school environments for encouraging students to become civically engaged. Leave with positive plans and ideas that can be utilized this spring as part of the KSDE Civic Advocacy Network Awards Program.

REGISTRATION FEE:
$25/person  
*Fee includes lunch  
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of assignment.
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATIONS: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

Supporting Your EL Students' Success with Informative Texts

Feb 1 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Presented by Mindy Applegate
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Teaching English Learners (ELs) to read and comprehend may seem daunting, but we can overcome our fears to support students in their efforts to become readers. First, you can and should use what you already know to be effective, research-based reading instruction. But, don’t stop there. You are considering this workshop because you recognize that ELs will need additional support in learning how to read informative text. 

This workshop focuses on the EL student's struggle with informative text and the learning tasks associated with it. Participants will learn how to increase English Learners' comprehension of non-fiction expository text by providing: 1) explicit instruction on how expository text is structured; 2) models of "what good readers do" to get information from expository text; 3) opportunities for practice so that ELs can identify and interact with the text; and and 4) opportunities for peer interaction with the content of the text in order to increase comprehension.  

This workshop is appropriate for grades PK-12.

REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE to SWP Title III consortium members
$125/person for SWPRSC members
$140/person for non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $$5. Reguires completion of assignment.
REGISTRATIONS/CANCELLATIONS: Trainings with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.    

Moving Ahead with KESA: Are You Ready for the OVT?

Feb 2 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Presented by Dr. Sue Jenkins

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Join Southwest Plains to collaborate around 'all things KESA'! Lots of new information and strategies for success! This is the perfect opportunity to get your staff ready for the Outside Visit Team. Be ready to share your insights and experiences with neighboring districts. This session is for superintendents, principals, district leadership teams and building leadership teams.

TARGETS FOR THE WORKSHOP INCLUDE:
  • presentation tips for the Outside Team Visit
  • guidelines to create a powerful System Annual Report
  • Q and A to ensure clarity and confidence with the KESA process
COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND MAXIMIZE HE SUCCESS OF YOUR OVT!

REGISTRATION FEE:
$60/person for SWP Members
$75/person for Non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Not available
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.    

NW KS Administrators Council

Feb 2 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

NKESC, 703 W 2nd Street, Oakley,

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Collaborative opportunity for area superintendents and PK-12 principals to come together to share their successes, challenges and learn about/discuss state initiatives and other areas essential to a successful school system. Separate roundtable session for principals during NKESC SPED meeting at end of council.
REGISTRATION FEE: NO CHARGE
Lunch provided courtesy of NKESC.

The KESA Pause: How Can Districts Effectively Use This Opportunity?

Feb 2 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Sue Jenkins

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With the advent of the recent State Board decision to allow districts to voluntarily suspend KESA activities for one year, this is the perfect opportunity to build collective efficacy and refresh commitment to school improvement. How can district and building leaders most effectively use this time? What are the requirements? Participants will consider how to keep the team moving forward and maximize the opportunity of this 1-year 'pause.' Be ready to share your insights and experiences with neighboring districts! This session is for superintendents, principals, district leadership teams and building leadership teams.  

TARGETS FOR THIS SESSION:
  • Share powerful growth measures to monitor goal progress
  • practice data diving - strategies for data review and analysis
  • consider modifying instructional practice based on the data
COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND MAXIMIZE THE GIFT OF EXTRA TIME PROVIDED BY THE KESA 'PAUSE'!

REGISTRATION FEE:
$60/person for SWP Members
$75/person for Non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Not available
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

SWP Superintendents Council

Feb 3 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette,

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Collaborative opportunity for area superintendents to come together to share their successes, challenges and learn about/discuss state initiatives and other areas essential to a successful school system.   Participation is welcome in person or by Zoom.  
REGISTRATION FEE:*
FREE to SWPRSC members
$30/person for non-members
*includes lunch for onsite participants

KansaSTAR: Review and Work Session

Feb 4 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette

Facilitated by Jen Stelter, SWPRSC

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Participants will REVIEW the free, online state program, KansaSTAR. This program walks districts through the school improvement process to write and monitor school improvement plans for KESA and Title I (required for all schoolwide Title  programs beginning in 20-21, while also having the capability to be a repository for all KESA work and evidence).

The morning session will focus on a REVIEW of the updated system and provide an opportunity to examine examples of quality school improvement work. The afternoon work session will utilize the time for teams to input information and update their KansaSTAR plans with consultant support.

Districts are encouraged to send a team of two or more (Title/school improvement) to come REVIEW the ins and outs of KansaSTAR and take advantage of the dedicated work time to input your information into the system.

REGISTRATION FEE:
$125/person for SWP Members
$140/person for Non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of assignment.
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.      


Vocabulary Instruction & Routines for MS & HS Teachers

Feb 5 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

PRESENTERS:
Joann McRell, KSDE K - 12 ELA Consultant
Cindy Hadicke, KSDE Elementary Consultant 


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THIS IS A VIRTUAL TRAINING ONLY

Due to the demand for specific training stemming from the dyslexia initiative KSDE has developed a professional development learning day for middle and high school teachers. This training is not meant to replace the six-hours of required professional development that most educators in Kansas will receive prior to August 31, 2021. The training below is NOT required but will enhance all instruction at the middle and high school levels for struggling readers and those with characteristics of dyslexia. These sessions will be recorded for those that sign up, but we encourage teachers and leaders to attend in person if possible. 

CONTENTS OF THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
  • Vocabulary routines for all teachers
  • Tier II and Tier III vocabulary
  • Morphology
  • Semantics  
THIS SESSION IS FOR EDUCATORS IN GRADES 6-12.

REGISTRATION FEE:  FREE
COLLEGE CREDIT: Not available

Competency Based Learning

Feb 8 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, 810 Lark Ave, Sublette, KS 67877, USA

Presented by Jen Stelter
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Come join us as we dive into the 2020 Navigating Change document to learn, explore, and plan next steps with Competency Based Learning (CBL).
We will define CBL with its purpose, analyze the components of CBL, walk through the structure of the document, and help design an action plan to guide you through the next steps toward implementation.
Leave this professional learning with the confidence to move forward as Kansas educators look to re-imagine classrooms and meet our students where they are, while providing innovative experiences for them to demonstrate their learning!

REGISTRATION FEE:
$125/person for SWP Members
$140/person for Non members
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of assignment. This course is STAR program eligible and provides opportunities for an additional 0.5-2.5 credit hours.
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION: 
Trainings with less than 5 registrations are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.

FAST Essentials Training Session 3 of 4

Feb 9 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

via Zoom

Facilitated by Shaketa Gillard, Illuminate Certified FastBridge Instructor

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.


Learn how to administer, interpret and use FastBridge effectively and efficiently within your system.
This 12-hour training includes key functionality, as well as resources for continued support.

TOPICS FOR THIS SESSISON INCLUDE:
  • Screening Reports (Group Screening Report, Screening to Intervention Report)
  • Screening Review and Q & A
  • Why Progress Monitor
  • Selecting Progress Monitoring Measures
  • Reading Progress Monitoring: Measures and Selection
  • Closing and Next Steps 
This training is designed for beginning users and will be conducted virtually in 3-hour sessions from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM central time over the course of 4 days. 

REMAINING SESSION DATES:
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

REGISTRATION FEE:
$50/person/session

COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Optional 1.0 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $90 - only available with completion of all 4 sessions.. Requires completion of assignment.  

Counselors Council

Feb 11 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Southwest Plains Conference Center, 810 Lark Avenue, Sublette,

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Collaborative opportunity for area PK-12 counselors to come together to share their successes, challenges and learn about/discuss state initiatives and other areas essential to a successful school system.
REGISTRATION FEE: *
FREE to SWPRSC members
$30/person for non-members
*includes lunch for onsite participants

Xello Cadre 3 of 3

Feb 12 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

VIRTUAL via ZOOM

Presented by Jen Stelter
THIS IS A VIRTUAL ONLY EVENT
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Does your district use Xello? What is it? Why do I need it and how do I use it? Join your colleagues for three sessions this year to learn information on the navigation and implementation of Xello. These cadres will include collaborative opportunities to come together to share successes and challenges; and learn about/discuss topics related to this important piece of the Kansas Individual Plan of Study. Each session will begin with information on the workings of Xello, include highlights on available features, time for Q & A, "from the field" sharing of district practices by area teachers/counselors, as well as participant-directed "hot topics."   

REGISTRATION FEE:
$95/person for SWP members
$115/person for non members
FREE to Members of the SWP Perkins Consortium
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level college credit available from MidAmerica Nazarene University for $45. Requires completion of an assignment.
REGISTRATIONS/CANCELLATIONS: Trainings with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to the event date.