May 7 – August 13 are the dates for Audiobook Sync 2015. Download 2 FREE audiobooks each week. One Young Adult title is thematically paired with one Classic title each week. Although you only have seven days to complete each download (via an OverDrive app onto most listening devices–check your existing laptop applications), once you have it, it’s yours to keep! Share this amazing opportunity with students ages 13+ who can get in on the fun!
Archived recording – join an international audience for Education on Air, an online conference sponsored by Google for Education. Originally airing on May 8-9, Day 1 “Leading for the Future” hosts Keynotes from varied speakers like Lavar Burton on The Power of Storytelling to Jennie Magiera, Chicago-area Digital Learning Coordinator on Power to the Pupil. Day 2 “Shaping the Classroom Today” provides a series of 30-ish minute sessions for four strands of learners, on topics like the Flipped Classroom, Google Forms for Assessment, and even Digital Storytelling in the Science Classroom.
Summer’s almost here! With that in mind, we’ll be adding upcoming Professional Development opportunities and Continuing Ed and Graduate School courses here on the Events page of our Blog, so check back to see what’s new!
June 16 is the date for the first STEM class offered at PSU through the Portland Metro STEM Partnership Teachers Academy & PSU/Center for Science Education . There are many STEM classes offered. The K-6 Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards classes that are offered throughout the summer are paid for through a grant. The 6-12 classes can be accessed with tuition monies and sound very intriguing. There is one called Chemistry for the Next Generation, another called Place-Based Education: Authentic STEM in the Community, and yet another called Supporting English Language Learners and Equity Practices in STEM. They have it all! Check out all the options here; graduate credit available.
June 17 is the next installment of Teacher Pub, 5-7 pm at OMSI featuring Sisbro Studios’ award winning sister/brother duo Laura and Robert Sams, filmmakers and performers for “a wild and hilarious peek into the life sciences, as they share film clips, music and stories from the field.”
June 22 – 26 begins the first summer’s courses designed for elementary teachers and teacher leaders. It is called Reasoning Algebraically about Operations. The second course , Measuring Space in One, Two and Three Dimensions, is offered August 10-14. These courses are based on the Developing Mathematical Ideas, case-based professional development curriculum. The specific course descriptions, timing for the weeklong courses, and location are found here; graduate credit available. These courses will not be held at PSU this summer, they will be held at a local school.
June 23, 9:00 am – noon at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium learn from Dr. Tim Shanahan, CCSS Literacy expert as he delves into: How to Prepare Students to Succeed with High Stakes Reading Tests. Wondering how to help student succeed on the Smarter Balanced Assessment without focusing on test prep routines? Dr. Shanahan will explore text challenge, vocabulary, grammar, cohesion, and instructional routines central to making students better readers with the ability to demonstrate success on the more demanding test. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is required by June 12. Seating is limited: www.MHEonline.com/Shanahan
June 23 in Pendleton & June 25 in Bend: Register
June 23-25, you can register and participate in one of two conversational Spanish classes (Beginning or Intermediate) taught by GBSD’s own Tina Hargaden. Register here; graduate credit available.
July 27-29, join Grades 4-8 Writing Workshop teachers to explore Teaching Writing in the Age of Common Core. Then, August 3-7, complement your writing instruction with Teaching Reading in the Age of Common Core. Both classes are taught by Lanny Ball, former Staff Developer for Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. Register here; graduate credit available.
Mid to late July, join a group to study River Geology and Rafting. According to the instructor, “This upper division Earth Science / Geology course sequence is designed for mature, serious students who are willing to work hard, play hard, have fun, and learn in-depth skills / concepts in a professional academic setting.” Sounds exciting! Find out more information here.
July 30-31, participate in a two-day course at Lewis & Clark College focused on “increasing the rate of progress for our most tangled readers.” Instructional Specialist, Jennifer Burkhart will lead this charge from 8:30a – 4:30p each day.
August 7 in Eugene: Register
Late June-August, Lewis & Clark College offers a variety of Summer Session Continuing Education classes for your professional development.
Dates TBA, Multnomah County Library will be offering two online workshops for secondary educators: Gotta Read This: New books to connect with your curriculum for 6th-12th grade and Novel-Ties, New fiction for lit circles for 4th – 8th grade (although when I last participated, titles climbed upwards of 10th grade appropriateness). Register here, and you’ll receive an email with dates once they are determined.
Fall 2015 brings an early fall hybrid inter-session. This class has a self paced on line format with a weekend white water rafting field trip on the Deschutes River Sept 17-20. The class focuses on the study of the effect of geological phenomena on animal and human health. Get more information here.