Lawrence Township Education Association

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2014-15 Professional Development

There are many professional development opportunities for members at the local, county and state levels.

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 6.21.17 PM star - mcea 10/01 –  Student Growth ObjectivesStudent Growth Objectives will be an integral part of the new teacher evaluation system for all teachers.  This workshop will review the process of writing appropriate SGOs that can be used to help improve instruction as well as be used as an evaluation tool for teachers. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 9/14. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

star - LTEA10/02 – The Differentiated Classroom This program responds to the needs of all learners. Participants explore various methods and strategies for differentiating instruction. The implications of a learner’s readiness, interests, and learning style are areas of focus. Strategies are presented to ensure that lessons support optimal learning environments that promote the learner’s various strengths. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 9-25. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

star - mcea 10/15 –  Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts K-5. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) encompass new requirements for instruction in Kindergarten through grade 5.  In addition to comprehension, the use of informational and complex texts, and writing skills, the K-5 ELA standards include Foundational Skills that focus on print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and fluency.  Participants will examine the ELA standards including the instructional shifts, the emphasis on informational and complex text, and the importance of the Reading Foundational Skills. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 10/8. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

star - mcea10/15 –  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts 6-12The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 6-12 represent a change in the focus of education.  Implementation of the ELA CCSS requires significant shifts in the instructional practice.  Participants will examine the construct of the new standards, learn about the key areas of change, and understand the emphasis on informational and complex text. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 10/8. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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10/22 –  Common Core State Standards for Mathematics K-8. Participants will discover how the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics will affect teaching and learning in their classrooms.  Areas of focus include consistency and clarity of understanding, examination of topics, and the new and more rigorous expectations. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 10/15. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

star - mcea 10/22 –  CCSS Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects for Grades 6-12Literacy must be a shared responsibility.  The CCSS provide a challenge for middle and high school content area teachers as they align existing literacy practice with the requirements in English Language Arts (ELA).  Explore how teachers outside of the ELA classroom can emphasize literacy experiences during their content-area instruction. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 10/15. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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10/29 – GLBT 101: Understanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Education. Recent changes in society and the law make it necessary for educators to have an increased understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, families and colleagues. The learning experience will introduce participants to issues relevant in the lives of GLBT students and families, and give them the opportunity to explore their comfort levels so they can provide a safer for learning environment for all. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 10/22. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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10/30  – Using Data to Enhance Student Learning. Data can change our educational practices in helping each student achieve success, setting goals for our classrooms, and reflecting on our practice and instruction. In this workshop, participants will learn the four types of data. They will be exposed to informal and formal protocols for analyzing data. This workshop will also emphasize creating teacher teams to look at the various data, and establishing collaborative standards, while brainstorming causes and solutions to identified concerns. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 10/23. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

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11/10 – Technology – Smartboards IThis session is the first in a series of four sequential seminars designed to help Interactive White Board users become proficient in the use of the technology. In this session, participants will learn how to use the menus. Activities will also help participants learn about objects, how to manipulate them, change their properties, and more. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 11/3. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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11/12 – XYZ’s of Retirement. This workshop will help answer questions related to retiring and assist participants in preparing for this stage of their career. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 11/5. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

star - mcea 11/19 – Stress Management (ESP Day). This workshop offers skills to help staff and students cope with day-to-day pressures. This session includes strategies to improve organizational and resiliency skills, renew energy, and create a stress-free work environment. It includes opportunities for reflection, discussion, and creation of a stress management agenda. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 11/12. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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11/20 – Effective Classroom (for Paraprofessionals)This workshop offers paraprofessionals skill enhancement in the areas of classroom management and verbal skills, including assertiveness skills, anger management, and conflict resolution. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 11/13. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

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01/08 – Technology – Smartboards IIThis session is the second of a series of four sequential seminars designed to help Interactive White Board users become proficient in the use of the technology. In this session, through working with Activity Toolkit 2.0 participants will learn how to engage in organizing, animating and changing object properties. Location: Mercer County Community College Conference Center, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 11/18. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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01/21 – Effective Classroom Paraprofessionals (ESP). This workshop offers paraprofessionals skill enhancement in the areas of classroom management and verbal skills, including assertiveness skills, anger management, and conflict resolution. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 1/14. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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01/22 Preparing for Your Summative Evaluation. With the passage of TEACHNJ and AchieveNJ, the summative evaluation process for teachers has changed dramatically. This workshop for focus upon the compiling of important data and aligning data and artifacts to evaluation rubrics in an effort to predict and achieve high summative evaluation ratings. Participants will understand each component of their summative evaluation, how each component is derived, and discuss advocacy methods for improving summative evaluation scores. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 1/15. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

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02/05 – Co-Teaching for Effective Inclusive Classroom.   This workshop offers regular and special educators the opportunity to learn and model various differentiated instructional methods to ensure the success of all learning levels in the inclusive classroom. Inclusive education offers educators opportunities to stretch and broaden their delivery styles through collaboration. The program features joint lesson planning exercises and problem-solving models. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 1/29. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

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02/12 – Using Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to Change School Culture.   First, this workshop will focus on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and its impact upon members, students, and school districts. However, combating bullying is not just about compliance, but also about changing school culture to provide a safe environment for all students. Consequently, we will also focus on developing strategies for improving school culture. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 2/5. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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03/04 – PDPs (Professional Development Plan) and You.  This workshop covers how the Professional Development Plan (PDP) is used as part of planning and documenting one’s professional development goals and annual progress toward the five-year, 100-hour professional development requirement. Ways to incorporate collaborative professional development, the professional development standards, and any new updates on the requirement are covered.

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03/05 – GLBT 101: Understanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Education. Recent changes in society and the law make it necessary for educators to have an increased understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, families and colleagues. The learning experience will introduce participants to issues relevant in the lives of GLBT students and families, and give them the opportunity to explore their comfort levels so they can provide a safer for learning environment for all. Location: American Legion. FREE to members.  4:15 – 6:30 PM. Dinner included. Register here by 2/26. Contact Jeff Berry with questions.

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03/18 – Preparing for  Your Summative Evaluation.  With the passage of TEACHNJ and AchieveNJ, the summative evaluation process for teachers has changed dramatically. This workshop for focus upon the compiling of important data and aligning data and artifacts to evaluation rubrics in an effort to predict and achieve high summative evaluation ratings. Participants will understand each component of their summative evaluation, how each component is derived, and discuss advocacy methods for improving summative evaluation scores. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 3/13. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.

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05/06 – XYZ’s of Retirement. This workshop will help answer questions related to retiring and assist participants in preparing for this stage of their career. Location: Mercer Oaks Catering, $15 fee.  4:00 – 4:30 PM   Registration 4:30 – 6:30 PM   Workshop 6:30 – 7:30 PM   Buffet Dinner included. Register here by 4/29. Contact Christine Sampson Clark with questions.line

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These are self-paced and video based online courses that you can play, stop and resume at your convenience. They feature a printable PD certificate once the course is finished. These courses are FREE to all NJEA members. Here are the subjects that are offered:

  • Building A Classroom Community That Supports A Differentiated Classroom
  • Character at Work
  • Data in the Classroom
  • Educators Leading for Excellence
  • Cyberbullying Prevention and Awareness
  • Strategies for Differentiation
  • Succeeding with Difficult Students for ESP
  • The Culturally Responsive Classroom

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star - otherNEA Academy has many online professional development opportunities for teachers and ESPs. All courses are peer-reviewed and screened against high standards set by NEA.

They offer:

  • Continuing Education – hundreds of courses are offered in categories such as Instructional Technology, Performing and Visual Arts, General Education, Special Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, and more.
  • University programs – through online university partners. Special benefits include full and partial scholarships, tuition reduction, application waivers, etc. that offer Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates
  • Leadership Development – this training is meant to develop Activist Leaders in order to support thriving organizations. NEA’s Leadership Development Competencies include:
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    • Business
    • Communication
    • Governance and Leadership
    • Leading our Professions
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