Nov 8th PD Day Resources

Below are the Sessions from the November 8th PD Day.  They are grouped by session number and speakers.  

If the speaker has provided a PDF version of their presentation the title will be a link to that material.


S1&2 Double Session – Transition for Success (Wong) 7-12 Special Education Teachers

How are your graduates engaged in the community when they exit high school? Participants will review the changes in IEP documents for compliance and results driven by accountability by looking at Sections 1-5.  This training will include the 16 Evidence Based Practices (EBP) that result in positive changes for education, training, employment, and independent living.  Participants should bring a copy of a secondary transition IEP document.


S1&S2:A – Gifted Identification & Services in the Arts: Identification (Tawil) K-12 Art and Music Teachers

The arts gifted identification process should be part of each arts teacher’s school year. Understanding what to do and when to do it will be explained in simple terms aligned to state guidelines. Attendees will be prepared to tailor and implement a program to suit your students and school. Take away an experience in preparation of written responses, using the rubric to score a “display of work”, and lots of resource materials and examples to identify (and hopefully serve) your gifted art students.


S1:B – Language Arts Strategies (Berckemeyer) Grades 5-9 ELA teachers

Looking for fun and motivating ideas for your middle level classroom? This is a hands-on session that provides real, quality strategies in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, listening, and speaking skills. No philosophy here, just creative ideas to motivate the middle level learner.

S2:B – Student Motivation and Engagement (Berckemeyer) Grades 5-9 teachers

Looking for great ways to motivate students? These hands-on ideas are perfect for all subjects. Easy to use and implement in any classroom or school.


S1:C – Where Has All the Water Gone? (Krebs & Geisler) Grades 3-8 Science teachers

The educator will use a groundwater model to demonstrate the movement of water and pollutants through the aquifer. Non-point source pollution, source-point pollution, time of travel, groundwater, aquifers, water tables, water cycle and source water protection and remediation will be discussed and demonstrated.

S2:C – Web of Life/Links in the Chain (Krebs & Geisler) 5th grade Science teachers

This program is offered for 5th grade. Students will learn what an ecosystem is and the relationship between producers and decomposers by playing a game. This is a game that needs a large space to be played, as they will be different animals within a stream ecosystem.


S1:D – Let ’em Argue: Teaching Academic Writing in All Content Areas Teachers(McKnight), Grades 6-12 ELA teachers

Evidence based argumentation is a critical writing skill in all subjects. Whether it’s a hypothesis, thesis, or document based question, student writers must become skilled at providing evidence to support assertions. Dr. McKnight will provide strategies that use different media and texts that will engage and excite your students!

S2:D – Differentiating Texts to Create Rigor and Relevance for all Readers (McKnight) Grades 4-12 ELA teachers

Do you have students that don’t all read on the same level? Every classroom is composed of different level readers. How to we ensure that students have materials that are accessible and promote reading development? Dr. McKnight will provide resources and strategies for differentiating texts in all content areas.


S1:E – Using Monarchs in the Classroom (Sabo) Prek-12 Science

Start preparing now for next year’s migration of monarchs! We’ll cover basic monarch biology, rearing techniques for your classroom, and citizen science opportunities for you and your students.

S2:E – Mythbusting with Invertebrates (Sabo) PreK-4 Science

Many common schoolyard invertebrates have myths and misconceptions associated with them, making it difficult to use them in the classroom. Experience some hands-on ways to address and dispel common myths and connect your students to the outdoors.


S1:F – Greenacres is the place to be! (Lyon) Grades 5-8 Science

The NEW Greenacres River Education Center, soon to be open in Milford, can provide free programs tailor made to your curriculum that are designed to foster a relationship between youth, the environment, and water quality. Let us show you how we can help you to incorporate state standards with a focus on inquiry and STEM into your lessons. Come explore and experience some of the hands on activities that we can offer!

S2:F – Greenacres is the place to be! (Lyon) Grades 9-12 Science

The NEW Greenacres River Education Center, soon to be open in Milford, can provide free programs tailor made to your curriculum that are designed to foster a relationship between youth, the environment, and water quality. Let us show you how we can help you to incorporate state standards with a focus on inquiry and STEM into your lessons. Come and explore and experience some of the hands on activities that we can offer!


S1:G – Making the Most of the AIR-Testing PLD’s (Curran) Teachers of AIR Tested grade levels/courses

Along with cut scores, AIR and ODE have provided Performance Level Descriptors (PLD’s) that can inform tested grades even more! This session will allow participants to interact with the PLD’s for their tested area(s) and use the information to plan for strategic and practical applications for classroom instruction revolving around student growth.

S2:G – Tech Tools: Customize To Differentiate (Curran) Teachers Grades 3-12

If you can customize It, you’ve got a differentiation tool! So many technology applications allow the user the ability to personalize the settings. That is all you need to create a buffet of technology tools to use for differentiated instruction. This workshop allows participants to consider the customizable options of several technology tools and brainstorm ways to leverage those options for strategically creating learning opportunities for students that match up with their content readiness. Participants will play with the customizable features of several tech applications. They can also share other examples of customizable features of other technology applications or tools. A website with tech tool links and differentiation ideas will be provided to participants. Bringing an electronic device is recommended.


S1:H – Google Forms: So much more than a survey tool! (Flynn) K-12 Teachers

With Google Forms you can create free, online surveys, quizzes, questionnaires, registration forms, and many more data collection tools. Learn how to create forms with many types of questions, share forms with others, collect data, and analyze and use the results.

S2:H – Google Apps are Awesome! (Flynn) K-12 Teachers

Google Apps have the power to redefine learning! With a variety of Google Apps, your students can be well on their way to collaborating and connect with the world around them! Learn how to begin using Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom to empower yourself and your students.


S1:I – Advising all Ohio Students to be Success Ready (Lewis) 6-12 Guidance Counselors, admin

All students need to be prepared for successful postsecondary transitions. How many of your students are graduating ready for success? Based on a recent national study, 47% of high school students are graduating without being prepared for college or career. In this session, we’ll share Career Advising resources and strategies available to provide students with grade-level examples that link their schoolwork to career fields. You’ll leave with tools that you can use within your school to get all students prepared for success.

S2:I – Q & A for School Counselors (Lewis) 6-12 Guidance Counselors

Get answers to your questions from ODE on topics including: career advising in 6 – 12th grades, student success plans, counselor standards and evaluation process.


S1:J – TenMarks for Free (Strausbaugh & Dozier) Grades 1-12 math teachers

Everything you need for math instruction—scaffolded lessons, guided practice, assignments, assessments, and interventions—designed for state and Common Core standards. This session will give you a basic understanding of the FREE program.

S2:J – TenMarks for Premium Users (Strausbaugh & Dozier) Grades 1-12 math teachers

Everything you need for math instruction—scaffolded lessons, guided practice, assignments, assessments, and interventions—designed for state and Common Core standards. This session will give Premium users tips and a better understanding of the program.


S1:K – Testing Update for ELA (Dunlap) Grades 6-12 ELA teachers

In this session, you will hear updates and news regarding the ELA tests. Additionally, we will identify gaps revealed by previous tests and share ideas for preparing students in these key areas.

S2:K – Writing with Rigor (Dunlap) Grades 3-12 ELA teachers

Improving students’ writing abilities is always a key challenge for ELA teachers. We will explore strategies and protocols to encourage students to own the writing process and become “real” writers, not just test day writers.


S1:L – Who Says You Can’t Differentiate a High School Science Class? (Johnson) 9-12 Science

Experience techniques for lab investigations, practice exercises and reading to reach the needs of all the students in the science classroom.
S2:L – Improving Instruction to Better Prepare Biology Students (Johnson) 9-12 Science

Join the conversation to learn more ways to better prepare students in biology. Conversation topics will include resources, scope & sequence, and assessment audits. Come prepared to share your own ideas and to learn more ideas.


S1:M – Old School Laps or Modern Apps: Revitalize Your Curriculum (Gopher webinar) K-12 PE Teachers

This Webinar will assist teachers in how to use applications (Apps) to revitalize their curriculum. A variety of Apps including apps for assessment, presentations, grading, timing, scoring, etc. will be discussed. After participating in this webinar, teachers will have a better understanding on quality Apps that can be used to enhance their curriculum.

S2:M – A Future Where Physical Activity and Physical Education are the Norm: Let’s Move! Active Schools (Gopher webinar) K-12 PE Teachers

Ready to make your school a hub for physical activity and physical education? Join Pam Powers, Let’s Move! Active Schools Physical Education and Physical Activity Senior Manager, as she reveals the “secret sauce” to developing a school culture where physical education and physical activity are foundational to academic success. Powered by an unprecedented national collaboration, Let’s Move! Active Schools is the solution to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the new norm for your school. In this session, you will learn how Let’s Move! Active Schools can help you become the champion to lead change!


S1&S2:N – Teaching Standards-based Phonics in Foundational Reading (Twin Towers Training) K-3 Teachers

This session begins with a brief review of the Foundational Reading standards for phonics, with a discussion to ensure a common understanding of what each phonetic standard means and how each should be implemented. This is followed by strategies for teaching specific phonetic skills for a given grade level. This training also includes methods for following the instructional process. Special attention is focused on the importance of Phonological Awareness and decoding and the role each plays in building a solid foundation for reading. Hands-on activities are provided for teaching critical skills such as long/short vowels, blends, syllabication, blending sounds, vowel teams, and affixes. Students MUST know and be able to use strategies when they ask, “What can I do when I come to a word I don’t know?” This training shows teachers how to teach such strategies to fill the students’ “phonetic toolbox.” These skills will lead students to become independent readers for life!


S1&S2:O – Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS™) (Merrit) K-3, Gifted

Join thinking specialists Dudley the Detective, Isabel the Inventor, Sybil the Scientist, Max the Magician, Yolanda the Yarnspinner, and Jordan the Judge as they take primary students on empowering problem-solving journeys in divergent, convergent, evaluative, and visual thinking! This program of whole class lessons and small group activities exposes all students to higher level thinking strategies, provides challenging small group activities for talented learners, and builds behavioral portfolios for identification purposes.


S1&S2 P - Identifying and Managing Problem Behavior (Rohrkemper, Wiseman, and Reed), ALL teachers grades K-12

Ever have that student who seems to always be in trouble? This session deals with functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans.


S1&S2:Q – Using Games to Build Mathematical Understanding (Schulte) Math teachers in grades 3-8

When is a game a game? What makes a game a rich activity? Participants will investigate several games and strategies to build and strengthen mathematical understanding for students.


S1&S2:R – Learning from Memory or Memorized Learning? (Weidus) Math Teachers Grades 1-7

Let’s explore together what Ohio’s Learning Standards for Mathematics tell us about the difference between the two. Part of that discussion will be about fluency and mental math – how does this all fit together?!


S1&S2:S – Implementing the Career Advising Policy with Fidelity (Conner) Grades 6-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators

Ever wonder how you are going to address all the requirements in the mandated Career Advising Policy? Or, how you are going to identify those sixth grade students for Student Success Plans and then monitor their progress? Goshen Local School District shares some of their best practices and program realignments to address this policy with fidelity. Join this session to learn about some of the free and/or inexpensive resources available to help schools not only adhere to policy guidelines, but to offer rich experiences for their students.


S1&S2:T – Shared Inquiry (Great Books) Grades K-12

Looking to engage more students and increase participation in class discussions across the curriculum? The Shared Inquiry method of learning uses authentic questioning of complex texts (written or other) to help you and your students improve your questioning, reading, thinking, communication and collaboration skills. Come participate in a short demonstration and see how.


S1&S2:U – Growth vs. Achievement (Edwards) Grades 3-11

Understanding growth in a classroom context. What does value added score really mean and how can we better monitor our students to know how well they are growing.


S1&S2:V – Special Education Updates (Dimarco) Intervention Specialist K-5

SST 13 Regional Representative covering ODE updates, state compliance in the elementary grades, and IEP compliance tips.


S1&S2:W – DASL and Progress Book 101 (Kaehr) Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Counselors

HCCA representative to provide insight on generating and running reports using DASL and upgrades in Progress Book. Time allotted for questions.


S1&S2:X – College or Career Ready??? They Aren’t Even High School Ready! 
(Hakel) 6-12 teachers

The number of students in our classrooms that are not responding to traditional instruction is increasing. These students have academic, behavioral, and/or social needs that present specific challenges for the teacher in lesson delivery and student participation in classroom activities. This session will discuss the impact of these student needs on instruction as well as provide strategies to allow learning to be more accessible to all groups of students. No easy fixes or magic dust will be provided-just an honest discussion of the challenges of these students and how to incorporate strategies that will increase engagement and learning for all.


S1&S2:Y – FREE! Resources for Teaching Social Studies (Middle and High School Teachers)

This session is for social studies teachers who are looking for engaging social studies units/lesson plans and assessment resources ready to use in the classroom. In this session teachers will be introduced to high quality, no strings attached, FREE resources available online. These are resources they can adopt and start using today or adapt as needed to supplement their social studies classrooms. The state social studies assessment will include more test items requiring students to utilize primary and secondary documents. Teachers often find it tedious to find appropriate documents already clustered around a topic. Teachers will be shown where they may access these types of documents so they may enhance their own assessment practices.


S1:Z – Gamification (Taylor and Fine) K-12 Teachers

Make school a game, not a bore. Often we reward students with points and grades. What if, instead, students collected experience points and leveled up in class like they would on a video game?! Badges, titles and one’s leaderboard status can be more rewarding than grades. Gamification creates an environment of self-motivated students that WANT to learn and achieve!


S2:Z – I Challenge You, to Engineer a Design! (Denu and Ohnmeis) 6-12 Math/Science/Engineering

Challenged-Based Learning along with the Engineering Design Process have been proven ways to engage students in the classroom. These practices have motivated even the lowest performing students to become more engaged and successful. In this session, participants will be given a hands-on STEM challenge to complete while the engineering design process is demonstrated. The challenge theme will connect Earthquakes and building structure. The presenters will share a ready-made, cross-curricular math and science unit that was taught in a team setting. In this session, we will describe how a unit originates in the classroom delivered with Challenged-Based Learning. Using this approach is really what gets the students to buy-in and really drives where the ideas go. When the students truly believe that they are in charge of what it is that they will be learning, there is complete engagement!