/&S Dashboard: St. Benedict Prep Faculty & Staff Weekly Newsletter

Inclusion and Instruction

 

Resources on this Page 

  • New Directions Exceptional Learners Program
  • English as a New Language PD from ND
  • Barnes and Nobles free educator workshop on PBL
  • The Pope Video Project 
  • Flocabulary  
  • Inclusion Roles for 2016
  • Teacher Trunk Program 
  • Holocaust Museum Resources
  • How to Save Lesson Plans 
  • Momentum Magazine 
  • Catholic Teacher Online Link 

For English and Theology Teachers


The University of Notre Dame is hosting a workshop entitled “Trying to Say ‘God’ - Re-enchanting Catholic Literature” from June 22-24, 2017. The goal of the workshop is twofold: (1) to assist teachers in integrating spiritual writing into their literature and religion courses, and (2) to help teachers use creative writing to develop critical thinking skills in any academic area. Through the generosity of the OurSunday Visitor Institute, University of Notre Dame will reimburse the registration fee for Catholic high school teachers who attend the entire conference and provide air conditioned dorm rooms for up to three nights for the first 20 teachers who register. Teachers who are interested in attending should contact Ken Garcia at kgarcia@nd.edu with information on the classes they currently teach, the school name and location. Please see the link above for more information.


 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference

I am pleased to invite you to attend the New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in partnership with the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University. This national conference will take place in Evanston from June 19-21, 2017. The conference will draw Catholic educators from across the country, and will include sessions from experts in exceptional learning and inclusion.  Sessions relate to both elementary and secondary teachers.

For more information, see this flier and this helpful infographic. You can also view thepreliminary program here. To register, click on this link.


RenWeb Parent Conference Tool - directions for all PK-12(click)  


Summer Professional Development Opportunities


OCS will provide professional development opportunities for Archdiocesan schools to support their continuous improvement efforts. Please review the following list and let your Regional Director know if your school is interested in a particular professional development opportunity no later than Monday, April 10. I am happy to offer these opportunities at no cost to Chicago schools, but suburban schools will need to contact me directly about an opportunity that is facilitated by a third party.
 
Leadership Toolkit Special Program for School Leaders by Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on July 10-11, 2017. Please contact OCS before registering for this program.
 
Jennifer Serravallo author of The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book will be providing an all-day presentation for teachers and principals on June 15, 2017. Location and details will be forthcoming.
 
Thinking Maps: OCS will provide Thinking Maps training this summer. Please contact your RD if you are interested in this training. Dates/locations for trainings will be forthcoming. Please note that this program is a train-the-trainer model and requires more than one teacher from each school to attend.
 
Collins Writing: OCS will provide Collins Writing training this summer. Please contact your RD if you are interested in this training. Dates/locations for trainings are forthcoming. OCS will attempt to provide training for teachers who are new to Collins and those who have experience with the program.
 
Standards-based Grading Project: OCS will begin working with grade-level teams this summer to develop priority standards for academic content/skills. More details to come about selection of the team and objectives for summer work in early April.
 
Fountas and Pinnell: Intervening for Literacy Success with Leveled Literacy Intervention for Grades K, 1 and 2. Dates for this workshop are July 24 – July 25. The workshop is held in Kansas. If this opportunity is of interest to you, you can use your own Title II A funds to support your attendance at this conference. Suburban schools will have to use their school’s Title II A funds that are allocated by their public school district in order to attend this PD. OCS may be able to support the attendance of Chicago Catholic schools at this conference.
 
Danielson Teacher Evaluation Training: More training will be conducted for principals this summer. This training will complement the development and implementation of the new teacher evaluation instrument and process that will be piloted in FY18. Dates/locations for trainings will be forthcoming.
 
Google Education: June 2-3, 2017. This is a two-day Level 1 Bootcamp. Participants are to bring their own device to this workshop. Principals please consult with your RD before registering for this workshop as it is being held before the end of the official school year. Suburban schools will have to use their school’s Title II A funds that are allocated by their public school district in order to attend this PD. OCS may be able to support the attendance of Chicago Catholic schools at this conference.
 
St. Raymond Writer’s Workshop: June 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please contact Mary Eileen Ward, the principal of St. Raymond School in Mt. Prospect, if you are interested in this professional development opportunity. The cost is $95.00 per day per participant. Unfortunately, this cost cannot be covered by OCS. Currently, there is space for 15 participants. Please contact Mary Eileen Ward atmaryeileen.ward@st-raymond.org.


Professional Development for English as a New Language


I encourage you to visit Notre Dame’s English as a New Language Website (ENL) at enl.nd.edu and check out their instructional resources! The ENL program offers online professional development modules for teachers and a multitude of free resources (i.e. short webinars, podcasts, etc.) that have been developed to help principals address important themes in faculty meetings. If you are interested in developing in-house expertise, please encourage your teachers to investigate the Hernandez Fellowsprogram. The deadline for application is March 31, 2017. Information about the Hernandez Fellows program can also be accessed at enl.nd.edu.


Barnes & Noble Workshop for Project Based Learning

Barnes & Noble will host a continuing education credit session at their Oak Brook store on April 6 at 4 p.m. The session is a workshop led by Jill Tikkun from the NIU College of Education and she will be addressing Bringing Project and Problem Based Learning Into the Classroom. There is no cost to attend. RSVP is required. Educators also receive a 25% discount on purchases that week! Please see the attached flyer for additional information.


The Pope Video Project 

Link http://thepopevideo.org/  

Every month the Pope sends out a prayer video on a timely topic. The images are beautiful. It's certainly a great way to pray, meditate and discuss with children. 


FLOCABULARY Update

Everyone needs to renew your class sign in for FLOCABULARY - there is something for all ages and subject matter. Use this wonderful resource to bring current events and other subjects into your teaching. It's a great resource for integrating multiple intelligences into your classroom lessons. 

All of your students can also access Flocabulary. You can create classes, and share the class code with your students. Then, you can assign them videos and assessments. The best way to begin is by browsing their songs and videos. You'll find content across the curriculum for grades K-12. Flocabulary is flexible and easy to implement. Learn more about how it works.

Here is the link

http://flocabulary.com/access-group-activation/st-benedict-elementary-school-3


Helpful Things to Put in Your Sub Lesson Plans - Please Do This if You are Not Already doing So 

I'd like to give a shout out to Emily McGuinn who prepares her subs in important ways. I'm copying the intro to her plans here below. Please prepare something like this for your sub plans. You will just need to adapt to your own class location. Having our sub teachers prepared to act in an emergency may help save lives in the event that we have a real situation. Thanks! Please see below for the example. 

Sub Plan Friday, February 10th, 2017

Thanks for working in my classroom today. I will be out of the building. Please see another third grade teacher if you have any questions.

Please note the following phone extensions:

Heather Perez- School Nurse ex.  2330

Carol Dodovich- Secretary- ex. 1180

My classroom, Room 313 is ex. 3130

Lock down procedure- “Lock down, lock down, lockdown” will be announced on loud speaker. Close locked door. Hide in closet. No talking at this time

Fire exit – exit north stair case to courtyard toward Irving Park to Leavitt

Severe weather- North stairs, building 1 basement

Behavior System: Students can move their clips up on the rainbow chart. They move up if they are following directions, doing what they need to do etc. If they make a poor choice, they can move their clips down. Please remind students that even if they move down, they have the privilege to move their clip back up.


Helpful Things to Put in Your Sub Lesson Plans - Please Do This if You are Not Already doing So 

I'd like to give a shout out to Emily McGuinn who prepares her subs in important ways. I'm copying the intro to her plans here below. Please prepare something like this for your sub plans. You will just need to adapt to your own class location. Having our sub teachers prepared to act in an emergency may help save lives in the event that we have a real situation. Thanks! Please see below for the example. 

Sub Plan Friday, February 10th, 2017

Thanks for working in my classroom today. I will be out of the building. Please see another third grade teacher if you have any questions.

Please note the following phone extensions:

Heather Perez- School Nurse ex.  2330

Carol Dodovich- Secretary- ex. 1180

My classroom, Room 313 is ex. 3130

Lock down procedure- “Lock down, lock down, lockdown” will be announced on loud speaker. Close locked door. Hide in closet. No talking at this time

Fire exit – exit north stair case to courtyard toward Irving Park to Leavitt

Severe weather- North stairs, building 1 basement

Behavior System: Students can move their clips up on the rainbow chart. They move up if they are following directions, doing what they need to do etc. If they make a poor choice, they can move their clips down. Please remind students that even if they move down, they have the privilege to move their clip back up.


Inclusion Roles for 2016 

Inclusion Roles and Responsibilities List

Heads of School

1) Ensure that the timeline benchmarks are being met (see below for time line and benchmarks

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17YohmSoyf-jsXXUEVaRICsVRJo5Qj0SQdWODsmF5p0Y/edit#gid=0

2) Be present at critical meetings when the IF asks

3) Supervise, direct,support and guide the IF; Meet with IF once a week for a touch base meeting

4) Communicate to IF new students with service plans (incoming)

5) Ensure that admissions numbers/inclusion threshold numbers are being followed to the best of their ability (work with admissions person)

6) Guide, monitor, supervise, etc. general education teachers to ensure that an inclusion mindset/culture/classroom is being implemented as best as possible.

7) Problem solve behavior issues with all students (this is not the IF's responsibility)

8) Work with IC and IF to determine any PD needed and schedule accordingly

9) Ensure the RTI process and committee is working. Be present at ALL RTI meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15uqDPQqspD-PRJvyLBSx4Nd9uWbpG6m5C9CPsCmijy4/edit

 

Kristi Enriquez at Inclusion Coordinator (reports to RG in this role)

1) Ensure the consistency of the PK-12 Inclusion Culture  

2) Ensure all students with student service plans are receiving support to the best that we can at SBPS

3) Ensure all outside service providers are providing appropriate services as well as be the initial contact when services are scheduled/set up. Then will be handed of to the respective IF.

4) Plan and lead all weekly inclusion meetings

5) Provide support and mentoring to the IF’s as needed with all aspects of their role

6) Communicate concerns/issues to the appropriate HOS w/regard to the inclusion efforts
 

Inclusion Facilitator - GENERAL ROLES

Kristi’s Role (reports to Nancy Feely in this role)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F9AFB_kwn5GjHbFsq2lPAlrwA2ZTpfZoAUTD6GT6Stg/edit

Katherine’s Role (Reports to Rachel Waldron)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m7uMY3UXk7coPrLWXAcuKzw2lUVYPnfdBjDNwdyJ9Zo/edit

Helen’s Role (Reports to Erika Mickelburgh)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K3BN9B6vcZaiIkLfSXWwGtITHFFD6_H0GdM5BLZ8TGk/edit?ts=57eaa641


Teaching Trunk Program – Illinois Holocaust Museum


Is your school looking for innovative, age-appropriate ways to teach about the Holocaust, human rights and virtue education? The Teaching Trunk Program, sponsored by the Illinois Holocaust Museum, offers a variety of lessons and resources to address these important topics. Click on this link to learn more about this program and other programs offered by the Illinois Holocaust Museum.


Momentum Magazine:  National Catholic Education Publication 

Want to learn what Catholic schools, administrators, teachers and communities are doing around the nation to improve and grow their schools, please click on this link for the electronic copy of their magazine. 

CLICK HERE FOR MOMENTUM


How Do I Save My Lesson Plans?

Early Childhood and Elementary School teachers:

  • format: Date (Monday of the week)_Subject_grade or preschool: Date_Theme_grade
  • What it looks like: 9_28_15_Math_1  OR 9_28_15_Apples_PS

Secondary School:

  • format: Date (Monday of the week)_class/course name_last name
  • What it looks like: 9_28_15_weighttraining_Hilty

More questions??  See Rachel Waldron


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