These are previously recorded live sessions that are available in a bundled format so that we can support educators that are not able to join live sessions.

Response to Intervention Bundle

About the facilitator: Tiffany Climer

For the past 10 years, Tiffany has worked in many different roles. She has served as a Elementary Classroom Teacher, an Interventionist, and a Math Instructional Coach of an Intermediate School for grades 5-8, and Instructional Coach for a K-8 building. She was responsible for implementing and monitoring the RtI framework. Tiffany is formally trained in RtI, the Literacy Collaborative Framework of best practices, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, the 8-Step Process and has worked with School Turnaround. 

Be In the Know, Give RTI a Go

Are you interested in learning more about RTI and how to implement an RTI system in your school? Join us to develop a deeper understanding of the components of an RTI system, understand the role of the School RTI Task Force in the implementation process, obtain a better understanding of the 3 Keys to Successful RTI Implementation.

Effective Interventions without Spending a Lot of Dough

Are you tired of searching for research-based interventions for Tier 2 and Tier 3?  Are you overwhelmed by all of the options that exist in multiple different locations in the digital world?  Have you reached your frustration limit more than once when you have found an amazing resource only to forget to save it and it then somehow disappears FOREVER in the black hole known as the world-wide web???  Then, “Effective Interventions Without Spending Lots of Dough” is just the thing for you.

Participants will be introduced to a wide-range of interventions for multiple grade levels, K-8, and a few 9-12 for both Reading and Math supports.  The best part… most of these interventions have a very minimal out of pocket cost!!!  It’s easy to desire a pre-designed intervention program when thinking about our struggling students, but a high dollar program is often not the best option.  This Lounge & Learn session will explore the options you already have at your fingertips that you can begin working with immediately in your Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention groups.

Bring It On: RTI at the Secondary Level

Are you still a bit unclear about the components of an effective RTI system? Eager to jump in with RTI, but struggling to figure out where to start at the secondary level?  Have you spent time searching for RTI tips and tricks at the secondary level, but are sick and tired of coming up empty-handed? Well, search no more – we’ve got you covered!

Participants will be introduced to multiple strategies that have been implemented in other Secondary schools.  These strategies have enabled them to successfully create a systemic process to provide students with appropriate levels of additional support that is in addition to grade-level core instruction.

Reading and Math Bundle

About the facilitators:

Tiffany Climer

For the past 10 years, Tiffany has worked in many different roles. She has served as a Elementary Classroom Teacher, an Interventionist, and a Math Instructional Coach of an Intermediate School for grades 5-8, and Instructional Coach for a K-8 building. She was responsible for implementing and monitoring the RtI framework. Tiffany is formally trained in RtI, the Literacy Collaborative Framework of best practices, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, the 8-Step Process and has worked with School Turnaround.

Cheryl Piotraschke

Cheryl has been serving as an instructional coach for 11 years and was a classroom teacher for 20 years prior to that. She provides large group, small group, and individual professional development with a focus on best practices in reading, writing and math instruction. Cheryl also oversees literacy and math interventions as part of the RtI process.

Ways to Promote a Growth Mindset in the Elementary Mathematician

What if all students believed they could do math?  What if they approached math with excitement and creativity?  You have the power to influence how your students think about math!  Join us to learn practical ways in which you can promote a mathematical growth mindset in your students. We’ll explore ways to use number talks, story problems, and assessments to build confidence and proficiency in math.

Killing It With Close Reading

Are you looking for the perfect RTI intervention for struggling readers?  Tired of continuously working with students, but not seeing real change and growth?  Well, look no further, we’ve got just the strategy you’ve been looking for.

If you are already utilizing Close Reading, this is not the session for you.  Calling all Close Reading newbies!!! This session will arm you with all of the information you need to immediately implement Close Reading with your students.  You will walk away with an understanding of the components of a Close Reading lesson.  PDF templates, online resources, and tried and true insider tips from educators who have successfully implemented this strategy will be available for you during and after the session.

Stepping Up Your Close Reading Game

Have you dabbled in the world of Close Reading but you are looking to step up your game?  Looking to move past basic implementation with Close Reading?  We’ve got just the session to help you dig deeper.

This session will jump into the world of Close Reading as we explore specific strategies for more thorough reading comprehension. In this session, we will introduce 6 reading “signposts” that alert readers to significant moments in a work of literature and encourage students to read closely.

Lovin’ My Literacy Block

Do you desire a literacy block in which students work independently, are engaged, and productive while you guide and instruct small groups?

Join us for “Lovin’ My Literacy Block” to learn about ways to set up and sustain a productive hour of small group and independent reading activities.

Mental Health Bundle

About the facilitators:

Elizabeth Avery, LMHC-A

Elizabeth Avery, a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, works to implement mental health services in school settings. She assesses mental health needs in districts and assists school staff in the development of action plans that will help students reach their full potential. Additionally, Elizabeth provides multiple resources to faculty members on a variety of mental health topics including trauma, depression, anxiety, opposition and ADHD. She supports educators as they explore appropriate treatment strategies, mindfulness, and their own school culture.

Bethany Schoendrat, MSW, LCSW

Bethany is a  licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with 14 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare. She has provided service provision in various areas of community mental health.

Helping Students with Grief and Loss

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to help children who have experienced a loss? Do you wonder what is expected and when you should be concerned? How about when you have experienced the same loss as the child and you struggle to help yourself and the student at the same time? These are all tough questions and tough situations. The reality is, we will all find ourselves in this situation sooner or later. Join us to learn what to expect from a child who experiences loss, to learn ways to help a student with loss, and to learn ways to ensure you help yourself during those times.

Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Practicing mindfulness is a research proven tool to combat symptoms of diagnoses like depression and anxiety!

Join us to learn how to implement mindfulness strategies in the classroom to help your students manage triggers and stressors that impact learning! Mindfulness can also be a great resource for helping educators manage the stress of day-to-day job responsibilities!

Create a Low-Cost Trauma Sensitive Classroom

Trauma is pervasive! Research has indicated that trauma has a resounding impact on overall health and wellness. The exciting part is that educators have an amazing opportunity to help students rewire their brains and be more available to learn! Join this session to obtain an overview of the impact of trauma while diving into strategies to create trauma sensitive classrooms!

Suicide Awareness

Do you ever wonder how to help students who have suicidal thoughts or behaviors? Do you wonder what to look for to identify students at risk? Learn ways to help and to be proactive.

Learn the latest research and statistics on suicide prevention and awareness

Learn what to watch for to prevent suicide

Learn ways to respond to students who show signs of suicidal thoughts or behaviors

English Learner Bundle

About the facilitator: Rachel Davidson

Rachel Davidson is an education consultant working with various school corporations and projects to ensure systems and supports are in place to maximize opportunities and achievement for all students. Rachel worked at the Indiana Department of Education in the Office of English Learning and Migrant Education as the English Learning and Migrant Education Coordinator, overseeing state and federal grants. She also played a large role in providing support and technical assistance services to school corporations across the state to revitalize school counseling efforts. She holds her undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, her Masters from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her administrative license from IWU. Prior to her time at the Indiana Department of Education, Rachel worked as an EL teacher in schools in Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina. Due to her time spent living in Mexico, Rachel is fluent in Spanish and enjoys using her skills to help students, families and educators.

English Learners in the Content Areas

In order to ensure English learners are provided adequate language support, it is essential that all teachers are language instructors. The most effective way to teach language is to imbed it with content, allowing explicit instruction and authentic learning. Join us as we learn how to weave content and language together to provide optimal support to English learners in the content areas.

Making Instruction Work for English Learners

Our student population has never been more diverse than it is today. Over the last ten years, Indiana has seen a drastic increase in the number of English learners in our schools. Often, teachers are not armed with the tools and strategies necessary to ensure their classroom and instruction meet the unique needs of English learners. Join us to learn about the why behind the support, where to get started and strategies and tools to make your instruction work for English learners.

Making ILP’s Useful- Going Beyond Compliance to Increase Student Outcomes

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are federally mandated and designed to help provide instructional strategies to teachers working with English learners.  Although the intention is pure, they often are viewed as one more check on an already long to-do list. In order to ensure EL students have the supports they need in their classrooms, it is essential that EL professionals and classroom and content teachers play an active role in creating and implementing the plans. In this session, we will explore steps for designing a meaningful plan and opportunities to collaborate with teachers.

Supporting Students Bundle

About the facilitators:

Elizabeth Avery, LMHC-A

Elizabeth Avery, a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, works to implement mental health services in school settings. She assesses mental health needs in districts and assists school staff in the development of action plans that will help students reach their full potential. Additionally, Elizabeth provides multiple resources to faculty members on a variety of mental health topics including trauma, depression, anxiety, opposition and ADHD. She supports educators as they explore appropriate treatment strategies, mindfulness, and their own school culture.

Amanda Rinehart

For 15 years, Amanda has been an educator in urban settings. She was a classroom teacher in two states and has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a focus on Autism. Amanda was a Building Options Coordinator where she developed academic and behavioral plans for individual schools, helping them to have higher achievement and allowing students to stay in the school building. She also worked in the Alternative Education Department. Amanda oversaw the elementary alternative school, providing them with data driven procedures and strategies to implement for students to return to their boundary schools and be successful and later became a middle and high alternative school interim principal. Where she implemented strategies for academic growth and development, as well as, behavior modification and management

Cheryl Piotraschke

Cheryl has been serving as an instructional coach for 11 years and was a classroom teacher for 20 years prior to that. She provides large group, small group, and individual professional development with a focus on best practices in reading, writing and math instruction. Cheryl also oversees literacy and math interventions as part of the RtI process.

Denise Kane

Denise has been a high school teacher in New Jersey for ten years.

PBIS and Classroom Management

As teachers, we wear many hats all day long.  Sometimes we get overwhelmed and can’t see the forest for the trees! It happens to everyone! In this session, participants will learn they are not alone!!  Participants will gain classroom management strategies as well as individual student strategies based on PBIS for those behavior problems for which nothing seems to work.

Growth Mindset 101: Applying research to make a difference in student achievement

Challenges are a part of all of our lives. The way that we approach challenge and change determines outcomes. Join us to learn about the research related to mindsets.  We’ll explore ways in which we can foster a growth mindset in our own lives and in the lives of our students so that we can all be our best selves.

Supporting Students with ADHD

Does ADHD really exist? Let’s learn what really justifies a mental health diagnosis of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and how to support these students! ADHD can impede a classroom’s ability to learn when impulsive and hyperactive behavior is acute. Classroom strategies can help refocus students as they begin to lose focus. Also, individual support for students with ADHD can help them optimize their potential in a learning environment! Come learn some practical skills to assist with classroom and individual support! 

Raising Awareness of Poverty’s Effects on Your Classroom

Childhood and family poverty is on the rise nationwide, and especially in many working-class neighborhoods.  This session is an eye-opening look at a cross-section of research related to the extent of student poverty and its impact on your classroom.