Dyslexia Deep Dive: Overview of the Basics (K-2)

Wolf Branch Middle School 410 Huntwood Rd., Swansea

NOTE: The location of this event has changed. It will no longer be held at the ROE, it will be held at Wolf Branch Middle School (library) 410 Huntwood Rd. Swansea.

The purpose of this session is to provide educators with a practical overview of dyslexia. To begin, we will cover relevant background information, exploring brain research related to dyslexia, dyslexia myths, and practices not aligned with research. Next, we will discuss the role of screening and practice using the PAST. We will conclude with a quick review of effective teaching practices and a dive into the Illinois Dyslexia Handbook.

Registration closes 4-5 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.

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The Science of Reading: Supporting Grades 3-6

Wolf Branch Middle School 410 Huntwood Rd., Swansea

Note: This workshop has had a location change, it will no longer be at the ROE.  This event will now be held at Wolf Branch Middle School (library) 410 Huntwood Rd. Swansea.

 

This session aims to provide upper elementary educators in grades 3-6 with a practical overview of the science of reading. We'll begin by delving into relevant background information, exploring the brain processes involved in reading and essential conceptual frameworks like the Reading Rope. Transitioning from theory to practice, we'll briefly cover phonics basics such as the alphabetic principle, blends, digraphs, syllable types, and multi-syllabic word decoding. Moving beyond fundamentals, we'll delve into vocabulary and morphology instruction, alongside strategies for promoting fluency. Finally, we'll conclude by focusing on facilitating student text engagement and support strategies to maximize reading instruction. Registration will close 4-5 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.

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The Will to Learn: Cultivating Student Motivation in Grades 6-12 Without Losing Your Own

St. Clair ROE
How do we help all of our 6-12 students do the work of learning, with care — as best they currently can? I've spent the past ten years of my teaching career reading, experimenting, and interviewing experts about what lies at the heart of student motivation. What I’ve found is straightforward: for our students to flourish long-term and move toward mastery, they need to be motivated from the inside-out. Specifically, they need to believe five key things.
  • Credibility: I have a good teacher.
  • Value: This work matters to me.
  • Belonging: People like me belong in classes like this.
  • Effort: I can improve my knowledge and skills through effort.
  • Efficacy: I can succeed at the challenges this class presents.
Cultivating these five key beliefs in the heart of each learner doesn't mean becoming a miracle worker or a workaholic. Instead, it takes understanding how the beliefs work in the heart of a learner and what evidence-based strategies most efficiently help them to grow. Participants will:
  • Understand how the belief spectrum works to help or hinder motivated student learning;
  • Apply simple, robust methods for cultivating the Credibility, Value, and Effort beliefs in every classroom;
  • Understand how motivation relates to engagement and why the difference can help us find efficiencies in the face of overwhelming demands on our time; and
  • Leave with practical next steps for teaching and learning.
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Dave Stuart Jr.

  • Husband and father who refuses to sacrifice family on the altar of professional success.
  • Bestselling author of The Will to Learn and These 6 Things — beloved by teachers in dozens of countries.
  • Online PD developer on student motivationteacher credibilityclassroom management, and time management.
  • Keynote speaker at conferences and events. Spoken in over 45 states and internationally.
  • Popular writer on literacy, motivation, and the inner work of teaching; 50,000+ monthly readers.
  • Award-winning educator who leads workshops for teachers around the world.
Registrations will close 5 days prior to the event date unless tickets are sold out.
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These 6 Things: How to Focus Your 6-12 Teaching on What Matters Most

St. Clair ROE
What if the key to increasing the long-term impact of our 6-12 classrooms and schools was doing fewer things much better? In These 6 Things, I lay out a practical, research-backed manifesto for doing focusing on six areas of professional practice for the sake of building sustainable, high-impact classrooms all across the school day. It is my firm belief, and the workshop will be rife with the evidence to support this, that if educators and coaches and administrators, particularly in secondary and upper elementary settings, became experts at these six things, then so much of the rest would take care of itself. From increasing student achievement scores, to moving forward building literacy initiatives, to improving inter- and intra-departmental collaboration, to making the school day a lot more sensible to our students — These 6 Things is a session that can help.   https://davestuartjr.com/

Dave Stuart Jr.

  • Husband and father who refuses to sacrifice family on the altar of professional success.
  • Bestselling author of The Will to Learn and These 6 Things — beloved by teachers in dozens of countries.
  • Online PD developer on student motivationteacher credibilityclassroom management, and time management.
  • Keynote speaker at conferences and events. Spoken in over 45 states and internationally.
  • Popular writer on literacy, motivation, and the inner work of teaching; 50,000+ monthly readers.
  • Award-winning educator who leads workshops for teachers around the world.
Registration closes 5 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.
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Once Upon a Sound: Foundations to Fluency a Science of Reading Day with Jen Jones

St. Clair ROE
Just because we teach a certain grade doesn't mean all students are reading at that grade level. This full day session about the Science of Reading will equip K-5 teachers with the language knowledge and teaching skills to reach all readers. It will leave you with the right amount of knowledge, urgency and excitement about the English language to put many pieces of evidence-based research in action IN your classroom. Jen is a repeat presenter in our region and teachers love her knack for explaining complex literacy skills into digestible, actionable chunks! Topics throughout the day are: How the Brain Learns to Read & Spell (because just because you can decode doesn't mean you can spell), The Phonemic Awareness and Writing Connection, Learning the Six Syllable Types, Teaching Kids How to Tackle Multisyllabic Words through Syllable & Suffix Coding, Why & How Mapping is Replacing Memorizing Sight Words, and the Power of Decodable Text for Taking Your Brain to the Phonics Gym! Registration will close 4-5 days prior to the event.
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Orton Gillingham Morphology Plus

St. Clair ROE
The IMSE Impact Morphology Plus 30-hour course is a hands-on, interactive, and personalized class that provides a complete understanding of morphology, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension and how to apply it in the classroom. After participating in this accredited Structured Literacy course, teachers will have an understanding of the structure and foundation of the English language.  Educators will have an understanding of where to begin instruction with students with dyslexia as well as students in all three tiers of RTI. Participants will:
  • Gain knowledge about the Science of Reading and the History of the English language
  • Gain knowledge about students with reading difficulties including dyslexia
  • Understand how EL students can cognate to help learn English
  • Administer various types of assessments
  • Implement and create structured literacy lessons on morphology, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension
  Attendees must attend all 5 days for the full-time duration. Partial pd hours will not be issued (note lunch is on your own each day). Tickets purchased are pre-reserved and pre-paid for by specific districts.
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Navigating the Ins & Outs of the IAR

Wolf Branch Middle School 410 Huntwood Rd., Swansea

Note - This workshop will be held at Wolf Branch Middle School (Media Center) 410 Huntwood Rd. Swansea, IL.  Cost to attend $25.00 per person (lunch will be delivered on site).

Join ISBE assessment content specialists and leadership as we map the journey of the standards and evidence statements into the creation of assessment items and forms, and then consider what the resulting data may do to inform our location along the journey. Feel free to load your car up with your teammates and pack in your local data so that we can spend time unpacking it together!

Target audience: Building Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Continuous Improvement Teams, Teachers should bring a fully charged laptop. Additionally, if district teams have other assessment data (AIMSweb, MAP, etc.) feel free to bring this along.

Spots are limited - districts with a large number of attendees can request an invoice and specific ticket for registration and payment.  Registration closes 4-5 days prior to the event date unless tickets are sold out.
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Paraprofessional Symposium

High Mount School 1721 Boul Ave, Swansea, IL
This event will be held at High Mount School (1721 Boul Ave. Swansea) - participants will need to bring a lunch with them to this session. As we prepare to start the 2024-2025 school year, we know that paraprofessionals play a critical role in our classrooms. Whether you are a brand new or experienced paraprofessional, join us in a day of learning with 3 outstanding presenters from our county. Session 1 will be presented by Dr. Emma Cornelius, retired administrator from Cahokia # 187: Strategies to support Paraprofessionals in the classroom. In this session with Dr. Cornelius, paraprofessionals will be able to understand their role and duties as we discuss the transition from caregiver to facilitator of learning. Paraprofessionals will be able to understand the role of assisting with the successful inclusion of students assigned to them. Paraprofessionals will be able to identify ways to celebrate diversity and cultivate a positive mindset.

Session 2 will be presented by Diane Warfield, Administrator for Instructional Support (Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative): What does a paraprofessional do in a Special Education Classroom? Welcome to an in-service training session aimed at preparing paraprofessionals for the field of special education, as well as, expanding the knowledge and skills of those who already work in the field.  Skills and knowledge every paraeducator will need to be able to implement in the classroom and will be covered are Disabilities Overview, Behavioral/De-escalation Strategies, Classroom Duties, Data Collection, Classroom Routines, Related Services, Reinforcement, Resources and Supports

Session 3 will be presented by Reena Hamil, Reading Specialist at Dr. Katie Harper Wright - East St. Louis District # 189: Supporting Literacy in K-8 Classrooms: Activities to Develop Word Recognition, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Spelling. Classroom teachers have limited time to provide at risk students with the amount of direct instruction needed to improve their literacy skills. Paraprofessionals can support teachers by providing one-on-one and/or small group instruction. This workshop is for paraprofessionals in grades K-8 who would like strategies on how they can assist the classroom teacher in word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and spelling. Paraprofessionals will be provided a brief background on what causes students to struggle to learn to read, learn the three components of word recognition, and practice blending and segmenting activities that help develop reading and spelling. They will also gain an understanding of what it means to be a fluent reader and will be provided strategies that will assist in improving fluency and developing vocabulary.   Spots are limited, registration closes 4-5 days prior to the event date unless tickets are sold out.
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 Foundations of Well-being in a K-12 School Setting

Freeburg High School # 77 401 S Monroe St., Freeburg, IL
Note: This event will be held at Freeburg Community High School # 77 401 S. Monroe St. Freeburg, IL 62243. Being in education is a challenging job.  It is normal to fall into burnout and stress.  Get revived with an uplifting workshop that focuses on prioritizing your well-being.  The session is available to ALL teachers and administrators and staff, and will provide tips, strategies, and immediate, hands-on practices.  Learn small ways (and big) to create better habits that support well-being and have huge payoffs.  Designed to be restorative and rejuvenating, light stretching, breathing exercises and other mindfulness techniques will be taught. And these can be used both personally and incorporated in a classroom. Comfortable clothing is encouraged, but NO special physical strength or ability is required. Increase your self-awareness and self-management skills, while learning more about your social/emotional and physical health.  Come enjoy a workshop that is all about increasing feelings of well-being, so you can approach your job and your life with more creativity, enthusiasm, positivity and less stress.
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AA # 2001 Illinois Performance Evaluation – Teacher Evaluation Training

St. Clair ROE
PDC Member Districts $325.00, Non PD Co-op member districts $375.00 (lunch is included on site). The learning outcomes for the two-day academy include: - Participants will be able to use assessments and measurement models in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers and to understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth. - Participants will be able to use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected and best practices relative to evaluating student growth, to link teacher and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results. - Participants will create, in collaboration with teachers, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals. - Participants will communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers to set goals and improve practice. - Participants will demonstrate a high rate of inter-rater reliability using the required performance evaluation ratings (i.e., excellent, proficient, needs improvement, and unsatisfactory). - Participants will observe instruction competently in multiple subject areas provided to varied and multiple student populations (i.e., English language learners, students with IEPs, students in career and technical programs, etc.) - Participants will use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected and best practices relative to evaluating professional practice, to link teacher and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results. - Participants will know how to create, in collaboration with teachers, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth and assist teachers in aligning PD and goal-setting to SIP goals. - Participants will communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers to set goals and improve professional practice. - Participants will understand sources of personal bias and be able to recognize and control for bias when conducting an evaluation and determining results. Evaluators will be required to complete pre-session learning components for this course. If you do not complete the pre-session learning components in the required time frame prior to the workshop, you will not be allowed to attend the workshop and will still be responsible for the registration fee. This event has a maximum number of 15 attendees. Participants must bring a fully charged laptop to both days of the academy. Registration closes 7 days prior to the event as pre-work must be completed and submitted.
Sold Out Free – $375.00