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October 2021 Professional Development Options
Option: 
  • Option: Complete the asynchronous BrainPOP 101 course at a time and date of your choosing.  What is BrainPOP?  Find out here.
Many of you are already users of BrainPOP.  All teachers have a login procured through IU 28.  All teachers should be able to login to BrainPOP using the Clever button at the login page.
  
*The BrainPOP 101 course can be found on a link that reads "BrainPOP 101" near the top center of the page after logging in and selecting your building at www.brainpop.com
 
*It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete the course.  It does not have to be completed in a single session as it will track and save your progress.
 
*Please note that teachers working in buildings with grades K-3 have the option to access BrainPOP, Jr., which has content geared towards K-3.  The BrainPOP 101 course can be accessed by clicking the "For Teachers" button near the middle of the page if you log into BrainPOP, Jr.  
 
*Upon completion of the course, you will be able to download a certificate of completion that can be emailed to Lauren Hohl at lhohl@asd.k12.pa.us 
 
  • Option: Participate in a Live Webinar. Introduction of BrainPOP and its educational tools.  Approximately 60 minutes in length.
    • There are two optional dates for the same webinar including Monday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m.
          • Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 from 4:00-5:00pm (EST)
          • Title: BrainPOP Integration and Best Practice at Armstrong School District
          • Description: In this interactive webinar, learn to maximize your BrainPOP subscription to help all students build knowledge, support critical and creative thinking and assess understanding. You will learn to build better lessons that effectively incorporate BrainPOP resources across your curriculum. By the end of the webinar, you will be equipped with the confidence and tools to reach all learners remotely or in the classroom.
          • Bizzabo Registration Link: https://events.bizzabo.com/362840
 
    • The webinar will also be offered on Wednesday, October 27 at 2:45 p.m. You will receive an email with the webinar link prior to the session. 
          • Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 from 2:45-3:45pm (EST)
          • Title: BrainPOP Jr Integration and Best Practice at Armstrong School District
          • Description: In this interactive webinar, learn to maximize your BrainPOP Jr subscription to help all students build knowledge, support critical and creative thinking and assess understanding. You will learn to build better lessons that effectively incorporate BrainPOP resources across your curriculum. By the end of the webinar, you will be equipped with the confidence and tools to reach all learners remotely or in the classroom.
          • Bizzabo Registration Link: https://events.bizzabo.com/362840
 
  • Option: Participate in a Live Webinar.  Rebecca Curry is an experienced teacher and professional development trainer.  She'll share practical approaches you can use in your own classroom that will foster student engagement  and encourage your students to invest in their own learning.  There are two optional dates for the same webinar including Monday, October 11 at 5 p.m.  The webinar will also be offered on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m.  Attendance verification will be provided by the presenter.  Please use your ASD email when registering.  This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes.  REGISTER HERE.
 
Option: Access to online asynchronous training courses are being established and will be made available to you the week of October 4th from www.medbridgeeducation.com
UPDATE: Activation emails for Medbridge accounts were sent on October 11.  
 
Medbridge offers dozens of web based training sessions specific to occupations.  You will have the option to select courses that support your professional development needs.  Questions on this professional development option should be directed to Dr. Pawk.   
 
September 2021 Professional Development Options

 

  • Optional offerings will be made available monthly during the school year. Professional development hours may be completed through participation in these offerings in lieu of the full day in-service scheduled for Friday, May 27.

 

 

TIME

TOPIC

PURPOSE

AUDIENCE

GOAL(s) for this Professional Development

TRAINER(S)

No. Of Sessions

Location

Deadline

for Completion

to be Credited

Hours


1 hr

Posting assignments in Canvas.  

 
If using Canvas template: 
 

Canvas Template Contact at WS:

Mrs. Dodson

Ms. Zelenski

 

Canvas Template Contact at AHS:

Mrs. Atwood

Mrs. Meleason

 

Elementary teachers should use/follow the template used in their building from last school year and contact the Instructional Tech Coach in their building if they need assistance.

 

 

To ensure consistency and clarity of how assignments appear and are available to students absent due to quarantine, illness, etc.

All teachers (added note: our cyber school uses a different template for delivering daily instruction to cyber students)

Demonstrate effective use of Canvas by creating assignments using a district created template or by posting assignments Canvas that meet the requirements noted below.


Please note that participation in this training is optional. Requirements pertaining to the use of Canvas for the consistent, clear posting of assignments for students not present in brick and mortar school are listed below. The timeline for teachers to implement these requirements has been adjusted to September 24. The use of a template is optional provided the requirements listed below are met.

Completed individually with support from Instructional Technology Coaches as needed.

Done individually by teachers. Upon completion, fill out this form.

This professional development session can be completed at a location of your choosing.

Sept. 30

September 28-29-30

1 hr

Demonstrated Use of Edinsight.  

Make contacts based on current grades and attendance, record those contacts in Edinsight contact log.

All teachers

Regular use of the edInsight software platform to inform instruction and share data with parents as well as students including assessment, demographic, and communication data.


Regularly use the contact log so that all educators working with a student can easily view all communications with the student and/or family.

Completed individually with support from Instructional Technology Coaches as needed.

Done individually by teachers on Sept. 28 or 29 or 30 as that is close to the midpoint of the quarter.  


Upon completion, please fill out this form.

This professional development session can be completed at a location of your choosing.

Sept. 30

Expectations for Canvas

The templates were meant to provide consistency and clarity for students.  After much discussion on this topic and input from faculty members, it is clear that this need can be addressed provided the following requirements are met.  If your Canvas page setup meets the following requirements, the use of one of the templates is your choice.  

  1. Your Canvas should have weekly dates identified.
    1. Example: Week of September 13, Chapter 3, or September 13-17, Chapter 3, etc.
    2. Weekly content should be divided into daily. 
  2. The content and organization of your modules can remain the same. 
    1. If you already posted daily content/assignments, keep doing it.
    2. If your daily assignments are embedded within a slide presentation, keep doing it.
  3. Daily learning targets should be clearly stated and visible.
  4. Your current weekly module should be at the top of the page.
    1. Publish modules in keeping with pacing of the course, i.e. all modules for the year should not now be visible on the student side.
  5. Review procedures for accessing course materials in Canvas with your students 
  6. Add your building principal(s) as an observer(s) in your classes.

Additional items:

  1. You do not have to take attendance via Canvas. It is optional. However, if we go remote, you must take attendance in some manner and then record it into Skyward.
  2. Your lesson plan is embedded in the work and assignments you post for that week, so you do not need to repost it.  Some teachers use an announcement with a weekly agenda - this can serve as your lesson plan.