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Welcome to the Inspire ’17 Professional Development Day Website.  

This Participant-Driven PD Day has a wide variety of options for MURSD educators to explore new ideas, collaborate with colleagues and learn from one another.

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  • The day will begin at 8:00, with the keynote presentation, starting promptly at 8:15 in the Nipmuc HS Auditorium. 
  • Once sessions are approaching capacity, registration maybe closed if we can’t find a larger venue.  
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Friday, March 10
 

8:00am EST

Registration, Sign-In, Coffee
Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 8:15am EST
Nipmuc Auditorium

8:15am EST

Session 1: Independent-SEI Endorsement
This session will focus on the requirements for completing the SEI course.  Collaboration is welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Heather O'Donnell

Heather O'Donnell

Nipmuc Regional HS


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 10:15am EST
Nipmuc 217

8:15am EST

Keynote: Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom
With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to- implement toolkit of strategies that work.  Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

Special Educator | Author | Behavior Analyst
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public-school systems.  She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Pre... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 10:15am EST
Nipmuc Auditorium

8:15am EST

Session 1-2: 3rd Grade Go Math-Clough
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaboration on the utilization of Go Math materials such as:  technology, math games, vocabulary word walls and standard visuals for each unit.

Speakers
CH

Cathy Hack

Grade 3 Teacher, Clough Elementary School
avatar for Esther Willinski

Esther Willinski

3rd grade teacher, Henry P. Clough Elementary
I'm the third grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Clough. I've worked in the district for 14 years. I am passionate about engaging my students in innovative ways of learning and investigation. I love incorporating mindfulness practice as part of my regular class schedule. I would love... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 11:35am EST
Clough

8:15am EST

Session 1-2: HS History Curriculum Collaboration/DDM
Limited Capacity seats available

History Department work on DDM assessment and calibration

Speakers
avatar for Andy King

Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Dan MacIsaac

Dan MacIsaac

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional HS
avatar for Chrissy Manzella

Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Matt Merten

Matt Merten

Teacher
avatar for Brian Moloney

Brian Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
When I am not teaching history at Nipmuc Regional, you can find me on the sideline as a soccer, lax, XC, or basketball dad. I have had the privilege of teaching in both middle and vocational school settings and I welcome any approach to history class that encourages my students to... Read More →
avatar for Roy Spindel

Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 11:35am EST
Nipmuc Room 339

8:15am EST

Session 1-2: K-4 MCAS Next Gen Training
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will review the most recent documents from Pearson and DESE regarding MCAS administration for April/May 2017 in order to prepare training sessions for teachers involved in administering the test sessions, providing coverage for teachers during sessions and those responsible for providing accommodations for students with special needs.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Jordan

Katie Jordan

Elementary Technology Specialist, MURSD - Clough


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 11:35am EST
Clough

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: 1st Grade Inspire Science/Mystery Science
Limited Capacity seats available

The Clough 1st grade team will use this time to plan and organize our Science lessons for the remainder of the school year.

Speakers
JH

Jennifer Hall

Grade 1 Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: 5th Grade Go Math Curriculum Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Go Math Collaboration and Planning/Curriculum Development

Speakers
JJ

Jaci Jarvis

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
AW

Allison Woodworth

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: Art Curriculum Alignment
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be compiling our curriculum into a single document and then analyzing content and comparing fields.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell

Teacher, Mendon-Upton Reg. School Dist.
Kevin is veteran public school teacher with a history of of instructing multi-modal classes. He is also the director/mentor of the Camper Discipleship Program at Camp Berea; a program for students aged 14-17 which focuses on leadership training and character development.
avatar for Alison Clish

Alison Clish

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Alice Gentili

Alice Gentili

Teacher of Visual Art, Miscoe Hill Middle School
Alice Gentili – Visual Art Educator and Department Chair, Mendon-Upton Schools BFA (Painting) Mass College of Art, Post Bacc (Elem Ed), MEd (Art) Framingham State, Instructional Tech Certificate, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, Lifelong Maker using iPads in the art classroom... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan Hansen

Art Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am a seasoned Art Teacher who seeks to inspire my students in the MURSD to love and appreciate Visual Art as a core subject and challenge them through fun and engaging lessons and artistic exercises. I believe that any child can learn to develop an appreciation for the arts and... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: Grade 3 Specialized Design Instruction-ELA-Memorial
Limited Capacity seats available

The objective of this collaborative project will be to create resources for specially designed instruction in ELA, particularly using Lexia materials as well as others.  Collaborators will leave with materials that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Speakers
AH

Amy Henderson

Elementary Teacher, Inclusion/Co-Teaching Mentor, Memorial Elementary School
avatar for Olivia Hendricks

Olivia Hendricks

Spanish Immersion 3rd grade teacher and coordinator, Mendon-Upton Regional
I am a third grade Spanish Immersion teacher with a passion to educate others. I have a large interest in learning about and sharing information on social-emotional learning as I see that it plays a monumental role in our students' wellbeing and academic success.
avatar for Kim Lopes

Kim Lopes

Grade 3 Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
avatar for Brenda Webster

Brenda Webster

Educator grade 5, Miscoe Hill Middle School
28 year veteran who feels like a first year teacher every year. I dabble with, but am no expert at: #classroombookaday, Flexible Srating, Genius Hour/Passion Projects, Online Student Portfolios using See Saw, Student-Led conferences, The LAUNCH Cycle (Aj Juliani), classroom Twitter... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: Maker Space and Math Webinar
Limited Capacity seats available

During our collaborative project time, we will spend the first part of our day viewing a math webinar.  This webinar focuses on numeracy.  The second part of our day will be spent creating our Maker Space room.  We will set up the physical space in room 201 and create 4-5 different experiences for our fourth-grade students.  We will design experiences that will challenge all students through the continued use of Number Talks and the use of this space.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Brigham

Marie Brigham

4th Grade Teacher, Clough Elementary School
avatar for Linda Cote

Linda Cote

4th Grade Teacher, Clough Elementary School
avatar for Josie Ronnquist

Josie Ronnquist

Grade 4 Spanish Immersion Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: Realigning Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry to Common Core/Revising Atlas Rubicon and HS/MS discussion (Session 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Realigning Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry to the Common Core/Revising Atlas Rubicon.
MS/HS Discussion will take place during session 2. 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Gilchrist

Amy Gilchrist

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 314

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: ELA Curriculum Work/20-Time Project
I will work to further develop the 20-Time Project assessment tool for my Communication and Literacy Class, working collaboratively with other Com and Lit teachers as needed.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 219

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: HS ELA Critical Lenses Curriculum Revision
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Revising Critical Lenses and Literature in Rubicon Atlas in order to reflect updated texts and learning objectives.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Hensler

Emma Hensler

English Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 213

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: HS ELA Curriculum Revisions
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Refinement of current ELA course.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 216

8:15am EST

Session 1-4: UN Sustainable Development Goals
Limited Capacity seats available

I am currently participating in a Webinar that is seeking to educate teachers about equality world-wide. The last session that I participated in was on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN would like to see these goals reached by 2030. While I would love the chance to develop a whole class based on this premise, right now, I want to figure out how to bring those ideas into my WEX II Curriculum. It goes along well with our Civic Goal. The ways to help the UN SDG are to Invent, Innovate or Campaign. These are things that I believe each student needs to learn to do. For an example as to what I am thinking....

During the Industrial Revolution Unit, we can look at current sanitation around the world and propose solutions.

There is a survey that the students can fill out where they "rank" issues that they care about. There is also ways to pick apart the results. While learning about Imperialism and the Partition of Africa, I can pull out this survey and we can examine why students from Nigeria have different concerns than students from America.

Here is a link to the UN's website and a couple other resources I will be exploring.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/action2015/

https://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_evans_what_does_it_mean_to_be_a_citizen_of_the_world

http://vote.myworld2015.org/

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/



Speakers
avatar for Dan MacIsaac

Dan MacIsaac

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional HS


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15am - 2:30pm EST
Nipmuc 335

9:00am EST

Session 3/2nd lunch-Session 4: Collaboration with District Librarians
Participants will work on library curriculum and student learning objectives for grades K-12. Laptop needed.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Venkataraman

Suzanne Venkataraman

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional HS


Friday March 10, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am EST
TBA

10:25am EST

Session 2, 4: Science Curriculum and Assessment Work
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be working on science curriculum in Atlas for grades 5-8 as well as 7th grade curriculum, common assessments, and labs.

Speakers
BK

Brittney Kahler

Grade 7 Science Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
JP

Jennifer Parent

Grade 8 Science Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:25am - 1:30pm EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2: Workshop SeeSaw
Limited Capacity seats available


This presentation will introduce Seesaw as a digital portfolio tool.  Teachers will use ipads to learn how to use this app and will also collaborate to discuss ways it can be used in their classroom.    Please bring an iPad.


Speakers
AW

Allison White

Grade 4 Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Nipmuc G317

10:30am EST

Session 2: Middle School Social Studies Vertical Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus of this session will be to collaborate vertically on the Middle School social studies curriculum.

Speakers
BR

Brendon Rosenau

8th Grade History Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:35am EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2: ELA Workshop The Modified Six-Part Oration Essay
Limited Capacity seats available

Although in some ways all language has an argumentative edge that aims to make a point, not all language use aims to win out over others. Essentially, argument is about sharing information. The modified, six-part oration introduces argument that is specific in reference, cogent in definition, and free of plot summary that is not relevant to the prompt. In this practice, students learn to communicate with clarity, focus, and consideration of audience. Attendees, will receive an overview of the modified argument, handouts for clarification, and review evidence that shows student writers' progressions: authentic assessment.   

Speakers
avatar for Michael Clements

Michael Clements

Nipmuc Regional HS


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:35am EST
Nipmuc Room 220

10:30am EST

Session 2: K-12 Workshop Executive Functioning Skills--Task, Time and Transition-oh MY!
Gain a new understanding on how students demonstrate executive function skills and a new perspective on what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction”.  Decrease Prompts! Increase the independence with which students can self-initiate, transition, and control impulses to organize their materials, to be ready for and complete tasks with less supervision and fewer prompts.  Teach students to internally sense the sweep of time and to self monitor to sustain concentration, manage pace and complete tasks in allocated time frames.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Speech Language Pathologist, Cognitive Connections, LLP
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:35am EST
Nipmuc Auditorium

10:30am EST

Session 2: Workshop Databases 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you know what a database is? Do you know how it can help you and your students find quick and reliable information that can be downloaded to your Google drive or even read to you? This class will teach you the basics about databases, where to find them, and how you (and your students) use them for any classroom. Please bring your iPad/macbook with you.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold

School Library Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:35am EST
Nipmuc G316

10:30am EST

Session 2/3: Nurse Workshop Children's Hospital Diabetes Update
Limited Capacity seats available

Children's Hospital will be coming to teach us all the latest on caring for students with diabetes.  Topics covered will be:  504 plan for diabetes, insulin pumps, formulas for insulin, teaching, managing diabetes in school.  Why the increase?  Open questions.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2 and Session 3/1st lunch: 8th Grade English Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Working on 8th Grade English Atlas Rubicon curriculum development.  

Speakers
CJ

Carla Joyce

8th Grade English Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District (MURSD)


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 1:15pm EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2 and Session 4: Miscoe Counselors-Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be working on RTI at Miscoe and the revision of protocols during session 2 and session 4.

Speakers
KA

Kathleen Allen

Guidance Counselor, Miscoe Hill Middle School
VB

Victoria Beauregard

Guidance Counselor, Miscoe Hill Middle School
DJ

Doug Johnson

Special Education Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
avatar for Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Assistant Principal, Miscoe Hill School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Gathering Room

10:30am EST

Session 2, Session 3/1st lunch, Session 4: K-4 RTI Program Development
Limited Capacity seats available

The Memorial School RTI team will meet to further develop RTI curriculum and materials for academic support across the grade levels.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: 8th Grade Science Curriculum Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Review of current and future labs and assessment of materials and supplies.  Continue work on our Lie and Earth Science MCAS Review.  Begin working on The Engineering Design Project.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Elementary Physical Education Curriculum Collaboration
This session will be a collaborative project in curriculum mapping for Elementary Physical Education for grades K-4.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Clough/Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Independent-ELL ACCESS Cut Score Review
Limited Capacity seats available

We will compare new cut scores to originally released date.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Clough/Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Kindergarten Science Lessons that Meet Report Card Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Kindergarten team will review the Inspire Science and Mystery Science lessons that meet the criteria for grading the science portion on the report card.  We will put together a binder that will be utilized throughout the school year.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Aube

Kristen Aube

Kindergarten Teacher, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
avatar for Olga Grau

Olga Grau

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Teacher and Coordinator, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Olgalexandra Grau is a native of Venezuela. She is an experienced early childhood Spanish immersion teacher. Ms. Grau has designed and implemented many innovative curriculums and practices for early childhood educational programs.She has been working as a Spanish Immersion Kindergarten... Read More →
JL

Janice Lizotte

Kindergarten Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Wellness Week PD Day Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nipmuc counselors are hosting a PD opportunity for other educators outside of the district on March 24th.  The PD session will focus on implementing wellness practices, namely Wellness Week, into school programming.  We would like to use this day to work on our plans.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Fagan

Kerry Fagan

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
MH

Meredith Hefez

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Kathy Larracey

Kathy Larracey

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
AT

Allison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Counseling Center

10:30am EST

Session 2, 4: Kindergarten Science Curriculum Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

The kindergarten Clough team will collaborate on our science curriculum units.  We will create a timeline of the unit/lessons for the remainder of the year.  Session 2 and Session 4.

Speakers
RH

Rebecca Hardin

Kindergarten Teacher, Clough Elementary School
HM

Heather Marques

Kindergarten Teacher, Clough Elementary School
BP

Becky Pilkington

Kindergarten Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: 1st Grade Science/Go Math Memorial
Limited Capacity seats available

During our session, the first-grade team plans to develop Science and Go Math curriculum.

Speakers
RL

Renee Luzzetti

Grade 1 Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: 2nd Grade Go Math and Science
This will be a 2nd-grade team collaboration of math and science.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Cardamone

Katie Cardamone

MABE Assistant Conference Director & Program Coordinator, MABE
Spanish immersion educator and program coordinator for MABE, the Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast. Passionate about promoting dual language and world language programs and connecting with local and global partners.
EF

Erika Ferrucci

Special Education Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Grade 2 Science and Social Studies Unit Collaboration
Science-Review of new Science Standards and current programs in use.  Overview of the new Mystery Science Program-collaborate on lessons, organize units, and lesson preparation for the year.

Social Studies--Plan projects for heritage and geography units for Grade 2.
Materials needed:  laptop and copies of Science/Social Studies Standards 

Speakers
MM

Margarita Mojica

Grade 2 Spanish Immersion Teacher, Clough Elementary School
MW

Melissa Wood

Grade 2 Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Inclusion Special Educator Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be discussing the use of modified content of Wonders and Go Math, as well as supplemental content that we're using.  This will allow us to share successful resources/materials that could benefit other grade levels.  This is open to Memorial and Clough special education teachers.

Speakers
EF

Erika Ferrucci

Special Education Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
LH

Leah Hagen

Special Education Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
JH

Jennifer Hall

Grade 4 Special Education Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

10:30am EST

Session 2, Session 3/2nd lunch, Session 4: HS ELA Reimagining Existing Writing Units for a Broader Audience
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I will be exploring hyperdocs as a means of reimagining/designing the memoir and literary journalism units for Con Lit classes.  As part of my SMART goal this year, I have been incorporating different instructional strategies to enhance student engagement and promote ownership of their writing as a means of improvement.  At this juncture, I am using feedback from the first semester classes to alter the capstone units for each term-memoir and literary journalism essay.  I have recently started investigating hyperdocs and see a possibility for increasing engagement and reaching a broader audience.

Speakers
avatar for Melisa Kinkela

Melisa Kinkela

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 218

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: MCAS Alt Portfolios
Limited Capacity seats available

MCAS Alt Portfolios

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: MCAS Alternate planning/construction
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

MCAS Alt Portfolio organization.

Speakers
LS

Lise Smith

Special Education Teacher, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

10:30am EST

Session 2-4: Paraprofessional Training-Supporting all Students in an Inclusive Setting
Paraprofessionals play a critical role in supporting students with disabilities in inclusive settings, yet their roles and responsibilities are often not clearly articulated or understood by those with whom they work.  Through the use of case studies and user-friendly handouts, this workshop will focus on how paraprofessionals can collaborate with school personnel to provide evidence-based practices to support a diverse range of students.  The use of self-management strategies will be reviewed.  Emphasis will be on strategies for fading adult supports and facilitating student independence while working toward attaining IEP goals. 

Speakers
avatar for Dina Traniello

Dina Traniello

Visiting Professor, Fitchburg State University
Dina Traniello consults with schools and families to support students with significant disabilities, learning differences and challenging behaviors in general education settings.  She presents workshops/professional development on evidence-based practices around inclusion, conducting... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc PDC

10:30am EST

Session 2, Session 3/2nd lunch, Session 4: K-5 GO time with GO Math
Limited Capacity seats available

This collaborative time will be used to closely look at the new GO Math units which have not yet been taught. Also become more familiar with the digital components that go along with these units and identify ways to incorporate them to make the lessons more meaningful for our students. In addition, discuss how we are able to use this new program and continue to have Math Workshop on a daily basis.   

Speakers
LL

Lauren Lajoie

5th grade teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 10:30am - 2:30pm EST
Miscoe

11:40am EST

Session 3 and 1st Lunch: Math 5-8 Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring yourself and any math lessons or tips for teaching our middle schoolers.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Kadra

Liz Kadra

Middle School Math Teacher M.Ed. Mathematics Professional Development Co-Chair Math Curriculum Assistant


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm EST
Miscoe 431

11:40am EST

11:40am EST

Session 3 and 2nd Lunch: MS Discussion-How can we improve the Miscoe Hill Inclusion Model?
Limited Capacity seats available

We will look at IDEA and how it aligns with our current practices, then see if we can generate some ideas for improvement.  
 


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 1:15pm EST
Nipmuc Gathering Room

11:40am EST

11:40am EST

Session 3 and 2nd Lunch: Workshop-Using Doctopus and Goobrics to Simplify Assessment using the 21st Century Learning Expectations Rubrics (or any rubric)
Participants will learn the basics of using Doctopus and Goobric, Chrome extensions, which allow teachers to grade student assessments using digital rubrics.  Doctopus and Goobric pair with Google Classroom to enable teachers to assess student work using a clickable scoring rubric. Teachers can provide written or audio comments to students as well as auto-grades the assignment. Feedback can be automatically emailed to students as well as stored in a Google Sheet for the teacher. Nipmuc teachers will be given access to digital 21st Century Learning Expectation rubrics as well as have the opportunity to practice the process of grading student work digitally. This session is open to all teachers who have an interest in learning about Doctopus and Goobric.  

Speakers
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, MA, USA
Mary Anne Moran is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of... Read More →
avatar for David Quinn

David Quinn

Director of Tech and Integration, Mendon - Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a doctoral candidate... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 1:15pm EST
Nipmuc Room 238

11:40am EST

Session 3 and 1st lunch/Session 4: 4th Grade Go Math
We will be going through Go Math materials to collaborate and plan instruction, discuss components that are useful, and explore new resources.  We would also like to look at upcoming units and create materials from the Grab and Go kit and make recording sheets as needed.

Speakers
AW

Allison White

Grade 4 Teacher, Memorial Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Memorial

11:40am EST

Session 3-4: 6th Grade Digitizing a Pre/Post Test
Limited Capacity seats available

Grade 6 Math teachers will create a grade level pre-post test to be completed online.

Speakers
SB

Steven Brinker

Grade 6 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

11:40am EST

Session 3-4: HS History-Atlas Rubicon Stage 2
We will be reviewing and adding assessments to Stage 2 in Atlas Rubicon.

Speakers
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Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Dan MacIsaac

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional HS
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Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Matt Merten

Teacher
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Brian Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
When I am not teaching history at Nipmuc Regional, you can find me on the sideline as a soccer, lax, XC, or basketball dad. I have had the privilege of teaching in both middle and vocational school settings and I welcome any approach to history class that encourages my students to... Read More →
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Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 339

11:40am EST

Session 3-4: K-4 Technology Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Curriculum discussion on continuity of technology curriculum K-4 between the two schools.

Speakers
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Katie Jordan

Elementary Technology Specialist, MURSD - Clough


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Clough/Memorial

11:40am EST

Session 3/2nd lunch, Session 4: MS ELA MCAS 2017 Unpacking
Limited Capacity seats available

Developing Strategies for Approaching MCAS 2017.

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Lori Monterotti

Grade 7 ELA Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

11:40am EST

Session 3/2nd lunch-Session 4: Supplemental Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

How best to support struggling readers to further improve all reading skills and test scores.

Speakers
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Julie Stanas

Reading Specialist, Miscoe Hill Middle School
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Carol Sullivan

Reading Specialist, Clough Elementary School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

11:40am EST

Session 3-4: 3rd Grade Science-Animal Unit
Explore Mystery Science and Inspire Science materials in regards to adaptations, life cycles, inherited traits, and fossils.

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Cathy Hack

Grade 3 Teacher, Clough Elementary School
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Esther Willinski

3rd grade teacher, Henry P. Clough Elementary
I'm the third grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Clough. I've worked in the district for 14 years. I am passionate about engaging my students in innovative ways of learning and investigation. I love incorporating mindfulness practice as part of my regular class schedule. I would love... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

11:40am EST

Session 3-4: MS/HS Science Vertical Alignment
Vertical collaboration with middle school and high school regarding curriculum mapping, lab report writing and building progressive skills.  We will work to align curriculum, come up with common language and expectations for all students.

Speakers
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Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 122

11:40am EST

Session 3/2nd lunch-Session 4: Google as a Classroom Tool for Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I have recently discovered a graduate course that is focused on using Google as a classroom tool. During this day I will complete some of the course requirements to further my practice of incorporating technology into my daily instruction with students. 

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Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Clough

11:40am EST

Session 3 and 1st Lunch and Session 4: CPR
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring $7 for you certification card.

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Friday March 10, 2017 11:40am - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Gym

11:45am EST

Session 3 and 2nd Lunch: K-12 Workshop Executive Functioning Skills-Developing Executive Function Skills in the Classroom

o The ‘Get Ready * Do * Done’ program teaches students the process of how to visualize simple, multi-step and complex tasks and assignments and then sequence and plan the requisite steps to fully complete work.

o Using the Get Ready * Do * Done’ Program…Do what you do…just make one tiny tweak and turn everyday tasks, class lessons, treatment interventions and the core classroom objectives into powerful tools to develop student’s executive control skills.

o Teach students how to independently break down, plan and complete long term projects.


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Sarah Ward

Speech Language Pathologist, Cognitive Connections, LLP
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Nipmuc Auditorium

1:20pm EST

Session 4: 7th Grade Math Placement for 8th Grade
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants will be working on 7th grade math placement for 8th grade.

Speakers
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Liz Kadra

Middle School Math Teacher M.Ed. Mathematics Professional Development Co-Chair Math Curriculum Assistant
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Lauren Pokornicki

Special Education Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

1:20pm EST

Session 4: 6th Grade MCAS/PARCC Long Writing Prep
We will discuss how to prepare our students for the new MCAS/PARCC long writing/open response questions.

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Dan Rogers

6th Grade Science TeacherMiscoe Hill Middle SchoolMendon, MA


Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

1:20pm EST

Session 4: 6th grade-Creating a better social studies pre/post test
We will generate content-based questions for the units we expect to be teaching next year.  

 

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Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

1:20pm EST

Session 4: Executive Functioning Classroom Application
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Applying executive functioning strategies from earlier PD sessions to classroom instruction and routines.  Special educators welcome.

Speakers
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Lori Beaudoin

Teacher, Mendon-Upton
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Meagan Brazil-Sheehan

Teacher: Student Support Services, Nipmuc Regional High School


Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc 214

1:20pm EST

Session 4: Middle School Social Studies Vertical Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus of this session will be to collaborate vertically on the Middle School social studies curriculum.

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Brendon Rosenau

8th Grade History Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

1:20pm EST

Session 4: 5-12 Workshop Reimagine. Redesign. Reinvent. Evolving Education for Modern Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you define learning? Participants in this workshop will explore current trends in the ever-evolving field of education. From the big picture to actionable strategies, the workshop will investigate key questions including: "How do students learn best?", "How do educators create optimal conditions for learning?", and "How can we challenge our current thinking to more closely align to what we believe about learning?" Join this workshop to get inspired, collaborate with like-minded educators, and learn strategies that will change your tomorrow.

Speakers
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John Clements

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, MA, USA
2020 NEASC Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award Recipient - In recognition of a NEASC volunteer whose exemplary leadership performance strengthened the Association.John Clements is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. A graduate of Boston University, he began his career at Nipmuc... Read More →
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Mary Anne Moran

Co-Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, MA, USA
Mary Anne Moran is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 1:20pm - 2:25pm EST
Nipmuc Room 238

1:30pm EST

Session 4: 5th Grade ELA Common Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

The Fifth Grade teachers will meet to discuss common assessments being used in 5th grade.  Use the rubric to assess our students' assessment.

Speakers
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Heather Langdon

Seventh Grade Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Friday March 10, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EST
Miscoe

2:25pm EST

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Friday March 10, 2017 2:25pm - 2:30pm EST
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