2017-18 Professional Learning Opportunities


2017 ELA Standards Workshops


Dig into the 2017 English Language Arts Standards. All locations will host one morning session from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided by service centers on site. Use the links below to register for your preferred location and date. Registration fee: $20
Facilitator: Suzy Myers

Greenbush Eudora - October 24
Greenbush Girard - November 6
NW Kansas Service Center - November 7
     To register, email hstephens@nkesc.org or call 785-672-3125.
SW Plains Service Center - November 8
ESSDACK - December 4
Clearwater - December 15
Smoky Hill Service Center - December 18


Use THIS LINK link to register for the professional learning opportunities listed below.

One-Day Workshop: Disciplinary Literacy
What do reading, writing, speaking, and listening look like in your discipline? Spend time exploring answers to this question and collaborating with peers to enhance and develop ideas for how to be a teacher of literacy in your discipline. Session will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration fee: $30 includes needed materials

Facilitator: Gail Holder

October 16, 2017 at Rasmussen College, Topeka, KS.
February 19, 2018 at Rasmussen College, Topeka, KS

One-Day Workshop: Literacy Leadership
In what ways can you help to transform literacy learning in your school or district? Join with administrators and teacher leaders to learn about model practices for creating and improving the culture of literacy in your building or district. Session will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration fee: $30 includes needed materials

Facilitator: Debra Schapaugh

October 27, 2017 at Bluemont Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
February 16, 2018 at Bluemont Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

One-Day Workshop: Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading: Incorporating problem-based instruction into English Language Arts
Problem-based learning is often discussed in the context of STEM courses, but English Language Arts can be a powerful vehicle for implementing inter-disciplinary problem-based instruction. Come ready to hear and share new ideas for implementing problem-based learning in your classroom. Session will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration fee: $30 includes needed materials

Facilitators: Bev Nye and Julie Aikins

November 9, 2017 at Chanute Recreation Center, Chanute, KS
February 9, 2018 at McPherson Museum, McPherson, KS


Virtual Communities of Practice


Virtual Communities of Practice provide educators the opportunity for sustained, focused learning with a community of professionals from across the state. The virtual meetings are facilitated by other Kansas educators through the Zoom meeting platform. The in-person kick-off meeting will provide time for participants to learn how to use the Zoom tool in advance of the virtual meetings.


Virtual Community of Practice: Personalizing Learning in the English Language Arts Classroom


In-Person Kick-off and Closing Meetings: Eudora, KS
Kick-off In-Person: September 22 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Virtual Meetings, 4-5 p.m. on these dates:
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13
Closing In-Person: November 15 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Registration fee: $100 includes needed materials
Facilitators: Julie Buzard and Lindsay McCracken

Virtual Community of Practice: Social-Emotional Learning through Rigorous English Language Arts Instruction

In-Person Kick-off and Closing Meetings: Eudora, KS
Kick-off In-Person: September 22 (12:30-3:30 p.m.)
Virtual Meetings, 4-5 p.m. on these dates:
October 3, 10 , 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14
Closing In-Person: November 15 (12:30-3:30 p.m.)
Registration fee: $100 includes needed materials
Facilitators: Julie Buzard and Lindsay McCracken

Virtual Community of Practice: Redesigning Instruction for Deeper Learning, Stronger Engagement, and with an eye toward Postsecondary Success

In-Person Kick-off and Closing Meetings: Eudora, KS
Kick-off In-Person: December 1 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Virtual Meetings, 4-5 p.m. on these dates:
December 11, 18
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5
Closing In-Person: February 9 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Registration fee: $100 includes needed materials
Facilitators: Julie Buzard and Lindsay McCracken

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