Windsor Charter Academy Summer Institute

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Windsor Charter Academy is offering a unique professional development opportunity for Northern Colorado Educators.

To view the course catalog for this program click here.

Courses will be offered in half-day sessions from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Windsor Charter Academy Middle and Early College High School campus. Attendees will receive professional development credit hours for attending a session. The amount of credit hours and cost to attend varies by course type.


2020 Standards-Based Grading

HS Teacher—Sarah Seiffert

In this class, teachers will be introduced to tips and processes they can use to adopt or adapt a standards-based grading model in their classroom. Educators will learn how to break down the new 2020 Colorado Academic Standards into student objectives, how to create rubrics from those objectives, and how to create assessments and units that align with the standards being tested (an extension of backwards planning). Participants will also focus on how this grading practice impacts homework, student performance, and the grading process.

 
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Calm the Agitated Student: Tools for Effective Behavior Management

ES Dean of Students—Jessica Wilson

Experts estimate that one in five students in American schools will struggle with a mental health disorder at some point by adolescence. Students without emotional or mental disorders such as these can still have outbursts and moments of agitation due to many factors such as frustration, bullying, peer pressure, struggles with academics, or difficulty in relationships with peers and/or teachers. This class will teach several research-based verbal and body language techniques for de-escalating students who may become agitated due to these or other factors. Learn how to calm an upset student and get them and your class back on track for learning and success.

 
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Creativity: A Mindset, Not an Art Set

Executive Director—Rebecca Teeples

Creativity is about seeing the world differently. According to Cohen, “Thomas Edison wasn’t trying to invent the light bulb. He was trying to invent the ability for the world to see in the dark.” Our world views creative thinking as an essential commodity. As educators strive to prepare students as global citizens in a dynamic world, they must focus on fostering creativity skills that equips students with the ability to be innovative. Participants in this course evaluate personal creativity fostering behaviors as educators and learn new ways to nurture creative skills and the spirit of innovation in every child.

 
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Certified Google Educator

Innovation Team—Irene Nissen, Michael Unruh & Angie Shaler

This 5-day workshop will cover each module of the Google Fundamentals training. Attendance will prepare participants to complete the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam. On the final day of the course, participants will complete the certification exam. Participants will be responsible for paying the $10 exam fee. The Google Certified Educator Curriculum will be utilized as a guide. Since an online curriculum will be utilized for this course if teachers are unable to attend a single session they can complete the work outside of class. An outline of which modules will be complete on each day will be presented at the first session. Teachers must be present for the first session to participate in the course. Students must present proof of exam completion to receive credit for this course.

 
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Embracing the Innovator Mindset: Practical Strategies for Transforming Your Classroom

Innovation Teacher—Angie Shaler

Embracing the innovator mindset as a teacher means you have to be comfortable with making mistakes! Learning how to identify and evaluate what didn't go well, rather than fearing failure helps create more authentic learning experiences and models flexibility and perseverance to our students. Creating innovative lesson plans that incorporate new teaching strategies, test out technology tools and revamp your curriculum can feel overwhelming. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to infuse your classroom with new and exciting strategies, experiment with various EdTech tools and walk away with strategies to identify, embrace and evaluate innovative lesson plans for your classroom!

 
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Innovation Curriculum Retreat

Director of Innovation—Irene Nissen

Finding time to revamp lesson plans to incorporate innovative teaching strategies and technology tools takes time. During this half day retreat, teachers will have the opportunity to rework existing lessons plans and learn about new tools and resources available to encourage the 4 C's (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication) in their classrooms. This will be a workshop style class. Please come ready with a lesson plan or unit you are excited about revamping and some ideas on how you would like to rework the lesson(s).

 
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Love & Logic for Elementary School Teachers

MS Assistant Principal—Valerie Perciante

While many students come into our building eager to create relationships and foster positive classroom behavior, some do not project the same motive.  How do you support students who don’t want to be at school, seem to actively not want to engage in relationships, and choose to make decisions contrary to your classroom expectations?  Creating relationships with students is essential to their development and learning.  During this session, we will explore Love and Logic strategies to support all students.  As a teacher, you will walk away from the session with actionable steps, as well as a plan in place for positively supporting all students.

 
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Love & Logic for Middle & High School Teachers

MS Assistant Principal—Valerie Perciante

While many students come into our building eager to create relationships and foster positive classroom behavior, some do not project the same motive.  How do you support students who don’t want to be at school, seem to actively not want to engage in relationships, and choose to make decisions contrary to your classroom expectations?  Creating relationships with students is essential to their development and learning.  During this session, we will explore Love and Logic strategies to support all students.  As a teacher, you will walk away from the session with actionable steps, as well as a plan in place for positively supporting all students.

 
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Mathematical Practices

ES Teacher—Kirsten Keenan

Learn how mathematical practices can excite students to think like mathematicians and dramatically improve reasoning skills. Participants will understand how to embed the practices into every lesson and create students who think at a deeper level. Participants will use math bookmarks to drive academic discussion rich with mathematical language and learn how to improve number talks with a focus on Mathematical Practice #3. They will learn how to structure writing in math to develop the mathematical practices and receive examples of templates to use with both primary and intermediate grades. Participants will leave with hands-on materials they can use directly in the classroom.

 
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Mini-Session on AVID Writing to Learn Strategies

Instructional Specialist—Terra Moore

The purpose of this class is for every educator to see themselves as a writing teacher and to distinguish between learning to write and learning through writing. Participants will learn foundational knowledge and strategies to increase their skills and confidence in using writing as a powerful tool for learning. Both writing to learn and writing for academic purposes will be addressed. We will focus on a balanced approach to disciplinary writing and incorporate instructional practices and strategies that can be used within every content area and grade level.

 
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Mini-Session on Socratic Seminar & Philosophical Chairs

Instructional Specialist—Terra Moore & ES Teacher—Anne Watson

Participants will learn about the principles and practices of Socratic Seminar. Participants will understand what a Socratic Seminar is and what it is not. Participants will have practical tools and resources to bring back to their classrooms and conduct Socratic Seminars with students.  In the Philosophical Chairs module, participants will engage in specific WICOR strategies to plan for integration of Philosophical Chairs into their lessons. They will focus on building central questions to which contradictory positions exist. Participants will address these positions through deep, academic discourse in a structured, formal process.

 
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Mini-Session on Using Costa’s Level of Thinking to Increase Inquiry (Elementary School)

ES Teacher—Michelle Ammirati

Strengthening inquiry in all K-12 classroom through the use of Costa’s Levels of Thinking is essential for developing critical thinking skills. Participants will learn how AVID strategies can be implemented in all classrooms to increase inquiry. While the focus of this course is on increasing inquiry, each element of WICOR is not an isolated component. Each of the WICOR elements is integral to effective teaching and learning, and elements of WICOR are most effective when used in concert.

 
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Mini-Session on WICORizing Math

Instructional Specialist—Terra Moore

Have you mastered the implementation of WICOR strategies into your classrooms? What about your math class? Participants in this class will learn a variety of ways to incorporate WICOR strategies into the math classroom to increase the level of student engagement, increase content understanding, and improve critical thinking skills.

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New Teacher Training, Part 1

ES, MS, & HS Administrative Teams

New teachers will attend this training to learn more about the strategic work of educators at Windsor Charter Academy.

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New Teacher Training, Part 2

ES, MS, & HS Administrative Teams

New teachers will attend this training to learn more about the strategic work of educators at Windsor Charter Academy.

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One Little Spark: The Imagineering Mindset for Teachers

Director of Innovation—Irene Nissen

The first principle of being an imagineer is believing that the impossible is possible. There is always a way to engineer a solution to any problem. If you can dream it, you can do it! In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to complete practical exercises that will stimulate the imagination, tone creative muscles, strengthen ideas, and, most importantly, inspire new approaches for innovative teaching in every classroom!

 
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Showcasing Student Learning through EdTech Tools

ES Teacher—Anne Watson

Incorporating meaningful technology in the K-5 classroom can be challenging! This course will discuss various strategies for engaging students in more authentic learning while encouraging reflection, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Participants will have the opportunity to experience various technology tools that work well with littles to transform the learning experience and share strategies for overcoming the challenges that technology in the classroom presents.

 
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TLAC and the Five Principles of Classroom Culture

ES Dean of Students—Jessica Wilson

In his book, Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov reveals that, “Cultures are complex, and a classroom culture that sustains and drives excellence requires a variety of types of interactions.” This session will familiarize participants with the Five Principles of Classroom Culture from Teach Like a Champion including discipline, management, control, influence, and engagement. Participants will learn techniques and instructional practices that they can put in place into their own classrooms in order to create a place where students “work hard, model strong character, are polite and attentive, and strive to do their best.” (TLAC, p.342)

 
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TLAC Building Ratio through Questioning for Teachers

ES Assistant Principal—Courtney Stone

Author of TLAC, Doug Lemov, writes, “One of our most important goals as teachers is to cause students to do as much of the cognitive work -- the writing, the thinking, the analyzing, the talking -- as possible.” In this session, participants will learn teaching techniques that increase students’ participation ratio through questioning in order to get all students involved in speaking, responding to questions, thinking actively, participating on cue, and processing ideas in writing.  In addition, participants will become more familiar with explicit vocabulary instruction and the Word Learning Strategy to provide students with access to content-specific academic language to enhance scholarly discourse.

 
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We Deal in Hope: Social Emotional Learning in the Secondary Classroom

UNC—Dr. Bailey

Research suggests that the learning process is 50 percent social-emotional (SEL) and 50 percent cognitive. In other words, academic success, for many students, depends equally on their social  emotional, as well as cognitive development. This interactive presentation is designed to teach you what SEL is and then help you find little moments in your lessons to implement SEL while still keeping your primary focus on teaching skills and content in your area. We will comb through different elements of your lessons together to find opportune times for SEL instruction so that you can help your students use their SEL skills to further their cognitive skills.

 
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Writer’s Workshop for Classrooms

Director of Elementary Education—Kelly Seilbach

How do we ignite a passion for writing in our youngest students? Explore ways to create a workshop that fosters creativity and supports children as they learn what it means to be a writer.  Did you know that a well-designed mini-lesson has four components and is designed with the specific needs of students in mind?   Participants will explore the architecture of a mini-lesson and become familiar with materials to help plan powerful mini- lessons that will move our youngest writers forward.

 
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