MREC- Visual Thinking Strategies

Workshop Details: Since its founding, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) has influenced the landscape of education in schools and museums around the world, reaching over 1 million students in 33 states and 18 countries through more than 5,000 educators in more than 300 schools and 100 museums. Research continues to confirm that VTS is an effective means of developing critical thinking and communication skills with every demographic. In addition to flourishing in schools and art museums, today VTS is applied in natural science centers, in medical and nursing schools, as a therapy for adults with dementia and patients with brain injuries, and a tool to support both children and adult English-language learners. Learn the basics for this critical thinking strategy that can be used across the curriculum. All participants will receive a FREE copy of Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Enhance Literacy Across School Disciplines and a one-year subscription to online VTS resources, including: Image curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight, additional image sets, courtesy of our museum partners, a comprehensive toolbox with resources for facilitators in all settings, (This includes VTS elements and environment, printable classroom materials, student assessments, facilitator reflection, peer-to peer image sets, VTS in action, and more.) research, guides, and videos, and a showcase of VTS applications beyond visual art.

June 19-20; 8:30am-3:30pm

About the Presenters:

Professor Kay Cutler and associate professor Mary Moeller, recently retired, of the SDSU Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership and South Dakota Arts Museum Director Lynn Verschoor have been training teachers in South Dakota and, more recently, North Dakota to use the visual thinking strategies in their classrooms. As experts in the field, this team provides classroom teachers and schools with support for making VTS a powerful and effective teaching tool.

Introduction to Picturing Writing

Workshop Details: Back by popular demand, this 3-day immersion into the Picturing Writing process will introduce teachers to the rhythm and flow of Artists/Writers Workshop and the power of pictures to improve student writing. Participants will experience the foundational Time of Day Descriptive Writing and Weather Poetry Units before moving on to a Research-Based Animal Poetry Unit. During this final inquiry-based unit of study, teachers will learn how to conduct visual and written research and conversely, how to embed facts within their images and written text. Armed with knowledge of Picturing Writing’s two-decade-long history of research findings documenting significant gains in student’s writing, their experiential understanding of the process, and examples of how Picturing Writing can be adapted to content area curriculum, teachers will leave excited and ready to facilitate the process with their students. No prior art experience necessary. Teachers completing this workshop receive FREE instructional materials, including: manuals, copy of The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art, DVDs, posters, and other resources. An estimated value of $375!

About the Presenter: Beth Olshansky is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy in Durham, New Hampshire and the creator of two evidence-based literacy models: Picturing Writing and Image-Making Within The Writing Process. Author of The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art book/companion DVD. Beth has also produced a wide range of instructional materials, both in print and on video.

Laying the Foundation (LTF) – National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)

The Laying the Foundation (LTF) portion of National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) was kicked off in June 2015 and, after receiving extremely positive feedback from participants, successful 2016, 2017, and 2018 events were held. The NDDPI and NMSI have secured the dates and location for the Summer 2019 LTF event.

Using Mentor Texts to Bolster Student Writing (Webchat)

Using Mentor Texts to Bolster Student Writing– Kelly Sassi, Director of the Red River Valley Writing Project, along with teachers Jazmyne Reinke of Davies High School, Ben Scallon of Lakota High School and Liz Johnson of Bennett Elementary share how mentor texts can support student writing in any grade or subject. Plus, learn more about the Scholastic Writing competition that occurs each fall.

Use this link to join the chat or catch the recording here.

Looking for continuing education credit? Combine this chat with future and past chats to earn continuing education credit. No need to travel for great PD; get sparks of inspiration when you need it from the comfort of your home or classroom. Join chats live and/or watch & reflect on any 15 hours of webchats for 1 credit. Get a small group together and brainstorm ideas, or listen in while you make supper. It’s PD when you need it.

Continuing education credit is available:

UND Credit

VCSU Credit– Class #17838

NDSA Preparedness Training 2019 – Grand Forks

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

Click on the date/time link below of the workshop you wish to attend, and you will be led to the workshop description. The registration link is at the bottom of that page. Please note that you will need your EduTech @k12.nd.us account and password to register.If you don’t know what that is, please contact the EduTech Help Desk at 800.774.1091 or help@k12.nd.us for assistance.

NDSA Preparedness Training 2019 – Devils Lake

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

Click on the date/time link below of the workshop you wish to attend, and you will be led to the workshop description. The registration link is at the bottom of that page. Please note that you will need your EduTech @k12.nd.us account and password to register. If you don’t know what that is, please contact the EduTech Help Desk at 800.774.1091 or help@k12.nd.us for assistance.

 

NDSA Preparedness Training 2019 – Minot

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

Click on the date/time link below of the workshop you wish to attend, and you will be led to the workshop description. The registration link is at the bottom of that page. Please note that you will need your EduTech @k12.nd.us account and password to register. If you don’t know what that is, please contact the EduTech Help Desk at 800.774.1091 or help@k12.nd.us for assistance.

 

NDSA Preparedness Training 2019 – Williston

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

Click on the date/time link below of the workshop you wish to attend, and you will be led to the workshop description. The registration link is at the bottom of that page. Please note that you will need your EduTech @k12.nd.us account and password to register.If you don’t know what that is, please contact the EduTech Help Desk at 800.774.1091 or help@k12.nd.us for assistance.

 

NDSA Preparedness Training – Virtual Webinar via Skype

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

 

NDSA Preparedness Training 2019 – Fargo

This spring, the NDSA testing window is from March 18 to May 10, 2019. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and EduTech are working together to provide updated information, training, and support to schools for administering the North Dakota State Assessment. AIR is the assessment contractor again and is responsible for managing critical components of the assessment.

NDSA preparedness training provides district test coordinators/test administrators with resources to administer the North Dakota State Assessment. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand where to obtain appropriate resources, how to set up students and staff, and how to administer testing sessions.

This training is funded by NDDPI, and there is no charge to participants. However, space is limited, and we do need you to register. *You only need to register for either the 8:30 a.m. or the 12:30 p.m. session.

Click on the date/time link below of the workshop you wish to attend, and you will be led to the workshop description. The registration link is at the bottom of that page. Please note that you will need your EduTech @k12.nd.us account and password to register.If you don’t know what that is, please contact the EduTech Help Desk at 800.774.1091 or help@k12.nd.us for assistance.