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Professional Development 

Please find information about our upcoming PD sessions below.  Registration closes one week prior to each event:
 

Administrators

  • Elementary Principal Meetings: October 13, December 1, February 9, April 13 (meetings begin at 8:00 and are held at A&B Coffee)
  • Middle School/High School Principal Meetings: September 8, November 10, January 12, March 9 (meetings begin at 8:00 and are held at the ESC)
  • Data Coaching & Resources for Administrators: Using Data to Analyze, Plan, and Modify Instruction o This workshop will focus on a coaching cycle administrators and evaluators can utilize to support effective data conversations with the teachers they supervise
    • Target Audience: Administrators & OTES Evaluators
    • Date: September 13, 2022 - 12:30 PM-3:30PM
    •  Location: Sidney BOE (750 S 4th Ave, Sidney, OH 45365)
    • Registration Link: Click Here
  • OPES 2.0 Virtual PLC
    • Opportunity to virtually collaborate with other evaluators across several counties as you go through the OPES process
      • Reminders of pertinent dates and items upcoming throughout the year
      • Registration link for each session in the flyer linked in the “title”

All Teachers

  • Let’s Get Un-Packing
    • September 12, 2022 - 8:30-3:30
    • Presented at the ESC by the Teach Better Academy Team
    • Interactive 1 day training focused on unpacking content standards and evolving our understanding on Depth of Knowledge implementation
    • Register here
  • Innovative Student-Centered Practices - October 4 & 5 – must attend both days – 8:30-3:30
    • Presented at the ESC by the Teach Better Academy Team
    • Foster classrooms that support student-centered teaching to build SEL and ownership of learning
    • This work will focus on student goal setting, reflection, and growth mindset through self-paced mastery practices and implementation of The Grid Method
    • The development of instructional environments which foster the whole child and increase teacher awareness of student needs and progress in learning is essential
    • Register here
  • Go See the Principal, Gerry Brooks, Book Study*
    • Coursework/Discussion will be completed through Google classroom
    • Runs from September 19-December 9
    • Register by September 14 – Register here
    • FREE for Darke County member districts; $25 for all others
    • Participants need to secure their own copy of the text
  • Children’s Book Council – Children’s Favorites (formally Teachers’ Choices)
    • Opportunity to read brand new books to your students
    • Books are marketed at K-2 readers
    • Students have to vote after each book is read
    • Books may be rotated between districts/participants
    • Ballots will be collected monthly
    •  Books will be distributed for participants’ libraries at the conclusion of program
    • Register here
  • TEACH BETTER ACADEMY ACCESS 
    • Click on this link: https://www.teachbetteracademy.com/p/teach-better-academy-membership?coupon_code=TEACHBETTEROHIO-DARKE
      • See a "100% off original price!" message below the "Join" button.
      • The button will still say it is $9, but it will not charge that when you enroll.
      • This will take you to the sign-up screen.
      • If the discount is not automatically applied, they can use the coupon code "TEACHBETTEROHIO-DARKE" during checkout.
      • Enter Full Name, Email Address, and password to set up your account and access the courses.
      • **If you have already taken courses in our academy, they can "Log In With School Account" at the bottom of the sign up screen. Once they have entered your information (or logged in), you should then have access to all courses from their "My Courses" dashboard.
      • If you have any issues or questions, please email Jeff Gargas at jeff@teachbetter.com

Core Teachers

  • School Success for Kids with Dyslexia & Other Reading Difficulties Book Study*
    • Coursework/Discussion will be completed through Google classroom
    • Runs from September 19-December 9
    • Register by September 14 - register here
    • FREE for Darke County member districts; $25 for all others
    • Participants need to secure their own copy of the text
    • *This DOES NOT count toward the 18 hours of required professional development*
  • Understanding the Math we Teach and How to Teach It Book Study*
    • Coursework/Discussion will be completed through Google classroom
    • Runs from September 26-May 12
    • Register by September 21 - register here
    • FREE for Darke County member districts; $50 for all others
    • Participants need to secure their own copy of the text

Specials Teachers

  • Assessment Literacy (World Languages)
    • Participants gain a deeper understanding of assessment for world language educators
    • Tools and practices will be shared to help teachers select or create quality assessments aligned to their standards
    • We will explore the connection between High-Quality Student Data as defined in OTES 2.0 and how teachers gather evidence of student learning to inform instructional decisions
    • Date: September 2, 2022 - 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    • Target Audience: World Language Educators
    • Location: Amos Memorial Library (230 E North St, Sidney, OH 45365)
    • Registration Link: Click Here
  •  Assessment Literacy (Fine Arts / Related Arts)
    • Participants gain a deeper understanding of assessment for fine arts/ related arts subjects
    • Tools and practices will be shared to help teachers select or create quality assessments aligned to their standards
    • We will explore the connection between High-Quality Student Data as defined in OTES 2.0 and how teachers gather evidence of student learning to inform instructional decisions
    • Date: September 20, 2022 - 9:30AM – 2:30PM
    • Target Audience: Fine Arts/Related Arts
    • Location: Sidney BOE (750 S 4th Ave, Sidney, OH 45365)
    • Registration Link: Click Here
  • Physical Education Assessment & Resources
    • During this workshop, participants will:
      • Revisit foundational perceptions of the purpose of physical education
        • Develop desired student outcomes related to key concepts, knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes
        • Review Ohio’s PE standards and discuss potential district level “power standards”
        •  Create sample lesson level outcomes based on the key concepts, knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes of the program
        • Discuss specific assessments to evaluate lesson level outcomes
        • Explore data analysis as a tool to help student learning and guide programmatic changes
        • Date: September 22, 2022 - 9:30AM- 2:30PM
        • Target Audience: Physical Education Teachers (Grades K-12)
        • Amos Memorial Library (230 E North St, Sidney, OH 45365)
        • Registration Link: Click Here
  • Trauma-Informed Practices for Fine & Related Arts
    • In this all-day workshop, we will discuss the basics of trauma in youth, its causes, signs, symptoms, and effective classroom practices for fine art/related arts educators.
    • Date: September 13, 2022/ 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    • Botkins Sports Complex (208 N Sycamore St, Botkins, OH 45306)
    • Lunch – on you own
    • Registration Link: Click Here
  • Instructional Strategies & Resources for World Languages Educators Participants will engage in an exploration of instructional strategies to match World Language standards
    • Instructors will share strategies that address specific content, learner engagement, and motivation across the targeted discipline
    • Resources, tools and instructional strategies backed by the research of John Hattie, Robert Marzano and Kagan will be investigated
    • Date: October 12, 2022 - Session Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Facilitator: Allison Curran (HCESC)
    • Sidney BOE Basement Community Room (755 South Fourth Ave, Sidney, Ohio 45365)
    • Lunch – on your own
    • Registration Link: Click Here
  • Instructional Strategies & Resources for Fine Arts/Related Arts
    • Participants will engage in an exploration of strategies that support Fine Arts & Related arts instruction across grade levels
    • Instructors will share strategies that address specific content, learner engagement, and motivation across the targeted discipline
    • Resources, tools, and instructional strategies backed by the research of John Hattie, Robert Marzano and Kagan will be investigated
    • Date: November 8, 2022 - Session Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Facilitator: Jenny Moeller (HCESC)
    • Sidney BOE Basement Community Room (755 South Fourth Ave, Sidney, Ohio 45365)
    • Lunch – on your own
    • Registration Link: Click Here

* Course credit from Ashland University available for this course. Information will be provided upon registration. Please email April Hoying, april.hoying@darkeesc.org, with any questions.

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