Professional Development Opportunities

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Events Calendar

Sessions At-a-Glance

 

May 2022

May 31st
9:00am - 11:00am

VIRTUAL


 

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MTSS 101 Training

 

Time: 9AM - 11AM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

July 2022

July 7, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

In-Person


WKEC Conference
Center


 

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Building Emotional Intelligence:  Teaching Students to Understand, Use, and Manage Emotions Using a School-Wide, Systematic Approach

 

Description:

Emotional Intelligence is a quality that can benefit all students and staff and is most effective if incorporated throughout the school in a systematic approach using research proven strategies and evidence-based approaches. Identifying and categorizing feelings, gaining tools and strategies to manage feelings, and understanding social situations are life-long strategies needed to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. This training will give you all the basics needed to meet those goals and to give a common language to understanding and working through different situations. 
 

Audience:  School teams preferred- suggestion of team members include: counselor, administrator, general education teacher, special education teacher, physical therapists, occupational therapists

 

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

FREE to WKEC Districts 

Contact:  carla.mangels@wkec.org or kayla.jones@wkec.org

July 11, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

WKEC Conference Center







 

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Math Is Figureoutable Kick-Off Event

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July 12, 2022
8:00am - 3:30pm

In-Person Event



Paducah
Innovation Hub







 

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WKEC DEIB Institute

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July 13-14, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person & Virtual Event

The Bruce Center
Hopkinsville, KY





 

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WKEC Summer Institute: EdFest

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July 18, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

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The KY Academic Standards for Science: An Overview

 

Description:

Breaking Down a Science Standard and Gap Identification/Grade to Grade Coherence

Summary:  To have a coherent K-12 science program, teachers need to understand how core ideas, practices, and concepts progress through the grade bands.  In this session, teachers in PLCs work together to analyze the three dimensions of the performance expectations of the KAS for science. 

 

Audience: All WKEC Science Teachers

 

Time:  8:30AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

July 18, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

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Exploring KY Math Standards: What Am I Supposed To Teach?

 

Description:

This professional development is designed to answer the question, “What am I supposed to teach?”  We will spend the morning exploring math standards at all grade levels.  Participants will break down the different components of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) document and what each explains about teacher instruction.  In the afternoon, participants will use an alignment tool to determine if different instructional resources align to the KAS or not.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with the KAS or who would like a review is welcome to attend.  

 

Audience: Math Teachers K-12

 

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

July 19, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

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School Safety & Resiliency Act Update/Risk Assessment Training

Presented by: The Office of the State School Security Marshal

Description:

The training will consist of:
• Explanation and discussion of the School Safety and Resiliency Act and Senate Bill 8 of 2020.
• Presentation of the updated Marshal’s office risk assessment for the 2022-2023 school year.
• Discussion of issues that have been recorded in previous OSSSM assessments. The training will be three hours in length and be led by State School Security Marshal Staff to include the State Marshal, compliance supervisors and regional compliance officers. The OSSSM recommends principals, assistant principals, school safety coordinators, school resource officers, superintendents and any administrator or staff member that has an interest in the subject attend the training.

 

Audience: The training would be for any school employee or first responder that works with safety and security.  Principals, assistant principals, school safety coordinators, school resource officers, superintendents and any administrator or staff member that has an interest in the subject. 

 

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

July 21, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

Selecting Phenomena for 3-D Instruction

Description:

Includes:  The role of anchoring phenomena in 3D instruction  and design challenges in science teaching 

Summary:  This professional learning session leads a science PLC through understanding anchoring phenomena and how to identify one that could anchor a unit of study, a bundle of performance expectations, or a series of lessons.  Participants will examine the differences between disciplinary core ideas, phenomena, and design challenges.

 

Audience: All WKEC Science Teachers

 

Time:  8:30AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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July 25, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

Three-Dimensional Science Tasks

Description:

Includes:  Understanding of the multiple dimensions of a task and developing 3D tasks

Summary: In three-dimensional science assessment, there is a shift from questions to tasks.  What is the difference?  In this session, to help meet the intent of the KAS for science, participants will learn more about multi-dimensionality by using tools to analyze tasks and develop their own tasks for instruction and assessment for classroom-embedded use.

 

Audience: All WKEC Science Teachers

 

Time:  8:30AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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July 25, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

In-Depth Desmos Training

 

Description:

This is a full day, in person event where teachers will dive deeply into using Desmos as an instructional and assessment tool.  We will look at the following topics: 

 

1. How to create teacher and student accounts 

2. How to link Desmos to Google Classroom 

3. Explore lessons available for all grade levels 

4. Design lessons and assessments using the available tools 

5. Collaborate with others to learn and work in grade level groups 

 

 This session will take you from beginner to intermediate as you begin to use Desmos with your students to: 

 

1. Increase conceptual understanding of math concepts through interactive investigation 

2. Increase student engagement during distance learning days (and better feedback from teachers) 

3. Increase comfort level of students with the platform that hosts the KSA 

4. Provide good formative assessment data for teachers

 

Audience: All WKEC Teachers

 

Time:  9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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July 26, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

New Teacher Cohort - Kick Off Event

Description:

Brand new? Pretty new? or just need some affirmation?  Join us for a time to talk about all the things that college didn't quite prepare you for.  It could be anything from kids not being potty trained to vaping.  We know there is a lot out there and we want to help.  Let's get together to not just discuss the "things" but to look at how to make it better and get you networking with people that are feeling it too.

 

Audience: Teachers who have been in education 0-3 years.

 

Time:  9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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July 26, 2022
8:30am - 2:30pm

In-Person
Location TBD

 

Overview of Comprehensive Emerging Literacy Instruction- Featuring Dr. Caroline Musselwhite, AT Specialist 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:

This session will share important factors in comprehensive literacy instruction, and differentiate between emergent and early conventional instruction. Focus of this presentation will be an overview of components for both emergent literacy and early conventional literacy. Assessment strategies and tools will be included.  The afternoon will include a hands on make and take session with materials needed to hit the ground running when school starts. Building literacy skills in our students with complex communication needs is the only way to ensure that they will have access to functional and robust communication.

 

Audience:  SPEd teachers, Interventionists, Consultants, SLPs

 

Time:  8:30AM - 2:30PM

Contact:  sherida.gentry@wkec.org

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Dr. Caroline Musselwhite

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July 26, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

In-Person


WKEC Conference
Center


 

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Building Emotional Intelligence:  Teaching Students to Understand, Use, and Manage Emotions Using a School-Wide, Systematic Approach

 

Description:

Emotional Intelligence is a quality that can benefit all students and staff and is most effective if incorporated throughout the school in a systematic approach using research proven strategies and evidence-based approaches. Identifying and categorizing feelings, gaining tools and strategies to manage feelings, and understanding social situations are life-long strategies needed to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. This training will give you all the basics needed to meet those goals and to give a common language to understanding and working through different situations. 
 

Audience:  School teams preferred- suggestion of team members include: counselor, administrator, general education teacher, special education teacher, physical therapists, occupational therapists

 

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

FREE to WKEC Districts 

Contact:  carla.mangels@wkec.org or kayla.jones@wkec.org

July 27, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

In-Person
Location TBD




 

SLP Summer Learning

 

Description:

This will be a day all about SLP's and their learning needs. Participants will have the pleasure of participating in a hands-on, active day of learning on a variety of speech related topics. Topics included are Gestalt Language Processing, SLP Ethics, AAC, and Speech Sound therapy techniques.

This will be a great day where participants will earn 6 CEU and PD hours all while having fun and networking with SLP's from around the WKEC region!

PRESENTERS:
Dr. Nikki Gaylord, Dr. Stephanie Schaaf, Alexandria Zachos, Laura Miller

 

Audience: SLPs 

 

Time:  8:30AM - 3:30PM

Contact:  laura.miller@wkec.org

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July 28, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

Alt Certified 101 PLC - Kick Off Event

Description:

Welcome to teaching!  We want to be your continued support in a new career path.  Join us to talk about the essentials of teaching such as classroom management, the importance of routines, structuring a lesson, teaching resources, and much more that you need to know to be successful. 

 

Audience: Anyone who is teaching with an alternate teaching certificate

 

Time:  9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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July 29, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person
ONLY

WKEC Conference
Center


 

The Lone Science Teacher - Summer Edition

Description:

Breaking Down a Science Standard and Gap Identification/Grade to Grade Coherence

Summary:  To have a coherent K-12 science program, teachers need to understand how core ideas, practices, and concepts progress through the grade bands.  In this session, teachers in PLCs work together to analyze the three dimensions of the performance expectations of the KAS for science. 

 

Audience: GEARUP DISTRICTS ONLY

 

Time:  8:30AM - 3:00PM

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

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August 2022

Aug 1, 2022
9:00am - 11:30am

WKEC Conference
Center


 

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KCSS Gatekeeper Conversation

Description:

As we shift from understanding the School Safety and Resiliency Act (SB 1-2019 and SB 8-2020) to full compliance, the responsibility for keeping a school full of kids and staff safe falls first on those who face the schoolhouse doors from the inside. This is especially difficult, even for seasoned veterans, because of the long period of time we have just endured with an entirely different and unprecedented focus.

 

This conversation will allow us to revisit the major points of the School Safety and Resiliency Act and its impact on office personnel and others who are charged with performing their jobs as the first line of defense against those who, for many reasons, might threaten safety and security in a school. We’ll talk not only about what the law requires, but why it is required. Following the guidelines and helping each other to do so requires “commitment over compliance”, a key concept in school safety and security for everyone.

 

Time:  9:00am - 11:30am

FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

Aug 2, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm

VIRTUAL


 

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Classified Teacher Lunch + Learn

Description:

Let's get together for a bite to eat and a bit of information to digest!  Together we can talk about the things that are going on in your schools, ask questions, or just relax and breathe with the people that know how it's going!  We will provide some helpful professional learning to assist you in your unique role in the school.  Can't wait to see you, hear you and give you the time you need!

 

Audience: All classified staff

 

Time:  11:30am - 12:30pm

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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FREE to WKEC Districts | $25 Non WKEC Districts

August 29, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

WKEC Conference Center


 

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Novice ARC Chairperson Training

 

Description:

This training will address the who, what, why, when and where and how those components apply to the ARC process.

 

Audience: 1st-3rd Year Chairperson

 

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS

Contact:  tammy.williams@wkec.org

August 30, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

In-Person


WKEC Conference
Center


 

Black and Red Left Arrow

Building Emotional Intelligence:  Teaching Students to Understand, Use, and Manage Emotions Using a School-Wide, Systematic Approach

 

Description:

Emotional Intelligence is a quality that can benefit all students and staff and is most effective if incorporated throughout the school in a systematic approach using research proven strategies and evidence-based approaches. Identifying and categorizing feelings, gaining tools and strategies to manage feelings, and understanding social situations are life-long strategies needed to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. This training will give you all the basics needed to meet those goals and to give a common language to understanding and working through different situations. 
 

Audience:  School teams preferred- suggestion of team members include: counselor, administrator, general education teacher, special education teacher, physical therapists, occupational therapists

 

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

FREE to WKEC Districts 

Contact:  carla.mangels@wkec.org or kayla.jones@wkec.org

September 2022

Sept 29-30, 2022
8:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person Event

WKEC Conference Center











 

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See The Sound Visual Phonics 2-DayTraining

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Sept 22, 2022
Sept 23, 2022
Nov 3, 2022

8:30am - 3:30pm

In-Person Event

WKEC Conference Center











 

The Strategic Instructional Method (SIM) Series

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