TIE offers a variety of fee-based and free opportunities to support professional learning. The titles and descriptions below offer a variety of examples that may be of interest. Please know TIE is committed to customizing learning opportunities to specifically meet unique and varied needs.
Academic Language Learning
Description: What is keeping your students from becoming higher order thinkers? Training them to think, discuss, and write with specific academic language will move students to higher order thinking. This one-day training includes practical strategies in reciprocal teaching, creating environments for student academic conversation and productive academic talk. The training provides many examples and strategies for the instruction of expanding answers using academic language while writing/talking, making claims with strong supporting evidence, and encouraging collaborative academic conversation, which is purposeful, intentional, and explicit. This training applies to all teachers of all disciplines.
Description: Administrators must learn to remain calm and collected in the midst of the occasional chaos that occurs in their building. Administrators will learn to craft their responses and make informed decisions. The five domains of emotional intelligence are a great outline of the attributes that guide the thinking and actions of all principals. To strengthen each domain, newcomers must learn to ask for feedback and take suggestions to heart.
Augmented Reality (AR) in Education
Description: Do you want your subject to jump off the page and engage students in 4D? Augmented Reality is the answer. AR is an enhanced version of reality where a view of the physical world through a computer, tablet, or phone is augmented with superimposed, computer-generated images that enhance the viewers’ current perception. AR changes the physical world by overlaying information over the viewer’s field of vision. Users of AR experience a new and improved world where virtual information is used as a tool to learn new things, share information, and create new learning experiences. Your classroom will come alive, parents will feel more connected, and students will love the creative possibilities that will be available to them.
Authentic Assessment for Authentic Learning
Description: A move toward more authentic tasks and outcomes improves teaching and learning. In authentic assessments, learners have greater clarity about their obligations and are asked to master more engaging tasks, and facilitators can see assessment results as meaningful and useful for improving instruction. Topics include: Project Based Learning, Peer Teaching, Performance Tasks, ePortfolios, Rubrics and Student Self-Assessment.
Description: Welcome to the module on Blended Learning for the Customized Learning Series-Artiste! The module uses the eBook Blended-Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools as our main text, as well as some articles and videos. The course incorporates four phases to help you implement a Blended Learning environment in your classroom. What is Blended Learning, what could it mean for you, and how can you move to a Blended Learning environment in your classroom? A unit on how to assess in the Blended Learning classroom is also included in this course.
Building an Environment of Trust and Collaboration
Description: Building an Environment of Trust and Collaboration is designed to build a trusting and collaborative relationship between teachers, support staff, administration, anyone working with students. We want to shift the focus and our energy back to the reason we are in this profession. We will look at situations, perceptions, problems, misunderstandings and develop ways of addressing this situations in a manner that cultivates a positive learning and working environment.
Changing Assessment Grading Practices
Description: Grading only on achievement focuses solely on learners’ proficiency on well-defined course objectives. It fundamentally changes what grades measure and how they communicate that information. While grading practices that emphasize only achievement and proficiency are gaining in popularity, these practices have still not been widely implemented. Engage in discussions about ineffective grading practices and their remedies. Make informed decisions about what your district needs to change in your grading practices to move away from grading and toward performance assessments.
Coding and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom
Description: What is it like for young children to engage in computational thinking? Learn the foundations of computational thinking and explore pre-coding activities for our early learners. Discuss the benefits of coding and programming as we engage in appropriate hands-on coding activities that support problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Participate 'in the playground' as we showcase some of the robotics developed for early learners.
Computer Science Overview and Robotics
Description: Learn a collaborative and innovative way to teach STEM activities incorporating robotics and technology, coding and 21st century skills. Use the basics of Code.org and Scratch as tools to support programming for coding extensions. Investigate several coding extensions such as: Ozobots, Sphero, Dash, Edison robot and LittleBits. This half day or one day workshop can be customized for elementary through high school.
Computer Science: Microsoft Microbit and CS Discoveries Circuit Playground
Description: Combine physical computing and coding with the Microsoft MicroBit and or the CS Discoveries Circuit Playground. Both allow programming from any web browser with no special software. Invent your own designs or use existing projects. Devices can respond to various inputs, for example the Microbit can respond to buttons, light, motion and temperature, providing for endless problem solving options.
Computer Science: Raspberry Pi
Description: Investigate myriad possibilities for coding, programming and generally interacting with your powerful, credit card sized computer. Incorporate elements of art, reading, science and mathematics into hands-on, higher order thinking, rich, highly engaging explorations that your students will love. Challenge yourself and your students to the next level of computer science based classroom lessons.
Computer Science: Scratch
Description: Learn to program your own interactive stories, games and animations using Scratch. Scratch is freely accessible coding program that provides students with the opportunity to think creatively, problem solve, and work collaboratively. Scratch can be integrated into content areas such as math, ELA and more. It is appropriate for elementary through high school.
Content Gap Analysis to Improve Student Achievement
Description: Curriculum and Gap Analysis will help you answer: Why do I teach what I teach when I teach it? Do my assessments match my instruction? Do I teach the content to the depths of understanding embedded in the standards? Which standards am I hitting frequently; which standards am I touching upon; which standards am I missing? During a series of events you will be equipped with content diaries, content organizers and other tools to use throughout the year to provide data to find answers to these questions, locate resources to fill your gaps and remove instruction that is inappropriate for your grade level.
Courage to Teach (retreat series, retreat or day workshop)
Description: In a time when stress and pressure on elementary, middle and high school teachers in public, private and charter schools continues to rise because of internal and external demands, Courage to Teach® provides educators an opportunity for rest, renewal, and re-engagement with their identity and integrity as teachers.
Culturally Responsive Classroom
Description: What is culturally responsive teaching? In what ways does implicit bias affect my teaching practice? How do I connect with learners from different racial, socio-economic, or cultural backgrounds than me? This course will enable facilitators to create a classroom environment that is culturally responsive in order to answer these questions.
Developing Learner Agency
Description: Learner Agency is defined as possessing the mindset and know-how to act in a manner which empowers and positions learners for a life-time of learning. A “learner-centered” focus is at the core of customized learning. As an investment and contribution to this effort, a team at TIE is working to clarify and build shared understanding around the term learner agency as it relates to learners in the context of schools committed to the implementation of customized learning. Tools and resources to support Learner Agency will be provided.
Developing Mastery or Competency Based Grading Practices
Description: What are we willing to accept as evidence of mastery or competency? How would you finish these statements - Mastery is... My students are literate in my subject when they....? If you struggle to complete these statements, this session will help you. Grading only on achievement is a practice that is gaining in popularity. This model focuses solely on “students’ proficiency on well-defined course objectives.” What are you willing to change to move to mastery or competency based reporting?
Description: The course incorporates five phases to help you implement Digital Literacy in your classroom. As education evolves toward customized learning, digital literacy skills become absolutely critical--unfortunately, most students and educators “don’t know what they don’t know.” Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the processes for digging past surface level information often found on the web. Examine the importance of students acquiring vital digital literacy skills for better problem solving as well as implications for using these tools in a customized environment.
Digital Literacy Platforms
Description: Digital literacy includes knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PC's for purpose of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy. This class will explore how to teach these skills to our students through use of free, online curriculum. Compare and contract several options to find the best fit for your program and get things started right away!
Digital Literacy Skills All Educators Should Know
Description: Implementation of 1:1 technology is not enough. Digital literacy skills have become more critical for student learning than content knowledge--unfortunately, most students and educators “don’t know what they don’t know.” Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the tools and processes for digging past surface-level information often found on the web. Develop a better understanding of how the web works, including the use of advanced search techniques to find richer more relevant information for better professional productivity and classroom integration. Develop a stronger understanding of web tracking, privacy, and ""publicness"" issues in teacher and student usage of web services.
Description: The Flipped Classroom has become the rage in recent years. Now that more schools are embracing the use of technology, this is a great first step towards customized learning. It can be done in any grade level, for any subject. This training will cover what is Flipped Learning, tools to make videos, assessment, how to use the extra class time meaningfully, and the pros and cons of this method.
Foundational Reading Skills
Description: Foundational Reading Skills Training will focus on the Big 5 literacy skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The training will include the research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lessons. Teachers will learn effective implementation of explicit instruction while following sequence for mastery in each of the Big 5 areas. The training skills and materials can be used for implementation into teaching practices during the school year.This 3-5 day training applies to all grades and teachers. The length of the training depends on the grade level of students. It is also beneficial for other content area classrooms.
Free Cool Tools
Description: Whether you are using iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, or other mobile devices, there are so many resources to choose from. And we all know there isn't enough time in the day to research all of them! This session will include the web resources that TIE is currently excited about! This will be a hands-on session, so bring your device!
Gifted or Accelerated Learners: understanding the need
Description: Gifted students and accelerated learners are actually two separate types of students. This workshop will cover how to identify and work with both types of students to meet their needs. These students are looking for deeper learning opportunities to connect previous knowledge to new ideas and build upon them.
Google Apps and Google Classroom
Description: Google Apps can make your class a collaborative, paperless work environment. Learn how to use Documents, Spreadsheet, and Presentations with your students. Google Forms make great quizzes, formative assessment pieces, and surveys. Do you want that quiz to grade itself – add Flubaroo! Add in Google Classroom to facilitate online discussion, homework turn-in, student collaboration and class communication.
Description: This class covers how to set up and utilize a Google Classroom management system. We will do an overview of Google Docs and Drive and then look at the features Google Classroom offers. Participants will develop an awareness of: Google Docs and Drive; Google Classroom and offer practice using the functions for facilitating classroom instruction. You MUST have a Google Apps account to take this class.
Growth Mindset – Changing Students and Teachers
Description: Learn about the characteristics of a growth and fixed mindset and how mindset impacts student learning. Consider 9 findings that have very strong implications for students that when acted upon could unleash their potential. Learn ways to implement instructional practices to promote growth mindset in every student.
Higher Order Thinking Skills to Engage Learning
Description: Creative ways to scaffold discussions, instructional strategies that feel like games, and discussion strategies for any content area—these are some of the tools teachers will leave with, ready to take right from the training to students. Engagement is high and so is the rigor.
Higher Order Thinking Skills to Support Customized Learning
Description: A main goal of educators is to teach learners how to be critical thinkers. Instead of simply memorizing facts and ideas, children need to engage in higher levels of thinking to reach their fullest potential. Practicing Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills will give learners the tools they need to understand, infer, connect, categorize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply the information they know to find solutions to new and existing problems. Learn how questioning and thinking routines can increase the level of learner thinking.
Description: This is an online, self-paced class using the book, Inevitable Too! The Total Leader Embraces Mass Customized Learning by Charles Schwahn & Beatrice McGarvey as our main text, as well as some articles and videos. The course incorporates strategic design, the five leadership domains of the total leader and empowering change. Leadership development is ultimately personal development.
Leading Socratic Seminars: Teaching Civility and Thoughtfulness
Description: This workshop is experiential and provides intensive practice to develop the skills of seminar leadership. Participants will engage in a large group seminar followed by guided practice with designing and leading small group seminars.
Leading Together (day training for school Leadership Teams, or intensive ongoing support)
Description: The Leading Together (LT) program is an offering of TIE in conjunction with the Center for Courage & Renewal® (CCR) designed to build adult community in schools. The program is grounded in research and closely aligned with Social Emotional Learning and Relational Trust constructs.
Learner Agency Online Course
Description: As education evolves toward customized learning, the need for self-directed learners become critical for the learning environment. With leaners at different places in the curriculum, working on several projects and in changing physical environments, learners will need to develop a strong sense of personal responsibility. The Learner Agency work done at TIE supports educators on implementing these ideas. This class will introduce you to tools and resources to support this work for the learners. By the end of this course, you will complete a full 10-day curriculum to begin implementing into your learning environment right away!
Description: This course uses the book "Eight Myths of Learner Disengagement" to investigate how classroom practices influence engagement, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics. The course encourages participants to recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but incorporates behavioral, emotional, and cognitive practices. Participants will consider a variety of instructional practices and their connection to learner engagement.
Learner Motivation: Teaching From Within
Description: The challenge of motivating learners to learn has been central to the teaching profession throughout history. Unfortunately, many motivational strategies have had the opposite of their intended effect on learners. This course is built around concepts explored in Bob Sullo’s book, The Motivated Learner and the 2012 TIE Media film, Teaching From Within. Teaching From Within is a film and a way of teaching that promote an inside-out (intrinsic) approach to learning. Once we strip away intrusive motivational add-ons like rewards, fear and coercion, the natural human drive to learn, explore and grow can guide us as teachers and as Learners toward learning that is natural, sustainable, and never ending. Participants will analyze their own and their school’s approaches to motivating learners, view the film itself, explore research around learner motivation, and develop goals and approaches for beginning the shift from problematic external motivational approaches to teaching and learning that comes from within.
Make Learning Personal
Description: This is a four-unit module about personalizing learning. If you have read the book, Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning, you already have some knowledge about what we are talking about. In this workshop we will reference both books. Personalized learning is starting to happen all over the country and we need to not only understand WHAT it is, but also how we can make it happen in our schools.
Makerspaces on a Dime: Adding Innovation Opportunities without Breaking the Budget
Description: Considering adding Makerspaces to your building? Makerspaces provide the tools and space to allow students to collaborate and share knowledge. This hands-on session will provide lots of examples and ideas for adding innovation opportunities via Makerspaces to your space!
Makerspaces: Implementing One In Your School
Description: Makerspaces provide the tools and space to allow students to collaborate and share knowledge.Now that you've got a Makerspace, this training will help all staff develop the skills and confidence to utilize the resource with their students.
Description: Students often walk into a math classroom with anxiety and fear, saying they are not good at math, or that they inherited the "bad math gene" from their parents. These pre-conceived ideas and societal norms often hold students back from succeeding in a math classroom. In this class you will learn that all people can learn math, and learn it well if a student's mindset is in the right place.
Meet Edison Robot- our newest programmable robot for all ages!
Description: Why Edison? Edison is an affordable and versatile programmable robot designed to be a complete STEM teaching resource for coding and robotics education for students. Children as young as four years old can begin to explore the STEM education topics of coding and robotics using Edison’s pre-set programs and remote-control operation capabilities. Older students can learn the fundamentals of coding as they progress from drag-and-drop icon-based programming all the way through to coding in a vertical text-based language.
Mind, Brain, & Education Research: Power Strategies for Teachers and Students
Description: We have learned more about the brain in the last 20 years than we have in the last 200 years. Since we ask students to use their brains every day, how much do we educators know about the brain and how it most effectively works to enable student learning? This 2 day training will share the research on the brain and move through Power Strategies for Teachers and Power Strategies for Students that enhance student learning according to the biological working of the brain. This training will also include an overview of curriculum work for embedding this information into the students’ mindsets.
Mindfulness in the Classroom
Description: Breathe in and out. Again, breathe in and out. By taking 5-10 minutes a day in guided, quiet reflection we can become aware of the amygdala and make choices in how to respond to situations. Daily practice teaches practical techniques to appropriately handle emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger, excitement and more.
Mindset – The First Step to Learner Agency
Description: Learner Agency is possessing the mindset and know-how to act in a manner which empowers and positions learners for a life-time of learning. In this phase of Learner Agency, facilitators become aware of their own mindset as they promote the change in learner mindsets. Tools and resources are provided to help facilitators develop growth mindsets in their customized classrooms. This is one of the most important steps to begin the change process and build learner agency.
Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings Training (lesson design, modeling, OSEU overview)
Description: In this training, teachers become familiar with the newly revised (2016) Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) as well as the large collection of Oceti Sakowin Elder interviews archived on the WoLakota Project website (www.wolakotaproject.org ). They will also become familiar with the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) for lesson planning. Participating educators may use newly gained knowledge of all of these along with South Dakota’s set of Exemplar SS & OSEU Lesson plans and Social Studies/OSEU “Connector Statements” to construct lesson plans in the IDM format (or another appropriate formats) that link to both South Dakota content standards and the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings.
Office 365 Teacher Academy
Description: This six-hour Academy allows participants to take a deep dive into cloud-based tools for the classroom, with a special focus on topics such as file storage, collaboration and communication using Office 365. It will also give educators the opportunity to apply their learning towards the end of each part of the session – reflecting on the topics covered, as well as strategizing on how they can be put to the best use in the classroom or with other educators.
OneNote Teacher Academy
Description: In this 6 hour class you will discover how with Microsoft OneNote, you can create digital notebooks that support academic standards across disciplines and tasks, such as writing, reading, mathematics, science, history, CTE, and elective courses. In addition, OneNote may be used to increase 21st century skills. Students may use OneNote across content areas and grade levels, and use OneNote to compile and organize unstructured information, research, and content.
Description: Some subject matter is best taught face-to-face, while other things can be taught in an online environment. Some students do really well with online learning, while others struggle. There is much that goes into the designing of an online course. This course uses many articles and videos for research and the opportunity to create on online class. The module will cover what is the learning environment, active learning, real-world application, assessment, differentiation, ethics, as well as other topics.
Open Education Resources: Content for Your Classroom
Description: Open Education Resources (OER) are freely available courses, textbooks, activities and more that are licensed for reuse. Incorporating them can save money, empower teachers and provide students with relevant, high quality content. This session will cover OER resources that are being developed in South Dakota schools along with other resources that are freely available for your school.
Open Education Resources: Developing Your Own Textbook
Description: Explore the creation of personalized digital textbooks incorporating free Open Education Resources (OER). This training will provide examples of OER textbooks, copyright, platform and content considerations and resources to incorporate into your own textbook.
Organizing Web Content: LiveBinders
Description: The days of organizing our web resources by using the Favorites or Bookmark tools on our browsers are over. We are constantly switching between devices and need to access our resources. There are many tools available, but one you might consider is LiveBinders. Not only will this tool bookmark your sites, but you can also upload documents from your computer to this tool. This is a great tool to create ePortfolios as well. And best of all - it's FREE!!!
Organizing Web Content: Symbaloo & Diigo
Description: Symbaloo is a unique, visual bookmarking site that uses tiles instead of text to help organize your favorite online links including google docs, video, rss feeds, websites, and much more. The visual format is simple to organize, user friendly, free to use, shareable, and is accessible from any browser. Diigo is a bookmarking website that allows users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, they can highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.
PRISM – Personalized Research-based Investigative Systemic Collaborative Movement
Description: Our PRISM process helps leaders and their teams view their school(s) through many different spectrum. A systemic renovation at all levels - district, building, and classroom is critical for an authentic learning experience for all students. Every school has individual needs, and this customized process will get to the root of these needs.
Project Based Learning
Description: Project-Based Learning is spreading quickly and many educators are seeking it out to offer more meaningful and engaging lessons for their students. The traditional classroom where learning occurs in the vacuum of separate and distinct islands will soon be replaced by interconnected curriculum via authentic inquiry based learning experiences. There are many Project-Based resources available today. One of the goals for this class is to expose you to these resources and help you develop your own personal notion of Project-Based Lessons within the context of your own classroom.
Refining Beliefs, Vision, and Mission
Description: This work enables schools and districts to process through the development of a vision and mission, necessary elements for leading a school district positively. Also included is the process to include all staff in the development of a set of core beliefs that the district can use as a filter for decision-making and day-to-day situations. This work will also lead to the development of a strategic plan based on the core beliefs, mission, and vision of the district.
Smarter Balanced at the Target Level: Improving ELA, Math, and Writing
Description: Analyzing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Results at a target level and implementing the examples available can help teachers hone in on what their specific students need in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math, and Writing. Many tools are available to help teachers teach according to the standards at the level of rigor expected in the standards. This work also includes rigor, types of writing, and web leveling discussion. All teachers in all content areas need to implement the strategies from this session in their content work.
Structural Rebuild Facilitation
Description: CL Structural Rebuild utilizes evidence-based materials and processes for your planning team to tackle the tough issues of weight-bearing-walls such as - grading practices, schedules and courses, grade level assignments vs mastery levels, rigid curriculum vs flexible curriculum, in-school learning vs in-world learning, and 9-month school year vs year-round - learning opportunities which can hinder progress toward personalized learning. A learning specialist from TIE will work with your leadership team throughout the school year with onsite work days as well as online meetings. TIE also provides data tools to provide a snapshot of the instructional/learning practices in your district that can assist your leadership team for better analysis, strategizing, and decision-making.
Teaching and Learning with Generations Y and Z
Description: This workshop explores the similarities and differences among generations in regard to teaching and learning. Characteristics of today's learners from Generation Y (millennials) and from Generation Z will be examined. Strategies for engaging these generations of learners will be shared.
Technology in the Classroom
Description: With the access to devices our students have, are we utilizing them to their fullest potential? This offering is developed to assist in integrating the existing technology the school/district has into the classroom by providing the staff with tools, strategies, and ideas that can be immediately put to use in the classroom.
Description: This training includes elements of both Close Reading Strategies and Text Dependent Question Development. We will review resources related to textual immersion and practice strategies for evolving current approaches to the understanding/analysis of complex text.
Description: Productivity is no longer just the act of using Office software on a computer to create isolated files. Rather, learning to use web-based tools like Google Apps, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox to create, store, and manage documents--this is a vital skill. Utilize the share features to collaborate with other educators and students in ways not possible even 5 years ago. Discover how these tools can be accessed from a wide variety of devices.
Webb Leveling & Higher Order Thinking: What do I ask and how do I assess?
Description: To deliver quality assessments we must identify the specific level of learning required and then write quality assessment questions to verify we helped students reach higher levels of thinking. We know we assess what we value, but what does your district value? Are your district and classroom assessments aligned to best teaching practices which address skills based instruction as outlined in the CCSS? Do your assessments align to the new curriculum plan adopted by your district?
Wolakota Project (retreat series)
Description: In 2011, the WoLakota Project was born via a collaboration between the South Dakota Department of Education, the South Dakota Office of Indian Education, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Elders who authored the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) and Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE). The goals were to support the learning of all South Dakota students.