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.
Results: Instructional Strategies
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.
Adventures in the Classroom
Description: Get active in the classroom and bring learning to life by using experiential education techniques that leaves learners with real-world experiences. Bring those experiences around to reflection and relate them back to understanding the content. This completes the learning cycle. As John Dewey says, "Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature to demand thinking; learning naturally results."
App Smashing: Bringing Innovation into the iPad Classroom
Description: No one app does everything. App Smashing combines the products of multiple apps into a final product. While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process. Join us to bring App Smashing to your students to create a web based timeline, to capture their learning, to share a digital portfolio, or to capture an event, era or topic of study.
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.
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.
Differentiated Instruction with a Science Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom
Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with a science focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their lessons or units.
Differentiated Instruction with a Social Studies Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom
Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with a social studies focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their lessons or units.
Differentiated Instruction with an ELA Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom
Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with an ELA focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their ELA lessons or units.
Differentiated Instruction: It Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming! Classroom Tools, Tips and Techniques
Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction across all content areas by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product, along with student readiness, interest and learning profile.This interactive session will provide strategies to incorporate differentiation concepts into your classroom along with providing great tools to facilitate the process.
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 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.
Film as Text in the ELA Classroom
Description: The purpose of this training is to motivate your students to practice and sharpen critical thinking skills through the use of film. Film is a powerful visual medium that, if used correctly, can make learning fun and build confidence in all students. You will be guided in how to incorporate film reading/viewing strategies into an engaging lesson.
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.
GIS in Your Classroom: Incorporate Mapping Activities with a Free Platform and Ready Made Lesson Plans
Description: Utilizing GIS enables students to think critically about real-world content and make inferences using data. Students have the opportunity to analyze, create and make connections with real data and real issues in all content areas. Learn ways to incorporate the ArcGIS Online platform into your classroom. You will use lesson plans prepared by ArcGIS, plans created by other educators and learn how to create your own maps.
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.
Integrating Online Primary Resources in the Classroom
Description: Bring history to life by integrating primary sources into your classroom with ideas the Library of Congress, Smithsonian and more. Primary sources are objects, diaries, art, music and other resources that were created during the time period studied; they can provide artifacts and evidence for the topic at hand. This session will cover online primary source resources and ways to integrate them with technology for K-12 and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum: Incorporating ELA Standards in Every Classroom
Description: This workshop will illustrate the integration of English Language Arts (ELA) standards into every classroom. Teachers will leave the training with a wealth of technology tools and resources to easily implement ELA standards into the instruction of their content area. In addition, teachers will gain instructional strategies and examples of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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.
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.
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.