The final portion of the district professional development day kicked the learning into high gear as the entire district gathered in the High School Commons. After sharing ideas through EdCamp discussions and having an opportunity to learn and do during the choice-based sessions, the teachers participated in a series of quick-moving, highly-focused speed discussions. 33 tables were set up in the Commons with one facilitator at each table. Each facilitator had information to answer one of 33 hot-button questions, and as the teachers entered, they took a seat at any table they were interested in. The facilitator at the table led a 12-minute discussion where the information was shared, discussed, and expanded on. At the end of the 12 minutes, the teachers moved to another table for their next discussion. In all, the teachers were able to participate in five different discussions to explore some of the most pressing issues facing our students and staff.
For more information on the speed discussions, including a list of the facilitators and their questions and links to many of the handouts, please click on read more below.
Staff members all over the district, including Central Office and Technology, offered their expertise on the list of questions below. Any question marked with an asterisk has the resources shared by the facilitators available by clicking the question.
1. Larry Nelson - How can I use Essential Questions and Guiding Questions in my lessons?
2. Vincent Spallo - How can I use Socratic seminars in my classroom? *
3. Bryson Travis - How do I use “I go, We go, You go”?
4. Christy Harris - What does close reading look like? *
5. Sherie Renne - How I do encourage creativity in my students? *
6. Randy Barnes, Stacy Holtzclaw - How can Career Center students and your students join forces? *
7. Laura Christian - What are quick formative assessment tools and ideas? *
8. Wiley Mead - What type of “question type” do you find works best for your students on a level 2.0
9. Tony Harman - How do I develop 4.0 opportunities for students? *
10. Jessica Broadbent - How do I write student friendly learning goals?
11. Rita Linhart - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 1.2 (Primary)
12. Cheryl Hogan - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 1.2 (Secondary) *
13. Brandyn Harmon - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 4.1 (Primary) *
14. Keelie Stucker - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 4.1 (Secondary) *
15. Angela Bright - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 5.1 (Primary) *
16. John Newell - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 5.1 (Secondary) *
17. Christi Rice - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 7.4 (Primary) *
18. Stacie Syler - What is the difference between a 5, 6, & 7? Indicator 7.4 (Secondary) *
19. Dave Lawrence - How do I communicate with frustrated and/or angry parents? *
20. Chris Hubbuch - How do we encourage growth mindset in students? *
21. Marla Berry - How do I build relationships with and mentor students? *
22. Chris Lake - How do I diffuse student behavior? *
23. Molly Kuebler - How do I recognize bullying in my classroom?
24. Wayne Ball - What are digital communication dos and don’ts? *
25. Kathy Travis - How do I get students to understand digital rights? *
26. Julie Houck - How do I monitor my digital footprint?
27. Erin Oligschlaeger - What does school-wide Title 1 look like?
28. Liz Smith - What does Excelsior Springs Area Career Center look like?
29. Teresa Berry - How can I become involved in Adult Education? (Teaching & Learning)
30. Johna Sutton - How do I reflect on my teaching practices? *
31. Michelle Nebel - What resources can I use to continue to grow professionally? *
32. Tom Mayfield - How do I defend my classroom in a crisis?
33. Kaitlin Hartman - What does a flexible learning environment look like? Benefits?
Of course, we can't forget to thank Christy Harris for making the delicious cookies everyone enjoyed that afternoon or the MC for the speed discussions, Ben Rubey, who kept everything running smoothly and ended the day by handing out tons of amazing prizes!
Thank you to everyone who made this amazing day of learning possible for the staff of the Excelsior Springs School District. Over 50 people were involved in the planning, preparation, and execution of this day - that dedication is what makes ESSD a great place to work!
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.