Summer 2022 Learning Opportunities

Algebra I Teaching & Learning

Algebra I Teaching & Learning Cohort
Join fellow Algebra 1 teachers across Central Ohio for a series of sessions to plan Algebra I curriculum throughout the year. Have a chance to brainstorm with your peers, learn best instructional practices, and understand Algebraic concepts on a deeper level.

One-on-One Mathematics and Literacy Instructional Support (Grades 6-12) Summer Office Hours
Do you need help with lesson or unit planning? Curious about standards-alignment in your current lesson plans? Need a thought partner to explore a topic in your discipline or to think through a student profile? Mathematics specialist Matt Fannon and Literacy specialist Rachel Lang Daniels offers cost-free, open office hours for collaboration with teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Behavioral Health Supports

Crisis Prevention & Intervention Training

Registration coming soon

Implementing Restorative Practices
Join us for a FREE Restorative Practice professional learning opportunity. This one-day session is designed for the Restorative Beginner and the Restorative Intermediate District/School teams. The teams will work with IIRP trained Restorative facilitators to align the framework to the district Mission and Vision through the MTSS lens.

Diverse Learner Supports

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth
Examine statistics related to discrimination within schools and risks that LGBTQ+ youth face on a day-to-day basis, then discuss ways that we can improve school climate through various strategies from simple word choice to school/district/organizational policy change.

Dyslexia Supports

Intro to Orton-Gillingham Approach: Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Dyslexia 
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a structured, systematic, multisensory, and diagnostic-prescriptive approach for the teaching of language skills (including reading, spelling, and handwriting) for students with dyslexia. This 10-day course will prepare educators to successfully implement high quality reading instruction that aligns with the science of reading. Course topics will include the characteristics and needs of students with dyslexia, the critical structures of English that must be addressed by instruction, and the design, implementation and evaluation of effective individual lesson plans. This 60-hour introductory course will provide participants with an introduction to the basics of the Orton-Gillingham approach. Completion of this course and a supervised practicum (to be contracted individually with instructors, cost not included) prepares participants for the associate level of Orton-Gillingham Academy application process for certification.
June 20 - July 1 | Learn more and register

English Learners Support

Best Practices for Supporting English Learners in the General Education Classroom
The workshop equips content and general education teachers with research-based instructional techniques that address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs or ELs) and other diverse populations in content or general education classes. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of working effectively with English Learners by developing a differentiated lesson or unit plan. This session provides the opportunity to learn ways to plan and deliver lessons that allow English Learners to access content standards as they develop their English proficiency.

Game-Based Learning Initiative

Heroes League Game-Based Learning
Schools have the opportunity to receive unlimited student access to the Heroes League platform (free licenses) and or receive training for interested teachers wanting to learn more about game-based learning and "Skills Coaching." Canal Winchester Local School District's Winchester Trail Elementary School has since introduced the game to over 300 students, using it to build character, creativity, teamwork, problem solving strategies and many other skills critical to academic, social, and economic success.  

Gifted Instruction & Supports

Gifted Courses (virtual & asynchronous)
The ESC has developed online gifted courses that will provide the required 15 hours educators who serve gifted students need for the school year. Each course has been developed to focus on a variety of gifted and talented topics that will expand your knowledge and meet the learning needs of gifted students in your classroom.
June 1 - August 31 | Learn more and register

Gifted Institute
Our presenter will be Lisa Van Gemert, nationally renowned GiftedGuru. Lisa is a "giftedland” native who has vast experience as a gifted educator, parent of gifted children, and a gifted individual herself. Lisa will share her knowledge and experience with participants over two days, with participants having the option to select either one day or two-day gifted education professional development.
June 6  - Day 1 Creativity and Instructional Strategies | Learn more and register
June 7 - Day 2 Social & Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student | 
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Grow Your Instructional Practice

Balance with Blended Learning Book Study (virtual)
In this self-paced, online book study based on Catlin Tucker's book, Balance with Blended Learning, you will explore the practical and concrete strategies that she has used over the past decade to rethink the roles, responsibilities, and workflow in her own classroom.
June 6 - July 16 | Learn more and register

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom Book Study
In this self-paced, online book study based on Warren Berger and Elise Foster's book, Beautiful Questions in the Classroom: Transforming Classrooms Into Cultures of Curiosity and Inquiry, you will explore the importance of questioning and how inquiry leads to learning, innovation, and personal growth. You will also learn strategies to inspire bigger, more beautiful student questions and techniques to help educators ask more beautiful questions. Throughout your study of the book, you will be provided with real-world examples, case studies, practical ideas, and question stems. Discover how to ask bigger, more beautiful questions and how to develop a powerful teaching approach that creates a classroom full of student driven inquiry.
July 25 - September 5 | Learn more and register

Learning and Thinking that Make a Difference (LTMD) Conference
A one-day conference designed by Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Featured presenters include Mark Church and Tina Blythe. The Learning and Thinking that Make a Difference (LTMD) conference is a one-day, exciting plunge into inspiring ideas and practical tools developed at Harvard’s Project Zero and aimed at engaging students in the deep learning and thinking they need to do in order to succeed in and out of school, both now and in the future. This in-person learning experience is designed for educators working at all grade levels (pre-K through 12), across subjects and disciplines, and in formal and informal educational contexts. Join us to explore PZ ideas with direct, practical, and powerful applications in your classroom and other settings!

One-on-One Mathematics and Literacy Instructional Support (Grades 6-12) Summer Office Hours
Do you need help with lesson or unit planning? Curious about standards-alignment in your current lesson plans? Need a thought partner to explore a topic in your discipline or to think through a student profile? Mathematics specialist Matt Fannon and Literacy specialist Rachel Lang Daniels offers cost-free, open office hours for collaboration with teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Summer Institute for Authentic Learning & Leadership (with Partnerships for Authentic Learning & Leadership)
Bring a team and join us for two inspiring days filled with hope, creativity, collaboration, and innovation. This conference will stimulate your thinking and feed your soul. You’ll be engaged in opportunities to envision authentic learning, be inspired by the work of others, personally experience authentic instructional strategies, and reflect on “lessons learned” and commit to next steps. Most importantly, you’ll find ways to help students connect intellectually and emotionally with their own learning.

Instructional Technology

Google Level 1 Certification
Before taking the Level 1 exam, you should feel comfortable using Google Workspace and Google Classroom. This course covers the basics of Google Workspace and exposes you to everything you need to prep for the Google Level 1 certification test.

LETS GO-OH Summer Symposium
 LETS GO-OH created the Summer Symposium in 2019 to bring together educators and district staff using Apple devices in K-12 school districts. Designed for teachers, instructional and technology coaches, and technical support staff, the symposium provides an opportunity for attendees to engage in hands-on learning, collaborate, and network with other Apple users. Attendees will leave the event with proven strategies for integrating Apple-based technology in instruction.

Makey Makey
Learn how combining a "Maker Mindset" and the Design Thinking Process to make your classroom technology more accessible to all. In this session, we will learn how to make buttons and switches and connect them to your device using the Makey Makey controller.

Leadership Development

Department Chair Leadership Training
Department Chairs serve a variety of leadership roles within a high school.  This two-day leadership series will offer an opportunity for these informal leaders to reflect and build on their leadership skills in order to make an impact on the teaching and learning for students within their content area.

Summer Institute for Authentic Learning & Leadership (with Partnerships for Authentic Learning & Leadership)
Bring a team and join us for two inspiring days filled with hope, creativity, collaboration, and innovation. This conference will stimulate your thinking and feed your soul. You’ll be engaged in opportunities to envision authentic learning, be inspired by the work of others, personally experience authentic instructional strategies, and reflect on “lessons learned” and commit to next steps. Most importantly, you’ll find ways to help students connect intellectually and emotionally with their own learning.

Literacy Institute

Summer Literacy Institute
The one-day Summer Literacy Institute aims to bring high-quality professional learning to Central Ohio. Join fellow educators as we consider current topics and trends around literacy. Keynote presentations with Dr. Sara Kajder and Ernest Morrell in addition to breakout sessions with Wiley Blevins, Dr. Josh Lawrence, Stella Villalba, Franki Sibberson and other literacy experts. The slate of learning covers the K-12 language and literacy continuum. Please note that the ESC of Central Ohio has waived all costs for summer professional learning in 2022 and will provide a boxed lunch. Plan to join us at Groveport High School for this engaging day of collaboration and learning.

One-on-One Mathematics and Literacy Instructional Support (Grades 6-12) Summer Office Hours
Do you need help with lesson or unit planning? Curious about standards-alignment in your current lesson plans? Need a thought partner to explore a topic in your discipline or to think through a student profile? Mathematics specialist Matt Fannon and Literacy specialist Rachel Lang Daniels offers cost-free, open office hours for collaboration with teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Special Education Training

STACK Institute
The ESC, in collaboration with its partners at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), have developed a comprehensive, interactive training designed to give professionals instruction to enhance their ability to plan for and serve students with autism spectrum disorders. The workshop topics include characteristics of individuals with autism, structured teaching fundamentals, classroom design and management, work systems, visual supports, student schedules, strategies for effective use of classroom staff, and observation of our student summer STACK program.
June 28 - July 1 | Learn more and register