Center for Excellence & Innovation

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences, & Visit Days

February 15 | William Van Cleave | Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills

Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students Grades K-12
Wednesday, February 15, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

One-day Workshop (Feb. 15): $250 or $200/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Two-day Workshop (Feb. 15-16): $350 or $250/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Register for this event


More often than not, students struggle at the sentence level far more than they struggle at the paragraph level; teachers ignore this fact if they move directly to practicing prompts for assessments. This workshop will first examine the cognitive demands placed on the struggling writer. Then it will focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences. They will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested.

February 16 | William Van Cleave | Writing with a Purpose

Writing with a Purpose: Building Foundational Paragraph Skills & Writing Argument, Narrative, and Informative Text (K-12)

Thursday, February 16, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

One-day Workshop (Feb. 16): $250 or $200/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Two-day Workshop (Feb. 15-16): $350 or $250/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT


In order to succeed in coursework as well as various state and national assessments, students must have an understanding of basic and expanded paragraphs. Participants in this workshop will learn a structured, sequential approach to teaching the basic and expanded paragraph, including idea generation, categorization, and writing topic, supporting, and concluding sentences as well as transitions. Then, they will spend time with each of the major genres, examining useful templates, exploring hands-on strategies for instruction, and practicing with each concept introduced. Participants will leave with skills they can use the very next day in their classrooms.

March 10 | Understanding Dyslexia for Pediatricians

Friday, March 10

11:30am - 12:30pm

Dining Hall Meeting Room

Pediatricians will experience Summit School, and discuss dyslexia with Triad Academy Director, Carrie Malloy, and other Triad teaching faculty.

March 15 | Divergent Thinking Summit + March 16 | Design Visit Day (optional)

Hosted by Summit School in partnership with NCAIS


Divergent Thinking Summit | March 15, 2017 | 8:30am - 2:30pm

Member School - $125 for single registrations, $99 for groups of three or more (includes lunch)

Non-Member School - $150 for single registrations (includes lunch)

Design Visit Day | March 16, 2017 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

$50 for Divergent Thinking Summit participants (includes lunch)

$99 for single day participants (includes lunch)

Click to Register

Conference participants will engage in conversations, simulations, and a hands-on idea exchange around creating a culture of thinking that fosters innovation, creativity, and design thinking in students and educators. Those who attend will discuss ways to design and sustain engaging, enriching, and rigorous learning opportunities in classrooms and designated maker spaces. Keynote Address by Mark Church - co-author of Making Thinking Visible & Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Consultant.

Conference Themes

AMPLIFYING DESIGN THINKING

Projects, curriculum and current practice in design thinking, making, tinkering, coding

REINVENTING MATHEMATICS

Innovative, authentic and motivating mathematical thinking practices that can be applied at any level

STUDIO THINKING IN THE ARTS

Creating and designing in the visual & performing arts, choice-based art, process and improvisation in theatre

CREATING A CULTURE OF THINKING

Strategies on creating a culture where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted

UNLOCKING CREATIVITY THROUGH TINKERING

Ideas for preparing an environment that invites whim, imagination and curiosity

April 20 | Mindfulness for Educators, Part II

Mindfulness for Educators: Part II

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9am - 2:30pm
$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

Workshop participants will dive more deeply into the possibilities for mindful practices to channel student attention to productive tasks, to sustain motivation when work becomes demanding, and to handle frustrations of sharing, learning, and communicating. Participants will add to their repertoire of easy-to-implement mindfulness practices and discover more resources.

*Workshop will be led by Dr. Kristin R. Bennett, Director of the CEI.

CLICK TO REGISTER

April 21 | Dance PL3Y: Teaching Dance for Understanding

TEACHING DANCE FOR UNDERSTANDING – TEACHING DANCE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Teaching Dance for Understanding (TDfU) offers educators a simple framework and activities that optimize student engagement, physical activity, positive thinking, group work, and creative thinking skills. This active learning workshop goes through the 6 Phases of the TDfU framework where educators learn how to implement engaging, relevant and physically-active plans and units. Participants will explore a variety of dance genres (Hip Hop, African, Bollywood, Tango etc.) and learn how to lead simple dances using an interACTIVE class style. Teachers will also gain an understanding of different ways to assess outcomes for National and State Standards in Physical Education and Dance.

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April 22 - 23 | DancePL3Y Kids

DANCEPL3Y KIDS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE

DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is a high-energy, mixed-style program where kids ages 6-12 can develop fundamental movement skills as they “play” with fitness and dance. Our award-winning classes inspire students to claim their “Bubble of Awesome” as they get interACTIVE with others. Watch confidence and competence grow as students bust a move to simple combos inspired by Hip Hop, Club/House, Jazz, African, Latin, Old Skool, and other world music genres. Forget 5-6-7-8, left foot/right foot – there are only 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself. For more visit www.dancepl3y.com

Click here to register

2016-2017 Workshops, Conferences, & Visit Days

Nov, Jan, Mar 2016-2017 | Orton-Gillingham Associate level training for Educators

Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Training for Educators & Community Members

November 16, 17, 18
January 18, 19, 20
March 1, 2, 3 (March 3rd is an inclement weather makeup day)

An intensive 70 hour course over eight sessions for individuals with a bachelor's degree, it is the fundamental course in learning the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching.

The application deadline for our Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Associate Level Orton-Gillingham training has closed. If you would like to be added to our interest list for future Orton-Gillingham trainings, please click here.

November 3 | Early Childhood Summit

Early Childhood Summit

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9am - 2:30pm
$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

Educators, community members and parents are invited to join us for a day of exploring big ideas in early childhood education. After a keynote address by Jennifer (Adams) Dock '86, founder and executive directors of The Little School, participants will tour Summit's early childhood spaces and attend several sessions around:

  • Preparing the environment
  • Pedagogy of Play / Tinkering
  • Literacy & Book selection
  • Museums as Partners
  • How to behave & why

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November 15 | Mindfulness for Educators, Part I

Mindfulness for Educators: Part I

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9am - 3pm

$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

Studies demonstrate the power of mindfulness training in schools to improve executive functioning, reducing stress, anxiety and aggression. Practicing mindfulness - committing fully in each moment to be present; with the intention to embody calmness and equanimity- offers a way to cultivate that awareness. Workshop participants will engage in several mindfulness practices, learn about the neuroscience behind ‘brain downtime’ and will take away easy-to-implement strategies.

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January 26 | Responsive Classroom Sampler

Responsive Classroom Sampler

Thursday, January 26th, 9am - 3pm
$150 individual or $100/each for groups 3+ (includes lunch)


Learn how the Responsive Classroom approach boosts children’s social and academic skills while reducing behavior problems. In this one-day workshop participants will:

  • Participate in Morning Meeting
  • Explore foundational ideas
  • See practices in action
  • Investigate the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline
  • Gather practical tips to try in your classroom right away

Registration will open October 31st. Please email Meredith Elrod with questions, or to be placed on our email list which will notify you when registration opens.

February 15 | William Van Cleave | Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills

Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students Grades K-12
Wednesday, February 15, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

One-day Workshop (Feb. 15): $250 or $200/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Two-day Workshop (Feb. 15-16): $350 or $250/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Register for this event


More often than not, students struggle at the sentence level far more than they struggle at the paragraph level; teachers ignore this fact if they move directly to practicing prompts for assessments. This workshop will first examine the cognitive demands placed on the struggling writer. Then it will focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences. They will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested.

February 16 | William Van Cleave | Writing with a Purpose

Writing with a Purpose: Building Foundational Paragraph Skills & Writing Argument, Narrative, and Informative Text (K-12)

Thursday, February 16, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

One-day Workshop (Feb. 16): $250 or $200/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Two-day Workshop (Feb. 15-16): $350 or $250/person for group 3+ (includes lunch)

Register for this event


In order to succeed in coursework as well as various state and national assessments, students must have an understanding of basic and expanded paragraphs. Participants in this workshop will learn a structured, sequential approach to teaching the basic and expanded paragraph, including idea generation, categorization, and writing topic, supporting, and concluding sentences as well as transitions. Then, they will spend time with each of the major genres, examining useful templates, exploring hands-on strategies for instruction, and practicing with each concept introduced. Participants will leave with skills they can use the very next day in their classrooms.

March 10 | Understanding Dyslexia for Pediatricians

Friday, March 10

11:30am - 12:30pm

Dining Hall Meeting Room

Pediatricians will experience Summit School, and discuss dyslexia with Triad Academy Director, Carrie Malloy, and other Triad teaching faculty.

March 15 | Divergent Thinking Summit + March 16 | Design Visit Day (optional)

Hosted by Summit School in partnership with NCAIS


Divergent Thinking Summit | March 15, 2017 | 8:30am - 2:30pm

Member School - $125 for single registrations, $99 for groups of three or more (includes lunch)

Non-Member School - $150 for single registrations (includes lunch)

Design Visit Day | March 16, 2017 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

$50 for Divergent Thinking Summit participants (includes lunch)

$99 for single day participants (includes lunch)

CLICK TO REGISTER

Conference participants will engage in conversations, simulations, and a hands-on idea exchange around creating a culture of thinking that fosters innovation, creativity, and design thinking in students and educators. Those who attend will discuss ways to design and sustain engaging, enriching, and rigorous learning opportunities in classrooms and designated maker spaces. Keynote Address by Mark Church - co-author of Making Thinking Visible & Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Consultant.

Conference Themes

AMPLIFYING DESIGN THINKING

Projects, curriculum and current practice in design thinking, making, tinkering, coding

REINVENTING MATHEMATICS

Innovative, authentic and motivating mathematical thinking practices that can be applied at any level

STUDIO THINKING IN THE ARTS

Creating and designing in the visual & performing arts, choice-based art, process and improvisation in theatre

CREATING A CULTURE OF THINKING

Strategies on creating a culture where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted

UNLOCKING CREATIVITY THROUGH TINKERING

Ideas for preparing an environment that invites whim, imagination and curiosity

April 20 | Mindfulness for Educators, Part II

Mindfulness for Educators: Part II

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9am - 2:30pm
$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

Workshop participants will dive more deeply into the possibilities for mindful practices to channel student attention to productive tasks, to sustain motivation when work becomes demanding, and to handle frustrations of sharing, learning, and communicating. Participants will add to their repertoire of easy-to-implement mindfulness practices and discover more resources.

*Workshop will be led by Dr. Kristin R. Bennett, Director of the CEI.

CLICK TO REGISTER

April 21 | Dance PL3Y: Teaching Dance for Understanding

TEACHING DANCE FOR UNDERSTANDING – TEACHING DANCE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Teaching Dance for Understanding (TDfU) offers educators a simple framework and activities that optimize student engagement, physical activity, positive thinking, group work, and creative thinking skills. This active learning workshop goes through the 6 Phases of the TDfU framework where educators learn how to implement engaging, relevant and physically-active plans and units. Participants will explore a variety of dance genres (Hip Hop, African, Bollywood, Tango etc.) and learn how to lead simple dances using an interACTIVE class style. Teachers will also gain an understanding of different ways to assess outcomes for National and State Standards in Physical Education and Dance.

click here to register

April 22 - 23 | DancePL3Y Kids

DANCEPL3Y KIDS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE

DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is a high-energy, mixed-style program where kids ages 6-12 can develop fundamental movement skills as they “play” with fitness and dance. Our award-winning classes inspire students to claim their “Bubble of Awesome” as they get interACTIVE with others. Watch confidence and competence grow as students bust a move to simple combos inspired by Hip Hop, Club/House, Jazz, African, Latin, Old Skool, and other world music genres. Forget 5-6-7-8, left foot/right foot – there are only 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself. For more visit www.dancepl3y.com

Click here to register

Mission Statement

As lifelong learners who shape the future of education, Summit faculty and staff have a rich history as talented, generous, leadership-oriented experts in their fields. We enthusiastically meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of a high-achieving and diverse population of learners.

The Center for Excellence and Innovation pursues partnerships with mission-aligned organizations, institutions and schools. Through these collaborations, the CEI is deeply committed to providing, engaging in, and refining the passionate and innovative learning that develops faculty, administrators and staff.

Focusing on current research, science, and best practices, the professionals at Summit School continue to advance schoolwide professional development goals. The purpose of the CEI is to:

  • Engage in rigorous, collaborative, and structured professional learning, including curriculum development and the identification of best practices in all grade levels and disciplines.
  • Develop leadership opportunities for faculty and staff.
  • Mentor and train faculty new to the profession.
  • Provide year-round workshops, conferences, and seminars to promote professional development and to provide opportunities for faculty to develop their Professional Learning Community goals.
  • Cultivate Summit’s membership in local, regional and national organizations as a source of professional development for teachers and administrators.

Email Dr. Kristin Bennett, Director of CEI

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