Center for Excellence & Innovation

2018 Professional Development Workshops, Visit Days, & Consulting

February 15 | 3D Printing: For Real Learning [Grades 4-12]

3D Printing: For Real Learning
Thursday, February 15, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

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Professional Development Workshop for Classroom Teachers (Grades 4-12), Educational Technology Specialists, Librarians, Administrators, or anyone else interested in the possibilities of 3D printing.

3D Printers have been gaining in popularity in schools and are sometimes the central 'tool' that defines a school's makerspace. But how we do move this tool from cool gimmick to a tool for authentic learning experiences? This day has been crafted for the novice 3D printer enthusiast to the seasoned 3D printer leader. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants so the experience can be an interactive, hands on, growing experience.


I. Brief History and Evolution 3D Printing

II. What we've learned from students to spaces to support

III. Examples of projects and their evolution

IV. Nuts & Bolts: Software & Hardware

LUNCH

V. Time in the Design Studio

VI. Interactive observation of students in action

VII. Workshop impact: Action items & take aways

Workshop Facilitator: Chris Culp, Director of Technology

CONTEXT: Design and making have long been a part of Summit’s progressive education tradition. Design thinking is one of our school’s signature throughlines. We are the first school in the region to have a dedicated makerspace and have been developing our design program for over 15 years. This day has been crafted with the goal of sharing our unique integrated, personalized approach to helping students gain a sensitivity to the designed world by looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunities while also building the skills necessary for students to become independent designers.

.5 CEU's Available

Questions? Please email suzanne.davis@summitmail.org

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February 20 | Booking Binding Studio: Making & Publishing [Grades 4-12] FULL

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February 20 Workshop | Bookbinding

Making & Publishing
9am - 2pm
$99/person or $75/person for groups of 3 or more
Lunch & Supplies Included

JOIN US for a day that celebrates the book as an art form! During this hands-on workshop teachers will:
  • Create a custom journal with a paper marbled cover (that you create!)
  • Learn basic book stitching techniques
  • Receive resource and supply lists
  • Discuss ideas for ways to implement in your school


March 6 | Creating a Culture of Thinking [Grades K-12]

Creating a Culture of Thinking
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
$99 / individual or $75/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

We define “Cultures of Thinking” (CoT) as places where a group’s collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular, day-to-day experience of all group members. Drawing on previous research by Ron Ritchhart (2002), the CoT project focuses teachers’ attention on the eight cultural forces present in every group learning situation, which act as shapers of the group’s cultural dynamic and consist of language, time, environment, opportunities, routines, modeling, interactions, and expectations. As teachers strive to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms, they can use a variety of methods, including making time for thinking, developing and using a language of thinking, making the classroom environment rich with the documents of thinking processes, and making their own thinking visible, to name a few.

Thinking causes learning. In a world where Google provides students knowledge-level information instantly, how can teachers make thinking valuable and visible in their classrooms? This session will model the use of thinking routines - frameworks that uncover student thinking while serving as diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments. Take away resources, classroom examples, and 4-6 thinking routines that can be used with students tomorrow.

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March 8 | Coding: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey-Makey and more! [Grades 3-12]

March 9 (new date) | Reinventing Mathematics: Guided Challenges [Grades 3-12]

April 17 | Tinkering: Playful Inquiry [PreK-5]

April 19 | Bee Cause: Beekeeping 101 [Grades K-12]

April 26 | Mindfulness for Educators [Grades PreK-12]

Consultation Services & Offsite Workshops

The Center for Excellence & Innovation offers consultation services and off-site workshops offered by our teacher leaders and experts. Examples of past topics include:

  • Triad Academy | Summit School Merger- models, schedules, lessons learned
  • Mindfulness for Educators (2, 3, or 6 hour workshops)
  • Creating a Culture of Thinking (Typically a serious of 2 hour workshops)

Please contact us with questions about content and pricing.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE

Scholarship assistance for educators is offered for most Center for Excellence & Innovation events thanks to the help of philanthropic donors. Please reach out to Program Coordinator, Suzanne Davis - suzanne.davis@summitmail.org for inquiries.

Message from the Director

Dear Fellow Educator,

Summit School’s Center for Excellence & Innovation (CEI) was founded in 2012 with a mission to offer professional education workshops and conferences that use the latest research, science and best practices to develop the talents, skills and passion for teaching among faculty and administrators.

Located in Winston-Salem, NC on the campus of Summit School, the Center for Excellence & Innovation invites independent, public, parochial, and charter school educators who are committed to creating powerful learning experiences drawing on the research and ideas of leading educational thinkers and child development experts. Our workshops and conferences blend theory with practical application, including the opportunity for teachers to observe, network, and/or develop their craft.

Please take a moment to browse our workshops and conferences. We hope you'll find something that inspires you. See you soon!

Warmly,

Kristin Bennett

Director, Center for Excellence & Innovation


Email Dr. Kristin Bennett, Director

Past Workshops & Visit Days

February 8 | Introduction to Responsive Classroom


Thursday, February 8, 2018,
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$150 / individual or $100/ groups 3+ (lunch included

Professional Development Workshop for K- 8 Academic Leaders, Advisors, Guidance Counselors & Classroom Teachers!

In this one-day introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach you’ll learn how Responsive Classroom practices and strategies help teachers to foster positive community, integrate engaging academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior.

- Hear about the characteristics of teacher language that promote respectful, kind, and positive classroom communities
- Explore interactive modeling—a structure to introduce routines and procedures in a clear and concise way
- Participate in interactive learning structures you can use with your class to make lessons more engaging
- Examine how the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline can establish a calm, orderly, and safe environment for learning

You will also have an opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues, experience Responsive Classroom strategies as an adult learner, and see video of Responsive Classroom teachers implementing the strategies with students in grades K–8.

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November 16 | TeamBuilding & TeamPlay: Guiding Community and Connection


Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9am - 2:30pm
$150 / individual or $125/ groups 3+ (lunch included)


Professional Development Workshop for Academic Leaders, Advisors, Guidance Counselors & Classroom Teachers!

Please join teambuilding gurus Jim Cain and Claire Marie Hannon in a workshop that supplies participants with an amazing collection of activities that build unity, community & connection in active, engaging, memorable, effective and fun ways! Jim and Claire will begin the workshop with a discussion of the psychology of purposeful play and the stages of group development followed by a collection of group activities that are not only fun, but build valuable life skills, connection, trust, character, leadership, teamwork and more.

This workshop will be limited to 25 participants so that participants will have time to work with Jim and Claire on designing a set of purposeful experiences to bring back to school the very next day.

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Nov, Dec, Feb 2017-2018 | Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Training for Educators

Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Training for Educators & Community Members

Course: November 9 - 10, November 30 - December 1, February 1 -2, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (*February 22 is an inclement weather makeup day)

Seminar Evenings: February 21, February 28, March 14, April 18, May 2, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Course Description: An intensive 70 hour course for individuals with a bachelor’s degree, it is the fundamental course in learning the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. Participants will learn and gain an understanding of the structure of language and multisensory teaching.

Application is due by October 9, 2018. Applicants will be notified on a rolling admissions basis.

Public and Charter School Application

Community Member Application

Independent (non-public) School Application

November 6 | Early Childhood Summit

Early Childhood Summit

Monday, November 6, 2017, 9am - 2:30pm
$150 / individual or $125/ groups 3+ (lunch included)

"Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacy"

Educators, community members and parents are invited to join us for a day of explore perspectives in early childhood literacy. After an address by keynote speaker, Beth Moore, participants will attend sessions around topics including:

  • Connecting Spoken Language and Literacy
  • Supporting Gifted/Early Readers
  • Early Intervention Signs & Goalposts

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October 3 | William Van Cleave | Writing in the Content Areas

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Consultation Services & Offsite Workshops

The Center for Excellence & Innovation offers consultation services and off-site workshops offered by our teacher leaders and experts. Examples of past topics include:

  • Triad Academy | Summit School Merger- models, schedules, lessons learned
  • Mindfulness for Educators (2, 3, or 6 hour workshops)
  • Creating a Culture of Thinking (Typically a serious of 2 hour workshops)

Please contact us with questions about content and pricing.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE

Scholarship assistance for educators is offered for most Center for Excellence & Innovation events thanks to the help of philanthropic donors. Please reach out to Program Coordinator, Suzanne Davis - suzanne.davis@summitmail.org for inquiries.

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