ACSD Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Event
Building a World Class Education System for All ACSD Learners
August 21, 2019, 8:00-3:30, Middlebury Union High School
8:30 ACSD District Welcome and Keynote Address
11:30 ACEA Lunch
12:30 District Workshops
Note: Our afternoon includes specialized sessions for various groups of educators along with workshop options on the theme of Celebrating Learning Diversity. See details below.
Wednesday Keynote Address (August 21, 2019)
In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic
In this dance/theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read - which did not occur until her early twenties. Mixing vignettes woven in a creative and captivating format, the show and companion workshops are a platform to engage a wide variety of populations to experience disability, access and the value of the arts.
Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator. She creates original work merging storytelling, dance and visual art. Her artistic practice is inextricably linked to her role as an educator. Lida is dedicated to using the performing arts to move herself and others forward intellectually, developmentally, socially and spiritually. Lida has taught and performed nationally and internationally, including at Roger Williams University, Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico, National Dance Association Conference, Skidmore College and the Bates Dance Festival. Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont, with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. In 2016, she was honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award though the New England Foundation for the Arts, and in 2017, with commissioning partners The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Middlebury Performing Arts Series, The Yard, and Jacob’s Pillow, Lida received a National Performance Network Creation grant for her new work IMAGINARY.
Over the last decade, using her one show In Search of Air as a critical platform, Lida has taught educators how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool. She is an innovative leader in kinesthetic learning and emotional intelligence. As a performer and teaching artist, Lida travels the country as a Keynote Presenter/Performer addressing issues of education, disability, access, cognitive diversity, and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations in traditional and non-traditional settings, challenging who dances, who dance is for, and the impact that dance can have on learning and education. Lida is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Middlebury College. www.lidawinfield.com
Wednesday Afternoon Sessions
Check out pre-registrations here. This list will also be posted at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
If you did not pre-register for a workshop, you can sign up on lists posted at MUHS.
PreK-12 Special Educators and SLPs | 12:30-3:30, Opening Faculty Meeting, Location: 208 Charles Ave., Facilitator: Vicki Wells.
Early Childhood Educators (PreK, not SPED) | 12:30-3:30, Tier 2 Part 1: Intentional Teaching of Social Emotional Skills, Location: CSAC-109 at Catamount Park, Facilitator: Meg Baker.
K-6 Classroom Educators | 12:30-1:55 or 2:05-3:30, Using Data 1: FAST & SABRES focus on implementation of screeners, collecting baseline data, Location: MUHS Gym. Bring a laptop and headphones if you have them. There will be a laptop cart available. Facilitators: Jen Kravitz and Mike Lenox. K-6 classroom educators will a Celebrating Learning Diversity workshop in addition to this session. See workshop descriptions below. Pre-registration is now closed. Paper sign-up sheets will be provided at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
Librarians | 12:30-1:55, Digital Citizenship and Libraries as Hubs of Inquiry-Based Learning, Location: MUHS Library, Facilitators: Caitlin Steele and Will Hatch. Librarians will a Celebrating Learning Diversity workshop in addition to this session. See workshop descriptions below. Pre-registration is now closed. Paper sign-up sheets will be provided at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
ACSD Paraeducators | 12:30-3:30, Mandatory Trainings, Location: MUHS Learning Center (MUMS and MUHS paras), D-107 and D-108 (elementary paras), Facilitator: Gail Leach
MUMS Educators including school counselors | 12:30-1:55, MUMS Teaching & Learning Guide, Location: MUHS Commons, Facilitators: Sabrina Westdijk and Courtney Krahn. MUMS educators will a Celebrating Learning Diversity workshop in addition to this session. See workshop descriptions below. Pre-registration is now closed. Paper sign-up sheets will be provided at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
MUHS Educators including school counselors | 2:05-3:30, MUHS Teaching & Learning Guide, Location: MUHS Commons, Facilitators: Sabrina Westdijk and Cindy Atkins. MUHS educators will a Celebrating Learning Diversity workshop in addition to this session. See workshop descriptions below. Pre-registration is now closed. Paper sign-up sheets will be provided at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
Nurses | 12:30-3:30, Nurses will a Celebrating Learning Diversity workshop in addition to this session. See workshop descriptions below. Pre-registration is now closed. Paper sign-up sheets will be provided at MUHS on Wednesday morning.
Celebrating Learning Diversity: Engaging All Learners workshop options
Each of the workshop options below will run twice, 12:30-1:55 and 2:05-3:30. Use the Celebrating Learning Diversity form linked above to rank your top three choices. Participants will be registered in their top choices as space allows.
Transforming Learning through Arts Integration | Lida Winfield, Middlebury College (Location: MUHS Auditorium), for K-12 educators: As a professional performer, educator and practitioner of arts integration, Lida presents innovative approaches for hands-on learning by exploring sensory and kinesthetic experiences that enhance student development, celebrate teaching, and honor the whole person. Lida uses spoken word and dance to demonstrate different modalities to transform learning for students with and without disabilities. Capacity: 30 participants
Arts Integration Opportunities at Middlebury College | Shannon Bohler and Jason Vrooman, Middlebury College (Location: The Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College), for K-12 educators: Join Shannon Bohler (Arts Events Manager, Mahaney Arts Center) and Jason Vrooman, (Curator of Education, Middlebury College Museum of Art) for an introduction to visual and performing arts resources open to local educators. This session will include: A general overview of resources at Mahaney Arts Center open to teachers, including the Museum of Art and Performing Art Series; a preview of specific exhibitions and performances open to the public in the 2019-2020 school year (including In Search of Air, Lida Winfield’s autobiographical performance about learning to read as an adult, and Votes… for Women?, a museum exhibition about the fight for women’s suffrage); demonstration of a “See-Think-Wonder” conversation (a discussion technique useful for starting investigations within many subjects.) Capacity: 20 participants
Empowering Students to Drive Their Own Learning | Bruce Perlow, UP for Learning (Location: MUHS Choir Room), for upper elementary, middle, and high school educators (grades 3-12): When students understand how to be effective learners, they become competent and confident in driving their learning. Empowering students with this knowledge is essential to their capacity to personalize their learning and successfully navigate a proficiency-based assessment system. This results in students who fully share both ownership and responsibility for their learning. In this workshop, we will explore how to share several core concepts of the science of learning with your students and reflect on how these can also inform your classroom pedagogy. Participate in learning about neuroplasticity as the basis for a growth mindset; weaving metacognition throughout learning; a simple and visual model of how the brain processes information, and; six effective brain-based learning strategies. Capacity: 30 participants
Understanding Sexual and Gender Diversity: Increasing Inclusion for LGBTQ+ Students | Renee Wells, Middlebury College (Location: MUHS Band Room), for middle and high school educators: This workshop provides an overview of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, including identity terms commonly used by students in the LGBTQ+ community, barriers commonly faced by LGBTQ+ students inside and outside of the classroom, and ways teachers can provide a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students. Capacity: 40 participants
Supporting English Learners and Culturally Diverse Learners | Kate Wolff and KC Carr, Addison Central School District (Location: MUHS E-106), for K-12 educators: This presentation focuses on identifying English Learner (EL) and Culturally Diverse Learner (CDL) student strengths and connecting them to instructional practices. We will discuss what academic language looks like across the curriculum and focus on techniques to increase academic language proficiency. Capacity: 20 participants