Professional Development Opportunities

2018-2019

Below is a list of courses for the Teacher Series. Click here to return to the Teacher Series.

NOTE: All Teachers and Directors are welcome to attend any training at any location.

Advanced Methods of Teaching CTE

Course Description:

This Course will support teachers’ continuing development as outstanding teachers for CTE programs by examining their personal educational philosophy, instructional design, and methodology. Three major components comprise the course:

  1. Examining Beliefs About Learning – developing your own personal philosophy about learning,
  2. Motivating Adolescent Learners – designing a classroom that is especially effective for high school students, and
  3. Ring of Fire – active participation strategies to use every day in your classroom. Instruction models active participation strategies and major components that are especially effective with adolescents. Each participant will receive their own “Ring of Fire” to utilize in their classroom.

ADE Credit Available | Depending on location, homework may be required

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Classroom Management

Course Description:

In this course, teachers will enhance classroom management skills by developing procedures and routines that are perfect for YOUR situation.  In this course, we will take a deep look at the philosophy of “Discipline with Dignity” and develop classroom rules and consequences.  Participants will be empowered to create an atmosphere which is conducive to learning and high expectations. All of this is based on the belief that excellent classroom management is built on the foundation of well-planned, relevant and engaging lessons.

ADE Credit Available | Depending on location, homework may be required

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CTE Essentials

Course Description:

The CTE Delivery Model is THE premier educational system for all students. CTE Essentials will give you an overview of each of the four components of this outstanding model, and allow you time to process how you can incorporate each element into all of your instructional units as you plan your program’s calendar. It will also provide some insight into the many roles a CTE teacher plays in the course of any school day, where to find support to meet those expectations, and how to transition between each of them. CTE Essentials is truly a must have course for the teacher who is looking to build a strong program for students.

Note: ADE credit with successful completion of required homework.

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CTE Program Management

Course Description:

What constitutes an “approved program”?  Come and learn in depth what is required to ensure that your program is in compliance and eligible to receive Federal, State and JTED funding.  You will leave with the skills needed to manage the many facets of running a premier CTE program including: purchasing, collection of data, reports, advisory committees, work-based learning, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO),  end of program assessments, attracting and retaining non-traditional students and more.  You will develop a 3-year implementation plan for your own CTE Program to be a premier program!

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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CTSO Advisor Toolbox

Course Description:

This workshop is designed to help Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) advisers get a handle on managing a CTSO.  During this workshop advisers will discuss how to manage a CTSO, how to integrate a CTSO effectively in the curriculum, related legal and ethical issues, conducting awards recognition functions and more.  Advisers will also be acquainted with CTSO resources.

ADE Credit Available

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CTSO New Advisor Training

Course Description:

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) will take your CTE Program to the next level. Teachers that have strong student organizations love the benefits of having students involved in them. Students become leaders, take ownership in their CTE Program, increase their technical knowledge and skill through completion, and make friends.

Skills USA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Health Occupation Students Association (HOSA), Distribute Education Club of America (DECA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Educators Rising are the seven approved CTSO’s in Arizona.

Come and learn about the CTSO that YOU will be advising! This is a very practical, hands-on course that provides the information, guidance and time you need to start a chapter and met the requirements for having a chapter. Come ready to work! By the end of the course you will breathe a big sigh of relief as you will feel empowered to get your chapter up and running.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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CTSO Officer Training

Course Description:

This is a one-day, stand-alone training designed for CTSO officer teams and advisers. This workshop will cover a variety of topics including conducting effective meetings, officer duties, events management, and developing a Program of Work. Participating teams willr eceive lunch, notebooks, jump drives and a gavel.

Duration: 1 day + homework assignment

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Effective Classroom Teaching

Course Description:

Would you like to improve your classroom delivery? This course will focus on the six basic components of a lesson and how to effectively deliver the lesson. During the class a demonstration lesson will be taught by the participant and observed by a coach. The coach will guide the teacher by debriefing the lesson and assisting the teacher in setting future goals.  Each participant will have planning time, teach a lesson and have the opportunity to be coached. Join us for a safe place to hone your skills.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Effective Demonstrations

Course Description:

Whether in a welding lab or a bioscience lab, effective demonstrations are crucial.  If done correctly every student can successfully perform the new skill with little or no frustration, without wasted materials, and attain proficiency in a way that will ensure the whole class progresses at an appropriate pace.  This is a real career extender!  When you are successful in the lab, and the students are successful in the lab, teaching can be very rewarding.   An added bonus is that students complete the new skill in a safe environment.  Come and learn this four-part demonstration method.

Duration: 2 days plus self-evaluation of demonstration lesson

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Formative Assessments for CTE Programs

Course Description:

This class will give you an opportunity to look at the big picture of formative assessments. Topics include the role and types of assessments, the process to develop an objective assessment as well as criteria for crafting quality multiple choice items. You will learn the skills needed to create objective assessment items using a process that mirrors the development of items for the Arizona CTE Technical Skill Assessments. You will develop an understanding of how to assess student skills in relation to standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy levels that require application of concepts and critical thinking. In addition to learning about assessment development, you will create formative assessment items for use with students in your CTE program and others in the CTE community. You will be empowered to implement concepts immediately in your classroom.

Note: There is a homework associated with this class if you wish to earn (1) ADE Credit.

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Grading and Assessment

Course Description:

Assessing and grading are two different actions. Learn a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques. A major focus is how to assess student work using rubrics.  This class will help you create a clear grading policy and develop a variety of ways to assess student learning.

How should students in CTE be assessed? How do we set up a fair grading system for both teachers and students?  Learn about the wide variety of options that address both of these issues to help you develop both your own philosophy for grading as well as effective strategies for multiple ways to assess student learning and progress. You will also leave with a greater understanding of how to align testing and evaluation to your course outcomes and grading policies that will increase effective feedback for students.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Instructional Best Practices

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the design and use of CTE curriculum. In this highly engaging course teachers will focus on the design and delivery of relevant and engaging lessons.  Special emphasis is placed on active participation strategies, a strong introduction to each lesson, clear and appropriate objective(s), a variety of ways to meet the objective(s), and closure to assess learning.  These strategies will be woven across the entire workshop. All participants whose districts are members of the AZ CTE Curriculum Consortium and who complete both days of this workshop will receive password-protected access to the AZCTE Curriculum Consortium with its 3500+ bank of outstanding lesson plans for more than 20 CTE courses written by Arizona CTE teachers. This course is excellent for every teacher.  Ace your next evaluation!

ADE Credit Available | Duration: 2 days, no homework

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Laboratory Safety and Management

Course Description:

Are you ready for students in the lab?  This workshop is designed to help participants develop a laboratory improvement plan including management, clean-up procedures, safety procedures, and meeting monitoring agency mandates. Join us as we identify a variety of practical steps you can take to ensure that your students are safe in the laboratory and that you are protected. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their CTE labs and develop a management system for their CTE labs. You will also be treated to a variety of techniques to enable you to manage your lab effectively and efficiently.   Additionally, you will gain new skills needed to utilize a proven methodology of teaching in the lab or shop.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Lesson Plan Writing

Course Description:

This class will show you how to build a lesson plan with all the needed components for student success.

Wouldn’t you love to learn to write lessons that allow you to walk into your classroom each day feeling fully prepared? This class will help you with that goal.  Each teacher will complete a task analysis for one or more measurement criteria, determine the number of lessons to be written for the unit of instruction and write the first lesson in the unit.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Performance Literacy

Course Description:

Performance Literacy is the partner class for Technical Reading.  This second course allows teachers to gain a deeper understanding of writing and speaking standards, identify how they currently use them in their programs, and determine specific steps they can take to increase their use of these standards as well as their students’ success with them.  The technical literacy standards are skill-driven and a perfect fit for our CTE programs’ focus on career AND college readiness as our students complete their programs.

Prerequisite: Completion of Technical Reading course to receive (1) ADE Credit.

This course will help teachers use CCRS writing and speaking skills to more effectively prepare CTE students for work-based learning and CTSO competitions.

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Professional Knowledge Assessment Course

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of standards and material covered on the AEPA Professional Knowledge Assessment (Secondary). Participants will engage in discussion and application activities in regard to student development and learning, assessment, instruction, the learning environment, and the professional environment.

Note: There is a homework associated with this class if you wish to earn (1) ADE Credit.

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Rubrics to Increase Student Success

Course Description:

CTE courses are driven by student-created projects. Rubrics are an evaluation tool that can increase the quality of those student projects while simultaneously giving the teacher a quicker, fairer way to assess their quality. Come to this workshop with one or two student projects that you would like to assess more easily, and you will leave with an excellent rubric that you personalized for your classroom and the confidence and skills to create additional rubrics for the other student projects in your curriculum.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Scope & Sequence

Course Description:

This class will allow you to prioritize and organize your program’s curriculum for the school year.  This is a two-day class.

This class will give you an opportunity to look at the big picture of your program and design it in a way that makes sense.  During this class, you will look at all the standards required to prepare your students to enter the field, and begin by deciding the order you will teach each unit of instruction.  You will also wrestle with the depth and breadth of instruction for each standard you’ve been tasked with teaching.  The final product?  A scope and sequence that is custom made by you for you.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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School-Based Enterprises

Course Description:

This course is designed to help participants successfully develop and manage a school-based enterprise. Participants will analyze the key components of school-based enterprises and differentiate such from other forms of work-based learning. Participants will also identify the key elements necessary for planning and implementing a school-based enterprise. Finally, participants will develop a business plan for their proposed enterprise.

Participants who participate in the course and who complete one follow-up assignments will have the opportunity to earn 15 CEU hours approved by ADE to be used for moving from provisional to standard CTE certificate or for recertification hours.

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Serving Exceptional Students in CTE

Course Description:

This one-day course is designed to provide CTE educators and other interested parties with a broad understanding of special education. During the course of this interactive workshop, we will cover a range of topics include special education law, modifications, accommodations, interventions, supports, the special education process, the Response to Intervention process and more.  Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to serve exceptional students enrolled in CTE courses more effectively.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Strategic Planning

Course Description:

We all know that truly great CTE programs are the result of stellar planning. Plan for success, enroll in the Strategic Planning course. You’ll learn how leaders develop compelling plans and execute those plans in a way that empowers all involved.

This course is designed to help participants develop a strategic/tactical plan for their CTE program.  Participants will learn the strategic planning process and apply that knowledge to the development of a plan for their program.

Note: Participants who attend the one day training and complete the assigned homework will earn one Arizona Department of Education (ADE) credit.

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Structured English Immersion (SEI)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to aid the teaching of Academic Career and Technical Education for (CTE) 9-12 educators with structured English immersion professional development in the areas of: ELL Proficiency Standards, Assessment (ELL data analysis and application, formal and informal), SEI Foundations, Learning Experiences: SEI Strategies, and Parent/Home School Scaffolding. Participants will receive extensive professional development from well-defined curriculum that consists of thirty hours of information and discussion sessions accompanied with fifteen hours of practicum corresponding to the application and transfer of the professional development session topics. Numerous opportunities for interaction, peer collaboration in highly meaningful, engaging, relevant, and thought provoking learning environment will be the platform for this professional development experience. Participants will receive forty-five clock hours of SEI content area professional development, and will satisfy the requirements for the Full SEI Endorsement for Arizona Teacher Certification.

Note: ADE Certificate will be issued at the completion of the course.

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Technical Reading

Course Description:

Your CTE classroom truly is the key to meaningful application of the current career and college readiness standards. This workshop will give you specific examples where Arizona’s College and Career Readiness standards for technical reading already exist in your CTE program. It will also provide opportunities for you to incorporate additional standards into your lessons, AND give you strategies to use to increase your students’ ability to read difficult technical information more effectively. Bring your textbook or a couple of industry journal articles to use for building close reading lessons to take back to your classroom the very next day. Come find out why CTE really is a powerful driver for creating literate employees for our 21st century workforce.

Note:  This is the Pre-requisite course to Performance Literacy.  You must complete both courses to receive (1) ADE Credit.

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Technical Skills Assessments

Course Description:

Student Success on the Technical Skills Assessment Matters! Your school earns A-F points for students who complete a CTE program and pass the TSA.  Our State Legislature now looks to TSA scores to determine if CTE programs should be funded.  Successfully passing the TSA builds student’s confidence to enter their chosen profession.  Having students successfully pass the TSA will make you a rock star in the eyes of administrators and business partners! Teachers work with peers in same CTE Program area to create all of the materials needed for a fun, intense, competitive 8-15 day test preparation experience to help boost scores on the TSA significantly!  We hope to see an increase in test scores of 15-30 percentage point as a result of designing a dynamic, competitive, fun experience for students as they prep for the TSA.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Using Advisory Councils Effectively

Course Description:

This interactive workshop is designed to ensure success in the formation and use of industry advisory councils. During this workshop you will learn how to form a committee, how to conduct useful advisory council meetings and how to use advisory council members for continuous program improvement.

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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Work-Based Learning

Course Description:

Create meaningful work-based learning experiences for your students. This course will provide teachers with a variety of models of work-based learning along with the associated forms, agreements, and guidelines. You will select the model that is most appropriate for your situation and create a plan to implement work-based learning as a part of your premier program!

Note: There is homework associated with this class if you wish to earn ADE credit.

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