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The College of Education at Lewis University is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40/person and must have a minimum of 10 people. You will earn four professional development units for each seminar you attend. Please note variations in locations and times of seminar offerings.

Note: Registration for seminars will close 24 hours prior to the event.

Sessions Available

#1 Engaging Language Arts Centers for Grades 3-5
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Tinley Park Campus
Target Audience: 3-5 Grade Teachers

Are you looking to develop an engaging and practical approach to language arts centers within your classroom? If so, this seminar will help you to develop strategies for planning, implementing, and managing interactive language arts centers for a diverse array of student needs and ability levels. Teachers will leave the seminar with guidelines for creating centers that motivate their learners, as well as actual activities they can take into the classroom.

Presenter(s): Dr. Martha Wilkins
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#2 Academic Vocabulary in the Content Area Classroom
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 4-12 Grade Teachers

The Common Core Standards call for increased attention to Academic Vocabulary, but educators grapple to find ways to make vocabulary instruction both authentic and engaging. This seminar will explore the specified tiers in addressing Academic Vocabulary, as well as provide useful strategies for teachers to use in incorporating vocabulary in their instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring fiction and nonfiction materials that they will use in their classrooms during the school year.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#3 Capturing Students' Interest with Escape Rooms
Date: Monday, June 18, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 5-12 Grade Teachers

Come learn about the hottest trend in interactive classroom activities, Escape Rooms. Do you have the knowledge it takes to escape the Egyptian tomb before the air runs out? You will have the opportunity to participate in a classroom-created escape room, try your hand at creating puzzles based on content you teach, and experiment with a variety of tools used in many escape rooms such as black lights, UV lights, secret objects, and code wheels. Learn about how to use narrative storytelling to create themed escape rooms and leave with resources to start you on your own escape room.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#4 How to Deal with Controversial Issues in School
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers

It is no surprise to any educator that there are always controversial and hot issues when it comes to school, and they're not always “new” debates. This session will examine some of those issues and focus on one issue and how teachers may be able to lead a discussion that is enlightening, exciting, educational, and safe.

Presenter(s): Dr. Steve Klein
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#5 Engaging Your One-to-One Classroom with Nearpod
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 3-12 Grade Teachers

Learn how to use Nearpod, an interactive multimedia lesson builder to engage your students on a variety of one-to-one devices. You'll be able to construct lessons, learn how to monitor and measure performance, and even include absent students in classroom lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring content material as there will be lab time to work on lessons that meet the needs of your learners. iPads and computers will be provided, but participants may also bring their own devices.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#6 What's New in Middle Level Literacy Instruction
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 4-9 Grade Teachers

The State of Illinois has recently implemented some key changes in how literacy instruction is addressed at the middle school level. This seminar will explore current research in middle level literacy instruction, as well as ways in which teachers can address the needs of middle level learners in their classrooms. Participants will be encouraged to consider application of the ideas that are introduced.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#7 Integrating Digital Tools to Create a Differentiated Instruction for K-5 Learning
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-5 Grade Teachers

Participants will explore various digital tools and learning strategies to facilitate differentiated instruction to accommodate individual differences. The seminar will use the Universal Design for Learning framework and flexible approaches to create differentiated learning environments. Participants will leave with practical strategies and resources that help them implement these approaches in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#8 Integrating Digital Tools to Create a Differentiated Instruction for 6-12 Learning
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

Participants will explore various digital tools and learning strategies to facilitate differentiated instruction to accommodate individual differences. The seminar will use the Universal Design for Learning framework and flexible approaches to create differentiated learning environments. Participants will leave with practical strategies and resources that help them implement these approaches in their classrooms.

Presenter(s): Dr. Seung Kim
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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#9 Engaging with Youth Who Seek Change: Teaching in an Age of Youth Activism
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

Teachers are working with youth during a time of social unrest. We are teaching in an era of youth organization and involvement that transcends simply retweeting a meme or liking a Facebook status. Teachers have a tremendous opportunity to engage with students around these issues. How can teachers best facilitate meaningful dialogue with their students regarding difficult social issues, while also balancing their professional responsibilities as educators? Participants will explore discussion techniques for fostering responsible civic engagement and dialogue.

Presenter(s): Dr. Michael Dieter
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#10 English Language Learners in the Classroom: Using Language for Learning
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-8 Grade Teachers

Teaching English Language Learners is an amazing learning opportunity. How can you teach language and content in a way that makes sense for students? In this seminar, we will discuss translanguaging pedagogy and how we can use translanguaging to support students as they engage with academic content while also providing opportunities for students to develop academic language. Leave with a list of planning and learning ideas for teaching English Language Learners.

Presenter(s): Ms. Elvira Pichardo
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#11 Mindfulness, Meetings, & Monkey Minds
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

Please join us to learn about the power of mindfulness both in your professional and personal life. Ever wonder what to do about that nagging “monkey mind” that sends you negative messages about yourself or how you can work better with others to accomplish goals? We will explore the current science of mindfulness and the brain, and investigate tools and strategies that encourage us to work toward our potential, both in a professional setting as well as in our personal lives. This session will include hands-on experience with meditation and reflection for participants.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christy Roberts
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#12 Building Support Systems for Beginning Teachers
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

Teachers who are new to the profession are excited to begin their careers but may become overwhelmed with planning for classes and evaluating student performance, as well as communicating with other faculty, administrators, and parents. This seminar will focus on practical strategies that beginning teachers can use to instruct and facilitate classrooms. It will also provide tools for teachers to use in collaborating with other professionals, parents, and community members.

Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher Palmi
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#13 Storytelling to Celebrate, Critique, and Explore Curriculum and Culture
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: PreK-12 Grade Teachers

Storytelling is a timeless means for communicating and inspiring within a community. Indeed, storytelling can be a means to create and foster community through the sharing of cultural ideals and history. It can also be used as a tool for examining and critiquing the status quo, or for expressing new learning. We will consider the role of storytelling in individual and community literacy, and demonstrate ways to use storytelling to foster comprehension, critical literacy, and communication. We will also share sources for stories and ideas for using story as a way to peacefully communicate and consider controversial ideas in the classroom. Participants will try out a variety of techniques for incorporating storytelling into the curriculum.

Presenter(s): Dr. Deborah Augsburger
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#14 Superheroes & Stories: Teaching Black Panther
Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Oak Brook Campus
Target Audience: 6-12 Grade Teachers

Are you or your students interested in superhero stories? Want to find a way to build off of this energy for school success? In this seminar, we will explore how to use the film and comic Black Panther in conjunction with content area standards for student engagement. Come and create a literacy activity that will bring your students' interests into the classroom!

Presenter(s): Dr. Jung Kim and Dr. Laura Quaynor
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#15 Teaching English Learners: Starting Off Right
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

Teaching English Learners is an amazing opportunity and unique challenge. Are you new to teaching English Learners? Have you been working with English Learners for years and want to refresh your ideas? In this seminar, we will discuss ways all teachers can support English Learners in academic achievement and school success. Leave with a list of experiential learning ideas for teaching English Learners.

Presenter(s): Dr. Laura Quaynor
Maximum Seats: 30
Cost: $40

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#16 Using Social Media to Expand the Classroom Walls
Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 
Time: 8am-Noon
Location: Romeoville Campus
Target Audience: K-12 Grade Teachers

See all the buzz about Twitter and other social media platforms? Want to find a way to build global partnerships and take more local action? Teachers are using a variety of social media platforms to share work and ideas, collaborate across the globe, bring virtual guests into their classrooms, and to help students become global citizens. This session will help you use social media safely and thoughtfully, both for your students' learning and your own professional development needs.

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Sturm and Dr. Laura Quaynor
Maximum Seats: 20
Cost: $40

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