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					e-Learning Kentucky
  Kentucky Virtual
      Schools
  Online Professional
     Development
       Catalog
     Summer 2009
                  To Register For Online SBDM OR PD Courses:
                     http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


After three years of providing hundreds of FREE online PD courses to thousands of Kentucky educators, eLearning KY
must begin charging course fees for services. A $95.00 course fee covers the costs of Blackboard, the 24/7 telephone
help desk, Wimba Voice Tools, and providing a highly trained facilitator. Because of generous sponsors, e-
Learning KY is able to offer these courses to you at a registration fee of only $25.00.



Administrators & Support Personnel
              Library Media Center Programs and Services
              Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: Awareness and Intervention
               Using ACT’s Educational Planning & Assessment System (EPAS®) to Guide Instruction



Diverse Learners
               Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles
               Instructional Approaches for Teachers of English Language Learners




Economics
              Economics: Taking the Eeek Out of Economics: Economics in the Elementary Classroom




Literacy
                    Adolescent Literacy: Supporting Student Understanding in Content Areas
                    Making the Most of Adolescent Literature
                    Reading: The Explicit Teaching of Comprehension Strategies
                    Reading: Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction
                    Reading & Writing: Integrating Reading and Writing Instruction

Mathematics
                  Early Childhood Mathematics & Technology
                  Proportional Reasoning




Science
             Using Observable Phenomena to Make Sense of the Earth, Moon, and Sun




Technology

             Best Practice in the Digital Age: More than Just a PowerPoint
             KET EncycloMedia 2.0: Interactive Use/Advanced Tools
             Quest for Adventure: The Webquest Meets the Virtual Field Trip

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                           Frequently Asked Questions




What is e-Learning Kentucky?
      e-Learning Kentucky is the adult services component of Kentucky Virtual Schools. It provides a
      menu of online PD courses and trainings for teachers and other educators as well as parent
      members of SBDM councils. In addition, e-Learning KY participates in a grant, e-Learning for
      Educators, funded through a 4.6 million US Department of Education Ready to Teach grant. This
      federal grant is a multi-state collaboration between eight state education agencies and associated
      public broadcast stations. KET is the primary partner in Kentucky. In addition, e-Learning KY
      offers communities of practice, online, collaborative workspaces for professional adults that will
      allow participants to communicate effectively and share work without the constraints of meeting
      dates, geography and times. Contact elearningkyinquiry@education.ky.gov for more information.

What about the online PD courses?
      Currently e-Learning KY online PD courses generally run seven weeks and require at least four
      hours work per week. They are high quality, facilitated and interactive. All e-Learning KY courses
      are

          •   accessible anywhere, anytime, anyplace via an Internet-connected computer
          •   opportunities to learn and share best practices and resources
          •   eligible for up to 24 hours EILA or PD credit
          •   available to all educators

          All online e-Learning KY courses are facilitated by certified Kentucky teachers who have
          received special training in online facilitation.

What about online SBDM Training?
      SBDM online training is available to provide alternatives to face-to-face training. Introduction to
      SBDM training For New Council Members provides 6 hours to new SBDM members or 3 hours to
      experienced members. Another option for experienced members is Keys to Proficient Councils or
      SBDM Council Work & School Culture. Registration for Introduction to SBDM is continually open;
      registration fee is $95.00. Registration for experienced member training varies. Please check our
      web site, www.kyvs.org, e-Learning KY tab for current registration and course offerings. Cost
      recovery fee per registration is $75.00.

How do the online courses work?
      All courses are high quality, facilitated, interactive. Regular online PD sessions occur three times
      each year: fall, spring, summer. Registration is open for approximately one month, and the
      facilitated courses last seven weeks (1 week orientation; 6 weeks of content). Using the state
      Blackboard Learning Management System, participants work asynchronously, but facilitators are
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      constantly monitoring discussions and providing weekly help. In addition, KYVS provides Wimba
      Voice Tools in the courses. These tools allow facilitators and participants to instant message,
      have a synchronous online chat, meet in groups, have asynchronous voice discussions. Also,
      participants are provided with Pronto, an instant messaging tool. Most courses are eligible for 24
      hours of PD credit; however, there are a few that are eligible for 6 or 12 hours’ credit. eLearning
      KY provides a certificate for each participant who has successfully completed their online PD
      course and furnished payment. Any online PD course can be customized to schools and districts
      on their schedules. (Minimum of ten participants.)

What if I need help with the technology?
      There are several sources to help with login and navigating the course. If you need help with
      login or technical issues, you can call the KYVS Help Desk, 1-866-590-9240. It’s
      available 24/7. Your course facilitator will also be able to help you; he/she is only an email or
      phone call away. The KYVS e-Learning KY office is available to help as well. Call 1-502-
      564-4772, ext. 4541 or 1-866-432-0008. You can also email e-Learning KY at
      elearningkyinquiry@education.ky.gov.

Who is eligible to take e-Learning KY courses?
      All educators, both public and parochial are eligible to participate in e-Learning KY courses.

When the course description says "PD credits available 6 or 12 or 24 hours,” how
exactly is that determined?
      The Course Catalog and Course Information give the number of PD and EILA credit for each
      course (either 6, 12, or 24 hours) for successful completion of the course requirements. Partial
      credit is not given. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements and the
      course fee is paid will be issued a certificate to document their work. Individual school policy
      dictates if these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.

Is there a certain "time" that the courses meet?
      You can work on e-Learning KY courses when YOU want--24/7. You are also able to work on
      your course ANYWHERE you can find a computer that has access to the Internet.

About how many hours a week does it take for a course?
      Most courses are open seven weeks total. Week One is an orientation to the course tools and
      online learning. Generally, participants spend two to four hours per week and participants may
      expect to spend 24 hours minimum. Because these online PD courses offer such rich resources to
      participants, experience has shown us that 30% of the participants spend more time than they
      get credit for. When asked why, they reply, “I can use what I’m learning in my classroom
      tomorrow.”

Is there a final project that's due or are there small ones along the way?
      Not all courses have a final project, but most of courses allow participants to do projects that
      create products or materials that can be used immediately in their classrooms. There are
      numerous opportunities for facilitators to provide participants with feedback about their learning;
      however, you don’t get a “grade” for successful completion, and there are no tests or research
      papers. All activities and course requirements are listed in the course information.

How many courses may I take each semester?
      Interested educators may register and take one online course each semester. Time and
      experience have indicated that one course is all classroom teachers can adequately participate in
      each semester. Unless sponsored, courses cost $95.00 each.




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Is there a way to see what a KVHS online PD course looks like before I register for
one?
       You can view several of the courses at www.kyvs.org. Login: elkopd; password: elkopd. These
       courses are in a non-interactive mode, but you can view the course content.



What if the course I enroll in is not what I expected or I need to withdraw?
       Because KDE, KVS, and e-Learning Kentucky want to be good stewards of state general funds
       and grant money and do not want to pay for virtual services which participants do not use, the
       following is the e-Learning Kentucky drop policy. “After you enter your course, should you
       determine this course is not appropriate, will be more work that you previously thought, or your
       professional or personal situation has changed since this registration, please contact your
       facilitator or e-LEARNING KENTUCKY, elearningkyinquiry@education.ky.gov, so your name can
       be dropped from the course. Participants remaining in the course after the drop date will incur
       the course fee.

How can I register for an online e-Learning KY PD course or SBDM training?
       For current and upcoming registration dates and catalogs and a registration link, go to
       www.kyvs.org, e-Learning KY tab.

Do I have to have a computer to take an online PD course?
       You will need access to a computer to complete the course, but you don’t have to own one.
       Public access may be available in your school or your public library. Although not necessary, high
       speed Internet access is more efficient and make online learning more fun.

What about payment for my course?
       All educators are welcome to register for online PD courses at a cost recovery fee per course of
       $95.00 or the sponsored price. The fee for SBDM Introduction online training is also $95.00 per
       participant; the fee for SBDM experienced members SBDM Council Work and School Culture or
       Keys to Proficiency is $75.00. At this time KDE does not accept credit card, pro card, Paypal or
       “e” payment but do accept school purchase orders. If applicable, it is your responsibility to secure
       approval from your school or district for payment of the course fee. Most schools/districts using a
       PO will require the following address: KY Virtual Schools, Attn: Kiley Whitaker, 1929 CPT, 500
       Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40601. KYVS (KY Virtual Schools) will invoice you, your school or district
       after the drop/transfer date. A final certificate for successful completion will not be issued until
       payment is received. No refunds will be provided for any reason.

Do I have to learn alone?
       You are never alone in an e-Learning course! All courses encourage participant sharing and
       professional collaboration. Courses require frequent interactivity among participants and between
       participants and facilitator. Sometimes a group of three or four teachers in a building or district
       might form a study group to take a course together. Several schools have used their Technology
       Resource Teachers to partner with two to four teachers in online courses addressing technology
       integration.

Are the opportunities for these courses at times other than the standard registration
time?
       Absolutely. e-Learning KY will work with a school or district to offer any available course on a
       timetable that meets the needs of the school or district and the facilitator. Contact Bob Fortney,
       elearningkyinquiry@education.ky.gov, for additional information.

What does the blue K preceding a course mean?
It means that the course was designed by highly trained Kentucky designers.


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         Online Professional Development Offerings
                       Summer 2009

K Adolescent Literacy: Supporting Student Understanding in Content Areas
                      o    Audience: 6-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                      o    Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                           these PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
                  o        Registration: $25.00
o   Description: Participants will learn the literacy skills required for comprehension and acquisition of the
    content they teach. They will read about strategies, such as to activating prior knowledge and introducing
    vocabulary, that support student learning. Participants will see the strategies illustrated in authentic classroom
    video from Kentucky schools. The video featured in the course is taken from the following multimedia
    professional development resources produced by Kentucky Educational Television and the Kentucky Department
    of Education:
                  Literacy Without Limits: Help for Struggling Students, Grades 4-12
                  More Reading Strategies in Action, Grades 6-10 Sponsored by KET and e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Best Practices in the Digital Age: More Than Just a PowerPoint
           o Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
           o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these
             PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
         o Registration: $25.00
o   Description: What really works to increase the motivation and achievement of students when integrating
    technology into curriculum? In this course teachers and administrators will learn what instructional practices
    work best when integrating technology to motivate and engage learners while developing higher-level thinking
    and problem solving skills. Participants will choose one instructional practice to study more deeply, while
    identifying available technology tools, and how to manage their use. By the end of the course, participants will
    apply what has been learned to create a technology integrated project based on best practices. Sponsored by e-
    Learning KY.
o Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1

Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles
                 oAudience: K-12 teachers in all subject areas, Instructional Supervisors,
                  Administrators
              o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these
                  PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
o   Registration: $25.00
o   Description: Every classroom is made up of individuals with diverse strengths, backgrounds, and approaches
    to learning. Understanding and responding to students' individual learning styles and needs can be a challenge
    for teachers. The World Wide Web contains a vast number of resources to assist teachers both in understanding
    the differences in their students' learning styles and in differentiating their instruction accordingly. Participants in
    this course will be introduced to learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as
    web-based resources to assist teachers in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and
    engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar
    with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary
    lesson plan using those strategies and tools. Sponsored by e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1




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K Early Childhood Mathematics & Technology
                   o    Audience: Pre-K- Grade 2 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                   o    Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                        these PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
                o       Registration: $25.00
o   Description: This course will assist teachers as they examine and develop appropriate instructional practices
    in mathematics and technology, especially geometry and algebraic thinking. Participants will read articles and
    mathematics standards, discuss, explore web sites, and design a classroom-appropriate project which will focus
    on either geometry or algebraic thinking for students Pre-K – Grade 2. Throughout the course, participants will
    consider the developmental appropriateness of mathematics instruction and integration of technology when
    teaching geometric and/or algebraic thinking concepts to Pre-K-Grade 2 students. Incorporating ideas learned
    through the course, participants will design a project which is rigorous, relevant, and includes appropriate
    technology and will emphasize teaching geometry or algebraic thinking in their classrooms. Sponsored by KDE
    Early Childhood Division and e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Economics: Taking the Eeek Out of Economics: Economics in the
              Elementary Classroom
              o Audience: K-5 teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
              o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these
                PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
o   Registration: $25.00
o   Description: People who function successfully in today’s society need to make economic decisions in their
    everyday lives. These decisions have become increasingly difficult due to the numerous goods and services
    available on the market. Kentucky students need to learn how to make sound decisions by accessing and
    assessing consumer information and comparing and evaluating goods and services. Today's elementary schools
    must include appropriate opportunities for students to be engaged in economics-related activities that prepare
    them to make sound decisions throughout their lives.

    “Taking the Eeek Out of Economics: Economics in the Elementary Classroom” will introduce elementary
    classroom teachers to basic economic concepts and principles that can be used in everyday lessons and
    activities. Most importantly, the course will present economic vocabulary that can be used in everyday
    classroom interactions. The course will explore the economic concepts included in the Kentucky Program of
    Studies and Kentucky Core Content for Assessment through interactive, hands-on lessons, activities, and
    resources that can be immediately integrated into elementary classroom instruction. As a final product,
    participants will create an economics webliography. Sponsored by KY Council on Economic Education.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1

Instructional Approaches for Teachers of ELL
                  oAudience: K-12 teachers in all subject areas, Instructional Supervisors,
                   Administrators
               o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                   these PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
o   Registration: $25.00
o   Description: Teachers will learn how they can more effectively include, instruct and nurture students whose
    native language is not English. Educators of all grade levels and subject areas will learn strategies and
    instructional approaches to help ELL students access all aspects of the curriculum. The content covered in this
    course will help teachers learn to apply the ELP (English Language Proficiency) Standards to their classroom
    instruction, build their knowledge about second language acquisition, and inform them of strategies that will help
    them to provide English Language Learners with a safe and accepting environment in which to learn so that they
    can excel academically. This course will also highlight the many ways that technology can be used to help ELL
    students access curriculum materials. Participants design their own lessons and activities that take advantage of
    available technologies to more effectively reach all students.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1




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K KET EncycloMedia 2.0: Interactive Use/Advanced Tools
           o  Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, other educational professionals
           o  Contact Hours: 12 or 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
              these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.
          o Registration: $25.00
o   Description: This course extends and expands eLearning KY's "Using KET EncycloMedia," with a close
    examination of advanced and interactive tools available through Kentucky Educational Television's delivery shell
    for Discovery Education Streaming. Like the earlier course, our approach will be hands-on, with equal time spent
    here and in KET EncycloMedia. Participants will look at ways in which KET EncycloMedia supports interaction
    between teachers/users, provides for extensive classroom materials and support, and delivers direct learning
    tools and resources for students. Participants will examine ways in which these resources can be used to provide
    differentiated and interactive learning experiences for KY classrooms. Sponsored by KET and e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Library Media Center Programs and Services
           o Audience: K-12 Library Media Specialists, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
            o Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these PD
               hours will be accepted at the local level.
           o Registration: $25.00
o   Description: Including the components of Mission, Reading, Information Literacy, Collections, Evaluation, and
    Proficiency, the course presents an overview of several library media program elements that positively affect
    student achievement. Participants will discover the elements of an effective library media program. The course
    objectives include learning about the connection between the district/school mission and the LMC program,
    evaluating components of the LMC program and the roles of the LMS, recognizing the importance of reading and
    resources on student achievement, and evaluating resources to correct weaknesses. Sponsored by e-Learning
    KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


Making the Most of Adolescent Literature
                       o     Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                       o     Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                             these PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
                  o          Registration: $25.00
o   Description: When teachers integrate adolescent literature into the curriculum, students are given an
    opportunity to learn about themselves and the world during a critical time in their development. Recent research
    on reading development suggests a growing number of evidence-based practices that can help students with the
    complex process of reading to make meaning. In this workshop, participants will learn how to select literature
    for students of varied needs and how to improve students' reading comprehension through questioning
    techniques. They will also explore a wide range of literature response strategies and techniques for assessment.
    As a final product, participants will create a classroom lesson based on the strategies learned in this workshop.
    Sponsored by e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


Proportional Reasoning
                   o       Audience: 6-12 Math Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                   o       Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                           these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.
                   o       Registration: $25.00
                   o       Description: In this workshop, participants will learn about different components and
    levels of proportional reasoning. They will complete classroom tasks that illustrate ways to develop stronger
    conceptual understanding and target different components of proportional reasoning. They will use video and
    written examples of student work. They will also conduct a student interview in order to reflect on students’
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    approaches to proportions problems and to identify evidence of proportional reasoning at various levels. For the
    final project, participants will create a lesson that targets a component of proportional reasoning and that
    incorporates questioning techniques learned in the workshop. They will provide a rationale for the lesson that
    relates to the material learned in the workshop and reflect on their own learning. Sponsored by e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Quest for Adventure: The Webquest Meets the Virtual Field Trip
            o Audience: K-12 Teachers
            o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these PD
              hours will be accepted at the local level.
          o Registration: $25.00
o   Description: How would you like to take your class on the best field trip ever, all from the comfort of your
    classroom? No, it's not the Magic School Bus...it's a Quest for Adventure! And YOU are in the driver's seat.
    Learn how to design interactive field trips with a built in quest for knowledge. By the end of the course,
    participants will:
         •   understand what makes a successful Virtual Field Trip.
         •   understand what makes an engaging WebQuest.
         •   create a Quest for Adventure, a combination of a WebQuest and a Virtual Field Trip.
         •   post their Quests for Adventure on the web for easy student access.
         •   view other participants' Quests for Adventure and give feedback and encouragement.
         Sponsored by e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Reading: The Explicit Teaching of Comprehension Strategies
                      o    Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                      o    Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                           these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.
                   o       Registration: $25.00
o   Description: The goal of this online professional development (PD) is to enhance Kentucky teachers’
    knowledge of scientifically based reading research practices that promote the use of comprehension strategies to
    ensure the ability to comprehend text, one of the essential components of reading identified by the National
    Reading Panel (2000). Teachers will learn how to implement comprehension strategies in their classrooms and
    analyze their instruction according to the guidelines of explicit instruction. Sponsored by Reading First and e-
    Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Reading: Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction
                      o    Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                      o    Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                           these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.
                      o    Registration: $25.00
o   Description: The goal of this professional development (PD) is to enhance Kentucky teachers’ knowledge of
    scientifically based reading research practices that focus on vocabulary development and how students acquire
    meanings and understandings of new words and concepts. Vocabulary is one of the five essential components of
    reading identified by the National Reading Panel (2000). The course will provide teachers with basic information
    regarding vocabulary instruction and assessment. Sponsored by Reading First and e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Reading & Writing: Integrating Reading and Writing Instruction
                      o    Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
                      o    Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if
                           these PD hours will be accepted at the local level.
                      o    Registration: $25.00

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o   Description: The goal of this professional development (PD) is to enhance Kentucky teachers’ knowledge of
    scientifically based writing research practices that focus on integrating reading and writing. The course will
    provide teachers with basic information regarding effective writing instruction and designing explicit writing
    instruction in their classrooms. Sponsored by Reading First and e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: Awareness and
             Intervention
              oAudience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Counselors, School Social Workers, School
               Nurses, FRYSC staff, Paraprofessionals, School Resource Officers, Administrators
           o Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these
    PD/EILA hours will be accepted at the local level.
o   Registration: $25.00.
o   Description: Children and adolescents are among the most vulnerable citizens of our culture. This course will
    address awareness and intervention skills pertaining to interpersonal violence and how it impacts children and
    adolescents within the educational setting. Topics include types of abuse, laws pertaining to abuse, the legal
    responsibility to report, psychology and stages of abuse, an educator’s role in responding to students after a
    disclosure is made, dispelling myths and fears, age appropriate child development and the Department of
    Community Based Services process and protocol. Every student is entitlted to ongoing, meaningful relationships
    with caring adults who place high priorities on helping students reach their learning potential. Sponsored by KDE
    Drop Out Prevention Branch.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


K Using ACT’s Educational Planning & Assessment System (EPAS®) to Guide
             Instruction
             o Audience: 6-12 Teachers in all subject areas, Instructional Supervisors
             o Contact Hours: 12 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these PD
               hours will be accepted at the local level.
o   Registration: $25.00
o   Description: Kentucky’s Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS®) supplies schools with
    additional data to help guide classroom instruction. Educators in this course, will understand EPAS®, its
    connections to Kentucky's Program of Studies, and how to use EPAS® data to improve instruction. Additionally,
    participants will also explore tools to help them understand the needs of the 21st Century learner. KDE’s
    Curriculum Alignment document, as well as other web resources, will be used to help participants learn how to
    better prepare students with sufficient college and workforce readiness skills. Exploration of participant's school
    data will take place through a personalized phone call with a KDE consultant. Sponsored by KDE Secondary
    Branch.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1


Using Observable Phenomena to Make Sense of the Earth, Moon, and Sun
            o Audience: K-8 Science Teachers, Instructional Supervisors, Administrators
            o Contact Hours: 24 PD or EILA hours. Note: Individual school policy dictates if these PD
              hours will be accepted at the local level.
           o Registration: $25.00
o   Description: State and national science standards call for teaching elementary students about day/night
    cycles, seasons, and the phases of the moon. As educators, we must find ways to make this content meaningful
    and accessible for young students. This is no small task, as these phenomena have fascinated mankind for
    thousands of years!
    In this six-week course, participants will learn how to use scientific inquiry to foster exploration—and ultimately
    understanding—about the movements of the earth, moon, and sun. This course is written from an inquiry
    standpoint; therefore, participants will work to construct their own knowledge about natural phenomena
    (through the use of shadow trackers and moon journals) as they learn how to integrate inquiry strategies into
    classroom instruction. Specific content knowledge, such as learning the reason for day/night cycles, phases of
    the moon, and the reasons for seasons are integrated into this course. Likewise, participants will learn how to
    facilitate inquiry-based learning in their classroom, from thinking about why inquiry is important to posing

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    questions that promote discovery. Content-rich articles, video clips, and online resources will form the
    background of the course; and asynchronous discussion boards will promote participant interaction,
    communication, and learning. Participants will be expected to complete and submit a Final Product by the end of
    the course. Sponsored by e-Learning KY.
o   Register: http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_123_1




K denotes a KY-designed course.




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