What is a P-Gap course?

Professional Growth Activity Program (P-GAP) is a subcommittee of the Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC). The purpose of this program is to provide quality professional development to all District #301 certified staff. Courses are offered based on the needs of District staff members. Participants are given the option of receiving PGAP credit or a stipend for every successfully completed PGAP hour.

How many credits can I earn?

Professional Growth Activity Program classes (PGAP) must have a minimum of 15 hours of instruction. Participants are expected to be present at all sessions and to complete all assignments. Absence of more than 20% of instructional time will result in loss of credit for that course. Teachers participating in the program will be granted one hour of equivalent credit for each 15 hours of instruction successfully completed. A maximum of 8 equivalent credit hours may be earned in this manner during the course of one school year. A school year is considered from September 1st to August 31st.  Teachers participating in the approved PGAP will be granted credit for salary schedule movement at the rate of one (1) hour of equivalent graduate credit for each fifteen (15) hours of instruction successfully completed. Teachers who elect not to take the PGAP credit will be given a stipend of $150.00 for every PGAP hour earned up to a maximum of $1200.00 per year.

What is the registration process & the cost?

Teachers who wish to participate shall pay a $50 registration fee per PGAP class (made payable to CCUSD 301) which shall be refunded to the teacher only if he/she successfully completes the course in the original allotted time period.  (i.e., teachers who withdraw after the registration deadline or do not complete the course shall forfeit the $50 registration fee). In order for your registration to be complete the $50 registration fee must be submitted by the deadline date for each of the PGAP classes you have signed up for (Please provide separate checks for each PGAP you have registered for).  A non-refundable fee of $25.00 is charged to each participant which will be due at the beginning of each PGAP course taken. In addition, each participant shall be responsible for the cost of any possible course books, materials, and/or other supplies.

How do I sign up?

Complete the registration form(s) below. If you have questions, please contact Bernadine Matthews  (bernadine.matthews@central301.net) or call (847) 464-5867.

Course Schedule

Canvas Masterpiece: July 22, 23, 24, 2019 – CANCELLED
Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019  (This PGAP previously ran. If you have taken this course you cannot repeat it.)

Registration form for: Canvas Masterpiece

Tales from the Podcast: July 29, 30, 31, 2019  – CLOSED
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2019 

Registration form for: Tales from the Podcast

Unpack, Reuse and Recycle Lesson plans: Sept. 10 (4-6:30), Sept. 17 (4-6), Oct. 1 (4-6), Oct. 8 (4-6) – CLOSED / Will not run due to low participation
Registration Deadline: Aug. 26, 2019 (This PGAP previously ran. If you have taken this course you cannot repeat it.)

Registration form for: Unpack, Reuse and Recycle Lesson plans

Cut the Confusion on IEPs-A General Education Teachers Guide to IEPS: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019, 4 hours blended – CLOSED / Will not run due to low participation
Registration Deadline: September 6, 2019 (This PGAP previously ran. If you have taken this course you cannot repeat it.)

Registration form for: Cut the Confusion on IEPs – A General Education Teachers Guide to IEPS

Digital Storytelling: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 25, 2020, 5 hours blended
Registration Deadline: Dec. 30, 2019

Registration form for: Digital Storytelling

Get Your Dose of 4C’s:  Feb. 20, Mar. 5 & 12 (4-6), Mar. 26 (4-6:30)-Blended
Registration Deadline: Feb. 6, 2020  (This PGAP previously ran. If you have taken this course you cannot repeat it.)

Registration form for: Get Your Dose of 4C’s

Save Your Sanity:  Mar. 23, Apr. 13, 20, 27, 2020 (4-6) -Blended
Registration Deadline: Mar. 9, 2020   (This PGAP previously ran. If you have taken this course you cannot repeat it.)

Registration form for: Save Your Sanity: A Teachers Guide to Classroom Culture

Mentor Text Mania:CANCELLED

 

Course Information

Canvas Masterpiece – CANCELLED
Instructor: Leah Herold & Gail Stover
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: July 22, 23, 24, 2019
Time: 8-1 p.m.
Location: CMS – LMC
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: laptop & current curriculum
Description: It’s time to design! Are you ready to make Canvas work for you? For those who already have a strong working knowledge of Canvas and its various components, it’s time to take the next step. We will discuss course design and apply strategies to develop the layout of your Canvas course(s). We will also use the advanced tools within Canvas. These tools include external tools and apps, embedding materials, creating and using QuestionBanks, and assignments that incorporate live Google Docs. Use your curriculum documents that you already have in your Google Drive. No need to recreate your assignments. Let’s work smarter not harder when accessing Canvas. Upon course completion, the expectation is to have a course build with components including, but not limited to, a home page, parent communication page, student resources, multiple assignments and discussions, quizzes and rubrics.

Tales from the Podcast
Instructor: Michael Doyle & Stacy Reagan
Intended Participants: K-12/All Content Areas
Session Schedule: July 29, 30, 31, 2019
Time: 8-1 p.m.
Location: PKMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: laptop & headphones
Description: Speaking and Listening standards are across the curriculum at every level, and sometimes underdeveloped. Podcasts can help you rev up your standards while also infusing others. Take this class to learn about how to use podcasts in the classroom, how to create your own podcasts for student learning, and how to get students podcasting. Bring your listening skills, creativity, and gift for gab.

Unpack, Reuse and Recycle Lesson plans
Instructor: Kim Paulus & Stacy Reagan
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: BLENDED: Sept. 10 (4-6:30), Sept. 17 (4-6), Oct. 1 (4-6), Oct. 8 (4-6)
Time: As stated above
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: Laptop
Description:Reduce your stress in lesson planning and Reuse and Upcycle a unit plan. Ever had that one unit plan that you know is good but just needs that something extra to motivate students while hitting your standards? This course will lead teachers through unpacking standards and lesson design, using questioning techniques to further discussions and promote higher order thinking skills, and formative assessment tools to help student achievement.

Cut the Confusion on IEPs – A General Education Teachers Guide to IEPS
Instructor: David Brannstrom
Intended Participants: K-12, All Content Areas
Session Schedule: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019
Time: 4-6:30 (4 classes), Final Class (4-5), Blended (4 hours)
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Computer
Description: The purpose of this course is to improve teachers knowledge on IEPs/504’s, their legal implications, and common disabilities that impact the general education classroom. As education moves toward more inclusion for our students with IEPs, our general education teachers need to become better informed on the details of an IEP and how it should impact our students’ education. Join us for an in depth dive into the world of special education for the general education teacher.

Digital Storytelling
Instructor: Ashley Klewin
Intended Participants: K-12 (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)
Session Schedule: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 25, 2020, 5 hours blended
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Country Trails
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Laptop, Grade Level/Content Area Scope & Sequence
Description: Increase your students’ 21st century literacy skills by incorporating digital storytelling in your classroom. Digital storytelling involves the use of technology to write and tell stories, with an emphasis on the addition of the ability to incorporate moving imagery and sound. Learn about many, easily accessible resources available to assist your students in producing digital stories. This course provides a digital “make and take” experience as you create digital stories and assignments firsthand in alignment with your grade level standards in preparation for future digital storytelling instruction. Digital storytelling is a great way to spruce up your guided reading and writing blocks, as well as content-area assignments!

Get Your Dose of 4 C’s
Instructor: Kim Paulus & Stacy Reagan
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Feb. 20, Mar. 5, 12 (4-6), Mar. 26 (4-6:30) – Blended
Time: 4-6 and 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop, bring a unit/lesson plan
Description: “America’s system of education was built for an economy and a society that no longer exists. In the manufacturing and agrarian economies that existed 50 years ago, it was enough to master the “Three Rs” (reading, writing, and arithmetic). In the modern “flat world,” the “Three Rs” simply aren’t enough. If today’s students want to compete in this global society, however, they must also be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”)”(NEA). The 4 C’s–communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are really not new concepts.  What’s new is how to fold in technology in a meaningful, purpose-driven way to address the 4 C’s. Come learn about the 4 C’s and some multi-media tools to help you.

Save Your Sanity: A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Culture
Instructor: David Brannstrom & Kim Paulus
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Mar. 23, Apr. 13, 20, 27, 2020 (4-6) -Blended
Time:
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Computer
Description: Disruptive classroom behaviors can thwart the best of plans. What types of behaviors are generally increasing in our classroom? What can we learn about them? It can be an easy as ABC once we learn more about the triggers. Come learn about positive teacher-student relationships, trauma informed classrooms (ACES) and the antecedent, behavior and consequence model.

 

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