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

Save Your Sanity: A Teachers Guide to Classroom Culture: June 5, 6, 7, 2018
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2018 –REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Save Your Sanity

Children’s Lit Challenge: July 17 & 18, 2018
Registration Deadline: July 2, 2018 – REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Children’s Lit Challenge

Supplementing Instruction with WeVideo: August 2, 6, 8, 2018 -(Blended Style Instruction)
Registration Deadline: July 16, 2018 –REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Supplementing Instruction with WeVideo

Designed, not Aligned (an in-depth course to design lessons to fully integrate NGSS Framework): August 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 23 , Nov. 13, 2018
Registration Deadline: July 16, 2018 –PGAP CANCELED

Registration form for Designed, not Aligned

Canvas Masterpiece: August 13, 14, 15, 2018
Registration Deadline: July 30, 2018-REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Canvas Masterpiece

Full STEAM Ahead: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 2018
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018-REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Full STEAM Ahead

Cut the Confusion on IEPs: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018
Registration Deadline: September 3, 2018-REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration form for Cut the Confusion on IEPs

Engagement Through Transformations: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13 2018
Registration Deadline: October 19, 2018

Registration form for Engagement Through Transformations

Get Your Dose of 4 C’s *BLENDED: Nov. 6, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 2018
Registration Deadline: October 22, 2018

Registration form for Get Your Dose of 4 C’s – *BLENDED

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle-lesson plan design: Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 2019
Registration Deadline: February 11, 2019

Registration form for Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle-lesson plan design

Course Information

Save Your Sanity: A Teachers Guide to Classroom Culture
Instructor: David Brannstrom and Kim Paulus
Intended Participants: K-12/All Content Areas
Session Schedule: June 5, 6, 7, 2018
Time: 8-1 p.m.
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials 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.

Children’s Lit Challenge
Instructor: Kelsey Hendry and Suzanne St. John
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: July 17 & 18, 2018
Time: 8-4 p.m.
Location: PKMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: Laptop
Description: The objective of this course is to provide primary teachers with a variety of current children’s literature which covers underrepresented genres in today’s classrooms. The genres of children’s books used in this course will include: Social Emotional, Exceptional People and Biographies, and Multicultural. We will also spend time introducing teachers to current children’s literature which will help students grow as readers and writers. Each genre will include a time to brainstorm questions at all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, examples of engaging activities which extend the text such as how to make book trailers using WeVideo and creating Reader’s Theater scripts, possible paired texts, and time to create activities/resources that will be ready for use in the classroom for the new school year.

Supplementing Instruction with WeVideo
Instructor: Michael Doyle & Brian Weick
Intended Participants: K-12, All Content Areas
Session Schedule: August 2, 6, 8, 2018 – (Blended Style Instruction)
Time: 8-10:30 a.m.
Location: PKMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Laptop, Microphone (not necessary, but recommended)
Description: The main objective of this course revolves around using WeVideo to develop multiple videos, which can be used alongside a single unit of instruction. These videos may test prior knowledge, supplement current coursework, prepare students for a final assessment, etc. Content will also focus on engaging students and organizing resources within Canvas to roadmap through an entire unit.

Designed, not Aligned (an in-depth course to design lessons to fully integrate NGSS Framework)
Instructor: Leah Herold, Kim Paulus, Gail Stover
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Aug. 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 23 , Nov. 13, with 5 hours of blended work
Time: Aug. (8 a.m.-12 p.m.), Sept., Oct., Nov., (4-6 p.m.)
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Laptop, bring access to your current science plans and materials
Description: Revamp and rethink the way you teach science! First you will dig into the NGSS standards with a focus on the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for your grade band. We will study how the NGSS standards should change the way you think about science instruction. From there, you will look at how you currently teach science and learn how to design your plans to fully meet NGSS Framework. You must be willing to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable to allow small changes in your instruction. These small changes lead to big changes for student achievement over time.

Canvas Masterpiece
Instructor: Leah Herold & Gail Stover
Intended Participants: K-12, ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies
Session Schedule: August 13, 14, 15, 2018
Time: 8-1 p.m.
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop, bring access to your 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 and apply strategies to design your course in its entirety. We will also use the advanced tools within Canvas. These tools include external tools and apps, embedding materials, creating and using Question Banks, and assignments that incorporate live Google Tools.

Full STEAM Ahead
Instructor: Ashley Klewin
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 2018
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: Prairie View Elementary
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop
Description:Full STEAM Ahead explores the five components of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and their integration in the classroom. Participants will learn how to meaningfully integrate each of these domains in their literacy blocks and across content areas in alignment with CCSS, NGSS, and C3 standards. Exposure to various resources and literature will help build your confidence in moving Full STEAM Ahead!

Cut the Confusion on IEPs-A General Education Teachers Guide to IEPs
Instructor: David Brannstrom
Intended Participants: K-12/All Content Areas-General Education Teachers
Session Schedule: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop
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. Sessions will include information on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), how to read and IEP/504 and how to apply IEP goals in the general education setting. Classes will also cover topics such as: Differentiation vs Accommodations vs Modification, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Other Health Impairments, Emotional Disabilities, and a two part session on Autism.

Engagement Through Transformations
Instructor: Devin Drake, Kristin Johnson, Niki Webb
Intended Participants: K-8th/All Content Areas
Session Schedule: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 2018
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: CT
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: Laptop, The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King, a read aloud book you read to your class, a lesson, and unit of instruction.
Description: Are you looking for a way to bring fun and excitement into your classroom while still covering all of your standards? Classroom transformations allow you to do just that! Come and see one in action and learn how you can create your own. To start, we will read and discuss The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King, to help you unleash your creativity. Then, we will walk you through the planning stages and help you create engaging cross curricular activities to make your classroom transformation come to life.

Get Your Dose of 4 C’s. *BLENDED
Instructor: Stacy Nemec & Kim Paulus
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Nov. 6, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 2018
Time: 4-6:00 (Nov. 6, 27, Dec. 4), 4-6:30 (Dec. 11)
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop, bring a unit/lesson plan
Description:“America’s system of education was build 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.

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle-lesson plan design
Instructor: Stacy Nemec & Kim Paulus
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 2019
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: CMS
1 PGAP Credit
Materials/Equipment Needed: laptop, bring a unit plan
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 backward lesson design, and opportunity to unpack standards, explore digital formative assessment tools, and explore different questioning techniques to promote higher order thinking skills.

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