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The City of Pittsfield was founded as a town in 1761 and again as a city in 1891.Pittsfield is located in Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts and is known as the “Plastics Technology Center of the Nation”.

The 4th of July Parade given by the City of Pittsfield brings thousands of visitors to the city for the annual celebration. The Hancock Shaker Village which was established more than 200 years ago gives tourists the chance to discover the Shaker way of life.

Another Pittsfield land mark is Arrowhead which was where the completion of “Moby Dick” and others took place. Till this day many writers and artists call Pittsburg home.

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Dragons Love Tacos Storytime
Dragons Love Tacos Storytime
Special Event, Storytime, Children's Event
Children's
May 23, 2015 1:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Pittsfield
555 Hubbard Ave
Pittsfield
MA
01201
413-496-9051

When: May 23, 2015 1 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 13 )
Electric Island Season Pass (Ferry Included)
When: May 22, 2015 1 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Fri, 22 May 2015 13 )
MS03: Yoga and Self Care for Teachers and Students

MS03: Yoga and Self Care for Teachers and Students

Presented by: Erin Lenski

Intended for:All middle school educators

Objective:Provide educators with information to provide stress relieving techniques to themselves and their spectrum of learners.

Product:Action plan for strategy implementation.

Optional Product:Reflection paper submitted on group Wiki to continue dialog targeted around strategies implemented for teachers and students and their effectiveness.

Location:Reid Middle School: Library



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
B.A. Dario


When: Aug 28, 2015 8 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20 )
B.A. Dario
This will be B.A. Dario's first acoustic show! Don't miss B.Acoustic!

When: Jul 24, 2015 8 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20 )
'Stroke Awareness and Treatment' at EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne will host the presentation "Stroke Awareness and Treatment" on Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Learn your risk factors, prevention strategies and healthy living habits from Darlene Boyce, MS, ANP-BC, Stroke Coordinator and Neurology Service Manager of Berkshire Neurology. Light refreshments will be served. This free presentation is cosponsored by Home Care Services of Massachusetts and open to the public. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 413-499-1992. EPOCH is located at 140 Melbourne Road.

When: May 28, 2015 12 AM to May 28, 2015 12 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 28 May 2015 00 )
Student Moodle Orientation

If you are brand new to Online Learning at BCC, we strongly advise you to attend a face-to-face Moodle Orientation.

Log in to your MyBCC account before the coming to the orientation. You may stop by the Computer Lab on the main campus, Field 102/Field 107, about 20 minutes before the orientation if you need help logging in.

Student Moodle Orientation is in Room K-210.




When: May 28, 2015 5 PM to May 28, 2015 6 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 May 2015 17 )
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Oh, the Places You'll Go! Storytime
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Oh, the Places You'll Go! Storytime
Special Event, Storytime, Children's Event
Children's
Jun 06, 2015 1:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Pittsfield
555 Hubbard Ave
Pittsfield
MA
01201
413-496-9051

When: Jun 6, 2015 1 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 13 )
HS16: Using Film Effectively in the Classroom

HS15: Statistics: Beyond Mean, Median and Mode

Presented by:John Flynn & Dan Keegan

Intended for:High school teachers

Objective:Film makers are not traditionally teachers or historians, however their mediumcan be an effective tool in the classroom. The goal of this workshop is to helpteachers successfully and effectively integrate films and videos into theircurriculum as an instructional and learning tool, using films or video clips,primary and secondary sources.

The workshop standards will be based on the MA Common Core StateStandards for Literacy in History, Social Studies,Science and Technical Subjects.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverseformats and media ( e.g. visually, quantitatively as well as in words) in order toaddress a question or solve a problem.

Integrate information from diverse sources both primary and secondary into acoherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies amongsources.

Product: A lesson plan for the use of a film and a primary or secondary support to enhance the use of the film selected.

Optional Product: Develop a unit that incorporates film and primary sources/ secondary sources in critically analyzing the authenticity of the film.

Note:Laptops or iPads are requested but not required

Location:Taconic High School: Room 223



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS12: Swim with the Tide 2: Living in Googles World

HS12:Swim with the Tide 2: Living in Googles World

Presented by:Brendan Sheran

Intended for: All high school educators, regardless of content area. Suggested for AP instructors and teachers comfortable with using technology in the classroom.

Objectives:

  1. To examine mobile and digital technology and its use in classroom assignments.
  2. To create classroom structures to assist students and families.
  3. To effectively use mobile technology to bring a wider variety of text to students.
  4. To use mobile technology to increase critical thinking, collaborative, and higher order thinking skills.

Product:Discussion Log of Lesson Comments. Swim With the Tide - Google Classroom (this is essentially all of the work we completed and compiled) Units created.

Optional Product:Create a full unit (two weeks) integrating Google Drive and Google Classroom into your instruction.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Library & Library Lab



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
MS11: Accelerated Learning

MS11:Accelerated Learning

Presented by:Laurie Fitzpatrick

Intended for:Grade 6-8 teachers in any subject.

Objective:To discover the teaching method known as Accelerated Learning that can be utilized in any subject matter. To learn the steps in the process of the method and view actual lessons using the Accelerated technique. To create your own Accelerated lesson or unit of study in your own subject matter.

Product:A lesson plan in attendees own subject matter utilizing the Accelerated method.

Optional Product:A unity of study utilizing the Accelerated method in the attendees own subject area.

Location:Reid Middle School: Room 137



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
ES13: Effective Strategies for Standards-based Writing in Grades 3-5

ES13: Effective Strategies for Standards-based Writing in Grades 3-5

Presented by: Kim Robertson

Intended for:Grade 35 ELA teachers

Objective:To support teachers in addressing MA Curriculum Frameworks Writing Standards using evidence- based instructional strategies.

Product:Teachers will create a writing assignment guide (WAG) including rubrics to use in their classroom. Participants will also review articles highlighting current research regarding effective writing instruction and complete a written reflection.

Optional Product:Participants will develop and carry out a Writing Project that addresses at least one writing standard from each of the four strands: Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, and Range of Writing.

Location:Crosby Elementary School: Cafeteria



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
ES12: Pre-K Math Standards: Activities and Assessments

ES12: Pre-K Math Standards: Activities and Assessments

Presented by: Jamie Murphy

Intended for:Pre-K teachers

Objective:The participants will read the Massachusetts Common Core Pre-K math standards, discuss activities used to teach the standards and methods of assessment of the standards.

Product:Discussion log and/or compilation of presented math activities and assessments presented by the group.

Optional Product:Create a list of math activities/lessons and/or assessments that address MA CC Pre-K math standards. These materials will be copied for and presented to the group in the second session.

Location:Conte Community School: Community Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
ES11: Writing Instruction: Increase Student Achievement by Teaching Voice Across All Genres of Writing

ES11: Writing Instruction: Increase Student Achievement by Teaching Voice Across All Genres of Writing

Presented by: Joshua DeMarsico-Birkland

Intended for:Grade 35 teachers

Objective:To share best practices for teaching voice across all genres of writing.

Product:Participants will create at least one classroom resource that will help them implement the strategies shared during this workshop. Examples may include anchor charts, classroom displays, lesson plans, student reference sheets and/or a collection of writing models to use during instruction.

Optional Product:Develop four lesson plans with reflections that integrate the strategies discussed in this workshop.

Location:Capeless Elementary School: Room 19



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
ES10: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Elementary Students

ES10: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Elementary Students

Presented by: Kerry Bean & Marlee Barry

Intended for:Elementary classroom teachers

Objective:Teachers will learn the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles for students and explore across-curricular health program in elementary schools.

Product:Create a shared Google Doc of nutrition and fitness activities linked to Standards and a proposal of when teachers will use these activities in their classroom.

Optional Product:Write a 2-4 page journal reflection on the role a teacher can play in promoting good nutrition and activity for school age children.

Location:Conte Community School: Cafeteria



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
ES09: Building Data LiteracyCatch the Spirit of Success

ES09: Building Data LiteracyCatch the Spirit of Success

Presented by: Mariah West

Intended for:Elementary classroom teachers

Objective:To examine student data from multiple resources in planning instruction for grade level collaboration. Grade level teams will drill down into the student-learning data and target effective instruction in order to increase student performance.

Product:Participants will submit an individual action plan demonstrating their findings and outlining their next steps in instruction for the needs of their students.

Optional Product:The creation of four detailed lesson plans where the collected student data is considered in their tiered instruction.

Location:Egremont Elementary School: Room 25



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
S06: A Look at the National Core Art Standards

S06: A Look at the National Core Art Standards

Presented by:Mary Beth Eldridge

Intended for:Teachers of music, art and theater

Schedule:12:00 3:00pm

Objectives:To investigate the 2014 National Core Arts Standards and the implications for Massachusetts teachers of visual Arts, Dance, Media Arts, Music and Theatre.

Product:Input of teachers will be compiled and sent on to the DESE committee working on the adapt/adopt question regarding the NCAS. I have applied to join this committee. I am not sure where it will be in this decision-making process by spring.

Optional Product:Teachers will create customized NCAS documents to work with to inform their practice.

Location:Taconic High School: Art Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
HS04: Special Education Transition Assessment and Planning

HS04:Special Education Transition Assessment and Planning

Presented by: Melissa Brites

Intended for:Secondary Special Education teachers

Objective:Recognizing the need for students with disabilities to engage in effective transition planning, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that transition planning be part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Beginning no later than the first IEP developed when the eligible student is 14, the Team considers the students need for transition services and documents this discussion. If appropriate, the IEP includes a statement of needed transition services. The school district understands that it must maintain documentation of a full discussion of the students transition needs, whether or not such discussion identifies needed transition services for the IEP. Suchdocumentation must be reviewed and updated annually thereafter. Students must be invited to all educational meetings and allowed to participate actively when transition planning is discussed. Therefore, it is essential that special education liaisons and service providers understand the transition process and are prepared to conduct ongoing transition assessment for transition planning and IEP development.

Product:Manual and resource packet for secondary special education teachers to use to ensure effective transition planning and assessment.

Optional Product:Creation of IEP goals/benchmarks bank that can be shared with the department.

Location:PittsfieldHigh School: Room B14



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS06: Best Practices in Vocational Education

HS06:Best Practices in Vocational Education

Presented by:Kimberly Simpson

Intended for: High school vocational educators

Objective:To share best practices in vocational education including managing time in a block, assessing hands on learning, incorporation of academics and effective teaching strategies for inclusion of strands 4, 5 and 6 of CVTE standards.

Product:Teachers will share relevant teaching strategies for managing instructional time in a block (anentire day and/or 2-3 period block), teaching embedded academics, and share current assessment practices. In addition, teachers will reflect on ways they already incorporate the skills included in strands 4, 5 and 6 of the CVTE Frameworks: Employability and Career Readiness, Management and Entrepreneur Knowledge and Skills, and Technology Literacy Knowledge Skills. Teachers will be given time to reflect on their current time management and assessment practices. The facilitator will offer research based strategies and techniques for managing time in a block. Each teacher will complete several worksheets and a concept map in relation to the above topics. If time allows teachers will complete a rubric (departmental) that will encompass employability and higher order thinking skills.

Optional Product:Create four lesson plans that utilize the strategies and techniques discussed over the two meetings. (lessons could focus on one topic or include more than one topic discussed)

Location:TaconicHigh School: Room V148



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
MS02: Integrating Supplementary File Folders and Foldables into Middle School Common Core Math Lessons

MS02: Integrating Supplementary File Folders and Foldables into Middle School Common Core Math Lessons

Presented by: Susan Dapson

Intended for:Middle school math, ELL and SPED teachers and math coaches

Objective:Teachers will develop three rigorous and relevant math lessons using the Massachusetts Common Core Standards. After generating the lessons, teachers will create supplementary file folders and foldable components to help students access the content of the math lessons.

Product:Teachers will develop three rigorous and relevant lesson plans (using the Common Core Standards) and the accompanying file folders and foldables for those lessons.

Optional Product:Teachers will develop two lesson plans from the Common Core Math Standards at their grade level. They will create the file folders and foldables to accompany the lessons that will allow students to access the content of the Math lessons.

Location:Reid Middle School: Room 215



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
HS10: Understanding the culture of poverty, successful interventions for at-risk youth and gaining a better understanding of DSM-5 disorders

HS10:Understanding the culture of poverty, successful interventions for at-risk youth and gaining a better understanding of DSM-5 disorders

Presented by:Marie Richardson, Irene Zeilinski, Kim McCann, Evan Cornish, Kevin Harrington

Intended for:High School staff

Objective:Gain a better understanding of the hidden rules of economic class and that, despite the obstacles poverty can create in all types of interaction, there are specific strategies for overcoming them. Create behavior intervention plans to meet all students needs and learn how DSM-5 disorders impact our students.

Product:Understanding the culture of poverty and writing effective intervention plans.

Optional Product:To be announced

Location:Taconic High School: Room 123 & 125



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS01: Perception vs. Reality: Knowing that Our Students Know It

HS01:Perception vs. Reality: Knowing that Our Students Know It

Presented by:Carla Comeau

Intended for:High School math teachers

Objective:How do we know... the level of our STUDENTS ...understanding? ...ability to interpret? ...ability to apply? ...ability to think critically? Teachers will utilize UBD*/backward design to develop a deeper understanding of MA Math standards, both vertically and horizontally through peer conversations and sharing. Teachers will to create probes and progress monitoring questions in varied formats in order to formatively assess students level of skills, applications, and critical thinking abilities on Algebra and Geometry standards. Teachers will utilize the UBD process to inform their instruction

Product:Discussion logs, Sets of Probes and Progress Monitoring on specific standards.

Optional Product:Create four sets of: 1-Probe Pair & 1 Progress Monitoring 4-question set to share. Each set can be a part 1, part 2 of the same standard.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Room 130



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS03: iSTEM/iCONSHow to Build a STEM Module

HS03:iSTEM/iCONSHow to Build a STEM Module

Presented by:Maureen Boino & Adrienne Wootters (MCLA Professor)

Intended for:High school science, math, engineering & technology teachers

Objective:How to engage students in looking at real world problems through the lens of STEM. Participants will learn how to apply reverse design, starting from learning goals, moving towards assessment strategies, planning educational activities in the context of real world problems with substantial STEM components. Each participant should leave the workshop with the beginnings of an iSTEM case study that they can bring back to their classes and build upon.

Product:Teachers may earn content graduate PDPs if they work on the document/model design over the summer and present it during a Fall 2015 PD and turnin document. It could be as simple as what did they try with their class and analyze how it went? What was successful or not and how can it be improved upon? Was a model/prototype made? What role did the teacher play? How effective were we at making a predictive model? What was most challenging for me as teacher and teammates/students?

Optional Product:If teachers do not want graduate credit (if it becomes available) then they can receive four content PDPs if paper/model is turned in. Prof. Wootters would like to pilot this workshop and see how it goes before offering content-based college credit from MCLA.

Location:PittsfieldHigh School: Room 308



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS13: Literacy Skills for the High School Content Area

HS13:Literacy Skills for the High School Content Area

Presented by:Melissa Ferris

Intended for:High school educators who teach CTE, history, science, foreign languages, or math

Objective:To provide and model strategies that content area teachers can use to more fully and effectively implement the literacy standards, thereby increasing students reading comprehension and writing abilities. Also, to increase collaboration among teachers on best practices for implementing the literacy standards and for incorporating Keys to Literacy strategies learned previously.

Product:All participants will complete a detailed lesson plan incorporating the literacy standards and utilizing the skills presented in the sessions.

Optional Product:Participants may create and conduct three lesson plans, with related formative and summative assessments, which incorporate the literacy standards and some of the strategies discussed. Presenters are available to observe the lessons and offer feedback if participants so desire. Participants who choose to complete this project will be asked to present their lesson, student work samples, and their reflections at the second session.

Location:Taconic High School: Culinary Arts Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS14: Assessing Interpretive Communication with Integrated Performance Assessments

HS14: Assessing Interpretive Communication with Integrated Performance Assessments

Presented by:Patricia Eder

Intended for:High school world modern and classical language teachers, high school second language teachers

Objective:Teachers will develop and share strategies for an overall reflective learning process that incorporates IPA (Integrated Performance Assessments) and offers the opportunity to assess multiple skill levels using the same authentic texts and themes. Assessments are teacher created/student driven. This workshop will focus on the Interpretive Communication Strand of the Massachusetts Standards. Presenter will share strategies from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) workshop for implementing IPA into lessons. Teachers will work collaboratively to develop activities and lessons that implement IPA strategies that can be effectively incorporated into their classroom teaching practice.

Product:Each participant will develop strategies for timely, specific and measurable Integrated Performance Assessments of Interpretive Communication skills of second language learners. Each participant will develop a self Assessment and Reflection check list for teacher and student.

Optional Product:Participants will develop a lesson incorporating IPAs for timely, specific and measurable assessment of the Interpretive Communication skills of second language learners.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Room 147



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
S04: A Plan to Build the Instrument Music Program

S04: A Plan to Build the Instrument Music Program

Presented by:Juliet Wright

Intended for:Instrumental music teachers

Schedule:12:003:00pm

Objectives:1. To develop a strategic plan to build the instrumental music program at all levels. 2. To develop and define the perfect instrumental music program and the resources it would take to launch that program.

Product:Three lists will be created that contain the following information:

  1. What we have to have every year to have a program.
  2. What we would like to have available to build the program.
  3. If we had an unlimited budget, this list would be the ideal list of what we would want. A document will be created that outlines the perfect instrumental music program, its requirements for scheduling, space, materials and community support.

Optional Product:Participants will create detailed benchmarks, learning sequences, processes and indicators of success to supplement the District Determined Measures created on September 24, based on lists and program outlines created as the result of these two sessions.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Orchestra Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
HS07: Using Daily/Weekly Writing Journals in Content Classes

HS07:Using Daily/Weekly Writing Journals in Content Classes

Presented by:James Reynolds

Intended for: High school teachers

Objective:To provide teachers with ideas and suggestions for using daily writing journals in their classroom. To discuss the multiple benefits of incorporating these journals into their academic content areas, as well as to better track and support students personal growth and well being. To provide samples and exemplars of journal topics as well as possible grading rubrics.

Product:Teachers will produce a list of possible journal topics, prompts, connectors, and quotes that will enhance their various academic content area lessons

Optional Product:For optional product credits, participants may create a yearly syllabus/curriculum map overview of possible journal topics to use in their academic classrooms that correspond to the content being taught in each quarter.

Location:PittsfieldHigh School: Room 234



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS11: Close Reading and Interaction with a Text

HS10:Understanding the culture of poverty, successful interventions for at-risk youth and gaining a better understanding of DSM-5 disorders

Presented by:Patrice Lattrell

Intended for: All high school teachers that use non-fiction articles in their classrooms.

Objective:To help teachers of subjects other than English choose reading material, prepare lessons that will help their students close read and interact with a text through annotation, create discussion and open response questions and write responses to a text using evidence to support their understanding and explanation.

Product:At the end of this workshop participants will have at least one non-fiction text that they be able to use embedded in a lesson in which they can have student have a more in depth experience with the text. The text will be annotated, have higher-order thinking questions for discussion and a writing assignment designed for students to use evidence from the text to create a claim

Optional Product:A unit plan that includes two non-fiction texts embedded in a unit that requires activities around annotation, discussion and writing for the two non-fiction pieces.

Location:Taconic High School: Room 213



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS09: Use of CPO Lab Materials for the new Physics A First Course Text and its integration in the New Science Core

HS09:Use of CPO Lab Materials for the new Physics A First Course Text and its integration in the New Science Core

Presented by:Diane Truax

Intended for:High school science, special education and math teachers

Objectives:

  1. Use of the new CPO physics equipment & the coordinating labs. (Training with CPO representative)
  2. Analysis of the procedure and investigation sheet supplied with new text.
  3. Analysis of the cross curricular aspects of the investigations.
  4. Modifications needed for investigations completed by IEP or 504 students.
  5. Analysis of the labs to the New MCAS science core.

Product:Teachers will perform laboratory investigations using the new CPO equipment for the Physic First textbook. Investigations will be analyzed for: accuracy of write-ups and procedure, cross-curricular aspects, coorelation to the new core standard and modifications needed for IEP and 504 students.

Optional Product:Completion of four additional investigations and the review sheet.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Room 320



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
S01: Study Group: Planning & Intervening with Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered Students

S01: Study Group: Planning & Intervening with Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered Students

Presented by:Ann Marie Carpenter

Intended for:K-12 Psych/SAC PEAA Unit members only.

Schedule:12:003:00pm

Objective:Review scope of concern, current status of behavioral/emotional supports available in district and develop recommendations for improved interventions.

Product:Description of recommendations for improvements to interventions for emotionally and behaviorally disordered students.

Optional Product:Provision of written input on research conducted between sessions on additional models of effective intervention to be used in planning for 2nd session.

Location:Mercer Administration Building: 2nd Floor Conference Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
HS02: How to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards and Advanced Placement Science Practices into your Science Curriculum

HS02:How to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards and Advanced Placement Science Practices into your Science Curriculum

Presented by:Kristen Pearson

Intended for:Grades 9-12 Science teachers

Objective:To familiarize science teachers with the Science Practices of the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards and to develop and share best practices which utilize these practices with specific application on a daily basis.

Product:Each attendee will have a working understanding of the 8 Science Practices from the Next Generation Science Standards and the College Board AP Science Program. Each attendee will have a working document of how the practices can be incorporated and utilized in various units or lessons.

Optional Product:Teachers will create an additional unit in which the Science Practices are utilized.

Location:Taconic High School: Room 103



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS05: Desktop Publishing, iPhoto and Photoshop CS6

HS05:Desktop Publishing, iPhoto and Photoshop CS6

Presented by:Ron Wojcik & Heather McNeice

Intended for:High School teachers interested in using these tools to expand their classroom teaching techniques. Note: Photoshop software is only available on Business Lab computers.

Objective:We will teach Desktop Publishing on the first day and then iPhoto and Photoshop CS6 on the second day. We will provide techniques, tools, and tips for using these products to enhance teaching in their classrooms. We are basing our standards off of our own adopted 21st Century Learning Expectations that we are using at Taconic.

Product:Teachers will have the opportunity to create their own marketing flyer in the workshop. This will include concepts from our 21st Century Learning Expectations including the use of technology, creativity, active learning, and applying relevant information.

Optional Product:Create a marketing flyer for a local charity or fundraiser.

Location:TaconicHigh School: Room 235



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
MS05: Sentence Diagrams! Engaging Students in Grammar

MS05:Sentence Diagrams! Engaging Students in Grammar

Presented by: Aurora Cooper

Intended for:Middle school ELA and special education teachers

Objective:To share a best practice (sentence diagrams) in teaching grammar in order to address the Common Core Conventions of Standard English. To brainstorm classroom use of sentence diagrams and other ways to encourage students to care about grammar.

Product:Each attendee will produce a Sentence Diagram Handbook by filling in rules and completing sentence diagrams. In pairs, participants will complete a Classroom Implementation Brainstorming sheet.

Optional Product:Create three short lesson plans, each using a different strategy to teach the same Conventions of Standard English standard. One must include sentence diagrams.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Room 110



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
ES15: ELLs: Social, Emotional, and Academic Impact

ES15: ELLs: Social, Emotional, and Academic Impact

Presented by: Kim Bilotta

Intended for:Elementary teachers with English Language Learners who want to learn about the social, emotional and educational struggles of their students.

Objective:The purpose of this workshop is to address the needs of the growing population of English Language Learners in the Pittsfield Public Schools.(Note: An electronic device is required to research current events and conduct digital conversations via Google docs.)

Product:ELLs have diverse backgrounds, academically and culturally, and unique social and emotional needs.This workshop will dive into the details of immigration, the path to citizenship, cultural and academic challenges, and the social and emotional impact of migrating to the U.S. and to Pittsfield, specifically. Teachers will construct an action plan to support their ELL students.

Optional Product:Teachers will complete two lesson plans focusing on the topics presented, including differentiated curriculum (specifically for multi-level ELLs) and a personal reflection with year-long goals, to support an ELL in their classroom.

Location:Morningside Community School: Orchard Quad 1 & 2



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
MS07: MCASAlt: What Worked, What Didnt Work, Planning Ahead

MS07:MCASAlt: What Worked, What Didnt Work, Planning Ahead

Presented by: Nancy Gardner

Intended for:Middle School teachers who have administered or may administer MCAS-Alternate Assessments for students

Objective:Participants will reflect upon successes and challenges involved in compiling MCAS-Alt portfolios. They will use that information to plan for next years portfolios with an eye toward incorporating Alternative Assessment activities into rigorous daily instruction.

Product:Tip sheet for teachers doing Alternate Assessment(developed from the Google Doc activities on the first day). At least one completely planned entry point with a minimum of 10 learning activities.

Optional Product:One additional entry point with 10 learning activities.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Library



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
MS04: Algebra I Curriculum Guides - Middle School

MS04: Algebra I Curriculum GuidesMiddle School

Presented by: Ann Manns & Wendy Stebbins

Intended for:Middle school math teachers

Objective:Formulate an Algebra I curriculum guide.

Product:Lesson aligned to the Algebra I Curriculum.

Optional Product:Another lesson aligned to the Algebra I Curriculum.

Location:Pittsfield High School: Room to be announced



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
MS08: Creating a Heroes Unit Assessment for Grade 6

MS08:Creating a Heroes Unit Assessment for Grade 6

Presented by: Amanda Soar

Intended for: 6th grade ELA teachers

Objective:We will work as a group to create an assessment to be given after the quarter three unit for 6th grade ELA. The theme of the quarter is heroes and we will use the text: Jackie RobinsonJustice at Last. We will create PARCC-like questions.

Product: An assessment that uses the text: Jackie RobinsonJustice at Last. An answer sheet and graphic organizers. A key to the assessment.

Optional Product:Create an assessment for The Watsons Go to Birmingham, My Brother Sam is Dead, or Out of the Dust that consists of at least 20 PARCC-like multiple choice questions and one written part focusing on the focus standards for that quarter.

Location:Reid Middle School: Room 6



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
ES14: Sliding Baseball Across the Curriculum

ES14: Sliding Baseball Across the Curriculum

Presented by: Andrew Mickle

Intended for:Elementary teachers

Objective:Present an interdisciplinary educational unit on baseball to teach various elements of art, music, poetry, literature, science, technology, mathematics, history, geography, sociology and economics. The curriculum is aligned with the National Core Curriculum Standards. The workshop has been developed in conjunction with The National Baseball Hall of Fame and museum.

Product:Participants will be presented with lesson plans aligned with the National Common Core Standards in a variety of subjects related to baseball that they can incorporate into their own teaching practices.

Optional Product:An optional field trip will be offered to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. During the four hours at the Museum, participants will have a guided tour of the museum, observe with the Educational Staff teaching modules from the Hall of Fame Curriculum and interact with the Educational Staff on how baseball is used as a vehicle for education. Date to be announced at a later time.

Location:Stearns Elementary School: Computer Room



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
MS09: Tips and Strategies for Helping Students Meet or Exceed the Common Core State Standards in Math

MS09:Tips and Strategies for Helping Students Meet or Exceed the Common Core State Standards in Math

Presented by:Melissa Campbell & Lynn Helde

Intended for:Grade 68 math teachers

Objective:To share best practices and strategies for student engagement, assessment techniques, and ways to modify current materials to meet Common Core Standards. We will explore ways to make math accessible to all students.

Product:Participants will leave with tips and strategies to use in their classrooms to teach, assess and modify current materials so that they are better prepared to comprehensive testing. Participating teachers will also receive a folder of materials to take back to their classroom. Participants will practice strategies in their classrooms and be prepared to share those successes in the second session.

Optional Product:Participants will submit a lesson plan that includes strategies and techniques they learned in the workshop. This will also include a synopsis of how they implemented these, the results they had and any suggestions they have for others to implement.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Room 114



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
ES06: A.P.E. Writing Process and its Alignment to Reading Streets College and Career Readiness Assessment and the PARCC Exam

ES06: A.P.E. Writing Process and its Alignment to Reading Streets College and Career Readiness Assessment and the PARCC Exam

Presented by: Laura Spence

Intended for:4th and 5th Grade ELA/Writing teachers

Objective:Teachers will explore the use of the A.P.E. (Answer, Prove, Explain) writing process to answer open response questions and apply it to Reading Streets College and Career Readiness Assessments and the PARCC exam in order to prepare students for the new assessment system.

Product:Each participant will complete a constructed open response from a Reading Street College and Career Readiness weekly test utilizing the A.P. E. format using a template as a guideline. (Template and all resources for workshop will be provided.) Each participant will also submit a list identifying the advantages and disadvantages of using this process to answer this type of exam.

Optional Product:Creation of two lesson plans in which the A.P.E. format is explicitly taught to answer Reading Streets College and Career Readiness weekly assessment tests (Constructed Response.)

Location:Morningside Community School: Maple 1 Quad



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 PM to May 22, 2015 12 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12 )
New Start: Supporting multilingual children and immigrant & refugee families

New Start:
Supporting multilingual children and
immigrant & refugee families

More 1 in 4 children under age 6 live in households that speak a language other than English. In order to prepare children from birth to school readiness in immigrant and refugee families, a focus on early learning for these children and meaningful engagement of their parents and communities is essential. This new training series will equip providers, stakeholders and other professionals with knowledge of immigration policy as it impacts children and families, cultural competency, and child development and educational principles in the context of multilingual homes and multicultural environments.


Content and discussion includes:

  • ABCs of Immigration & Refugee Law and Policy
  • Immigration Status & Access to Public Benefits
  • Working with Dual Language Learner Children & Families
  • Cultural Competency & Family Engagement
  • Being a Resource for Families

Instruction and facilitation
provided by:

Shannon Erwin, MIRA Coalition
Hanna Gebretensae, Tufts University
Daila Davila-Gonzalez, Tufts University
Jeffrey Gross, MIRA Coalition

Questions:

Jeffrey Gross, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
jgross@miracoalition.org
617-350-5480x228

*All trainings are free of charge, 45 minutes is scheduled for lunch; food will not be provided



When: Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to Jun 13, 2015 4 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me for a night of Solo Acoustic Folk/Rock. Great Food and atmosphere. Hope to see you there!

When: Jun 26, 2015 8 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20 )
Pet First Aid & CPR - BCC

Description:

All our Pet First Aid and CPR classes are approved for CEU's by many organizations including:

  • Massachusetts Certified Veterinarian Technicians
  • CCPDT
  • PSI
  • NAPPS
  • North Carolina Veterinary Board
  • Others
We can also apply for others if you are required CEU's with in your orginization.

Do not let this scare you off. All pet owners will greatly benefit from this class. This just shows the level of the class for our students.

The Pet Saver / First Aid and CPR program is aproximately 8 hours in length and is the recommended course of instruction and includes all three classes.

1. Pet First Aid & CPR (Approximately 5-6 hours)(9am - 3pm)

One of the most important and vital items you will learn in this class is the Snout -To-Tail assessment. This skill alone is worth the price of admission

Restraining and Muzzling

Primary Assessment

Rescue Breathing

Canine and Feline CPR

Choking Management

Snout-To-Tail Assessment

Assessing the Pet's Vitals

Handbook

Insect Bites & Stings and snake bites

Heat & Cold Injuries

Seizure

You can read more about this program and others at:

www.jimhelemsdogpals.com

You can see all out Pet First Aid products on our shop:

www.dogpalsshop.com

About your instructor.

Jim Helems currently owns Jim Helems' Dog Pals. As a dog behavior consultant and dog trainer Jim deals with dogs and other pets on a daily basis. Along with his 22 years as a military medic, Jim is uniquely qualified to teach this class.


Certified by both Pet Tech, (A Certified Master Instructor) and the American Red Cross.


Currently Jim is involved with several Disaster Animal Response Teams at the local, state and national levels assisting in local disasters and also assists the ASPCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in rescuing dogs from illegal puppy mills.

Most importantly Jim has used these skills to help save the lives of several dogs from car accidents, illness and more.

Cancellations:

Classes are scheduled, in part, based on attendance. We do not refund any fees paid, but will allow you to attend another class of your choosing within 1 year of original class date. This is your responsibilty to schedule a new class with the instructor prior to attending class.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

We recommend: Girls 10 years or older, Boys 12 years and older, exceptions are always possible

What can/can't I bring to the event?

No dogs/cats allowed in class except service dogs.

You can bring a lunch or snacks and drink if you wish

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jim Helems, dogpals1@gmail.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You should but not required

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds on classes. But you can atttend another class within 1 year of your purchase date. You must contat the instructor prior to the class to ensure a seat.



When: Jun 28, 2015 9 AM to Jun 28, 2015 3 PMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 80.00 true Pet First Aid & CPR only (5-6 hours) (Start time 8:00am) 80.00

(Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09 )
Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival
Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival is happening on 12 Sep 2015 at Warren County Fairgrounds Pittsfield, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Architecture & Designing industry.

Book a stall at 10times.com!

When: Sep 12, 2015 12 AM to Sep 13, 2015 12 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00 )
Peanut Butter & Cupcake Storytime
Peanut Butter & Cupcake Storytime
Storytime, Special Event, Children's Event
Children's
May 30, 2015 1:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Pittsfield
555 Hubbard Ave
Pittsfield
MA
01201
413-496-9051

When: May 30, 2015 1 PM in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 May 2015 13 )
Warren County Fair
Warren County Fair is happening on 11 Aug 2015 at Warren County Fairgrounds Pittsfield, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Sporting Goods, Toys & Games industry.

Book a stall at 10times.com!

When: Aug 11, 2015 12 AM to Aug 15, 2015 12 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00 )
HS08: Teacher Website Development

HS08: Teacher Website Development

Presented by:Karen Shields

Intended for: High school teachers

Objective:To design navigation for a teacher website;begin to add and upload text and resources; know how to update, add to and maintain the website; and form a commitment to use the website regularly to enhance communication and instruction both in and out of class.

Product:A working teacher website with information that is engaging and useful to parents and students. Working websites should provide the correct level of information needed to facilitate student work after school hoursadd resources for those who want to go beyond the basicsand facilitate family involvement in student learning.

Optional Product:Each participant at the end of the first session can choose an element of the website they would like to add or expand for the next session. For example, pages can be created for units that will take place later in the year (or the next year) and then hidden until a scheduled time to appear. Or...a calendar with documents attached could be completed for the rest of the year to serve as a homework hub. Or...a resource page for each subject taught (or level) could be completed and attached to the appropriate classes or sections.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Computer Lab



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
HS15: Statistics: Beyond Mean, Median and Mode

HS15: Statistics: Beyond Mean, Median and Mode

Presented by:Barbara Frost

Intended for:High school math teachers

Objective:To develop activity-based lessons to explore the Common Core statistics standards. A variety of activities will be worked out by participants and we will discuss how and where these can be used in the current curriculum.

Product:Teachers will have a working knowledge of all of the Common Core curriculum statistics standards and see the vertical alignment in the common core. Teachers will learn how to use graphing calculators for statistics and will be able to pass this knowledge on to their students. Teachers will see and experience an activity based approach to statistics.

Optional Product:Packet of problems. Design an activity that you would use in your class and write it up.

Location:Taconic High School: Room 115



When: Apr 8, 2015 11 AM to May 22, 2015 11 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11 )
MS06: Family Engagement with Web Pages

MS06: Family Engagement with Web Pages

Presented by: Nancy Sacchetti

Intended for:All middle school educators

Objective:Learn to develop and use a teacher web page to promote family engagement and share specific standards based lessons.

Product:A teacher web page that promotes family engagement.

Optional Product:Develop a web-based lesson driven primarly from the teachers web page (ie research, web quest, active links to follow). Lesson must be standards-based with citation of specific standards to the teachers discipline.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Room 135



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )
S05: Physical Education Warm ups and Work outs: Getting Groups of Any Size Moving

S05: Physical Education Warm ups and Work outs: Getting Groups of Any Size Moving

Presented by:Jennifer Roccabruna

Intended for:Middle and high school physical education teachers

Schedule:11:40 am 2:35 pm

Objectives: Demonstrate and participate in physical activities warm ups that are motivating, fast paced and fitness directed to lessons to get students moving quickly

Product:All attendees will complete floor layout worksheets to design a fitness circuit appropriate for their school setting. Product will detail the topic related to technology tools, equipment choices and assessment ideas for instruction.

Optional Product:Teachers will create four lesson plans with technology and fitness circuits incorporated into teaching and assessing students.

Location:Herberg Middle School: Gymnasium



When: Apr 8, 2015 11:40:00 AM to May 22, 2015 11:40:00 AMin Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:40:00 )

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