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2021 – 2022 PRISM Workshops

PRISM is pleased to announce our Fall 2021 – 2022 school year workshop schedule. These workshops will be hosted at PRISM located at 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.

We also want you to know that PRISM is available to help with any resources, coaching or in-district planning you may need.

Please note time and cost differences. Click the title to view more information about the workshop.

PRISM Workshops

November 11, 18 and December 2, 2021: 8AM-2PM**

Three-day Fraction Bootcamp!
Grades
3-6, Teachers, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors
Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Panorkou
Cost
$425.00 if you register and attend all three ($175/workshop individually)

Let’s help our students catch up with fractions in this three-day interactive workshop where we will explore the across-the-grades development of fractions in elementary school with a focus on how fraction concepts are connected through the grades. Using a learning trajectory approach, participants will explore how to introduce (or re-introduce!) fractions to students in a meaningful way and then build to teach fraction equivalence, comparison, and fraction operations. We will examine the key ideas that need to be covered using different representations and models. We will focus on the development of both conceptual and procedural knowledge for fraction operations and present activities that can help students make sense of the algorithms like “multiplying across” and “invert and multiply.” The high cognitive demand of all session activities will surely enhance every participant’s existing library of effective fraction tasks.

**Although participants may attend only the day relevant to their grade level, it is suggested that participants attend all days in order to construct a bigger picture of the fraction progression across the grades. The 3-day camp will prepare them to support their students fill in any gaps and get them ready for what is coming next.

November 11, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Fraction Boot Camp-Day #1
Grades
3-6
Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Panorkou
Cost
$175

In this workshop, we will focus on how the way that fractions are introduced influences students’ understanding of fraction equivalence and comparison, as well as fraction operations. This session will engage participants in active learning of the meaning of fractions focusing on how to introduce fractions to students and then build to teach fraction equivalence and comparison.

November 18, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Fraction Boot Camp-Day #2
Grades
3-6
Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Panorkou
Cost
$175

This workshop will engage participants in active learning of addition and subtraction of fractions. We will also examine what foundational concepts students need to have in order to understand addition and subtraction.

December 2, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Fraction Boot Camp-Day #3
Grades
3-6
Facilitator
Dr. Nicole Panorkou
Cost
$175

This workshop will focus on multiplication and division of fractions. We will discuss what foundational concepts students need to have in order to understand multiplication and division and explore how we can make this concept accessible to every student.

November 16, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Differentiate Instruction in Math: “It’s not as hard as you think!”
Grades
6-8
Facilitator
Judith Brendel
Cost
$175

In many districts, students and parents are now permitted to select the course-level of their choice, even if it is not the student’s recommended placement. Teachers are faced with new challenges. How can we, as caring, dedicated professional educators, teach students at different levels of understanding and backgrounds at the same time? Can we realistically meet the needs of each student?

In this workshop, we will review the latest research with appropriate course level content. Teachers will experience a range of effective instructional and learning strategies and specific activities to keep ALL students motivated, engaged, learning and succeeding. Yes, we can meet their needs.

Included will be strategies and activities for warm-ups, investigations, practice, review and homework. Multi-formatted tasks will help you plan for student-to-student communications, modify material and create options. All will naturally focus on Math Practice Standards1 and NJSLS2. Everyone will leave with material to use next week, plus templates and resources to modify for original models.

  1. Math Practice Standards (focus on process rather than content)
  2. NJSLS = New Jersey Student Learning Standards

December 7, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Lesson Planning to Maximize Student Growth in Mathematics
Grades
3-5
Facilitator
Judith Brendel
Cost
$175

Wouldn’t you like to hear your students say, “Wow, I can’t believe math class is over. It went so fast; it was fun!

Well-designed lessons consider INTRODUCTIONS, MODELING, INVESTIGATIONS, PRACTICE, COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, APPLICATIONS, MONITORING and ASSESSMENTS. But they also involve the students as they learn about their needs and communicate with each other and their teacher.
Plans consider different ways for material to be taught, learned, analyzed and assessed. They make learning fun, interesting, do-able and challenging at the same time. Students sometimes work alone, sometimes in pairs or in teams, or as a whole class. They may learn to evaluate their own needs and keep track of their growth.

Let this workshop lead you to effective, efficient and creative lessons. Whether 45-minute classes or double-period sessions, differentiated planning can keep ALL students engaged, learning and enjoying as they grow towards goals and objectives they finally understand.

Teaching is both a skill and an art. Skills can be learned, but the art comes from the heart. Combining both as you plan leads to the best experiences for everyone.

December 10, 2021: 8AM-2PM

NGSS: Argumentation, CER, and Phenomena
Grades
5-12
Facilitator
Christopher Hunninghake
Cost
$175

Are you looking for ways to engage your students in activities that support argumentation and collaboration? This interactive six-hour workshop begins with a review of the foundation of the standards: the principles of NGSS, the three Dimensions, and the Performance Expectations. Participants then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons. Finally, participants examine CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning), a process for writing and speaking about science. This involves collaboratively discussing useful instructional and assessment strategies and practicing the process that guides students in making claims, supporting claims with evidence, and constructing scientific arguments. Participants will receive many resources in the form of handouts, classroom-ready activities, and websites.

December 13, 2021: 8AM-2PM

Lesson Planning to Maximize Student Growth in Mathematics
Grades
6-8
Facilitator
Judith Brendel
Cost
$175

Wouldn’t you like to hear your students say, “Wow, I can’t believe math class is over. It went so fast; it was fun!

Well-designed lessons consider INTRODUCTIONS, MODELING, INVESTIGATIONS, PRACTICE, COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, APPLICATIONS, MONITORING and ASSESSMENTS. However, they also involve the students as they learn about their needs and communicate with each other and their teacher.
Plans consider different ways for material to be taught, learned, analyzed and assessed. They make learning fun, interesting, do-able and challenging at the same time. Students sometimes work alone, sometimes in pairs or in teams, or as a whole class. They may learn to evaluate their own needs and keep track of their growth.

Let this workshop lead you to effective, efficient and creative lessons. Whether 45-minute classes or double-period sessions, differentiated planning can keep ALL students engaged, learning and enjoying as they grow towards goals and objectives they finally understand.

Teaching is both a skill and an art. Skills can be learned, but the art comes from the heart. Combining both as you plan leads to the best experiences for everyone.

January 7, 2022: 8AM-3PM

Breathing New Life Into Old Assessments
Grades
5-12
Facilitator
Christopher Hunninghake
Cost
$225

Frustrated by the lack of available assessments and activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Then come to this seven-hour workshop and learn how to modify, adapt, and align your existing assessments and activities to the NGSS. Examples of assessments will be provided, however you must bring your own tests, quizzes, lab activities, etc. Enhance the outcomes of this workshop by bringing a subject-area colleague. Due to the close assistance provided by the facilitator, enrollment is limited to 12 teachers.

January 24, 2022: 8AM-2PM

Differentiate Instruction in Math: “It’s not as hard as you think!”
Grades
3-5
Facilitator
Judith Brendel
Cost
$175

In many districts, students and parents are now permitted to select the course-level of their choice, even if it is not the student’s recommended placement. Teachers are faced with new challenges. How can we, as caring, dedicated professional educators, teach students at different levels of understanding and backgrounds at the same time? Can we realistically meet the needs of each student?

In this workshop, we will review the latest research with appropriate course level content. Teachers will experience a range of effective instructional and learning strategies and specific activities to keep ALL students motivated, engaged, learning and succeeding. Yes, we can meet their needs.

Included will be strategies and activities for warm-ups, investigations, practice, review and homework. Multi-formatted tasks will help you plan for student-to-student communications, modify material and create options. All, will naturally focus on Math Practice Standards1 and NJSLS2. Everyone will leave with material to use next week, plus templates and resources to modify for original models.

  1. Math Practice Standards (focus on process rather than content)
  2. NJSLS = New Jersey Student Learning Standards

March 18, 2022: 8AM-2PM

NGSS: Argumentation, CER, and Phenomena
Grades
5-12
Facilitator
Christopher Hunninghake
Cost
$175

Are you looking for ways to engage your students in activities that support argumentation and collaboration? This interactive five and one half-hour workshop begins with a review of the foundation of the standards: the principles of NGSS, the three Dimensions, and the Performance Expectations. Participants then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons. Finally, participants examine CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning), a process for writing and speaking about science. This involves collaboratively discussing useful instructional and assessment strategies and practicing the process that guides students in making claims, supporting claims with evidence, and constructing scientific arguments. Participants will receive many resources in the form of handouts, classroom-ready activities, and websites.

May 6, 2022: 8AM-3PM

Breathing New Life Into Old Assessments
Grades
5-12
Facilitator
Christopher Hunninghake
Cost
$225

Frustrated by the lack of available assessments and activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Then come to this seven-hour workshop and learn how to modify, adapt, and align your existing assessments and activities to the NGSS. Examples of assessments will be provided, however you must bring your own tests, quizzes, lab activities, etc. Enhance the outcomes of this workshop by bringing a subject-area colleague. Due to the close assistance provided by the facilitator, enrollment is limited to 12 teachers.