Fifth Annual Teacher Academy

For the fifth year in a row educators and administrators gathered together to learn new ideas and best practices from each other. 19 teachers presented on a range of topics from classroom management to using popular songs to teach academic concepts.

We are here at ESC ready and excited for our Teacher Academy!! Who is joining us? #WeReadHere

Our emcee Jim Connell kept the day moving. He helped welcome everyone, set up the ice breaker and helped do announcements during the day! Thanks Jim! #wereadhere

Our emcee Jim Connell kept the day moving. He helped welcome everyone, set up the ice breaker and helped do announcements during the day! Thanks Jim! #wereadhere
The day started with an icebreaker where all the teachers got to mingle and get to know each other a little better.

Icebreaker to get to know fellow teachers at our Teacher Academy! #wereadhere

Icebreaker to get to know fellow teachers at our Teacher Academy! #wereadhere
Our Executive Director, Bob Paponetti, welcomed all the teachers to the Teacher Academy!

Our Executive Director Bob Paponetti started the day off by welcoming everyone to our 5th annual Teacher Academy. #wereadhere

Our Executive Director Bob Paponetti started the day off by welcoming everyone to our 5th annual Teacher Academy. #wereadhere
The day started out with four different break out sessions.
Phonics Fun was presented by Samantha Schaefer a Kindergarten teacher from Berea School District. The session covered how phonics and word recognition are presented in Kindergarten.

Phonics Fun with Samantha from Berea. #WeReadHere https://t.co/VTcEq5OcTD

Phonics Fun with Samantha from Berea. #WeReadHerepic.twitter.com/VTcEq5OcTD
The second session was called Integrating Technology with Math: A 21st Century Classroom. It was presented by Claire McKeon and Sarah Eppler of Fairview Park City schools who are Special Education and 1st Grade Teachers. The session focused on how to facilitate centers and incorporate technology in the classroom.

Claire McKeon and Sarah Eppler of Fairview Park did a great presentation on "Integrating Technology with Math: A 21st Century Classroom". Here they are showing the app Chatter Pix. #wereadhere

Claire McKeon and Sarah Eppler of Fairview Park did a great presentation on “Integrating Technology with Math: A 21st Century Classroom”. Here they are showing the app Chatter Pix. #wereadhere

Writing lyrics in the Hooks, Lines, and Singers session peesented by the Cuyahoga Heights teachers. #WeReadHere https://t.co/uKJ2VzNKrO

Writing lyrics in the Hooks, Lines, and Singers session peesented by the Cuyahoga Heights teachers. #WeReadHere pic.twitter.com/uKJ2VzNKrO

Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki and Matt Luginbill of Cuyahoga Heights did a fantastic presentation on using popular songs to create engaging lessons. Here are some attendees singing the songs they wrote #wereadhere

Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki and Matt Luginbill of Cuyahoga Heights did a fantastic presentation on using popular songs to create engaging lessons. Here are some attendees singing the songs they wrote #wereadhere
The fourth session was Book Flix and Early World of Learning: INFOhio Resources to Support Early Literacy presented by Laurie Switzer, WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, Professional Learning Coordinator. It introduced educators to free digital resources that can be integrated into instruction in the classroom or accessed at home.

INFO Ohio resources with Laurie from ideastream. #WeReadHere https://t.co/1NeuWO3pJR

INFO Ohio resources with Laurie from ideastream. #WeReadHerepic.twitter.com/1NeuWO3pJR

Great resources to be found on InfoOhio!! @literacycoop #WeReadHere https://t.co/5zypM45UNe

Great resources to be found on InfoOhio!! @literacycoop #WeReadHerepic.twitter.com/5zypM45UNe

More resources for fun, educational reading practice at home! @literacycoop #wereadhere https://t.co/mB165Dnf60

More resources for fun, educational reading practice at home! @literacycoop#wereadhere pic.twitter.com/mB165Dnf60
Breakout time 2 included Artsy Arithmetic with Debby Rinella and April Jones, 2nd Grade Teachers from Bedford City Schools. This session shared how teachers can work together to build a community of learners through cross-curricular collaboration.

#WeReadHere Debby & April from Bedford Schools connecting Salvador Dali with 2nd grade math! Cool circles https://t.co/okmsnfVHVF

#WeReadHere Debby & April from Bedford Schools connecting Salvador Dali with 2nd grade math! Cool circles pic.twitter.com/okmsnfVHVF

Bringing art into math class #wereadhere https://t.co/2UmxVIt0TY

Bringing art into math class #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/2UmxVIt0TY

Thank you April and Debby for the creative Artsy Math lesson. #WeReadHere https://t.co/RY4cR7emFx

Thank you April and Debby for the creative Artsy Math lesson. #WeReadHerepic.twitter.com/RY4cR7emFx
Another session was The Engaging Differentiated Mathematics Classroom presented by Elizabeth Bruce, a 2nd grade teacher from Cleveland Heights- University Heights. It provided ideas for the development of data driven engaging math instruction.

Elizabeth Bruce explaining how best to use centers at the differential math session #wereadhere https://t.co/vi1rQAaiFq

Elizabeth Bruce explaining how best to use centers at the differential math session #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/vi1rQAaiFq
The third session was another presentation by Laurie Switzer of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream called PBS Learning Media and Ready to Learn. It explained the free access to early literacy digital media that can be integrated into classroom instruction.

Laurie Switzer of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream showing teachers how best to use PBS lab for educators and ready to learn resources. #wereadhere

Laurie Switzer of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream showing teachers how best to use PBS lab for educators and ready to learn resources. #wereadhere
After lunch there were two more breakout sessions. The first grouping of sessions included Geometry, It’s All About the Shapes! It was presented by Jamie Palcisko, a 2nd grade from Berea City Schools. The session taught a variety of hands-on and interactive activities for exploring the concepts of geometric shapes with young students.

Jamie Palcisko of Berea schools did a presentation on Geometry. Here she is showing how to make shape books. #wereadhere

Jamie Palcisko of Berea schools did a presentation on Geometry. Here she is showing how to make shape books. #wereadhere

It's all about the shapes- no trouble🎤@literacycoop #wereadhere https://t.co/fOVp2kdaad

It’s all about the shapes- no trouble🎤@literacycoop #wereadherepic.twitter.com/fOVp2kdaad

'It's All About the Shapes' at the Literacy Cooperative! Great job Mrs. Palcisko! #wereadhere https://t.co/v7Xb0uClFh

‘It’s All About the Shapes’ at the Literacy Cooperative! Great job Mrs. Palcisko! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/v7Xb0uClFh
One of the other sessions was Rubrics and Post-its and Charts…Oh my! Strategies for Self-monitoring Student Progress. It was presented by Becky Corr a Kindergarten Teacher from South Euclid-Lyndhurst. The session taught how students lean to set goals by making charts using pictures to understand the “I can…,” statement.

Becky Corr from South Euclid-Lyndhurst did a presentation on Rubrics, Post-it's and Charts! #wereadhere

Becky Corr from South Euclid-Lyndhurst did a presentation on Rubrics, Post-it’s and Charts! #wereadhere

Rubrics, post its, and charts with Becky from SEL. #WeReadHere https://t.co/RrihUHLE4E

Rubrics, post its, and charts with Becky from SEL. #WeReadHerepic.twitter.com/RrihUHLE4E
Kathy Sisson and Abby Gleason of Lakewood City Schools presented on Effective Use of iPads in the Classroom! They presented on productive apps to make learning and teaching more effective and motivating in the classroom.

Using iPads in the classroom with Kathy and Abbey from Lakewood. #WeReadHere https://t.co/iiJ5fGpVXd

Using iPads in the classroom with Kathy and Abbey from Lakewood. #WeReadHere pic.twitter.com/iiJ5fGpVXd

Kathy Sisson and Abby Gleason of Lakewood Schools showed some great apps to use in the classroom!!

Kathy Sisson and Abby Gleason of Lakewood Schools showed some great apps to use in the classroom!!
There was also a presentation called Math Games and More! which was presented by Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings, 1st grade teachers from Maple Heights school district. They taught a few games that help students build number sense and place value knowledge.

Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings of Maple Heights talked about great math games!

Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings of Maple Heights talked about great math games!

Mrs. Byers and Mr. Kruggel engaged in professional development @literacycoop #WeReadHere #BCSDTitans https://t.co/d09R1UTNUa

Mrs. Byers and Mr. Kruggel engaged in professional development @literacycoop#WeReadHere #BCSDTitans pic.twitter.com/d09R1UTNUa
Breakout session four had three more presentations in which to end the day with. Raquel White, an Instructional Coach from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, presented on Class Dojo. She showed how to use this classroom management app to encourage students in class and communicate with parents.

Using Class Dojo with Raquel White #wereadhere https://t.co/1hR7dijOt7

Using Class Dojo with Raquel White #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/1hR7dijOt7
Amy Rosenbaum and Kristi Shultheis of Euclid City Schools presented on Flexible Grouping: Meet them where they are! During the session they shared their model for flexible grouping in their classrooms.

Meeting students where they are! #WeReadHere https://t.co/p7Pq8G0YeF

Meeting students where they are! #WeReadHere pic.twitter.com/p7Pq8G0YeF

Amy Rosenbaum and Kristi Shultheis of Euclid Schools talked about Flexible Grouping! #wereadhere

Amy Rosenbaum and Kristi Shultheis of Euclid Schools talked about Flexible Grouping! #wereadhere
One of the last sessions of the day was another session given by Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings. This session was called, Math Routines your students will LOVE! It taught routines to help students build their number sense and place value knowledge in the primary grades.
Using incredible equations and numbers lines to learn math with Michelle Ita & Melissa Topping #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/eDDowKRFdX
One of the things that makes the Teacher Academy so great is the our fantastic presenters. Thank you

Thanks to Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki, Matthew Luginbill from Cuyahoga Heights for presenting on using songs! https://t.co/6JqAVLf8IK

Thanks to Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki, Matthew Luginbill from Cuyahoga Heights for presenting on using songs! pic.twitter.com/6JqAVLf8IK

Thank you to Deborah Rinella and April Devincentis from Bedford who presented Artsy Arithmetic! #wereadhere https://t.co/PmoTfaO0Te

Thank you to Deborah Rinella and April Devincentis from Bedford who presented Artsy Arithmetic! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/PmoTfaO0Te

Thanks to Jamie Palcisko & Samantha Schaefer from Berea who presented on Geometry & Phonics! #wereadhere https://t.co/lJfRkccsVe

Thanks to Jamie Palcisko & Samantha Schaefer from Berea who presented on Geometry & Phonics! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/lJfRkccsVe

Thank you to Raquel White who gave a presentation on Class Dojo! #wereadhere https://t.co/TOoUpUjHlL

Thank you to Raquel White who gave a presentation on Class Dojo! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/TOoUpUjHlL

Thank you to Amy Rosenbaum & Kristie Schultheis from Euclid for presenting on Flexiable Grouping! #wereadhere https://t.co/nwTiHXML7y

Thank you to Amy Rosenbaum & Kristie Schultheis from Euclid for presenting on Flexiable Grouping! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/nwTiHXML7y

Thanks to Claire McKeon & Sarah Eppler from Fairview Park for presenting on Technology & Math #wereadhere https://t.co/hkPXWpFVIx

Thanks to Claire McKeon & Sarah Eppler from Fairview Park for presenting on Technology & Math #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/hkPXWpFVIx

Thanks to Kathy Sisson & Abbey Gleason from Lakewood for presenting on using iPads in the classroom! #wereadhere https://t.co/GR02p3a1xU

Thanks to Kathy Sisson & Abbey Gleason from Lakewood for presenting on using iPads in the classroom! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/GR02p3a1xU

Thanks to Michelle Ita & Melissa Toppings from Maple Heights for presenting on Math games and routines! #wereadhere https://t.co/GKSKNE1Bek

Thanks to Michelle Ita & Melissa Toppings from Maple Heights for presenting on Math games and routines! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/GKSKNE1Bek

Thank you to Becky Corr from South Euclid-Lyndhurst for presenting on Rubrics, Post-it's & Charts! #wereadhere https://t.co/MRNA5Jn4g2

Thank you to Becky Corr from South Euclid-Lyndhurst for presenting on Rubrics, Post-it’s & Charts! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/MRNA5Jn4g2

And lastly Thank you to Elizabth Bruce from Cleveland Heights for presenting on Differentiated Math! #wereadhere https://t.co/WZCbsqtp6Q

And lastly Thank you to Elizabth Bruce from Cleveland Heights for presenting on Differentiated Math! #wereadhere pic.twitter.com/WZCbsqtp6Q
And also Thank You to Laurie Switzer from WVIZ/PBS Ideastream for her presentations on Book Flix and PBS Learning Media! #wereadhere
We want to thank all the teachers and administrators who came and participated in the Teacher Academy. We hope you had fun and learned many new things to take back to your classrooms!

Great day of networking w/ inspiring educators #WeReadHere @literacycoop @fpcscmckeon @fpcsseppler https://t.co/518K7bkUmV

Great day of networking w/ inspiring educators #WeReadHere @literacycoop@fpcscmckeon @fpcsseppler pic.twitter.com/518K7bkUmV
Great day filled with lots of teaching ideas! #wereadhere @fpcsseppler @fpcscmckeon @fpcsmseghi @MrsLamb12 https://t.co/Qq05Zg9YOF