Giles County Schools
Professional Development 2015-2016
Registration is required for ALL professional development sessions. To select the sessions you will be
attending, use this link: http://goo.gl/forms/qIR9bl9Zvn
(Click on the link, or copy and paste the URL into your browser’s address bar.)
Note: Some of the sessions will require that you complete registration elsewhere as well. These sessions
have additional “Registration required” information listed in the descriptions below.
Teachers: Please be sure to list all professional development activities, workshops, conferences, etc., that you attend on
your inservice verification form, and attach the documentation to verify attendance at the event. The state’s new
licensure policy (effective September 1, 2015) requires all teachers to earn professional development points in order to
renew a license. Approved hours accrued over the required 30 hours may possibly count toward your professional
development points. Having a copy in your file will make renewal a much easier process. Be sure to make a copy of
your inservice verification form and all documentation to keep for your records. Maintaining licensure is your
responsibility.
All inservice hours for the school year must be completed by the date listed by the activity. All inservice (if no date is
listed) must be completed by April 30, 2016. Any inservice completed on May 1 or after will be counted on the next
school year.
Note: Anyone who needs to request an optional inservice activity (one that is not listed here) must submit a Request for
Optional Inservice Credit form AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the date of the inservice and must receive approval prior
to the activity in order to receive inservice credit. Note: The Inservice Verification Form and Request for Optional
Inservice Credit form are now available for download on the Curriculum and Instruction web page on the county
website. (These may be found by clicking on School Services and selecting Curriculum and Instruction from the drop-
down menu.) Both forms are available in either PDF or DOC format.
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May 1, 2015 January 31, 2016 (2 hours) Online
Suicide Prevention
Facilitator: Coordinated School Health
MANDATORY for all teachers (assistants may also complete for inservice credit)
Registration required: www.giles-lea.giles.k12.tn.us/health (Click on links under Inservice on right side of web page.)
Suicide Prevention Training is provided through the Jason Foundation. The Jason Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the
prevention of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs to equip young
people, educators, youth workers, and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
Staff can access the inservice through the CSH web page on the school system web page or at the address above. Click
on suicide prevention, and you will then be prompted on what steps to follow. When the inservice has been completed,
participants should print certificates of completion and attach to inservice verification forms at the end of the school
year.
May 27-28 8:00 3:00 (12 hours) Southside Elementary
Olweus Bullying Prevention Train the Trainer
Facilitator: Olweus
MANDATORY for and open to bullying committee members from Richland Elementary and Pulaski Elementary only
Committee members will be trained during this two-day workshop and will then train staff at their individual schools in
July.
June 2-3 8:00 3:00 (12 hours) GCHS CTE Building Health Science Room
Pyramid Model for Supporting Social/Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children
Facilitator: Kim McFall
Open to PreK only: limited to 30 participants
Strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors in the early childhood setting will be shared.
June 3-4 TBA (12 hours) Murfreesboro
LEAPS Conference
Facilitator: TDOE Lottery Education: After-school Programs staff
Open to three lead LEAPs teachers plus one additional person from each school only
Registration required: Contact Cindy Young at cyoung@gcboe.us or 931.363.8154
Lottery for Education: After-school Programs (LEAPs) provides Tennessee students with academic enrichment
opportunities that reinforce the regular academic program. All activities must be educationally based.
June 9 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School library
Evaluate the Evaluator
Facilitator: Carol Abernathy (teacher evaluators)
Open to teachers holding apprentice licenses
Teachers will examine the TEAM rubric through the eyes of an evaluator in order to better understand what evaluators
expect to see in a lesson. This session will focus on Standards & Objectives and Presenting Instructional Content.
Participants will play the roles of both student and evaluator while viewing portions of a lesson taught by a teacher
evaluator. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how their lessons will be scored on these sections of the
instructional rubric.
June 9 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School library
What Are Your Students Doing?
Facilitator: Carol Abernathy (teacher evaluators)
Open to teachers holding apprentice licenses
Teachers will examine the TEAM rubric from the student perspective. Discussions will center around what student
participation in a lesson should look like and what evaluators expect to see in a lesson. Teachers will gain a better
understanding of the emphasis on the student in the instructional rubric. This session will be segmented into three one-
hour sections allowing participants to attend one, two, or three of the sections. Topics will include the following:
section 1 academic feedback; section 2 questioning, section 3 grouping.
June 9 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) Lincoln County High School
Books & Bytes
Facilitator: Lincoln County Schools
Open to librarians only
Registration required: http://goo.gl/forms/tAeAkOINJZ
Four breakout sessions will target different topics relating to the library and to librarians.
June 9 26 8:00 5:00 (14 hours) Various dates and sites
Summer Training
Facilitator: Tennessee Department of Education
Open to learning leaders selected and pre-registered from individual schools
Registration required: Must have been pre-registered by school administration or Bobbi McMasters
The state department’s summer trainings will provide strategies and tools for teachers to help all students meet high
expectations. Content will integrate information about standards, assessments, resources, and instructional practices.
Teachers attending these trainings will be responsible for returning to their individual schools, sharing the information
learned, and leading their fellow teachers in implementing the strategies shared at the trainings. The new TN Ready
assessments will be a focus of the training sessions.
June 15 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School library
Evaluate the Evaluator
Facilitator: Carol Abernathy (teacher evaluators)
Open to teachers holding professional licenses
Teachers will examine the TEAM rubric through the eyes of an evaluator in order to better understand what evaluators
expect to see in a lesson. This session will focus on Standards & Objectives and Presenting Instructional Content.
Participants will play the roles of both student and evaluator while viewing portions of a lesson taught by a teacher
evaluator. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how their lessons will be scored on these sections of the
instructional rubric.
June 15 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School library
What Are Your Students Doing?
Facilitator: Carol Abernathy (teacher evaluators)
Open to teachers holding professional licenses
Teachers will examine the TEAM rubric from the student perspective. Discussions will center around what student
participation in a lesson should look like and what evaluators expect to see in a lesson. Teachers will gain a better
understanding of the emphasis on the student in the instructional rubric. This session will be segmented into three one-
hour sections allowing participants to attend one, two, or three of the sections. Topics will include the following:
section 1 academic feedback; section 2 questioning, section 3 grouping.
July 6 10 TBA TBA Nashville, Music City Center
Institute for CTE Educators
Facilitator: TDOE CTE Department
Open to CTE teachers
Registration required: Must complete the customary CTE Institute registration
The annual summer institute for career and technical teachers will provide professional development offerings for the
various career clusters.
July 20 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Teaching the Science Standards with Outdoor Experiences
Facilitator: W.P. Ridley 4-H Extension Center Staff
Open to all K-8 science teachers
The Ridley Center staff invite you to join them as they take you through the exciting adventure of teaching science with
outdoor experiences. Teachers will learn how to teach the standards using things they already have at school and how
to engage students while covering academic vocabulary. K-8 teachers will leave with a lesson plan adapted to their
specific grade level. Implementing the information learned in this workshop will have your students asking for science
class! Certificates of continuing education will be issued the day of the workshop.
July 20 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Licensure, Evaluation, and Tenure for 2015-2016
Facilitator: Bobbi McMasters
Open to all teachers
Why are licensure requirements changing? How do I know when it is time to renew my license? What do I have to do to
renew my teacher license (or administrator license if I am not in an administrative position)? What documentation do I
have to have? Where do I find the needed forms? Is it true that I will have to earn points now even if I have a master’s
degree? How will my effectiveness score be calculated in 2015-2016? How do I qualify for tenure? Can my status as a
tenured teacher change, and if so, how? All of these questions will be answered in this session, and participants will also
be provided an opportunity to ask other questions. The new requirements for license renewal for all teachers, the new
guidelines for teacher evaluation scores, and a review of the tenure law will be covered.
July 21 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) GCHS CTE Building Health Science Room
Writing is Wonderful!
Facilitator: Sarah Beth Spray, South Central CORE Office
Open to K-2 teachers only
Teachers will learn ways to incorporate writing into the reading block. See teachers in action, and collaborate with
colleagues to create new activities to use in your classroom! Information about TN Ready will be shared.
July 21 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Google Apps and Extensions BYOD
Facilitators: Chaz Morrow and Mark Irick
Open to all K-12 teachers: limited to 30 participants
Want to learn about all of the Google apps and extensions available for your computer, many of which are free for use in
education? If so, this workshop is for you! Participants must bring their own devices for use in the workshop.
July 21 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Google Drive and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - BYOD
Facilitators: Chaz Morrow and Mark Irick
Open to all teachers: limited to 30 participants
This session will introduce teachers to cloud storage and file sharing with Google Drive. Also covered will be an
introduction to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and how to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using
these web-based programs. Participants must bring their own devices for use in the workshop.
July 22 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School computer lab
Using Class Trackers to Inform Instruction
Facilitator: Elliotte Kinzer, South Central CORE (with the six trainees from last year)
Open to teachers of core subjects, limited to 3 teachers per school
Registration required: Names of attendees must be submitted to Bobbi McMasters through school administration
This session will cover the use of class trackers (with the TN Ready standards), along with formative assessments, to
track student data and inform instruction. Teachers will learn how to use the trackers so that they have a better
understanding of the mastery level of students in regards to specific standards in their content area.
(Note: We know that ELA, math, and science trackers will be available by the time of the workshop. It is possible that
social studies trackers will also be available, but that is not certain at this time.)
July 22 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Teaching Literacy in Social Studies - Grades 6-12
Facilitator: Bill Carey, Executive Director for TN History for Kids
Open to 6-12 social studies teachers
The new social studies standards include a subset of literacy standards that provide expectations for how students will
be able to read and write in those courses. This workshop will introduce strategies for teachers to incorporate the
reading of complex informational texts into lessons and to engage students in text-based discussions that support
literacy efforts and reinforce students’ learning of the subject-area content. Free Civil War posters and some sample
booklets will be available to attendees.
July 22 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) GCHS library
Teaching Literacy in Social Studies Grades K-5
Facilitator: Bill Carey, Executive Director for TN History for Kids
Open to K-5 social studies teachers
The new social studies standards include a subset of literacy standards that provide expectations for how students will
be able to read and write in those courses. This workshop will introduce strategies for teachers to incorporate the
reading of informational texts into lessons and to engage students in text-based discussions that support literacy efforts
and reinforce students’ learning of the subject-area content. Free Civil War posters and some sample booklets will be
available to attendees.
July 22 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) Central office
New Teacher Orientation
Facilitator: Bobbi McMasters
MANDATORY for all teachers newly hired for 2015-2016
This session will introduce teachers new to the Giles County School System to people, protocols, procedures, programs,
and other topics that will provide them with the necessary information to have a smooth transition into the school
system.
July 23 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) Pulaski Elementary/Richland Elementary
Olweus Bullying Prevention
Facilitators: Staff bullying committee members
MANDATORY for all Pulaski Elementary and Richland Elementary staff
Teachers will be trained in this comprehensive bullying-prevention program. The components of the program are
designed to prevent violence and produce safer schools and safer communities.
July 24 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Individual schools
RTI
2
and AIMSweb
Facilitators: RTI
2
facilitators and administrators
MANDATORY for K-8 teachers
School administrators (in conjunction with RTI
2
facilitators) will determine the specific needs in their individual schools in
regards to implementing RTI
2
and will develop the content of this workshop to meet the specific needs of their teachers
and schools. Examples of topics to be presented may include, but are not limited to, the following: preparing all staff to
administer benchmark assessments, assisting teachers with analyzing student data in AIMSweb, showing teachers how
to enter student scores into AIMSweb, explaining the difference between skills-based and standards-based
interventions, resources for skills-based interventions, creating an action plan to verify that all students are receiving
appropriate interventions, etc.
July 27 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) Individual schools
Are You Ready for TN Ready?
Facilitators: Teachers who attended summer training and administrators
MANDATORY for all teachers and assistants
All teachers who attended summer training, along with school administrators, will present information to their
individual school staff members about the TN Ready assessments, which will be implemented in 2015-2016. School staff
members will discuss and develop an action plan that will guide instruction in all areas in order to prepare students for
the new assessments.
July 28 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) GCHS CTE Building Health Science Room
Writing is Wonderful!
Facilitator: Sarah Beth Spray, South Central CORE Office
Open to 3-5 teachers only
Teachers will learn ways to incorporate writing into the reading block. See teachers in action, and collaborate with
colleagues to create new activities to use in your classroom! Information about TN Ready will be shared.
July 28 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School Gymnasium
Best Practices for PE Teachers
Facilitators: State of Tennessee 1305 Coordinators
MANDATORY for all K-12 physical education teachers, also open to Lawrence and Marshall County PE teachers
State coordinators will present best practice modules and provide teachers with examples of activities to motivate and
engage students kinesthetically.
July 28 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) First National Bank
Para-Educator Training
Facilitator: Sarah Blumberg, TRIAD
MANDATORY for all special education assistants
This session, presented by TRIAD staff, will focus on autism spectrum disorders, but the skill set introduced is applicable
across disabilities. Topics covered include characteristics of autism, behavior management principles, instructional
strategies, and tips for implementing new and different methodologies in a variety of settings in grades K-12.
Participants will practice techniques during hands-on activities, create supports to take back to the classroom, and
problem-solve through challenges they face on a daily basis.
July 28 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) GCHS CTE Building
Project-Based Learning
Facilitators: Chattanooga STEM school staff
Open to CTE teachers, limited to 30 participants
Project-Based Learning (PBL) strategies will be presented by staff members of the Chattanooga STEM school. The
presenters will share ideas about developing partnerships with local businesses and utilizing these local business
partners in teaching the subject matter. Ideas and strategies to integrate lessons across the curriculum will also be
presented.
July 29 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Central Office, Board Room
Recognizing and Reporting Abuse: What Nurses and School Counselors Need to Know
Facilitator: Brandi Burdette
Open to all nurses and guidance counselors
Staff from A Child’s Place Advocacy Center will provide information about how to recognize signs of abuse and about
proper reporting procedures.
July 29 8:00 11:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School cafeteria
Teaching the Literacy Standards in the Content Areas
Facilitators: Beth Marks and Bobbi McMasters
MANDATORY for all 9-12 teachers of English, history/social studies, science, and career technical courses
Tennessee’s state standards for English/language arts (ELA) include a subset of literacy standards for teachers of
history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These literacy standards provide expectations for how students
will read and write in those courses. This session will prepare teachers to incorporate more reading of complex
informational text and give students text-based argumentative and expository writing assignments in order to prepare
them for the difficulty level of the new TN Ready standards (and assessments) and for post-secondary success.
July 29 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) Central Office, Board Room
Nurse Training
Facilitator: Denise Sanders
MANDATORY for all school nurses
This session will provide nurses with the needed information for the upcoming school year.
July 29 12:00 3:00 (3 hours) Bridgeforth Middle School cafeteria
Teaching the Literacy Standards in the Content Areas
Facilitators: Beth Marks and Bobbi McMasters
MANDATORY for all 6-8 teachers of English/language arts, social studies/history, and science
Tennessee’s state standards for English/language arts (ELA) include a subset of literacy standards for teachers of
history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These literacy standards provide expectations for how students
will read and write in those courses. This session will prepare teachers to incorporate more reading of complex
informational text and give students text-based argumentative and expository writing assignments in order to prepare
them for the difficulty level of the new TN Ready standards (and assessments) and for post-secondary success.
July 29 8:00 12:00 (4 hours) Richland Elementary School
Managing Students Effectively to Avoid Crisis
Facilitators: Rachael Fernandez and Lacy Stanford
Open to special education teachers and assistants only: limited to 20 applicants
This presentation will provide special education personnel with the practical tools to manage students effectively, to
avoid a crisis, and to work as a team to intervene when a crisis does occur. “Handle with Care” has a national reputation
for teaching safe and powerful verbal and physical intervention methods, and the components of this program are
simple, coherent, and adaptable to the classroom environment.
July 30 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) GCHS Auditorium
General Session
Facilitator: Director of Schools
MANDATORY for administrators, teachers, assistants, and school office staff
An agenda for General Session will be distributed once it is set by the director of schools.
January 4 8:00 3:00 (6 hours) Individual schools
PLC’s, Data Analysis
Facilitator: School administrators
MANDATORY for all staff
Staff in all schools will meet in PLC’s, analyze student data to inform instruction, or participate in another activity
specified by school administration. (Any alternate activity designated by school administration must be approved by the
director of schools (or appropriate designee) by December 1 and must meet state guidelines for professional
development.)
May 1 April 30 1 hour each Online
MTSU Webcasts
Facilitator: MTSU Center for Educational Media (http://cem.mtsu.edu/k-12/about)
Open to all instructional assistants only
MTSU offers online webcasts, both live and archived sessions, throughout the school year as professional development
for teachers. These webcasts are approved for inservice credit, so there is no need to complete an optional inservice
credit request/form for these inservices. To access the webcasts, click on the link above, or go to the Curriculum and
Instruction page on the county website, and click on the MT Webcasts icon. Proof of completion must be provided to
count for inservice credit.
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ADDITIONAL DATES/ACTIVITIES REQUIRED OF ALL STAFF (BUT NOT COUNTED AS INSERVICE):
May 1, 2015 January 31, 2016 N/A Online
HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens
Facilitator: Coordinated School Health
MANDATORY for all staff: required for employment; does not count toward inservice credit hours
Registration required: www.gilescocsh.org (Click on links under Inservice on right side of web page.)
HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens is an online training with quiz and certificate available once completed. It is available
through the Coordinated School Health web site. Participants should print certificates of completion and attach to
inservice verification forms at the end of the school year.
August 24 8:00 3:00 Individual schools
Built-In Professional Development Day
Facilitators: Principals
MANDATORY for all staff (one of the regular work days)
Staff in all schools will participate in various activities, as indicated. Special education teachers will meet for EasyIEP
training (see detailed information below). K-8 staff in all schools will meet in PLC’s to analyze data from benchmark
assessments and make team decisions regarding student RTI
2
tier placements, teaching strategies, and/or school
scheduling for RTI
2
. High school RTI
2
teams will meet to review student tier placements and discuss scheduling, issues,
options, and other pertinent information about interventions. Other high school teachers will meet in PLC’s to cover
agendas that have been set (or approved) by school administrators. Any staff not involved in these activities will work
on the district-wide AdvancED accreditation and/or participate in another activity specified by school administration.
(Any alternate activity designated by school administration must be approved by the director of schools (or designee).)
August 24 8:00 3:00 N/A Central Office Board Room
Top Ten Things You Should Know About EasyIEP
Facilitator: Sheryn Ordway
MANDATORY for all special education teachers
EasyIEP, the web-based IEP system for special education management, helps our county achieve federal and state
compliance while improving processes and services in our special education program. EasyIEP staff will provide hands-
on training for new users and refresher training for all users built around a “top ten” list of things you should know
about EasyIEP. PCG continually adapts EasyIEP to meet the changing needs of teachers, administrators, and other
education experts. This inservice is also designed to inform and instruct regarding changes to the system occurring over
the summer of 2015.
November 23 8:00 3:00 Individual schools
Built-In Professional Development Day
Facilitators: Principals
MANDATORY for all staff (one of the regular work days)
Teachers in grades K-5 will spend ½ day scoring a practice writing assessment (which students will complete November
18-20) in order to insure uniformity in applying the writing rubric. The other ½ day for teachers in grades K-5 will be
spent in grade-level/subject-area PLC’s and will focus on common formative assessments and use of class trackers,
standards implementation, preparation for state assessments, or another topic designated by school administration.
Social studies/history, science, and CTE teachers in grades 6-12 will score a practice writing assessment (which students
will complete November 18-20) to insure understanding of the process and uniformity in applying the writing rubric.
ELA teachers in grades 6-12 will be available to assist those teachers scoring the practice writing assessment with
questions or other issues and will co-score several random responses for norming purposes. Math, PE, and other
subject-area teachers in grades 6-12 will meet in subject-area PLC’s to discuss common formative assessments,
standards implementation, preparation for state assessments, or another topic designated by school administration.
Any staff not involved in these meetings will work on the district-wide AdvancED accreditation and/or participate in
another activity specified by school administration. (alternate activity designated by school administration must be
approved by the director of schools (or designee).)
March 28 8:00 3:00 Individual schools
Built-In Professional Development Day
Facilitators: Principals
MANDATORY for all staff (one of the regular work days)
Teachers in grades K-5 will spend ½ day scoring a writing assignment (which students will complete November 18-20) in
order to insure uniformity in applying the writing rubric. The other ½ day for teachers in grades K-5 will be spent in
grade-level/subject-area PLC’s and will focus on common formative assessments and use of class trackers, standards
implementation, preparation for state assessments, or another topic designated by school administration.
Social studies/history, science, and CTE teachers in grades 6-12 will score a practice writing assessment (which students
will complete November 18-20) to insure uniformity in applying the writing rubric. ELA teachers in grades 6-12 will be
available to assist those teachers scoring the practice writing assessment with questions or other issues and will co-score
several random responses for norming purposes. Math, PE, and other subject-area teachers in grades 6-12 will meet in
subject-area PLC’s to discuss common formative assessments, standards implementation, preparation for state
assessments, or another topic designated by school administration. Any staff not involved in these meetings will work
on the district-wide AdvancED accreditation and/or participate in another activity specified by school administration.
(alternate activity designated by school administration must be approved by the director of schools (or designee).