• Professional Development Catalog 

    Continual conversations are the cornerstone of the 2019-2020 Midlakes PD Catalog.  We have over 20 different conversations with 22 different Midlakes presenters.  Come learn together, grow together, and work together during these amazing professional development opportunities that empower staff to move beyond the one and done professional development and into meaningful continual conversations.  Please note that signing up is entirely optional, however, it is a commitment to attend all of the sessions as scheduled. 

    Sessions are offered at various times after school as well as during contractual hours.  All professional development included in this catalog is eligible for CTLE credit hours.  Only professional development that occurs beyond contractual hours will be eligible for in-service credits as well as CTLE credit hours.  

    Goal 1:  New Staff Training & Retention

    Year One New Staff Training

    Our staff who are in their first year at Midlakes, are invited to have conversations centered on the Danielson Rubric as an evaluation tool.  Staff will also as share ideas and successes.     

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Lydia Schadler

    When:  Tuesdays: September 24, 2019; November 5, 2019; January 7, 2020; March 3, 2020; May 5, 2020 

    Year Two New Staff Training 

    Our staff who are in their second year at Midlakes, are invited to participate in a book study of Leaders of Their Own Learning.  This book focuses on eight key practices that engage students in making academic progress, improves achievement, and includes families and communities in schools.        

    Where:  Room 103, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Michelle Robinette 

    When:  Tuesdays: October 1, 2019, December 3, 2019, February 4, 2020, April 14, 2020, June 2, 2020

    Goal 2:  Supporting All Students

    Co-Teaching Conversations 

    Each co-teaching relationship is uniquely different.  Come learn from each other what works for co-teaching relationshipacross the District and apply in your own co-teaching relationship a new technique or practice that has been found successful for others.     

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Variety of facilitators 

    When:  Thursday, January 23, 2020; facilitated by Mel Bowman & Sarah Grossman

    Thursday, February 27, 2020; Facilitated by Paul Milliman & Kyle Percey 

    Thursday, March 26, 2020; Facilitated by Denise Kelly & Mary McGuigan  

    Thursday, April 23, 2020; Faciliated by Bolina Laber & Kayleigh Sheppard

    Click here to sign up for the Co-Teaching Conversations.

    Growing Language & Literacy  

    This hot off the presses book study focuses on strategies for English Language Learners in K-8 classrooms.  Come learn together and try together practical instructional practices:  visual supports, learning by doing, oral language production, reading supports, and writing supports.  Participants will receive 12 hours of in-service credit for their participation in the book study as well as a copy of the book Growing Language & Literacy. .        

    Where:  Room 222, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Rebecca Hall 

    When:  Wednesdays: December 11, 2019; January 8, 2020; February 5, 2020; March 4, 2020; April 1, 2020; May 6, 2020 

     Click here to register for Growing Language & Literacy.   

    Supporting Students with Disabilities 

    Supporting students starts with supporting staff with practical classroom ideas.  This workshop series strives to fill staff toolboxes with multiple approaches and strategies to meet the daily needs of our students in the classroom.   

    Where:  Room 105 in Midlakes Elementary School From 12:05-3:00; Facilitated by Tammy Wood 

    When:  Tuesday, December 10, 2019;  Thursday, January 23, 2020; Tuesday, February 11, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Supporting Students with Disabilities. 

    Goal 3:  Culture & Climate

    Choosing Optimism  

    Join Alaina Benzer in exploring the book Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education by our keynote speaker from our September Superintendent’s Conference Day.  This book empowers staff to beat burnout and bring back the joy to what you do each day.  Recharge the optimism that made you choose Midlakes in the first place!   

    Where:  Room 105 in the Midlakes Elementary School from 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Alaina Benzer

    When:  Thursdays:  December 5, 2019; February 6 2020; March 19, 2020; May 7, 2020

    Click here to sign up for Choosing Optimism.   

    Daring Classrooms 

    Join Megan Carlson in exploring the bestselling book Daring to Lead and work through ways to incorporate such values as vulnerability, empathy, and courage in todays classrooms. Brene Brown and her team have developed a curriculum for educators entitled Daring Classrooms in which participants will receive a copy of the book, an accompanied workbook, and work together to access the tools to create courageous leadership skills in our classrooms. 

    Where:  Room 250, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Megan Carlson 

    When:  Tuesdays:  November, 19, 2019; January 21, 2020; April 21, 2020; May 19, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Daring Classrooms. 

    Secondary Mindfulness  

    This session is designed for secondary staff (7-12) who are curious about mindfulness.  Practicing it can offer physical and emotional benefits as well as personal and professional ones.  Come join the conversation to discover more about the art and science of bringing awareness to the present moment.       

    Where:  Room TBD, Midlakes Secondary School; From 3:05-4:05; Facilitated by Lisa Pietrocarlo 

    When:  Tuesdays: December 17, 2019; January 21, 2020; February, 11, 2020; March 17, 2020; April 21, 2020; May 19, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Secondary Mindfulness.

    Goal 4:  Instructional Practice

    American Reading Company – Looking Ahead 

    Are you looking to get a handle on what is coming up in the new ELA Curriculum?  Do you want to collaborate with others from your grade level and share ideas as you prepare for upcoming lessons or units?  Each K-5 teacher (including co-teachers) can utilize up to 3 release days throughout the year as long as substitutes are available (sharing subs for half days is also an option).  Choose from the dates below or contact Michelle Robinette if you’d like to suggest a different date. 

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; 8:00am-3:15pm; Facilitated by Michelle Robinette 

    When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019Wednesday, December 18, 2019Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020Friday, March 20, 2020Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Click on each date above to sign-up for individual work sessions.  

    Apple Distinguished Educator 

    In 1994, Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators program to recognize K-12 and higher-education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning.  These are the educators who are looking to change the world.  They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.  Come learn along with us and become an Apple Distinguished Educator. 

    Where:  Room 245, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Christine Williams 

    When:  Tuesdays: December 10, 2019; February 4, 2020; March 3, 2020; April 7, 2020; May 5, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Apple Distinguished Educator.

    Assessment Design & Alignment Best Practices 

    Do you wish your assessments gave you better information to help you make instructional decisions?  Do you wish they were aligned to the standards so you could quickly tell what areas have been mastered by the majority of students and what areas may need reteaching?  Best practices and ideas will be shared, primarily at the first session, with the majority of the time devoted to working on revamping or creating assessments to best meet your needs.   

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Michelle Robinette 

    When:  Thursdays: November, 21, 2019; January 23, 2020;  February 27, 2020;  April 23, 2020

    Click here to sign up for Assessment Design & Alignment Best Practices


    i-Ready Through the Year 

    There are so many questions to ask about i-Ready:  how many minutes should students be on i-Ready, what should the teacher be doing while students are on i-Ready, how can i-Ready be the most impactful on student learning, and more.  Come with your questions to these three sessions that will dive into your students’ diagnostic data, your instructional data, and how to use your reports to best support students.   

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 12:05-3:00; Facilitated by Lindsey Pursel and Lydia Schadler 

    When:  Thursdays:  December 19, 2019;  February 13, 2020; March 12, 2020 

     Click here to sign up for i-Ready Through the Year.  

    Integrating SEL Benchmarks into the Content Areas 

    Wondering how you can help students meet the new Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks from NYSED?  Would you like to embed social-emotional learning into your content area curriculum where it naturally connects best?  Come to each session with an upcoming unit.  Resources and examples will be provided from various grade levels and content areas. 

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Michelle Robinette 

    When:  Thursdays:  January 9, 2020; February 6, 2020; March 12, 2020; April 2, 2020; May 7, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Integrating SEL Benchmarks into the Content Area.

    Math Conversations with Carnegie Learning (6-12) 

    Carnegie Learning when used in a blended approach nearly doubles students’ growth in performance on standardized tests according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by the RAND Corporation.  If it can do great things for students across the country, why not see what great things Carnegie Learning can do for Midlakes?  This monthly session is led by our own Carnegie Learning Coach who connects with us virtually to help us, help our students.   

    Where:  Room 212Midlakes Secondary School; From 2:15-3:00 Facilitated by Carnegie Learning & the Midlakes Math Department 

    When:  Mondays:  October 21, 2019; November 18, 2019; December 16, 2019; January 13, 2020; February 10, 2019; April 20, 2020; May 18, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Math Conversations with Carnegie Learning (6-12) 

    Quality Math Instruction for K-5

    Come join vertical conversations about math across the elementary grades. Conversation will center around the math practices, using consistent vocabulary, concept development, and ways to better support our students as they move through the elementary grades.  Our focus will be on supporting students at the highest levels and ensuring high quality mathematics instruction for all.   

    Where:  Room 222, Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30 Facilitated by Laura Van Laeken 

    When:  Thursday, December 12, 2019; Tuesday, January 21, 2020; Wednesday, February 12, 2020; Thursday, March 12, 2020; Thursday, April 16, 2020; Thursday, May 21, 2020  

    Please click here to sign up for Quality Math Instruction for K-5.

    MTSS Curriculum Pilots 

    If you are trying Character Strong, Caring Schools Community, or Second Step, here is an opportunity to learn from each other and with each other in this pilot year.   

    Where:  Room 103, Midlakes Elementary School; From 8:00-8:40 Facilitated by James Brenchley & Nicole Young 

    When:  Wednesdays: December 4, 2019; January 8, 2020; March 4, 2020; May 6, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for MTSS Curriculum Pilots. 

    The Magic of Power Words  

    Literate adults have a library of 30,000-70,000 words they read automatically, accurately, and effortlessly.  These are considered “sight words” because we recognize them instantly by site.  What does it take for a word to get anchored in our sight word memory? Why is it so difficult for some students to recognize words instantly?  These sessions will answer these questions and you will learn the missing piece that can make tricky irregular high frequency words “sticky”!   If you have students who have Power Word Goals, join us to learn the magic of making sight words/ high frequency words stick! 

    Where:  Room TBD in the Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Donna Aceto  

    When:  Wednesdays:  November 20, 2019; December 18, 2019; January 15, 2020

    Click here to sign up for The Magic of Power Words. 

    Supported Schoology  

    Schoology is not the answer for all our problems, but it can help in the classroom.  If you are looking to increase student independence, student achievement, and communicate more effectively with families then come join the Supported Schoology sessions.  Schoology is a “learning hub” that empowers student ownership of their learning and helps as a management tool to organize the other instructional technology tools that you are already using.  Come work, play, and learn inside of Schoology with someone who has been doing the same for the past four years.    

    Where:  Room 222, Midlakes Secondary School; From 2:15-3:00; Facilitated by Chris Stell 

    When:  Thursdays:  November 21, 2019; February 6, 2020; April 16, 2020; May 28, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Supported Schoology.  

    Seesaw, so much more than a school Facebook 

    There is so many ways to use Seesaw in the classroom!  It can be a digital portfolio.  It can be an activity bank.  It can be a home-school communication tool.  It can be so many things, but most importantly we want it to be a digital tool that empowers students to be digital creators.  Come learn how to create in Seesaw and create with students by sharing ideas and getting ideas from others.        

    Where:  Room 246 Midlakes Elementary School; From 3:30-4:30; Facilitated by Ashlee Upchurch 

    When:  Mondays: January 13, 2019; February 10, 2019; March 9, 2020; April 20, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Seesaw, so much more than a school Facebook.

    Supported Secondary Literacy Work Time 

    As teachers work to implement the literacy strategies developed by the Literacy Skills Committee, come together to share ideas and collaboratively work during 9th period.      

    Where:  Location TBD; From 2:15-3:00; Facilitated by Lindsey Pursel 

    When:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020; February 26, 2020; March 18, 2020; April 29, 2020

    Click here to sign up for Supported Secondary Literacy Work Time.

    Tools for Personalizing Learning  

    Whether you are new to personalizing learning or have been on the path to personalizing learning for students for a few years, come learn together, work together, and build opportunities for students to be empowered learners with choice and voice.  These PL sessions will focus on the how to from station rotation and flipped classrooms to playlists and menus.  To build resources for students in these sessions, a strong focus will be on leveraging technology in strategic ways for students.   

    Where:  Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 12:15-3:00; Facilitated by Lydia Schadler 

    When:  Mondays:  January 27, 2020; February 24, 2020; March 30, 2020; April 27, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Tools for Personalizing Learning.





  • Tools for Personalizing Learning  

    Whether you are new to personalizing learning or have been on the path to personalizing learning for students for a few years, come learn together, work together, and build opportunities for students to be empowered learners with choice and voice.  These PL sessions will focus on the how to from station rotation and flipped classrooms to playlists and menus.  To build resources for students in these sessions, a strong focus will be on leveraging technology in strategic ways for students.   

    Room 105, Midlakes Elementary School; From 12:15-3:00; Facilitated by Lydia Schadler 

    • Monday, January 27, 2020 
    • Monday, February 24, 2020 
    • Monday, March 30, 2020 
    • Monday, April 27, 2020 

    Click here to sign up for Tools for Personalizing Learning.