Workshop Attendees

We encourage all USD 261 staff to take advantage of the learning opportunities available at The Learning Center. Guests from other districts are always welcome to attend any of our workshops. We offer a full array of classes that are interactive, differentiated, job embedded, sustained and research based. Enroll in a workshop today!

Our Presenters!

The Learning Center has scheduled many well-known presenters and experts who are willing to share their knowledge and to lead workshops, such as Lynn Sawyer, Carol Simoneau, Kevin Honeycutt, Dan Meyer, Brad McCoy, and Dr. John Vandewalle. Along with these, The Learning Center utilizes the expertise of our district’s staff members as presenters, who have practical suggestions that are used successfully every day in their classrooms.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  December 1, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will learn the six syllable types, division rules, and how to teach them in their classroom with the Literacy First curriculum. The first half of the day we will review the six syllable types, the importance of teaching syllables, and view different syllable lessons. In the afternoon we will practice teaching the syllable types and division rules through a variety of lessons.

Presenter: Kasahra Cotton

Kasahra is in her ninth year of teaching and sixth year as a first grade teacher at Nelson Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master's of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Southwestern College, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Baker University. Kasahra loves to share her knowledge with others and has taught a Remind 101, and Facebook class through The Learning Center. She has a passion for researchbased reading strategies that engage our struggling and non-struggling readers.

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Date and Time: Thursday, December 15, 2022   4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Class Description:

Some of the topics to be discussed:

  • How will the KPERS changes impact My Retirement?
  • Which ONE option out of the 42 KPERS options is right for me?
  • Am I eligible to purchase additional pension years and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
  • What does my retirement plan look like with KPERS, Social Security and my own investments?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, or would simply like to learn more about your retirement options please make plans to attend the Veteran Educator and Retirement workshop. Please feel free to bring your spouse or a guest as well.

Presenter: Tom Alstrom with Ameritime

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Date and Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  January 11, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Feeling worn out at the end of the day? Are you tired of saying the same thing over and over? Have your students pushed every last one of your buttons? Well have we got a workshop for you! Come get reenergized and learn new ways to capture your student’s attention. Learn to let go and let the students hold themselves accountable, taking the burden off you. Have your classroom be a well-oiled machine that can run on its own, even when your gone!

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather has been teaching Art at Haysville West Middle School since 2012. She received her undergraduate at The University of Central Oklahoma and taught in Oklahoma for 6 years at the elementary level. She received her masters from Friends University and is currently an Adjunct Instructor there teaching graduate education workshops. A mom of three very active kids and a wife, Heather enjoys remodeling homes in her "free time."

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Date and Time: Friday, January 20, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  January 13, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Participants will gain clarity by moving beyond vague advice on how to manage challenges to developing a clear, practical skill set. This will increase the participant’s ability to navigate challenges more successfully. Participants will grow and leave with a personal plan with emphasis in three areas of skill development:

Physical Regulation – A clear awareness of physical warning signs and master effective ways to promote a sense of emotional safety
Emotional Regulation – Identification, healthy expression, and empowering ownership of emotions
Cognitive Regulation – Identify and challenge unhealthy thinking patterns, encourage optimism, and how to get psychological needs met in healthy ways.

Presenter: Brad Chapin, B.S., LCP, LMLP

Brad Chapin is a best-selling author and an internationally recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health serving children and adults. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy Self -Regulation skills. He continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that Self-Regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/ emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety/ depression.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2023   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $50 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  January 24, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This blended learning course is a combination of eLearning, followed by a hands-on skills session. Prior to the class, students will be provided a link to on-line education, allowing the students to complete this portion of the course at their own pace and at their convenience. The skills session is completed in person and incorporates the online education with hands on training. The eLearning must be completed prior to the day of class.

NOTICE: If you start the online piece of this training and then cancel, or if you aren’t able to attend the in-person session, you will need to pay a $10 fee.

Presenters: Beth Schutte, RN and Dr. Clint Schutte

Beth Schutte is the district nurse for the Haysville School District and has over 27 years of nursing experience. Dr. Clint Schutte is an administrator with the Haysville School District and has experience as a firefighter and teacher. They are excited to provide you the knowledge and confidence to save a life.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With our staff members being bombarded with so much in today’s world, sometimes it is nice to be uplifted and empowered while learning about what we can do about school safety. We will discuss how to create change in your school and community, as well as remembering why we chose our profession in a culture of burnout. This workshop focuses on empowering the audience, and understanding that the sky truly is NOT falling!

Presenter: John Calvert

John Calvert graduated from Washburn University in 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice. John was the School Resource Officer for Holton, Jackson Heights, and Royal Valley School Districts for 6 years. After a 12-year career in Law Enforcement, John accepted a position with the Kansas State Department of Education and is now the Director of the Safe and Secure Schools Unit. John has written for Safe and Civil Schools, has presented all over the state of Kansas over a variety of school safety issues, and has been a keynote speaker and spoken at National Conferences across the United States. John is a 2020 Topeka’s Top 20 Leaders Under 40 Honoree. John is a strong believer that nothing can change without building positive relationships and believes that change in our schools should be student lead.

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Date and Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Open to USD 261 Staff Only

Registration Deadline:  February 21, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

10 of the world’s most influential and acclaimed leaders will share the stage for one amazing day to all answer the same question: What is the one thing that makes a leader worth following?

Presenter: See Brochure

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Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 1, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Creating and cultivating engagement, with anything, is a true skill. It comes from knowing you can make an impact and that you are continuing to grow as an individual & as a leader. This workshop will provide you with:
*Five steps of creating an engaged and productive team
*Understanding of the impact of knowing each person on your team
*Skills to engage your team with purpose and focus
*Understanding of the power of clear messaging
*Ways to recognize performance and create plans to increase the performance of your team members
The first half of the day will be focused on understanding what an engaged team looks like and its powerful benefits.
The second part of the day will be focused on creating engagement and increasing performance.
We all have those people in our lives. Leaders who inspired us to do big things. Those who we think back on and know it’s because of their leadership, we are where we are today. We want you to leave this workshop being one of those people!

Presenter: Jen Griffin

Jen Griffin is a leadership coach to executives & teams who know they are ready to make a leap but find themselves holding back. She distills her extensive experience as a corporate paralegal in high-stakes negotiation, fundraising, and business into build high-performance teams and braver executives. Jen’s specialty is coaching her clients through the fear-based mindsets that limit their results and their happiness, so they can motivate themselves to take bigger risks. After leaving the corporate world, Jen was the Founder & Executive Director of a foundation that offered financial resources for amputee youth in the arts, sports, and education. She developed partnerships and collaborations with Nike, Scottish Rite Hospital, The Food Network, and the Dallas Symphony, to name a few. As an amputee herself, Jen became addicted to overcoming fear and “personal limitations”. She has been a speaker, an opinion writer for the Dallas Morning News, and featured on Good Morning Texas, the Huffington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and others.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  March 15, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will use Publisher to create documents for the classroom. We will use templates for items such as postcards, flyers, forms, labels, greeting cards, and many more. You will develop skills to save time, organize teaching practices, and create exciting items for your students. You will leave the workshop with several items you create to use in your classroom!

Presenter: Rachel Nally

Rachel has twenty-six years of classroom and library experience. She has taught business classes for 13 years and was previously a librarian for 13 years. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri as well as a Master’s of Educational Technology degree from Pittsburg State University. Rachel is active on many committees and sponsors several school activities.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, April 12, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  April 5, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Get cooking in the classroom by using food to engage students. What student is not motivated by food? In this class we will learn ways to incorporate food into all subjects of learning. We will also see how food can be used in Capturing Kids Hearts team building activities. Be ready for a tasty, good time! Class will cater to teachers of grades PreK-12.

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather has been teaching Art at Haysville West Middle School since 2012. She received her undergraduate at The University of Central Oklahoma and taught in Oklahoma for 6 years at the elementary level. She received her masters from Friends University and is currently an Adjunct Instructor there teaching graduate education workshops. A mom of three very active kids and a wife, Heather enjoys remodeling homes in her "free time."

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Date and Time: Monday, June 5 & Tuesday, June 6, 2023   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost:  $495 - Groups of 5 or more receive a $50 discount per person.

Registration Deadline:  May 25, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

The Dr. John Burke Learning Center and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Haysville, KS June 5-6, 2023. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals. More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available at the link below.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, June 7, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  May 31, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Come learn some helpful tips and tricks for your Cricut machine and Design Space!

We will explore how to weld items, contour out pieces you want hidden, upload a file into Design Space, convert a file type to a cut-able file type, unlock height and width, bring a shape to the front or back, and much more. A power point will be shown including step-bystep instructions.

Attendees will need to bring a Cricut machine and a laptop. Please bring 3 sheets of 651 vinyl (12x12 inch), 3 sheets of HTV (12x12 inch) and 6 sheets of cardstock (8.5x11), a green mat (12x12), a weeding tool, a roll of scotch tape, Cricut markers, scissors, and a burnishing tool. I'm excited to see what we can create together!

Presenter: Tristan Cassity

Tristan Cassity has 6 years of Design Space experience. She has been a business owner for 6 years, bringing customers visions to life and making fun school shirts. Tristan has experience in all types of vinyl and paper products and has a passion to help others learn to make everyday projects easier and fun.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, June 28, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  June 21, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Learn how to best utilize your time and resources to create digital, self-guided lessons to engage your students. You will also learn how to create digital lessons your students can review according to their needs.

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather Seachris is an Art teacher at Haysville West Middle School. She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught at the elementary, middle and college levels. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and her masters in education from Friends University. A wife, mother, and adventurous traveler, Heather never wants to stop learning and exploring.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, July 12, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 5, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It includes feelings, thoughts, and behaviors when a loss has occurred. Grief can result after an array of losses beyond death (Ex: Life post-pandemic) and collective grief is a loss event shared by a group or community. The emotions surrounding grief can catch us off guard and if not fully faced and swept under the rug, can grow to be a bigger issue that comes around at unexpected times and in crippling ways. When we dismiss grief, we are also dismissing life. When we think that we are separate from grief, or rather, that our grief needs to be separate from us, we perpetuate suffering around this multilayered emotional experience.

Schools are a critically important environment for children as they learn, grow, and develop. They are a vital space for ensuring a child's emotional, physical, and mental health. Children who experience loss and adversity often feel stressed, anxious, and socially isolated in the classroom because they see themselves as very different from their peers. Educators play an integral role helping grieving students adapt to this painful life experience, build resilience, and thrive through it. (Read more information about the class in the brochure below.)

Presenter: Jodi Grover

Jodi Grover believes that every child should have every opportunity to reach his or her full potential. She has spent over 28 years as a school teacher, counselor, administrator, and educational consult in Kansas. Jodi has spent her career as a prek-12 counselor, business teacher, college and career director, and school administrator which has given her a view through a variety of lenses to approach social-emotional and mental health for students. Along with serving as a Crisis Specialist assisting districts with prevention and recovery, Jodi holds the position as the Chief Education Operations Officer of VIBE (Virtual Interactive Based Education) focusing on social, emotional, and mental health assessments and principal at Burlington High School.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 13, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 6, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Inquiry in the classroom is nothing new but implementing effective strategies to build a productive classroom culture of "wonder" can feel overwhelming, especially if you don't feel confident teaching science. Next Generation Science Standards provide teachers with an opportunity to develop a curious mindset, but this takes a great deal of patience and practice that is often sprinkled with a fair amount of productive failure. So, what's the best way to understand the "inquiry method"? Well, get your hands dirty with it, of course!

In this workshop, we will explore the use of "inquiry" in the classroom through hands-on activities and interactive discussions while practicing other effective tools to engage students. You will not just be a teacher in this session. You will be the student learning how to flex their "wonder muscles" as well! Too often, teachers think, "science is not for me." But in reality, the art of science, which is "curiosity driven but evidence-based, " is at the heart of every elementary classroom. Science is a way of exploring our world and using evidence to help inform our next wonder. This workshop will dive into some very basic inquiry-based principles and approaches that can be incorporated into any classroom. from kindergarten to college! And it all starts with one simple question, "What do you notice?"

Presenter: Brian McCormack

Brian McCornack is a professor and department head for Entomology at Kansas State University. He has a MS and PhD in Entomology and grew up on a farm in southcentral Minnesota, but has called Kansas home for the past 14 years. He is a research scientist who has over 20 years of classroom experience, but what he's most passionate about is helping teachers find their "inner scientist" in his Summer Soybean Science Institute and Ear-2-Ear Mentorship programs these past 11 years, where is the current director. He teaches primarily at the college level but uses techniques that cut across age levels to engage participants in the inquiry process.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 19, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 12, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

This workshop will focus on the benefits of using a therapy dog in schools, the logistics that need to be considered prior to bringing a therapy dog to school, specific uses for a school therapy dog, the basics of reading dog body language, what to expect on standard therapy dog certification tests, tips to achieve health and wellness for your therapy dog, and more. A fully certified therapy dog will be present during class. Please do NOT bring your own dog.

Presenter: Don and Brenda Gamble

This husband-and-wife team have taught in the Haysville district for many years. They have trained several of their own dogs to be therapy dogs. Brenda has used a therapy dog in her classroom for most of her teaching career. Besides training for therapy work, the Gambles have also trained 2 of their dogs to be nationally certified air scent search and rescue dogs.

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Date and Time: Thursday, July 20, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  July 13, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

We all recognize the importance of building relationships with students, but how do we get there? In this workshop you will gather ideas to grow your team while having FUN! We will engage the senses and spark our imaginations. Create activities that you and your students actually enjoy doing!

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather Seachris is an Art teacher at Haysville West Middle School. She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught at the elementary, middle and college levels. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and her masters in education from Friends University. A wife, mother, and adventurous traveler, Heather never wants to stop learning and exploring.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  September 13, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

If you're interested in receiving 40-50 quick, easy setup science experiments for your classroom, this is the class for you! Take these ideas back to your students and colleagues! You will know how to set up science experiments your students will love! Enjoy doing science with humor, too. If you like to sit and nearly fall asleep during a session, this is NOT the class for you. You will be actively participating, independently or with partners, putting experiments together and demonstrating the experiments to class participants. Steve will demonstrate experiments, as well. If you think science can't be fun... think again!!!

Presenter: Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy has his master's degree in Science Education and graduate hours beyond his master's. His 43+ years in education include teaching College Bound Biology to high school seniors; Biology; General Science; Middle School Life, Earth, and Physical Science. He has presented science experiments to Future Teachers at Kansas State University and has been a presenter at Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) Camp numerous times. He's a recipient of Who's Who Among American Science Teachers twice. Steve's love is middle school science; however, he's seen elementary teachers struggle to produce meaningful science experiments that don't take days to set up. After retiring from Haysville schools, he traveled for a year, then accepted a seventh-grade science position on a Native Reservation in Poplar, MT, where he taught for two years before retiring again. Steve loves to stay connected with education!

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Date and Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2023   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  September 20, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are three skills in high demand for the leaders of the next generation. These traits are often overlooked and not taught in public schools. In this class we will explore ways to add creative options to what we already teach. We will discuss learning styles and the differences in right and left-brain learners, so we can teach to the whole class. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself and your students as well as how to be more creative individuals.

Presenter: Heather Seachris

Heather Seachris is an Art teacher at Haysville West Middle School. She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught at the elementary, middle and college levels. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and her masters in education from Friends University. A wife, mother, and adventurous traveler, Heather never wants to stop learning and exploring.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 4, 2023   8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost:  FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  September 27, 2023

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Mental Health First Aid teaches:

  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Studies show that individuals trained in the program increase their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness and addictions; can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction; increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress; and show reduced social distance to individuals with mental illnesses.

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help adults who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or concern.

Presenter: Comcare

This course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements.

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