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, Sept. 14, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 7, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Conflict spreads quickly and can take over a work culture. In this workshop you will:
• Understand the cost of unresolved conflict within an organization
• Discover the five steps of understanding and resolving conflict
• Learn & develop a process for creating an action plan to resolve the conflict
The first half of the day will be focused on understanding where a conflict is coming from and the cost it has on your team, you, and or/development. The second part of the day will be focused on resolution. We all play some type of role in conflict by either, participating in it, not speaking up, not addressing it, shying away from difficult conversations or, from our fear of sharing it with higher level leaders. We want you to walk away from this workshop having the tools, confidence & understanding to elevate you and your team’s development.

Presenter: Jennifer 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 highstakes 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, Sept. 21, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 14, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

During this workshop, participants will become more familiar with G Suite and will have the skills necessary to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Certification Exam. We will start with learning how to register for the exam and the preparation materials that Google offers. Then we will go over the format of the exam. Participants will have hands on practice with the skills that are needed to pass the exam. You will leave ready to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator!

Presenter: Amber Dougan

Amber Dougan has 12 years of classroom experience. She taught fifth grade for 9 years at Rex Elementary in Haysville before becoming Oatville’s technology teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Amber is passionate about using technology to foster student centered learning and training other teachers in effective technology integration.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2022   8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Sept. 12, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than one third of them accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical. Youth Mental Health First Aid® USA is designed to give participants the skills to help students who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course demonstrates how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants learn to support a youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online instruction piece any time on their own between September 14-21. They will then participate in-person for the instructor-led workshop on October 5, 2022. This training is based on new curricula that includes expanded content on trauma, addiction, self-care and the impact of social media.

Presenter: Ellamonique Baccus

Ellamonique Baccus is an art therapist and the Executive Director of Arts Partners in Wichita. She earned her master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago for over 10 years. She has extensive experience providing behavioral health therapy, crisis counseling, peer support groups and diagnostic assessment for youth in grades K-12 in school-based settings, residential treatment, community-based settings, and counseling centers. Ella developed the Wesley Children’s Hospital Medical Art Therapy Program in Wichita. In her role at Arts Partners, she has been able to continue the work she began in Chicago here in Kansas.

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Date and Time: Friday, October 7, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

FREE to USD 261 Staff, $100 Out of District

Registration Deadline:  Oct. 1, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. Helping young people improve their Self-Regulation skills can help them to better handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles, social troubles and more. The presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. In this seminar you will learn how to apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation including: Cooling the Flame, My Warning Signs, Melting Freeze, You Can’t Make Me Laugh, Free Emotional Expression, Challenge Software Program, Defiance Trap.

Presenter: Brad Chapin, BS, 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: Thursday, November 3, 2022   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

Registration Deadline:  October 27, 2022

**Graduate credit available**

Class Description:

Designed with an eye toward the general education setting, participants emerge with tools ready for immediate implementation. The focus is on development of supports for the most challenging student in the class, the one for whom referral to the School Support Team may be under consideration. Utilizing a neurological perspective, setting conditions (school, community, and home) are explored. Factors explaining behavioral concerns are identified, supports are initiated, and data are kept regarding student response to supports. This learning experience is appropriate for administrators, general education teachers, and special education staff. Processes taught are effective at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels.

Presenter: Linda Aldridge, Ed.D.

Linda Aldridge, Ed.D. has worked in Kansas schools since 1983. In both general and special education roles, as a teacher and administrator, she is committed to continual improvement of services through relationships with school personnel, families, and students. Determined to model best instructional practices, participants learn through active involvement. Laughter and fun – guaranteed! But come with your learning caps on; when Linda teaches, you WILL go home with new tools in your box! Linda is an Associate Professor at Emporia State University. She also consults with the KS State Department of Education (KSDE) and Technical Assistance Support Network (TASN). In her spare time, Linda is owner of a consulting firm, laLearn, LLC.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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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