Professional Development Opportunities

NOTE: All Teachers and Directors are welcome to attend any training at any location.

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May 2022

Rubrics to Increase Student Success

May 31 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

CTE courses are performance-based. When teachers let students know exactly how their work will be evaluated, the students' level of performance always improves. Come and participate in a hands-on activity that uses a rubric, determine where the rubric made a positive difference in your performance, and then design a rubric for one of your own student projects with the help of West-MEC specialists.  Have available an assignment for one of your student projects and your current grading criteria for that project…

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June 2022

Laboratory Safety & Management

June 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

Please bring your laptop or tablet to this class. This class is designed to help participants develop a laboratory improvement plan including management, clean-up procedures, safety procedures, and meeting monitoring agency mandates. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their CTE labs and develop a management system for their CTE labs. NOTE: There is homework associated with this class to earn 1 ADE credit (15 hours). Location: START @ West-MEC 5405 N. 99th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305 Link: https://pdcircle.west-mec.org/course/view/106 Price: $25…

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Effective Demonstrations

June 2 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

Please bring your laptop to this class.  (tablet or phone could work) Whether in a welding lab or a bioscience lab, effective demonstrations are crucial. In this course, teachers will engage in the four-step demonstration method, which gradually transitions the learning of a new skill from teacher to student, through effective modeling, guided instruction and independent practice. If done correctly every student can successfully perform the new skill with little or no frustration, without wasted materials, and attain proficiency in…

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CTE Essentials

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

The CTE Delivery Model is THE premier educational system for all students.  CTE essentials will give you an overview of each of the four components of this outstanding model, and allow you time to process how you can incorporate each element into all of your instructional units as you plan your program’s calendar.  It will also provide some insight into the many roles a CTE teacher plays in the course of any school day, where to find support to meet those expectations, and how…

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Technical Reading

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

Your CTE classroom truly is the key to the meaningful application of the current career and college readiness standards.   This course will give you specific examples where Arizona’s Common Core standards for Technical Literacy already exist in your CTE program, it will provide opportunities for you to incorporate additional standards into your lessons, AND it will give you strategies to take back to your classroom to increase your students’ ability to read difficult technical information more effectively.  Come find out why…

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Grading and Assessment

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

How should students in CTE be assessed? How do we set up a fair grading system for both teachers and students? This course is designed to look at the wide variety of options that address both of these questions so that you can establish your own philosophy for grading, and identify fair and appropriate methods to assess student learning and progress in your program. Participants will engage with a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques and create a performance…

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Instructional Best Practices (Day 1)

June 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This 2-day course is an introduction to the design and use of CTE curriculum.  You will outline the 6 parts to a CTED lesson, focusing on the design and delivery of relevant and engaging lessons. Special emphasis is placed on writing clear, aligned and measureable objective(s), a variety of methods for structuring learning to meet objective(s), incorporation of active participation strategies, developing a strong introduction to each lesson, and closure to assess learning.  On day two, learn how to design bellwork,…

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Empowering Students Through Professional Skills

June 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This course will explore the nine Professional Skills identified by the Arizona Department of Education in collaboration with industry.  Participants will identify them, use created rubrics to assess their use, explore strategies to embed them across their curriculum, and methods to evaluate students. NOTE:  There is homework associated with this class to earn 1 ADE credit (15 hours). Location: START @ West-MEC 5405 N. 99th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305 Link: https://pdcircle.west-mec.org/course/view/112 Price: $25 Date: June 16, 2022 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Instructional Best Practices (Day 2)

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This 2-day course is an introduction to the design and use of CTE curriculum.  You will outline the 6 parts to a CTED lesson, focusing on the design and delivery of relevant and engaging lessons. Special emphasis is placed on writing clear, aligned and measureable objective(s), a variety of methods for structuring learning to meet objective(s), incorporation of active participation strategies, developing a strong introduction to each lesson, and closure to assess learning.  On day two, learn how to design bellwork,…

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Performance Literacy

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

Performance Literacy is the partner class for Technical Reading.  You will earn 1 ADE credit by attending both Technical Reading on June 14, 2021 and this class, Performance Literacy.  This second course allows teachers to gain a deeper understanding of writing and speaking standards, identify how they currently use them in their programs, and determine specific steps they can take to increase their use of these standards as well as their students’ success with them.  The technical literacy standards are skill-driven…

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Classroom Management

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
START @ West-MEC – Glendale, AZ, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

In this course, teachers will enhance classroom management skills by developing rules, procedures, and routines that are aligned to their content and environment. We will consider the philosophy of “Discipline with Dignity” to ensure that you possess discipline strategies that are highly effective without escalating disruptive student behavior. Participants will evaluate how a course syllabus serves as a powerful communication tool between teacher and students and leave with a draft that defines your procedures, routines, classroom rules, and consequences. Location:…

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Serving Exceptional Students in CTE

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC District Office, 5487 N. 99th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This course is designed to provide CTE educators and other interested parties with a broad understanding of special education. During the course of this interactive workshop we will cover a range of topics including special education law, modifications, accommodations, interventions, supports, the special education process, the Response to Intervention process and more. Our goal is that you acquire with the tools you need to serve exceptional students enrolled in CTE courses more effectively. NOTE:  There is homework associated with this class…

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