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

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West-MEC

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5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States

February 2022

Effective Demonstrations

February 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 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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Instructional Best Practices Day 2

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 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 of a CTED lesson, focusing on the design and delivery of relevant and engaging lessons. Special emphasis is placed on writing clear, aligned, and measurable objective(s), a variety of methods for structuring learning to meet the 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…

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Grading & Assessments

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 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?  Learn about the wide variety of options that address both of these issues to help you develop both your own philosophy for grading as well as effective strategies for multiple ways to assess student learning and progress. You will also leave with a greater understanding of how to align testing and evaluation to your course outcomes and grading policies…

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March 2022

Rubrics to Increase Student Success

March 24 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 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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Classroom Management

March 29 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 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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School-Based Enterprises

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

An effective school-based enterprise (SBE) provides students with the unique opportunity to develop and practice real-world industry experience while serving the needs of their campus and/or community! This course is designed to help participants successfully develop and manage a successful SBE. Participants will analyze the key components of SBEs and identify the differences between this model and other forms of work-based learning.  Participants will also identify the key elements necessary for planning and implementing a school-based enterprise including best practices…

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April 2022

Formative Assessments

April 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This highly engaging course will provide you with an opportunity to evaluate the purpose of formative assessments.  Topics include the role and types of assessments, the process to develop an objective assessment as well as criteria for crafting quality multiple-choice items.  You will learn the skills needed to create objective assessment items using a process that mirrors the development of items for the Arizona CTE Technical Skill Assessments. You will develop an understanding of how to assess student skills in…

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Work-Based Learning

April 26 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

This course satisfies the ADE requirement for the Cooperative Education Endorsement. Create meaningful work-based learning experiences for your students.  This course will provide teachers with a variety of models of work-based learning along with the associated forms, agreements, and guidelines.  You will select the model that is most appropriate for your situation and create a plan to implement work-based learning as a part of your premier program! NOTE:  There is homework associated with this class to earn 1 ADE credit (15…

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Using Advisory Councils Effectively

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West-MEC, 5405 N. 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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$25

An energetic and involved advisory council can have a significant impact in helping your program and students achieve their goals! This interactive course is designed to ensure success in the formation and use of industry advisory councils. During this course, you will learn how to form a committee, conduct useful advisory council meetings and use advisory council members for continuous program improvement. NOTE:  There is homework associated with this class to earn 1 ADE credit (15 hours). Location: West-MEC 5405 N…

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