March 28th update on training plans related to the district moving to 1:1 chromebooks: The following is a list of events that have been scheduled, as well as events that are still being planned.
NOTE: Since we are early in the planning stages, you’ll see that this list is primarily focused on building support and capacity at the building level, so many of the sessions are focused on teacher leaders and other key building staff, who will conducting the building level training.
- All staff accounts were activated
All staff accounts in Canvas have been activated and staff were notified how to access and log into Canvas
- Free online training videos in Canvas
Staff were notified that hundreds of free online training videos are available within Canvas.
- Free instructor-led courses available through Canvas
Staff were notified that free instructor-led training are available within Canvas.
Upcoming events that are scheduled:
- Monday, April 3rd: Canvas Implementation Planning.
Canvas is sending an implementation specialist onsite to West Des Moines to help plan the Canvas rollout. This includes work on expectations, communications, and PD planning
- Mon April 10 and Tues April 11: Secondary Teacher Leader Training
Face to face training for approximately 20 secondary teacher leaders and other staff, led by a trainer from Canvas.
- Wed April 12: Additional Secondary Teacher Leader Training (am only)
An additional half-day optional training from the Canvas trainer to help give secondary staff additional time for exploring Canvas and/or assistance with planning their building training.
- Wed April 12: Canvas Administrator Training (pm only)
Half-day training session for district personnel on managing and administering Canvas.
- Thur April 13 and Fri April 14: Elementary Teacher Leader Training
Face to face training for approximately 20 elementary teacher leaders and other staff, led by a trainer from Canvas.
- April 28th: Professional Development Day
On April 28th, some schools are choosing to offer introductory Canvas training utilizing their buildings teacher leaders and/or other staff.
- June 5th: Optional Canvas training at select schools
During the last contract day (make-up snow day), some schools are choosing to offer optional Canvas training utilizing their buildings teacher leaders and/or other staff.
Future events being planned:
What: Study group for LR credit
Who: invited participation with max at 20
When: late spring . . .mutually agreed upon dates and times
Where: TBD (preferably LRC)
Why: study groups are often used to create actual courses; this study group will be no different. Topics/content and any additional instruction/resources will be used to create the course proposal for this summer’s offerings ( for Drake or LR credit)
What: 1:1 in the Classroom course (we will be offering this as face to face and an online version)
Who: 3-12 certified staff and administrators; decision needs to be made if classes will be customized (e.g., a session for elementary teachers vs. a session for secondary teachers)
When: June – Spring 2018 (course offered during summer, fall and spring term)
Why: With any new district-wide initiative, the district has offered courses for those teachers interested in learning about or extending what they already know. These courses are offered for credit and will appear on the menu for this summer and each term in the 2017-18 school year.
Optional Teacher Leader Summer Training
Teacher leaders have additional summer days (typically 5) and we will be offering additional ½ day segments of training in July and August. Dates, times, and topics have not been scheduled yet, but will likely be scheduled after the Canvas training is finished in April.