Kirstin Bacon | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link

 

Kirstin Bacon

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Kirstin is currently a teacher and Instructional Coach at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange/Western Springs. She has been in the district for five years, and she has played various roles within the district. Kirstin currently teaches sophomores, but she has taught freshmen in the past. She has taught all levels of English at some point in her 15 year teaching career.  

As an Instructional Coach, Kirstin has the opportunity to help plan Professional Development for her district as well as directly work with 10-12 teachers on-on-one each year. The focus of the Instructional Coaching program is to create more student centered classrooms through the use of standards and skills based instruction while incorporating the formative practices. Kirstin has worked with her small team of coaches to bring the goals of the district to fruition in a range of classrooms. Kirstin has worked with teachers in some capacity from almost every department.  

As well as working at Lyons Township and The Connecting Link, Kirstin is a mother of two young girls. She lives in the city and is a product of The Chicago Public School System. Her daughters attend CPS schools, and Kirstin is committed to raising her children in the city. She also has two dogs, and she would have five more if her husband agreed. He doesn’t.

This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for current literacy research components and practice with an emphasis on the K-5 classroom.  Participants of this course will examine current literacy research and explore reading components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include the spectrum of reading development, fluency, word study, and vocabulary as well as comprehension strategy investigation.  Participants will evaluate their classroom culture of literacy, reflect on their current practice, and formulate a literacy plan for implementation.
Course #: SPC18108
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for current literacy research components and practice with an emphasis on 6-12 classrooms.  Participants of this course will examine current literacy research and explore reading components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include the spectrum of reading development, fluency, word knowledge, and vocabulary as well as comprehension strategy investigation.  Participants will evaluate their classroom culture of literacy, reflect on their current practice, and formulate a literacy plan for implementation.
Course #: SPC18121
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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This course is designed to enhance a participant’s knowledge of assessment and grading practices. The following themes will be investigated: formative assessment, summative assessment, learning targets and outcomes, methods of assessing, types of assessment protocols, grading practices, providing feedback, and defining mastery. This course prepares teachers by providing them with the essential elements needed to translate assessment of learning to assessment for learning. 
Course #: GMF19001
Dates: 09/16/19 - 11/10/19
Categories:

General Education

Format:

Online Structured

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Participants in this course will examine student-centered classrooms with a constructivist approach - a significant shift away from the typical teacher-centered classroom. In a student-centered classroom, much of the direction and leadership is passed onto the students and the teacher becomes the classroom facilitator. This course provides participants with an in-depth exploration of how student-centered classrooms can engage and enhance the learning of all students. Effective student-centered teaching strategies, lesson planning, classroom management methods, and differentiated assessments will be explored. Participants will learn how having a constructivist approach to the student-centered classroom can have students take charge of their learning at any grade level and become independent learners who can create, discover, and problem solve on their own.
Course #: GMF19507
Dates: 11/12/19 - 12/08/19
Categories:

Diverse Learners General Education

Format:

Online Structured

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This course is designed to provide K–12 educators an understanding and breakdown of, as well as strategies for teaching, the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards in the disciplines: History/Social Science, Science, and Technical (HST). Participants of this course will learn what the ELA HST standards are, what it means to be “literate” in each of the disciplines, and how to create such literacies.  Most significantly, participants will learn teaching strategies to embrace the new HST ELA standards, with a particular focus on strengthening classroom practice in the biggest shift areas from old to new literacy standards.
Course #: SPC16137
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for writing including current research components and practice.  Participants of this course will examine current writing research, study classroom pedagogy, and explore critical writing components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include studying the spectrum of writing development as well as learning to use mentor texts in the writing process.  Participants will examine teaching strategies to enhance specific genres of writing and develop sound assessment in both formative and summative measure.   Participants will evaluate a classroom culture of writing as well as implement and reflect on their own current practice.
Course #: SPC17123
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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The following themes will be investigated: purposes of assessment, scientifically based research in reading, the cycle of decision making for assessment and instruction, understanding phonological awareness and assessments, understanding phonics and word identification and their assessments, emergent literacy assessments, language and vocabulary development and assessment, assessing oral reading and fluency, assessing reading and listening comprehension, and formal and informal reading assessments and data interpretation to guide instruction.
Course #: SPC17117
Categories:

English Language Arts

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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