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Summer Institute 2015

APPLY BY MARCH 6, 2015

Digital Learning Menus as a Tool to Facilitate Assessment and Task Demands

Back by popular demand, the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship and the Center for Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR) will host their third summer institute this summer. The 2015 Institute is titled Digital Learning Menus as a Tool to Facilitate Assessment and Task Demands. All elementary school teachers of grades 3-5 are invited to apply.

We will be selecting 15 highly motivated elementary school teachers who will participate in a five day Summer Institute that will be held on June 8-12, 2015 at Purdue University. This institute provides an opportunity to develop differentiated digital learning menus utilizing social studies content during the Reading Block.

WHY SHOULD I APPLY?

This professional development opportunity will focus on content, technology, and the reading block in your grades 3-5! Each day of the institute will have a different focus in order to provide you with more extensive learning opportunities:

  • Day One: Overview: Assessment & Task Demands, Reading Block & Social Studies Content
  • Day Two: Differentiating & Utilizing Learning Menus
  • Day Three-Four: Grade Level Planning (Gathering the Resources and Developing Menus)
  • Day Five: Digital Learning Menus Collaboration

- You will be introduced and will explore a wide variety of technological applications that may be used in your classroom.
- You will develop differentiated digital learning menus (bundles) with social studies content and literacy-based instruction/activities for your Reading block.
- Parking permits, resources, and lunch will be provided each day
- Participants will earn 3 graduate credit hours from Purdue University that can be used toward an advanced degree.


HOW DO I APPLY?

- You can apply online using the link (to be completed in one sitting) at the bottom of this page. NOTE: You will be asked to attach a signed and scanned letter of recommendation from your principal. IMPORTANT: In order to be selected, the recommendation letter from the principal MUST have the following statement:

  • After ( indicate teacher’s full name) participates in the Summer Institute, I agree to have Purdue University faculty  or staff return to my school and observe how ( indicate teacher’s full name) is applying the digital learning menus developed during the Summer Institute. I agree to allow Purdue University faculty and staff to be in the school (name of building), and conduct classroom observations in (indicate teacher’s name) classroom focusing on the implementation of the resources developed during the Summer Institute. With this recommendation letter, I give my written consent for future research activities and promotions related to the Summer Institute.

- The application survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete (we timed it!). The application survey will include questions about your classroom and your knowledge Reading Block, as well as your current practices and instructional activities for social studies and technology.

- Please keep in mind that once you enter the survey it has to be completed in its entirety. Follow the instructions at the link located at the bottom of this page.

 Apply by March 6th, 2015.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?

- You will participate in a five day institute that requires your active participation from 8 am to 4 pm each day. During this time, you will be planning digital learning menus that will be implemented in your classroom during the fall semester of 2015.
- The answers to the application survey will be used for research that informs our development of the institute. By applying to the Summer Institute, you are agreeing to work with institute faculty to schedule the classroom observations and follow-up interviews that will be conducted as a follow-up to the summer institute (preferably for the Fall 2015).
- Participation is strictly voluntary. You do not have to complete the survey. By choosing to complete the survey, you are acknowledging your informed consent of these procedures.
- Human Subjects Statement: If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr. Phillip VanFossen, Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Ackerman Center, at (765) 494-2367. If you have concerns about the treatment of research participants, you can contact the Committee on the Use of Human Research Subjects at Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, Hovde Hall, Room 307, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040. The phone number for the Committee's secretary is (765) 494-5942. The email address is irb@purdue.edu.

We are very grateful for your application. If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail or telephone any of the following members of the Planning Committee:

Phillip J. VanFossen, Ph.D.
Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director
James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Purdue University
765-494-2367
vanfoss@purdue.edu

Asta Balkute, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Purdue University
765-496-3335
abalkute@purdue.edu

Kerry Hoffman, Ph.D.
Director
Center for Literacy Education and Research
Purdue University
(765) 494-5683
kahoffma@purdue.edu
http://www.clear.education.purdue.edu/

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Targeted Professional Development
Center for Literacy Education and Research
Purdue University
765-494-2356
hoppere@purdue.edu
http://www.clear.education.purdue.edu/

Proceed to the survey (click on the link below) NOTE: Please have principal’s recommendation letter ready to be uploaded to the survey and keep in mind that once you enter the survey it has to be completed in its entirety.

 https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1Rdn8IpklZUj9iZ

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