CIS Summer Institute Workshop Presenters

We are thrilled to have the following individuals eagerly preparing to provide you an exciting and informative Summer Institute on July 20!

“What’s Trending: Making your organization a trending topic” with April McFadden

Curious about how to leverage social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to support for your work? Now’s your chance to dominate the social media world in 140 characters or less! Participants will explore the basics of using the various platforms effectively, be exposed to new ones, and learn of to use familiar favorites in new ways. The session will also include practicing crafting dynamic and persuasive messaging for each.

April McFaddenAbout April: April McFadden is a published writer (print and online) with experience in social-media planning and analysis, content creation, and follower engagement. Growing up in the Internet Age, social media has been a part of her coming of age so she knows a bit about what’s trending. April has prior experience at Family Circle magazine, her alma mater Northwestern University, and nonprofits such as Adoptions Unlimited and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.

“Integrating Social Emotional Learning into Your Curriculum” with Caryn Curry

Having strong social and emotional learning (SEL) skills is widely recognized as essential to both emotional health and academic success. In the workshop, participants will learn how to integrate teaching SEL skills into their curriculum.

Caryn CurryAbout Caryn: Caryn Curry, MA, is a social and emotional learning consultant who trains educators, parents and community organizations how to model and teach social and emotional skills to
children and youth. A former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Curry has over 30 year’s experience working to support children and families’ capacity to thrive in community, educational, and residential settings. 

“Vocabulary Integration Strategies” with Dayla Simon

Research shows that learning content-specific vocabulary is vital to learning new concepts and ideas. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies and engage in interactive vocabulary activities for introducing, reinforcing and assessing understanding of content vocabulary.

About Dayla: Dayla Simon currently serves as a School Partnership Specialist for Communities In Schools of Chicago. This May, Dayla celebrated her 15 year reunion as a graduate of Spelman Dayla Simon_headshot for blogCollege in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education. She completed her master’s degree in Accomplished Teaching/Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia Southern University.

Within the last few years, Dayla has also worked for the Chicago Public School’s Community Schools Initiative as a Quality Coach, and Program Coordinator for Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2011, Dayla worked as an Early Intervention Specialist and Lead Teacher for Atlanta Public Schools for 11 years, where she received honors, such as Teacher of the Year, and served as a grade level chair and an active participant on the school’s leadership, design and data teams. She has presented on a broad range of education topics, including Project-Based Learning and Classroom Assessment for Student Learning.

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“Putting the Test to Rest: Assessment without pre- and post- tests” with Brittany Elliott

Tired of using surveys to check for student understanding? In this workshop, participants will learn how to use easy and creative assessment techniques to ensure students learn what is intended.

Brittany Elliot

About Brittany:
 Brittany Elliott is new to Chicago, originally from Columbus, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. She is a former high school English teacher who whole-heartedly believes in the power of affirming students and helping them reach their greatest potential. She has recently shifted her focus and career from the classroom to educational policy. Brittany is busy navigating a new and bigger city, finishing her Specialist degree, and pursuing a career that allows her to make changes in the classroom through teacher advocacy. She enjoys losing herself in a good book, mastering the art of rest and relaxation, and spending time with her family and friends. “

“Building Observation Tools to Support Your Classroom Facilitators” with Brittany Merritt

Are you looking to develop prepared, confident, and successful facilitators? In this workshop, participants will be able to identify what a successful facilitator looks like for their organization, draft an observation form, and learn how to effectively utilize the tool to assess and support facilitators.

BMerritt HeadshotAbout Brittany: Brittany joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2013. As the Chicago Program Director, Brittany is responsible for leading the PHE program in Chicago by developing, managing, growing and evaluating the PHE Chicago Program, managing the PHE Chicago Program team and assisting with the development and execution of strategic plans. Prior to joining PHE, Brittany was a Senior Program & Event Coordinator in Community Recreation at the Chicago Park District. She was tasked with researching, planning, and leading the execution of community recreations new initiatives such as emerging program offerings and integrating youth program quality and performance measurement into management. Her experience includes positions at CBS Radio (Chicago Bears Radio Network), Comcast SportsNet, Intersport and with Northwestern University Athletics focusing on sports marketing and sports management. An advocate and enthusiast for non-traditional sports as well, she is a former director and coach for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association as well as an assistant director of operations for Chicago Youth Lacrosse. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth, especially girls. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University where she played lacrosse and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

“Effective Presentation Skills” with Paul Fagen

Dying to add “presentation skills” to your LinkedIn endorsements? Join us for a workshop that will help you liven up your presentation. Participants will gain tools to improve presentations and increase student engagement. Help students get the most out of their time with you!

Paul FagenAbout Paul: Paul has been a social worker since 1998, working almost exclusively with children and adolescents in a variety of settings. His clinical work has included therapeutic interventions for students who had been exposed to complex trauma, social skills training for students with developmental delays, and extensive work in the Social Emotional Learning arena. Additionally, Paul has presented and trained locally and nationally on a number of topics, including Conflict Resolution, School Climate and Culture, and the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development. Currently, he is a Field Supervisor at Communities In Schools of Chicago. When he’s not in front of students or teachers, you can find him in front of audiences throughout Chicago’s theater scene.

Click here to register for the 2016 Summer Institute! 

“Creating a Differentiated Classroom” with Chelsea Duffy

Why differentiate? Who benefits from differentiation? What is differentiation? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop! Creating a Differentiated Classroom will provide instructor friendly, easy-to-use strategies to engage and reach all learners. Participants will experience step-by-step ways to differentiate curriculum, instruction, and products based on individual students’ needs, interests, and styles.Chelsea_Duffy_Photo

About Chelsea: Chelsea Duffy has been an education professional for over 10 years. She began her career as an instructional design consultant creating adult education curriculum for Walgreens Corporate. In 2008 she followed her passion to work with at risk youth and became a special education teacher within CPS. At CPS Chelsea has worked with diverse learners providing rigorous and engaging instruction. She has been a leader in improving special education programs and developing team members to ensure all students are being reached.  


“Meaningful Music Integration” with Eric Heidbreder and Lindsay Fredrickson

You know you love music. You know your students love music. Have you ever thought about relevant ways to use music in your instruction? Experience meaningful music integration in this hands-on workshop. Learn about parallel process, literal connection and how these concepts relate to music integration and your practice. This workshop will help make music integration approachable and fun for you and your students.Eric H

About Eric: Eric Heidbreder connects with and empowers audiences of all ages using humor and thoughtful, energized presentation. Through his work as an active performer and teaching artist with Fifth House Ensemble, he reaches over 10,000 students yearly through assembly performances, in-class residency work, and customized workshops. Most recently, Eric has presented programs through Fifth House Ensemble at Teen Living Programs, Deborah’s Place, and the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School within the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

About Lindsay: Lindsay Fredrickson serves as the Educational Programs Coordinator for Fifth House Ensemble, a local chamber music group that specializes in collaboration and Lindsy Fredricksonintegrating arts into the classroom. As a Chicago-based clarinetist, she currently teaches for Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play outreach program in South Austin and for Foundations of Music throughout the south side of the city, providing music education to under-served communities. This summer, Lindsay is acting as a summer camp counselor to 4-6 year old campers at the Old Town School of Folk Music and this fall, she will be teaching a woodwinds methods class at DePaul University and teaching privately through Flatts & Sharpe in the Rogers Park community. Lindsay holds a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University.


“An Introduction to Using Games for Engaging Education” with Brian Van Slyke

Games can be used to introduce new content as well as help students to practice new skills. They are also great ways to engage students in participatory ways while allowing them to engage and wrestle with topics in a low-risk fashion. In this workshop, participants will learn and practice easy-to-learn, non-competitive game concepts that can be used in a variety of settings. Participants will also discuss different ways to integrate games into existing curriculum.Brian Van Slyke pic

About Brian: Brian Van Slyke works at the TESA Collective, a worker cooperative that develops resources for social and economic change. He also created Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, created the game Loud & Proud, and is currently creating RISE – a game about movement building. 


Click here to register for the 2016 Summer Institute! 


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