8:30am - 9:20am

The Magic of Routines [PK-5]


Presenter:  Robin Foerster

Help ease the transition process, create a calm and positive environment for your students through establishing simple and easy to implement routines throughout your day.






Video Recordings and Video Quizzes [All Levels]


Presenter: Jason Goodwin






Engaging Participation Techniques [All Levels]


Presenter: Donna Hafner

Learn how to make every student an active participant in your classroom using total participation techniques. These techniques will engage students and allow them to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.






Vocabulary Strategies For Secondary Classrooms [Secondary]


Presenter:  Alma Martinez

This is an interactive session where we will build our bank of vocabulary strategies. However, we will focus on one strategy to learn the process of teaching vocabulary. Also, we will learn to empathize with students how it feels to learn new words. Come and have fun. Bring your vocabulary passport.






Fun Brain Breaks for Secondary Students [Secondary]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

You will leave this session with dozens of brain breaks you can implement in your classroom next year. Come learn new strategies for incorporating movement into your lessons, increasing student engagement, and building a strong classroom community all through the use of brain breaks.






Visual Thinking Through Sketchnoting [All Levels]


Presenter: William Waghome






Using Google Forms for High Quality Surveys [All Levels]


Presenter: Amanda Schultz

Tell me if it works! Using google forms to design high-quality surveys for your research. A hands-on session designed to support campus leaders in designing effective surveys in google forms. We’ll discuss creating research questions and aligning survey questions to your research questions. We will show some example surveys and then show some tricks for setting up your google form so it does what you need it to do. A session for formal or in-formal campus leaders – really anyone who is interested in knowing what works on their campus and why!






Successful Grant Writing [All Levels]


Presenter: Amy Grosso

Learn basic grant writing practices and strategies to help secure funding for your classroom. Resources for locating grants will also be shared.






Enrichment Ideas for High Students and Early Finishers [3-5]


Presenter: Shannon Stockton

Do you have students that ask, “Now what?” Are you tired of scrambling for something else for your high students to do? Come explore a variety of easy to implement ideas that apply across subjects areas that will keep your students engaged and learning.






Seesaw App in a Nutshell [K-5]


Presenter: Tobie Rountree

Seesaw is a digital learning journal that empowers students and increases parent engagement. Come and learn how to use this amazing free resource to transform your classroom. This resources is easy to use and can be used with shared devices or 1:1 classrooms. Leave with ideas and strategies to make your digital classroom run smoothly.






Numberless Word Problems in the Elementary Grades [K-5]


Presenter: Brian Bushart & Regina Payne

How can we develop conceptual understanding of the underlying structure of word problems to help students become proficient at solving them? Take out the numbers! In this session, we’ll share a simple yet effective instructional routine that scaffolds student understanding of word problem types and promotes sense making prior to computation.






9:30am - 10:20am

The Versatility of Google Earth [All Levels]


Presenter:  Joshua Williams

You can do more with the New Google Earth than just finding your home and school. Learn how teachers and students of all ages, disciplines, and technological knowledge can benefit from this 21st tool. During this presentation participants will have the opportunity to explore the New Google Earth along with examples of how this technology can be integrated in the classroom.






Video Recordings and Video Quizzes [All Levels]


Presenter: Jason Goodwin






Total Participation Techniques [All Levels]


Presenter: Donna Hafner

Learn how to make every student an active participant in your classroom using total participation techniques. These techniques will engage students and allow them to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.






Vocabulary Strategies for Secondary Classrooms [Seconday]


Presenter:  Alma Martinez

This is an interactive session where we will build our bank of vocabulary strategies. However, we will focus on one strategy to learn the process of teaching vocabulary. Also, we will learn to empathize with students how it feels to learn new words. Come and have fun. Bring your vocabulary passport.






Ensure Your Staff Loves Where They Work: Boosting Staff Morale [All Levels]


Presenter: Shannon Stockton

Does your staff love where they work? Come learn fun ways to show your staff they are appreciated. Learn easy ways to build staff comradery and keep your campus a positive place to work.






Visual Thinking Through Sketchnoting [All Levels]


Presenter: William Waghome






Using Focus Groups to Gather Information [All Levels]


Presenter:  Reetu Naik

Say what?? Tips and tricks for conducing focus groups. A hands-on session for campus leaders (formal leaders and informal leaders) interested in conducting focus groups. Focus groups can be a tool to help campus leaders systematically hear from staff, parents, and even students. Focus groups are an effective way to help you to understand WHY programs worked and to identify what went well (and didn’t). We will discuss tips for designing an effective focus group, create focus group questions, and talk through tips and tricks for facilitating focus groups. A great session for anyone interested in knowing more about why and how programs work on a campus!






Peer Observation and Teacher Reflection [All Levels]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

The Whys and Hows of Peer Observation: Brief research about the effectiveness of peer observations, how to implement peer observations on campuses (esp. large ones); reflective discussions after peer observations






High Functioning Autism in the General Education Classroom [PK-5]


Presenter: Robin Foerster & Jami Johnson

Learn to embed supports into your classroom for students with High Functioning Autism. Learn a little more about increasing the independence level by creating a supportive classroom community.






Seesaw App in a Nutshell [K-5]


Presenter:  Tobie Rountree

Seesaw is a digital learning journal that empowers students and increases parent engagement. Come and learn how to use this amazing free resource to transform your classroom. This resources is easy to use and can be used with shared devices or 1:1 classrooms. Leave with ideas and strategies to make your digital classroom run smoothly.






Let's Be Reasonable: Fostering Fraction Sense [3-5]


Presenters:  Brian Bushart & Regina Payne

What is it about fractions that throws so many students for a loop? In this session, we’ll explore a critical understanding many students fail to grasp before leaving elementary school: fractions are numbers! Without this understanding, students have a difficult time comparing fractions, which in turn makes fraction computation even more challenging. Join us to learn about and try out activities to help your students build stronger fraction sense that can lead to greater success with fractions in elementary school and beyond.






10:30am - 11:20am

Google Forms: Harness the Magic of Google Add-Ons


Presenters:  Mary Ellen Yonker & Natalie Hubert

WARNING! This training may change your life! Learn about Add-Ons for Google Forms: Form Recycler, Form Ranger, Check It Out, Choice Eliminator 2, and more!






VR in the Classroom [All Levels]


Presenter:  Lori Lind

Students learn through experiences, and no longer are they confined to the realm of an observer. Transport your students into a completely different world through VR. The results of this technology are endless.






Enrichment Ideas for High Students and Early Finishers [3-5]


Presenter:  Shannon Stockton

Do you have students that ask, “Now what?” Are you tired of scrambling for something else for your high students to do? Come explore a variety of easy to implement ideas that apply across subjects areas that will keep your students engaged and learning.






Vocabulary Strategies for Secondary Classrooms [Secondary]


Presenter:  Alma Martinez

This is an interactive session where we will build our bank of vocabulary strategies. However, we will focus on one strategy to learn the process of teaching vocabulary. Also, we will learn to empathize with students how it feels to learn new words. Come and have fun. Bring your vocabulary passport.






Public Speaking [All Staff]


Presenter:  Ryan Smith

Come learn the magic formula to always feeling comfortable speaking in front of large groups and making an impact with your words.






Visual Thinking Through Sketchnoting [All Levels]


Presenter: William Waghome






Rock Solid Partnerships [All Levels]


Presenters: Rachael Brunson & Linda Aschenbrenner

In this session, we will discuss the value of using partners in instruction, how to recruit partners and how to access business partners and post offers in the new RRISD Partner Directory.






High Functioning Autism in the General Education Classroom [K-5]


Presenters: Robin Foerster & Jami Johnson

Learn to embed supports into your classroom for students with High Functioning Autism. Learn a little more about increasing the independence level by creating a supportive classroom community.






Fun Brain Breaks for Secondary Students [Secondary]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

You will leave this session with dozens of brain breaks you can implement in your classroom next year. Come learn new strategies for incorporating movement into your lessons, increasing student engagement, and building a strong classroom community all through the use of brain breaks.






Tips and Tools for Maintaining Ongoing Communication with Parents [K-2]


Presenter: Kristin Shelton

Ongoing Communication with Parents






Handy Holograms An Engaging Presentation Tool! [All Levels]


Presenters:  Donna Owen & Rebecca Mitchell

Learn how students can create their own personal “hologram projector” using a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad. Students can practice engineering skills by redesigning, testing, and adapting their own hologram pyramids.






12:30pm - 1:20:pm

Google Add-Ons: Form Recycler and Choice Eliminator [All Levels]


Presenters:  Mary Ellen Yonker & Natalie Hubert

WARNING! This training may change your life! Learn about Add-Ons for Google Forms: Form Recycler, Form Ranger, Check It Out, Choice Eliminator 2, and more!






High Functioning Autism in the General Education Classroom [PK-5]


Presenter: Robin Foerster & Jami Johnson

Learn to embed supports into your classroom for students with High Functioning Autism. Learn a little more about increasing the independence level by creating a supportive classroom community.






Ready, Set, Resource: Online Resources to Enhance Your Instruction [PK-5]


Presenters:  Valerie Rollans & Stephanie Inzana

There are so many technology resources we can use in our classroom. Come learn about just a few of the great ones, including Mackin Via! Take some of the frustration out of those research projects in your classroom.






Cultivate Mindfulness with Yogic Breath & Movement to Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom [PK-5]


Presenter:  Tammy Conrad

Research shows teaching coping mechanisms, like breathing techniques and classroom-appropriate movement, can help students cultivate mindfulness, reducing anxiety which can lead to increased academic success. Learn how to easily and quickly implement these methods. Join a certified yoga instructor who is also a teacher of gifted students to learn how!

Attendees will learn about the research which supports the importance of mindfulness and how coping mechanisms can help students deal with anxiety in the classroom throughout the year, not just during testing season. They will participate by doing the breathing techniques and movements that they will then teach to their students. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to share their own methods that have been successful and to ask questions.






Fun Brain Breaks for Secondary Students [Secondary]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

You will leave this session with dozens of brain breaks you can implement in your classroom next year. Come learn new strategies for incorporating movement into your lessons, increasing student engagement, and building a strong classroom community all through the use of brain breaks.






Enrichment Ideas for High Students and Early Finishers [3-5]


Presenter: Shannon Stockton

Do you have students that ask, “Now what?” Are you tired of scrambling for something else for your high students to do? Come explore a variety of easy to implement ideas that apply across subjects areas that will keep your students engaged and learning.






Tips and Tools for Maintaining Ongoing Communication with Parents [K-2]


Presenter: Kristin Shelton

Ongoing Communication with Parents






Rock Solid Partnerships [All Levels]


Presenters: Rachael Brunson & Linda Aschenbrenner

In this session, we will discuss the value of using partners in instruction, how to recruit partners and how to access business partners and post offers in the new RRISD Partner Directory.






Handy Holograms An Engaging Presentation Tool! [All Levels]


Presenters:  Donna Owen & Rebecca Mitchell

Learn how students can create their own personal “hologram projector” using a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad. Students can practice engineering skills by redesigning, testing, and adapting their own hologram pyramids.






1:30pm - 2:20pm

Google Add-Ons: Form Recycler and Choice Eliminator [All Levels]


Presenters:  Mary Ellen Yonker & Natalie Hubert

WARNING! This training may change your life! Learn about Add-Ons for Google Forms: Form Recycler, Form Ranger, Check It Out, Choice Eliminator 2, and more!






Peer Observation and Teacher Reflection [All Levels]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

The Whys and Hows of Peer Observation: Brief research about the effectiveness of peer observations, how to implement peer observations on campuses (esp. large ones); reflective discussions after peer observations






Public Speaking [All Staff]


Presenter:  Ryan Smith

Come learn the magic formula to always feeling comfortable speaking in front of large groups and making an impact with your words.






Cultivate Mindfulness with Yogic Breath & Movement to Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom [PK-5]


Presenter:  Tammy Conrad

Research shows teaching coping mechanisms, like breathing techniques and classroom-appropriate movement, can help students cultivate mindfulness, reducing anxiety which can lead to increased academic success. Learn how to easily and quickly implement these methods. Join a certified yoga instructor who is also a teacher of gifted students to learn how!

Attendees will learn about the research which supports the importance of mindfulness and how coping mechanisms can help students deal with anxiety in the classroom throughout the year, not just during testing season. They will participate by doing the breathing techniques and movements that they will then teach to their students. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to share their own methods that have been successful and to ask questions.






30 Tips to Make Your Life Easier [All Levels]


Presenters: Valerie Rollans & Stephanie Inzana

Here are some quick and easy Chrome extensions and apps that will save you time.Figure out which ones will make your life easier. Some are for school and some are just for you in everyday life. Who doesn’t want a few minutes back daily!






Ensure Your Staff Loves Where They Work: Boosting Staff Morale [All Levels]


Presenter: Shannon Stockton

Does your staff love where they work? Come learn fun ways to show your staff they are appreciated. Learn easy ways to build staff comradery and keep your campus a positive place to work.






Tips and Tools for Maintaining Ongoing Communication with Parents [K-2]


Presenter: Kristin Shelton

Ongoing Communication with Parents






The Magic of Routines [PK - 5]


Presenter:  Robin Foerster

Help ease the transition process, create a calm and positive environment for your students through establishing simple and easy to implement routines throughout your day.






Connecting Representations: Making Math Accessible [K-5]


Presenters:  Brian Bushart & Regina Payne

Strip diagrams, number lines, arrays, equations. Why are elementary students expected to create and use so many different representations? What’s the big deal? In this session we’ll dig deep to build a shared understanding about how multiple representations help each and every elementary student access and deepen understanding of mathematical concepts and ideas.






Bookme! : Connecting any reader with a book through conferencing [All Levels]


Presenters: Barbara Ludden, Linda Kay, Laura Stiles, Wendy Tucker

Independent reading is a crucial component of developing reading skills. In this session, we will teach you how to conference with students and give them choices for books to foster that independent reading time.






2:30pm - 3:20pm

Using Meaningful Technology to Engage Students [All Levels]


Presenter: Kelly Stephens






Peer Observation and Teacher Reflection [All Levels]


Presenter:  Andrea Orluski

The Whys and Hows of Peer Observation: Brief research about the effectiveness of peer observations, how to implement peer observations on campuses (esp. large ones); reflective discussions after peer observations






Scratch That Itch! Coding in the Classroom [3-5]


Presenter:  Valerie Rollans

Think that coding is only for Hour of Code? Come learn how you can get kids interested in coding and apply it to your core curriculum.Scratch is a visual online programming language from MIT that is perfect for using in your classroom. It’s easy enough to learn in just a few minutes and rich enough that your kids will be coding all year long!






Cultivate Mindfulness with Yogic Breath & Movement to Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom [PK-5]


Presenter:  Tammy Conrad

Research shows teaching coping mechanisms, like breathing techniques and classroom-appropriate movement, can help students cultivate mindfulness, reducing anxiety which can lead to increased academic success. Learn how to easily and quickly implement these methods. Join a certified yoga instructor who is also a teacher of gifted students to learn how!

Attendees will learn about the research which supports the importance of mindfulness and how coping mechanisms can help students deal with anxiety in the classroom throughout the year, not just during testing season. They will participate by doing the breathing techniques and movements that they will then teach to their students. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to share their own methods that have been successful and to ask questions.






Ensure Your Staff Loves Where They Work: Boosting Staff Morale [All Levels]


Presenter: Shannon Stockton

Does your staff love where they work? Come learn fun ways to show your staff they are appreciated. Learn easy ways to build staff comradery and keep your campus a positive place to work.






Teaching Inquiry Using the Design Thinking Model Making MakerSpace Meaningful [PK-5]


Presenter:  Jenny Bell

How to use the design model to engage, extend, and enrich learners in a meaninful way. Come explore ways to incorporate inquiry with maker space in almost any unit!






The Magic of Routines [PK - 5]


Presenter:  Robin Foerster

Help ease the transition process, create a calm and positive environment for your students through establishing simple and easy to implement routines throughout your day.






Successful Grant Writing [All Levels]


Presenter: Amy Grosso

Learn basic grant writing practices and strategies to help secure funding for your classroom. Resources for locating grants will also be shared.






Let's Be Reasonable: Fostering Fraction Sense [3-5]


Presenters:  Brian Bushart & Regina Payne

What is it about fractions that throws so many students for a loop? In this session, we’ll explore a critical understanding many students fail to grasp before leaving elementary school: fractions are numbers! Without this understanding, students have a difficult time comparing fractions, which in turn makes fraction computation even more challenging. Join us to learn about and try out activities to help your students build stronger fraction sense that can lead to greater success with fractions in elementary school and beyond.






Bookme! : Connecting any reader with a book through conferencing [All Levels]


Presenters: Barbara Ludden, Linda Kay, Laura Stiles, Wendy Tucker

Independent reading is a crucial component of developing reading skills. In this session, we will teach you how to conference with students and give them choices for books to foster that independent reading time.






Required for Specific Staff

Campus-Based Educators

Suicide Prevention Awareness Training is required annually for all full-time campus-based educators in the state of Texas. Educational Assistants are not required to complete this training. If this is your first year in Round Rock ISD, you must create an account and complete the module appropriate for your elementary, middle, or high school position by Friday, October 28th. If you are a returning employee and completed this training during the 2015-16 school year, then you have until your certification expires to recertify. To create an account or see your certification date, log in to the Texas Youth Suicide Prevention Project web site using the credentials you used when creating your account and find your due date. To renew your certificate for the 2016-17 school year, you must click Need to Recertify.

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Access Suicide Prevention Training Here

Science Teachers

Art Teachers

Kiln Safety training is required annually for all Art teachers.

Access Kiln Safety Training Here

Required for all RRISD Staff

Updated September 13th, 2016

The 2016-17 Round Rock ISD Employee Handbook is now available. This year there is a short quiz required of all staff concerning content found in the handbook. Click the banner below to access the quiz. Student teachers and substitute teachers are not required to complete the quiz. The deadline for completing the handbook quiz is Friday, Oct. 14th.

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Every Round Rock ISD employee is required to complete eight RRISD-created modules, the employee handbook quiz and the Network Security Awareness training. Click the banner above to access the eight modules and handbook quiz. Staff received an email from the Professional Development Department containing unique registration information for the Network Security training on Monday, August 15th. Employees hired throughout the year will receive this unique registration email on the second Monday of the month after they are hired. They will then have 30-days from that point to complete all required compliance training.

The initial deadline for the All-Staff Modules and Network Security Training is Friday, September 30th.

The initial deadline for the Handbook Quiz is Friday, October 14th.

Resources...

Click the button below for presentations and other resources shared during the New Teacher Orientation on August 1st-3rd.

New Teacher Resources

New to RRISD Meetups...

Informal social meetups are a great way to meet fellow Round Rock ISD team members and learn more about what makes RRISD the destination district for public schools. Our first social meetup will be on Friday, Nov. 4th for a tailgate at Kelly Reeves Athletic complex before the Westwood Warriors take on the Cedar Ridge Raiders. Mark your calendars. More info to come. There will be barbecue.

RSVP for the Kickoff Here

Upcoming Opportunities

Click any of the buttons below to learn more about upcoming Round Rock ISD Professional Development Opportunities!

Elementary Math Recommended MOOCs

Check Out This Self-Paced Inquiry-Based Learning Course

Inquiry-based learning aims to increase student engagement by helping learners develop hands-on, minds-on skills. This education and teacher training course explores the 5E instructional model and its uses in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to learn from videos of classroom teachers modeling a 5E lesson and access teacher commentary as they use inquiry-based strategies with their students. As a result, you will develop the skills and strategies needed to implement inquiry-based instruction in your own classroom.

An inquiry-based approach honors the complex work of learning. It prioritizes the knowledge and experience that students bring to the classroom and it promotes active problem solving, communication, and the shared construction of new ideas. Inquiry-based instruction is the foundation for the UTeach model. This education course serves as a useful introduction to this approach.

Enroll Now

TTESS/TPESS and AEL Info

Need information about training dates, timelines, etc? Click the correct button below.

TTESS Web Site
TPESS Web Site
AEL Web Site

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PD Department FAQ

Have questions about summer events, 56-hours reports, compliance training, trade days, etc? Click the button below, we bet you find an answer.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Join the Professional Development Department on November 11th for Google Sheets for Office Staff with Pam Scarborough of the Assessment Department.

Register Here for AM Class
Register Here for PM Class

Online Resources

Atomic Learning is a resource for every RRISD employee to access short tutorials on a variety of topics. Log in with your active directory credentials:

Username: e######

Password: Same as your RRISD email account

Atomic Learning

The Apps Show

The Professional Development Department is excited to announce the introduction of Training for Google Apps—a virtual coach and guide for using you Round Rock ISD Google Apps account. Training for Google Apps is a Google Chrome extension that provides users a personal training experience on common uses of Google’s suite of applications. Excellent for those users who are brand new to the application and would like to learn key tasks, such as sending an email, and for those users who are more experienced and need assistance with more advanced tasks, such as setting up labels.

Training for Google Apps is integrated into Google in a way that provides a training experience like no other. Need assistance sending an email? With Training for Google Apps, users will be guided through the task visually from start to finish—all without leaving the application.

Ready to install? Visit the following to get started:
Install Now: Set up in-app training for Google App

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Edie Binns
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Chris Nieto
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Mark Parshall
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