A.P.P.L.E. Summer - 2009

Education for Social Responsibility in the Twenty-first Century


Camp Viltis Dr. Grigonis special education seminars
Vilnius program
Administration English as a Foreign/Second Language Elementary Science
Computer Science I

Library and Collaborative learning

Computer Science II Register at PPRC Religion and Ethics

Social responsibility - Elementary

Social responsibility - Secondary


2009 Vilnius Program
Session A is scheduled July 7th to 11th
Session B is scheduled July 13th to 17th

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science, A.P.P.L.E. is pleased to announce the 2009 Summer Program.  Last year, our Lithuanian partners suggested that we focus on the topic of Education for Social Responsibility in the 21st Century.  Around the globe, students, teachers and communities are facing dramatic changes at a pace that few could have imagined.  These changes have dramatic effects in our educational institutions and in our greater society.

The courses offered this year are designed to encourage teachers, administrators, and support staff to develop research-based practices to fully enable all students to be active participants in socially responsible educational communities. All students need to develop the skills and practices that will enhance their ability to become full participants in our society as socially responsible citizens of the 21st Century.


Title:           Administration: Managing and Mentoring Teachers and Students

Sessions: A and B

Audience: 25 principals, school administrators, and lead teachers.

Description: This course focuses on three very important topics: Effective Management in Schools; Addressing Bullying and Aggressive Behaviors; and Mentoring as a Tool for Positive Change in Schools. 

Participants will develop understandings of strategies and techniques used by successful administrators and managers in every industry to improve performance. Through exercises and case studies, participants will develop skills to implement proven strategies. Participants will be coached in the areas of Corrective Action Plans, Improved Performance Planning, Appraisals, and Time Management.

With dropout rates as high as 50%, countries are losing talent and potential, adding to the current national and international economic challenges. Mentoring by upper grade students provides acceptance, validation and guidance to lower grade students, giving them the reassurance to stay in school. Participants will study relevant research, implementation strategies, and the training of mentors.



Title: Science Literacy and Social Responsibility in the Biology Classroom

Session:          A and B

Audience: 25 secondary and comprehensive science teachers, especially in biology.

Description: The scientific method and scientific knowledge are prerequisites for decision-making for participants in any democracy.  Being a knowledgeable citizen requires scientific literacy to address social challenges such as preventing antibiotic resistance, HIV/AIDS education, achieving universal vaccination, the introduction of genetically modified foods, or the consequences of having the human genome sequence determined for every individual.  Classroom techniques—which can also be applied to other fields of science and societal problems—include brainstorming; share/pair discussion of common texts, ethical decision-making, and case studies will be used to demonstrate how science, technology and citizenship are intertwined.  We must make our society aware of the role of science literacy as a mechanism for social responsibility in the 21st century.



Title:   Elementary Science: Developing Student’s Thinking Through Literacy and Inquiry

Session A

Audience: 20 Elementary Teachers interested in inquiry-based science teaching.

Description: Using stories from the book Story Starters and Science Notebooking: Developing children’s thinking through literacy and inquiry (Teachers Ideas Press, 2009) created by Sandy Buczynski and Kristin Fontichiaro, participants will tap into prior knowledge, practice several genres of writing, reflect on their learning, and apply the scientific method in order to solve problems presented by the stories. As they connect inquiry-based learning with the development of scientific knowledge, teachers will learn to help students consider science as way of thinking more than as a body of knowledge. At the conclusion of this workshop, classroom teachers will have a repertoire of science strategies, stories, and activities to create a strong, authentic, inquiry-based classroom that integrates science content with writing projects. This scientific knowledge will be used as supporting evidence to promote a message of social responsibility.


Title: Computer Science I: Google Apps in the Classroom

Session: A

Audience:  Designed for 15 secondary teachers or computer teachers interested in using cutting edge technology with their students and in their classes. 

Description: With the new and improved Google Apps, administrators, teachers, and students can share email, calendars, collaborative web applications, online documents and more. These tools are available anytime there is an Internet-accessible computer and connection. The apps allow everyone to work together seamlessly and easily. Participants will collaborate using Google sites and Google Docs. They will master the Google calendar. Using free word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software, participants will create, store, share, and collaborate with others. Instead of emailing files back and forth, Participants will be able to work on a single version of a document together online using this new software.



Title:    Computer Science II: Welcome to the New World! Using PowerPoint in StAIR lessons and Digital Story-Telling

Session A is designed for Elementary School Teachers
Session B is designed for Middle and High School Teachers

Audience: This course is designed for 15 teachers who want to master current technology. All participants must have beginning computer skills.

Description: We will work with PowerPoint in creating self-test StAIR presentations for students. A StAIR is a Stand-Alone-Instructional-Resource. It is a digital instructional piece, in which the learner must post correct responses to move through the activity. Participants should bring a short lesson in their subject area and self-test questions for use in such a presentation. Participants will also learn to construct digital stories that can preserve community histories, family and cultural stories, and student projects. To create a digital story, we will work with PowerPoint using motion and sound; create and modify free-moving clip art using Paint; record and modify sound using Audacity; change a PowerPoint presentation to video using oRipa; and combine video and sound using MovieMaker. Participants should bring a song or story to illustrate and, if possible, a collection of clip art that would fit the chosen story or song. Examples are available at: http://www.applequest.org/IT-darbeliai/power/index.htm.



Title:   English as a Second Language/English as Foreign Language: Teaching Second Languages

 Sessions: A and B

Audience: 25 teachers of English at the elementary, middle, and high school levels

Description: This course will review effective language acquisition methods. The class will participate in a well-planned English lesson and develop grade level-appropriate lesson plans. Participants will take part in individual, paired, small group and whole class language experiences in the context of the English lesson. They will have frequent opportunities to practice their English as they predict, summarize, collaborate to form a consensus and offer opinions. The teachers who take this course will return to their schools with new strategies for presenting their lessons and enhanced conversational English skills.


Title:           Library Science: Best Practices for Research and Collaborative Learning   

Session:          B

Audience: 25 school librarians and information specialists

Description: School librarians will learn effective practices to improve student learning through collaborative teaching. They will create units of instruction that will teach students how to locate information in a variety of formats. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing information found on the web to make sure it is relevant and accurate. Participants will prepare a lecture on designing research projects that allow students to exercise their critical thinking skills rather than plagiarizing from the web. They will also learn leadership skills to communicate best practices to other teachers in their schools. Each participant will receive a CD with information from the instructor and the units of instruction created by fellow students. If time allows, the class will create readers’ theater scripts.


Snaige Raguckiene, Librarian, Marijampole, Lithuania. Ms. Raguckiene has participated in several International School Librarian Conferences and has partnered with Dr. Blanche Woolls to present several A.P.P.L.E. sessions in Library Science


Title:          Religion and Ethics: Core Values and Moral Courage

Session A

Audience: 25 teachers of religion and ethics and other teachers interested in this topic.

Description: Participants will analyze their personal core values and how these values are shared with others. The focus is on the Catholic ethical and biblical perspective. Topics include ethical freedom/habitual stance and conscience; contemporary understanding of biblical apocalyptic literature and the skills to communicate its message to those who live in fear; grace and sin and the relationship to God’s ultimate triumph over evil; vision and values in the schools in which the participants teach; communication of the Catholic World View through architecture, symbol and ritual. The course will use interactive seminars, case studies, exercises and field experience that will aid the participants to make moral decisions and distinguish between actions and omissions, right versus right and solving difficult situations. The goal of the course is to aid the teachers’ growth in moral courage to make right decisions and stand by them. Participants should bring a copy of the Bible containing the Old and New Testaments.



Title:           Elementary: Building Social Responsibility in the Classroom through Researched Based Practices

Sessions: A and B

Audience: 25 elementary teachers, lead teachers, special educators, administrators, social workers and psychologists.

Description: This program assumes that an educated populace leads to an enhanced sense of community and increased civic involvement. It highlights the integration of academic skills and social responsibility.  Presenters will highlight a variety of educational strategies and how these practices can be used to promote responsibility, encourage collaborative relationships and prepare learners for citizenship in the current environment.

Lecturers: Lewis University Faculty Team *


Title:  Middle and Secondary: Building Social Responsibility in the Classroom through Researched Based Practices

Sessions: A and B

Audience: 25 middle and secondary teachers, lead teachers, special educators, administrators, social workers and psychologists.

Description: This program assumes that an educated populace leads to an enhanced sense of community and increased civic involvement. It highlights the integration of academic skills and social responsibility. Presenters will highlight a variety of educational strategies and how these practices can be used to promote responsibility, encourage collaborative relationships and prepare learners for citizenship in the current environment.

Lecturers: Lewis University Faculty Team *

* The Lewis University Faculty Team:


Dr. Grigonis Special Education Program in Kaunas

This program, presented in partnership with A.P.P.L.E. Kaunas will include Dr. Jo Ann Hammer, Nancy Hansen, Jim Brousseau, Dr. Sandy Buczynski, Sue Kohfeldt and Dr. Karl Janowitz.  In addition, Virginija Duksiene and Snieguole Velickiene, special education teachers and A.P.P.L.E. scholarship recipients will be part of the team.  The team will also include graduate students from the University of San Diego: Josefa Amon, Lori Autenrieb, Julie Cantillon, Ashley Morris, Allyson Page, Karyn Simmonds and Erica Stevenson. Topics will include:

Educational Situation of Gifted Students in Lithuania and the World:

The most common myths about a gifted child are unquestionable facts. In this lecture we will explore the process of educating gifted students, especially those who have different abilities.

Kinds of Intelligence and Learning Styles

Participants will learn how to recognise the prevailing type of intelligence in students with different needs. They will explore ways to develop the students’ skills. They will also learn to identify learning styles, and they will apply this information through a group activity.

Peculiar Demands and Specific Problems of Gifted Children

Gifted children, especially if they have different abilitities, may be evaluated unfavourably by those around them, including educators. We will determine how educational institutions, families, and other programs can support gifted student with disabilities to be successful.

A Disabled, Gifted Child and a Computer: Applying Information Technologies

In this session, teachers will be introduced to several computer programs. They will explore methods of applying technology in the classroom, and they will examine the opportunities and benefits of virtual learning. This will be done using practical workshops and actual work with computer learning programs.

Autism: Early Detection and Intervention

Through lecture and video, participants will explore the current research on the detection of autism. They will gain practical strategies that support students diagnosed with mild to moderate to severe autism. Teachers will prepare visual schedules and create social stories.

Big Books, Shared Reading and Writer’s Workshop

In this “make-it and take-it” workshop, participants will explore models of shared reading and The Writer’s Workshop. They will create their own Big Books for use in their classrooms. Participants will also receive Big Books that will be translated into Lithuanian.


Camp Viltis Program

Camp Viltis is a special respite camp for young people and their families, including parents, siblings, and caregivers. Operated through the Viltis Organization, it draws students from across Lithuania and from other countries. In addition to the campers and their families, Camp Viltis welcomes teachers, social workers, psychologists, administrators and others who work with students with special physical, emotional, or cognitive needs.

Special education teachers and other professionals engage with the A.P.P.L.E. lecturers, students with special needs, their families, and their teachers. Working as a team, they develop new strategies for helping each student master goals, such as more appropriate behavior and enhanced learning of academic material and the skills of daily living. Specific lectures, presentations, activities, and social events will be developed to respond to the interests and needs of those attending. Potential topics will include “best practices” in special education, sensory integration, student evaluation, behavior support plans, rubrics and their use in special education and general education, inclusive education, teachers as leaders, and system change.

Administration and Lecturers:





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