Professional Development

Professional Development Services

 

Classroom Management   Classroom management is how the teacher delivers the curriculum, as well as the environment in which students will learn. There are 10 strategies that a teacher can use in order to create an optimal learning environment.

Differentiated Learning.  Differentiated learning consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Teachers reaches out with content, process, products, the learning environment, and the use of ongoing assessments to create the best learning possible.

MindfulnessMindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner.  Mindfulness provides us with a scientifically research approach to improve concentration, attitudes, health, and overall quality of life. 

Cooperative Learning.   Cooperative learning is an instructional strategy in which small groups of students work together on a common task. The task can be as simple as solving a multi-step math problem together, or as complex as developing a design for a new kind of school.

Project Based Learning.  Project-based learning is an approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges.  Students obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying while being actively engaged.

Depth of Knowledge.  Webb's (2005) Depth of Knowledge (DOK) provides a vocabulary and a frame of reference when thinking about our students and how they engage with the content. Webb developed four DOK levels that grow in cognitive complexity and provide educators a lens on creating more cognitively engaging and challenging tasks.

Data Analysis/Data Driven Decision Making.  Research has shown that using data in instructional decisions can lead to improved student performance. No single assessment can tell educators all they need to know to make well-informed instructional decisions.  This data-use professional development guides teachers to use assessment results and student work samples to identify and address learning difficulties.

Parent Teacher Conferences. The goal of both the teacher and the parent should be the success of the student, but sometimes parents have a hard time discussing tough issues. This training focuses on ways to communicate with parents which produce proactive relationships and open communication channels.

Authentic Assessment.  An authentic assessment usually includes a task for students to perform and a rubric by which their performance on the task will be evaluated.  According to Grant Wiggins, authentic assessment presents engaging real world problems or questions, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively.

Strategies for Teaching ELL Students.  English Language Learners (ELLs) are a large and growing population in our country. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2011), 11.2 million students in 2009 spoke a language other than English at home.  Ten (10) strategies will be presented which are proven to be successful with ELL students in all content areas.

Safety Plans for your schools.  This training guides your school toward the development of a School Safety Program (i.e., coordinate emergency planning, develop standardized safety guidelines, and promote preparedness tips and situational awareness for any type of disaster or emergency that might occur) to ensure the safety of every individual.

Bullying.  Find out what bullying is and what the different types are. Discover methods to implement in your school which will reduce and often eliminate bullying behaviors.