Developing Strong Teacher Support Teams: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Basic Skills Teachers
Our greatest assets are our teachers and support staff professionals who use their levels of expertise and knowledge of their students’ needs to collaborate and develop a productive system of support for all students. During this workshop, strategies, hands-on experiences and useful information are provided for teachers to implement for optimum student achievement
The Power Behind Co-Creating Innovative Anchor Charts
Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “ Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
It is proven that students learn best when they are involved in the learning process…so the co-creation of anchor charts is a win-win! These charts provide students with a source to reference when working on their own, supporting their work, creating independence and also saving teachers from having to spend classroom time going over multiple times.
Exhausted and Frustrated- How to Restore Your Center as an Educational Leader
Educational leaders have gone above and beyond during the pandemic with little time to process the events of the past few years. As the challenges and demands on educators have increased ten-fold, many are heading into the summer feeling exhausted, frustrated, and unsure of how they will manage in September. While difficulty and changes bring challenges and heavy emotions, they can also bring opportunities to grow. As school leaders we have the chance to build a stronger, more resilient school community.
In this workshop, we will utilize the practice of reflection to develop a critical awareness of our experiences, emotions, and needs in order to build a framework for reentry in September so that we can support ourselves and our teachers in new and healthier ways.
Building Effective Leadership Teams,
High performing, cohesive leadership teams in schools are more critical than ever. After 3 challenging years in education, many of us are leading from burn out, exhaustion, and survival mode. All understandable.
However, just because we are working in groups does not mean we have developed high performing teams.
High performing teams develop a relationship grounded in mutual trust and respect to support the school’s values and vision. It’s about leveraging our social-emotional awareness to create habits and systems that support a strong working relationship for all. It’s about stepping back, reflecting, and learning new strategies to elevate the consciousness of our overall educational leadership.
Re-energizing Student Learners After Technology Overload and Binge Watching
Most kids can play it, hack it, or are addicted to it, but can they utilize their technology for good? After almost two years of constant video gaming and binge-watching TV, educators have the arduous job of rebooting student learning within the classroom and finding balance between technology and learning.
K-3 and 4-8
Grow your Teacher ARMOR and Organize Your Mind
What can we learn from a mountain? Does it feel like your mind is constantly running or that your brain has too many tabs open at once? You’re not alone!
How do we move beyond the exit ticket to discover new ways to formatively assess/student learning.
Maslow before Bloom: Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Increase Student Motivation and Engagement
This session will describe culturally responsive pedagogy in the context of relationship building, and how to use these relationships to increase student engagement and motivation. During this interactive session, attendees will learn some best practices to implement within the classroom that could be applied in both in- person or in a remote classroom session that will strengthen students' motivation and eagerness to learn. Using research by Cornelius Minor and Zarretta Hammond participants will take away a plethora of resources and activities to implement immediately into the classroom setting.
Positive Education focuses on skills and practices that support students in increasing positive emotions, strengthening relationships, building resilience, promoting mindfulness, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and enhancing student learning and growth. This seminar is focused on introducing a positive approach to education and promoting well-being and happiness within the school environment for students’ teachers and the school community as a whole.
Participants will be introduced to key concepts of positive psychology as they relate to the positive education movement in making a significant difference in the school and classroom environment in supporting both fundamental social emotional competencies as well as academic achievement.
Feedback :“Giving and Receiving Feedback”
This workshop analyzes what it takes to provide good feedback while also being in a mindset to receive it. Using the strategies from the book “Thanks for the Feedback” (Stone & Heen) educators can fine tune their own feedback strategies to be more successful in the classroom.
Where are We Now? Meeting Students at Current Levels of Academic Performance
The pandemic changed our teaching and our students' learning. Instead of focusing on learning loss, focus on learning differences. Throughout the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, our students learned valuable lessons and skills. During this workshop we will identify those lesson
and skills and determine how to use them as a catapult to accelerate learning in the current school year and beyond.
Engaging Every Student in Learning
Take the mystery out of student engagement. Practical, straightforward approaches to reaching those students who need something different than “read the chapter, answer the questions”. Discussion will also include the implications of virtual learning on engagement, with strategies to overcome these challenges.