All sessions can be delivered as keynotes or as workshops from 60 minutes in length to a full day. Sessions will be customized to meet the needs of your group or conference theme.If you’d like something that isn’t here, please ask!
Differentiated Instruction for Adult Learners
When we differentiate instruction, we are being both generally effective with the group and specifically responsive to the individual. That is a tall order for the classroom teacher and an even greater challenge for the school or district administrator called on to provide instructional leadership and support to staff.
In this session we will look at how leaders can differentiate their instruction so that adult learning is deeper and more meaningful regardless of the topic being studied.
Leading an Evidence-Based School
In an evidence-based school teachers and administrators use a wide variety of data sources to make reasoned decisions and take effective action that results in improved student achievement and engagement.
In this session administrators and teacher-leaders will experience a variety of simple processes that can be employed in a school, department, district, or professional learning community to help:
- Engage teachers in analyzing data, determining what gaps exist and what assessment evidence will address those gaps
- Support teachers in making appropriate interpretations of data based on analysis rather than unquestioned beliefs
- Ensure that plans of action are implemented and sustained
Teacher engagement matters. If teachers aren’t engaged students won’t be, and if students aren’t engaged, learning doesn’t happen. As school leaders, teacher leaders, or district consultants, you have both the responsibility and the opportunity to create and sustain conditions that are supportive of teacher engagement. You will leave this workshop with practical steps you can take with teachers so they can, in turn, make progress in improving students’ educational experiences and outcomes.
Connecting the Dots for Leaders and Facilitators of Adult Learning (full day only)
The dots referred to in the title are the big ideas of effective 21st century instruction and assessment. The list is lengthy and includes among others: differentiated instruction; technology; response to intervention; 21st century skills or fluencies such as creativity; student and teacher engagement, and authentic assessments that drive learning forward.
Proponents of 21st century education insist that an effective way to connect the dots is to build all learning around problems, inquiry, curiosity and collaboration. Unfortunately, many teachers have difficult imagining and implementing such learning because, having never experienced it themselves, they don’t know what learning of that kind looks or feels like.
In this full day hands-on workshop, we will explore professional learning processes for the 21st century educator. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of the “dots” and a number of practical and creative processes you can use to support adult learners so that they, in turn, can work synergistically and efficiently to maximize student achievement.