All workshops are highly interactive and participatory. Workshops will be tailored to the specific needs of the community of participants.
Effective teachers self-reflect, learn by data based inquiry, connect with and challenge students like and unlike themselves. Effective coaches, mentors and school leaders intentionally use language, data, and active listening to cultivate teacher reflection, problem solving abilities and a strong, inquiry-based practice. How do we develop language and coaching practice that best supports teacher effectiveness and a long-term commitment to the profession?
Observation and feedback
There are many discrete skills involved becoming an effective observer and provider of meaningful, data based feedback. What specifically do we look for when we observe teachers and students? How do we collect data that demonstrates engagement, student comprehension, formative assessment, or cultural awareness? How do we give feedback to adults that builds and maintains trust while accelerating effectiveness?
Social and emotional learning
Research has shown that social and emotional competencies are vital not only for student success, but for teacher effectiveness and retention as well. How do we as teachers, mentors, and school leaders cultivate resilience and empathy in ourselves and others, in order to strengthen commitment to the profession and help students succeed? How does the parallel process of social and emotional learning positively impact the entire school community?
Serving immigrant students and long-term English learners
Many of our schools are filled with English learners whose academic progress is frozen at an intermediate level of English, many of whom are born in the U.S. How do we as educators learn to identify language needs in a wide range of students? How do we build on student strengths to provide best practices that support learning and accelerate student growth? How do all teachers across the grades and content areas embrace teaching academic language as part of their teaching pedagogy?
Culturally responsive teaching
Culturally responsive teaching involves developing a powerful repertoire of classroom teaching strategies, as well as cultivating our own capacities for awareness, empathy, and cultural humility. How do we support teachers to effectively reach and teach culturally and linguistically diverse students? What practical strategies do we need for underserved students to thrive? How do we as educators learn to recognize our own blind-spots that keep us from effectively supporting students or adults different from ourselves?
Anti-bias education and equity
In classrooms throughout our country, teachers are being asked to serve populations of students and families that are different than them selves. No matter how “objective” our curriculum – culture, class, race, language, gender, and identity can profoundly impact learning. How do we as educators become aware of our personal assumptions and biases? How do we coach and support our adult peers and colleagues who are different from ourselves? How does the process of self-reflection benefit our entire school community?