Entries by educat79

Developing an Annual Professional Development Plan

School leadership in the absence of a plan is underperformance waiting to happen. Highly effective school leaders have a year-long professional development plan 4-6 months prior to the beginning of the new school year, complete with focus strands connected to a finite number of objectives and strategies developed by key stakeholders. This workshop will prepare […]

A Schoolwide Approach to Managing Student Behavior

Behavior is predictable, functional, and changeable. Educators who change the way they individually and collectively think about and manage behavior to reflect a function-based approach are more likely to promote an atmosphere conducive to relationship building, resulting in a sharp reduction in disciplinary referrals. This  workshop series will expose participants to effective solutions to problem […]

Strategic School Improvement Planning

Strategic Planning is the cornerstone of every common-interest community. Without strategic planning, the community will never know where it is going – much less know if it got there. Moreover, strategic planning is a disciplined effort orchestrated to produce fundamental thought and action. This workshop will engage site-based and district level personnel in the process […]

Re-Teaching that Matters

The rhetoric on re-teaching is pervasive in school across the nation; however, the actual practice of re-teaching has yet to make its debut in the culture of teaching and learning. Students who struggle to achieve need exposure to quality re-teaching now more than ever before. This workshop will expose school leaders and teachers to the […]

Making Inclusion Work in a High Stakes Testing Environment

Although no one wishes to admit it publicly, students with special needs are often educated in classrooms characterized by lowered expectations and diminished exposure to the curriculum through the pull-out/resource class model. Even in the inclusion model, students who need targeted support and explicit instruction are often recipients of diluted expectations. This workshop series will […]

Developing Rigorous Teacher-Generated Assessments Aligned with PARCC, SBAC and STAAR Assessments

The demands of formative assessments should be aligned with the demands of the quarterly, end-of-course, and annual standardized assessments. Too often, site-based generated assessments fall short of the rigor threshold. This workshop will prepare school leaders, teachers and teams of teachers to develop challenging assessments aligned with both the nuances of each standard to be […]

Ensuring Rigor through Higher-Order Performance Based Objectives

Daily objectives and instruction that merely requires students to think at the lowest possible level—rote recall of factual information is insufficient to promote high levels of student achievement and fails to meet the needs of classrooms populated by students with varying ability levels. This workshop will equip teachers and school leaders with the capacity to […]

The Assistant Principal as Instructional Leader

In many schools across nation, assistant principals are inundated with responsibilities related to the role of disciplinarians or task manager. Consequently, these hard-working administrators are excluded from the table of instructional leadership unable, by the function of their role, to have a direct impact on promoting student achievement. Designed for site-based school leaders (principals, assistant […]

Lesson Planning: The Gradual Release Model

Gold standard research supports the notion that effective lesson plans are distinguished by the provision of multiple opportunities for students to practice until they are able to demonstrate independent mastery of skills and concepts. This workshop will equip school leaders with a profound understanding of the building blocks of lesson planning necessary to coach teachers […]

Conducting Meaningful Informal and Formal Observations

Teachers need, expect, and deserve targeted feedback on their ability to plan and deliver effective instruction. Unfortunately, many teachers seldom receive the diagnostic and prescriptive feedback necessary to improve the quality, scope, and depth of their daily instruction. This workshop will equip principals, assistant principals, and content leaders (department chairs) with an impactful framework and […]