Entries by Educational Epiphany

Using Relevant Data to Drive Decision-Making

Description: Many schools/school systems are data wealthy, but are challenged by the process of utilizing data analyses to directly address the widening achievement gap between and within student groups. This session will equip teachers and school leaders with tools necessary to promote a school-wide/district move beyond using data to inform and toward using data to […]

Teaching Content to Mastery through Conceptual Understanding

Description: Teaching to mastery is one of the key prerequisites to student achievement, but it is seldom accomplished. Impediments to teaching to mastery through conceptual understanding include: teacher knowledge of the content, teacher- centered instruction, lack of opportunity for students to engage in conversations about the content, and myopic assessment practices. This workshop will aid […]

Constructing a 30-60-90-Day Plan for Leaders

Description: Driven by a proscription from the combined expertise within the organization rather than by a prescription from an outside expert, planning is the means by which an organization creates artifactual systems toward extraordinary purpose. Developing a short-term plan is key to the success of new leaders and leaders with a renewed commitment to leading […]

Long Term Planning and Backward Mapping

Textbooks and curriculum guides are not a substitute for long term instructional planning and beginning with the end in mind (backward mapping). Individual teachers and teams of teachers need a succinct roadmap to effectively plan the scope & sequence of instruction, choose appropriate strategies; and identify “best-fit” materials of instruction. This workshop will equip teachers […]

Making the Academic Rigor Actionable for All Students

Description: While, individual students’ scores on a standardized assessment is the twenty-first century measure of school success, standardized testing and the pressure to teach to the test, does not necessarily result in exposure to instruction that requires students to think critically, nor does it ensure that students are exposed to instruction that is characterized by […]

Leading Sustained Organizational Development

Description: Organizational development is a conceptual organization-wide effort to increase an organization’s effectiveness and viability. Commonly, schools are not seen as organizations, but schools are living organizations that must continue to develop to compete and remain relevant. To overlook a school’s/district’s organizational wellbeing is counterproductive to both student achievement and school improvement. Employing behavioral and […]

Aligning Curriculum & Assessment

Description: Aligning curriculum and assessment is crucial to improving instruction and promoting student achievement. When curricula, instruction, and assessment are aligned, everyone (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards) has a clear and consistent method for measuring and reporting progress. This workshop will lead site-based and central office personnel through a proven process for analyzing […]

Strategic Planning: A K-12 Model

Description: 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 of […]

Composing Higher Order Objectives

Description: 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 […]

Developing an Action Plan for Teaching and Assessing the Tested Areas

Description: Any given school year, schools inherit a population of students who are promoted to the next grade without having mastered foundational skills/concepts taught in previous grades. Consequently, these students enter the grade level at a disadvantage for acquiring mastery of new, grade-level skills/concepts and are at a greater risk for falling even further behind […]