Ensuring Gains Among Students with Limited English Proficiency

Description: Language acquisition and skill development can take place simultaneously. For that reason, students who speak English as a second language can be taught “how to read” and “how to read to learn” in concurrently without sacrificing either. This workshop series, for teachers of all content areas, will equip teachers struggling to meet the complex needs of the English language learner in a comprehensive classroom setting.

Workshop Options:

Full-Day Workshop Series with Follow-up Sessions, Break out by Content Area with Follow-up Sessions

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Using Manipulatives to Teach Mathematics

Description: Algorithms are not the panacea to student success in mathematics. To the contrary, conceptual understanding, over procedural knowledge, is the linchpin of mathematical fluency. Students who are given the instructional opportunity to develop a firm grasp on concepts prior to engaging in problem solving are exponentially more likely to demonstrate mastery of the content in the independent setting. This workshop will expose participants to the literature on the use of manipulatives in mathematics instruction and the how-to’s of matching specific mathematical concepts with appropriate manipulatives.

Workshop Options:

Full-Day Workshop, Break out by Content Area, Breakout by Grade Level

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Assistant Principals: More than Managers

Description: 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 principals) and central office leaders, this workshop will result in a site-specific plan for integrating the assistant principal into the demands and opportunities associated with instructional leadership.

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop

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A School-wide Approach to Diminishing Egregious Student Behavior: K-12

Description: 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 behaviors with a focus on environmental factors, rather than within-person pathologies that often perpetuate the cycle of unmet behavioral and social expectations.

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop Series

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The Integrated Approach to Student Achievement

Description: Our children are failing to demonstrate adequate yearly progress in schools and districts across the nation, unnecessarily. There is a model on the market that works wonders. The Integrated Approach to Student Achievement, a school improvement model conceptualized by Donyall Dickey has been proven to promote double-digit gains for tens-of-thousands of students. This series of workshops will aid school and district leaders in the process of (1) addressing expectations; (2) ensuring common instructional language across disciplines and grade levels; (3) formulating a plan for using relevant and timely data to drive decision-making; (4) involving the entire instructional and administrative staff in promoting student achievement by understanding the demands of high-stakes testing; (5) developing an action plan and short cycle assessments for the tested areas; (6) making progress monitoring manageable; (7) composing higher-order, performance-based objectives for daily instruction; and (8) planning explicit instruction infused with formative and summative assessments.

Workshop Options:

6 Full-Day Workshops

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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 perform.

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop, Breakout by Grade Department, Breakout by Content Area, Breakout by Grade Level

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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 teachers and school leaders in the process of combining an instructional focus on product (getting the answer correct) with a focus on background knowledge and process (deep understanding of principles and ideas).

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop Series with Follow-up Sessions, Breakout by Content Area with Follow-up Sessions, Breakout by Grade Level with Follow-up Sessions

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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 organizational change. This workshop will assist forward- thinking leaders in the development of identifying a finite number of professional activities directly linked to a needs-based purpose, plan for identifying and integrating key personnel, benchmarking, timelines, and product-based leadership.

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop Series with Follow-Up Sessions, Breakout by Department with Follow-up Sessions

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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 rigor; in fact, the national focus on standardized testing has, in some instances, resulting in diminished rigor of instruction. With the Common Core Standards, rigor is fully integrated into the curriculum, but how do teachers translate this national directive into action? This workshop will equip participants (teachers and school leaders) with the skills necessary to make daily instructional rigor actionable across grade levels and content areas for all student groups.

Workshop Options:

Keynote

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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 organizational science as a foundation, this workshop will aid leaders interested in the health of their organization to advance organizational performance and the capacity of the organization to improve itself.

Workshop Options:

Keynote, Full-Day Workshop Series with Follow-Up Sessions

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