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Classroom Management for the Active Learning Classroom


To handle the kids, the work flow, the grading and the discipline is the challenge of
managing an active learning classroom and is, perhaps the greatest challenge teachers face each day.  To think about some basic strategies for establishing routines, creating procedures, outlining the rules and consequences of a discipline plan, and making it all work for the students and the teacher, is what this is all about. Teachers will identify the routines needed, explore discipline plans, problem solve areas of concern.


Data! Dialogue! Decisions!


The analysis of data for instructional decision-making is a hallmark of the 21st Century. Teachers and administrators alike need a process linked to instant, consistent and relevant data leading to instant, consistent and relevant results. Data! Dialogue! Decisions! For Increased Student Achievement presents a collegial process that involves selecting relevant and timely data, dialoging about the data and making smart goal decisions about how to increase student performance. Using three concepts: meaningful teams, managed data and measurable goals, the process is simple, clear and effective as a tool to analyze test scores and other achievement data.


Professional Learning Communities: Collaborative Teams and Techniques

 
The signature of the modern faculty is that of a professional learning community or collaborative teams who plan and work together for a common goal. Yet, to build cohesive, functioning and effective teams within the school setting requires skillful facilitation, ongoing cueing and sound dedicated peer coaches.  Team members learn how to plan, implement and evaluate targeted tactics, as they become committed teams who know how to get the job done.  They learn ways to support each other, ways to collaborate for positive results and ways to keep the team on track.  Above all else, the teambuilding is skill-oriented, professionally focused, and carefully guided by a seasoned leader.


Teachers Make the Difference


The evidence is overwhelming!   Quality counts.  In fact, the quality of the teacher appears to be the critical factor in the success or failure of students. With the data confirmed, the mandate is clear! We must invest in the on-going professional development of our teachers.  Thus, teacher quality is on the educational agenda as never before.  Teachers Make the Difference, is addresses the qualities inherent in the art and science of teaching.   Drawing on the research of Katie Haycock and James Stronge, participants look at three specific arenas:  What We Say, What the Experts Say and What the Students Say. Inviting, informative and inspirational, participants leave this session with a sense of joy about the work they do everyday.


Teachers Make the Difference: The Teaching / Learning Equation


The evidence is overwhelming! Quality counts. In fact, the quality of the teacher appears to be the critical factor in the success or failure of students. With the data confirmed, the mandate is clear!  We must invest in the on-going professional development of our teachers. Thus, teacher quality is on the educational agenda as never before.  

What makes the difference is the teaching/learning equation.  There are two sides to this equation. One side focuses on the teacher and teaching. The other side focuses on the learner and learning. In essence, the session provides a rich and robust repertoire for beginning, developing, and career teachers, as they become more skillful professionals.

 Teachers Make the Difference is designed to address a teaching repertoire of nine "best practices". Offerings range from curriculum and instruction
(cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, higher order thinking, metacognition, differentiated learning) to curriculum (Integrated curriculum, standards of learning) to assessment (traditional, portfolio, performance) If, in fact, these are proven practices of quality teaching and promising principles of quality learning, then it is the equation we must master

    

Teachers Make the Difference with Nine Best Practices


The evidence is overwhelming!   Quality counts.  In fact, the quality of the teacher appears to be the critical factor in the success or failure of students. With the data confirmed, the mandate is clear!  We must invest in the on-going professional development of our teachers.  Thus, teacher quality is on the educational agenda as never before.  Teachers Make the Difference is designed to address a teaching repertoire of nine “best practices”. Offerings range from curriculum and instruction (cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, higher order thinking, metacognition, differentiated learning) to curriculum (Integrated curriculum, standards of learning) to assessment (traditional, portfolio, performance)


Techno-Savvy Teachers


Techno-savvy teachers embrace On-Line Professional Development (OPD) as a viable option for professional. OPD can be integrated into the overall PD Plan as an effective introduction to an instructional method; as a way of bringing new people on board to an existing PD focus; and as a way of maintaining and sustaining a PD initiative for selected, staff members. Knowing the key elements to look for in online PD options optimizes the benefits of this emerging trend in professional learning. Explore the seven points of sound pedagogy for the online, adult learner.


Attention Deficit Disorder: What We Know What We Can Do


You will not see wheelchairs, braces, crutches, or any physical characteristics that distinguish them in a crowd. The visible symptoms are subtle, and hidden. Children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) look like regular folks. But behind the face lies a perplexing disability, one whose associated behaviors tell the story This, In a Nutshell book, ADD/Attention Deficit Disorder: What We Know, What We Can Do, addresses several of the treatments that are prevalent and standard, as well as some new and exciting treatments that can change the way we look at this perplexing and often vexing condition. In addition, it provides relevant and practical information for teachers and parents, and for the youngsters, who struggle to control themselves.