Virtual Professional Development

Educating future leaders is incredibly hard work, and we know your time is precious.That's why we are offering you unfettered access to all of our virtual professional developments to engage in at your own pace.

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Reinforcing Student Habits

The most effective classroom managers are able to reinforce expectations, build positive culture, and correct misbehavior with little to no impact on instructional time. Learn how to infuse techniques during instruction to maximize learning time and watch videos of what it looks like in action!

Precise Directions

This session will focus in on the meaning of Positive Framing and how it supports teachers’ capacity to be “warm demanding.” Participants will practice executing 2 elements of the strong voice technique and prepare to implement it in their classroom immediately.

Family Panel

In this session, participants will identify actions that can shape the direction (positive or negative) of family engagement, develop a vision for building relationships with families, and take initial steps towards that vision.

Family Engagement

Building meaningful partnerships with families is the cornerstone of every strong school community. In this session, we will share resources used by our own school leaders to assess the state of family engagement at their school and plan for improving family communication.

College Ready Bar MS Math

This session will focus on key shifts in standards and their impact on planning and classes.  Participants will discern how specific concepts, skills and knowledge, and cognitive demand progresses across a grade band and practice comparing student work.

Strong Voice

This session will focus in on the meaning of Strong Voice and how it supports teachers’ capacity to be “warm demanding.” Participants will practice executing 3 elements of the strong voice technique and prepare to implement it in their classroom immediately.

Positive Framing

Addressing off task behavior can be far more effective if corrections, instructions, and interventions are framed positively. The idea of ‘positive framing’ demonstrates a teacher’s faith in a student’s ability to meet expectations and succeed in the classroom. In this session, you will watch exemplar videos of positive framing and learn how to implement this technique in your own classroom.

Joy & Rigor

There doesn’t need to be tension between structure and joy – the best teachers use one to build the other. This session will focus on why joy is critical and developing concrete strategies for intentionally building a culture of joyful rigor in the classroom.

Capturing Classroom Culture Data

School leaders can extract meaningful take-aways from high-impact classroom walkthroughs if they know what to look for and how to collect appropriate data aligned to behaviors they expect from both teachers and students. In this session, you will use a rubric to help diagnose culture in a classroom and learn how to appropriately plan for teacher intervention.

Intellectual Preparation Protocol

This protocol learned in this session can be applied to any subject area, however the examples will focus on middle school math.
Daily instructional planning should include two buckets:
1. Practical preparation: creating materials, walking through the flow of the lesson, and weaving in checks for understanding and engagement strategies
2. Intellectual preparation: the teacher knows the big idea of the lesson, has crafted a culminating question or task that directly gets at the big idea, has pre-planned an exemplar response, and has thought through student misconceptions.
During this session, participants will walk through the steps of the intellectual preparation protocol, craft questions for their class that support the big idea, practice insisting on strong answers and plan how to handle misconceptions in their own classroom.