Instructional Strategies

Bring your curriculum to life with effective instructional techniques and approaches to learning to motivate and engage students while fostering academic growth.

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Instructional Strategy PD Sessions

All our sessions can be conducted onsite or facilitated online over a series of engagements. Onsite sessions are $2500 a day per facilitator, plus travel costs. Our online sessions are offered at $250 an hour, with some sessions requiring a minimum of two hours.

Strategies for Engaging Students in the Standards of Mathematical Practice
Onsite: 1 day | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers and/or curriculum writers

Centered around processes and proficiencies, the Standards of Mathematical Practice provide the framework to guide teachers in nine areas that students must engage to develop mathematical thinking and understanding. Focusing on these standards, teachers utilize variety in strategies and more complex learning experiences that students can utilize in higher level learning and everyday life.

Outcomes:

  • Deepen your understanding of the Standards of Mathematical Practice.
  • Explore teaching strategies and learning activities that reflect the instructional shifts in the mathematical standards.
  • Connect the mathematical practices to mathematical content to reflect a focus on conceptual understanding in mathematics instruction.
  • Develop standards-aligned performance tasks, authentic assessments and instructional supports and enrichment
Strategies for Engaging Students with Differentiated Instruction

Onsite: 1 day | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers and curriculum writers

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching and learning that puts the student first. Adapt units of instruction to meet students where they are while targeting consistent learning outcomes.

Outcomes:

  • Review the guiding principles of differentiated instruction.
  • Identify strategies to respond to student needs.
  • Develop a unit that outlines differentiated instructional strategies that target content, process, products, or learning environment.
Strategies for Engaging Students with NGSS

Onsite: 1 day | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers and curriculum writers

Centered around three dimensions: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas, the NGSS represents a pedagogical shift in science education. The NGSS mimics the work of scientists and roots scientific knowledge into the application of process, encourages phenomena to prompt student investigation, and encourages students to connect learning to the real-world application.

Outcomes:

  • Deepen your understanding of the NGSS.
  • Explore teaching strategies and learning activities that reflect the instructional shifts in the science standards.
  • Plan instruction around NGSS phenomena, support student-led investigations, and consider how students will show evidence of their learning.
  • Develop NGSS-aligned learning activities, assessments and instructional supports.
Designing Instruction with the Inquiry Model and the NGSS

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Teachers, administrators, and/or curriculum writers

Develop an understanding of the inquiry process and levels of inquiry instruction. Apply the understanding to the development of lessons that will coordinate with the needs of direct instruction.

Outcomes:

  • Use an inquiry model of instruction to create a unit based on the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Outline lessons that will reflect the needs of ALL students and address conceptual demands of the subject matter
Build a Classroom Community

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Teachers

A caring classroom community supports students by increasing active engagement, engaging multiple learning styles, allowing natural differentiation to occur, ensuring access for all students.

Outcome

  • Implement a strengths-based behavior management system to support a caring classroom community.
  • Brainstorm solutions to everyday student needs and translate them back to your classroom.
  • Develop tools and strategies to create and maintain a strong classroom community.
Move from Instructor to Facilitator in the Classroom

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Teachers

Facilitate learning by transforming your practice from teacher-centered to student-centered. Empower student learning through dynamic teaching techniques.

Outcomes:

  • Shift your classroom from teacher-focused to student-centered and teacher-facilitated.
  • Create protocols to guide students as they direct their own learning.
  • Develop tools and resources to support a student-driven classroom.
Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Standards and Competencies into Curriculum

Onsite: 1 – 2 days | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers, curriculum writers and school leaders

Neuroscientists have discovered that “emotions are the rudder that steers thinking” (Immordino-Yang, 2015).

Administrators and teachers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest research on social-emotional learning (SEL), explore related resources, and create a plan to successfully integrate SEL standards and competencies into existing or new curricula.

Outcome

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest research on social and emotional learning (SEL).
  • Explore supportive and related resources
  • Create a plan to successfully integrate SEL standards and competencies into existing or new curricula.
  • Identify you school or district’s social and emotional learning goals.
  • Develop a plan for curricular integration of learning activities, assessments, and resources that will support intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competencies.
Literacy Strategies in Early Childhood

Onsite: 1 – 2 days

Audience: Teachers, curriculum writers and school leaders

Outcomes:

  • Audit current literacy strategies in terms of goals and developmentally appropriate expectations.
  • Compare and contrast a variety of phonological and phonemic awareness skill progressions.
  • Practice simple everyday activities that support these critical stages of literacy development.
  • Develop a solid understanding of phonological and phonemic awareness and how these skills can be introduced in playful, open ended, and creative ways.

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