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50+ Simple Strategies for Teaching Virtually Today

As schools tackle the enormous shift to teaching in the virtual world, it is imperative that teachers have a wide breadth of strategies to support this new and evolving instructional model.

Teachers must have a range of age-appropriate activities that support content and enhance engagement

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Discover quick, yet powerful ways to set up an organized virtual classroom
  • Encounter a plethora of strategies to build classroom community, with a focus on climate building and social-emotional skill building
  • Recognize, practice, and plan for a variety of engagement strategies to combat screen fatigue and ensure a focus on learning
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Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

Building Knowledge and Vocabulary: Reading Complex Text Across the Content Areas

Students need to access rich, challenging text to develop knowledge, build vocabulary, and improve comprehension across the content areas.

As students tackle difficult text, a wide breadth of effective strategies are needed to uncover meaning and build students’ skillset.

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Discover nuances within text that make it difficult
  • Uncover student-centered ways to support knowledge and vocabulary development
  • Encounter and practice strategies to empower students to conquer challenging text
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Best Practices Webinar

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On-Site Coaching

Improving Student Writing Skills: Learn how to develop skilled and enthusiastic writers.

Writing has many purposes – to think, to prove, to learn, and to summarize. In today’s alternate learning environments, writing offers opportunities to gauge students’ conceptual understanding across content areas.

That’s why learning effective strategies for teaching writing should be an integral part of any professional toolbox.

This workshop will provide:

  • Best practices in writing instruction and the research supporting short writing assignments
  • Discover innovative ways to help students master the four main categories of writing including Informative/Explanation, Opinion/Argument, Narrative Fiction, and Narrative Nonfiction
  • A guide for creating and assessing short writing activities including incorporating instructional mini-lessons and designing rubrics
  • Strategies for applying learning to tomorrow’s classrooms, wherever those classrooms might be
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Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary

Teach students independent word learning strategies so that they understand what words mean and ultimately read more effectively.

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Empower students with a powerful step-by-step strategy to effectively uncover the meaning of words using Greek and Latin prefixes, bases and suffixes
  • Discover key steps to engage students in meaningful conversations that promote oral language
  • Reinforce the importance of word learning and word play in the classroom through fun activities and games
  • Compile practical instructional tools to make academic vocabulary strategies a priority to ensure college and career readiness
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Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Effective Implementation of a Balanced Literacy Framework

Explore the elements that comprise a comprehensive balanced literacy classroom from phonics and word study to shared, guided and modeled reading to writing.

Educators will learn how to:

  • Marry guided reading instruction with increased text complexity
  • Develop close reading strategies during Guided Reading, Modeled Reading, and Shared Reading instruction
  • Learn high-yield instructional strategies for implementing all components
  • Formulate balanced assessments that align to each component
  • Foster the reciprocal connection between reading and writing instruction
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Best Practices Webinar

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On-Site Coaching

Engaging Students with Interactive Notetaking

Provide a setting where students create and store their notes on different subjects and employ innovative ways to learn and remember content.

Attendees will:

  • Explore the rationale and research behind interactive notetaking
  • Practice and discover first-hand how to use interactive notetaking in a variety of instructional settings
  • Develop plans of action to take interactive notetaking back into the classroom
  • Reflect on how the strategies presented in the session align to the content areas and how they can be easily implemented in the classroom
Training Options

Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Strategies for Supporting Language Learners

Reaching and engaging language learners at varying levels of language proficiency requires dedicated and sometimes unique strategies.

This workshop will guide you through the steps necessary to make sure all students continue learning and growing in any environment.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to create a language rich environment to foster word consciousness for ELs in any instructional setting
  • Practical strategies to support students in understanding complex text
  • Authentic language development activities for immediate application in all four domains
  • High-utility strategies to support students in writing in response to text
Training Options

Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Literacy, Language, and Learning: Effective Strategies for Early Childhood Instruction

Learn to meet the unique needs of early childhood students, including their ability levels and interests, with engaging activities and strategies for utilizing thematic curricula.

Educators in this workshop will:

  • Learn developmentally-appropriate instructional strategies to move students forward in their academic and social growth.
  • Create daily lesson plans and thematic units using tools and structures to make this task easier.
  • Discover the impact that a rich oral language experience can have on English language learners.
  • Help students detect and manipulate language through songs, role-playing, and other engaging activities that support the development of early literacy skills
  • Learn the important components needed to develop structure and a positive environment and explore the best practices to create a sense of order, continuity, and routine
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Best Practices Webinar

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On-Site Coaching

Get the Picture: Visual Literacy in Content-Area Instruction

Literacy learning is no longer limited to reading, writing, listening, and speaking; we must include visual communication and expand our definition of what it means to be literate.

This professional development workshop will provide teachers with new and engaging strategies to help students learn how to analyze and create through visual communication.

Based on practical research, this workshop offers concrete tools and techniques and a wide range of suggested visual texts to effectively use in the classroom from primary sources, to digital media and the visual-heavy world of 21st century learning.

Attendees will:

  • Examine ways to incorporate visual texts into instruction, including what visual literacy lessons look like in the primary grades
  • Practice instructional strategies and develop sample lessons for teaching students to read visual texts for understanding
  • Practice and discover instructional strategies for guiding students to visually illustrate understanding, specifically targeting support for improving reading and writing
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Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Exploring Social Studies

Help students develop a unique understanding of history with an inquiry-based approach to active learning.

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Learn how to integrate social studies into literacy instruction to deepen understanding
  • Explore ready-to-implement approaches to teaching social studies including brainstorming and integrating primary sources.
  • Use strategies to generate higher-order thinking skills such as creative thinking, problem posing, and problem solving
  • Learn strategies to help students make a personal connection to historical people and events
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Best Practices Webinar

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Guided Math: A Proven Framework to Reach All Math Learners

In this workshop you will learn how to provide an innovative approach to mathematics instruction that fosters mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding.

Explore the benefits of a variety of research-based instructional models, including mathematical discourse, whole-group and small-group lessons, math warm-ups, workshops, and student conferencing. Discover how to use assessment throughout this model so that true data-driven instruction can take place.

Each attendee will learn:

  • The importance of student choice in selecting tasks that are purposefully planned to accelerate student achievement and meet the mathematical needs of students
  • How to accurately deliver a whole group lesson that is immediately followed up by intensive small group instructional activities using a menu of instruction and assessment options
  • Practical classroom management techniques that set up any Guided Math classroom for success
Training Options

Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Strategies for Teaching Science

Facilitate students’ exploration of science and STEAM concepts with sound strategies for engaging, exploring, evaluating, elaborating, and explaining science concepts with real-world connections.

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Engage students in the scientific process and inspire curiosity and perseverance while developing crucial critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Captivate students’ minds with thought-provoking, open-ended discussions and projects.
  • Cultivate content-area literacy by using related texts and writing prompts to help them explain their thinking
  • Organize lessons and projects that provide interesting, content-based, grade-appropriate science activities that bring science to life for students
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Best Practices Webinar

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Journey to Responsiveness

  • Defines concretely what is cultural responsiveness and why it is necessary in our schools today.
  • Builds knowledge and creates the context for addressing the needs of underserved students in terms of their sociopolitical and sociolinguistic relativity in the American educational system
  • Promotes the focus on effective instructional strategies utilization in a way that validates and affirms underserved students across content areas and grade levels
  • Keynote presentations and webinars are facilitated in partnership with Dr. Sharroky Hollie
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Best Practices Webinar

Keynote Presentations and Webinars

On-Site Coaching

Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Classroom Practices

  • Introduces culturally responsive teaching and explains why it is necessary in our schools today
  • Places emphasis on the skillset of CLR with a focus on the use of culturally responsive classroom management strategies and culturally responsive texts to validate, affirm, build and bridge students across all content areas and grade levels
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Best Practices Webinar

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On-Site Coaching

Strategies for Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments

If there is one thing teachers can agree on, it's that social and emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education. But beyond this, questions still remain. What exactly is SEL? How should it be taught? What does it look like in the classroom? How do we teach students non-academic life skills?

This session will help to define SEL and dig into the real work of how to incorporate SEL in K-12 schools. Strategies learned will help to addresses students' different interests and varied learning styles to help teachers recognize alternative opportunities for engaging students in activities that support SEL.

  • Explore the rationale and research behind social and emotional learning
  • Examine the classroom strategies needed to identify and regulate emotions effectively
  • Develop plans of action to help students make responsible decisions in and out of the classroom
  • Reflect on how the strategies presented in the session align to content-area topics and positive behavior support systems
  • Practice “Mindful Moments” that encourage understanding, learning, and reflection
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Keynote Presentations and Webinars

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

Applying Differentiation Strategies

Participate in professional development that focuses on the “how” of differentiation, supported by current theory and pedagogy.

  • Learn strategies for differentiating by content, process, and product and understand the role each plays in differentiated instruction
  • Develop new and effective ways of teaching English language learners, gifted students, special education students, general education students, and at-risk students
  • Experience model lessons using the strategies and apply the strategies in structured planning tasks
Training Options

Best Practices Webinar

Workshop

On-Site Coaching

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