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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 session, learners 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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Lift Every Learner towards a Life of Achievement

In this inspirational keynote, Dr. Almitra Berry, author of Effecting Change for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, shares her story and why it is critical to reach and teach every learner with a lens toward equity.

In this session, learners will:

  • Listen to Dr. Berry share her lived experience, beginning with her early childhood as a learner of color and trauma and the role teachers good and bad played in her educational journey
  • Deconstruct the trauma served to learners through implicit bias
  • Connect the dots between intentionality and actuality when it comes to teaching and learning
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Five Steps to Equity

In this motivating keynote, Dr. Almitra Berry, author of Effecting Change for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, prepares educators for traveling down the metaphorical Road to CARTI. It’s a journey through the five steps of her culturally appropriate response to instruction (CARTI) framework.

In this session, learners will:

  • Listen to Dr. Berry share her motivation for writing Effecting Change
  • Outline the journey, describing why the framework must be taken as a sequential whole
  • Explain the key role of mindset and cultural connectedness in creating a culture of equity
  • Discuss the need to drive in both the lanes of school structure and culture in order to create a school built on equity for learners of cultural and linguistic diversity
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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 session, learners 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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Phonological Awareness: Supporting Foundational Literacy

Research has indicated the critical need for explicit instruction to ensure all students have the foundational literacy skills.

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify the research that indicates the importance of phonological awareness.
  • Develop understanding to plan effective phonological awareness instruction.
  • Practice engaging strategies to develop phonological awareness.
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Phonics: Systematic and Explicit Instruction

Ensuring that all students have foundational literacy skills that support decoding and fluent reading includes a deep understanding of phonics instruction.

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify the research that showcases the Science of Reading and Writing to support systematic and explicit phonics instruction.
  • Develop understanding to plan phonics lessons that are systematic and explicit.
  • Practice strategies, including the use of decodable text, to support phonics instruction.
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Authentically Building Fluency

Moving beyond the understanding of fluency as a speed-reading concept, a clear definition of fluency includes accuracy, automaticity, and prosody.

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify the research that demonstrates that fluency is critical to reading comprehension.
  • Develop understanding of effective assessment and instructional methods to develop fluency.
  • Practice strategies and discover tools to support fluency development.
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Making the Complex Simple: Using Rigorous Texts

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

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify nuances within text that make it difficult.
  • Develop understanding of student-centered ways to support knowledge and vocabulary development.
  • Encounter and practice strategies to empower students to conquer challenging text.
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Untold Stories: Using Powerful Texts to Build Literacy Skills

Inspire students to read and analyze short texts that focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

In this session, learners will:

  • Explore how to use short texts to provide powerful teaching opportunities that support a variety of instructional needs, content areas, and reading levels.
  • Discover ways to add relevancy and purpose to any literacy curriculum with fascinating stories about real people and real events throughout history.
  • Learn how to support collaboration and focus on active listening and strong speaking skills as they read, write about, and discuss the untold stories.
  • Discover strategies that empower students to explore and share their own untold stories.
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Close Reading to Dissect Text

Rereading text, with different purpose and focus supports the careful uncovering of the texts that students read.

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify key components to rereading to uncover the meaning of text.
  • Develop understanding of how to use syntax, semantic clues, vocabulary, clues, and evidence to support deep understanding.
  • Practice high-yield strategies to support students as they navigate text, moving toward independence.
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Strategies to Develop Critical Readers

Supporting students with a range of tools and processes to navigate through a variety of texts will support them in becoming critical readers.

In this session, learners will:

  • Identify specific tools to support understanding with texts from a range of genres.
  • Develop an understanding of planning to support critical reading.
  • Experience classroom examples that incorporate a range of strategies to support students with a range of texts.
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Smoothing the Road to Reading with Vocabulary Activities for Early Learners

One of the key elements to reading comprehension is vocabulary. If you think of all the layers of comprehension like building a road, you need to think of vocabulary building like filling the potholes in the road. If the vocabulary knowledge is incomplete, the road to comprehension will be bumpy.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover vocabulary ideas for engaging students in developing meaningful vocabulary
  • Reinforce the importance of vocabulary to all learners
  • Compile practical instructional ideas for vocabulary development
  • Reflect on ways to support early readers with vocabulary
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Building Knowledge and Vocabulary through Rich Informational Text

College and career-ready standards emphasize the importance of student reading grade-level complex text. Informational text provides unique challenges and a plethora of advantages in building knowledge and vocabulary to support grade-level reading.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover tools to identify rich text (text sets) for the purpose of building knowledge and vocabulary
  • Explore the range of learning goals that can be addressed through instruction using rich, informational text
  • Reflect on how scaffolds and supports can make challenging text accessible to all students
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Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction Text to Support Deep Thinking

Educators at all levels are grappling with exposing students to both literary and informational texts. Educators need to be cognizant that state standards have increased the requirements for the amount of informational text students should encounter during the school day and the increased focus on comparing texts in like and varying genres. Thus, we need to give students opportunities to explore and gain proficiency in reading strategies with a range of texts.

In this professional development, teachers will deepen their understanding of instructional practices to support reading rich texts by actively learning how to use both literary and informational texts as the means to incorporate practical yet powerful literacy strategies. Effective instruction requires the ability to sequence and structure many key components into a cohesive whole. This session guides teachers in the instructional practices that tie it all together.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover ways to prepare for reading challenging cross-genre text by setting a purpose
  • Explore classroom routines and instructional practices that support comprehension of text
  • Plan for rigorous instruction to include a range of text types
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Building an Inquiry-Based Learning Environment

Teaching and learning using the inquiry-based instructional framework is beneficial for students in multiple content areas and increases student engagement.

In this session, learners will:

  • Be instructed on how to construct an environment to promote inquiry-based teaching and learning across multiple content areas.
  • Learn strategies that allow students to deeply analyze instructional sources as well as using documents that support inquiry practices.
  • Practice strategies that develop students’ thinking processes to analyze and inquire about information in and out of the classroom.
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Building Knowledge & 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.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover nuances within text that make it difficult and uncover student-centered ways to support knowledge and vocabulary development.
  • Encounter and practice strategies to empower students to conquer complex text
  • Learn new ways to engage students with rich, powerful vocabulary and proven strategies to help students learn those words as well as how those new words work.
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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.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn 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
  • Receive a guide for creating and assessing short writing activities including incorporating instructional mini-lessons and designing rubrics
  • Learn strategies for applying learning to tomorrow’s classrooms, wherever those classrooms might be
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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 session, learners 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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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.

In this session, learners will:

  • 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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Building Early Reading Skills: Repeated Reading and Recognizable Words

According to the 2000 report from the National Reading Panel, fluency is one of five pillars of effective reading instruction. The report defines fluent readers as those who “can read text with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.” Despite the fact that fluency is the hallmark of a skilled reader and lead s to greater growth and greater enjoyment of reading, it is often neglected in classrooms.

Based on Dr. Timothy Rasinski's important research on fluency, this professional development session looks at ways to build reading skills for all students, including English language learners. This session will help students read grade-level texts with fluency.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn strategies to improve reading instruction with short texts that are mean to be read and reread
  • Explore word reading strategies that compliment phonics instruction to support students’ reading
  • Reflect on strategies and motivation of beginning readers
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Improving Student Writing Skills Using Mentor Texts

Using mentor texts allows teachers to accomplish multiple goals using the same piece of text.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover how authentic writing instruction can encourage writers to develop their own craft
  • Develop strategies to analyze mentor texts as platforms for writing topics and examples of author's craft
  • Practice strategies to support the writing process including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading, and publishing.
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Getting Started on the “Write” Foot with Early Writers

Overcoming the fear of writing is the key to teaching early writers to be successful. Early learners need explicit instruction and repeated practice to build the confidence for independent writing.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn how to develop early writers with a step-by-step procedure for success
  • Transition students from whole group interactive writing to independent authors
  • Use a variety of writing techniques and ideas to build writer confidence
  • Construct a learning environment that supports all writers
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Write Now! Effective Strategies for Writing Instruction

Writing is an essential and vital part of every classroom. However, teaching writing can be challenging and overwhelming for students.

In this session, learners will:

  • Review best practices in writing instruction.
  • Explore ideas for creating writing activities within any content area.
  • Discover innovative ways to help students master the four main categories of writing including Informative/Explanation, Opinion/Argument, Narrative Fiction, and Narrative Nonfiction.
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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.

In this session, learners 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
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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.

In this session, learners will:

  • 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
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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.

In this session, learners 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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Selecting, Supervising and Supporting Independent Centers

While teachers are providing small group instruction, students need to be completing independent and engaging activities. Teachers often struggle with this time of the day, but they don’t have to.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn to select engaging and independent centers
  • Uncover student-centered ways to support independent learning
  • Discover ways to supervise students during independent centers
  • Empower students to complete independent centers with pride
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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.

In this session, learners 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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Exploring Social Studies

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

In this session, learners 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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Why Civics? Why Now?

Engage students in critical thinking, thoughtful discussions, and engaging activities that will guide them to becoming active, civic-minded members of society while also building key literacy skills.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover how literacy and civics education integrate seamlessly to help students gain civic knowledge, practice civic skills, and develop civic dispositions.
  • Learn strategies to prepare students for both civic engagement and citizenship responsibilities.
  • Explore ways to help students make sense of social issues, understand our political systems, make logic-based arguments, and consider ideas different from their own.
  • Discover ways to build content area literacy and support students in making concrete connections to key topics through paired fiction and non-fiction texts.
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No More Problems with Problem Solving

One of the greatest hurdles of teaching mathematics is teaching students to become mathematical thinkers and to solve challenging problems. In this session, we will explore why students struggle with problem-solving and how to build their perseverance.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn predictable routines that enable students to think critically and become confident, proficient problem solvers.
  • Recognize and choose appropriate high cognitive-demand tasks to engage students in authentic problem solving
  • Learn ways to be linguistically responsive while teaching problem solving skills to all students
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Let’s Talk Math: Engaging Students as Mathematical Thinkers

In this session, learners will examine high-cognitive demand tasks and deepen their understanding of how to develop mathematical thinkers and to choose rigorous tasks that promote problem-solving skills. Learners will also explore how being linguistically responsive can help students to be more successful when using tiered vocabulary and problem-solving structures in the classroom.

In this session, learners will:

  • Discover high cognitive-demand tasks and how these tasks provide opportunities for learners to become mathematical thinkers
  • Understand how to identify tiered vocabulary in a way that makes problem contexts more comprehensible for students
  • Apply classroom structured mathematical discourse that supports the problem-solving process by enabling students to articulate their own thinking and become active listeners.
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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.

In this session, learners 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
  • Learn 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
  • Discover practical classroom management techniques that set up any Guided Math classroom for success
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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 session, learners 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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What's Your Math Problem: Getting to the Heart of Teaching Problem Solving

Educators need to examine our own beliefs about mathematical problem solving and discover how we can more effectively incorporate rich problems into our mathematics instruction. This session presents a strategy-based approach to problem solving and models how to use the strategies effectively with students.

Dig into problem solving and reflect on current teaching practices with this exceptional session and discover meaningful instructional tools and methods that are provided to help teachers understand each problem-solving strategy and how to use it with their students.

In this session, learners will:

  • Learn the “5 Ws and an H” behind problem solving
  • Discover management and organizational strategies to successfully implement problem solving into mathematics instruction
  • Explore how to use differentiation and grouping to best meet student needs
  • Plan how to assess mathematical reasoning and understanding informally and formally
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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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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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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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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
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Professional Development Topics for Teachers

Teacher Created Materials proudly provides educators everywhere with the tools they need to support student learning and achievement. With fully customizable professional development and learning plans, we help take your teaching to the next level.

To help you discover where to focus your professional learning efforts, common teacher professional development ideas and topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Exploring new teaching strategies to motivate students and improve learning
  • Implementing high-yield intervention strategies
  • Embedding Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)into the classroom
  • Building language skills for multilingual learners
  • Boosting communication skills with collaboration, vocabulary acquisition, reading, and writing opportunities
  • Ensuring successful implementation of classroom materials through effective instruction
  • Designing and analyzing assessment data to impact instruction
  • Utilizing differentiated lessons to incorporate and develop higher-order thinking skills

We encourage you to speak with one of our representatives to determine how our professional learning and development resources can best fit your needs.

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