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Best Practices from the Field to Maximize Time and Student Growth

For nearly five years, teachers have accessed and executed research based strategies for effective implementation of College Career Readiness Standards.  With a wealth of available strategies, teachers are grappling with how to determine what ensures student growth while considering time and available resources.  This hands-on session will allow participants to reflect on specific strategies and acquire new strategies that will help maximize time and student growth.  Participants will receive a toolkit which includes resources for research- based strategies for the standards based classroom. 

Building Reading Comprehension in Science and History: Strategies that Work

There are many types and levels of reading comprehension. This workshop will familiarize educators with practices to help students develop practical comprehension strategies as they read for different purposes. Participants will learn useful strategies for providing explicit instruction while gradually releasing responsibility to the student and developing readers who actively and independently monitor and regulate their own comprehension.

Not a Reading or Writing Teacher? Learn How to Use Strategies and Incorporate Classroom Activities to Develop Literacy Skills

This session includes job-embedded, hands-on activities designed to empower history, science, and technical teachers to plan activities using strategies that foster students’ literacy skills while learning new subject matter. Participants will focus on what “close reading” of the text means while engaging in activities that foster analytic reading, writing, and comprehension. Ideas and strategies regarding discipline specific writing will be explored. Participants will learn how incorporating the Literacy Standards along with each subject’s content standards will promote a deeper understanding within each subject area.

Calling All Teachers! A Practical Approach to Writing Across the Curriculum: Scaffolding for Vocabulary, Text, Time, and Task

Performance standards mandate that all teachers utilize Teachers may feel that students should already know how to write effectively when they come to their classrooms. This is not usually the case. Students have learned to write in the English Language Arts classroom but may not know how to apply these skills to the content. History, Science, and Technical teachers will find that they may have to explicitly teach strategies and provide scaffolding for each of these strategies before their students will be able to implement writing either for learning the content.  Through this hands-on session teachers will learn strategies for scaffolding vocabulary, complexity of text, time, and task.  These strategies will allow teachers to guide students in synthesizing information through writing in a practical way. 

Effective Classroom Management

Research has shown us that teachers’ actions in the classroom have twice the impact on student achievement as do school policies regarding curriculum, assessment, staff collegiality, and community involvement (Marzano, 2003a). This informative session will guide teachers in the appropriate actions which will set the tone for the classroom and serve as a guide to significantly improve the classroom environment, student motivation, and engagement.

Managing and Facilitating Groups during Small Group Instruction

Small group instruction is vital to student understanding. Whether called learning centers, literacy centers, or work stations, the resources used to provide students with opportunities for self-directed differentiated learning need to be well-designed and skillfully implemented to meet students’ individual needs. This hands-on workshop will provide each participant with tips and strategies that will help in the development of differentiated classroom learning centers that engage students’ interests. Effective small groups will allow the teacher to quickly and easily assess students’ needs in order to target and remediate specific learning difficulties and skill deficits.

Establishing Classroom Culture: Leading a College, Career, and Citizen Ready Classroom

As students prepare to compete in a global workforce, it is imperative that students are engaged in classrooms that prepare them to be college, career, and citizen ready. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to explore key characteristics of a college, career, and citizen ready classroom, and they will have the opportunity to learn strategies for developing such a culture in their classrooms. Teachers will also have the opportunity to develop a vision and plan of action for establishing this classroom culture.

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Teaching the Contents through Speaking & Listening

 

Time Management for Teachers

Teachers feel the pressure to manage the time needed to plan, prepare, and deliver effective instruction. This interactive half-day session is designed to help teachers understand the need for effective time management. Teachers will prioritize activities and responsibilities so that a time management plan can be created for the individual teacher. Teachers will leave the session with a better understanding and a plan to best manage their time throughout the school year.

A Practical Approach Differentiated Instruction

As student diversity increases, the need for customized materials and instruction is more apparent than ever. Educators are searching for methods to accommodate the learning needs of all students without overwhelming the teacher and student. This interactive session will allow participants to research strategies and resources which can be used to plan for practical differentiated instruction.

A Practical Approach to Checking for Understanding while Ensuring Engagement: Formative Assessment and Student Engagement

Despite a decade of student data, formative assessment often remains misunderstood and underutilized. This hands-on session focuses on the practice of classroom formative assessment that ensures student engagement and learning. Through a practical approach, participants will learn to maximize the power of formative assessment by using effective strategies in a consistent manner. Participants will also receive a toolkit which includes resources for research- based formative assessment and engagement strategies.

Meeting Students Where They Are – Response to Intervention Best Practices

Today’s classrooms are often filled with struggling learners who need assistance in accelerating their rate of learning. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. This interactive session will help participants create a well-integrated system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data, while also providing a deeper understanding of the RTI process.

Professional Leaning Communities (PLCs): Developing and Planning Topics for the Year

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is composed of educators who are committed to working collaboratively in the ongoing process of collective inquiry research to achieve better results for the students they serve. PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators. In this interactive session, participants will work together interdependently in collaborative teams to achieve common goals for which they are mutually accountable.  Participants will actually facilitate a live PLC session.  Throughout the day, PLC planned topics will be identified and scheduled for the school year.

ACT Best Practices for All Teachers

It is widely recognized that no factor under school control impacts student performance on the ACT more than an effective teacher in the classroom. Bailey Education Group facilitator will work with designated teachers to understand research-based strategies to utilize in the classroom. Throughout this hands-on session, teachers engage in the research based strategies which will directly impact student performance on the ACT. Additionally, teachers will receive a tool-kit for strategies that can be utilized in the classroom.