Curriculum & Instruction

Student and Teacher Interactions that Promote Content Learning through Literacy

This session provides ways for educators to guide students to approach content learning through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Connections to the Common Core State Standards will be explored.

Participants will learn how to support students as they decipher complex texts through close, critical reading. Additionally, they will look at ways to develop strategic text dependent questions that drive students back into the text for deep processing of content. Educators learn how to plan engaging interactions that focus on content ideas, build knowledge, and prepare students for writing and presentations. Specific strategies, including conversation cards and generative sentences, will be shared as a way to engage students in content learning. Participants will investigate the use of academic language to support thinking and discourse and will explore the idea that information and opinion gaps require communication.

Understanding and Implementing Complex Text Selection and Close Reading Practices

This workshop will provide the foundation of the complexity of texts and close reading instruction, and show the link to the next generation of assessments. Participants will explore best practices and strategies in formulating text dependent questions and identifying complex texts.

Implementing Close Reading: What Administrators and Teachers Need to Know and Do

Everyone talks about implementing Career and College Readiness Skills aligned to close reading in their schools. However, what does that really mean at a practical level for teachers in a classroom setting? This workshop will demonstrate how to address key challenges facing schools when looking at implementation of the Career and College Readiness Skills in the area of close reading. Participants will learn best practices on how to align instruction through generating text dependent questions, designing close reading exemplars, and how these practices directly prepare students for assessments. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the Career and College Readiness Skills and the teacher friendly tools they need to successfully implement the standards in their classrooms.

Cross Curriculum Implementation of Technology

An empowering workshop for teachers of middle and high schools showcasing digital resources and apps and how each is implemented in the instruction of multiple subject areas. The interactive presentation highlights student work and cross-curricular lesson modifications. Workshop will focus on supporting a standards-based instruction integrating technology and digital tools.

AIMS Math Skillbuilder Series

    • Build new mathematical knowledge through five areas of emphasis—properties of numbers, access to basic facts, properties of shapes, attributes of objects, and proportional reasoning.
    • Learn brain-based research and techniques for teaching critical mathematical content.
    • Explore titles of powerful children’s literature that model critical thinking strategies.
    • Experience new and classic management “treasures” that assist in creating a visual connection to math content in the classroom.
    • Discover specific tools for mathematical content that are produced by elementary students through construction masters included in the course manual.
    • Learn the connection between proportional reasoning and all areas of mathematical content.
    • Teach students to know the properties of numbers and the properties of the operations.
    • Generate meaningful and intensive mathematics in the use of the classroom calendar.

Six Traits of Writing

In this workshop, we will explore the Six Traits of Writing and learn how to build student confidence in writing skills while advancing overall classroom achievement. Discover practical mini-lessons for today’s 21st century learners as well as engaging technology and online literature resources for all levels.

Participants will learn the common language framework and how to maintain consistency in assessment while motivating students to revise and edit.

Constructed Responses Argumentative Essays and Other Forms of Writing

This session looks at the production and distribution of writing and specifically shares tips for helping students to respond in writing to constructed response questions that are open in nature and might involve the use of contextual information or the use of graphs, charts, and other graphics. Additionally, participants learn how to guide students to compose content-based argumentative essays. A look at the differences between persuasion and argument helps to clarify appropriate approaches to teaching each form of writing. The use of graphic organizers and a wide array of resource materials are investigated.

Student and Teacher Interactions that Promote Content Learning through Literacy

The workshop provides ways for educators to guide students to approach content learning through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Participants will learn how to support students as they decipher complex texts through close, critical reading. Additionally, they will look at ways to develop strategic text dependent questions that drive students back into the text for deep processing of content. Educators learn how to plan engaging interactions that focus on content ideas, build knowledge, and prepare students for writing and presentations. Specific strategies, including conversation cards and generative sentences, will be shared as a way to engage students in content learning. Participants will investigate the use of academic language to support thinking and discourse and will explore the idea that information and opinion gaps require communication.

Literacy Development for Elementary and Middle Schools – Digital Video Series

Digital video series respects the educators’ time for professional development. Teachers can receive their training in literacy and reading development at a time convenient for them. Each video is approximately 20 minutes in length and includes the research-based strategies and classroom lesson ideas. Training includes the following topics:

  • Core Knowledge
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Sight Words
  • Word Maps
  • Informational Comprehension

Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking

As schools face increasing accountability and public demands for improved student performance, it becomes obvious that we must look to high-yield, research-based strategies to increases student academic achievement. One of the most influential and productive strategies employed by schools is the systemic use of writing as the assessment of curriculum standards. Writing with a focus on modeling and measuring thinking skills produces much more than the traditional “writing across the curriculum.” In this session, strategies are presented to build writing as a reflection of thinking. Participants will practice Quick Writes based on Dr.

Robert Marzano’s metacognition power strategies, and planning for thinking/writing targets for all students.

Reading & Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain

According to experts in the field, reading and language arts skills and abilities are best acquired when students are actively engaged in their own learning. Explore a variety of facts about the brain as they relate to teaching students to learn to read and read to learn. Experience 20 highly engaging, brain-compatible strategies for helping students learn rigorous vocabulary and comprehend both narrative and informational texts. Learn to ask five essential questions while planning a literacy lesson that helps to ensure that students will think critically and master cross-curricular concepts. This K- 12 workshop will help teach language arts in relevant, motivating, and engaging ways and covers essential areas of literacy instruction. Help students make use of graphic organizers, and visualize, story tell, draw, write, sing and role play their way to increased academic achievement. This workshop has been called informative, practical and so much fun!

Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain (K-8)

M-A-T-H is known to be the shortened form of the word Mathematics. However, did you know that it is also a mnemonic device that stands for Math Ain’t That Hard? This acrostic rings true when brain- compatible strategies are used to teach mathematics. Learn to chunk math content according to the five focal points of the National Council of Teachers of Math. Experience how easy it can be to teach those chunks when students are role-playing, drawing out or visualizing a word problem, dancing the number line by doing the Number Line Hustle, or creating an original mnemonic device or story to remember the steps in long division. Whether one is singing the multiplication facts or the quadratic equation, teaching math while using 20 brain-compatible strategies makes the content understandable, memorable, and so much fun!

Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain

If there were ever content that should be taught using hands-on, relevant content, it is in the area of science. This workshop is taught by one of the best science teachers, Warren Phillips. Warren was named the 2004 Disney Teacher of the Year and one of the 2007 USA Today Top Teachers and has turned countless students onto science in Plymouth, Massachusetts during an illustrious teaching career. During this workshop, you will learn to teach selected content standards delineated by the National Science Teachers Association through the use of 20 brain-compatible instructional strategies. Participants will sing the States of Matter, hear the story of the Amber Rock to help students understand the discovery of electricity, and witness countless experiments that can be replicated in the classroom. This workshop always leaves participants wanting more!

Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain

Have you ever crammed for a social studies exam? If you have, then experienced that as soon as the test is over, so is the information remembered for the purpose of passing the test. What if the teacher told unforgettable stories about historical people and places? What if you formed a living timeline to help remember events in chronological order? What if you created a song or completed a project, which helped compare and contrast land forms or types of government? In this highly-interactive workshop, participants will experience just that – 20 brain-compatible strategies for teaching the social studies standards in ways that are truly unforgettable!