Standards Based Instruction (Career and College Readiness Skills)

Beyond Cheating: Defining and Teaching Academic Integrity for Shifting Environments

As we redefine the parameters of education, understanding of what constitutes cheating is similarly challenged. In a world of universal access and constant communication, how do we teach students academic integrity?

Strategies to Bring the Career & College Readiness Standards to Life

How can teachers engage high school students with the Career and College Readiness standards? Not only will you learn the “shifts” and basic information about the new standards, but will explore tools and strategies to facilitate their students to attain the new higher standards. Proven instructional strategies will be demonstrated that will support secondary level academic teachers to provide the rigor and curriculum alignment to address the Career and College Readiness standards. Participants are encouraged to bring devices capable of wirelessly connecting to the internet.

Flip Instruction and Create a Student-Centered Classroom

“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” Lecture alone is ineffective whether it is live or online. So, the challenge with the flipped classroom model is to engage students around the content in a dynamic way. Then class time can be used to create learning communities where students communicate, collaborate and create! Given the myriad tools at our fingertips, this is becoming easier to do!

The Technology Revolution in Schools: The Engine that Drives College and Career Readiness

In a world that changes daily, how are teachers, principals and technology specialists to plan for the future of instruction? The key is not to look at headlines, breakthrough products, or fads, but to examine the greater trends which these support. This workshop will examine ten major trends in technology that will likely have impact on education. Through discussion and sharing, we will outline possibilities, challenges, and the ways teachers and administrators can prepare for the elusive horizon of tomorrow.

Project Based Learning in a Blended Learning Model to Teach College and Career Readiness

Do you wish you had more time for project based learning (PBL)? Using Web 2.0 technology, asynchronous online discussions and Google apps, you can connect students both inside and outside of the classroom to build more project based learning into your curriculum. Learn how to create more opportunities for students to work together, explore, problem solve, think critically and create! This presentation will present multidisciplinary project structures that can be easily facilitated in a blended learning model- combining work in the physical classroom with work done online – to increase student engagement and get students college and career ready.

Teachers will:

    • Explore the rigors for their grade level/subject area.
    • Experiment with Google apps (docs, presentation, drawing, forms/spreadsheets).
    • Explore project structures that are cross disciplinary.
    • Map out a project that integrates web tools and/or Google apps.
    • Collaborate with peers to create a project.

Pre Mapping: Strategies for Getting Started

How can you develop high quality integrated units? How can you integrate the unwrapped and translated standards into your unit maps? How can you use the process to strengthen alignment among all the elements in the unit? During this guided coaching session, learn how to use “coaching strategies” that can help you think through the critical elements in your units.

Participants will learn how to

    • Use a graphic organizer to think through the critical elements in your unit
    • Use pre mapping strategies to identify the key elements in the unit
    • Determine the integrated curricular areas
    • Integrate College and Career Readiness into the units
    • Strengthen the alignment among all the components of a curriculum map

Developing Quality Unit Maps

As a district or building begins the mapping to the core process, it is important to model for staff the development of quality maps. Whether you are just getting started in mapping or are in the process of revisiting or editing your current units, this session will provide you with the tools and strategies to develop high-quality units. Strategies will be provided that can be used to develop units or revise/edit existing ones to ensure quality. Participants will learn how to

  • Draft quality units using a step-by-step process;
  • Integrate the CCSS into the units
  • Use coaching strategies to ensure high-quality units
  • Strengthen the alignment between all elements in the units.

Creating an Environment for Talking and Collaboration: Guiding Students to Tackle College and Career Readiness Using Productive Group Work

This session looks at ways to support collaborative conversations based on subject matter content. Using the constructs of productive group work participants learn about strategies, including ReQuest and Reciprocal Teaching, to support collegial discussions and content-based arguments. Additionally, best practice ideas intended to build a culture of “talk” in the classroom will be shared through video and discussion. The session will also look at scaffolds for supporting classroom conversations and will help participants to identify quality indicators of productive group work.

Standards Based Instruction

Workshops focused on building skills around career and college readiness.

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