Let us help with your professional development needs. Choose from our many 1 – 6 hour workshops especially designed for schools as well as corporate organizations. All our workshops are highly interactive, and provide knowledge and skills that participants can put into practice the same day. Scroll down for more information.
WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS
- Differentiated Instruction
Building on Carol Ann Tomlinson’s seminal research into differentiation, this workshop explores Differentiated Instruction via a consideration of students’ readiness, interests and learning profiles while infusing the principles of Universal Design for Learning and Data Driven Instruction. This is a ‘must-attend’ workshop for teachers in mixed-ability classrooms.
- Classroom Management
- Close Reading and Text-Based Writing
The aim of this workshop is to develop teachers’ skills at literacy instruction so their students will be able to analyze cognitively demanding material. Participants, whether literacy or content teachers, practice research-based close reading and text-based writing strategies, and learn how to engender a love of reading and writing in even the most reluctant students.
- Response to Intervention
Learn more about culturally responsive approaches to RtI that yield student success in school and beyond. Whether the challenges are behavioral, academic or both, this workshop will equip teachers and administrators with the requisite resources, protocols and skills to strengthen their RtI teams and to empower students to reach their full potential.
- Critical Pedagogy & Urban Classrooms
This philosophical approach to teaching and learning, brought to the fore by Paulo Freire and popularized by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, has been used with great success in South and North American schools. Participants learn how to engage students in rigorous academic research that takes them beyond textbooks and standardized tests as they explore global citizenship and effect social change.
- Teaching English Language Learners
“Where do I begin? What do I do?” is the refrain of many teachers of ELL’s across the nation. In this workshop, participants explore research-based approaches for working with ELL’s, and collaborate on units of study that move away from grammar drills and worksheets in preference for those that strategically and systematically build on what ELL’s already know and can do.
- Teaching Students with Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the US education law that mandates that schools make accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities (SWD’s) so that they can be fully integrated. From identifying SWD’s to instruction and assessments, learn about the most current research-based methodologies for meeting IEP goals.
- Engaging Boys in Schools
This workshop challenges participants to check their assumptions about how boys learn, what they want to learn, what is best for them to learn, and their roles as leaders in our ever-changing global community. Participants learn about culturally relevant pedagogy and how to facilitate the development of young men of integrity and scholarship who are leaders now.
- Anti-Bullying Workshop
Empowering survivors, activating ‘upstanders’, and transforming aggressors are the major goals of this workshop for educators and students. Its interactive nature grabs and sustains the attention of its participants who leave feeling equipped and ready to react appropriately and effectively to actual or reported encounters with bullies.
- Data Driven Instruction (DDI)
DDI is the tried and proven approach to help any student make academic gains whether they are ‘at-risk’ or high-performing students. Teachers and administrators learn to use diverse bodies of information (assessment, anecdotal, demographic etc.) to make sound programmatic and instructional decisions to help their students master content.
- Character Education
- Project Based Learning
- Teacher Coaching for Building Capacity
Facilitated by experienced instructional coaches and school administrators, this multipart workshop explores the expectations for student and teacher performance. The objective is for aspiring administrators and teacher-leaders to develop internal capacities, and gain competencies needed to support continual professional growth in teachers.
- Cognitive Rigor and Depth of Knowledge
Focusing on level 4 of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, this workshop (re)introduces educators to Dr. Karin Hess’s work with Webb’s DOK and Bloom’s Taxonomy to raise academic rigor in classrooms. Teachers leave with a rigorous unit of study workshopped with other educators, and the knowledge and skills to plan other rigorous learning experiences and assessments.
WORKSHOPS FOR CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS
- Diversity and Sensitivity Training
If you live and work in the United States, you will undoubtedly encounter people who look, think and behave in ways that are dissimilar to your own. Some of these people are in your workplace; some are even in your home. Develop skills for harnessing the power of workplace diversity to foster inclusiveness while mitigating risk and increasing the company’s bottom line.
- Unconscious Bias Training
Unconscious bias, civil rights, equity and equality are just a few of the current buzzwords in today’s world. In this workshop, participants reflect on their own as well as divergent ideas about various hot-button issues we confront as Americans and as global citizens. The aims are personal growth, improved customer experience for your clients, and increased collegiality and productivity in the workplace.
- Principles of Project Management
Whether you aspire to be, or already are in a managerial role, the 21st century best practices from this workshop will benefit you. Learn how to supervise projects effectively and efficiently from conceptualization to completion, while transforming and motivating a high-performing team throughout the project cycle.
- 21st Century Leadership Essentials
Beyond leadership-style surveys and difficult conversations, what are the true demands of transformational leadership in this new millennium? This workshop delves into the attributes and practices of effective 21st century leaders, and engages participants in the essentials of leadership from emotional intelligence to strategies for building capacity within organizations.
- Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
This workshop focuses on how workers’ awareness of self and of those around them are important to the company’s bottomline and mission. Participants leave with a deepened understanding of their roles in workplace dynamics, and the company benefits from more connected, invested, and productive team players.
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
In addition to unpacking the portions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that address sexual harassment, this workshop empowers staff with systems and protocols for identifying, reporting and treating inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. Workers at all levels leave this workshop with confidence in their organization’s complaints and grievances policy, and with a commitment to preventing sexual harassment in their workplace.