Leadership Training

Five-day, three-day, or one-day courses for administrators, district-wide math leaders, and site-based specialists and coaches. Sample workshops are listed, but every workshop is customized to align with your goals.

Preparing for SBAC and PARCC: What You Know and Can Do
Move Instruction into the Future Now!
The Math Coach: Goals and Roles
Learning Lenses
Value-Added Coaching: Drill Down and Reach Out


Preparing for SBAC and PARCC: What You Know and Can Do

This popular workshop series uses the Backward Design framework as it focuses on the Common Core State Standards, the PARCC and SBAC assessments, and outstanding, research-based instructional resources. Coursework involves digging into

  • the Common Core Key Shifts
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • building students’ intrinsic motivation
  • nurturing a growth mindset
  • problem solving methods that address critical thinking and sense-making

This series is a must for math leaders who want to facilitate change!

 


Move Instruction into the Future Now!

Our children face a workforce entirely different than any preceding generation. Future jobs involve productive persistence, creative problem identification, and problem solving rather than procedural knowledge. This paradigm shift requires a new depth in learning, which can be accomplished only if we change our instructional model. The Common Core Standards, the Key Shifts, and the Standards for Mathematical Practice describe changes in terms of what students should be able to do. In this series, we explore responses to questions such as:

How does rigorous math instruction look in the classroom?

How will teachers implement the shifts in math learning and nurture productive persistence?

How can math leaders lead the change?

In this interactive and powerful series, math leaders will learn strategies certain to motivate and move teachers that can be implemented starting tomorrow.


The Math Coach: Goals and Roles

The goal of any math coach is to raise teacher quality in mathematics. What does that mean? How does it look? In this highly interactive workshop, we closely examine the main principles that guide the job of the math specialist or coach. You consider roles and responsibilities to teachers, students, and the community. We explore strategies for supporting teachers with planning and instruction. Concrete tools for long range, unit, and lesson planning are shared, with emphasis on growth mindset, the Common Core Key Shifts of Focus, Coherence, and Rigor. This workshop is the perfect avenue for helping math leaders become valuable and effective conduits of change.

Recommended books: The Math Coach Field Guide (Felux) © 2007, OR So You Have to Teach Math: Sound Advice for K-6 Teachers (Burns, Silbey) © 2000.


Learning Lenses

Are we giving fish to our students every day, or teaching them to fish? Over 1,000 “bell to bell” observations of Pre-K through Grade 12 math teachers reveal distinctive patterns in learning and teaching. Students must have the opportunity, motivation, and confidence to work at peak performance and demonstrate their understanding. Deciding what to teach is only part of the planning—teachers must contemplate how the material can best be deeply understood, valued, and internalized by students. Students’ success rests on their ability to actively learn and be held accountable for their knowledge. Modeled strategies and simulations throughout the day provide effective teaching models for future use. Experience how 21st century learning and teaching can be accomplished for students of all ages.


Value-Added Coaching: Drill Down and Reach Out

"What does she do all day?" This workshop focuses on how the site-based specialist or content coach has the power to impact the  staff, students, and entire school community. First, we drill down by analyzing different types of data with the goal of identifying criteria for determining its value. We evaluate a data-collection tool that (a) uncovers students’ strengths as well as their greatest areas for growth and (b) provides strategies for promoting success in all areas. If applicable, time will be allotted to utilize the tool using your own collected (and scored) data. We continue with reaching out by identifying and discussing school-wide teambuilding ideas that unify every person in the school. We explore several successfully implemented parent outreach programs, all with clear and concrete steps for facilitation. Finally, we review tools used for effectively creating an intrinsically motivating, teacher-centered vision for instruction that empowers the site-based specialist or content coach to become the integral, irreplaceable linchpin of schoolwide growth.