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ONSITE PD THEMES

Our educators have access to a variety of onsite PD workshops. Grouped into six themes, they can be mixed and matched to meet the unique needs of your school or network.

Theme 1. Building a Curriculum Process

In order to successfully launch a new curriculum initiative, a first step is developing a comprehensive implementation plan.

This plan becomes a blueprint that will allow your leadership team to thoughtfully develop a process which is both comprehensive and detailed in scope to lay the foundation for sustainable, long term success.

Outcomes: Through dynamic conversations, your team will articulate the purpose of your curriculum initiative and outline your goals by working through details such as:

  • Timelines
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Getting buy-in
  • Developing the resources you’ll need

Theme 2. Developing a Standards-based Curriculum

A high quality curriculum should ensure that all students are prepared to be successful at school and beyond. Learning standards are designed to clarify how to do this by providing concise, written indicators of what students are expected to know and be able to do within each grade level.

By focusing on these learning targets, teachers have the freedom to use their expertise and best judgement to develop unit plans around how best to teach students.

One of the first steps in creating equity and consistency within a school or district is to develop an agreed upon standards-based curriculum. We can guide your school or district through this process with any or all of the following sessions:

Developing Pacing Guides

Working as individuals or a team, teachers will use protocols to carefully read through content area standards with a fresh lens. This process allows for a deeper understanding of the standards in order to find the logical connections between each strand, cluster and standard.

Outcome: Teachers will complete a year-long pacing guide by grouping and unitizing their standards around topics and themes and determine when in the year each unit will be taught.

Identifying Power Standards

Teachers will work collaboratively to identify which standards should be prioritized. This process includes creating a common understanding of what power standards are and why they are important.  These dynamic conversations allow teachers to share their expertise, ask questions, challenge one another, and come to a deeper understanding of the knowledge and skills which are essential for students to acquire.

Outcome*: Teachers will come to consensus to determine the power standards within the desired grade level and/or content area.

*Multiple sessions may be required depending on scope.

Unpacking Standards

Individuals or teams of teachers will have the time and guidance to carefully read the standards and establish a common and concrete understanding of what it is students should know and be able to do in order to show proficiency for each standard.

Outcome: Teachers and curriculum writers will determine the overarching understandings, content, and skills embedded within each standard to ensure overall alignment.

Theme 3. Supporting Teachers as Curriculum Writers

Supporting teachers as they develop the curriculum and design units of instruction

Teachers come with a diverse set of skills and strengths. It’s what makes them versatile and able to do a dynamic job well. For teachers who need guidance in developing curriculum and writing units of instruction, we offer professional development that will help them in the process of curriculum writing.

Depending on the focus of your school or district, this might include:

  • Develop a pacing guide that outlines the units that are planned over the course of the year.
  • Clarify the purpose of a unit. What is it students need to know, understand, and do as a result of a unit of instruction? This might include identifying standards or learning targets, finding interdisciplinary connections, developing a hook for the unit, and thinking through the student learning experiences
  • Identify how students will demonstrate their understanding.

Theme 4. Creating a Curriculum Review Process

Creating a review process is an essential step to ensure your curriculum is effective and meets student needs. There are many key factors to consider when reviewing your curriculum, such as establishing expectations, purpose, and guidelines. Our team will share knowledge, experience, and best practices to guide the creation of a successful review cycle.

In our session, we will work with your team to:

  • Define the vision and focus of the review
  • Outline the overall timeline, roles and responsibilities, and communication plan
  • Develop protocols to support conversations in PLCs, grade-level meetings, or departmental meetings
  • Gather necessary data points, such as test results, teacher reflections, survey data, etc.
  • Create tools, such as rubrics or style guides, to add consistency and support this work
  • Design an action plan to address findings and provide ongoing review

Theme 5. Empowering Teacher Leaders as Curriculum Coaches

We define peer coaching as partnering with a teacher in a supportive process designed to inspire him/her to review, write and create high quality curriculum.

A peer coach honors a teacher’s expertise in his/her subject area and classroom. The goal of a peer coach is to help a teacher think deeply about his/her work through supportive inquiry. Using guiding questions, a peer coach encourages a teacher to think through the diverse and complex elements that go into developing curriculum.

In our session, we will equip peer coaches to:

  • Elicit teacher-generated solutions and strategies
  • Encourage teacher self-discovery
  • Guide teachers to clarify and align what they want students to achieve
  • Prompt teachers to think through and identify the learning experiences that will support student success

Theme 6. Supporting Your Accreditation Process

Preparing for an accreditation visit is the perfect opportunity to step back and comprehensively evaluate your school or district. It also requires teamwork and a strong process to organize, communicate, and collect the evidence needed to satisfy the requirements of your accrediting organization.

We will work closely with your team to create a process. Steps might include:

  • Review your accreditation guidelines and explore how to customize Atlas to support your process.
  • Evaluate the existing curriculum at your school or district and determine steps to strengthen alignment
  • Build your team by identifying key roles and responsibilities for the self-study
  • Prepare roll-out for faculty and staff including guidelines on “how-to” for the accreditation process “courses” in Atlas
  • Set up a customized course and template
  • Design a dashboard to support the visiting team review
  • Plan how you will implement feedback from your accreditation review

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