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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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: