Professional Development

Instructional Practices

We will work with you to create an ideal professional development plan to support your goals and budget.

Any Rubicon software systems can be integrated into appropriate workshops.

Individual Sessions

All our sessions can be conducted onsite or facilitated online over a series of engagements. Onsite sessions are $2500 a day per facilitator, plus travel costs. Our online sessions are offered at $250 an hour, with some sessions requiring a minimum of two hours.

Build a Classroom Community

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Teachers

A caring classroom community supports students by increasing active engagement, engaging multiple learning styles, allowing natural differentiation to occur, ensuring access for all students.

Outcome

  • Implement a strengths-based behavior management system to support a caring classroom community.
  • Brainstorm solutions to everyday student needs and translate them back to your classroom.
  • Develop tools and strategies to create and maintain a strong classroom community.
Create a Behavior Management System

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Administrators, Counselors and Deans

A clearly defined and consistent approach to behavior across the school is a critical element of a successful learning community.

Outcomes:

  • Analyze your current programs and collaborate with colleagues to form a leveled intervention system to support student behavioral success.
  • Adopt a school-wide, strengths-based behavior management system.
Move from Instructor to Facilitator in the Classroom

Onsite: 1 day

Audience: Teachers

Facilitate learning by transforming your practice from teacher-centered to student-centered. Empower student learning through dynamic teaching techniques.

Outcomes:

  • Shift your classroom from teacher-focused to student-centered and teacher-facilitated.
  • Create protocols to guide students as they direct their own learning.
  • Develop tools and resources to support a student-driven classroom.
Strategies for Engaging Students with NGSS

Onsite: 1 day | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers and curriculum writers

Centered around three dimensions: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas, the NGSS represents a pedagogical shift in science education. The NGSS mimics the work of scientists and roots scientific knowledge into the application of process, encourages phenomena to prompt student investigation, and encourages students to connect learning to the real-world application.

Outcomes:

  • Deepen your understanding of the NGSS.
  • Explore teaching strategies and learning activities that reflect the instructional shifts in the science standards.
  • Plan instruction around NGSS phenomena, support student-led investigations, and consider how students will show evidence of their learning.
  • Develop NGSS-aligned learning activities, assessments and instructional supports.
Strategies for Engaging Students with Differentiated Instruction

Onsite: 1 day | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers and curriculum writers

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching and learning that puts the student first. Adapt units of instruction to meet students where they are while targeting consistent learning outcomes.

Outcomes:

  • Review the guiding principles of differentiated instruction.
  • Identify strategies to respond to student needs.
  • Develop a unit that outlines differentiated instructional strategies that target content, process, products, or learning environment.
Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Standards and Competencies into Curriculum

Onsite: 1 – 2 days | Online: 3 – 6 one-hour guided sessions

Audience: Teachers, curriculum writers and school leaders

Neuroscientists have discovered that “emotions are the rudder that steers thinking” (Immordino-Yang, 2015).

Administrators and teachers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest research on social-emotional learning (SEL), explore related resources, and create a plan to successfully integrate SEL standards and competencies into existing or new curricula.

Outcome

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest research on social and emotional learning (SEL).
  • Explore supportive and related resources
  • Create a plan to successfully integrate SEL standards and competencies into existing or new curricula.
  • Identify you school or district’s social and emotional learning goals.
  • Develop a plan for curricular integration of learning activities, assessments, and resources that will support intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competencies.
Literacy Strategies in Early Childhood

Onsite: 1 – 2 days

Audience: Teachers, curriculum writers and school leaders


Outcomes:

  • Audit current literacy strategies in terms of goals and developmentally appropriate expectations.
  • Compare and contrast a variety of phonological and phonemic awareness skill progressions.
  • Practice simple everyday activities that support these critical stages of literacy development.
  • Develop a solid understanding of phonological and phonemic awareness and how these skills can be introduced in playful, open ended, and creative ways.
Restorative Practices in the Classroom

Onsite: 1 – 2 days

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Behavior Specialists, Administrators, Counselors

 

Traditionally, school discipline has been modeled on the criminal justice system, with students punished for negative behavior, or even removed from the community altogether through detention, suspension, or expulsion. However, research is now revealing that punishing students who are struggling may do more harm than good, as it responds to the original harm with further harm.

In recent years, many schools and districts have started moving toward a model called restorative justice (or restorative practices) as an alternative to the traditional school discipline models that are largely based on punishment.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the belief system surrounding restorative justice school-wide and at the classroom level. Learn to lead community building, conflict resolving, and instructional circles within the classroom environment to address students’ social and emotional needs.
  • Develop skills to lead a restorative justice approach to resolve conflict amongst youth and adults in an educational setting.
  • Resolve conflicts using preventative and restorative practices.

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