NEW! Causes & Cures of Academic and Behavior Problems

Understanding how the executive brain develops helps explain why so many students have difficulty getting work completed or why they struggle with relationships and self-control. Poor study habits, inattentiveness, inefficient memory and disruptive behavior are generally symptoms of deeper problems that teachers and parents need to be aware of. This session helps participants identify root causes for learning and behavior problems and provides practical solutions that all teachers can apply in the classroom. (This training can be modified for parent seminars)

 

Target audiences -

K-12 general and special education teachers, psychologists, counselors and administrators.This training can be delivered as a keynote or full day training but is most effective as a two-day seminar followed with an advanced level two-day session about a month later. Many schools use this training to prepare key staff members as coaches for other teachers and parents in problem solving situations.

Data - Practical Ways to Use it

If you hear the comment, "We do more testing than teaching", something is radically wrong with your assessment system.

 

 

We can help you in a variety of way:

1.  Teach you easier and faster ways to assess student growth 

2.  Show you what brain research says about using data with students

3.  Help you design authentic assessments that actually assist in deepening knowledge

4.  Demonstrate ways to turn data into a tool that drives instruction

Target audiences -

Grade level or content-specific teams including the intervention specialists they work with

(two design days with two days of follow-up is recommended).

Train the trainer workshops (two days of simulated design with two - four day follow-up consultations). 

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).

 

    1.   Avoiding the common pitfalls of personality and style clashes

    2.  Applying the basic models of quality delivery in the classroom

    3.  Designing plans that include research-based interventions

    4.  Sorting out roles and responsibilities

    5.  Agreeing upon efficient classroom management routines and procedures

    6.  Deciding upon student feedback and grading policies

    7.  Incorporating technology and small group instruction to frontload and re-teach

 

Target audiences -

Classroom administrators, supervisors, teachers Pre-K-12, Interventionists or any faculty charged with developing accommodations and interventions for all levels of learners. Sessions can be designed for one or more days. Follow-up days are recommended.

 

Co-Teaching

One of the most powerful and efficient ways to deliver Tier two interventions and to increase the achievement of students with disabilities is through quality co-teaching. Trainings can be designed to assist you with:

Raising Academic Achievement Through Assessment Mapping

The question "Are we teaching the right things, for the right amount of time, to the right degree of mastery?" is the core of this work-session seminar. We will help you develop Assessment Maps that will align your standards using Essential Understandings and authentic assessments to create coherent patterns of instruction. This map will be the vehicle to coordinate special ed. with general ed. services, as well as develop a tight vertical spiral of skills K-12.

 

Target audiences -

Complete grade level or content-specific teams (two design days with two - four days of follow-up suggested).

Train the trainer workshops (two days of simulated design with two - four days of follow-up).

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up). Overview sessions (one day) can accommodate larger groups but actual work sessions (two days) should be kept to one or two teams of teachers.

Demystifying Differentiation

Teams or individuals develop a differentiated unit as they learn the process of planning for individual learning and style differences. This session is jam-packed with demonstrations and suggestions of research-based strategies as well as classroom management tips that will assist teachers as they implement their differentiated plans.

Target audiences -

Complete grade level or content-specific teams including the intervention specialists they work with (two design days with optional follow-up).

Train the trainer workshops (two days of simulated design with two - four day follow-up consultations).

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).

It's Not About the Labels. It's About Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners (Making Inclusion Work)

General and special education teachers often struggle when faced with the challenge of providing the least restrictive environment for students with IEPs. In this workshop we help teams develop a specific plan that will not only provide special education students with full access to the general education curriculum, but also help general education students who struggle get the accommodations and interventions they need.

Target audiences -

Teams of general education teachers and the intervention specialists they work with, along with a building administrator (one day with optional follow-up consultations or training).

Train the trainer workshops (one or two day with optional follow-up consultation). 

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).

Setting up and Maintaining High Performing Teams

Attending inefficient team meetings can be frustrating and a drain on morale. This session will give groups an opportunity to develop and/or refine their effectiveness. Teams will work on the following traits:

    1.   Clarifying their purpose for working as a team

    2.  Learning how to empower each other

    3.  Improving communication and relationships

    4.  Learning ways to improve flexibility and efficiency

    5.  Developing ways to monitor their performance

    6.  Building and maintaining team morale

    

Target audiences -

Teams of any make-up who work together regularly (two days with optional follow-up consultations or training).

Leadership training (two days with optional follow-up).

(Groups of 25 or fewer are recommended).

 

Implementing Universally-Designed Instruction

Playing catch-up remedial work is a substandard model of assisting high-risk learners. The gap gets bigger for them every year. It is far more efficient to apply an ounce of prevention than the pound of cure. In this session we will rework any "one-size-fits-all" thinking to a new "anticipate diversity" model. Participants will look at Six Key Areas for Universal Design and a multitude of practical ways to apply research-based ideas to general education classrooms.

Target audiences -

Teams or individuals (one or two day version with optional follow-up consultations or training).

Leadership training (one or two day version with optional follow-up).

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do 
(Nuts and Bolts of Implementing RtI and the Pyramid of Interventions)

Working on the wrong problem takes as much time as working on the right one. One makes you frustrated and the other gets results. In this session we will learn, practice and apply the following skills:

    1.   Diagnosing problems down to the root cause

    2.  Setting specific DATA goals for addressing the problems

    3.  Creating interventions and accommodations that are research-based and match the RtI thinking 

 

    4.  Data collection and application of that information

    5.  Involving parents and students in taking responsibility for problem-solving

    6.  Putting a systemic plan in place (revising the IAT practices by using building coaches 

    

 

Target audiences -

Teams of general and special education teachers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, supervisors and administrators (building, district and regional), agencies (two day basic version).

Leadership training (two day version with consultation follow-up).

Coach training (four-day training: two days with another two days a month or two apart). Groups of 40 or fewer recommended.

 

Resource material:  What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

and pyramind of interventions

 

 

 

to streamline and upgrade the process)

    1.   Rubrics and checklist to help leaders know exactly what to look for

    2.  Guidelines for support and guidance likely to give powerful results

    3.  Ways to build morale and address staff needs in times of change

 

This session gives administrators concrete ideas and material to clarify what effective leaders do to keep motivation high as they work to raise student achievement. We will provide:

Leadership's Role in Raising Achievement

 

 

Based on Robert Marzano's What Works in Schools, we will assist participants in assessing their district or school's needs and help them develop a specific action plan.

    

Target audiences -

Leadership teams or individual administrators and leaders (One, two or three day version with optional follow-up consultations or training).

 

 

Enhancing Differentiation Using Technology

Teachers are constantly searching for new and efficient ways to meet the needs of students. One powerful approach to differentiation is through the integration of technology. Trainings can be designed to help you learn to:

 

1.   Use visual tools to help students focus and organize their learning.

2.  Assist struggling readers by using text-to-speech and other easy tools to

reduce reading barriers.

 

games, videos, music, etc. to stimulate motivation and a variety of levels of thinking.

3.  Incorporate interesting and challenging technology like wikis, visual

Target audiences -

Classroom teachers Pre-K-12, Technology coordinators, Interventionists or any faculty charged with developing accommodations and interventions for all levels of learners. Sessions can be designed for one or more days. Follow-up days are recommended.

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If your group has a specific need, we would be happy to assist you in designing on-site training, on-site coaching or other types of consulting custom-made to meet your needs.

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