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Jill Gessling

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Teacher Topics

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Virtual Best Practices
Closing the Gap
Formative Assessment
Student Teaming: Academics + SEL
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Behavior Management
Standards-Based Instruction
Reading Comprehension
Marzano Strategies and Focused Teacher Evaluation Model (FTEM)
Teaching in Tough Times
Teacher Leadership
Leading in an Era of eLearning
Leading in Tough Times
Leading to Close Achievement Gaps
Coaching
Focused Teacher Evaluation Model (FTEM)

Zooming Back to School with the Basics - Preparing for Virtual School with Confidence

Plan now for virtual work and learning so you're ready when the need arises this coming school year. This course will cover the basics of using Zoom as a platform for instruction. Settings, features, breakout room management, and engagement strategies will be demonstrated and practiced by participants.

Google: Mastering the Basics for Remote Teaching

The basics of Google Classroom, Slides, Docs, and Forms will be demonstrated and used by participants. Lessons and units for virtual teaching can be effectively organized and implemented by even the least confident teachers when these tools are the basis for instruction.

Engage with Tech Tools while Planning Rigorous Instruction

Participants will learn to create and implement specific online tools to use with students. These may include: Google slides, Google Docs, Google Forms, Mentimeter, Padlet, FlipGrid, Seasaw, Peardeck, Others used by a district may possibly be incorporated if feasible.

Building Online Performance Scales for Students and Teachers

In an online classroom, the need for clarity is vital. Create visible expectations for students through online performance scales that guide students to success!

Secrets to Ramping Up Student Engagement in an Online Platform

Worried that students won't be engaged in online instruction? Use these strategies to get them excited and own their learning, regardless of the platform you're using!

Spice Up Your Standards-Based Virtual Classroom with Powerful Tools

Are you struggling to navigate the myriad of resources to support your online instruction? In this session, we will discuss how to access the tools to support your standards-based online classroom.

Leveraging the Power of TEAMS in an Online Environment

How do you leverage the power of student teams in an online classroom? Learn four sure-fire strategies to promote the sharing of thinking and collaboration!

How Do I Know They Are Learning? Online Tools to Check for Understanding

You've made the transition to online instruction. Now how do you know that students are learning? Explore three online tools to check for student understanding.

Transforming Young Children into Great Readers - Virtually!

Teachers of primary students will experience "how-to" support from an early childhood expert on the process and procedures necessary to virtually conduct effective shared and guided writing experiences with their students. Find out how students can practice phonics through shared and guided writing, virtually.

Marzano Instructional Model: Planning and Facilitating Students as They Examine Reasoning in an eLearning Environment

Having students examine reasoning AND having them revise their knowledge are two of the most powerful instructional strategies for long term learning. How can teachers plan and facilitate these tasks in both a face to face or a virtual environment?

Fascinating Teaching Strategies that Work Online and in the Classroom

How do teachers create an environment for learning in their classroom? Can online classrooms also be engaging? This virtual session, led by our live expert Marzano faculty, will give teachers new strategies to enhance their current teaching, regardless of whether that takes place at school or home.

Navigating the Ins and Outs of Rigorous Online Tasks

Don't relinquish rigor when moving learning to digital platforms! During this engaging session, revisit what it means for a task to be rigorous and learn what pitfalls to avoid when on the road to creating rigorous online tasks. Spend time delving into sample online tasks and reflecting on the levels of rigor present or missing. With time to master standards ever fleeting, become efficient at selecting the appropriate tech tools for the levels of rigor we are aiming for in our digital tasks. As educators, we know how crucial it is for our students to learn deeply through rigorous tasks.

How to Perfectly Align eLearning Tasks to Your Standards

Want to engage in exploring and designing high-quality virtual performance tasks? In this session we will explore performance task design, learn how to build a task library for students to access synchronously and asynchronously aligned to academic standards. Create tasks where students view, interpret, and analyze multiple resources to construct a product or performance. See a variety of ways to post student resources for one-stop access.

Taking the Guesswork Out of Student Teaming in a Virtual Environment

Participants will learn how to incorporate academic teaming using a virtual platform in order to keep students engaged in the learning while collaborating with their peers. In this session, we talk about tools that allow a teacher to set up teaming in a virtual environment; discussing options for allowing independent think time and student collaboration.

What Every Educator Needs to Know About Igniting a S.T.E.M. Classroom

Explore how Academic Teaming together with S.T.E.M. can strengthen the art and science of teaching. Participate in a S.T.E.M task through the lens of student teams. See how S.T.E.M. team roles can strengthen SEL competencies. Use technology tools to communicate and collaborate. Get ideas for monitoring in the moment. Leave with numerous resources to strengthen your S.T.E.M. program.

Virtual TEAMING using Google Slides and Forms

Want to keep your collaborative culture going and not lose momentum with Academics Teaming? Learn how to use Summary Mat formatted slides for students to practice virtual teaming, strategies for students to give feedback within Google slides to their team and other teams, and protocols for managing students as they TEAM using Google Slides.

Four Easy Ways to Transition to Great Online Instruction

Are you struggling with the transition to online instruction? During this session, we will discuss four ways to navigate the transition without tears - for you or your students!

Secrets to Motivating Students by Engaging Families in a Virtual Environment

Are you looking for ways to motivate students to complete assignments? We know that a parent's interest and encouragement in a child's education can affect the child's attitude toward school and motivation. Learn how to design or adapt existing family engagement strategies for student success in distance learning.

Monitor and Verify Learning Face-to-Face and Virtually

How will you monitor student participation and engagement? How do you verify learning targets when students are face to face and virtually? This session will explore tools and techniques for monitoring and verifying student learning in a variety of delivery formats, because let's be honest, we need to be armed and ready for an array of blended learning formats in our future.

Planning and Facilitating Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction

Meet with your students virtually in small groups using engaging, fun, free or almost free tech tools before, during, and at the end of your reading lesson. Plan reading lessons that can be taught either face to face or virtually. Leave with lots of ideas and free resources for teaching reading in small groups.

Establishing Relationships, Routines, Roles, and Rigor at the Beginning of the School Year: Face to Face and Virtually

This session focuses on establishing those pivotal beginning of the year relationships with our class virtually and face to face. Explore the value of establishing academic roles and routines that contribute to a high level of student teaming. Analyze and create beginning of the year tasks that set the stage for both. Learn how relevant and rigorous tasks can be more engaging and motivating for students to meet and work together virtually.

Get Students Thinking by Creating Standards-Aligned Rigorous Tasks

Do your teachers need support to create Rigorous Tasks for their students? Learn how to determine the intent of state standards and create aligned tasks for students. Rigorous Tasks are critical in the development of high-level thinking in students. Creating these with fidelity will ensure teachers are challenging students with complex tasks.

Put on Your Gear and Take a Deeper Dive: Engaging All Students in Rigorous Thinking

Participants in this session will experience strategies to move students to deeper levels of thinking using strategies that apply across disciplines. Participants will apply those strategies to standards-based tasks that will engage and challenge all students.

Using Protocols to Examine Student Work for Alignment and Rigor

Participants will have an authentic experience by using protocols to examine student work and assignments to determine rigor and alignment. Participants will engage in guided practice to see how these tools can enhance their PLCs, promote collaborative practices, and boost student learning.

Sequencing Questions for Deeper Thinking

Some teachers easily craft and ask questions that require students to engage in complex thinking, but far too many of the questions posed to students required them to remember or recall information. In this session, teachers will learn to create systematic questions that require students to use ideas, examine their reasoning, and using evidence to analyze their thinking.

Improve Student Outcomes by Empowering Teams

Structure a rigorous task to give students the time and structures necessary to implement teaming skills; prepare students to coach each other within their groups, allowing student teams to navigate productive struggle without seeking help from the teacher.

Data...Now What?

School leaders are often inundated with data. In this session you will investigate short, mid and long cycle data, develop ways to organize the data and discuss protocols for making data informed improvements. When this session is over, the use of data will feel more manageable and productive as you drive towards improved student achievement.

Ask Better Questions to Get Deeper Thinking

Text-specific questions are a more effective type of text-based questions. Learn how to create these using text you already have to take students to the next level of thinking and improve reading comprehension.

How to Take the Complexity Out of Teaching with Complex Texts

Learn how to engage all learners in grade level content through the use of rich, complex text. Build students’ vocabulary and content knowledge while improving reading skills and teaching standards. We will share strategies that every teacher can adopt to raise ELA achievement while increasing student efficacy and confidence.

Improving Reading Comprehension Through Better Questions and Tasks

Participants will delve into a key ELA action identified by researchers as pivotal to improved reading comprehension; how teachers ask and scaffold questions and tasks. Learn how asking better questions will lead to improved reading comprehension for all students.

The One Who Does the Thinking Does the Learning; Shifting the Work to Students in ELA

Research shows that when students are doing the majority of the work and all students are involved, achievement soars. Learn how to make this happen in an ELA classroom with strategies you can put in place tomorrow.

Three ELA Actions that Research Shows Will Raise Achievement for All Students

We will examine the three ELA actions that have the greatest impact on student achievement and then review classroom setting videos to discuss the indicators observed for each of the key actions. Practices you can adopt tomorrow that will provide equity, rigor, and access for all students.

Dig Deeper into Content by Using Student-Centered ELA Routines

Alleviate the cognitive load from instructional routines so students can devote more brain power to what matters most - content. Learn instructional routines you can put in place tomorrow that will help students orient themselves in text and improve reading comprehension.

Planning and Facilitating Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction

Meet with your students virtually in small groups using engaging, fun, free or almost free tech tools before, during, and at the end of your reading lesson. Plan reading lessons that can be taught either face to face or virtually. Leave with lots of ideas and free resources for teaching reading in small groups.

Strengthen Reading Comprehension through Visualization

Good readers visualize what they are reading. Do you have students who decode, but have weak comprehension skills? This session will look at different strategies teachers can use to support reading comprehension, specifically visualizing. In our session we will look at not only face to face strategies, but tools to use when teaching virtually.

Unpacking Reading Fluency

How do you measure, monitor and strengthen automaticity and prosody? See the five different indicators to hone student’s fluency strengths and needs. Facilitator will unpack Timothy Rasinski’s, What is Fluency from his LSI Quick Reference Guide.

Moving Math Achievement By Planning for Success

Participants will learn the role of Focus and Coherence in math instruction and planning as well as the aspects of math rigor and how they relate to cognitive complexity. We'll dig into how to ensure the aspect of rigor indicated by the standard matches the type of instruction being planned.

I Don't Get It! How to Recognize and Address Math Misconceptions

Engage even the most reluctant math student! Learn how to dispel math anxiety by employing instructional practices that allow all students to learn mathematical content.

Engaging and Supporting All Students in High Quality Math Tasks

Learn how instructional routines and high demand tasks support students as they engage with the content. Reach even the most reluctant math students with high caliber routines that reflect the most powerful mathematical practices.

Planning for Rigor

Participants will deepen their understanding of rigor utilizing the Marzano taxonomy as they walk through the steps of effective planning for rigor.

Igniting Student Ownership

Empower students to use Learning Targets and Success Criteria to own their learning, verify that learning is occurring, and plan for effective student teaming structures.

What Years of Evidence Tells Us About Increasing Classroom Rigor

Classroom teachers are challenged each day with planning lessons that include opportunities for students to engage in complex thinking tasks. Join us as we introduce and explore specific strategies to support your students in deepening their understanding of content and increase engagement for learning. If you are looking for solid, evidence-based strategies to increase classroom rigor, this session is for you.

How Do I Know They Got It? Verifying Learning with Learning Targets and Success Criteria

We'll walk through the process of breaking a standard into learning targets and then identify how students will be able to determine when they have met those targets. Strengthen your ability to verify that learning has occurred and teach students how to use learning targets and success criteria to guide their work, increasing student autonomy and efficacy.

Valuable Lessons About Productive Struggle You'll Never Forget

What does productive struggle look like and sound like? And most importantly, how do we get students to experience it? There is no magic formula that works for all lessons with all students, but there is a better way. In this session we will talk about steppingstones that get students ready for the productive struggle that helps them develop grit and creative problem-solving skills so they can succeed.

Preventing Learning Gaps: It's All in the Planning

Learn how to start the planning process by breaking standards down into digestible chunks, or learning targets and then creating a task that will allow you to determine whether or not students are meeting each target. We'll explore how to examine student work during the task to make decisions, in the moment, on how best to support students who are not progressing or meeting the learning target.

Make Centers More Meaningful and Rigorous

Participants will learn simple approaches to creating center learning tasks at the intent of the state standards.

Effective Formative Assessment

Dive into practical, hands-on ways for teachers to create classroom conditions where students self-regulate their learning, reflect and act on feedback.

Assessing Foundational Skills

Sample assessments for essential skills are shared and discussed.

Monitoring for Learning

Unit tests and exit slips are not enough. Monitoring student learning is crucial for teachers to collect evidence of standards-based learning. Join our live expert Marzano faculty to learn how to effectively use formative evidence to inform instructional decisions in the moment.

Tracking Student Progress Using Success Criteria

Participants will utilize learning targets and success criteria to plan formative assessment and, specifically, how to track student progress and help students take ownership of their learning.

4 Powerful Steps to Intentional Planning for Team Tasks

Participants will use a 4-step process to develop standards-based tasks that engage students in academic teaming.

Ignite + Academic Teaming = Equity, Access & Rigor

Participants learn how to create and use Learning Targets and Success Criteria in order to design a rigorous task, using teaming strategies to embark upon the task.

Elevate Learning by Building Team Ownership

Scaffold tasks toward a learning target and plan how to monitor, verify, and support students who are not moving toward the learning target. Prepare for students to interact responsibly by sharing their thinking, using evidence.

Engaging All Students in Academic Discourse to Connect New Learning

How to prepare for and implement the use of Connecting New Learning: Mat, Annotated Mat, Thinking Guide and How-to Guide.

Engaging Productive Teams

Align small segments of a lesson to standards; support students to share their thinking with other students as they work; and support academic conversations.

How to Shift from Teacher-led Student Teams to Academic Teaming

Move from cooperative learning to collaborative learning with interdependent student academic teams.

Increase Student Autonomy and Higher Order Thinking Skills

Learn how to leverage a few key resources to help you do the heavy lifting of coaching teachers to increase student autonomy and higher order thinking. Participants will go through the process of choosing a structure to coach, and learn specifics of how to plan to support teachers through implementation. This session is perfect for instructional leaders, coaches, and teachers.

Rigorous Tasks for Academic Teaming

Learn how to prepare a task that requires students to coach each other through productive struggle in order to meet the Learning Target.

Putting it All Together: Students Summarize Thinking to Solidify Learning

Enhance teaming in your classroom by exploring how to prepare, introduce, and use a student protocol to help students summarize their thinking as a team. Explore ways to help students have academic conversations.

Equipping Students to Persevere Through Challenging Tasks

Learn how to teach and prepare students to coach each other within their groups, allowing student teams to navigate productive struggle without seeking help from the teacher.

Prove it! How to Ensure Students Use Evidence to Support Their Thinking

Learn how to effectively increase the use of teaming in your classroom by preparing students to use evidence to support their thinking when interacting in a group setting.

Step-by-Step Guide to Aligning Tasks with Learning Targets to Maximize Learning

Participants will learn the components of a mini-lesson, how to incorporate Academic Teaming resources into the mini-lesson and more.

Leveraging the Power of Teams in an Online Environment

How do you leverage the power of student teams in an online classroom?  Learn four sure-fire strategies to promote the sharing of thinking and collaboration!

Establishing Relationships, Routines, Roles, and Rigor at the Beginning of the School Year: Face to Face and Virtually

This session focuses on establishing those pivotal beginning of the year relationships with our class virtually and face to face. Explore the value of establishing academic roles and routines that contribute to a high level of student teaming. Analyze and create beginning of the year tasks that set the stage for both. Learn how relevant and rigorous tasks can be more engaging and motivating for students to meet and work together virtually.

Guiding Students During A Crisis Requires a Resiliency Tap

Teachers rely on their creative banks to provide ways to help navigate through crisis and guide students. Through the support of an LSI Faculty Coach, learn ways in which you may model and teach the art of self-regulation and redirect students' mixed emotions into positive change in the classroom, school, and extended school community.

Pardon Me, Your SEL Conditions Aren't Showing

Why is Social Emotional Learning an integral piece of the classroom environment? How can it become part of the culture of the classroom? How does a teacher know through student evidence that social emotional learning is occurring? Learn the rules of engagement within Conditions for Learning and how to effectively connect to SEL for students with the Marzano Focused Evaluation Model. Marzano's protocol for "Using Engagement Strategies" will build a foundation bringing additional SEL opportunities within the conditions of a classroom, providing teacher strategies and sample student evidences that can be used in any learning environment.

A Foundation for Teaching During COVID-19: Flow with the Buffalo

Participants will learn ways to activate the power of team and community in the midst of crisis. Teachers will create a personalized Buffalo Story to share with their students and learn effective methods that they may put into practice to lead their student teams through the difficulties of the COVID-19 storm.

Self-Management – Teaching in a Time of Crisis Also Means Taking Care of You

During challenging times, teachers may forget about Self-Management and managing emotions, participants will learn the art and balance of focusing on themselves and their students to not only regulate their emotions and manage stress, but also model and demonstrate the essential need of caring for oneself and others in the midst of crisis.

SELF-CARE: Addressing 5 SEL Competencies During Challenging Times

Using SELF-CARE as an acronym, participants will be guided through a series of 8 daily tips within S-E-L-F-C-A-R-E-to pinpoint areas to engage in self-care practices. Participants will learn the ways in which caring for self ultimately influences teacher and student performances. Participants will also set Self-Care goals and commit to incorporating self-care practices in their daily routines.

Tapping Into Student Resiliency by Leading and Coaching with Grace

Teaching in the midst of a challenge requires grace. Through a servant leadership lens, participants will learn how they may incorporate the essentials of grace for their students and themselves. Suggested practices will help teachers connect with their students to tap into the existing resiliency that teachers and students share.

Teaching Through Affirming Lenses to Build Student Confidence and Performance

Teachers are often led through lenses that focus solely on areas of needed growth. During this challenging time of increased uncertainty and professional and personal stresses, there is a need to shift our approach to one that is asset based. From a foundational standpoint of decision-making, participants will be guided through a process of shifting to affirming lenses that serve to pinpoint glow areas to increase student confidence and performance levels.

Establishing Relationships, Routines, Roles, and Rigor at the Beginning of the School Year: Face to Face and Virtually

This session focuses on establishing those pivotal beginning of the year relationships with our class virtually and face to face. Explore the value of establishing academic roles and routines that contribute to a high level of student teaming. Analyze and create beginning of the year tasks that set the stage for both. Learn how relevant and rigorous tasks can be more engaging and motivating for students to meet and work together virtually.

Keys to Successful Behavior Management

Develop a plan for implementing classroom systems that align with your school-wide plan. Clearly developed expectations, routines and procedures are the key to behavior management. Together we will develop plans and create a toolbox of resources to support your classroom systems in building positive conditions for teaching and learning.

Plan for Success: Creating Lesson Plans to Teach School Wide Behavior Expectations

Preparation is the key to behavior management success. Develop lesson plans for teaching each school-wide behavior expectation as well as procedures for classroom and non-classroom areas. Leave this session with strategies you can implement tomorrow to get your students started off on the right step or back on track.

Transform Behavior with Recognition and Rewards Systems

Have you ever thought about implementing a sustainable and thoughtful recognition and rewards system to drive positive student behaviors? Spend time diving into the elements of effective recognition and rewards systems. Leave this session with planned system of rewards and recognition that will drive positive student behavior.

How To Transition from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side

Participants will be presented with a lesson structure that encompasses direct instruction, partner and team work and tasks that provide all students opportunities to meet grade-level standards.

Learning Milestones: How to Check Progress Before They Go Down the Wrong Path

Learn how to plan tasks that allow students to demonstrate progress toward a standard using Learning Targets, while you step back from a direct instruction role to focus more time on monitoring and supporting students as they work.

The Power of the Mini-Lesson

Learn how to plan lessons in a mini-lesson format, structuring classroom instruction in chunks that include teaching points, opportunities for students to process information, and opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning.

Simple Math Routines That Will Dramatically Improve Students' Performance and Confidence

Participants will learn how instructional routines promote mathematical reasoning and support students as they engage with the content and high demand tasks.

Spice Up Your Standards-Based Virtual Classroom with Powerful Tools

Are you struggling to navigate the myriad of resources to support your online instruction?  In this session, we will discuss how to access the tools to support your standards-based online classroom.

Let's Talk Data! What Does Your Data Mean and How Can You Act on It?

LSI faculty expert will facilitate data dialogue with district or school leaders, deepening participants' understanding and answering questions. (IObservation or Trend Tracker Data)

Using your iObservation Report

Analyze teacher and observer performance using your school/district's current iObservation report. Plan for school improvement initiatives by Identifying areas of strength, as well growth initiatives.

Ask an Expert: Marzano's Focused Model Q and A

An experienced staff developer/coach in Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model will answer your questions around specific elements, scoring, and implementation of the model.

Successful Teacher Evaluation Virtually Anywhere

How can teachers and observers maintain a focus on the use of excellent instructional strategies in an E Learning environment?

Deep Dive into Marzano Elements

Utilizing selected elements in the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model, participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of the element. (Customer may select focus elements and time frame).

Deep Dive into Marzano's Focused Evaluation Domains

Participants will deepen their understanding of rigor utilizing the FTEM domains as they walk through the steps of effective planning for rigor.

Standards-Based Planning for Instructional Success

There is never enough time for teachers to plan; with the help of our expert Marzano faculty, discover a process that intentionally scaffolds lessons for rigor, aligns resources and tasks, and uses appropriate student data to plan for all students' success.

Get Students Thinking by Creating Standards-Aligned Rigorous Tasks

Do your teachers need support to create Rigorous Tasks for their students?  Learn how to determine the intent of state standards and create aligned tasks for students.  Rigorous Tasks are critical in the development of high-level thinking in students.  Creating these with fidelity will ensure teachers are challenging students with complex tasks.  

Marzano Instructional Model: Planning and Facilitating Students as they Examine Reasoning in an E Learning environment

Having students examine reasoning AND having them revise their knowledge are two of the most powerful instructional strategies for long term learning.  How can teachers plan and facilitate these tasks in both a face to face or a virtual environment?

Monitoring for Learning

Unit tests and exit slips are not enough. Monitoring student learning is crucial for teachers to collect evidence of standards-based learning. Join our live expert Marzano faculty to learn how to effectively use formative evidence to inform instructional decisions in the moment.

Pardon Me, Your SEL Conditions Aren’t Showing

Why is Social Emotional Learning an integral piece of the classroom environment? How can it become part of the culture of the classroom? How does a teacher know through student evidence that social emotional learning is occurring? Learn the rules of engagement within Conditions for Learning and how to effectively connect to SEL for students with the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model. Marzano's protocol for "Using Engagement Strategies" will build a foundation bringing additional SEL opportunities within the conditions of a classroom, providing teacher strategies and sample student evidences that can be used in any learning environment.

Spice Up Your Standards-Based Virtual Classroom with Powerful Tools

Are you struggling to navigate the myriad of resources to support your online instruction?  In this session, we will discuss how to access the tools to support your standards-based online classroom.

Distance Learning Has Started, Now What? Why do I feel so "Distant"?

Leaders & Coaches will learn how to stay involved and engaged with their teachers, students, and parents during this virtual time. How to still implement fidelity of programs, equity & access for students, and all while keeping a balance of pressure & support.

Congratulations! You're in Charge of a Virtual School, Now What?

Collaboratively explore best practices, solve problems and design motivational strategies leading to successful implementation of virtual school.

Coding is Elementary! Why and How to Implement an Elementary Coding Program

Participants will learn the why and examples of how to start a coding program in elementary schools. The "why" will be connected to; digital literacy standards, the 4 C's of 21st century learning, the essential skills that are hardest to hire, the "maker" mindset, and computational thinking.

Leading & Supporting Change in a Virtual Environment

Participants will be able to support their teachers in the virtual world by showing them what to set-up, how to support, when to celebrate, and when to communicate.

Using the Elements of the LSI Conditions Walk to Assess School Growth

We'll discuss how school leaders can analyze and assess school growth in a virtual setting with a focus on establishing a common understanding and vocabulary connected to the Conditions Walk.

Actionable Feedback in a Virtual Environment

Participants will engage in strategies to shift their approach to give feedback that allows the receiver to take action and chart their growth.

Building a Meaningful PLC in a Virtual Environment

Are you still wondering how to continue to engage teachers on a virtual platform? Are your Professional Learning Communities (PLC's) at a standstill? They don't need to be. Let us help you refuel and re-engage teachers in a virtual PLC process that will raise confidence and performance levels to drive your continuous improvement model. Participants will learn how to build a virtual PLC to support teacher growth and standards-based instruction.

Building Classrooms of Community Through a SEL Lens

Are you looking for new and innovative ways to bring SEL into your classrooms? This session will guide participants through an experience of building and re-building community in their existing classrooms through a SEL lens and framework.

Self-Management – Leading and Coaching Also Means Taking Care of You

During challenging times, leaders may forget about self-management and simple acts of self-care. Participants will learn the art and balance of focusing on themselves and their teams to not only regulate their emotions and manage stress, but also model and demonstrate the essential need of caring for oneself and others in the midst of crisis.

SELF-CARE - Addressing Adult SEL Needs During Challenging Times

Using SELF-CARE as an acronym, participants will be guided through a series of 8 daily tips within S-E-L-F-C-A-R-E-to pinpoint areas to engage in self-care practices. Participants will learn the ways in which caring for self ultimately influences teacher and student performances. Participants will also set Self-Care goals and commit to incorporating self-care practices in their daily routines.

A New Vision for Teaching and Learning

Learn about a new vision for instruction that includes the “how” and “why” behind the shifts needed to prepare students for the 21st century economy and workforce. These shifts include the need for teachers to incorporate aspects of rigor to meet the demands of state standards, building skills that will be required for success in the workplace of the future.

Leading and Coaching Through Affirming Lenses

Teams are often led through lenses that focus solely on areas of needed growth. During this challenging time of increased uncertainty and professional and personal stresses, there is a need to shift our approach to one that is asset based. From a foundational standpoint of the Core Competency, Responsible Decision-Making, participants will be guided through a process of shifting to affirming lenses that serve to pinpoint glow areas to increase confidence and performance levels.

Leading and Coaching with Grace

Leading and coaching in the midst of a challenge requires grace. Through a servant leadership lens, participants will learn the realities of student and teacher accessibility and how they may incorporate equitable practices alongside the essentials of grace for their teams and themselves.

Measuring SEL Implementation with Trend Tracker

This session will familiarize participants with the CASEL Schoolwide SEL Walkthrough Protocol and the LSI Trend Tracker. The protocol is designed to support the continuous improvement of schoolwide SEL implementation by helping team members look for specific indicators of social and emotional learning.

A Foundation for Coaching and Leading Teams during COVID-19: Flow with the Buffalo

Using Social Emotional Learning as a frame, leaders and teams will create a personalized Buffalo Story to share with their teams and learn effective methods that they may put into practice to lead their teams through the difficulties of the COVID-19 storm.

Guiding Teams During A Crisis Requires a Resiliency Tap

Are you looking for more innovative ways to lead your team during a crisis? Are you wondering how you will navigate through a new normal after the storm? Learn ways to tap into the untapped potential of your team to pinpoint strengths and activate those strengths into supportive teaming structures that radically transform school communities and boost teacher and student performances.

Create a Plan to Implement School Wide Conditions System

Develop a plan for implementing your school wide conditions system. Identify methods for data collection and monitoring as well as tools and resources to support this process. Schedules for implementation will be developed with important component timelines and check points.

Creating Positive Conditions for Learning: Creating Lesson Plans to Teach School Wide Behavior Expectations

Discover the benefits of teaching schoolwide behavior expectations. Develop lesson plans for teaching each school-wide behavior expectation as well as procedures for classroom and non-classroom areas.

Creating Positive Conditions for Learning: Implementing Classroom Systems

Develop a plan for implementing classroom systems aligned with your school wide conditions plan. Together we will develop plans and create a toolbox of resources to support your classroom systems.

Creating Positive Conditions for Learning: Recognition and Rewards Systems

Have you ever thought about implementing a sustainable and thoughtful recognition and rewards system to drive positive student behaviors? Spend time diving into the elements of effective recognition and rewards systems.

Creating Positive Conditions for Learning: School Wide Expectations and Behavior Matrix

For students to learn, they must feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in their classrooms. Work together with your school team and other experts as you create School-Wide Behavior Expectations and Behavior Matrix that align to your school culture.

Reaching Your Goals: An Incredibly Easy Method That Works For All

Have you ever wondered how to ensure every day counts towards improving student achievement? Learn how the use of Action Boards can support the impact you make on a daily basis. Action Boards are an internal accountability system that drives the work of the leadership team. When used with fidelity, reaching your school improvement goals will be a guarantee.

Revolutionize Your PLCs With These Time-Saving, Straightforward Tips

Where are your PLCs currently functioning and how can you help them advance to the next level? In this session, participants develop an understanding of high leverage moves to ensure PLC time is used to increase student achievement. We will share protocols and structures to support PLCs in: calibrating understanding of mastery through student work samples, addressing student misconceptions, planning for saffolding and extending of student thinking, and brainstorming of pro-active interventions. Participants will leave this session with the necessary tools to grow their collaborative practice and implement in their very next PLC.

Igniting Leadership for Teaming

Participants will examine their own vision for teaching and learning and what conditions are needed for teaming to take hold in their school. Participants will also explore their own leadership styles and the implications their styles have for school improvement work.

Forging a Vision

Learn about the vision of rigor and discuss instructional shifts in the classroom to implement that vision. In addition, plan tasks that lead students to the standards.

Data.....Now What?

School leaders are often inundated with data. In this session you will investigate short, mid and long cycle data, develop ways to organize the data and discuss protocols for making data informed improvements. When this session is over, the use of data will feel more manageable and productive as you drive towards improved student achievement.

Best Coach Ever! Getting the Most from Your Coaches

Learn how to coach difficult people, ask questions that help coachees reflect, and define your coaching style.

Bring in the Coach! Virtual Coaching Follow Up

You had a great learning experience during your virtual workshop, now what? Follow that up with live virtual support on implementing what you learned, including tips and Q and A sessions with an expert in the field.

Coaching Teachers for Success

Learn how to leverage a few key resources to help do the heavy lifting of coaching teachers to increase student engagement, autonomy, and higher order thinking.

You've Been Hired as the Instructional Coach...Now What?

Participants will better understand their roles and responsibilities as the instructional/academic coaches. Topics will include job expectations, time management, coaching cycles and use of data, effective PD & PLCs, and adult learners vs. student learners.

Actionable Feedback in a Virtual Environment

Participants will engage in strategies to shift their approach to give feedback that allows the receiver to take action and chart their growth.

Best Coach Ever! Getting the Most from Your Coachees

Learn how to coach difficult people, ask questions that help coachees reflect, and define your coaching style

Bring in the Coach! Virtual Coaching Follow Up

You had a great learning experience during your virtual workshop, now what? Follow that up with live virtual support on implementing what you learned, including tips and Q and A sessions with an expert in the field.

Coaching Teachers for Success

Learn how to leverage a few key resources to help do the heavy lifting of coaching teachers to increase student engagement, autonomy, and higher order thinking

You've Been Hired as the Instructional Coach...Now What?

Participants will better understand their roles and responsibilities as the instructional/academic coaches. Topics will include job expectations, time management, coaching cycles and use of data, effective PD & PLCs, and adult learners vs. student learners.

Amplify Your Teacher Feedback Results: Using Marzano Evidences in ELA and Math

Would you like to increase the effectiveness and impact of your feedback to teachers using the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model? The addition of available ELA and Math evidences will support richer feedback around rigorous core instruction and College and Career Readiness standards. This session will allow you to explore the expanded protocols and practice using them for feedback in simulated teaching sessions.

How Administrators Can Give Feedback that Doesn't Sound Like Evaluation

This is where the magic takes place; growth is just not possible without effective feedback! A crucial element of the school building leader's role is to provide data-based and actionable feedback that leverages next steps for growth. Leaders will become stronger coaches as they explore the importance of providing feedback that serves as a component of job-embedded professional development and the steps a leader can take to encourage growth in a positive and tangible way.

iObservation Video Scoring Practice

Participants will practice scoring video observations utilizing the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model. A discussion of scores will be guided by a LSI staff developer/coach experienced in evaluation.

Marzano's Focused School Leader Model for Growth

Growth is the currency of leadership success. Discover how to promote a climate of leadership growth using the Focused School Leader Model.

The Essential Guide to Principals as Coaches

Explore the importance of providing feedback that serves as a component of job-embedded professional development.

Let's Talk Data! What Does Your Data Mean and How Can You Act on It?

LSI faculty expert will facilitate data dialogue with district or school leaders, deepening participants' understanding and answering questions. (IObservation or Trend Tracker Data)

Successful Teacher Evaluation Virtually Anywhere

We'll explore the processes and procedures that need to be considered when observers are conducting observations and providing evaluative feedback based on virtual instruction. What policies do districts need to adjust in order to make that process effective and reflective of the new instructional delivery system? How will growth plans and feedback serve all involved? We'll delve into how teachers and observers can maintain a focus on the use of  excellent instructional strategies in an E Learning environment.

SELF-CARE: Addressing Adult SEL During Challenging Times

Using SELF-CARE as an acronym, participants will be guided through a series of 8 daily tips within S-E-L-F-C-A-R-E-to pinpoint areas to engage in self-care practices. Participants will learn the ways in which caring for self ultimately influences teacher and student performances. Participants will also set Self-Care goals and commit to incorporating self-care practices in their daily routines.

Tapping Into Student Resiliency by Leading and Coaching with Grace

Teaching in the midst of a challenge requires grace. Through a servant leadership lens, participants will learn how they may incorporate the essentials of grace for their students and themselves. Suggested practices will help teachers connect with their students to tap into the existing resiliency that teachers and students share.

Teaching Through Affirming Lenses to Build Student Confidence and Performance

Teachers are often led through lenses that focus solely on areas of needed growth. During this challenging time of increased uncertainty and professional and personal stresses, there is a need to shift our approach to one that is asset based. From a foundational standpoint of decision-making, participants will be guided through a process of shifting to affirming lenses that serve to pinpoint glow areas to increase student confidence and performance levels.

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