• A Focus on Agency

    At Learning Sciences International, collective agency is developed through a progression that involves a focus on the individual and collective whys of a team and organization. This requires a shift in the way we see ourselves and one another as we journey through crisis. Participants will be guided through this progression toward collective agency to fully understand how an investment and commitment within vision and mission may fuel a synergy between students, teachers, teacher leaders, and the extended school community to afford sustainable, transformational change.

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  • A Foundation for Coaching & Leading Teams During COVID-19: Flow with the Buffalo

    Using two SEL Core Competencies, Responsible Decision-Making and Relationship Skills, 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.

  • A Journey Through Empathy (Part 1 of 2)

    Empathy is a four-tiered journey that allows us to lead and support one another with compassion. In this two-part series, participants are guided through a personal journey through the four tiers of empathy and learn the steps they must take to guide their teams and their students toward a place of compassion. When we operate through a lens of compassion, we equip ourselves and our teams with the tools to thrive within a crisis.

  • A Journey Through Empathy (Part 2 of 2)

    Empathy is a four-tiered journey that allows us to lead and support one another with compassion. In this two-part series, participants are guided through a personal journey through the four tiers of empathy and learn the steps they must take to guide their teams and their students toward a place of compassion. When we operate through a lens of compassion, we equip ourselves and our teams with the tools to thrive within crisis.

  • A New Vision for Teaching & Learning

    Learn about the vision of rigor and discuss instructional shifts in the classroom to implement that vision.

  • 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.

  • Ask an Expert: Marzano’s Focused Model Q & 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.

  • Boosting Student Engagement Through Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning can be an effective way to spark motivation and content can be more deeply understood when students are designing solutions to problems. PBL is not an add-on, but a way to engage students in Standards-based instruction. Participants will have an opportunity to experience PBL, and then outline a PBL task to continue designing after this session.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coding is Elementary! Why & 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.

  • 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.

  • Creating the Schools Our Children Need

    Solutions to the problem of improving education for our children require each school district to make smart decisions about what will make the most difference in their district. In order to create the schools our children need, district leaders must understand why what we’re doing right now really won’t help much, and critically, what we can do instead.

  • Cultivating Coaching Mindsets: An Action Guide for Literacy Leaders

    A detailed framework to help literacy leaders promote the advancement of literacy instruction that improves and deepens learning. Explore facilitation techniques for providing meaningful feedback while respecting teachers’ views and knowledge—supporting teachers as they build their capacity to reflect on and improve literacy learning for all students.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Element: Helping Students Examine Similarities and Differences

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Elements: Helping Students Engage in Cognitively Complex Tasks

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Elements: Helping Students Examine Their Reasoning

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Elements: Identifying Critical Content

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Elements: Revising Knowledge

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deep Dive into Marzano Elements: Using Questions to Help Students Elaborate on Content

    Participants will examine the skills, nuances and effective uses of this element from the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

  • Deliberate Coaching: A Toolbox for Accelerating Teacher Performance

    Deliberate Coaching is a toolbox of behavioral techniques for educators and leaders who are looking to move their coaching from haphazard to deliberate.

  • Determining Your Instructional Priorities

    This session will help instructional leadership teams guarantee they identified the right instructional priority for the upcoming school year. Completing a root cause analysis that is specific to your school and data is critical to success. Participants will learn why instructional priorities are important, why a root cause analysis will allow them to determine their instructional priority, and experience a "5 Why" protocol for determining root cause.

  • 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.

  • Engage with Tech Tools while Planning Rigorous Instruction

    The most successful technology tools take learning to the next level.  Teachers use these tools to engage students in creative and rigorous ways. Participants in this session will interact with some of these tools and learn to implement specific online tech tools with students.

  • Enhancing your Virtual or Face to Face PLCs with Purpose, Planning, and Protocols

    Are your PLCs at a standstill? Do they look more like a meeting vs a community of learners? Perhaps it is time to step back and approach your PLCs with purpose, planning, and protocols! Let us help you re-energize your teams. Participants will work together to define their PLCs by creating their compelling purpose, learning how to plan and have efficient sessions, and learn a protocol to begin to look critically at student work and teacher practice.

  • Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom

    Explains theories behind various assessment types and addresses ways to create brain-compatible learning environments that foster high achievement.

  • Forward-Looking Planning with Valuable Insights

    Planning ahead while capturing lessons learned is essential for success. Leaders and teachers will reflect and identify positive strategies that are needed to increase student engagement and motivation. Let’s celebrate and lift up what we have learned this year (SEL, tech, etc.) and how to include these accomplishments in teachers’ toolboxes.

  • 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.

  • How Administrators Can Give Feedback That Doesn’t Sound Like Evaluation

    Help your teachers improve instruction and student outcomes by giving feedback in a way that teachers find supportive rather than evaluative.

  • Introduction to SEL

    LSI will provide support for school- and district-level SEL leaders in laying the foundational understanding of social emotional learning and how it may inform professional development, instructional coaching, and continuous improvement models.

  • Keys to Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Instructional Leadership Team

    Instructional leadership teams are crucial to the work in a school. So often, the leadership team is limited to principal and assistant principal. Participants in this session will learn the importance of including teachers and other leaders in the instructional leadership team. Additionally, what is the role of the instructional leadership team? Participants will learn about the inquiry cycle which instructional leadership teams should complete four times during a school year.

  • Know Better, Do Better

    For anyone concerned about the poor reading results of America’s students, from teachers looking for real strategies to use in their classrooms to parents trying to be better advocates for their children, this book study will teach the foundations so every child can read.

  • Leadership for Teacher Learning: Creating a Culture Where All Teachers Improve So That All Students Succeed

    How formative assessment, when applied properly, helps to create a structured and rigorous learning environment and which changes in classroom practice that is likely to increase learning, and explore specific classroom tactics that do tend to raise student achievement.

  • Leading & 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 & Coaching with Grace

    Leading and coaching 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 teams and themselves. Suggested practices are grounded in the SEL Core Competency: Social Awareness.

  • 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.

  • Leading School Improvement: A Framework for Action

    Explains the school leader's role in ramping up academic press and fostering a supportive school culture.

  • Marzano Center – Virtual Coaching for Leaders

    As educators navigate today's ever-changing instructional landscape, the need for expert feedback and in-the-moment coaching is even more critical. Our live Marzano Center faculty can customize virtual coaching teachers and leaders to ensure good pedagogy and leadership continues whether instruction is at school or home.

  • Marzano Center – Virtual Coaching for Leaders

    As educators navigate today's ever-changing instructional landscape, the need for expert feedback and in-the-moment coaching is even more critical. Our live Marzano Center faculty can customize virtual coaching teachers and leaders to ensure good pedagogy and leadership continues whether instruction is at school or home.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do

    Deepens understanding of what performance assessment is, what purposes it serves, and how to use performance tasks and rubrics to support formative and summative assessment.

  • Providing SEL Savvy Teacher Feedback

    Providing teachers feedback that supports their social emotional efforts is crucial, especially during a time we know students and adults will need to employ solid SEL skills. Using the newly released  Focused Teacher Evaluation Model (FTEM) protocols with explicit SEL evidence, learn how you can construct savvy SEL feedback that respects teachers where they are.

  • Rigorous Science Instruction

    Learn how to design rigorous science instruction including teaming for science instruction.

  • School Leadership for Results: A Focused Model

    Provides a thorough exploration of the Marzano School Leader Evaluation Model and a practical guide to meeting the challenges of fair and accurate evaluation of instructional leaders. It encouraged schools all over the world to change their approach to leader evaluation, shifting the focus from simple measurement to real, effective evaluation based on growth.  

  • Secret Teaching Strategies that Every Teacher Wants to Know

    Learn easily implemented strategies to help you close the achievement gap one lesson at a time. Generate student buy-in to rules and procedures that get and keep students working cooperatively. Connect with great ideas that make formative assessment work for you. Learn a feedback process that’s simple to remember and sets students on a path to improvement. Find out how building effective relationships with students lays the foundation for exciting and rigorous student-centered classrooms. Not only will you connect with WHY these elements are crucial to improving student achievement, you will take-away ideas to start making it happen tomorrow!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    During challenging times, leaders may forget about self-management and simple acts of self-care. Through the support of an LSI Leadership Coach and Faculty Coach, 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.

  • Successful Teacher Evaluation Virtually Anywhere

    We will 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 will delve into how teachers and observers can maintain a focus on the use of excellent instructional strategies in an e-Learning environment.

  • The Power of Student Teams

    Explore a new pedagogical model called student-led academic teaming. In academic teams, students collaborate, peer coach, and peer teach while engaging in rigorous, standards-based tasks—a combination that leads to true social, emotional, and cognitive learning (SECL).

  • Ultimate Guide to Virtual Teaching

    An expert faculty member shares knowledge on teaching in a virtual world to prepare educators of all levels for success with any scenario that comes their way.  Participants will explore ways to develop a captivating classroom culture, build enduring relationships, amp-up engagement, and entice students to engage in rigorous tasks that will keep them coming back for more.

  • Understanding Rigor in the Classroom

    Understanding Rigor in the Classroom provides a focused, yet comprehensive framework for enhancing rigor across grade levels and subject areas. This book makes it possible for entire schools, and school systems, to create comprehensive and rigorous K–12 curriculums.

  • Why Teacher Clarity is Important in Instruction

    Participants will learn about teacher clarity - a term coined by John Hattie's visible learning research. With its effect size of 0.75, teacher clarity is crucial to student achievement. Participants will first be reminded about the work of John Hattie and what effect sizes mean. Then, they will learn what teacher clarity means - teachers being clear about what students are learning, why they are learning it, and how they will show they have learned it. Participants will engage in an activity that clearly demonstrates why it is important for students to have this clarity in their learning. Participants will analyze learning targets to determine if they are good examples or need to be revised.

  • 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.