We believe that effective teachers should be able to (a) create and maintain a positive classroom climate that is culturally and linguistically responsive to students, (b) implement a universal design for instruction approach in the classroom utilizing technology, and (c) deliver instruction using evidence-based strategies that meet language, social/emotional and academic needs. Our experts in literacy, math, bilingual/ESL education, and special education can provide support for teachers at different levels of knowledge and skill areas to complement school improvement efforts. See our team members and areas of expertise.
This year a focus of our instructional support is combating learning loss. In our carefully tailored workshops, teachers will learn strategies for optimizing student engagement along with making instructional adjustments for students with special needs. For example, in middle school math, we will show teachers how to use realistic math scenarios that support thinking & reasoning about math concepts (e.e, percentages, measurement & pre-algreba) while integrating cognitive strategies for students with IEPs. In elementary reading, we will demonstrate peer-based strategies for improving recognition & comprehension while integrating academic vocabulary & reinforcement strategies appropriate for all students who are struggling.
Given the current public health situation, services will be provided face-to-face and/or online as needed.
Introduction of Evidence-based Strategies
Creating a Responsive Classroom Climate
• The reading and writing process
• Balanced literacy
• Phonological awareness
• Comprehension strategies
• Academic vocabulary
• Literature circles
• Media and literacy
How Do Demo Lessons Work?
Teachers bring a lesson to the PD session, improve on it with support from experts and peers, and then teach the revised lesson to their students with feedback.