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How to Coach Effective Teachers

ASCD Empower 2018

ASCD Empower 2018

In this multi-day workshop, I will demonstrate real-world coaching from a teacher/coach point-of-view.  As a result, the teacher/coach is a peer; not an evaluator.  Therefore, robust, authentic conversations centered on student needs drives the design of the coaching.

Some featured topics include:

  • Supporting Your New Teachers

  • Supporting Your Veteran Teachers

  • Teacher Contemplation, Collaboration and Cooperation

  • Student Contemplation, Collaboration and Cooperation

  • Relationships and Lesson Planning

  • The Coach’s Toolbox

Join me as we explore the role of Coach and how to support teachers and their students.

How to Create, Develop, Implement and Assess a Choice Reading Program

Most teachers begin a choice reading program with one goal – to cultivate a love of reading.  These teachers have conjured up images of students sitting on bean bag chairs, thoroughly engrossed in a book of their choice.  But, without proper structure, a choice reading program is, unfortunately, doomed to fail.  Together, we will create a choice reading program designed for your students; we will develop differentiated and scaffolded opportunities meant to include all readers; we will plan an implementation that is sustainable and finally share various assess tools intended to encourage reading not evaluate the reader.

How to Create, Develop, Sustain and Assess a Socratic Seminar

The Socratic Seminar is an iconic method of teaching inquiry while using textual based evidence.  However, the art of inquiry often gets lost since the teacher is usually the one asking the questions.  Let’s give students the opportunity to learn how to ask questions and give students the chance to develop inference skills grounded in the text.  By embedding inquiry into your content area, students are more likely to make connections and become critical readers.

How to F.R.A.M.E. (Focus, Reach, Ask/Analyze, Model and Encourage) the First Ten Minutes of Your Class

As educators, we spend time lesson planning, creating the best opportunities for learning for our students.  But, those first 10 minutes of class - building relationships and creating the engagement and motivation for the lesson is as critical.  Let me show you how to Focus, Reach, Ask/Analyze, Model and Encourage the First 10 Minutes of Your Class.

  • We’ll discuss ways in which to write a Focused Learning Target and Success Criteria.

  • We’ll explore different ways in which to Reach all students prior to class.

  • We’ll demonstrate how to teach students to Ask/Analyze the Learning Intention and Success Criteria; and how to Model that will lower student concern and

  • Finally we’ll describe ways to Encourage all students to be their best learning selves!

Join me and let me show you how to F.R.A.M.E.!

How to Increase the Rigor of Your Writing Tasks

In this presentation, we will define rigor and authentic writing, showing participants how to give students opportunities that move beyond the basic writing format. We will focus on writing goals that demonstrate how to think critically, creatively and credibly.  In addition, I will demonstrate writing scaffolding tools meant to engage all writers in a culturally responsive way.  Let’s take the “mystery” out of writing and empower all students toward writing success.

Research, Resources, Skills and Strategies

We will define, understand and apply the connection among research, resources, skills, and strategies.  In addition, examples of researched articles linked to cross-curricular resources connected to specific skills related to content-area strategies will be highlighted demonstrating how to seamlessly embed research, resources, skills and strategies into various disciplines. Finally, progress monitoring tools will be provided illustrating the connected outcome. As a result, you will be able to create lessons based in research and grounded in skill using formative assessments.

Using Choice to Motivate and Engage the Adolescent Reader

In this interactive and collaborative presentation, I will share research-based strategies and over 23 years of experience demonstrating how giving students’ choices of disciplinary text can motivate and engage the developing reader.

For many students, disciplinary reading has been a mysterious concept that they have never quite mastered. Usually textbooks readings are assigned beyond their lexile level. As a result, students become frustrated, sometimes affecting their classroom behavior. Let’s offer them choices for disciplinary reading and opportunities for Accountable Talk to help motivate and engage them toward success! Students will receive a packet of handouts including, but not limited to:

  • Applying three distinct cross-curricular strategies; one for before reading, one for during reading and one for after reading to a content area lesson

  • Modeling a comprehensive Science lesson with literacy strategies, leveled articles and formative assessments

  • Demonstrating how to modify the literacy strategies to other content areas

  • Explaining how to use Accountable Talk guidelines so students can share the purpose for reading and why it is important

Change Your Language; Change Your Mindset

As educators, we want to create empowering and engaging relationships with teachers, students, and parents. One tenet to that approach is successful and inspirational communication. In this presentation, we will critically review our language and determine if it creates barriers to learning. Then, we will discuss ways in which to change our language to achieve teacher collaboration, student success and parent partnerships. Changing one's language ultimately changes one's mindset.