Faculty Book Chats as a method of professional development is a best practice used in most successful schools. This is a very inexpensive, enjoyable, and effective form of professional development used to introduce the staff to a particular topic or issue. The formats involve and stimulate the participants but use very little lecturing.
Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University describes six types of involvement--parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community--that offer a broad range of school, family, and community activities that can engage all parties and help meet student needs. Successful school-parent-community partnerships are not stand-alone projects or add-on programs but are well integrated with the school's overall mission and goals. Research and fieldwork show that parent-school partnerships improve schools, strengthen families, build community support, and increase student achievement and success. These workshops will provide guidance in developing partnerships.
Using research-based practices focused on:
"When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." That's the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002). Strategies will be provided to help teachers encourage and keep parents involved at school and home.
Process of designing lessons that focus on components such as instructional strategies, instructional groupings, an assortment of materials, etc. Such lessons include varied learning objectives, grouping practices, teaching methods, assignments, materials based on student needs, etc.
Researched based approaches that are essential for teachers and administrators to collaborate on data analysis, professional development, and strategies for improving student learning will be delivered. Data-driven instruction is one of the most important practices contributing to school success..
A very powerful staff-development approach and strategy for school change and improvement will be provided. This will include research related to best practices of professional learning communities along with sample protocols for discussions.
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Strategic teaching is a way of making decisions about a course, an individual class, or even an entire curriculum, beginning with an analysis of key variables in the teaching situation. Once these variables have been analyzed, informed decisions can be made about course content, structure, methods of assessment, and other key components.
Higher order thinking skills include critical, logical, reflective, metacognitive, and creative thinking. Appropriate teaching strategies and learning environments facilitate student growth as do learner persistence, self-monitoring, and open-minded, flexible attitudes.
Classroom management is how the teacher delivers the curriculum, as well as the environment in which students will learn. Teachers with the best classroom management usually have their class working and learning seamlessly. The most important classroom management strategy is keeping every student engaged in their curriculum.
Helping students understand how particular content area texts are constructed helps them unlock the information inside them. Text features such as illustrations, captions, bold print, footnotes and text boxes should be explored and discussed. In addition, students should become familiar and comfortable with the rhetorical modes used in content area texts.
Using a range of student-centered instructional strategies to engage students and to enhance learning. The approach will include: