Effective Strategies for Early Childhood Instruction

  1. Guidance on planning a safe, healthy learning environment
  2. Guidance on positive ways to support social and emotional development
  3. Strategies to establish positive and productive communication with families
  4. Strategies to manage an effective program operation
  5. Strategies to maintain a commitment to professionalism
  6. Methods to observe and record children's behavior
  7. Principles of child development and learning

Faculty Book Chats

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.


Parent, Family, and Community Involvement  

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. 


Educational Leadership

Using research-based practices focused on:

  • Building and sustaining a school vision
  • Sharing leadership
  • Leading a learning community
  • Using data to make instructional decisions
  • ​Monitoring curriculum and instruction

Federal Programs Mentoring

  • Providing technical assistance related to federal programs
  • Organizing monthly compliance materials
  • Support with state monitoring requirements
  • ​Assisting with developing, revising, and implementing school improvement plans

Strategies

"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.

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Differentiated Instruction

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.


ADMINISTRATIVE MENTORING

Collaboration and Data Driven Instruction

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..


Professional Learning Communities

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.


Principal Mentoring

We are committed to providing practical and impactful mentoring and coaching consultation services for shaping principal leaders of tomorrow.

​All workshops will be designed to meet client requests.

Strategic Teaching

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

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.

 TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Classroom Management

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.


Reading in the Content Area

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.

Problem-Project Based Learning

Using a range of student-centered instructional strategies to engage students and to enhance learning.  The approach will include:

  • The teacher as a facilitator or coach
  • Students work in cooperative groups
  • Ways to seek out multiple sources of information