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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
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Schoolwide Professional Development inspires a renewed focus on effective teaching practices. Our talented team of consultants and curriculum specialists is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English Language Arts to support the development of skillful and thoughtful readers, writers, and problem solvers.

English Language Arts including but not limited to:

  • Literacy Action Planning
  • Writing Workshop
  • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • Independent Writing
  • Small-Group Work/Conferring
  • Shared/Interactive Writing
  • Grammar and Conventions
  • Reading Foundational Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Workshop
  • Independent Reading
  • Guided Reading and other Small-Group Work
  • Shared Reading
  • Language
  • Content Literacy (Social Studies/Science)

Additional Support:

  • Dual Language/Bi-Lingual Instruction (Spanish)
  • ELL/LEP Instruction
  • Differentiated Small Group Support (Resource Room)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND SUPPORT

Professional Development support plans are customized on a case-by-case and school-by-school basis in collaboration with district and school leaders. Plans are designed to help students meet standards and build teachers' and administrators' capacity. Plans incorporate modeling of exemplary literacy practices, support reflection and instructional planning, initiate systematic formative assessment, and emphasize teacher collaboration.

Preview Research Based Model Professional Development Plans


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORMATS

Our consultants will work with you to plan customized professional learning experiences in order to address your specific goals and needs. Here are a few of the formats we have used, often in combination with each other:


Modeling and Coaching

These demonstration sessions provide hands-on personal support and take place in classrooms, where consultants model lessons, student conferences, and small-group instruction. Teachers actively participate in this process by taking notes and reflecting on what they have observed and learned in order to fully understand and emulate best practices. Each day includes two or three sessions with small groups of teachers (four to eight teachers). Teachers meet with the consultant before he or she comes to the lab site in order to discuss the goal of the lesson in relation to where students are in their learning. Teachers and the consultant meet again after the lab-site visit to reflect on the process and plan next steps. In addition, teachers are encouraged to model teaching some lessons while consultants coach (or co-teach) and provide feedback about instructional moves and student learning.


Workshops

Workshops may focus on launching a specific Reading, Writing,and/or Grammar Fundamentals Unit of Study as well as various topics related to literacy instruction, such as guided reading and/or blended learning. Workshops are designed to deepen teacher knowledge and understanding in order to affect learning. Workshop sessions are engaging and interactive, full of valuable resources and practical information that will impact instruction right away. Teachers will leave each session with a clear vision of purposeful literacy instruction that is designed to promote student achievement.


Curriculum Mapping

Groups of teachers, administrators, and/or literacy coaches work with a consultant to identify and plan a clearly articulated, standards-aligned curriculum map that includes units of study and components of balanced literacy. The goals for this process are to ensure that the curriculum documents that are created link assessments, instructional models, and identified resources together, as well as to provide teachers with clear and focused documents that will help drive instruction and cultivate the learning community.


Administrator Professional Development With Walkthroughs

This work focuses on the roles of effective teaching, student assessment, coaching, supervision, and improving student achievement in reading and writing. Administrators will learn how to use a critical lens when observing the different instructional models that operate inside of workshop teaching. Additionally, through facilitated walkthroughs, administrators will learn how to create a school-wide culture that reflects a commitment to a literacy-rich environment and student engagement. From the atmosphere and decor of the room to interactions with peers and teachers, every element of the classroom is designed to allow students to explore elements of literacy. Administrators will be given checklists of what to look for and ways to support teachers in establishing classroom environments that are conducive to learning. Goal setting and next steps will be discussed at the culmination of these walkthroughs.


Live Webinars

Online professional development comes to life with the immediacy of live webinars. Workshops and interactive discussions support teachers as they learn more about reading and writing curriculum and learning, troubleshoot, and plan next steps. Webinars can introduce teachers to new topics of study, such as getting started with nonfiction reading or content literacy, as well as extend or expand ongoing inquiry, such as considering the role of systematic formative assessment, conducting flexible guided reading groups, or using mentor texts as writing models. These 60-90-minute sessions may take place during team planning, faculty meetings, or staff development days, as well as through evening courses.


Action Research

Improve professional practices by promoting reflective practitioners who actively participate in research that makes them more effective in what they care about most: teaching their students and helping them develop literacy skills. Groups of teachers will investigate student learning in the area of reading and/or writing, collect and analyze data, discuss results, and take informed action. Consultants will work with administrators and teachers to design a research process that will yield informative results.



LITERACY WORKSHOPS


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Rory Cohen
Educational Director
Pat Pollack
Director of Professional
Development, Senior
Program Developer and
Content Editor
Erica Denman
Senior Program
Developer Content
Editor and
Literacy Trainer
Robin Cohen
Senior Program
Developer, Content
Editor and
Literacy Trainer
Darlene Prott
Literacy Trainer
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Nicole Pepe
Literacy Trainer
Ilene Cohn
Literacy Trainer
Pat Jacobson
Literacy Trainer
Jason Jezuit
Literacy Trainer
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