We know just how precious time is, so our professional development programs are designed to help teachers exchange meaningful ideas, practice new skills, and improve on their instruction so they can focus on what matters most . . . learning.
Click on each of the program titles below for detailed descriptions. To learn more or schedule a session at your school, contact us.
Classroom Management and Leadership for Learning
Educational research shows that the classroom teacher’s most important job is managing the classroom effectively. This requires more than strategies to control student behaviour - it requires the type of leadership that ensures teacher-student relationships are not left to chance or dictated by the personalities of those involved.
This program explores the characteristics of high-quality teacher-student relationships, participants gaining insight into specific, real-world teacher behaviors and how effective classroom leadership can be enhanced by the provision of student-led activities driven by challenge, choice and collaboration.
Learning Styles and Differentiation in the Classroom
As more and more educators come to realize that the days of ‘one-size-fits-all’ are well and truly over, teachers have started to look for ways to improve individual student outcomes through an understanding of brain-based differentiation and instructional methods that support all learning styles.
This program is designed to improve teacher effectiveness through promoting understanding not only of learning styles themselves, but also real-world strategies for today's differentiated classroom.
21st Century Skills and Personalized Learning
Today’s students have access to more information at their fingertips than any generation prior. For learning to be effective for today’s students, teachers must make use of the technologies and instructional strategies that can help this next generation of students achieve. More than ever, understanding the strengths, needs, interests and learning styles of students is critical to giving every one of them opportunities for success.
In this program, participants develop strategies and tools for personalizing learning in a blended classroom environment — working to encourage student ownership of the learning process by increasing instructional rotation and flexibility. Teachers leave with practical tools for reflecting on their current practice through the lens of personalized learning paths, and a framework for increasing student achievement through connection to resources and technologies that appeal to learners of all levels and preferences.
Learner Motivation and Engagement
The issue of motivation (or the lack of it) has become a number one concern among teachers from all sectors. Educators can design materials and activities that engage learners more – but is there something we are missing?
This program focuses on many of the recurring themes, drawn from cutting-edge educational research, and helps participants develop their own strategies to build better relationships with and among students and better appeal to the attitudes, behaviors and expectations that today’s students have in common.
Creativity and Learning-Centered Practice
Learning-centred practice, or student-centred learning, is a widely accepted approach with a long history – an approach that puts learning at the heart of classroom practice. However, in recent years educational thinkers and researchers have noted the tendency for learners to ‘lose’ their creativity as they progress through the educational system.
Creativity helps foster learner motivation and can be the hook to engage them and influence their attainment and achievement. In this program, participants explore the nature of creativity and distinguish between creative teaching, learning, skills and change. Participants gain resources and tools to answer the question: How can I unlock my creativity and help learners develop their own creative skills?
Assessment-For-Learning and Effective Feedback
It has been noted that that what and how a learner studies is largely the result of the type of assessment and testing used by a school. If this is the case, teachers and schools could promote wider learning by examining their assessment practices.
This program explores assessment of / for / as learning – and the links between effective student feedback and achievement. Participants gain tools to design and teach learning goals and objectives that engage students in managing their own learning process. This program focuses participants on separating observation and interpretation as the focus of effective feedback and provides structured practice on giving feedback that rewards and motivates desired student behaviors.
Active Learning and Communication Skills in the Classroom
Along with providing opportunities for greater challenge, choice and collaboration, more and more educators are starting to recognize the importance of communication with and between students as an essential vehicle for learning; not simply a ‘product’ of learning, but an integral part of the ‘process’ itself.
This program helps participating teachers understand and employ appropriate communication tools and tactics in their daily communication – and draw on these with their own students. From giving direction and sharing information to making formal presentations, participants take part in activities designed to put into practice techniques for improving personal communication with teams and individuals, as well as honing listening skills, to ensure clear and effective communication.
EdTech and Digital Literacy
We live in a world increasingly driven by technology and, consequently, it's even more essential that teachers become technologically literate in order to make appropriate integration choices for themselves and their learners. The availability of ubiquitous technology now means that learning can take place both in formal classrooms, less formal locations and even ‘on the move’ with mobile devices.
This program helps educators become more familiar with the role of emerging educational technology and the functions, applications, issues and responsibilities associated with its use. In addition to introducing educational practitioners to the concepts and contexts of digital literacy, the program also supports participants in developing their own practice aimed at fostering digital literacy in classroom teaching and real world settings.
Each of these programs is intended as a half- or full-day workshop and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of K-12, H.Ed. and ELT institutions. We also offer a further range of bespoke solutions to meet the instructional challenges being faced by specific teacher, teams or schools.
If you are interested in shorter (60-90 minute) interactive workshops and seminars, please click here for a list of topics that can be integrated in a conference or delivered as standalone CPD sessions.