September 26, 2014 by

Professional Development Brought To Your Door Step

How many times have you been ready to sign your name on the dotted line for a professional development opportunity just to realize that it’s on the other side of the country? This is an obstacle that ASCD seeks to eliminate with the 2014 Educator Effectiveness Regional Institutes. These new institutes are coming to a city near you and will provide you with relevant and timely training on the most pressing issues.

Your time is precious and when you attend a professional development institute and it hits on exactly what you need to better your instruction it makes it all worthwhile. The Educator Effectiveness Institutes focus on topics including building teacher’s capacity, student motivation, differentiated instruction, and more. These one- and two-day institutes offer you information, awareness, and training on the most important issues for preK-college educators today.

Take a peek into the 2014 Educator Effectiveness schedule:

Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

Presenters: ASCD authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge

Based on the ASCD book Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, this institute, led by ASCD authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, will provide participants with a framework for collaborative action to turn high-poverty schools into high-performing schools. During this two-day learning experience, Parrett and Budge will synthesize the research from the seven high-performing/high-poverty schools they’ve studied in depth and will teach participants the critical components that set these schools apart from their struggling peers. Parrett and Budge will provide both self-study opportunities and coaching to help participants design action plans that are specifically aimed at disrupting poverty’s negative influence in any school. Participants will be prepared to enact rapid transformation when they return to their schools.

For locations, dates, and a schedule of events, visit http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/institutes/disrupting-poverty.aspx.

Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders

Presenter: ASCD author Pete Hall

In this institute, district- and site-based administrators and instructional coaches will learn the model of strengths-based school improvement to build the capacity of teachers and teacher leaders, increase every teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom, and deepen each teacher’s self-reflection skills. Based on the ASCD book Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success, coauthored by Pete Hall, this institute will provide participants with a differentiated approach to coaching and supervision that is centered on identifying and nurturing teachers’ individual strengths and helping them reach new levels of professional success and satisfaction. Participants will learn clear, proven strategies organized around two easy-to-use tools—the innovative continuum of self-reflection and a feedback-focused walk-through model.

For locations, dates, and a schedule of events, visit http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/institutes/building-teachers-capacity-for-success.aspx.

Differentiated Instruction and the New Standards: Helping All Learners Succeed with Challenging Content

Presenter(s): ASCD Differentiated Instruction Cadre members Carol Ann Tomlinson , Eric Carbaugh, Marcia Imbeau, or Kristina Doubet

This institute will explore key principles and practices of curriculum design and differentiation that support maximum student growth for a broad range of learners. By looking at effectively differentiated standards-based lessons from varied grade levels and content areas, participants will see how teachers can differentiate challenging, standards-based curriculum to increase student achievement.

For locations, dates, and a schedule of events, visit http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/institutes/differentiated-instruction-and-the-new-standards.aspx.

In this video, Carol Ann Tomlinson shares how differentiation relates to the Common Core: