From Staff Room To Classroom

Professional Learning

Staffroom I: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning

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Teaching teachers and reaching teachers are two different things. We know that the most expensive in-service is the one that teachers do not apply in the classroom. So, we have developed a cost-effective way to bring staff development to your site. Your team will have the skills to reach teachers with techniques they will experience and apply immediately. We train your team in the skills and strategies needed to conduct and coach on-site professional learning sessions. Participants learn four skills: how to design, present, facilitate, and mediate professional development. This research-based, user-friendly, professional learning experience explores, characteristics of adult learners “change theory”, the elements of effective training, and six levels of transfer and seven strategies for transfer that help learners apply the ideas in their classrooms.

    Objectives and Outcomes:
  • What We Know about Adult Learner.
  • What We Know about Adult Learner.
  • How to Foster Transfer and Application.

Book: From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning.

Testimonial:

Real-life examples and common sense ideas that got me excited about going back to school. Greg Scott 6th Grade Teacher


Staff Room to Classroom Level 2: Coaching for Transfer

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The professional learning is just the tip of the iceberg. The coaching piece allows teachers to go deeper into transfer theory. They experience six levels of transfer and delineate the seven strategies that foster transfer. As the role of mentor/coach is unpacked, participants experience classroom coaching, practices (modeling and observational skills), reflective practices (journaling, video analyses, and portfolios), and collaborative planning models (curriculum mapping and unit planning). Finally, participants are exposed to book studies and action research models, with a final piece on professional writing and professional organizations. From metacognitive questions that guide reflective practice, to understandings about the various levels of transfer, to tools to enhance the coaching conference, participants leave with practical strategies for immediate use in the work setting.

    Objectives and Outcomes:
  • Unpack the Coaching Role.
  • Classify and Use a Repertoire of Strategies.
  • Deeper Learning with Coaching for Transfer.

Book: From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning.

Testimonial:

I just wanted to say thank you for a great presentation today.  I received 79 completed evaluations and the rating were excellent and the comments exceptional.  Thanks so much for modeling the entire training.  Very impressive and your skill was recognized by the teachers.  They learned so much. Dr. Diane Ray Director, Teacher Leader Development