Responsive Teaching and Learning

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Responsive Teaching and Learning

Build responsive teaching and learning skills to engage and empower every learner.

Because not all educators enter the profession equipped with responsive teaching and learning skills, the process of building capacity in these skills can feel overwhelming. This series features a planned, ongoing process that teaches educators to develop the mindset, systems, and practices that empower the student as the center of learning and that are key to changing student outcomes and using assessments as part of a strategy to achieve growth.

Responsive Teaching and Learning workshops

Goal setting to empower and motivate students

Equip students to own their learning journeys

Based on the book Step into Student Goal Setting: A Path to Growth, Motivation, and Agency, a joint publication by Corwin® and NWEA, Goal setting to empower and motivate students shows teachers how to use goal setting with students as an integral instructional strategy to motivate, increase learning, express confidence, and achieve aspirations. A copy of the book is provided to each workshop attendee.

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What do goals provide students?
  • What are the characteristics of effective short-term learning goals?

 

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What are examples of goal conversations?
  • What are components of effective feedback?
  • How does goal setting fit into cycles of assessment?
  • What are sources of meaning that fuel learners’ motivation?

 

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What’s at least one example of a goal-setting framework?
  • How do goals help bridge learning and schooling?
  • What are examples of goal autonomy, voice, choice, or reflection strategies?

Assessment empowerment

These sessions help educators understand the elements of a balanced assessment system, build skills in communicating the results of assessments, triangulate data to inform decisions, and reframe assessments as opportunities for students to take greater ownership of their learning.

Consider how to build a culture of learning to increase engagement and activate student ownership.

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Deepen knowledge of the essential elements of a balanced assessment system that proactively informs instruction to maximize student growth toward grade-level proficiencies and beyond.

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Explore and practice applying standards that guide sound classroom assessment, issued by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE).

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Explore the development of focused questions to help guide efforts when triangulating data to inform decisions.

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Apply achievement level descriptors (ALDs) to construct instructional pathways that develop from student readiness to rigor in the standards.

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Responsive learning cycles

These sessions focus on key practices that enable educators to use day-to-day learning to understand what students have learned, plan needed supports and scaffolds, and engage students in interpreting and acting on evidence of their learning. While most formative assessment professional learning focuses on what formative assessment is and strategies to gather formative assessment information, this suite goes further to understand why and how formative assessments can build student engagement, agency, and self-ownership.

Practice how to collaborate with students to foster a positive learning culture and climate marked by respect, rigor, and responsibility. Educators will have time and space to rehearse the skills foundational to learner success, well-being, and self-efficacy.

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Discover strategies for translating large goals into relevant learning experiences for your students that give them voice and choice and practice using goals to make plans that promote student agency and learning success.

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Learn how to adopt, adapt, or create assessment processes, practices, and tools that engage students and stimulate learning. Educators will examine student-centered examples of quality classroom assessments.

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Explore how to collaborate with students to best apply supports—including accommodations, extensions, and scaffolds—to eliminate barriers to learning. Educators will practice how to refine teaching and learning processes and tools for accessibility and inclusivity.

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Learn how you can partner with students to elicit and gather goal-aligned learning evidence. Educators will examine strategies and tools for using evidence to inform teaching and empower students.

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Meet the needs of your team with on-site or virtual delivery options.

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On-site learning

Face-to-face session with a consultant

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Virtual learning

Live instruction through our online portal

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What’s next in your learning journey?

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Instructional coaching for teachers

Continue the learning from any of our offerings by adding collaborative coaching. A highly qualified thought partner and practitioner will lead teachers through an inquiry-based coaching cycle to deliver a highly responsive and contextualized experience that takes the learning from theory to practice, using evidence-based and research-driven methods to build teacher capacity, efficacy, and instructional skill. 

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Learning and evaluation services

This set of tailored tools and services measures the impact of professional learning on participants, school systems, and students. Beginning with a comprehensive needs assessment, our evaluation services are fully integrated with the planning and delivery of your professional learning to ensure the unique learning needs of your district are being met.

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