Past Online Courses
THREE SESSION - WEBINAR SERIES
Facilitators: Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison G. Zmuda
MAY 26, 2020, TUESDAY 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Preparing the Structural Nest for the Return: Crafting Responsive Approaches to
Schedules, Grouping of Students and Teachers and Shaping Learning Spaces
JUNE 2, 2020, TUESDAY 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM EST
Making Curriculum Choices as We Prepare for Our Return to School: A Conversation
with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda
JUNE 16, 2020, TUESDAY- 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM EST
Illuminating What Assessment and Feedback Practices Should Be in Light of COVID19
Join Dr. Lee Ann Jung in this 8-week course. Participants will take their current knowledge of healthy assessment and grading practices and explore advanced application topics that will increase their capacity to lead continuous assessment and grading improvement in their schools, including in online environments. The course is designed for those with significant knowledge and experience with moving away from traditional assessment and grading practices to those centered on proficiencies, competencies, or standards. In particular, this course focuses on the multiple ways to improve the quality of assessments and ensure their validity.
Dates: June 16 - August 4, 2020. (*8 week course made up of 4 different modules)
Using Mathematics Critical Areas to Address Unfinished Learning and Deepen Student Mathematical Understanding
In this session, we will focus on the question, “ What strategies support using the “math critical areas” to address “unfinished learning” and deepen student mathematical understanding?”
Focusing on critical areas does not mean deemphasizing some standards. To deemphasize standards that seem beyond these critical areas abandons parts of the curriculum that are essential for deep conceptual learning. Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Critical Areas for each grade level brings focus and coherence to the curriculum and guide instruction of ALL standards. This session will focus on using these critical areas to address unfinished learning and deepen mathematical understanding of foundational learnings.
While planning for the diverse needs of students is not new, the complexity and uncertainty of the current educational landscape requires action. Develop an intentional plan now, and make a world of difference to student mathematical learning for the next school year and beyond.
- Examine the critical areas and major clusters across grade levels to discover both the connection and progression of related standards.
- Explore how a focus on the critical areas allows depth in learning, which is carried out through the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Identify resources to assist with assessing student progression toward mastery within the Critical Areas of Focus.
Three series of three interactive online workshops addressing critical issues in school governance.
Teams of Trustees and their Head of School (5-6 school-based teams*; minimum of 3+1 team members)
School-based teams will:
- understand concepts and strategies related to essential responsibilities of the Board;
- reflect on how their own board practices align with these principles and develop/update action plans for their school related to the critical issues addressed;
- share innovative ideas for meeting the governance challenges ahead, in particular those related to the pandemic.
- The Role of the Board
- the Board’s key responsibilities; principles, practices, and accountability
- Leading Together with the Head of School
- Fiduciary Accountability
- The Board as a Fiduciary
- Risk Management/Crisis Preparation
- Relationship with the Community
- Being Strategic
- Policy-based Governance
- Strategic Thinking
The governance workshops are being offered at three different times, for the convenience of
schools and board members . Participating teams are invited to register for one of the following series of workshops:
- Series A
- August 20, 2020 10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT The Role of the Board
- September 3, 2020 10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT Fiduciary Accountability
- September 17, 2020 10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT Being Strategic
- Series B
- August 20, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT The Role of the Board
- September 3, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT Fiduciary Accountability
- September 17, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT Being Strategic
- Series C
- September 1, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT The Role of the Board
- September 22, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT Fiduciary Accountability
- September 29, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT Being Strategic
- Zoom utilization (participants connecting individually from their locations)
- Proceedings conducted in English with accompanying Spanish language support via Chat function
- preparatory pre-reading/activity (requiring ~ 30 minutes sometime prior to workshop)
- presentation of core concepts and strategies by consultant (interactive)
- prompt by the consultant providing guidance/structure for action planning
- review/update/develop concrete “to-do” strategies by each team (in break-out rooms)
- reconvene and each team shares its plan (interactive)
- Follow-up – consultant available for limited email consultation
Consultants: Rick Detwiler and Jeff Keller
Reference: Chojnacki, David and Richard Detwiler. The International Trustee Handbook: A Guide to Effective Governance for International Schools 2nd edition. National Association of Independent Schools. 2019. https://my.nais.org/s/store#/store/browse/detail/a133m000008HymAAAS
Teaching Science Remotely - Elementary (grades K-5) NGSS
This online workshop will focus on the best practices of remote and face-to-face science instruction including; modeling instruction, argument-driven inquiry, phenomenon-based instruction, and the science and engineering practices contained in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Elementary teachers will engage in scientific inquiry that is guided by authentic assessments and best practices. Phenomena and inquiry will target specific K-5 Performance Expectations. Come and experience this form of 3-dimensional instruction with Paul Andersen as your online guide. Explore the wonders of science as you rediscover the curiosity that guided your childhood. Teachers should come prepared to do science!
- Cost for Invitational Schools: $75 USD
- Cost for Non-Members: $150 USD
Teaching Science Remotely - Secondary NGSS (grades 6-12)
This online workshop will focus on the best practices of remote science instruction including: modeling instruction, argument-driven inquiry, phenomenon-based instruction, and the science and engineering practices contained in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Special consideration will be given to the cross-cutting concepts as both thematic and practical lenses that drive scientific inquiry. Participants will engage in scientific inquiry that is guided by authentic assessments and best practices. Inquiry will target specific 6-12 performance expectations in the NGSS.
- Cost for Invitational Schools: $75 USD
- Cost for Non-Members: $150 USD