In-Person and Virtual Professional Development Workshops
This virtual workshop is geared towards those who have experience in the basics of Google Classroom but want to take the next steps to effectively utilizing all Google has to offer for educational settings. Participants will discover how to integrate multiple applications, including Chat, Meet, Forms, Slides, Sheets, and more! Participants will engage with multiple resources and get real-time feedback from Inspired Instruction directors.
This virtual workshop is for those who are just starting out using Google Classroom. Participants will receive hands on practice with the basics including creating a classroom, adding students, posting announcements, assigning/creating assignments, and using the grade book, all while receiving feedback from Inspired Instruction directors. Participants will walk away with knowledge of best practices for setting up their classrooms to use for virtual learning.
English Language Learners require specific support in both the physical and virtual classrooms. This workshop will improve teachers’ competence and confidence in working with ELL students during distance learning. Best practices for virtual delivery of instruction as well as strategies specific to English Language Learners will be shared. Participants will interact with various activities and will leave with many strategies that can be implemented immediately during at-home learning.
While we know that schools provide a safe haven for so many students, we need to be sure we are focused on how to support students and families (and ourselves) during this unprecedented time. This workshop will focus on the keys to engaging students in prosocial behavior (even while not in school), helping them express their emotions and addressing students’ anxieties, and balancing caring for students with your own self-care. Specific strategies, activities and tools will be provided for immediate use in virtual teaching.
This workshop begins with a discussion of what rigor is and is not, specifically for as it pertains to distance learning. Three areas that Barbara Blackburn identifies with rigor (environment, instruction, and demonstrated learning) will be addressed. Strategies and tools to promote meaningful and engaging learning will be explored. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned, brainstorm techniques they could use with their own classes and troubleshoot possible obstacles. Teachers will leave with activities and lessons they can use immediately in their distance learning.
With many schools adopting hybrid and blended learning models, it is important that teachers still receive valuable administrator feedback. This workshop begins with an overview of rigorous online learning practices before delving into the participants’ values and “non-negotiables” for online teaching. Participants will then work as a collective group to create a virtual walkthrough form that can be implemented immediately.
This workshop will focus on using assessment data to drive instruction, no matter the learning platform. We will discuss the need for thoughtful planning of how and when we check for understanding and provide timely, meaningful feedback to students. We will explore strategies that use best practices for assessment, such as providing criteria for success and exemplars, planning lessons that provide evidence of learning, and incorporating self-assessment. Participants will review technology tools to ensure quality assessment practices to support student learning, when teaching face to face and in the virtual classroom.
While the education landscape has changed overnight to at-home learning, schools need to ensure that students are receiving consistent instruction that relies on best practices. This workshop will support teachers in this mindset shift, and will focus on how to design a blended learning approach that is interactive, collaborative, rigorous and relevant. Participants will engage in a planning session to focus on routines, lesson plans for synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as differentiation. Strategies and resources will be shared so that teachers can apply what they learned as they prepare for this transition.