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The Vermont PLN is hosting a 3-part series in the north (Session 1 - Capitol Plaza in Montpelier and Sessions 2 & 3 at Hampton Conference Center, Colchester) and south (Newsbank Conference Center, Chester) with consultant and author Elizabeth City (co-author of Strategy In Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching, Data Wise: A Step by Step Guide to Using Assessment Results To Improve Teaching and Learning, Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, and the newest Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators (2014)) Liz is also the Director of Harvard's Doctor of Education Leadership Program.
Through these sessions, Liz will be emphasizing Rapid Learning Cycles (3-4 week cycles of action research to test out ideas, discuss, modify and then re-implement) In addition, After Action Reviews that allow teams to re-pause and use analysis tools to maintain focus and momentum will be explored using your team's "plan" that you care most about.
TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE
Northern Series Register HERE (Nov. 3, Jan 11, March 18) -Montpelier, Colchester, Colchester
Southern Series Register HERE (Nov 2, January 13, March 16) - Chester, Chester, Chester
A description of each session with many more specifics is available along with the flyer, below. The detailed description also gives a sense of how Dr. Elizabeth City will approach this work with Vermont educators.
NGSS Professional Learning Series
Three-Dimensional Learning in Next Generation Science Standards
Coaches and Leaders of all disciplines welcome with emphasis on Science Coaches, Teacher Leaders, Lead Teachers, Curriculum Directors (or teachers in a position of moving implementation of NGSS forward).
In this professional learning series participants will engage in three sessions to experience three dimensional-learning as a learner, an educator and a leader of instructional change in science. Participants will:
▪ experience three-dimensional learning by making sense of phenomena;
▪ engage in the science and engineering practices of building explanations and argumentation as well as reflect upon the importance of using discourse & writing to demonstrate three- dimensional learning;
▪ analyze and reflect on the instructional shifts necessary for implementation of three-dimensional learning;
▪ apply understanding of three-dimensional learning to building of coherent content storylines and aligning current curriculum and/or instructional resources.
This unusual series has the expert leadership of Carla Zembal-Saul and meetings take place at three centers of science and environmental learning: Middlebury College, Montshire Museum and Shelburne Farms.
Where and when:
Session 1 November 20, 2015
Kirk Alumni Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Session 2 March 4, 2016
Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT
Session 3 May 12, 2016
Shelburne Farms, Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT
Times: (all sessions) 9:00AM-3:30PM (includes lunch)
COACHING FOR A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF CONTENT PROGRESSIONS IN MATHEMATICS SERIES
Target Audience: K-5 Math Coaches and Math educators who take leadership roles in mathematics and have the opportunity to re-deliver the training to others; including MTSS math coaches and curriculum directors.
Facilitators: Tracy Watterson and members of the AOE Elementary Mathematics Professional Learning Team
In this professional learning series participants will engage in a hybrid of three in-person half days and online seessions to apply strategies for purposefully examining student work and implementing effective instructional mathematics practices.
- investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics;
- solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning;
- watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers, and
- join a cadre of math educators in support of each other's work.
Target Audience: Vermont Curriculum Directors/Coordinators or others charged with district curriculum oversight.
This is the third year of this professional learning community, which offers Curriculum Directors the chance to meet as a community of learners with shared questions, particular to their roles and responsibilities for implementing the standards. Year three, facilitated by Mary Lynn Riggs, will be action-oriented, creating structures and models for district work.
The content is guided by the input from the curriculum directors, from those who are part of the PLN Advisory Council, and through guidance from focus forums so that the content, work and discussion stays relevant to the group.
Where: Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT
When: 10/29, 12/18, 1/29, 4/29 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
breakfast and lunch included
Cost: $50 per session; $200 for series
COACHING FOR PROFICIENCY IN LITERACY: USING COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY TO EXAMINE STUDENT WORK AND INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Target Audience: Literacy Coaches, Teacher Leaders (or those in a position with coaching responsibilities), and Curriculum Coordinators
Facilitators: Lori Dolezal and members of the AOE English Language Arts Professional Learning Team
In this professional learning series participants will engage in a hybrid of in-person and online sessions to apply strategies for purposefully examining student work, determining proficiency levels, and implementing effective instructional practices in a proficiency-based learning system. Participants will:
- examine student work for the purpose of determining proficiency and improving teaching and learning
- analyze instructional scenarios to identify effective practices;
- explore methods for reflecting on personal pedagogical practices to improve teaching and learning; and
- collaborate, through discourse, about current problems of practice related to standards and instruction in a proficiency-based learning system
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