Professional Learning

Community of Practice Series

PBL Ready! For Leaders 

Dr. Kelly Henderson

If we want students to experience ongoing, daily integration of academy themes and academic subjects and to participate in high-quality project-based learning, there needs to be a systematic plan for this to occur. Implementing project-based learning takes time but it also takes leadership, guidance, and work. These sessions are for building and district leaders and will address the importance of knowing and understanding PBL, how to encourage implementation, and supporting teachers efforts’ to implement PBL in their own classrooms as well as part of an academy team.

4 sessions / 2 hours each

Session #1: "Knowing and understanding PBL" September 23, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Session #2: "Laying the Foundation" November 4, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Session #3: "PBL in Action – Individual Classrooms" January 20, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Session #4: "PBL in Action – Interdisciplinary Teams" March 10, 2021| 2:00 - 4:00 PM CST

Instructional Coaching

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

In some respects the instructional coaching role is still being defined. Any ambiguity can lead to coaches focusing on everything else but coaching. To ensure this doesn’t happen coaches must clearly define roles, develop a shared vision for coaching amongst staff, identify SMART goals aligned to school initiatives, and create a project calendar that clearly articulates a daily/weekly schedule for the coach. In this workshop, we will discover tools that will help coaches prioritize their role and organize their day. We will create a framework that explicitly states how the coach supports teachers and the goals of the academy. We will practice using tools to keep the coach focused on utilizing effective coaching practices and explore strategies for effective facilitation of academy team meetings and PLCs.

5 sessions / 2 hours each

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Session dates:

Session #1: "A Day in the Life of a Coach" August 26, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 PM EST
Session #2: "Creating a Collaborative Community" September 16, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 PM EST
Session #3: "Leading a Culture of Inquiry through Coaching" October 7, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 PM EST
Session #4: "Community Engagement over Involvement" November 4, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 PM EST
Session #5: "Assessment Planning and Determining Proficiency" December 2, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 PM EST