Summer BETA

TeachingPartners Learning Progressions

Great teachers sharing the essential classroom strategies, dispositions, and expertise
that count for them and for their districts. Available anytime, anywhere.


No matter how many years you’ve taught or the subject you teach, sometimes you need to learn new strategies, or seek guidance you can trust to better manage instruction or meet immediate classroom challenges.

These are the times for TeachingPartners Learning Progressions.

Our Learning Progressions are teacher-led trainings that deliver on-demand virtual learning and coaching. They are co-designed with teachers so that you can be sure they align your work to the skills, knowledge, and dispositions you need to be effective. And they deliver practical, evidence-based learning in each of the most common classroom challenges.

Each Learning Progression is:

  • Drawn from education research on effective classroom practice;
  • Aligned with expressed teacher needs and interests and grounded in the realities of the classroom; and
  • Correlated to evaluation feedback, so that you can meet the demands of your schools and districts while also furthering their own desire for learning

Because Learning Progressions are co-designed by teachers, they present exactly the information you need in the ways you learn best.

You can make use of Learning Progressions within grade bands; and within content areas; and—once you’ve selected a Learning Progression you wish to explore—over the course of weeks or months depending on the complexity of the skills or knowledge you wish to develop.

No matter the topic you choose, you can move at your own pace. You can explore the individual skills, knowledge, and dispositions based on your prior knowledge or in response to specific feedback you’ve received about your current capabilities. And you can make decisions on your own about how you progress within a specific Learning Progression along a continuum of learning—-one in which you develop and demonstrate deeper, broader, and more sophisticated expertise over time.

A typical Learning Progression presents real-life classroom teachers offering their solutions to genuine classroom challenges. Learning Progressions integrate text, illustrations, and video, and make use of online chats and group discussions. Each progression begins with an introductory overview followed by sections that provide immediate “how to” guidance that empowers you to take specific, effective action in your classroom.

You can work through each progression independently, but you’re never learning alone—except when you want to be. You always have access to a network of experienced teachers and peers, so you can ask questions and get advice from other teachers. Access to peers who share your both your classroom experience and professional learning aims has never been more important—especially if you are a new teacher or are assigned to a new subject, grade, or school.

Learning Progressions are also designed to meet your own personal learning aims. You can access any Learning Progression whenever you wish, and you can decide if you wish to participate to earn PD credit, a micro-credential and/or some other valued incentive for completion. To earn credit for your efforts, you complete a series of self-paced tasks and a final product—these might include a reflection, for example, together with a video of your implementation of an instructional strategy or lesson. These final products provide evidence of both your understanding and your ability to implement the strategy, and they are scored by mentor teachers with constructive feedback to help you improve your practice.

This summer, we’re sharing the first set of TeachingPartners Learning Progressions—resources focused on key academic approaches in K-3 classrooms. Beginning this fall, we’ll introduce more and more Learning Progressions, focused on:

  • Delivering Rigorous Academic Learning—particularly those skills, knowledge, and dispositions that enable teachers to effectively establish the classroom as a place of rigorous academic learning. Each Progression will be comprised of sessions that teach critical content; that employ instructional strategies that stretch students to think and explore ideas; and that encourage students’ developing their abilities to more effectively apply academic practices.
  • Creating Productive and Supportive Communities of Learning—particularly those skills, knowledge, and dispositions that empower teachers to create a productive, supportive community of learners. Each Progressionwill include sessions that help teachers both develop students’ ability to work together and their ability to serve as members of a productive learning community

In the meantime, we invite you to review the Learning Progressions available here, as part of our Summer Beta.

Have an idea for a specific learning progression you think would be helpful to you, or to other teachers?

Drop us a line at newideas@teachingpartners.com; or join the TeachingPartners Group, TeachingPartners: Learning That Counts, to share your ideas and meet other teachers with similar experiences and interests.

PK-3

Turn and Talk

AVAILABLE NOW

Turn and Talk is a high-leverage instructional strategy used during classroom activities to signal students to engage in face-to-face short conversations in pairs or threesomes. This progression helps PreK-3 teachers use Turn and Talk strategically so that students both deepen and extend their thinking and practice their critical language skills and discourse behaviors.
  • Six hours of instruction
  • 15 individual videos
  • Two hours of continuing education credit

 

PK-3

Setting the Learning Target

COMING SOON

Setting the Learning Target is an instructional strategy that helps teachers frame lessons from the students’ point of view—a practice that both empowers learners and helps them understand how they can successfully accomplish the day’s learning. This progression helps PreK-3 teachers use student-friendly language to present a lesson’s purpose, to introduce the skills students will be learning, and to explain to students how they will demonstrate their understanding and the “look fors” that determine mastery.
  • Six hours of instruction
  • 15 individual videos
  • Two hours of continuing education credit

PK-3

Monitoring Understanding

COMING SOON

Monitoring Understanding is an instructional practice teachers use to “check” for comprehension, learning needs and academic progress during a lesson or unit. This approach provides both PreK-3 teachers and students with information that “moves” the learning. In this progression, teachers learn to use this strategy and the resulting information to adjust instruction in the moment, plan future instruction, and provide pivotal student feedback.
  • Six hours of instruction
  • 15 individual videos
  • Two hours of continuing education credit

PK-3

Pacing

COMING SOON

Pacing is the speed at which the teacher moves through the components of the lesson in order to maintain student engagement in the learning. This progression helps PreK-3 teachers learn to implement pacing strategies that create instructional rhythm within a lesson—pacing in which the lesson moves at a speed that yields optimal student learning; not so slow that energy wanes, nor so fast that students become confused or frustrated.


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