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Becoming an instructional expert

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support the mastery of proven instructional strategies central to successful teaching and learning, in particular, what it means for teachers to possess deep content knowledge in a subject, and to provide differentiated, rigorous classroom instruction within and across academic disciplines.

Designing safe and productive learning environments

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that enable the support, time, and the space for teaching and learning, in particular, what it means to establish the norm of safety, to manage student behavior, and to create classrooms that integrate academic rigor and student engagement.

Designing the road map for learning

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support the design of meaningful assignments and coursework, in particular, what it means to set high, clear expectations and to support these expectations within academically challenging classrooms.

Elevating the teaching profession

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that help teachers to add their voice and perspective to key issues in education and to garner professional respect, in particular what it means to take on a variety of leadership roles, to balance the responsibilities of teaching and professional leadership, and –if desired—to serve the teaching profession at the same time they continue to make a difference in the classroom.

Encouraging learning without boundaries

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support students making connections beyond the classroom while also meeting the demands of high academic standards, in particular, what it means for students to learn across disciplines and grades, to connect their learning to their personal interests and challenges, and to take advantage of learning opportunities within their communities.

Engaging family and community

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support engaging families and communities as true partners in student learning, in particular what it means to ensure that students have the support system they need to thrive in and out of school and that teachers have expanded access to the resources that can best engage students’ interests and passions.

Engaging, supporting, and motivating students

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support student engagement and persistence, in particular, what it means for teachers to show the kind of caring that motivates students, provides authentic learning experiences that resonate in students’ lives, and helps students demonstrate and share what they know and what they’ve learned in ways they personally value.

Incorporating digital tools for learning

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that help teachers incorporate digital tools within their teaching practice, in particular what it means to incorporate effective technology within classroom activities, to help students share their work using appropriate digital tools and social platforms, and to assess and adopt personal digital tools that automate common administrative tasks.

Keeping an eye on learning

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that help teachers actively guide student learning, in particular what it means to effectively assess ongoing progress, to provide productive, evidence-based feedback, and to redirect learning in supportive ways.

Preparing students for independent learning

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support the personal ownership, involvement, and accomplishment that transforms students into independent learners, in particular, what it means to create the student-directed roles that help students prepare for success in college, in careers and as adults.

Sustaining professional growth

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that help teachers as they move from new-to-veteran status across their careers, in particular what it means to continue to grow as an individual, to master new skills as a professional, and to supportively share their hard-won experience with others.

Working with different kinds of kids

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support teachers’ work with students who bring gifts and challenges to the classroom, in particular what it means to work with culturally- and linguistically-diverse students, special-needs and gifted students, and students with other unique needs.


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