Professional development and training seminars
Group sizes and information can be catered to the school or educational group based on initial meeting. Most seminars are three hours, but this can vary depending on the planned scope of the session.
one day seminars (1.5 credit hours)
1.5 hours via Zoom
Zooming through 2020
This year has enough obstacles: don’t let Zoom be one of them. Run an engaging classroom with fewer headaches using all the functionality Zoom has to offer. In this seminar, we will teach you all the elements of Zoom, and you will get the opportunity to practice and plan for your next class.
Gain new and effective ways to help your students develop skills in time management though making a mindful weekly plan. Learn the brain benefits of these transferable skills with multiple tools for authentic and useful engagement.
Set the intent:Mindful planning for future success
The end of the semester is almost here! We’ve made it, but we still have exams. Do you feel your students' stress? Hopefully, all of your students know how to learn and take their brain through the exam process during the entire semester. However, some students need help by loading their strategy tool box with brain-friendly, highly effective strategies for learning, not just memorizing. Learn effective methods for use both in and out of the classroom to help students with this process, so that by the time finals begin, they will feel less stressed and ready to show you what they know.
test your best: Brain- friendly exam tips
One Day Seminars (3 credit hours)
2 hours via Zoom and 1 hour asynchronous
Gauge and Go: How to Use Problem Solving to Gauge Understanding
Have you ever felt like your students knew how to solve a math or science problem during a session, but when they sat down to take the test on their own, everything fell apart? In this workshop, we will address some of the best research-based practices to teach and give formative feedback for problem-solving. This will help engage the students while applying the science of learning to ultimately create confident problem solvers in your class. These strategies will be useful for physical, hybrid, or virtual teaching. We will end the session with several technological tools that can be used to showcase to students the importance of problem solving rather than simply finding the correct answer. This will help decrease the temptation for cheating. These strategies are adaptable for middle school, high school, and university-level teaching and learning contexts.
Lights, Camera, Engagement: Video Lessons that Increase Student Engagement
Multimedia is everywhere in teaching. This has become even more true with the recent increase of virtual learning. But how can we make sure that we are using multimedia to increase student attention, engagement, retention, and, most importantly, ensure that it transfers to student learning and eventual application of concepts and skills? In this workshop, we will learn about the 12 principles of multimedia. Then, we will analyze example videos that demonstrate the delicate balance of these principles required to maintain attention span and focus. We will finish the session by using the storyboard approach to carefully consider the use of multimedia in one of your own lessons and receiving feedback from the participants.
PopPlet: Master of the Mind Map
Concept mapping, a well known strategy to stimulate and increase brain activity (Marzono, 1998), engages students in multiple modalities of learning. This allows them to synthesize and integrate new information with pre-existing knowledge through higher-order thinking skills. This workshop will introduce the technological tool, Popplet, which is an easy to use concept mapping tool that allows students to work individually or in groups. Popplet allows for more than just written text, enabling all age groups, including elementary students, to easily use this tool for learning. We will focus on best-practice, research-based pedagogical strategies for implementation of this tool, with the ultimate goal of adding concept mapping
to your instructional toolbox.
Organize and Collaborate in Style with Padlet
Whether you are teaching physically in the classroom, virtually, or a hybrid, more and more of our instructional practices are grounded in online platforms and tools. Despite each school system providing an LMS such as Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace, or others, these platforms are not intuitive to students requiring them to spend more time navigating the site than learning. Padlet is a simple tool that allows for students to interact and collaborate with each other. Discussions and the sharing of resources are easy. Padlet truly accomplishes the 3 C’s of virtual teaching and learning: convenient, coherent, and consistent. In this workshop, you will learn pedagogical strategies to build entire lessons and curriculum through the use of Padlet boards to make your use of this technological tool more than just a discussion board, but the one stop for all your students’ teaching and learning needs.
2-part seminars (6 credit hours)
5 hours via Zoom and 1 hour Asynchronous
Teaching the 2020 Student
The 2020 classroom looks a little different…. learn ways to make your students comfortable and engaged regardless of the learning environment (digital learning or hybrid). We address specific and mindful strategies that focus on reducing negative stressors on the attention center of the brain.
4 part seminars (10 credit hours)
Reflect and regroup
Whew! You made it to December and now you are so close to a little bit of rest and relaxation. But wait, that is not the only R & R that is needed at this time of year. It is the perfect time to reflect and regroup about our instructional practices in 2020. This 2 day workshop will guide you to target areas for growth and improvement, develop instructional goals and create action plans to implement in January. This workshop is highly collaborative using a PLC approach, that includes several facilitators and participants. The end goal is to leave school for the holidays with a clear plan to start 2021 new and refreshed.
1.5 hours via Zoom and 1 hour Asynchronous per week
Socialization in learning is one of the three pillars in the science of learning. Learners need to socialize and experience the learning process with other students. This monthly series will focus on all forms of classroom talk including during whole class discussions, small group work, and conversations among pairs of students. We will explore the psychology of questioning, conversations, and communications to build our teaching toolbox with strategies that create a safe culture for all learners to find space for their own voice in the classroom. With intentional planning the classroom talk can encourage the participation of introverts and extroverts, as well as detail oriented and big picture perspectives. This workshop will model approaches supported by best research practices, as well as provide opportunities for reflection and integration into your own instructional practice.
cultivate Classroom Conversations
Teaching with Brain Benefits
Learn how to integrate brain-friendly teaching to enrich your daily lessons. By teaching students how learning works, you can engage the executive function skills required for
Don't Distract, Interact: How to Utilize Nearpod in the Classroom
Become a Nearpod Pro with this monthly series. This workshop will take your skills beyond just the usability of Nearpod: it will show you different pedagogical strategies for teaching synchronously and asynchronously with Nearpod. The strategies are based on researched best practices for teaching and learning. This workshop will model different teaching strategies, provide individual and group practice tasks and exercises, and give feedback on a sample lesson you have created. It is meant to be highly personalized, so you can integrate Nearpod into your teaching and learning toolbox for all situations: physical, virtual, or hybrid teaching.
Those who sign up for our Nearpod seminar will get a free 3- month upgrade to the Gold Membership!