Team Building Essentials – Strong School Improvement Teams
Time: 3- 5 Hours
Standard(s): I, V
- learn what it takes to have a successful school-based team
- discover strategies that lead to positive team building
- use their TWC Survey to begin creating a new plan for school success
- learn how team building skills can be used in the classroom
In this hands-on workshop, learn what it takes to create a positive school climate and learn how to be a successful team member. Strategies used are from a variety of resources. Participants will review the School-Based Improvement Team (SIT) policy and legislation and learn how to become more empowered to do the work of the school. (A resource toolkit will be provided for school needs, follow-up and planning.)
Time: 6 Hours to 1 ½ Days
Standard(s): I, II, IV, V
Cultural groups and individual differences are influenced by social, economic, political, and historical experiences which shape learning and perception. Cultural background and experience must be valued and connected to classroom learning. In this day long workshop with follow-up activities, participants will become more aware of how to effectively and competently provide instruction and support for cross-cultural classrooms. Using strategies based on the research of Dr. Belinda Williams, participants will explore how best to focus on the abilities of all students, how to ensure students are motivated and trying their best as well as how to build resiliency in students.
Each participant will learn ways to close achievement gaps by applying the priority school learner framework and its underlying themes: Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (CARE) to four cornerstones of school decision making:
- school organization
- staff development
- curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- and family school-community engagement
The full training including team planning requires 1 ½ to 2 days; however, the training can also be broken up into four two hours sessions, or can be done in one day with follow up.
Understanding and Unpacking the North Carolina Teaching Standards to Ensure a Positive Rating
Time: 2-4 Hours
Standards for educators are one key to a successful classroom environment for learning. NCAE can facilitate an NC Educators Evaluation System standards session for your school, or local NCAE. Participants will better understand the expectation of being a 21st Century educator, how the rubric ratings are cumulative and what the proper protocols are of a formative observation. In this hands-on, interactive session, participants will become more familiar with the standards, so they will be better and not bitter about the instrument. This specific session will be geared toward classroom teachers. If other educators will be present for this session, please inform the presenter, so they will be prepared to assist with other tools.
Creating Successful Professional Learning Communities
Time: 3-6 hours
Standard(s): I, IV, V
School cultures and communities are changing. Educators are leaders in a variety of ways as they share new skill sets with their peers. Each school should have an active Professional Learning Community (PLC). A PLC that creates an environment of trust, open conversation, and a sharing of ideas that will enhance student growth is a must in the 21st Century. The evaluation instruments and standards for educators make it imperative for schools to actively support PLCs. If your school is in need of a jump start on how to begin having professional conversations and being a learning community, contact NCAE.
Classroom Management – Tools for Success!
Time: 3-6 hours
Standard(s): I, IV, V
- explore what is needed in the classroom for success and control
- develop a personal classroom management plan
- define procedures and routines that will positively impact the classroom and learning environment
Every decision affecting students is part of classroom management. The more tools educators have in their toolboxes, the more likely students will experience success. Components of this workshop include strategies and ideas for increasing self-esteem, involving parents as partners, and teaching students your classroom routine. There will be an emphasis on preventative strategies, but participants will also gain intervention techniques that work.
How to Teach for Rigor and Relevance
Time: 3-4 hours (with follow-up)
Standard(s): I, IV
Are your lessons focused on test scores or student learning? What defines the engagement in your classroom? Are students just learning facts to recall, using knowledge to solve problems, analyzing data, and making decisions or thinking in complex ways and adapting to new ideas? This session will force you to reexamine your lesson plans and instructional delivery while providing strategies that can be used the very next day. This professional development challenges participants to design relevant and engaging lessons that are creative and support student achievement.
Participants will find answers to these questions:
- What drives my students’ learning?
- What are my students expected to know, do, or be like at any given level of rigor and relevance?
- How will I assess my students beyond the normal standardized required tests?
- What activities will enable my students to achieve at higher levels?
Intervention Strategies and Discipline Techniques Supporting Student Learning
Time: 2-4 Hours
Standards: II, IV, V
- learn new strategies to motivate the apathetic student
- explore the learning styles theories
- understand and be able to apply new brain-based research
Participants will learn how to model self-confidence and a positive disposition toward all students and co-workers and to motivate students for whom traditional teaching practices do not work. Participants will be engaged in small group activities and will create lesson plans using the Rigor and Relevance Framework. Strategies shared are research-based on the work of Rogers, Darnell, Williams and others.
Understanding How Your Personality and Communication Style Impacts the Classroom Environment
Time: 2-3 Hours
Standard(s): II, IV, V
Participants will discover how personality traits and communication styles impact their work environment using researched-based instruments to discover their style. Have you ever wondered how your personality traits might impact the teaching and learning in your classroom? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher? How do you best work with others in a group? Participants in this interactive session will learn how best to communicate with others as well as how to be successful with students who have conflicting personality traits. This session is highly interactive as participants learn more about themselves and each other.
Grades are More Than Numbers and Letters–Strategies and Adjustments for Differentiated Instruction
Time: 3-6 hours
Fee: None (NCAE Members); $400 (Non-NCAE Members)
Standard(s): III, IV, V
- gain an opportunity to reflect on current grading and assessment practices
- be introduced to new ideas regarding grading and assessment
- discuss the use of rubrics and other variable assessment tools, including authentic assessment strategies
- be able to see and utilize different types of grade book formats for differentiated assessments
Participants will explore the use of tiered assessments along with their current differentiated assessments and/or instruction. This session not only provides strategies that motivate students to succeed, but also prompts educators to pause and reflect on their practice.
Surviving and Thriving: Classroom Management Strategies for New and Lateral Entry Teachers
Time: 1 ½ Days; Follow Up Session within 6 Months; E-mail Consultations for NCAE Members
- learn strategies to create a positive learning environment
- construct interventions for selected difficult behaviors
- leave with practical tips on how to impact student learning through creating useful rules, routines and lesson plans
Tried and true with teachers across the nation! Participants will learn about elements that will make a difference in their teaching and management style. The training is very interactive with practical hands-on information that all participants will be able to use in the classroom immediately. Topics include procedures, rules and routines in your classroom, professionalism, setting the tone and creating a positive environment as well as creating lessons that are relevant and engaging. Surviving and Thriving provides a jump start for the new year or new semester. For optimal sessions, participants should be broken out by grade level range, such as K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 or by elementary and secondary.
Formative and Summative Assessments