Are you looking for professional learning to enhance your Tier I instruction?

PTESS Engagement series is just what you are looking for!

By Kerri Whipple, SEEC Professional Learning Coordinator

The engagement strategies that are taught, modeled and practiced in Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning are classroom-transforming in practice – even from veteran teachers. I have had two very veteran teachers (20+ years in the classroom) who have both shared that this workshop was the single-most impactful professional learning they have ever experienced, and it has had the most influence on their daily classroom practices.

As we work on our Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) for Academics in our schools, we spend time shoring up Tiers 2 and 3. The engagement series is a way to enhance your tier I instruction. One district teacher said that they have never participated in training that has had such a tremendous impact on the way that Tier Instruction is delivered – and getting more teachers comfortable with the strategies has decreased the number of referrals for academics and behaviors because everyone has a responsibility for their learning. Everyone does everything.

This series is an evolution of the current ImprovingAcademic Literacy (IAL) work SEEC provides via the work of Dr. Kevin Feldman. We are building our internal capacity to be able to offer this type of professional learning on our own as Dr. Feldman celebrated his 70th  birthday last summer and we need to be ready for when he decides to retire. For leaders who have highly utilized IAL, this is the route to get additional staff up to speed with their peers who have completed IAL. Dr. Feldman says, “Getting that critical mass so that all of your fish are swimming in the same direction.”

Districts/schools new to this work – get on board NOW! It is a top-notch opportunity for TEAMs and INDIVIDUALS to really increase student engagement in classrooms. Whether it’s a schoolwide focus or an individual area of improvement… it won’t disappoint.

What does the series look like?

Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning provides an opportunity to utilize the practice of microteaching and public practice as a vehicle to enhance teaching and learning by exploring the implementation of student engagement strategies to create a classroom culture of “Everyone Does Everything!”

Part 1 –

  • ½ Day Intro & ½ Day Making Learning Visible with Dr. Kevin Feldman
    • Intro to learning walk protocol and feedback tool; technology supports; practice providing/receiving feedback.
      • Components of and expectations for participation in Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning 
      • Strategies for providing meaningful feedback for the purpose of improving teaching and learning 
      • How to use the necessary technology to capture teaching and learning 
      • Analyze strategies for providing meaningful feedback in writing and in speech to improve teaching and learning 
    • “The Compelling Why” – Everyone Does Everything,2-10 Rule
      • Understand the rationale for and research behind student engagement 
      • Evaluate practical, reasonable and doable strategies for student engagement 
      • Create a plan for implementing student engagement strategies 

Part 2 –

  • Strategies for Making Learning Visible
    • Embedded Learning Walks in Public Practitioners’Rooms
      • Evaluate practical, reasonable and doable strategies for student engagement 
      • Analyze the implementation of various student engagement strategies observed 
      • Apply strategies for providing meaningful feedback in writing and in speech to improve teaching and learning 
      • Create a plan for implementing student engagement strategies

Part 3 –

  • Online eWalks
    • Microteach & Feedback
      • Analyze the implementation of various student engagement strategies observed 
      • Apply strategies for providing meaningful feedback in writing and in speech to improve teaching and learning 
      • Create a plan for improving personal practice

How do I get registered?

Registration is currently open at https://www.escweb.net/nd_seec – Session ID: 38453.

Multiple dates/locations are available to help find the best timeline that works for you.

  • Part 1: Jan. 22 (Jamestown) or Jan. 23 (Minot)
  • Part 2: Feb. 21 (Minot) or March 4 (Richland)
  • Part 3: March 28 or April 2 (2 hours online: 8am or 2pm)

We’ve heard from many of you that ENGAGEMENT is a high-need area and we want to make sure you’re aware of this high-quality opportunity that provides multiple levels of training and support.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the training – kerri.whipple@k12.nd.usor 701-446-3192.

This is part of a Principal Teacher Evaluation System Support grant received from ND Department of Public Instruction and is in collaboration with Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative, Northeast Education Service Cooperative and Missouri River Education Cooperative. 

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