Designing and facilitating professional learning sessions is a collaborative effort. This page lists several topics which I am able to customize to ensure that learning outcomes match your goals and the facilitation design is differentiated for your learners attending.
Growing Resilience Sessions
Our collaborative Growing Resilience team has formed to support adults and children as we navigate unprecedented change in our society. We are creating resources and online professional learning for connections to balance mind, body, and spirit.
Stepping Into Our Power
- Living a Fully Conscious Life – the Mind-Body Connection: How do we step towards living a fully conscious life where we are aware of our limiting belief systems and the active memories stored in our subconscious?
- Cultivate Joy, Empathy and Compassion: How might we overcome the barriers to our joy and allow ourselves to embody joy, empathy and self-compassion?
- Create a Culture of Care for Self, Classroom and Community: How might we use the 5Es of Citizenship Education to build a culture of care?
Mitigating the Impact of Trauma
- Create a Trauma-Informed Classroom: How might we understand the impact of trauma on the brain and identify teaching strategies and behaviors that might create new neural pathways for students?
- Strategies to Mitigate Trauma: How might we create a classroom environment, plan for instruction and infuse active learning strategies into our practice to support students who have experienced trauma?
The following are the heart of teaching and learning.
Foundations of Teaching and Learning
- Classroom Management: More than strategies, how do we recognize underlying causes of student behaviour in order to support self-awareness and self-regulation?
- Building Resilience through the Circle of Courage: How do we help to support student growth and resilience through a strong classroom community?
- Multi-graded Instruction: How might you plan for multi-graded instruction in a manageable and sustainable way?
- Increasing Student Engagement: How might we increase student engagement through instruction in our classrooms?
- Differentiation: Differentiating instruction is not about creating separate lesson plans for each child, so what is it?
- Planning for Outcomes-Based Assessment and Instruction: How do you move from curricular outcomes to instructional activities and assessment criteria?
- Formative Assessment: What formative assessment strategies can be infused into instruction seamlessly in order to inform both teacher and students?
- Feedback for Learning: How might we structure and give feedback to move learning forward without exhausting the teacher?
- Comprehension Strategies Across All Subjects: How do we help students make meaning of new and complex information in all subject areas?
- Writing Across All Subjects: How do we encourage students to use writing as a way of showing what they know across all curricula? How do we assess it?
- Building Readiness in Mathematics Learners: How do we assess and respond to understanding and fluency gaps in students before we engage in new instruction?
- Planning for Differentiation in Mathematics: How might we differentiate our tier 1 instruction to meet student learning styles and needs?
- Multi-Graded Mathematics: What are the planning processes and classroom structures that can support multi-graded mathematics?
- Math Routines, Puzzles and Games for Fluency: What mathematics routines and games are invaluable when building automaticity of basic skills?
- Math Instruction for ALL Students: How do we structure our classrooms to allow for math learning for everyone?
- Math Content Specific Workshops:
- Developing Number Sense – including Patterns and Place Value
- Number Operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
- Fractions, Decimals and Percent
- Understanding Measurement
- Algebraic Thinking
- The Math of Triangles
Leadership has many roles in your organization, not least of which is setting the strategic direction and monitoring the progress towards goals.
Strategic and Operational Planning
Strategic planning often begins with an analysis of present state, with goals centered on what you and your organization are not doing, or not doing well. Deficit thinking can demotivate and sap the energy of the very people you need to enthusiastically work towards improving your organization.
- Strategic Planning – strategic planning processes should empower you and your organization to know where you are going, what data to use to monitor your progress, and know what it looks like when you reach your goals.
Building a sense of trust and belonging for adults is important for a team to be effective and greater than the sum of its individual parts. I will customize your team building session to help your team define itself and strengthen its ability to function efficiently through a sense of collaboration and shared purpose.
- Building Coherent Teams – sometimes, we get stuck thinking that there is a tug of war between our local autonomy and our system, or collective direction. Building coherent teams has participants walk through processes where we identify those actions that are best for autonomy AND integration of ideas. When we get to a place of coherence, we feel both empowered and interdependent to move forward together.
Communication Skills Development
Communication skills and stance are foundational for leaders to work with their staff. Questioning and paraphrasing within different types of conversation shells, whether it be planning, calibrating, or reflecting, are powerful tools to open up thinking and move an organization forward.
Planning and Facilitating Adult Learning
Many leaders are required to plan and facilitate professional learning experiences for their staff in group settings. I am able to provide both formal workshops on how to plan and facilitate adults, as well as support leaders through individual mentorship. Effective professional learning is both well-planned and well-facilitated, and I can help both individuals or facilitation teams understand both research and practice.
- The Problem with Helping: Teaching is a helping profession, why is it so difficult to begin helping relationships between colleagues? Coaches, catalysts, mentors, administrators and learning leaders can benefit from examining barriers and strategies to begin helping relationships in a good way.
- Designing PD that Teachers Deserve: How do we design learning for teachers that is as important as the day they would have had with their students? Professional development facilitators and teacher leaders can work through a process that creates authentic, relevant, practical and effective professional learning experiences.