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July 2024

Be a Learning Partner: Instructional Strategies for Student Success

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Dr. Tawanna Jones Professional Development Leader Tuesday, July 23, 2024 9:00am—12:00noon Science Leadership at Beeber, 5925 Malvern Avenue  Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond (2016) talks about culturally responsive teaching as “going beyond getting along with students to using your connections to stretch and empower them as learners.” In this session, we will focus on supporting students in developing self-efficacy, a positive academic mindset, and evidence-based learning strategies that support student learning and increase academic…

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Thinking + Doing + Engaging = Success with the Illustrative Math Curriculum—K-8

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are your students thinking, collaborating, and actively engaging in your Illustrative Math classroom? This session is based on Peter Liljedahl’s research and book, “Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Practices for Enhancing Learning.” This research provides concrete evidence-based strategies for getting students thinking and learning in math classes.  These practices align with Illustrative Math’s problem-based instruction model, guiding and generating student thinking, while providing access to grade level math content and rich mathematical tasks. Together, we will navigate three of…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Making Connections and Having Uncomfortable Conversations

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Students need to read, think, converse, and write about difficult and uncomfortable topics.  This is especially important for minorities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and other marginalized groups.  This workshop will provide you with tools to have uncomfortable conversations with students and staff.   You will develop tools/skills to provide safe spaces where you provide a break from judgment, unsolicited opinions, and having to explain yourself and allow people to feel supported and respected. The benefit of a safe space is to provide a calm,…

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Let’s Get Up and Learn Joyfully!

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Learning does not need to be stationary. Let’s get our students out of their seats with physical and interactive activities that secretly and formatively assess in fun ways! Simple games that can support classroom instruction, while getting students excited and invested in the content. Learning can be scaffolded and retention can be built from classroom instruction to content focused activities that assess understanding simultaneously. The activities will provide structure, time management and clear directions for students to stay on…

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Let’s Get Up and Learn Joyfully!

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning does not need to be stationary. Let’s get our students out of their seats with physical and interactive activities that secretly and formatively assess in fun ways! Simple games that can support classroom instruction, while getting students excited and invested in the content. Learning can be scaffolded and retention can be built from classroom instruction to content focused activities that assess understanding simultaneously. The activities will provide structure, time management and clear directions for students to stay on track. The…

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Have You Heard: Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Practice in Every Classroom

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Have You Heard: Every Teacher Needs to Know About CRSE (Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education). In April 2023, the PA State Board of Education amended Chapter 49 of the PA Code related to the certification of professional personnel. This three-hour session will provide an opportunity for teachers to explore the nine CRSE competencies, evaluate their own practices, and leave with a few tools for building CRSE into their daily work with young people in grades K-12. Questions about this…

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Biting into the P.E.A.R.: Creating an Equitable Classroom through Participation, Equity, Access and Relationships

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  In this session, participants will engage in interactive activities that will lay the foundation for facilitating lessons to address and highlight equitable practices.  Participants will walk-away with tools necessary for them to start the conversation by looking at United States History and Indigenous People Curriculum across   various grade bands. Participants will use academic language and classroom  practices with an equity lens that focuses on the core content. After attending this session, participants will know how to actively support students…

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Self-Care Is All About the W.A.T.E.R.

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Are you thirsty for a new self-care habit? In this Social Emotional Learning, SEL workshop you will leave with a practical self-care practice that you can make a part of your daily routine. The W.A.T.E.R. acronym reminds you to put on your own oxygen mask first. It is a doable coping skills technique that you can easily apply to your everyday life and even implement in your classroom or school-wide curriculum. Come join us as we discuss self-care and…

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Using Projects as Powerful Tools for Students Voices

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Projects can serve as a valuable tool for expanding the topics in a unit and allow for deeper learning. Students can be creative and connect through culturally relevant and real world learning. We will discuss ways to support students to find themselves, their interests or something that excites them. We will explore inquiry based learning and experiential learning in connection with projects and formative assessments. We will discuss creating spaces, opportunities and tasks that allow students to make real-world…

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Grit in the Face of Challenging Behaviors

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Often, a youth’s inappropriate behavior is a symptom of a mental health disorder.  Participants in this session will learn the characteristics of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression.  Mental Health warning signs will be discussed.  We will identify strategies to support students with challenging and disruptive behaviors in the classroom.  Tips for drawing out  appropriate behaviors you want to see in the classroom will be explored.  Participants Will:  Understand the meaning of Grit and the purpose of…

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