Category: Professional Development

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles

Vision Day at Des Moines Public Schools

Reflecting on a Vision of Instruction at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley On August 21, I celebrated in Des Moines with administrators and instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School as we engaged in productive struggle to craft our vision of instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. To succeed at building our new vision as Schools for Rigor, participants had

Four Steps to Defining Your Legacy as a Teacher

“You have an enormous opportunity to change students’ lives.” —Michael D. Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International   By Theresa Staley Of all the things you do in this life, make it your mission to leave a lasting imprint on your students that’s so bold, it defines your legacy and resonates well

What Makes a Great Teacher?

By Theresa Staley Teaching requires unrelenting dedication to students, humanity, and our educational craft. Educators accept the roles of parent, coach, advocate, mentor, counselor, and role model, among others. Our profession requires us to develop and sustain intangible interpersonal qualities, what we call “conative skills,” as ambassadors of learning. Conative

Wheels of Fortune: How and Why Learning Target Focus Wheels Should Be Part of Your Instructional Design

By Theresa Staley Learn what learning target focus wheels are, how they improve classroom learning and climate, and see a specific example to implement in your instructional design. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if one student-centered resource could provide all of the assessment information teachers need, and beyond that, build a climate