This is how we do Professional Development.
We help schools, school systems, and non-profit organizations solve their instructional and leadership challenges. We begin by working with you to identify workshop outcomes. Next, we help you develop an implementation plan that helps you follow up our workshops with coaching and monitoring to ensure that teachers actually apply what they have learned to their own classrooms. Our professional development process includes several phases:
Phase 1 – Setting Expectations: During this phase, our team helps you develop and communicate expectations for implementing the strategies teachers learn in our workshops. We will help you develop a set of expectations based on workshop outcomes and help you develop a plan for how you will help teachers implement what they learn in their own classrooms.
Phase 2- Developing Look-fors and Ask-Abouts: Next, we will help you develop a set of look-fors and ask-abouts that you can use to monitor teacher implementation.
Phase 3 – Workshop(s): We will provide practical workshops that offer a theoretical framework and practical applications for teachers in their classrooms. Each workshop prepares teachers to implement research-based best practices with their students. Please see the attached workshop list for a sample of the workshops we offer.
Phase 4 – Guided Practice: During this phase we will help you support teachers as they begin to implement what they have learned in our workshops in their classrooms. We will provide you with coaching tools and strategies you need to help teachers begin implementing best practices with quality.
Phase 5 – Independent Practice: At this phase, the expectation is that teachers are implement the best practices they learned in our workshops consistently and with quality. We provide monitoring tools and walk-through templates to help you provide teachers with feedback and support as well as monitor school-wide implementation.
Phase 6 – Evaluation: During this last phase, we help you provide evaluative feedback to teachers on their implementation of the best practices they learned in our workshops. We will provide evaluation tools and strategies to help you ensure that every teacher is implementing these best practices consistently and with quality.
This is so much more than off-the-shelf professional development. This is an approach designed to meet your challenges and implemented as a team with Mindsteps as your partner in achieving sustainable student achievement.
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