Collaboration and Community

 

Do your teachers and instructional leaders engage in professional learning communities for improvement?

 

PD for teachers, school, and district leaders

Our workshops engage educators in invigorating intellectual work that helps them grow their craft.

Our Workshops

Available Online or On-Site

Professional development (PD) for teachers, school, and district leaders is an essential component of improving through collaboration and community. ThoughtStretchers Education helps educators understand the how to leverage the best of all stakeholders in improving outcomes for students.

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Collaborative Lesson Study

Collaborative Lesson Study creates a forum for authentic learning through rich teacher inquiry. Teachers conduct action research as they work together to identify a problem or focus, consider previous work, plan a lesson built on hypotheses of how students will respond, teach (and observe) the lesson, analyze the results, and determine implications. Through this process of collaborative inquiry, teachers build professional understanding that helps them respond to their students in ways that build students’ understanding.

Lesson Study provides new opportunities to listen to and learn from students. Teachers build habits of observation, inquiry, and analysis and increase knowledge of teaching strategies. This intellectual work will invigorate teachers and teaching.

Ongoing partnerships include synchronous and asynchronous virtual consultation and continued support visits.

Collaborative Leadership Academy

The Collaborative Leadership Academy engages school leaders in professional learning focused on building community to improve our practice and results for students. This multi-day initial workshop with built-in coaching, support, and follow-up for sustainability seeks to answer these questions and more:

  • Where does a leader’s charisma fit in a PLC culture?
  • What principles of adult learning do you need to know and use?
  • How do you lead change through continuous improvement and innovation?
  • How can you leverage staff involvement in important decisions and allocate resources to maximize effectiveness?

People and Processes | Learn how to:

  • Maximize team effectiveness
  • Build better relationships
  • Focus staff meetings on learning
  • Engage adult learners

Tools and Tips | Learn how to:

  • Use continuous improvement to actually improve
  • Better allocate resources
  • Leverage principles of student learning

Change and Sustainability | Learn how to:

  • Effectively Lead Change
  • Use Principles of Sustainability

Having talked with most of the people present, we all felt the PD went extraordinarily well–far exceeding expectations. The information you presented was impactful and helped us deepen our perspective and thinking about the process here at St. Laurence. Further, we all felt that your personality and approach are a tremendous fit for our community and are very excited to have you back to work with our full staff. After 20 years in education, I often have wide ranging feelings about PD and presenters. But it was truly a great experience Drew.

-Brian, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

This PBL workshop really helped me understand the process of PBL because we were immersed in the process of PBL and doing the things we were being taught to apply throughout the whole three days. We created our own need to know lists, Dori did an amazing job using questions to drive our learning, we also were able to instantly put to practice everything we were learning about after the inspiration given by our facilitator.

-Jaycie, pre-k or elementary school teacher

I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.

-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher

I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from ThoughtStretchers.

-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher

You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!

-Thomas, HS teacher

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a ThoughtStretchers Education workshop again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.

-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher

Get in touch:
502 373-0040
drew@thoughtstretchers.org

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