Jim Knight: Focus on Teaching – Using Video to Improve Professional Learning @ Hampton Inn Conference Center
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

A 2-day Institute with Jim Knight
November 6 & 7, 2017

Dates: November 6 & 7, 2017; 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included)

Target Audience: Intensive professional development for teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators

What is the purpose of this institute?

Video is the single greatest technological advancement educators have experienced since the invention of computers. Video is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, power tool for learning, that helps educators get a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress until those goals are met. Many teachers, coaches, and administrators who use video as a central part of their professional learning report that after using video, they can’t imagine professional learning that doesn’t involve video recording of lessons.

As video has become more affordable and portable, school districts across North America have begun to explore how to use the technology for improving teaching effectiveness. They are discovering how powerful video can be for self-reflection, coaching and teamwork. However, some are also discovering that when video is not implemented effectively, its impact will be significantly decreased. 

This institute, based on Jim Knight’s book Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (2014), offers an intensive two-day exploration of how video can be used by teachers, instructional coaches, teams, and administrators. Anyone interested in making video a part of professional development should find this institute useful.

What content is included in this institute?

This institute will provide intensive professional development for teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators on the following topics.

The Power of Video: Why video is such an important and necessary tool for professional learning.

Getting Started with Video: How to implement guidelines for success to create a psychologically safe environment and how to address practical concerns that inevitably arise when getting started with video.

Instructional Coaches: How instructional coaches can use video to assist teachers as they get a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress toward goals. This part of the presentation will include a review of the Impact Cycle that stands at the heart of instructional coaching.

Teachers: How teachers can use video to coach themselves. This part of the presentation will include an introduction to many free tools that educators can use to analyze what is happening in their classrooms.

Teams: How teams can make video a central part of their collaborative learning. This part of the presentation includes a discussion of how teams can be designed to be psychologically safe. Discussion will also include different ways in which video to be used by teams to learn a practice, discuss common themes, like student engagement, or to provide team feedback to individual team members.

Principals:  How principals can set up and implement video-enhanced teacher evaluation and also strategies principals can employ to foster implementation.

How will this institute work?

This institute is designed to provide participants with an intensive learning experience so that they are ready to support the use of video in a variety of forms of professional development. To accomplish this, participants will learn the institute content through a combination of explanation by the presenter, small and large group discussion, practice, and planning.

Participants will:

  • identify their own beliefs about watching themselves on video, and how to decrease the fears that others may have about video recording themselves.
  • learn principles and practices that honor the professionalism of teachers and that lead to meaningful improvements for children.
  • learn about strategies and principles of action that foster the creation of psychologically safe environments for meaningful use of video.
  • hear suggestions on how to address practical concerns such as what kind of camera to use, where to point the camera, and why everyone should have a choice about whether or not they will record themselves.
  • learn procedures teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators can employ to use video effectively.
  • leave the session with many free tools that can be used with video to foster deeper professional learning.

Who should attend this institute?

The institute is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how video can improve professional learning.

*Includes 2 day institute, meals, Jim Knight’s book: Focus on Teaching: Using Video to Improve Professional Learning and a toolkit containing many resources educators can use to foster better teaching for better learning.

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knight2Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by
Corwin and Learning Forward (2007). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management. He also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives.
Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and school improvement in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Teachers Teaching Teachers.
Several research projects directed by Knight include an IES-funded qualitative and quantitative assessment of coaching and Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, districtwide school reform project for the Topeka Public School District in Kansas. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference offered by the University of Kansas.
Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, Knight has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has a PhD in Education and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. He also writes the popular blog.

Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices @ CVEDC Classroom
Jan 15 @ 12:00 am
Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

HYBRID: Online with edu2.0 including 4 face to face meetings

Instructor: Annie O’Shaughnessy

Hybrid Online Course

Dates: January 15 – April 30, 2018

Face to Face Dates: 1/22, 2/19, 3/19 and 4/16, 2018   Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Optional: April 30 – Final Circle  4:00-6:00pm

Target Audience: Educators, therapists & helping professionals

This course was developed based on the premise that most teachers and students want to be part of a learning community where students feel:

● focused and relaxed.
● connected, honored and respected.
● engaged, curious and excited to learn.
● safe to take risks and speak authentically.
● supported to begin again after failure.
● challenged and willing to stretch their abilities.
In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing this kind of learning community. While class meetings will be primarily experiential in order to develop an embodied understanding of mindful awareness and restorative work, online material and assignments will challenge participants to become fluent in the principles, science and research that support them. Emphasis is placed on each educator’s unique goals and teaching styles, providing structure, resources and support for the tricky, often challenging work of teaching content while building community and attending to the social and emotional needs of students. Finally, participants will experience the power of Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as tools within a reflective practice, looking closely together at our teaching life.
Restorative Practices and Mindfulness can be seen as interdependent. In a classroom where a teacher practices Mindfulness, an environment of compassionate curiosity arises. From this compassionate curiosity a different way of responding arises in the face of the challenging situations and unexpected behaviors from students and the challenging emotions and thoughts from within our own minds. This “different way” essentially expresses the basic principles of Restorative Practices: open and authentic communication with the goal of “righting wrongs,” building or re-building trust, and strengthening community. Further, the success of Restorative Practices depends on a teacher’s ability to remain a grounded, mindful, nonjudgmental presence while students develop the skills of relaxed, curious focus—both of which Mindfulness provides.
This course is for the educator or helping professional who is ready to commit to a full exploration of these principles and practices in a way that invites significant shifts in how he or she teaches, counsels or manages others.

Course Objectives Participants will:
– Learn about the science of mindfulness.
– Review research related to how mindful awareness activities and restorative practice (RP) affect classroom learning, executive functioning and behavior.
– Learn how to talk to students and colleagues about mindfulness and RP with intelligence and spirit.
– Develop a personal practice of mindfulness in and out of the classroom.
– Experience the Circle Process and have opportunities to lead.
– Use mindful investigation and analysis to improve teaching practice.
– Design and implement mindfulness activities that are developmentally appropriate and that feel authentic to the teacher.
– Learn how RP works to improve classroom culture, decrease behavioral incidents and increase positive academic risk-taking.
– Explore the many different ways RP can look in a classroom—from affective statements and compassionate inquiry to circle process and collaborative problem solving.
– Explore how RP can be woven into content instruction.
– Understand how Mindfulness and RP work interdependently.

includes book: Rechtschaffen, D. (2014). The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students

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GED 527 Syllabus Mindfulness Practices 2018
GED 527 Syllabus Mindfulness Practices 2018
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Standards are for Teaching
Standard 3: Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Standard 8 : Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep
understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually
evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community) and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

For Leading:
Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to learning and staff professional growth.
Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical

Assessing the NGSS: A one-day workshop facilitated by Liz Mirra @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Assessing the NGSS: A one-day workshop facilitated by Liz Mirra @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitated by Liz Mirra


Dates: February 20, 2018; 8:30 am registration; 9-3:30 pm

Target Audience: Vermont Educators involved in NGSS Instruction

Next Generation Science Standards – 3-Dimensional Learning
· Science & Engineering Practices
· Crosscutting Concepts
· Disciplinary Core Ideas

The Next Generation Science Standards call for teachers to design and administer assessments that allow students to demonstrate three-dimensional learning.  This is a significant shift from the way students have previously been assessed in science.

As the state of Vermont moves towards a new state science assessment aligned to the NGSS, educators need to become familiar with these shifts and develop a deeper understanding for what our students may be asked to do on the new state assessment.

In this workshop, we will explore:

· the vision for NGSS-aligned assessments
· the hallmarks of high-quality assessments aligned to the NGSS,
· analyze and explore resources and examples of classroom and state assessments aligned to the NGSS. 

NGSS-Aligned Assessmentsflyer
NGSS-Aligned Assessmentsflyer
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About our Facilitator: Liz Mirra is the Math and Science Coach at Springfield High School. She was involved in reviewing and providing feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards throughout their development.  Liz has worked with numerous school districts providing professional development on science best practices and assistance with aligning curriculum to the new standards. She is a national presenter facilitating workshops on the NGSS.  Liz was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Dr. Ross Greene: Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions @ Doubletree Conference Center
Apr 5 – Apr 6 all-day

Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

A 2-day Institute with Dr. Ross Greene

Dates: April 5 & 6, 2018; 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 (light breakfast and lunch included)

Dr. Ross Greene’s evidence-based, empirically-supported CPS model – as described in his books Lost at School and Lost & Found — has a track record for dramatically reducing discipline referrals, detentions, and suspensions, improving student behavior, and improving relationships and communication. The model represents a shift away from modifying behaviors and toward solving the problems that are causing that behavior. And the problem solving is collaborative and proactive rather than unilateral and reactive. It’s the future of school discipline…but it’s happening already in countless schools across the world.

Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, along with practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to their schools.

Day One:
Key Themes
The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)
Practice and Feedback: Using the ALSUP
Overview of The Three Plans

Day Two:
Overview of Plan B
Plan B Video, Practice, and Feedback
Implementation in Schools and with Nonverbal Youth

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Describe how different explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior in kids can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention, and why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids.
• Identify and assess the various cognitive skills that are central to adaptively handling life’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges
• Identify and prioritize unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior
• Describe the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each, and the three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B
• Describe how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior

*fee includes the book:  Lost & Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students

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Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is an American clinical child psychologist and the author of the books The Explosive ChildLost at SchoolLost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.” Dr. Greene is the developer of the research-based method now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions.Read More