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Academic & Instructional Support

The League works to provide academic and instructional supports to teachers by researching and providing ongoing, proven professional learning opportunities to support and develop charter school teachers. These opportunities are based on best practice and are universally applicable to all teachers and schools, regardless of the model or instructional focus of the school. In addition, the League provides these trainings at a significantly reduced rate to our member schools. These supports provide schools with the opportunity to access excellent training for educators and allow schools to network together around a common goal of professional growth and increased effectiveness.

 

Resources

Click here to access a library of professional practice supports, included recorded workshops, best practices and more.  

 

Trainings and Workshops 

Click here for a full calendar of the League’s trainings and workshops.   

 

Here is a list of sample supports provided by the League:  

 

Authentic Performance Assessments

Teachers need tools to inspire student learning that result in improved achievement. Standards-based performance assessment is an effective means to improve student performance in the classroom and on high stakes standardized tests.

  • Learn how to narrow the academic content standards to the "Power Standards" and then design performance assessments to enhance student understanding of the standards.
  • Develop the components of the assessment model, including interdisciplinary standards, engaging scenarios, performance tasks, and task-specific rubrics or scoring guides.
  • Create the first draft of a standards-based performance assessment that includes all components of the model.

Content provided by The Leadership and Learning Center, www.leadandlearn.com
 

Data Teams

You have data teams or professional learning communities in your school, now what? The League offers seminars that feature not just an opportunity to learn more about what data teams are but a chance to bring your student level data to help determine instructional plans going forward, MTSS plans moving into the school year, etc. These one-day overviews dive into the assessment side of data teams. Participants will leave with a pre- and post-test created, a way to analyze their data, and an understanding of how to make instructional decisions from that data. Content provided by The Leadership and Learning Center, www.leadandlearn.com

 

Prioritizing State Standards

Many educators are looking for a simple and straight-forward way to gain a deep understanding of the ever-changing state standards. The League offers two-day sessions to learn how state standards have changed, including text complexity, literacy as a shared responsibility, mathematical practices, grade level changes in expectations, and more. Time is provided to deeply understand, prioritize, and "unwrap" the standards in order to realign existing curriculum and unit plans and to prepare to create new learning experiences for students as well. Content provided by The Leadership and Learning Center, www.leadandlearn.com.
 

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS (formerly known as RTI) is a comprehensive, student-centered assessment, systems, and intervention framework used to identify and support individual student academic or social emotional gaps and challenges. 
The League offers support in effectively selecting intervention strategies aligned with current evidence of student learning through a collaborative model that includes:

  • Identifying, collecting  and analyzing student data with a robust body of evidence
  • Selecting instructional and social emotional Tier 1,2, and 3 interventions aligned to appropriate skill gaps 
  • Monitoring student progress and setting appropriate goals 
  • Deepen your understanding of the principles of MTSS and best practices as shared through national researched based practices and real time case scenarios,  
  • Prioritize and action plan next steps for your team or individual tool box and capacity 

Some content provided by The Leadership and Learning Center, www.leadandlearn.com

 

Rigorous Curriculum Design

This one-day overview will walk participants through what a rigorous curriculum includes, and how curriculum fits perfectly into the "big picture" of standards, assessments, instruction, and data practices. Attendees will leave with a preview of the step-by-step sequence for first laying a strong curricular foundation and then designing the actual curricular units of study, from start to finish. The final part of the overview describes how to effectively implement each unit of study in the classroom and instructional program setting. The model defines a rigorous curriculum as "an inclusive set of intentionally aligned components-clear learning outcomes with matching assessments, engaging learning experiences, and instructional strategies-organized into sequenced units of study that serve as both the detailed road map and the high-quality delivery system for ensuring that all students achieve the desired end: the attainment of their designated grade- or course-specific standards within a particular content area." 

 

The Rigorous Curriculum Design process is broken down into four parts:

  • Seeing the "Big Picture" connections first
  • Building the foundation for designing curricular units
  • Designing the curricular unit of study
  • Implementing the unit of study

Content provided by The Leadership and Learning Center, www.leadandlearn.com

 

Thinking Maps - Writing

Thinking Maps®, developed by David Hyerle, are a set of eight visual-verbal patterns, each based on a fundamental thinking process. When used as designed, systematically throughout a school or district, they combine to serve as a powerful common visual language for continuous cognitive development, supporting rigorous and relevant learning for all. During this workshop, attendees will spend hands-on time with these powerful tools around writing used for differentiation and intervention through all tiers of Response to Intervention, across all grade levels and content areas. For children and adults, they help with applying and improving thinking processes, communicating ideas and points of view, generating sustainable solutions, and assessing progress over time.

 

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Planning

Challenging behavior can get in the way of students’ success and impact the school culture. Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Interventions can be used to support struggling students through data collection, behavior change monitoring tools, social-emotional learning, and MTSS structures. 

  

The League offers workshops designed to enable school administrators, special education teachers, and other stakeholders to craft effective Tier II and Tier III behavior intervention plans for struggling students. Additionally, the workshop will provide training on Functional Behavioral Assessments, an essential component of the IEP process when a behavioral or developmental disorder is suspected. 

Compliant Special Education Programming

School leaders are ultimately responsible for the operation and compliance of special education programming in their schools. Therefore, it is essential that school leaders, in addition to special education teachers/coordinators, understand the IDEA requirements for special education services and make sure their school is in compliance with these requirements. The League hosts workshops designed to equip school leaders with strategies for ensuring Special Education compliance. 

Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners

With the growing population of English Language Learners within our schools, it is essential that schools be prepared to meet the needs of ELL students.  In order to do this, teachers and interventionists will need to understand the basic elements of WIDA standards, the features of an English Language Development Plan (ELDP), and the strategies to support learning. Trainings will provide an overview for creating an English Language Development Plan as well as how to utilize the WIDA standards and build a foundation for classroom strategies that can be incorporated into teaching English Language learners. Trainings will focus on strategies that can be used with all levels of English Language Learners. 

  

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