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Professional Learning

Professional Learning for Schools

TLI offers a suite of professional learning designed to build strong knowledge, mindsets, and skills in teachers and school leaders.

Practice-Based PD

All our professional learning experiences emphasize practice. Research suggests that the best way to learn new skills is to practice them!

Teacher-Facing Programs

TLI can offer a series of sessions focused on the foundations of backwards planning. Sessions Include: Backwards Planning 101, Summative Assessments and Big Goals, Unit-Level Planning, and Daily Lesson Planning. The approach is based on key texts such as Understanding By Design, The Skillful Teacher, and Teach Like a Champion and emphasizes ownership over curricular choices beyond a textbook. These sessions can be divided into two full professional learning days. Includes co-plan coaching and/or observation and feedback cycles.

Through years of supporting novice teachers, TLI has developed deep expertise in areas related to classroom management. TLI partners with OSAC (Oklahoma Schools Advisory Council) to offer a regular series of trainings to help teachers develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to effectively manage a classroom. Sessions include: Holding a High Bar for Behavior, Routines Management, Addressing Breaches in Behavior, and Refining Your Management Approach. The approach is based upon key management philosophies including No-Nonsense Nurturer, With All Due Respect, and Love and Logic and emphasizes the importance of teacher mindsets in helping to shape student behavior. These sessions are designed to be executed over a series of days because teachers must practice and reflect on what they learned between each session.

Leader-Facing Programs

In these 2 days of learning experiences, mentor teachers, instructional coaches, principals, and instructional superintendents learn about the basic of instructional coaching, from induction to exit. Sessions Include: Establishing a Coaching Relationship, Classroom Observation, Planning for a Coaching Session, Executing a Coaching Session, Real-Time Coaching, and Differentiated Coaching.

In this full day experience, district and school-based leaders will learn the key elements of a creating a school system that that best supports instruction. Key content includes the research-base for strong novice teacher induction programs, how to effectively identify and support coaching, defining key objectives for professional learning, and much more.

In these two days of professional learning, district and school-based leaders will learn the key elements of adult learning and practice designing an effective professional development aligned to school needs. Leaders will be asked to design and rehearse professional development as it aligns to the andragogy theory. This can be adapted to a 1 day experience.

In these 2 days of learning experiences, principals and superintendents will engage in school improvement planning processes aligned to a strong vision for effective schools. Leaders will be asked to reflect on sets of data to drive the most meaningful strategies for improving school outcomes.

Custom-Designed Programs

The Teaching and Leading Initiative is designed to support districts in addressing the human capital needs by building capacity. Each school context is unique and requires a unique set of strategies and approaches. Thus, the team is willing and able to customize a program to your specific school needs. Simply set up a consultation and describe what you need. Pricing will vary based upon travel, preparation, and time.

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