Connie values the connections teachers and administrators make between professional development topics. When you determine an area for learning, she will make sure the audience sees the relevance between the learning they've already had, the learning they're experiencing today, and the future learning they will have.
For example, if the focus for a workshop is principles of effective questioning, connections can be made to previous district focus on formative assessment, student engagement, teacher evaluation, learning targets, etc.
Connie encourages districts to provide professional learning and schedule planning sessions the focus on strategic coordination of professional development that will encourage fidelity and identify support systems for teachers.
Regional Workshops and Conferences
Want to offer engaging, relevant workshops that have participants wondering where the time went? Connie balances application activities with personal experiences sharing not only what best practices are, but what pitfalls to avoid. Topics can vary in length depending on break out sessions or daily PD schedule.
Workshops or Conferences
Invite Connie to present at your next conference or lead a regional professional development offering.
Board and Parent Presentations
It is necessary to have Board and community support for district initiatives. With articulate and effective messages, Connie is able to communicate even the most complex educational process and systems to any groups. She eliminates jargon and develops the perfect balance of just enough information without overwhelming an audience with monotonous details.
Connie has helped stakeholders understand Common Core, multi-tiered systems of support, special education inclusion, "new" math, growth mindset, formative and summative assessments, the data analysis process and more!
Board Meetings, PTO, Curriculum Night, Community Presentations, Public Forums, and more
Long Range Planning
If you know your goal, but are unsure how to get there, this is where Connie's strengths all come together. Her ability to ask questions of your team leads to clarity and problem solving that results in a carefully articulated plan for implementation. As a teacher and building leader who saw one and done quality PD go nowhere and administrator scratching their heads about why, Connie has a unique ability to work with the big picture and bring it down to the detail level. There will be consideration for every angle including community involvement, parent buy-in, systemic change, necessary resources, on-going support, accountability, and systems for evaluation.
Complete Planning Process
Connie can consult with a single leader or join your entire team, facilitating a planning process that empower your members.
Relevant. Humorous. Thoughtful. Each audience member will feel Connie's keynote is speaking directly to him/her. Connie shares personal stories and attaches can-do strategies and information that will make an impact in classrooms tomorrow.
Classroom Questioning: The art of questioning, the sequence of questioning, and the crafting of questions
Learning Goals and Criteria for Success: Using teacher clarity to communicate lesson purpose and targets.
Student Engagement: Strategies to increase student involvement in learning
Providing Feedback for Growth and Improvement: Making feedback meaningful and applicable for students and teachers
Scaffolding: Using questions, prompts, and cues to reduce spoonfeeding
Gradual Release of Responsibility: The structure for quality instruction and student learning
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Contact Connie for customized options to meet your unique needs.