PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
KASC offers a wide variety of PD focused on helping schools reach proficiency. Contact our training staff at (859) 238-2188 or E-mail to schedule your training session.
View our 2016 KASC Workshop Quick Reference Chart.
OUR PD SESSIONS…
BOOK NOW! REDUCING NOVICE PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOLS is a spin-off of KASC’s summer hit workshop Novice Reduction for SBDM. This session is newly designed for all educators to explore how schools can reduce novice performance and raise achievement for all students. Leave this workshop with specific strategies that can be implemented immediately. Participants will engage in activities to answer the following key questions:
- Why do we need to reduce novice performance?
- Why should we believe all students can learn and perform at high levels?
- What are schools expected to do?
- How can my school lead in this effort?
- What are the specific ingredients necessary for my school to experience successful change?
- What strategies can I implement tomorrow?
BOOK NOW! DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET CLASSROOM – During this 6-hour workshop, educators will rethink what makes students successful. The research of Carol Dweck helps professionals realize that talent and ability can be developed through dedicated effort, deliberate practice, and time devoted to improvement. Participants will leave this interactive experience ready to teach students and fellow staff members how to develop a growth mindset for life. Activities focus on the following components:
- The science behind growth mindset
- What and how to teach about how the brain learns
- Growth mindset traits (effort, motivation, persistence, resilience, etc.)
- How to use Growth Mindset praise
- How to use quality feedback for improvement
BOOK NOW! 5 PROVEN WAYS TO INCREASE ACHIEVEMENT – What factors really help students achieve in school? New programs and initiatives come and go, but the compilation of research studies can point educators in the right direction toward improved student achievement. This 6-hour workshop is based on the work of renowned educator, author, and researcher Eric Jensen. During this action-packed workshop, participants will gain strategies for implementing 5 proven factors that increase achievement:
- Growth Mindset
- Student Engagement
- Cognitive Skill Building (with emphasis on Working Memory)
Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen all content areas and improve all student groups by developing these research-based high-impact factors.
BOOK NOW! PARAEDUCATORS AS PARTNERS IN INCREASING ACHIEVEMENT – Explore four factors proven to strongly impact student achievement: growth mindset, relationships, student engagement, and feedback. This 3-hour workshop explores the same concepts as KASC’s Proven Ways to Increase Achievement except that the focus is on the paraeducator’s role in the classroom. Paraeducators will be actively involved in activities to deepen their understanding of these research-based factors and will leave with strategies specifically tailored for the roles they play in educating students.
BOOK NOW! WHAT ACCOMPLISHED TEACHERS DO: Instructional Strategies for Increasing Performance Level – Domain 3: Instruction directly impacts student achievement every day. KASC has researched and compiled strategies to help teachers improve their performance level and to help administrators and teacher leaders support teachers as they work to improve.
BOOK NOW! GROWTH MINDSET: A GAME CHANGER FOR LEARNING — Growth Mindset is defined as the belief that intelligence can be developed with persistence, effort, and focus on improvement. During this 3-hour session, participants will gain an understanding of how a focus on growth mindset helps all students perform, and struggle/mistakes actually help the brain. When students focus on improvement, it can be a game changer for student success. This workshop will provide specific strategies to use in the classroom and practical ways to get buy-in from students, parents, and school staff. Based on the research of Carol Dweck and Mary Cay Ricci.
BOOK NOW! PROVEN WAYS TO INCREASE ACHIEVEMENT – Based on the research of Eric Jensen, this 3-hour session introduces high-effect size factors that promote student achievement: growth mindset, relationships, feedback, and student engagement. These factors will be explored and strategies will be shared for school-wide impact or for individual teacher implementation. Participants will understand how these factors impact achievement and walk away with strategies to implement in their classroom/school to raise student achievement.
BOOK NOW! STUDYING YOUR SCORES — The first step in moving your school forward is understanding your data. Our Studying Your Scores session takes participants through state accountability scores step by step, helping schools understand where the scores came from and what they need to focus on. Large, colorful graphs generated from your school report card are used to help your teachers and council members analyze the data, identify strengths, determine areas of concern and focus on next steps.
BOOK NOW! K-PREP STRATEGIES TO INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – K-PREP assesses student mastery of the standards, and this workshop focuses on immediate and long-term strategies to improve teaching, motivate students and implement rigorous standards.
BOOK NOW! ON-DEMAND WRITING — Accurately assess your students’ learning in a real-world context. On-demand writing is a component of the statewide testing system that measures students’ writing skills. This three-hour session offers thought-provoking information, strategies, tools, and a chance to reflect about writing instruction. Become better prepared to instruct the craft of writing in all content area classrooms.
BOOK NOW! CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE IN THE CLASSROOM — Effective instruction results when teacher expectations, along with rigorous and relevant assignments, match the level of the standards and challenge students to remain engaged and increase achievement. Learn to apply quality of instruction along with effective higher level questioning to ensure your students engagement and increase their knowledge. In this Constructed-Response PD, you will learn the importance of high expectations, rigor and instructional relevance.
Read what Karen Cobb, Language Arts Teacher at Lebanon Middle School says about our newly updated Constructed-Response PD Workshop. “Normally, after teaching all day the thought of a two-hour workshop would be just frightening. To my surprise, the KASC workshop that Mrs. Keene presented re-energized my teacher perspective. I was so focused on implementing the strategies that she gave, that I looked over my lesson plans the next day and tweaked my lesson to include the new information. Analyzing constructed-response really helped me focus my vocabulary instruction within my prompts. I found the handouts very useful and look forward to the second part of this training.”
BOOK NOW! HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING AND LEARNING — Closing the Gap for All Students — The research is overwhelming, all students CAN learn at higher levels. In this session you will learn why that is true and how to help students be more successful. Participants will receive specific research-based strategies for raising the level of thinking for all students and closing the achievement gap. *Connection to Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System — Higher-level questioning and thinking are specifically listed in the Evidence of Teaching descriptors.
BOOK NOW! STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO STUDENT SUCCESS — Learn four specific strategic approaches to state testing and student learning that you can implement immediately to ensure student achievement. This 3-hour workshop includes more detailed investigation into the strategic approaches including teaching to the rigor of the standards, vocabulary, testing blueprint and teaching students how to learn.
BOOK NOW! EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR PARAEDUCATORS — Paraeducators are valuable team members in classroom instruction; their daily work with students is critical in a school’s goal of improving student achievement. In this 3- hour workshop, participants will receive research-based strategies for building positive relationships with students and their collaborating teachers, as well as learn specific instructional strategies to use with students. Do not miss out on this opportunity to make sure your entire team has the necessary skills to improve student achievement!
EFFECTIVE PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP FOR COUNCILS – This workshop, available to Principals only, provides resources to meet the SBDM legal requirements and to lead your council to proficiency. Participants will receive our updated Principal Organizer for free. Topics covered include: Legal basics, Policies, Election, Planning, Budgets.
BOOK NOW! HIGHER-LEVEL MULTIPLE CHOICE — Learn more criteria for judging the quality of questions from other sources and/or developing your own questions. In this 3-hour session we will provide specific strategies for raising the level and quality of questions and will also review models of high-level questions. Since multiple-choice questions make up the largest part of student assessments, it is especially important to keep those questions at the highest-level possible! *Connection to Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System — Higher-level questioning and thinking are specifically listed in the Evidence of Teaching descriptors.
Do-It-Yourself PD — Or we will be happy to come lead it for you!
Full PD Sessions, including all training materials and a detailed facilitator’s guide, allowing you to easily lead your staff through either a 3-hour or 6-hour session.
ACCOMPLISHED TEACHERS POWER SESSION SERIES – A series of five power sessions designed for PLC meetings, faculty meetings, or other professional learning sessions. Training materials and a facilitator guide are included for each of the five Domain 3 components. Each session includes specific strategies to help teachers become ACCOMPLISHED.
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT — A key to success for individual students is using classroom assessment to guide instruction. This 3-hour or 6-hour session looks at many types of classroom assessment so teachers can monitor student progress toward academic goals and learn ways to better meet student needs. Tools and resources are provided to help make this process easier and more efficient, while still valuing individual learners.
ALL-STAR STRATEGIES — We pull key ideas from a wide variety of education literature and leaders and deliver them to you in this 6-hour session (can be adapted to 3 hours). Strategies are organized around Robert Marzano’s research-based classic, “What Works in Schools: Translating Research Into Action.” Learn what experts and research says and how to apply it in your school.
QUICK PD: Do-It-Yourself ONE-HOUR POWER SESSIONS — Or we will be happy to come lead it for you!
PD sessions tailored to the time you really have available. We give you the materials, facilitator’s guide and guidance you need to transform an hour-long faculty meeting into a powerful learning experience.
MARZANO BASICS — Based on Robert Marzano’s “Classroom Instruction That Works,” this Power Session presents research-backed strategies for improving student achievement, along with their connections to current brain research.
SIMILARITIES & DIFFERENCES — Marzano found that identifying similarities and differences is one of the most effective instructional practices — and when used correctly, this strategy results in substantially higher test scores. Learn how.
NON-LINGUISTIC REPRESENTATIONS — Marzano’s research pinpoints non-linguistic representations as a strategy allowing students to learn, extend, and demonstrate their knowledge through models, pictures, graphics, and movement. Great for addressing a variety of learning styles. Pairs nicely with Similarities & Differences.