We teach pragmatic and effective methods for growth-promoting leadership among all your teachers.  Our facilitations include concrete tools for collecting specific data, for identifying starting points with struggling teachers or inductees, as well as strategies and language that lead to specific growth outcomes.

Tools for Administrators, Teachers, and Coaches

Facilitations for Administrators and Supervisors

We teach pragmatic and effective methods for growth-promoting leadership among all your teachers. Our facilitations include concrete tools for collecting specific data, for identifying starting points with struggling teachers or inductees, as well as strategies and language that lead to specific growth outcomes.

Much of the success of our facilitations results from situated learning. That is, we work on-site with staff (principals, mentors, teachers) in order to model in the context of practice. For instance, we might perform "walk-through visits" to classrooms with principals as part of building observation skills through collecting concrete data. Or we might model techniques for teachers to use in forming effective engagement questions (Tasking), to name just one.

Among our most popular facilitations, which we generally perform on-site within a school district, is our focus on The Big Eight. These are eight specific, describable, and transferable practices that every teacher must perform well in order to engage students in real learning. Each of The Big Eight is a classroom management skill that has concrete, measurable tactics and strategies that (1) a teacher can recognize and practice, (2) an evaluator can observe, record, and chart, and (3) a coach or mentor can guide, monitor, re-direct, and assist as necessary.

THE BIG 8: How To Help Teachers Manage Students for Maximum Engagement
Learn how to identify The Big 8 student engagement skills every teacher needs. Understand and practice specific tools for evaluating, assisting, consulting with, and coaching your teachers on Expectations, Attention, Proximity, Signals, Cueing, Time Limits, Tasking, and Voice.
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MASTERING (and Practicing) WALK-THROUGHS
Learn techniques for brief but focused walk-throughs focusing on active engagement: (1) to record and track data and (2) to communicate essential information for teachers to use.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

"...well worth the icy drive to Cedar. We are telling our district how valuable your training was. This should be on the top of the list when deciding on in-service and training."

Kim Heki
Principal
St. George, Utah
MASTERING (and Practicing) WALK-THROUGHS with guided drop-ins
Learn techniques for brief but focused walk-throughs focusing on active engagement PLUS practice guided drop-ins on site in your school(s).
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DATA-DRIVEN CONSULTING
Focus on data-collection tools and techniques for assisting new and/or struggling teachers to maximize their skills in engaging students.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

THE LANGUAGE OF COACHING
Learn the communication stances and strategies for increasing growth-promoting dialogue with your teachers. Focus includes a detailed model for coaching frustrated and/or frustrating people.
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COACHING FOR CORE INSTRUCTION
Learn structures for coaching individual teachers to implement their core content. Deliverables include data tools for helping teachers analyze their specific questions and needs.
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DEEPENING YOUR COACHING SKILLS
Strengthen your coaching skills by learning the three P’s: Pausing, Paraphrasing, and Probing.
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ASSISTING FOR ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT
Administrators practice using specific tools to recognize essential approaches to questioning and engagement strategies so they can help teachers increase student engagement during direct and guided instruction.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

JOB-EMBEDDED FOCUSED OBSERVATIONS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Hone your skills in using data-collection instruments to diagnose management problems, and prescribe next-steps to help your teachers improve. All work performed on site.
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Facilitations for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

We give teachers a framework, coupled with effective tools, for establishing an environment in which children choose to be active in learning. Teachers learn specific skills and strategies that they can transfer immediately into their classrooms to make learning positive and productive. Teachers broaden their view of their own roles in engaging learners.

Much of the success of our facilitations results from situated learning. That is, we work on-site with staff (principals, mentors, teachers) in order to model in the context of practice. For instance, we might perform "walk-through visits" to classrooms with principals as part of building observation skills through collecting concrete data. Or we might model techniques for teachers to use in forming effective engagement questions (Tasking), to name just one.

"Finally, something that is relevant and useful. I loved this. I can go right back into my classroom and have ideas to start using. Do more of this!!!"

Mound Fort Junior High
THE BIG 8: Manage Students for Maximum Engagement in Learning
Teachers learn how they can increase student engagement by identifying, practicing, and using the techniques and strategies of The Big 8: Expectations, Attention, Proximity, Signals, Cueing, Time Limits, Tasking, and Voice.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

THE ART OF TRANSITIONS
Teachers create timely, engaging transitions during instruction by learning and practicing specific techniques for mastering routine changes, focusing settlers and attention-grabbers, managing time-fillers, excusing students appropriately, getting ready, and facilitating clean-up routines.
Half-Day or Full-Day for Elementary Teachers     Request more information

BUILDING STUDENT HABITS FOR SUCCESS
Teachers study and practice methods of building student-habits so that these become intrinsic for procedures such as self-starting, on-task behavior, listening, attention, and linking activities (including transitions).
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

BUILDING TEACHER HABITS FOR SUCCESS
Teachers study and practice specific behaviors they can develop to help students function most effectively, such as public praise, focusing attention, developing with-it-ness, avoiding mass punishment.
Half-Day     Request more information

STRUCTURING SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION
Teachers learn management strategies and a systematic approach for directing and increasing student engagement, responsibility, and accountability during their small group work.
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QUESTIONING FOR ENGAGEMENT
Teachers focus on studying their own patterns of questioning and involving students in interactive dialogue, and they learn to identify and practice and engagement strategies to increase active engagement during direct instruction and guided practice.
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WORKING TOWARD SUCCESS WITH TOUGH KIDS
Teachers gain a deeper understanding of, and develop “ready-to-implement” plans for, working with tough kids, including how to communicate and how to internalize Expectations and habits that lead to independence.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

GRAMMAR FOR TEACHERS
Teachers explore the essential underpinning of English language—its basic structure, syntax, and critical points of usage and mechanics—to become focused in their Expectations of student writing, to be consistent in their assessments of student output, and (in the full-day session) to recognize certain principals of grammar that unlock answers to SAT and other types of standardized test questions. (Full-Day session can also include transitions in writing and ideas for active grammar for engagement.)
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Facilitations for Coaches and Mentors

Coaches learn the language of coaching that enables them to facilitate growth among their teachers—from establishing a foot in the door to building trust in an on-going collaboration. Coaches (and administrators) learn about key stances and how to differentiate roles appropriately during the critical stages.

Much of the success of our facilitations results from situated learning. That is, we work on-site with staff (principals, mentors, teachers) in order to model in the context of practice. For instance, we might perform "walk-through visits" to classrooms with principals as part of building observation skills through collecting concrete data. Or we might model techniques for teachers to use in forming effective engagement questions (Tasking), to name just one.

"BEST professional development we have had. I feel energized and I know I can look at my students in a more positive and productive way."

Bloomington Elementary
COACHING THE BIG 8: How To Help Teachers Manage Students for Maximum Engagement
Learn how to identify The Big 8 student engagement skills every teacher needs. Understand and practice specific tools for evaluating, assisting, consulting with, and coaching your teachers on Expectations, Attention, Proximity, Signals, Cueing, Time Limits, Tasking, and Voice.
Half-Day or Full-Day     Request more information

THE LANGUAGE OF COACHING
Learn the communication stances and strategies for increasing growth-promoting dialogue with your teachers. Focus includes a detailed model for coaching frustrated and/or frustrating people.
Full-Day     Request more information

COACHING FOR CORE INSTRUCTION
Learn structures for coaching individual teachers to implement their core content. Deliverables include data tools for helping teachers analyze their specific questions and needs.
Full-Day     Request more information

DEEPENING YOUR COACHING SKILLS
Strengthen your coaching skills by learning the three P’s: Pausing, Paraphrasing, and Probing.
Full-Day     Request more information

JOB-EMBEDDED META-COACHING
Receive first-hand feedback about your coaching strengths and potentials from a master coach with whom you will develop a plan to strengthen your practice. All work performed on site.
Full-Day     Request more information
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