High Quality Professional Development For Educators 

As the PDRC for Long Island, Catapult Learning provides high-quality professional development to meet the needs of educators in Religious and Independent Schools on Long Island. At this time, all our sessions are offered online in virtual sessions or in recorded webinars. Educators, who participate in our live virtual sessions, are invited to request Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit hours for verified attendance.

Teacher Appreciation Engagement Series

We are pleased to present our new Teacher Appreciation Engagement Series. Throughout the month of May, we will be releasing a series of short videos, one each week, packed with tips on keeping students engaged during the final, crucial months of the school year.

There are three vital components of student engagement for educators to ensure learning is for students. First is accessible: students must be able to access the information in a way that is appropriate for them. This includes modifying content to the appropriate grade level, in the students preferred language, and in the medium that they learn best with audio, visual, digital or physical. Second is value: learning must have value for students, they must understand why they are learning this information. Thirdly, the learning must be stimulating. The students must like what they are learning and be excited by it. When building lessons, think about these three components to continue to engage students to become lifelong learners. 

Resource: Engaging with EngagementRobert Talbert
Activity: Tell us how you make learning engaging for your students in these three vital components. Click here to participate.

There are many active learning strategies that can keep students engaged in lessons. The big idea of these strategies is that you keep students’ attention by changing up what they are doing every few minutes. Within a lesson, students should be bouncing from thinking, to discussing with one peer, to listening to the teacher, to engaging in whole group discussion to compiling their thoughts and then sharing with a small group. Also to keep learning active, incorporate movement into the lesson and paper folding can be an interesting way to have students show what they know in a hands-on way.

Resource: Inspiring Active Learning by Merrill Harmin, Melanie Toth
Show off your paper folding skills here. Make one of the paper folding mentioned in the video. Show an example of what students would write on it that relates to what they are learning. Take a picture or video and upload it here

Competition among students can help students persevere through difficult challenges and excite them. There are multiple ways to do competitions in your class. Students can compete against each other, in groups or individually. Students can compete against the teacher. Students can compete against time. All of these competitions are only as exciting as the teacher makes them! So hype up your students to get them to compete to learn!

Article: Teaching through competition in the classroom by InnerDrive and Bradley Busch
Activity: Describe a scenario where you used a competition to get students excited about their learning here.

Research shows that writing promotes deeper understanding and longer retention of information. There are many different types of writing strategies for teachers to use to encourage writing. The first one discussed is think-pair-pass where students think about the answer to a question, write it down and pass it to a peer who then adds onto the thought. Another fun strategy is a graffiti wall where the teacher writes a main idea in the center and students write their thoughts all around it, making it look like graffiti. 

The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers by Jennifer Serravallo
Activity: Tell us some writing prompts you use with your students. Access activity here.

Stay tuned!
Classroom Discussions Strategies for Engagement releases June 3.


Early Explorers Engaged: A 4-Part Series on Pre-K Learning

May 8 @ 4-5 p.m.
This series is a dynamic exploration of strategies to captivate and inspire preschool-aged children. Through a blend of interactive sessions, hands-on activities, and collaborative discussions, participants will uncover innovative approaches to foster curiosity, social-emotional development, and foundational skills crucial for early learners.

Middle School Math Strategies for Engagement (2-Part Series)

May 9 @ 4-5 p.m.
This workshop will explore innovative approaches to boost student involvement with number sense, fractions, and decimals in Middle School. Discover effective techniques to make math come alive in your classroom and inspire a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Don’t miss this opportunity to energize your teaching and enhance student learning outcomes!

Fostering Writing Skills in Primary Grades (2-Part Series)

May 9 @ 5-6 p.m.
Tailored for educators working with young learners, this session delves into effective strategies for nurturing foundational writing skills, from cultivating creativity to fostering clarity and coherence. Join us to discover engaging methods that empower primary-grade students to express themselves confidently through their writing.

Leadership Circle for Administrators (Ongoing Series)

May 23 @ 10 a.m.

During this engaging session, attendees will partake in insightful discussions, collaborative problem-solving, and the exchange of innovative ideas.

Please let us know if this is a workshop that interests you or your school. Contact us here.