Professional Development Seminar Series


Bullying: On the Schoolyard and Beyond Bullying behavior exists in the best of schools, but it’s not enough to simply acknowledge the problem exists. In this 3-hour seminar participants will explore the following questions:

  • What constitutes “bullying” in today’s environment?
  • How will I know that bullying is occurring?
  • What actions can I take to deal with it?
  • What can I do to prevent it?

Participants will examine how statutes and case law influence their existing anti-bullying policies and practices, and how to modify or create policies that can be upheld – especially in the area of cyber-bullying.


Classroom Management: Behavior Interventions in the Classroom (1-8) This seminar builds on the topics introduced in Classroom Management: Strategies for Developing a Behavior Management Plan. Participants learn about the attitudes that contribute to escalation and de-escalation in student behavior, components that contribute to student behavior escalation, and remediation strategies. Tools and techniques for setting limits will be explored as will how to intervene during particularly difficult situations.
Classroom Management: Strategies for Developing a Behavior Management Plan (1-8) Participants will explore research on why behavior management plans work, learn key components of behavior management plans, and review/practice strategies for implementing plans in the classroom. Participants focus on creating and enforcing positive behavior through appropriate consequences and positive recognition.


Developing Effective Grade Level Teams We all have heard about the value of collaboration and working as a team, but how do you go about creating a team that is productive and helps achieve results? In this session participants will learn about the skills that are needed for successful collaboration, and how to ensure that teamwork is sustained and leveraged, even when team members change.
Building a Professional Learning Community For school-wide change to take hold, teachers must be actively involved in the process, communicating and collaborating to achieve results. For some time now, professional learning communities (PLCs) have been recognized as an effective way of achieving this. This introductory seminar addresses the what, why, and how of establishing a PLC. Participants will gain tools and techniques for creating shared goals, developing a structure for working together, and devising ways to monitor results.


Introduction to the Common Core This seminar will provide an overview of what the Common Core State Standards are all about and what implications they might have for your instructional practices in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity develop standards-based activities and assessments that are directly aligned with key, grade-level standards.
ELA and the Common Core (K-6) The new Common Core Standards are clear – all teachers are teachers of literacy. In this seminar participants will learn about the design and organization of the K-5 ELA standards and the implications of those standards for curriculum development. Participants will develop standards-based activities and assessments that are directly aligned with key, grade-level standards.
Math and the Common Core (K-8) This seminar explores what the Common Core Standards have to say about math instruction – focusing on the skills we commonly associate with Language Arts – reading, writing, and speaking — and how these will play an increasingly important role in the math classroom. It also explores the implications of these shifts for what is taught, how it’s taught, and how students’ learning is assessed.


Data Driven Decision Making: Getting Started (K-12) Data can be our best instructional tool. This 3-hour introductory seminar explores what constitutes data driven decisions, and how to establish an effective data driven instructional system. Participants will reflect on their current beliefs about and commitment to data-driven decision-making, and will examine changes that may be needed to establish an effective data-driven instructional system.
Data Driven Decision Making: Moving Forward (K-8) Participants will review the essential building block of clear learning goals, focus on creating assessment plans that support worthwhile learning goals, and practice developing instructional activities that allow for ongoing data collection and assessment of individual student progress.
Differentiation in the Multiage Classroom: An Overview for Principals (K-8) This seminar focuses on what school administrators can do to support differentiation in multi-age classrooms. Learning styles, formative assessments, inquiry-based learning, and other aspects of differentiated instruction are explored.


Interactive and Engaging Teaching Strategies (K-8) This seminar introduces a variety of strategies for engaging students in the learning process. Participants will discuss guidelines for establishing and maintaining an “active” classroom, and will leave with easy-to-implement activities and ideas to use with their students.
Maximizing Instructional Time This seminar explores the whole notion of “time on task,” and the kinds of active learning strategies teachers can incorporate to ensure that classroom time is used productively.
RTI: What Is It? (K-8) This seminar provides an introduction to, and rationale for the implementation of RTI. In addition, participants will explore how differentiation is fundamental to RTI.
RTI: A Framework for Instruction (K-8) Why is it being emphasized? What are the implications of RTI for the classroom teacher? This seminar explores the roots of RTI as well as what it means for educators and their students. With a focus on reading and math, participants will leave with an understanding of the what, why, and how of RTI, the criticality of differentiated instruction to RTI, as well as specific tools and techniques for planning Tier I and II instruction.


Literacy First Seminars (K-12) Literacy First’s research-based seminars provide teachers with effective, easily implemented instructional strategies in reading. Schools or districts may choose from any or all of Literacy First’s customized reading seminars.

  • Titles include Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Study, Fluency, Vocabulary Development, Comprehension Skills, Strategic Reading/Thinking Tools & Metacognitive Processes



Instructional Strategies for the K-8 Math Classroom In this seminar participants will explore best practices in math instruction, and learn and experiment with a variety of tools, techniques, and approaches for teaching math.
Making Problem Solving the Focus of Instruction What does “teaching for understanding” look like in math class? How do we ensure that all students see themselves as “doers” of math? This seminar explores the kinds of flexible approaches and problem solving methods that today’s students need to develop and what teachers can do to help develop their students’ problem solving abilities.


Introduction to STEM: Inquiry Based Learning Part I and Part II (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) Teachers will explore ways to use inquiry-based methods to engage students in investigating the world around them. Teachers will learn how to develop strategies for STEM activities linked to course curriculum. Participants will understand how to facilitate inquiry-based learning as part of regular instruction and engage students in experiential and discovery-based learning.
Incorporating STEM: Embedding Technology Part I and Part II (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) Teachers will learn how to incorporate project-based learning strategies and technology into instruction by employing prototyping as a strategy to create, test, and refine ideas and strategies. Participants will explore how to leverage technology in the instruction and practical application of literacy, math, and science lessons and challenge students to apply scientific principles to real-world problems.


Using the Internet to Enhance Instruction (K-12) This seminar explores various internet-based tools and techniques that can be used for instruction and assessment, as well as active student engagement both inside and outside the classroom.
E-Teaching With Your Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) (K-12) – Whether you use a SMART, Promethean, or other brand of IWB, this seminar will help you learn tools and techniques for using the IWB as more than just a presentation tool. Participants will leave with approaches and activities that integrate the use of the IWB in a meaningful and purposeful way.


Supporting Developing Writers (4-8) Parts I and II This seminar focuses on the characteristics of writers in grades 4 through 8, who are building the craft of writing, while also being expected to use writing across the curriculum to demonstrate their thinking and their growing knowledge base. Strategies, tools, and techniques for creating a writing-friendly environment and for embedding writing instruction throughout the curriculum will be explored and practiced.
Supporting Emergent Writers (K-3) Parts I and II This seminar focuses on the developmental stages of early writers and the importance of writing for K-3 students. Participants will explore the process of early writing and strategies, tools, and techniques to use in the classroom.
Writing Across the High School Curriculum Although there is general agreement that high school students need to be developing their writing skills in all their classes, many high school teachers have no training in the teaching of writing, and find it difficult to integrate writing into their already packed class time. This seminar provides an overview of the writing process, provides some techniques for incorporating writing tasks into every discipline, and equips teachers with a framework for assessing writing.