Education Solutions

Administrators

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of keynotes, seminars, and consulting. We customize to the audience, based on our conversations with the client, so please contact us today and let us put the right program together for you!

Program Description:
“What Should I See When I Walk-through an Inclusive, Differentiated Classroom?” is a question often asked as schools move toward differentiated and inclusive classrooms. Administrators have a key role in ensuring that students’ learning needs are met. In this dynamic, practical session, you will learn what best-practice, researched based strategies and methods might be used to engage all learners so that students improve test scores and reach their potential.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine what should be observed during a walk-through or observation of an inclusive and/or differentiated classroom.
  • Understand how teachers might implement successful strategies and techniques for differentiating curricula to meet IEP requirements for students with special needs. Minimal theory and maximum practical, easily implemented strategies and techniques will be covered in this program.
  • Learn best-practice, researched based strategies that maximize ALL student performance. Identify key steps that teachers might implement to help students with special needs, students at-risk, gifted students, and the average learner to be successful.
  • Apply practical strategies that make instruction work. Identify and learn how to implement strategies and approaches in the regular classroom that encourage the success of students with special needs without watering down the curriculum.
  • Understand which activities increase retention and success on tests and Quizzes. These activities are quickly and easily prepared, encourage student cooperation and peer support. They are simple and effective strategies to increase student success.
  • Promote success for ALL students. Through concrete examples, learn to identify teaching methods and techniques that increase learning for ALL students.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with modelled strategies that they can actually use.

Program Description:
“How do I implement a viable co-teaching program in my school?” is a question often asked as schools move inclusive classrooms to increase student success in the special education, at-risk, Limited English Proficiency, etc. subgroups. While our schools are excelling in some areas, we aren’t meeting AYP in others. Co-teaching is an option for inclusive schools that can yield positive results IF implemented with fidelity. The role of administration is critical in ensuring that co-teaching works to benefit teachers and students. What does an administrator need to know about co-teaching? How should co-teaching be scheduled? What supports are needed? In this dynamic, practical session, you will learn what works best, what works next, and what doesn’t work in a co-teaching setting.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine the role of administration in successful co-teaching efforts.
  • Understand how teachers might implement co-teaching models when differentiating curricula to meet IEP requirements for students with special needs. Minimal theory and maximum practical and easily implemented strategies and techniques will be covered in this program.
  • Consider scheduling options.
  • Apply practical strategies to balance classroom rosters so they are truly inclusive. Identify which students need a co-taught class and which do not.
  • Understand which scheduling models increase the chances for a successful co-teaching program.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with information that they can use to plan and implement their co-teaching programs.

Program Description:
Susan Fitzell coaching a teacherHow does an administrator lead teachers to implement exemplary teaching and learning practices? What approach motivates and inspires rather than instills fear, resentment and resistance? In this session, you will discover powerful cognitive coaching strategies to enhance your ability to deepen relationships with teachers and inspire growth. Options will be presented for how to meet teachers where they are while providing nurturing support.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Use data combined with meaningful encouragement to inspire resistant teachers to reinvent themselves in response to your coaching.
  • Identify and learn how to document observations and provide constructive feedback that gets results.
  • Gain an understanding of how to navigate conversations with your staff to enhance communication and willingness to accept change.
  • Focus on effort and willingness to take steps towards progress rather than comparison to others.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with a tool box of effective coaching strategies to nurture and support their teachers.

One great way to maximize your investment in training for administrators is a follow-up Mastermind Group. A Mastermind Group is a group of administrators, ideally from different districts, who come together at regular intervals to discuss issues and share strategies and solutions with each other. We try to facilitate at least one Mastermind Group every school year. The group meets monthly via teleconference and includes audio recordings of each session for all members. Please call or email for more information.

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