Workshops 2017-2018

The focus of our new 2017-2018 workshop series is on how diverse the needs are of districts preparing for success on PARCC. Given the nearly endless iterations of curriculum platforms and instructional norms that exist across schools and districts, our workshops offer opportunities to better align curriculum and instruction with PARCC readiness, at any level and with as much depth as necessary. We offer a series of four workshops for Grades 3-8 and a stand-alone workshop for Grades K-2.

At our first Grades 3-8 workshop, MASTERING PARCC FROM DAY ONE participants will very deliberately be trained in identifying the places where their current curriculum and/or instructional platform may be inadequate to prepare students for PARCC, and will set out to make revisions and adjustments in order to establish a systemic approach to ensuring stronger preparation moving forward. By adjusting prompts, questioning, adding Depth of Knowledge Level 4 questions in the right places, and ensuring on-demand assessments strategically placed throughout an arc of intentional instruction, participants will learn how to customize their culture of PARCC-preparedness.

Our second Grades 3-8 workshop, PARCC-ALIGNED CURRICULUM will provide teachers with a clear and comprehensive list of non-negotiable PARCC proficiencies that students must master. This list has been expanded and participants will drill down to uncover the best approaches for teaching students the skills they need to succeed. Emphasis will be placed on providing participants with a toolkit of process writing strategies, resources, and artifacts, all designed to emphasize the teaching and learning of core skills. Participants will gain a deep understanding the architecture of the test as well as all the test specifications, and will have tools to address each one.

Our third Grades 3-8 workshop, UNDERSTANDING PARCC INSIDE-AND-OUT will drill down further and explore the independent tasks PARCC uses for its testing. This exploration will provide participants the opportunity to better understand not only what PARCC has used in the past, but also how best to craft PARCC-reliable assessments and tasks in the present and the future. Attendees will be provided with exemplars and samples, and will be offered the chance for facilitated time to develop their own assessments will PARCC-fidelity. Attendees will depart with a blueprint for how best to ensure the implementation of a PARCC-prep approach with the greatest fidelity.

Our fourth Grades 3-8 workshop, INCREASING PARCC PROFICIENCY will focus on providing participants with everything they need to implement Speed Drills 2.0, an updated and augmented set of instructional activities designed to be embedded within thoughtful and intentional teaching and assessment as well as infused in the existing curriculum. These drills will guarantee teacher collection of targeted data, and will further provide broad and deep skills-building and proficiency acquisition. The toolbox participants will receive at this workshop will include the drills themselves (dramatically expanded from years past), as well as updated assessments, and task-specific questions.

We will present a stand-alone workshop, UNDERSTANDING PARCC IN GRADES K-2 specifically for Grades K-2 teachers and administrators. This workshop will provide training in how to make Close Reading, writing to sources, text-dependent questions and crucial higher-order questioning relevant to the younger students in the primary grades. We will explore how best to “norm” instructional expectations related to Close Reading and PARCC-like tasks in developmentally appropriate ways in an effort to  keep teaching and learning highly complex, while ensuring that students can meet those intense expectations.

Our workshop series for the 2017-2018 school year includes the following K-2 workshop and four Grades 3-8 workshops

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017
MASTERING PARCC FROM DAY ONE (Grades 3-8)
Increasing Student Achievement and Ensuring Testing Success 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017
PARCC-ALIGNED CURRICULUM (Grades 3-8)
Supporting Student Achievement by Aligning Instruction with Curricular Frameworks 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018
UNDERSTANDING PARCC INSIDE-AND-OUT (Grades 3-8)
Matching Close Reading and Thoughtful Instruction to the PARCC Assessment

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018
UNDERSTANDING PARCC IN GRADES K-2 (Grades K-2)
Norming Instruction to Set Students Up for Success with Complex Reading and Writing

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018
INCREASING PARCC PROFICIENCY (Grades 3-8)
A Shorter-Range Plan for Effective Preparation

To download a complete description of all workshops, click here

If you have any questions, please call us at 845.626.1429.