Professional Development Services
LAEP can build the capacity of a school to implement any of the following workshops or coaching services for a fee
Adaptive Schools℠ – Teachers learn how to build strong collaborative and caring work cultures in which results-oriented faculties work together for continuous school improvement. LAEP provides a four-day foundational training which offers teachers an increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups; an expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools; skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus; ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict, and strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful.
Cognitive Coaching℠ – Invites self-reflective teaching and is a way of thinking and communicating. It facilitates learning through structured conversations; strengthens decision-making; encourages self-reflection and problem-solving; creates collaborative relationships; and develops genuine trust and rapport. LAEP can support school with coaches trained in the model or can train school staff in cognitive coaching.
Common Core – LAEP offers professional development in its high-quality instructional model to foster higher-order cognition through an approach to curriculum design and instructional delivery that makes engagement and rigor the highest priorities. Emphasis will be placed on integrating the major shifts in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. In ELA/Literacy they are Balancing Informational & Literary Text, Knowledge in the Disciplines, the Staircase of Complexity, Text-based Answers, Writing from Sources, and Academic Vocabulary. In Mathematics, they are Focus, Coherence, Fluency, Deep Understanding, Application, and Dual Intensity.
Instructional Coaching – LAEP’s coaching model is grounded in inquiry and reflection, participant driven and collaborative, involving a sharing of knowledge among teachers within communities of practice. It is sustained, ongoing and intensive and connected to and derived from teachers’ ongoing work with their students. The model is rooted in research and best practices.
Inquiry-based Instruction – LAEP offers approaches to learning that are based on the investigation of questions, scenarios or problems. Teachers learn to help students build knowledge from experience and to work in groups exercising experimental and analytic skills.
Interdisciplinary Instruction/ Humanitas – Two-day Teacher Centers engage teachers in instructional strategies that improve academic achievement and support teachers’ professional collaboration. LAEP trains teams of teachers who share a common cohort of students (typically grade-level teams) to develop engaging, standards-based, interdisciplinary lessons structured around themes and essential questions that are relevant to students. Teachers implement these integrated thematic units and assess them with an interdisciplinary essay, which the teachers collaboratively assess.
Project-based Learning – Teachers learn to present students with a challenge that prompts them to ask questions, apply their knowledge, investigate, and in the process, learn Common Core Standards-based content. This approach offers students who learn in different ways an opportunity to learn challenging content that may have eluded them in lecture- and textbook-based classes.
Personalized Learning– Through a coach, LAEP supports schools in achieving a personalized learning environment where students’ learning experiences are tailored to their individual needs, skill levels, and interests. Students engage in a variety of instructional approaches and are able to move at a pace that works best for them. The learning experience is also designed to help students build deep connections with their teachers and other students.
Linked Learning – Teachers learn how to integrate career-themes into core classes and link to real-life experiences through site visits, seminars on resume-writing and business dress, mock interviews, and work-based learning experiences. LAEP provides professional development and support.
Individualized School Professional Development – Drawing upon its expertise in many models, LAEP offers professional development designed to meet a school’s specific needs starting with facilitating planning conversations to identify professional development needs.
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