The fourth workshop in a series for mentors further develops skills necessary to guide beginning teachers in planning standards-based, differentiated instruction that engages students and advances learning.
This workshop is useful to any staff member who presents professional development. That includes a broad range of teacher leaders, and focuses on the importance of professional development in moving teacher practice forward.
Work with release mentors from other districts on refining and improving your mentoring practice.
This second coaching workshop is a continuation of teaching the knowledge, skills, and practices that will advance teaching practice. Learn more about how to work with and meet the needs of a range of teachers, how to use multiple data points to inform practice, and how to ensure that the coaching experience is an empowering and transformational practice that contributes to continuous improvement.
A snowy night for PDP Part One
Despite the cold and snowy weather, nearly half of the 92 beginning teachers who registered for the January 8, 2015 seminar on the PDP (professional development plan) braved the miserable conditions to attend. Teresa Voss and Jen Murphy, both of Verona Area School District, facilitated the session, first of two on the PDP process for Wisconsin educator licensing. They emphasized ... Read More »
District Council induction program success and tools at December 8, 2014 meeting
The room starts to hum at District Council when representatives from districts with similar mentor models meet in small group discussion. Madison staff, in their first year of a full release mentor program, were excited to hear about the advantages of using a very short second year cycle of observation from Sun Prairie, where a full release mentor ... Read More »
NTC events build individual, district, and DCNTP success
“Between now and 2020, 1.5 million new teachers will be hired. In five years!”* Barb Sramek of Marshall shook her head at this statistic as she and other DCNTP board members began evaluating scholarship applications for the New Teacher Center Symposium on Induction at the DCNTP board meeting on December 9, 2014. Enthusiasm for their task was especially ... Read More »
“You are change agents for equity”
During Day 2 of “Using Data to Inform Instruction,” participants were reminded of a powerful aspect of their role: commitment to mentoring and coaching leads to becoming a change agent for equity. At the New Teacher Center workshop held December 2-3, Marc Heuer, Tom Howe, and Heather Lott led sixty-one mentors and coaches through ways to analyze student work in order to ... Read More »
Snapshots from “Assessing Student Learning,” November 6
How do you know if, and what, your students are learning? The beginning teacher seminar in Fitchburg on November 6 focused on techniques to assess student learning, including determining the difference between summative and formative assessment. 80 beginning teachers were present.
Group smarts at the DCNTP Board meeting October 28
“Some groups are smarter than others,” “Selecting a smart team,” and “How do you raise a group’s IQ?” are a few topics the DCNTP Board explored when they met on October 28. It turns out that the key to all of the above is not groups composed of a bunch of brilliant people. Instead, it’s a set of people who ... Read More »
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