Strengthening Teams for Optimal Learning
A training and applied workshop for teams and individuals
Join DCNTP colleagues for a special training series as we develop ways to enhance team and individual growth
to create Optimal Learning Environments for students. Our learning together will explore team building
strategies, infusing anti racist practices into our teams, exploring how best to induct new team members, and
learning from our consortium colleagues.
● Explore the role of experienced educators in the on-boarding and on-going support of new team
● Build one’s individual capacity as a team member in keeping student needs at the center of our work.
● Consider and apply group development strategies and cooperative leadership to foster new teacher
growth and support students in their classrooms.
● Design a purposeful learning meeting that supports strong collaborative work.
When: Each session will be offered face-to-face at Monona Grove District Office and concurrently online.
Please commit yourself and your team to the series for the most effective learning experience.
● August 5, 2021, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M., Lunch will be provided. (In-person and virtual)
● October 20, 2021, 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. dialogue dinner and check-in
● March 8, 2022, 4:30 -6:00 P.M. dialogue dinner and next steps
Intended audience: Everyone! Individuals and/or team members interested in strengthening team development,
especially as teams prepare for any changes. Whole teams or individuals who support teams; experienced and
beginning educators serving on teams together; building- and district-level teams; and coaches, mentors, and
administrators who support teams.
Cost: $75 for all three meetings.
Trainers: Heather Lott, DCNTP Chair; Kathleen Doherty, MMSD Instructional Coach and DCNTP Trainer;
and Tom Howe, DCNTP Consultant
Introduction and Orientation to Mentoring and Coaching
August 17, 2021
9:00 – 3:00
Monona Grove School District Offices, Monona, WI
Join us to explore the roles of an Instructional Mentor and Instructional Coach and begin to practice skills for coaching new and experienced educators. Centering equity and student learning, participants will consider several approaches to meet the developmental needs of adult learners throughout their career. Participants will practice strategies for building coaching relationships and engaging in reflective conversation, understand the impact of coaching and mentoring on teacher performance and student success, and create some concrete next steps for their own practice as an educator.
- Participants will gain clarity about the roles of coaching and mentoring that impact student learning and consider their own identity development as it relates to the roles.
- Participants will understand and practice strategies for establishing coaching and mentoring relationships with colleagues, centering trust so that vulnerable conversations lead to student impact.
- Participants will engage with tools and strategies to support reflective practice that impacts student learning, preparing to apply this learning to their own practice.
Intended audience includes those who are:
- curious about the roles of Mentor or Coach
- new to the role of Mentor or Coach
- new to supervising Mentors or Coaches
Cost: $50 per participant also includes lunch.
PLS-1 Instructional Coaching and Mentoring for Equitable Learning
A highly skilled instructional coach and mentor is key to providing new teachers with a strong induction experience that will advance their instructional practice. In the Professional Learning Series (PLS) for Instructional Coaches and Mentors, participants learn the critical knowledge, skills, and tools to initiate and maintain effective relationships with novice teaches that result in instructional growth. Instructional Coaches and Mentors practice using multiple data points to asses practice and provide meaningful feedback to teachers. The goal is to support teachers to create and sustain Optimal Learning Environments in which the diverse needs of every learner are addressed with an unwavering attention to equity and continuous academic, social, and emotional growth.
Dates: August 18-19, 2021 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm with breakfast from 7:30-8:00 am
Location: Monona Grove School District Office, 5301 Monona Drive, Monona
- Explore the purpose of instructional mentoring/coaching and the opportunity it provides to create equitable conditions for student learning
- Examine the components of the instructional coaching cycle and the role that knowing students, standards, and tasks plays when planning for effective instruction
- Identify components of Optimal Learning Environments (OLE) and articulate the knowledge and skills teachers need in order to create an Optimal Learning Environment for every student
- Use foundational coaching tools, protocols, and language to support coaching conversations that accelerate teacher practice and student learning
Cost: Members $300 per participant or $275 for two or more. Non-Members $425 per participant or $400 for two or more.