Match teaching and leadership professional development needs and student learning needs to practical, engaging, and relevant professional learning experiences. Choose from programs below or work with Bobb Darnell to customize programs for your school/district/ organization. The sessions below can be adapted to various time frames from 75 minutes to full-day sessions.
(click to go to a description of each program)
1. Struggling Learners: Four Causes and Five Cures
2. Inspiring a Passionate Drive to Achieve
3. Just the Right Pace: Getting, Keeping, and Using Students’ Attention
4. Re-energize Your PLC to WIN
5. Injecting New Life into Your Walkthroughs and Getting Better Results
6. Listen! Students are talking to us in their assessments.
7. Differentiating Instruction and Assessments in the General Ed Classroom for SpEd & ELL Students
8. Nurturing the Needs of the Talented & Gifted Student in the General Ed Classroom
9. Demystifying Student Growth
10. Six Sensational Tips for Teacher and Administrative Leaders
11. Winning in the Content Area Classroom: Reading and Writing to Learn
12. Coaching to WIN at School
Increased rigor in new standards has also increased challenges for struggling learners and teachers. Unleash the power of struggling learners and see how to motivate them to become engaged, empowered, and ready to achieve high standards. Experience four scenarios that facilitate a deeper understanding of why students fail or underachieve. Become familiar with five evidence-based strategies that will ignite student success without watering down content material and lowering standards. See how students’ and teachers’ minds and hearts can be inspired to apply promising cures.
Discover an instructional design framework intended to get, keep, and use the attention of today’s hands-on, minds-on, and interactive students. Become familiar with ways to create a learning environment where curiosity, challenge, and achievement thrive. Experience a variety of fast-paced whole class, small group, and individual practices that can inspire 100% engagement with just the right amount of challenge at the right pace. See how you can teach students how to WIN at school.
Imagine teaching and using assigning tasks where “no one gets lost and no one gets bored.” Discover seven things you can do to inspire engagement, with just the right amount of challenge, and at the right pace. Learn how you can use instruction and assessment that gives the illusion of speed and maintains attention from beginning to end. Discover powerful strategies that accelerate students’ ability to retain, transfer, and apply content material. See how to help students feel that they are learning and that the class is moving at “just the right speed.”
Use a self-assessment tool to determine if your PLC is really ready to increase student achievement and collaborate with enthusiasm and high intention. Learn how high functioning PLCs establish group process expectations and how leaders address group challenges. Take away practical tips to examine student work, establish improvement goals, and take decisive actions without wasting precious time. Discover how to reflect about, recognize, and celebrate progress, and to solve problems.
Walkthroughs have more potential for producing improvement in student achievement and teacher effectiveness than current teacher evaluations systems. They can also be the glue that brings together school improvement initiatives. Join this session and become familiar with five walkthrough mistakes that can cause teacher apprehension and fear. Explore an easy-to-use guide to plan, conduct, and debrief walkthroughs. Learn about seven ways to find time to conduct walkthroughs. Take away a plan for skillfully using walkthroughs to support school improvement initiatives.
Student achievement data is packed with valuable information. To improve both learning and teaching, start using assessment to listen to what students are saying about their learning strengths, challenges, and needs. Become familiar with five powerful practices for helping teachers understand classroom achievement data and matching it to high-yield, research-based strategies and instructional designs.
Unleash the power of students to succeed with renewed hope, increased confidence, and powerful strategies. Explore how to skillfully use research-supported practices for instructional focusing, pacing, chunking, scaffolding, monitoring, and accountable, peer-to-peer interaction. Feel five powerful skills that empower special needs and ELL students to efficiently store and retain, process, transfer, and apply content material and skills. See how you can help students win at school watering down your content material and lowering standards.
Imagine teaching and giving assignments where “no one gets lost and no one gets bored.” There have been many efforts to help the underachiever, but what about nurturing the student who may be bored and unchallenged because they are gifted or are high performers. Discover six things you can do to inspire engagement, with just the right amount of challenge, and at the right pace. Learn how you can use brain-based techniques and lesson formats to stretch their thinking beyond the basics.
Whether it is called value added, student growth, Race to the Top, or a new NCLB, it is likely that student achievement will play a significant factor in teacher evaluations and school improvement. Teachers need not be overwhelmed by this focus on measuring teacher effectiveness. We strive to help students increase their knowledge and skills every day. Learn easy six steps to individually and collaboratively plan for and “cause” student growth. Feel what it is like to radically celebrate progress in 30 to 60 days.
10. Six Sensational Tips for Teacher and Administrative Leaders
Discover how to become a powerful engine of school improvement. Take a virtual tour through a variety of leadership scenarios to explore how to expect and direct continual improvement and create a collaborative culture of inquiry and positive action in professional groups. Be involved in discovery activities to more closely examine ways to inspect existing conditions and improvement progress. See how you can show incredible respect for both effort and accomplishment. Learn how to encourage colleagues to reflect about and celebrate progress and to inspire hope, optimism, and positive measurable results.
Imagine giving reading and writing assignments/tasks where “no one gets lost and no one gets bored.” Learn how the brain operates during the reading and writing process and become familiar with additional strategies for teaching students to understand and write about readings and classroom experiences across the curriculum. See how you can easily design lessons to align to the new literacy standards while maintaining the integrity of content materials. Through simulated classroom activities, participants will practice strategies for managing student motivation and reading and writing performance differences.
12. Coaching to WIN at School
Teachers, administrators, teacher leaders, and even instructional coaches sometimes need coaching to be successful. Become familiar with seven key practices of effective coaching. See how good things can happen when we have a better understanding of how to interact with others to form coaching relationships that are non-judgmental and inspire confidence and optimism. Join this session to learn what you already know and need to know about how effective coaches form powerful partnerships that help teachers, coaches, administrators, and students WIN at school.
See a full menu of professional development programs for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents below.
• Curriculum Mapping and Aligning (see Common Core Programs)
• Unit Design
• Using Data to Realign/Revise Curriculum
• Integrating Curriculum Across Content Areas
• Differentiating Curriculum for Special Needs and ELL Students
• From Maps to Units to Motivational Lessons
• Formative and Summative Assessment
• Performance and Product Assessment
• Using Classroom Assessment Data to Respond to Student Learning Needs
• Listen! Students are Talking to Us in Their Assessments
• Differentiating Assessment for Special Ed and ELL Students
• Inspiring Student Motivation
• Helping Black and Hispanic Males Succeed
• What Struggling Learners Want Teachers to Know and Do
• Reading, Writing, Thinking Skills and Strategies
• Learning-to-Learn and Executive Functioning Skills
• Cooperative Learning and Peer-to-Peer Interaction
• 100% Participation and Active Learning
• Technology in the Classroom
• Differentiating Instruction for Special Ed, ELL, and RTI Students
• Co-Teaching Strategies
• Nurturing Giftedness and Creativity, Curiosity and Challenge
• Student Responsibility
• Behavior Management for a Respectful, Safe, and Productive Learning Environment
• Solving Chronic Misconduct Problems
• Student Self-Esteem
• Interventions for Defiant and Oppositional Students
• Productive and Respectful Student-Teaching Relationships
Professional Development and Learning Communities
• Highly Productive Professional Learning Communities
• Differentiating Professional Development
• New Teacher Mentor and Induction Programs
• Evaluating School and District Professional Development Programs
• Peer and Instructional Coaching
Paraprofessionals and Clerical Staff
• Productive Use of Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals
• Great Customer Service
• Adding Value to Your and Your Client’s Day
• Conflict Resolution and Satisfying Communication
Teacher and Administrative Leadership
• Leading with Hope, Optimism, and Credibility
• Terrific Tips for Teacher Leaders and Administrators
• Becoming the Change Agent You Dream About
• Conflict Resolution for School Leaders
• Organizational Strategic Plans and Initiatives
• Using Walkthrough Data to Enhance Student and Teacher Learning
• Evaluating and Supervising Staff
• Relationship Building for Board of Education Members and School/District Leaders
• Instructional Coaching to WIN
• Harassment Prevention and Professional Conduct
• High Morale and Job Satisfaction
• School Parent/Community Communication
• What Every Parent Wants to Know At Conferences
• Self-Esteem and Pride
• Conflict Resolution
• Creating a Great Learning Environment At Home
• Parent Tutoring
• Supporting Literacy Development At Home
• Responsibility for Learning
• How to Talk about Your Child’s Grades