How can we help?
While we currently work full time as educators, we have some flexibility in our schedules and love to work with teachers, schools, and districts.
What we offer
Our specific area of expertise is the practical application of the principles of standards-based learning. In other words, what does SBL look like in the classroom? We have guided and supported teachers and schools through the changes in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and communication necessary in the shift to a standards-based system. Reading our book, The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal, is the best way to know if we would be a good fit for your professional development needs.
We have one-, two-, or three-day workshop options based on your needs and readiness. Topics can include:
We will work with school leaders prior to our workshops to ensure that we understand your particular culture, goals, and readiness. We will discuss options and design personalized agendas based on our conversations. In addition, we come ready to adjust as necessary throughout our workshops based on experiences, needs, and requests; because there are two of us, it's easier to differentiate when the need arises.
We can work with teacher leaders and administrators to assess current status, determine needs, and develop long-term professional development pathways to improve learning in your classrooms.
An important part of our work with schools is to help them develop their own faculty learning targets and scales. Standards-based learning will look different at every school, and it's important to come to common agreements about the components of your individual system and the language you will use. This work is often drafted with smaller leadership groups and then brought to the full faculty for feedback and revision.
We can work with teams to plan for and facilitate the development of these common understandings and outcomes.
In addition, we can recommend teacher-consultants with specific content-area expertise as necessary.
We will facilitate a digital, guided book-study of The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal for groups of educators.
This book study includes focus questions, online discussions, and individual feedback on participant products. We can customize timelines, but suggest spreading the study out over a semester or a year.
The book study may be effective in conjunction with other consulting or workshops.