Robyn Hartzell K-12 Education Consulting Services

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The content of these sessions is created based on needs and current educational trends. All learning sessions are designed to be interactive and give teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators practical strategies for implementing foundational and innovative concepts of learning. All content can be offered in a variety of formats. To learn more about having a customized professional learning package created for your campus/district , click the button below.

Building Trust, Breaking Barriers

This session will explore the factors that lead to trust and those that break trust. Participants will gain practical strategies for building trust quickly and gain useful techniques for developing confidence as a coach.

Caution! Students Thinking- Developing a Classroom Culture of Critical Thinking

We often hear that critical thinking is a necessary 21st century skill, and most educators will say that they want their students to be critical thinkers. However, we often inadvertently use classroom strategies that devalue critical thinking. This session will explore what critical thinking truly is and how developing it in students impacts the fundamental role of the teacher. We will explore specific strategies for building classroom cultures which foster global thinking dispositions and discuss the implications that this type of environment has on teaching and learning.

Creating a Coaching Climate

This session will explore how school leaders can integrate a coaching mindset into all aspects of the school culture. Participants will explore the role that relationships, feedback, trust, and perceptions play in developing a learning climate in which coaching is welcomed and viewed as an essential part of the school experience.

Letting Go: Practical Strategies to Move from Teacher-Driven to Student-Centered Learning

Most teachers know that students should be at the center of classroom decisions; however, many classrooms are still directed primarily by the teacher. Even when methods such as guided groups, stations, and flipped learning are used, they are still mainly driven by the teacher. This session will look at how teachers can turn the responsibility for determining the content, processes, and products that we want students to learn and use over to the students while still meeting the requirements of curriculum and standardized testing and how they will help deepen students’ learning by doing so.

Literacy Essentials: Balanced Literacy

This experience focuses on helping educators understand what it means to use a balanced literacy approach and how this type of approach maximizes student learning through the purposeful use of instructional time. Participants will be introduced to a variety of word study, reading, and writing practices which can be used to provide a balance of shared, guided, and independent learning opportunities for students.

Literacy Essentials: Guided Reading

The content of the learning modules for this topic focus on understanding the practice of guided reading and how to successfully implement it in the classroom. Participants will explore concepts such as effective ways to group students and choosing texts based on text levels and text complexity. The session(s) will also introduced to the components of a guided reading lesson and ways to effectively implement the practice in any grade.

Literacy Essentials: Learning Stations

In this learning session, participants will explore what makes the use of learning stations effective and meaningful. The content addresses how to design appropriate management systems for implementing stations as well as how to create reading, writing, and word study stations that are aligned to standards and that will provide purposeful practice opportunities for students.

Literacy Essentials: Readers' Workshop

The content for this topic can be combined with the learning content of the Writers’ Workshop session(s) to provide a comprehensive understanding of using a workshop approach to literacy. Participants will be introduced to the readers’ workshop framework and will learn practices for creating a classroom culture that motivates reading and fosters independence. Content covers topics such as delivering effective mini-lessons, using reading conferences, reading responses, and readers’ notebooks, as well as how to allow choice in reading while teaching common skills.

Literacy Essentials: Writers' Workshop

The content for this topic can be combined with the learning content of the Readers’ Workshop session(s) to provide a comprehensive understanding of using a workshop approach to literacy. Participants will be introduced to the writers’ workshop framework and will learn practices for creating a classroom culture that promotes writing. Content covers topics such as how to model writing and use mentor texts, teaching skills in context, integrating peer revision, having effective writing conferences, and using formative assessment.

Literacy for Generation Z- Teaching the Reading, Writing, and Communication Skills of Tomorrow Today

Today’s students need to know how to read, write, and communicate just as we always have needed those skills; but today’s students are inundated with new ways that those skills must be applied. As they move into the future, they will encounter even more new territories that will make it necessary to adapt skills they have and use them to develop new ones. This session will explore how the fundamental skills that we rely on to be literate are evolving and changing and how educators can help students develop the flexible literacies needed for an ever-changing future.

PBL Basics: Foundations for Implementing a PBL Approach

This session will explore the principles of using a project-based approach to learning and introduce participants to the essential design elements of an effective project. Follow-up and extended support for facilitating project design and delving deeper into concepts such as alignment to standards and assessment is available with custom learning packages.

REAL Coaching- Instructional Coaching Foundations Academy

This 2-day academy will focus on the basics of providing Relevant, Effective, Authentic, and Learning-Centered (REAL) coaching. Participants will learn about various coaching approaches, communication techniques, how to develop the traits of an effective coach, how to determine teacher needs, and how to provide support with "bang for your buck" coaching strategies. This session will utilize role-playing, collaboration, and authentic examples from real coaching experiences to give participants a foundation upon which to build their coaching expertise.

Thinking Required - Making Thinking a NECESSARY Tool in the Classroom

Teachers spend a lot of time planning lessons that seem to be rigorous yet actually require very little thinking from the student. This session will look at ways that teachers can ensure thinking is occurring and how they can boost the level of thinking that is required in their classes. We will explore instructional design strategies that encourage deeper levels of thinking from the student with less work from the teacher.

Water the Seeds: A Growth-Minded Approach to Coaching

In this session, participants will discover the benefits of approaching change through a strengths-based, growth-minded model rather than a deficiency model. We will learn how to conduct observations through a strengths-based lens and how to develop learning goals that utilize teachers’ strengths to help them grow in other areas.

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