Lisa is available for keynotes, workshops, and/or continuous professional development services on the topics of student-driven differentiation, instructional coaching, and standards-based grading (assessment).
- Student-Driven Differentiation (Description and Sample Agenda)
- Standards-Based Learning (Description and Sample Agenda)
- What is Instructional Coaching (Description and Sample Agenda)
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Audience: K-12 educators
Transform teaching and learning with student-driven differentiation. Educators commonly use the terms personalization, differentiation, and individualization, but struggle to implement these approaches successfully. This is due to a variety of perceived obstacles (standardized testing, initiative overload, the learning environment, class size) and fallacies about what differentiation is and is not. It’s time to reflect on our professional practices, remove any barriers in our way, and incorporate student voice to drive our instructional decisions.
A continuation of the morning keynote, workshop participants will engage in interactive activities to further their understanding of how to implement student-driven differentiation in a manageable and sustainable manner in their classrooms. The workshop follows the roadmap for student-driven differentiation. (Roadmap can be viewed here).
Assessment in Today’s Educational Environment
Audience: K-12 educators and parents (adapted for participant group)
The traditional A-F/100-point grading system has been in place since the early twentieth century. This means all parents and grandparents of students currently in kindergarten through 12th grade, plus the vast majority of today’s teachers experienced school with a traditional grading system. But, research shows us this grading system does not encourage student learning not accurately report student progress. Making this change is hard, but vital to our students’ success. This keynote will inspire educators and comfort parents as we make the shift to assessing students in authentic, meaningful and targeted ways. This keynote is supported with the Assessing Our Assessments workshop for educators (see below).
This keynote can be supported with the Assessing Our Assessments workshop for educators (see below/or click here for more information).
What is Instructional Coaching?
Audience: K-12 educators
Research shows that in-house professional development has the greatest impact on teacher growth. Many school districts have implemented instructional coaching as a means of embedded professional development but struggle to create a common understanding of the practice among administrators, coaches, and teachers. This 45-minute talk will clear up confusion and set the stage for productive coaching partnerships in your district. This keynote is supported with the Instructional Coaching: Making it Work for instructional coaches and administrators (see below/or
This keynote can be supported with the Instructional Coaching: Making it Work for instructional coaches and administrators (see below/or click here for more information).