Chapters International will tailor workshops to each specific context as each mix of participants and each school lives and works differently within a specific community. The context needs to be incorporated into any workshop and guides specific content and delivery models. Both content and delivery would be discussed and agreed prior to any workshop project is undertaken.
Below are some of the workshops we can deliver in your schools. Additional workshops are available upon request that can be tailored to specific school needs.
Some of the workshops that we can deliver.
- Differentiation of Instruction
- Understanding by Design incorporating Differentiated Instruction
- Questioning and Discussion Strategies and Higher Order Thinking Skills
- Leading and Coaching Teachers for Instructional Improvement
- Creating Assessments and Quality Rubrics
- Differentiation Grows Up: A Look at Teacher Development and Differentiation
- Using Formative Assessments with Common Core State Standards
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards in your Class, School & District
- Differentiation and Common Core: Helping All Learners Succeed with Complex Content
- Questioning and Discussion Strategies for Diverse Learners
- Embedding Higher Order Thinking Skills into Instruction
- Developing an Understanding of the Framework for Teaching:
- Incorporating Understanding by Design and Differentiated Instruction into School Improvement Planning
- Indicators of Success: Observing Effective Implementation of Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design Principles
- Looking for Differentiation: a Leaders' Guide for Focus and Monitoring Instruction
- How to Get Started with Your Faculty in Differentiated Instruction
- Coaching Teachers from Worksheets to Wonderful
- Readiness-Based Instructional Strategies
- Learning Preference & Interest-Based Instructional Strategies
- Powerful Strategies to Enhance Learning for Gifted and Highly Capable Students
: School leadership is a complex challenge given the nature of school communities and their increasing diversity. Effective leadership depends on leaders understanding their own leadership assumptions and those of their diverse followers, and how these two can be brought together for the best outcome for the community. This workshop includes an introduction to models of intercultural comparisons which enhance understanding and communication between a variety of communities and cultures.
: New and aspiring leaders as well as experienced heads with a new and more diverse community who wish to develop their understanding and skills in leadership.
Middle Level school leadership:
: Developing leadership in teachers and middle level managers is imperative if schools are to have sustainable development. With this in mind, the workshops focuses on developing skills related to team building, working with meetings, difficult conversations and some basic financial management.
New and aspiring middle level managers, or whole staff for schools who wish to develop leadership potential across the community.
Building collaboration in diverse communities:
: Collaboration can be a challenge to implement in some schools because of the different expectations of leadership styles present among the diverse community. In this session, different cultural expectations of leadership and collaboration will be explored. This is done in order to understand why some models of distributed leadership and collaboration are not always equally successful in all schools.
Understanding different expectations of staff can be the major factor in a leaders ability to create the organizational culture they wish - and with collaboration being a major part of any school's expected way of working, the effective development of positive collaboration at all levels in a school is of the utmost importance. It is therefore important to develop appropriate models for each school context. A variety of ways of developing a positive and sustainable culture of collaboration will then be explored using case studies and input from the participants.
: All school staff and leaders
NEASC – ACE Accreditation
: This two-day workshop introduces the new ACE accreditation model and its core concepts and components. It is interactive and focused on engaging participants in the processes involved and exploring how their own school might look through the lens of an ACE accreditation experience.
- Day 1. The core concepts and foundational principles of ACE
- Day 2. The processes, questions and evidence relevant to this system of accreditation.
: School leaders, teachers and administrators who are engaging with the concepts of accreditation and in particular the new NEASC – ACE accreditation protocol.
School vision and strategy
: Schools with a clear and shared vision and mission have a much greater positive impact on students' achievement than those who continue without reflection and strategy. How school communities can create, share and align their vision with the every day educational programme and the concepts, processes and possibilities are explored in this workshop. Participants complete the work with a potential draft plan for creating a vision and implementing a strategic plan or focusing in a number of strategies for future growth.
: School leaders, middle level managers and administrators.
Leading Teaching and Learning
: How do leaders – both middle level and whole school – decide where their school is in the continuum from poor to outstanding, with reference to teaching and learning? And once this is decided, how do they know what specific processes and support to provide in order for improvement to continue. This workshop explores these ideas and uses the latest research to provide ideas and possibilities for leaders to leave with a plan – either small or large - for future teaching and learning improvement.
: All middle and whole school managers and leaders.
Building organizational culture
: Organizational culture is a created through a complex mix of visible and invisible influences. What these influences are, and how they can be enhanced where wanted, and removed where required, is an important skill for schools wishing to build a positive school culture. Models of organizational culture and the various influences and actions which can be taken to enhance school culture – are explored with particular contexts in mind.
: This is relevant to all who are involved in school cultures and can be focused for smaller or larger groups. A whole school could be provided with this workshop as a way forward, or a small leadership team, or individuals with responsibility in this area.
Teacher professional development – a learning community
: What makes effective teacher professional development? The answer to this question is explored through reference to the latest research in this area, and it is then related to current schools and participants' experiences. How schools can create the processes and structures to ensure effective teacher professional development and embed it into the school culture is explored in depth. Participants will have the opportunity to make a plan for personal, group or school PD.
: This will be most effective for middle level and whole school leaders as they will be able to put the new learning's and skills into practice most effectively. It would also be valuable for a whole school to have this workshop as an introduction to implementing effective new structures for professional development.
Cultures and communities
: As school communities increasingly become more culturally diverse, it is important that school leaders and middle level managers understand the varying beliefs, values and assumptions that different cultural groups hold with reference to learning and teaching. This workshop introduces a number of models that can be used to increase intercultural understanding within the community, and within the leadership team. This allows for more effective leadership and improved positive communication among the entire community. Ways future understanding can be enhanced and strengthened are explored and plans drafted during this workshop.
: This workshop can be provided for school leaders and middle level managers in a mixed group, or can be a single leadership team, or it can be provided for a whole school community. Whichever the group is, the workshop is tailored to fit.
International mindedness in the community and curriculum
: This workshop explores the varying definitions and concepts involved with international mindedness and global citizenship. How these terms are defined, explained and lived in school communities varies from context to context but there are some structures and processes that can be put in place to encourage both of them. In addition, it is not only through activities and relationships that these concepts can be encouraged and developed. They can be significantly enhanced through being embedded into the curriculum. This workshop explores the ways and means of achieving these aims.
: This is appropriate for a whole school community, or for a school leadership team, or individual leaders working to increase the level of depth of these concepts into their schools.