Summer Workshop: Key Shifts

A current trend in education is the term “key shifts” when referring to the Common Core. This workshop provides active learning about the key shifts and facilitated work time for embedding these key shifts into lessons. Teachers will learn actively, craft a lesson, and have something ready to go for September! (Note: bring a lesson or lesson idea that you are interested in aligning to the Idaho Core.)

This is a course that provides in-depth training in the Key Shifts. It includes the application of key shifts through integration into lesson plans. The following topics and problems will be studied and practiced:

  1. The Key Shifts
  2. Lesson and/or unit revision.
  3. The Common Core Anchor Standards and grade-level standards.

Workshop Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Use the key shifts as a lens and a tool to effectively revise lessons/units.
  2. Use the Instructional Practices Guide as a lens and a tool to reflect upon their own teaching and to revise their own lessons and units.

Summer Workshop: Transforming School Culture

School culture can make or break an initiative such as the move to the Idaho Core. This workshop explores the four types of educators who make up school communities (Muhammad, 2009) and how administrators can move their staff toward a positive work environment. Participants will actively engage in a Document-Based Inquiry (experiencing Common Core-aligned learning) around the Mann Gulch Fire and explore why people resist change even in the face of personal danger. From there, participants will problem-solve challenges and create action plans for their educational contexts. While this workshop is focused on administrators, they are encouraged to invite their leadership teams. The following topics and problems will be studied and practiced:

  1. School Culture.
  2. Change Made Doable.
  3. Problem-Solving

Workshop Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Use the “Drop Your Tools” research as a lens and a tool to effectively assess their school culture;
  2. Use the research on Change (Heath & Heath, 2010) and Motivation (Pink, 2009) as a lens and a tool to craft a plan of action for their own educational context.
  3. Identify Core-aligned instructional strategies that can be used in professional development contexts, as well as K-12 classrooms.

Summer Workshop: Evaluating Student Work

Evaluating Student Work is an intensive workshop that continues in-depth exploration of utilizing the EQuIP rubric to assess instructional materials against the Common Core, the Key Shifts, the best research-based instruction strategies, and varied modes of assessment. It includes looking at student work samples (low, middle, and high) to both assess and reflect upon the quality of the unit taught and to begin the process of finding anchor papers for future classroom application. The following topics and problems will be studied and practiced:

  1. Using student work samples to evaluate the quality of teacher-created units;
  2. Teacher as Content Specialist: revise own Core-aligned unit based upon content knowledge, personal expertise, and feedback from other teachers via the EQuIP rubric.
  3. Teacher as Knowledgeable Instructor: teach Core-aligned unit in the classroom.
  4. Teacher as Reflective Practitioner: reflect upon the teaching of Core-aligned unit, consider revision possibilities, and record observations.

Workshop Objectives: At the conclusion of this 4-day workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Use the EQuIP student work rubric as a lens and a tool to effectively assess the quality of teacher-created units;
  2. Analyze and assess student work samples to establish norms, anchor papers, and non-examples.
  3. Maintain a Reflective Notebook that records and reflects upon their Common Core journeys, revision ideas, and observations of student work.