Andrew speaks on a variety of topics which can be adapted for keynotes, entire faculties, or smaller cohorts of teachers.
All 4s and 5s
"All 4s and 5s" is given as a keynote or a professional development session with teachers. Using Andrew's core beliefs about creating a culture where 4's and 5's are the norm, we helped class averages soar from 1.9 with very low pass rates to 4.45 with a 100% pass rate in just 3 years. Any student can do this if we believe in them. The philosophy starts with creating something unique for our students- the "end users" of our design that drive our instruction. From there, we discuss concrete ways to build rigor, relationships, and reliable measures of assessment to ensure your students are on track. Andrew will present 10 key points that will examine mindsets relating to teacher investment in the course, goals and outcomes of AP, and even investigate individual teacher policies that can help achievement rates.
Surviving and thriving as a new teacher
Based on Andrew’s latest book, this seminar, keynote, or professional development day is geared towards supporting new teachers. So many of the ideas, habits, policies, mindsets, and dispositions are established in our first few years of teaching. This curriculum is built on real-world scenarios that new teachers will face and will connect your staff to the best practices to survive and thrive as an educator. While individual teachers will always be the driving force behind student success, programmatic and cultural deposits in the school's programs have the most lasting impact on sustained success. It is important that new teachers receive the best professional development to establish the passion for what they love doing everyday. This training is uplifting, collaborative, and strives to add practical tools to a new teacher’s toolbox.
redefining technology and Literacy in the classroom
Blended learning is a hot topic in education. This full or half day seminar focuses on strategies and best practice in blended learning- a key part of capturing student interest on THEIR terms, not ours. Andrew will share over 30 web 2.0 sites and show examples of how they can be used in different subject areas with different aged students. The latest and greatest tools including Blendspace, TedEd, EdPuzzle, and Screencastify are explored.
So how to all these new tools intersect with the most important skill we teach in our classes? Explore different disciplinary literacy tools with Andrew and see how they can transform the way struggling readers consume text.