Learning Communities Teacher Training

We currently have no trainings scheduled. Teacher training opportunities are provided by request. A training opportunity will be made available when at least eight people express interest. Two to four day training opportunities through the Sequim School District help teachers develop skills and learn techniques and activities for building successful learning communities in the classroom.

Dates:
Negotiable

Times:
Typically 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on each training day. An additional 8 hours of reading and activities may be assigned to be logged outside of the sessions for those interested in more clock hours.

Clock Hours
24 to 40 clock hours may be available for a training.

Cost
The minimum cost will be to attempt to laugh at the instructor's jokes. Monetary amounts are negotiated.

Registration
For information and to express interest in a training contact:

Matt Duchow at 582-3400 or mduchow@sequim.k12.wa.us

Major Topics to Be Covered
Learn and experience how to build a strong learning community within any classroom around the following topics: experiential education, academic risk-taking, challenge by choice, full value contract, group and role development in the classroom. Gain an understanding of the art of facilitation of a group including the use of the adventure wave, group assessment, activity adjustment, activity sequencing, framing (briefing), processing (debriefing), and safety considerations. Design a learning communities sequence that can be used in the classrooms, or on the challenge course, integrating learning communities activities and concepts into current curriculum.

Course Objectives

  • Learnhow to build a strong learning community within any classroom
  • Gain an understanding of the art of facilitation of a group
  • Learn how to design a learning communities sequence integrating learning communities activities and concepts into current curriculum.
  • Be ready for the classroom climate, student engagement and behavior management portions of the TPEP including:
    • Criterion 1: Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement.
      • 2b: Establishing a Culture for Learning
      • 3a: Communicating with Students
      • 3c: Engaging Students in Learning
    • Criterion 2: Demonstrating effective teaching practices.
      • 3b: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
    • Criterion 3: Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs.
      • 3e: Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
    • Criterion 5: Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment.
      • 2a: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport
      • 2c: Managing Classroom Procedures
      • 2d: Managing Student Behavior
      • 2e: Organizing Physical Space
    • Criterion 8: Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
      • 4d: Participatingin a Professional Community
      • 4e: Growing and Developing Professionally
      • 4f: Showing Professionalism
      • Student Growth 8.1: Establish Team Student Growth Goal(s)

For more detail about how this works with the TPEP see the Building Successful Learning Communities and theTPEP/Danielson Model section of the Sequim School District Learning Communities website page (Click the link in the menu to the left).

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