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Core Professional Learning Offerings in CFSD

Professional Learning

New Teacher Induction: Great Beginnings - Systems for Success

Continuing Professional Learning


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The CFSD instructional model is built upon our belief of continual improvement through research-based best practices. We offer exciting and rigorous active learning opportunities with immediate classroom takeaways.

Below are examples of core professional learning offerings that are provided for our teachers.

6-12 Disciplinary Literacy

Literacy learning is foundational to deep content understanding across disciplines. Teachers in science, social studies, career and technical education, English, world languages, and math receive ongoing training and coaching to support them in developing content-specific skills and strategies that build students’ capacity for thinking and working like scientists / historians / entrepreneurs / engineers / etc.

Project Based Learning: Teaching Through Vibrant, Rigorous, and Engaging Collaborative Projects

Rather than an assigned task at the end of instruction, the project becomes the instruction in project based learning. Never again will you hear, “Why are we doing this?” or “Will this be on the test?” because your students will be working on in-depth inquiry, answering driving questions for a public audience. Learn how to structure a project to foster true collaboration -- so every student has a meaningful role in inquiry and production.

Systems Thinking Level 1: Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Systems thinking is an invaluable 21st century skill for both students and adults to use in educational and professional contexts, as well as in their daily lives. This Level 1 offering provides an introduction to systems thinking and its connections to other effective instructional practices. Teachers develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking concepts and tools, and use the tools to analyze complex issues and identify high leverage interventions. Integrating systems thinking into the instructional process helps students develop thinking skills that empower them to examine and understand complex problems both inside and outside the classroom.

Guided Reading and Balanced Literacy

An effective balanced literacy program fosters critical thinking and inspires an ownership for learning. This offering engages teachers in a practical and interactive experience to learn the components of a balanced literacy program, creating a scaffold for implementing the CFSD English language arts curriculum. Balanced Literacy involves reading to, with, and by students, and the thinking behind reading and writing decisions and strategies. Teachers learn how to create a classroom environment that supports literacy learning across disciplines using a Reading Workshop model.

Understanding by Design

Developed by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, UbD is an instructional planning approach that uses backward design to increase student understanding and transfer. UbD complements the CFSD professional learning model in that it “reflects a continual improvement approach to student achievement and teacher craft” (Wiggins and McTighe, 2011). CFSD teachers in Years 5-7 attend formal training with Understanding by Design experts.

Going Google

Harness the power of Google Classroom and assorted Google Apps to extend your class beyond the walls, and give your students superpowers: Forms (and automated grading), Blogger, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Earth, Sheets, Docs – you will learn how to use Classroom, and choose from a host of other tools that will allow you and your students to research, connect with each other, and explore the world.

Mixed Mindsets: Beyond Growth Mindset

So, you’ve taught your students about the difference between growth and fixed mindset. Now what? Expand your students’ knowledge and vocabulary in order for them to stop rolling their eyes whenever they hear, “Growth Mindset.” Build your capacity to make connections between your curriculum and growth mindset materials, find ways to structure your class and your instruction to promote growth mindset implicitly.

Mixed Mindsets: Self-Efficacy - How to Help Students Develop Self-Control and Reach Their Goals

We know that if our students work hard, they will learn. And yet many of them may not work as hard as they could - or may miss opportunities to practice and develop skills. Why don’t they? And what can we do? Apply the self-regulation rubrics of the deep learning proficiencies to your daily methods in order to help students create their own learning goals, chart the pathway to achieve those targets, and build habits that will help them succeed. Walk away from this workshop with ideas to implement in your classroom.

Taking a Leap into the Deep: The DLPs and Your Instructional Practice

In this workshop, after a general introduction to all DLPs, participants will choose a single DLP to focus on for the day (Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Systems Thinking). You will unpack the rubrics for your chosen DLP, and dive deep to understand the skills the proficiency describes. You’ll collaborate with others and use your own creativity to innovate ways to incorporate deep learning into your class, so that it enhances the content that you teach. At the end of the workshop, you will have specific ideas about how to teach and assess these important skills.


McTighe, Jay, and Grant Wiggins. "Understanding by Design Framework." Understanding by

Design Framework White Paper. ASCD, 2011. Web. 18 Sept. 2016.




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