Principal-Teacher Series

Raising Student Test Scores: A Baker's Dozen

Do you want to raise students’ test scores on high stakes tests? This one- or two- day seminar presents to teachers, school-based administrators, and other instructional leaders thirteen powerful strategies to raise student test scores. This baker’s dozen focuses participants on working with low-performing students with effective approaches that are equally successful with all students, and are meant to provide educators with the initial steps to improving student achievement.

Using Effective Strategies with English Language Learners

The number of students whose primary language is not English has steadily risen over the last few decades in school districts across the country. These students pose a special challenge to teachers and administrators, especially in the “no excuses” culture created by No Child Left Behind Legislation. Weak English vocabulary or literacy skills can translate into poor test performance, and strategies not specifically designed to meet the special needs of non-English speakers can actually hinder the ELL student’s learning.

Establishing Strategic Lesson Planning and Contextual Delivery

This one- or two-day seminar teaches educators how to plan according to the mastery learning model, and how to contextualize the delivery of the lesson. Contextual delivery requires great flexibility and creativity on the part of the teacher, as well as a high level of spontaneity. This seminar is not about lesson planning; rather, it addresses designing lessons strategically, to provide for on-going diagnosis of student needs and the delivery of instruction to meet those needs. The seminar focuses lesson planning on the alignment of instruction with district curriculum and effective instructional practices.

Using a Mastery Learning Approach with Powerful Teaching Strategies

This two-day seminar will describe the value of the Mastery Learning Approach in providing a differentiated curriculum to all students. Mastery learning is founded on the principle that children learn best when instruction is at the exact level of student need, as demonstrated on diagnostic assessments. The correlation between instruction and evaluation is strong, and the proficiencies for the approach will be described.

Using Power Strategies for Vocabulary Development and Strengthening Reading Achievement

Vocabulary for High Stakes Testing is a powerful one-day workshop designed to give core curriculum teachers a comprehensive understanding of critical vocabulary concepts and related research-based instructional strategies. Designed for teachers, grades three through ten, this workshop assists participants in identifying and addressing gaps in their own personal understanding of significant vocabulary concepts and relevant grade level standards.

Reading Comprehension for High Stakes Testing is a unique, two-day workshop designed for classroom teachers, particularly those serving grades three through twelve. Beginning with a simplistic model of reading comprehension skills, this workshop familiarizes teachers of all subject areas with a basic working framework for reading instruction.

Examining Student Work for Standards Alignment and Real-World/Test-Item Formats

In this one- or two-day hands-on seminar, participants will examine classroom artifacts of student work, and calibrate those artifacts with state standards and tested objectives. Participants will be given over a dozen artifacts of materials used with students to analyze and calibrate, and the calibration process itself provides educators with feedback regarding the grade level of student work.

Taking the Mystery Out of Tests and Textbook Alignment Strategies

This one- or two-day hands-on seminar teaches educators how to analyze high stakes tests to identify the essential content being assessed. This important analysis of tests is based on the data yielded from deconstructing test items, and participants are taught to deconstruct publicly-released items using the deep alignment concept. The content, context, and cognitive type of test items are determined and then deepened, to maximize alignment between the taught and the tested curriculum.

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