Educators are life-long learners!
Continual growth within schools must be supported with strong and relevant professional learning for leaders and teachers. SLC experts bring the learning to you through professional development designed to meet your school’s specific needs.
Professional Development Offerings
The Aspiring Leaders Program prepares future school leaders and supports those presently in leadership positions who wish to grow. The year-long, active learning program requires participants to attend four sessions. Aspiring Leaders is a serious examination of leadership, management, curriculum implementation, and supervision skills which propel the participants to envision themselves as future Principals or school leaders.
Register today for our next Aspiring Leaders Program.
Lesson Design: Planning for student-centered practices
A lesson plan is the teacher’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time. A plan should be a help to teachers and never a hindrance! Learn how to create simple plans that build for student independence and mastery.
Close reading is an essential skill in all content areas. Students must interact with complex text through a multi-layered approach to boost comprehension. Lead your students into an intensive analysis of a text in order to come to terms with what it says, how it says it, and what it means.
Dive into a text through purposefully planned questions. These powerful questions will guide student analysis and higher order thinking skills.
The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model
Build collaboration and independence in each classroom through the gradual release model. This research-based approach to teaching and learning builds student ownership into each lesson.
Setting Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives
Create a school-wide expectation and vocabulary around this research-based practice. An effective objective will advance learning, ensure purpose in lesson activities, and clarify assessments.
Mathematical Discourse in the Elementary Classroom
Student Mathematical Discourse reveals how students represent, think, talk, question, agree, and disagree in the classroom. Teachers, coaches, and administrators will learn strategies for increasing student discourse and problem-solving skills.
Writing for Success on Assessments
Analyze the reading and writing components of standardized assessments to determine how students: unpack a prompt, organize thoughts, and evaluate their responses. Teachers must engage students in these practices throughout the school year.
ACT Aspire Preparations: Beat the Test Maker
Provide students with the specific guidance and vocabulary they need to navigate and succeed in standardized assessments. Master specific strategies to help students utilize their academic abilities to excel through approaching test-taking as a genre (a particular type of reading and writing).
Boost Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
Research suggests that explicit instruction in critical thinking boosts student achievement, independence, and creativity. Set your students up for deeper thinking through intentional planning, discussion, and collaboration.
The Balanced Literacy Model
Foster independent reading, writing, and thinking skills through:
· Read Alouds
· Shared Reading
· Guided Reading
· Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops
CCSS Shifts in Action
Leading implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires school leaders to focus on building the capacity of teachers. Teaching and learning will shift to student-centered and text-based activities.
Setting the Stage for Learning: The Literacy Rich Classroom Environment
A step-by-step approach to giving students access to a wide-array of reading opportunities throughout their school day. Create authentic and readers in your school by making simple environmental and practical shifts.
SLC Experts also provide structure and guidance to the following important educational processes:
Strategic District Planning
District/School Vision Development
School Improvement Action Plans
Providing Teachers with Effective Feedback
A Continual Cycle of Improvement
Time Management Success