Since its inception, the K20 Center has specialized in
the design and facilitation of research-based learning that is:
Two Day Institutes | The PDI starts with two consecutive days that allow experienced facilitators time to review the latest research, explore strategies for their specific needs, and create a plan for implementation.
+One Day Reflection | Each PDI session will include a third day to return to the K20 Center and reflect on learning and actual integration into practice. (Scheduled with participants in Fall 2018).
On-Going Online Support | Included with each PDI will be digital resources that provide just-in-time supports, opportunities to communicate with K20 facilitators, and a community of practice.
Cost | $500 per participant for 3 full days. (K20 recommends registering teams of 3-5 participants*, but we also accept individual registrants for any of the PDI sessions.)
Interested, but not sure how to support this? In reviewing the funding criteria for Title I, Title II, and Title IV, funds can be used to support school improvement plans, professional development planning, and opportunities for improved learning for all students, which are core components within these learning experiences.
Creating a College-Going Culture
A school's college-going culture (CGC) is inclusive to all students, is supported systemically, and involves all stakeholders. In this seminar, participants will gain an understanding of creating a college-going culture by a) establishing what it means to have a college-going culture, b) analyzing the significance of a CGC, c) assessing the current CGC at their school site, and d) creating a list of strategies that signal a CGC. Participants in this session will also examine some best practices that have been successfully used by other schools and identify ways these strategies could be modified to fit the needs of the participants. This session will encourage collaboration, inquiry, and engagement. Participants can expect to leave with new ideas to add to their toolbox and implement immediately!
Beyond the Basics: Embedded Literacy Across Grade Levels and Content Areas
This professional development is applicable to participants specializing in early childhood, elementary, and secondary classrooms. In this interactive, collaborative professional development institute, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the components of embedded literacy. Participants will be immersed in approaches to embedded literacy through the modeling of interdisciplinary instructional strategies, collaborating both across and within participants’ grade levels. Participants are asked to: a) evaluate multiple components of literacy, b) explore various strategies for embedding literacy in various subject areas, and c) collaborate either within or across grade levels and/or content area teams to form or adapt existing lessons. Through collaborative participation, participants will recognize some of the core characteristics of embedded literacy and its use in the classroom to deepen learning.
*This session will be most beneficial for grade and content level teams.
Google Basics to Intermediate Use
Google Basics to Intermediate Use PDI will allow participants to collaborate while exploring and integrating Google Suite, apps, extensions, add-ons, and Classroom. In this institute, participants will a) gain an understanding of Google Suite, b) promote collaboration, mentor and peer feedback, and access to outside expertise, and c) develop content-specific lessons for application of Google Apps in the secondary classroom.
This institute will explore the use of project-based learning to address real world problems. Teams will a) experience project-based learning (PBL), b) develop an understanding of what PBL is and how PBL can be implemented in the classroom to support student-driven inquiry, c) develop an understanding of the essential and flexible components of a PBL experience, and d) construct a plan to implement PBL experiences in their school. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to use multidisciplinary projects to engage their students in meaningful learning experiences.
Student-Centered Opportunities for Rigor, Relevance, and Engagement
In this interactive, collaborative professional development institute, participants will consider components of authentic teaching and learning as they engage with a variety of content- and grade-level-specific instructional strategies. Participants will experience model strategies in the role of student, initially, and then move toward modeling strategies themselves through a reflective process. Participants will have opportunities to implement strategies in their own classrooms between institute days and then reflect on successes and obstacles and make appropriate revisions. At the conclusion of the institute, participants will teach one another similar student-centered strategies appropriate across grade levels and content areas.
Thinking Outside the Equation
Mathematics is sometimes perceived as one directional, but it doesn’t have to be. In this interactive professional development institute, participants will reflect upon what 'math' really is, how it looks and feels, and how intentional tasks can enhance overall understanding and critical thinking. Participants will experience mathematical concepts via non-routine tasks that reach beyond procedural 'steps' and shift into mathematical understanding that builds a flexible mindset for teaching and learning. Participants will construct instructional tasks for their classroom and return to reflect over the success of their task and how to move forward growing as teachers of mathematics.