PLUS Institutes

Learn from some of the best names in education. Each of the authors below has a PLUS Professional Learning Institute that is ready for you and your team to implement!

Understanding by Design® Institute

Students succeed when educators start with the end goal in mind. This backward design approach allows educators to create deliberate and focused unit design choice, laying the foundation for Grant Wiggins’ and Jay McTighe’s internationally respected and widely applied Understanding by Design® curriculum-planning framework.

Habits of Mind Institute

Habits of Mind are the attitudes and dispositions that help students become better thinkers and problem solvers who know what to do when the answers are not immediately apparent. Art Costa and Bena Kallick propose 16 habits (such as Listening with Understanding and Empathy, or Persisting) that, when engaged, can build student success in the classroom, in the workplace, and in life.

Boosting Student Motivation Institute

In this Institute, author Mike Anderson provides a holistic approach to boosting student motivation for all grade levels. From understanding extrinsic and instrinsic motivation to using choice to motivate your students, participants will engage in a practical learning opportunity that can have immediate impact in their classroom.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Institute

This Institute, developed by Amy Heineke is designed to connect teachers and leaders with timely, relevant resources aimed at supporting the increasingly diversified student body in classrooms and schools across our nation. Through this Institute you can access five CLD Learning Paths, take part in collaborative discussions, and explore multimedia resources to help strengthen your professional practice.

Differentiation in the Classroom Institute

Together with Carol Ann Tomlinson, participants will explore differentiated instruction by focusing on five key elements: learning environment, curriculum, assessment, instruction and leadership, and management of the differentiated classroom. Participants will think about why differentiation is important and come to better understand what differentiation is.

Habits Personalized Institute

Habits Personalized provides a framework for progressively moving toward a student-driven model by which learners pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities and create performances. Authors Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick share their passion for personalizing learning and Habits of Mind and discuss how both approaches are a blending of practices that can be sustained in today’s classrooms.

Personalized Professional Learning Institute

In a time when our lives continue to become more personalized – through custom ads, personal shoppers, and movie and book recommendations – our professional learning experiences for educators have not kept pace. In too many districts and schools, teachers continue to participate in one size fits all “sit and get” professional development sessions. Author Allison Rodman will take you on an exploration of  innovative practices in professional learning to design more personalized experiences that empower educators to take a standing role in their own growth.

Social Emotional Learning Institute

Students must be placed at the center of teaching and learning to achieve at their highest academic level and be prepared to learn, live, and lead at their fullest potential. When policy and practice are aligned, they will experience a Whole Child environment where social-emotional learning skills are modeled, fostered, and developed.The Social Emotional Learning Institute, authored by Krista Leh, is a practical learning experience for K-12 educators, leaders and paraprofessionals who are interested in the area of social-emotional learning that is developmentally appropriate for their students.

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