Professional Development Workshops – 2018-19 

1. Screen SmartTM - Using Media & Technology to Improve Skills, Scores & SEL

Children are visual learners and media is a powerful learning tool.  Make sure your faculty has access to these cutting-edge strategies for accelerated learning. Help them learn how to integrate media into impactful lesson plans that will boost student participation, social emotional learning (SEL), and educational outcomes.

Competencies to be gained:

  • How a student-centered approach to 21st century skills can improve learning.

  • Rubrics for using values-based short films to improve empathy and text-to-self connections.

  • How digital story telling can strengthen reading and ELA common core frameworks

  • Achieve multiple learning outcomes from showing a digital media.

These dynamic techniques support  academic success promote thinking and cognitive skills and increase proficiency in using technology. The result: experiential learning and happy students.


2. Screen SmartTM Learning Strategies for ELL Classrooms – Using Audio Visual Storytelling to Boost Literacy Skills

Students of all backgrounds 1000+ hours with screens and technology each year. How can educators leverage those hours to enhance the academic success of students who speak little English? This high-energy workshop shows educators how to use screen time to strengthen ELL students’ work in the classroom. You'll learn essential techniques for using media to stimulate student engagement, prompt critical thinking and improve students’ ability in many common core frameworks.

Competencies to be gained:

  • An introduction to the basics of media literacy

  • Strategies for engaging your students in dialog that supports classroom learning.

  • Learning-rich activities to get students thinking critically after they’ve watched TV or movies.

  • High energy pronunciation exercises.

3. The Upside of Digital Devices– Accelerative Learning Techniques for EC Classrooms

Our youngest children are exposed to more screen time than ever. The results? Too much “super hero play, problems  with behavior, focus, and lagging literacy skills. So how do we help our youngest students develop a positive relationship with screens and media to support learning? The ICMC uses a neuroscience-based strategy focused on digital story telling. You’ll learn how to accelerate student learning by teaching healthy screen habits and helping children connect the stories on screens to the stories in books.  

Competencies to be gained:

  • Essential self-regulation and focusing exercises that support leadership skills & confidence

  • Step-by-step lessons for using digital media as a 21st century learning & literacy tool in the classroom

  • Screen-based approaches to elevate empathy & SEL

  • Creative pre and post-viewing activities aligned with ELA Common Core Frameworks. 

4. Instant RECESS! – Boost Engagement When Wee Ones Get Wiggly  (Grades Prek-5)

Whether “wiggling and drifting” come from fatigue, stress, or desire for attention, the “wiggles” can wreck a day of learning. Teachers learn a unique series of physical and vocal techniques together with concentration and creativity exercises that boost classroom energy and focus.

Competencies to be gained:

  1. Background on the techniques & how exercise improves learning.

  2. Physical Warm-up – Hands & Whole Body. (Hands-on Participation)

  3. Energy boosting exercises – (Hands-on Participation)

  4. Game-based exercises:  Speed, quality, sequence of movement changes. (Hands-on)

  5. Articulation exercises. (Hands-on)

Instant RECESS helps educators regain control on chaotic or unpredictable days. Remember: regular exercise strengthens neural pathways & improves cognitive skills.

Book Exciting PD Workshops here!