Professional Development Topics

AEC provides ESSA/Common Core State Standards/LCAP aligned professional development in the following areas:

 
 

Common Core~Critical Thinking~Engagement~Differentiation~Content Literacy 

Trainings


  • Game Changers! Pre-During-Post Content Area Literacy & Critical Thinking Strategies: This training develops the prior knowledge, prediction, inference, analysis, visualization, monitoring and summary skills students need for academic success. Participants leave with a tool-kit of differentiated strategies that can be implemented immediately.
  • The SUPER Six - Strategies that Engage & Stimulate Critical Thinking & Comprehension: The title says it all; this interactive session equips educators with differentiated content area literacy strategies that make the difference in student understanding.
  • Neuroscience & Powerful Instructional Practices for Common Core: Boost student achievement utilizing the latest Neuroscience Research & Instructional Best Practices and examine their connection to the new Common Core State Standards.
  • PDP Cornell Notes: Dr. Robert Marzano in Classroom Instruction that Works, identifies note-taking as one of the nine most effective strategies that boosts student comprehension; however, it is the one strategy that everyone assigns but few teach.  Learn this powerful & sytematic note-taking strategy that promotes deeper understanding, differentiation and retention of essential information across all content areas.
  • Common Core State Standards - 9 Changes in Education & Methods to Prepare Students for Success: Participants will learn the major shifts in education the new standards bring and leave with an understanding of how to best prepare students for 21st Century success.
  • Project-Based Learning or Just a Project?  There are several factors that differentiate PBL from ordinary student projects; learn the elements of both and how to incorporate PBL across the content areas to increase student engagement and achievement.
  • Common Core Close Reading: What is it? How can I use it with both fiction and non-fiction? Can it be differentiated for primary and secondary?  These questions and more are answered in this session; this strategy is fundamental to teaching comprehension and critical thinking through complex fiction and non-fiction text.
  • FUN Formative & Summative Assessments: YES - assessments can be engaging & fun! Learn 9 powerful content area formative and summative assessments that increase student comprehension and retention and provide the important data educators can use to drive their instruction.
  • Common Core State Standards - Old vs New and What Does it Mean for Me? As educators transition to the CCSS, many are wondering what are the MAJOR pedagogical shifts and how can they be addressed in lesson plans, questions and assessments.  This session provides practical and common sense strategies that boost student comprehension and critical thinking and empowers educators with a clear understanding of what the CCSS is asking for in our instruction.
  • Developing Fluency in Mixed-Ability Classes: Learn how to teach the three components of fluency (Rate-Accuracy-Prosody) and improve student comprehension and accountability for learning, even in the secondary grades.
  • Content & Academic Vocabulary Acquisition: Acquire the essential methods needed to effectively introduce, prioritize, categorize and review content and academic vocabulary, so student mastery and understanding of content occurs daily.
  • Structured Engagement & Formal Discussion: Engaging and effective techniques are shared to equip teachers with a repertoire of formal & informal discussion and comprehension monitoring strategies that promote critical thinking and improve students' communication skills.
  • YES--Test-Taking Success!  Students encounter hundreds of tests throughout their schooling career but often lack a repertoire of powerful test-taking strategies that enhance success.  This session teaches the "what and why" of effective test-taking methods that teachers can share with their classes to boost testing confidence, competence and comprehension.
  • Content Area & Technical Writing: This training provides instruction and modeling in how to teach a simplified writing process across all content areas. Areas of emphasis include: effective topic sentences, brainstorming, audience, chunk/scaffolded paragraph structures, MLA citation, peer-editing, feedback and revision.  This interactive process develops the College & Career Readiness writing skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards.
 
 

Neuroscience~Student Behavior~Positive School Culture

Trainings


  • Neuroscience & Powerful Instructional Practices for Common Core: Boost student achievement utilizing the latest Neuroscience Research & Instructional Best Practices and examine their connection to the new Common Core State Standards.
  • Neuroscience--What Educators Should Know about the Young Brain: This session equips educators with the latest in neuroscience research and the implications for teaching and learning; educators will leave with a toolkit of strategies to boost student competence, confidence and comprehension.
  • Fostering a Fantastic School Culture - 8 Best Practices: Research suggests there are several characteristics that produce a positive and even pleasurable environment conducive to learning--what are they and how can they be implemented?  Participants engage in analysis and discussion of the "Best Practices" and leave with ideas to implement immediately at their site.
  • Media & Healthy Brain Development: Young brains are changing and media and technology have much influence on healthy (and unhealthy) brain development; learn the ins & outs of media and the impact on learning and teaching.
  • Queen Bees, Geeks, & Wannabees: Social cliques are a common yet frustrating component to the social hierarchy on a school campus; learn the categories that students organize into and how to navigate and develop positive school culture in spite of student "social classes".
 
 

Leadership~Digital Literacy~PLC 

 Trainings


  • The Leader's Brain: Are Leaders Born or Made?  This popular session is packed with the latest research demonstrating how the brain of a leader differs from that of a follower, and specific characteristics and strategies utilized by the most innovative leaders of our time. It is true, we can cultivate effective leadership and increase our capacity for growth and efficiency by learning from the masters.
  • Digital Literacy, Citizenship, & Leadership: What are the components that comprise all of these 21st Century skills and how can educators best prepare students (and themselves) to successfully navigate social media (while protecting personal information and reputation)?  These questions and much more are answered in this informative session.
  • Professional Learning Communities: What are they and why are they so prevalent within successful educational institutions?  Three elements of powerful PLCs are examined along with a comprehensive look at which instructional practices are foundational to a thriving PLC.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders: A powerful session for administrators and instructional leaders focusing on research concerning the achievement gaps, elements of effective instruction, content area literacy, Common Core State Standards (if applicable), supporting effective instruction on campus, the four types of teachers, strategic conversations, and peer-coaching models that promote a culture of collaboration, instructional responsibility and data driven instruction that boosts student achievement.
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media: There is an online story being told about you and your school; learn how to "Brand" your personal and/or school's reputation by capitalizing on how search engine optimizers and "page rankings" work to positively promote your message to your stakeholders.
  • Fashioned to Reign: This fast-paced session examines historical female success stories, their impact on history, and the specific strengths of the female brain that enable it to nurture and lead others to success. (title from Kris Valloton's book)

 

 

 

Parent & Community 

Trainings


"Parent & Community" Trainings

AEC offers a variety of parent trainings to foster a culture of collaboration between school and home.

Various topics include:

  • PDP Cornell Notes: A Systematic Strategy to Aid Comprehension
  • Neuroscience: Why Does Little Johnny Act that Way?
  • What Parents Can Do to Increase Student Competence, Confidence & Comprehension
  • The New Common Core State Standards - What are they, where did they come from, and what can parents do to prepare students for the instructional changes?

*Each training is personalized to meet the needs of your student clientele (ELL, Special Ed, Gifted, etc.).

 

Keynote Presentation Topics (60-120 minutes)

  • Neuroscience & Best Instructional Practices to Support the Common Core
  • Game Changers - 7 Instructional Elements that Catapult Student Achievement
  • Neuroscience - Preparing the Young Brain for Success
  • The Secrets to Boosting Student Achievement & Closing the Gap
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media-Make it Work for You, Not Against You
  • Fostering a Collaborative & Positive School Culture 
  • Engaging All Students All the Time
  • Common Core Content Literacy Best Practices
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders
  • Increasing Student & Teacher Effectiveness through Content Literacy Action Plans
 
Julie Adams is amazing! I have been to all of her trainings and have implemented all of her strategies in my classes. Her pre-during-post strategies engage students and promote critical thinking and academic success with both fiction and non-fiction text. I use her Teaching Academic Vocabulary books to increase students’ content area comprehension and functional analysis skills. She has been a tremendous asset to my students’ success and my teaching, as her continual support and instructional coaching have increased my students’ achievement, vocabulary acquisition, and writing skills across various genres. Our whole school uses her effective strategies in all content areas and the results have been fantastic! I cannot thank her enough for her expertise and dedication.
— Krissy Rhoades, Middle School Language Arts teacher