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March PLS: Last PLS of 2013-2014 School Year!

We have arrived! It is already time for the final Teaching Excellence PLS of the school year! It has been a tremendous pleasure to work with you this year, provide applicable professional development, and see classrooms across the city change as a result. Get excited for the sessions we are offering this March-we hope that they impact your classroom and your students!

Instructional Technology

Technology can enhance our lives in so many ways, so why not our teaching too? This session will explore technology driven strategies for effectively, and efficiently, improving the quality of the feedback given to both your students and their families. Investing students in classroom goals via tracking tools, along with consistent & targeted feedback, will help ensure that timely & strategic feedback is being given… It will also help ensure you aren’t staying up later than necessary to make it happen. For this session, you’ll opt-in to one of two sessions: Mail Merge or Excel + PPT = Investment. Even better, each participant will then have the opportunity to attend two out of the following five, 15 minute, mini-sessions on current technology practices in education: Google Voice, Google Drive, Social Media, Ipads, Microsoft Publisher, Word


**Please note: Some TFA Corps Members took this session during Institute.

Folded paper. It may not seem like much, but folded paper can do unimaginable things to a classroom including make connections clear for students, provide an engaging and purposeful way to keep track of critical information, and get students excited about what they are learning. Teachers in the Foldables session will learn many formats which can be used for students to capture the key points of a class. Selecting a purposeful and memorable format with which to capture notes enables teachers to provide students with a way to recall the information presented. Participants in this session will learn to match foldables to the content of a class as well as strategize which foldables to use in an upcoming lesson.

Promoting Student Leadership through Teacher Leadership

In this session we’ll delve deep into the five core attributes of effective leadership: humility, authenticity, grit, relentless pursuit of results and a growth mindset. By first discovering your own personal strengths as an instructional leader, you’ll help your students unlock their true potential.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can inspire your students be leaders in the classroom, school, and community level, this session is for you.


Creating a clear criteria for success is critical with regards to providing students what they need to succeed. Attend this session to see examples and identify the components needed for strong classroom rubrics. Rubrics are an excellent tool for both providing support to struggling students while simultaneously challenging advanced students to perform at their best. In this session, teachers will learn the criteria for effective rubrics and have time to apply these criteria to an upcoming project. Participants should have a specific, upcoming project or task that they would like to use a rubric for, prior to attending this session.

Discovery-Based Learning

Discovery-Based Learning is an alternative to the standard five-step lesson cycle that asks students to make their own meaning out of evidence that is presented to them. This incredibly engaging instructional practice must be very carefully planned and supported by a talented instructor and this session will give you the foundation necessary to plan and execute these lessons in your class!

Drive Your Own Development

This session will lift the curtain on the thought processes of instructional leaders and teach you how to use your Teaching Excellence Rubric data to help you drive your own professional development. Prepare to learn ways to set yourself up for success beyond your first year of teaching!

Rigor Rising

Rigor leads to college-readiness. But what IS rigor? In this session, teachers will see examples of rigor via video and other classroom examples and be provided with time to plan rigorous activities as well as plan ways to make their classroom environment one where rigor reigns supreme.


Which session are you most excited to attend? How will it transform your teaching?



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