Through Interface, we collaborate with districts and schools to provide
professional development that meets the specific learning needs of their teachers.
We model the strategies that we present, so our sessions are interactive
and allow educators to engage in teaching and learning from the student perspective.
We also help schools and districts support their instructional coaches, administrators and parents.
Training is offered on-site and virtually.
PLANT: Developing Stronger Roots in Literacy with STEM-Based Activities
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly central to US economic competitiveness and growth. Yet many of our students shy away from these fields. Additionally, many students struggle with literacy skills needed to be successful, which is why literacy in science is a focus of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as the Common Core. The facilitator of this workshop will show teachers how to Promote Literacy with Activities, Notebooking, and Technology through STEM-based activities, which motivate and excite students.
RACE-ing to Success
Constructed responses are open-ended items that require students to demonstrate comprehension, application and reasoning. If students are going to proficiently complete constructed responses in mathematics, they need practice and scaffolds. F1NE-TUNE created a graphic organizer to serve as one such scaffold. This session introduces the graphic organizer and shares how to use it to differentiate instruction and hold students accountable for their own performances on constructed-response items.
Gradual release is a scaffolded approach to teaching and learning that moves instruction from teacher-centered and whole group to student-centered collaboration and independent practice. This approach encourages teachers to assess students at each stage to determine their readiness to progress to the next. During this session, the facilitator will model the four stages of gradual release- I do, We do, You do together, You do alone- using aligned school-level standards.
Today’s classrooms are filled with students who do not respond well to the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning. Whether we like it or not, we must differentiate instruction in order to reach students and raise achievement. This session addresses practical ways to analyze formal and informal student data in order to individualize instruction.