IDE Corp
Professional Development for Innovative Schools

IDE Virtual Learning Communities

Treat yourself to a personalized online learning experience!

  • Online activities coupled with videoconferencing with a consultant
  • Work at times that are best for you
  • Work with a consultant as you design materials

Courses (6-weeks; full descriptions below)

  1. Creating Lesson Plans that Build Executive Function
  2. Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units
  3. Cloud Infusion: Making Technology Count in the Quest for Student Achievement
  4. Building Student Responsibility for Learning
  5. Creating a STE(A)M Culture in Your Classroom
  6. Using Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction
  7. Problem Solving through the Design Process

Fee

  • $795* / person for 6-week courses (approx. 25 hours of engagement)

*Volume Discounts Available

  • Sign up 5 or more participants for one course for only $695 per participant.
  • Buy 10 or more seats for the year for only $695 per participant per course.

 

Courses

1) Creating Lesson Plans That Build Executive Function

“I learned that there was so much more I could be doing with my students to foster their executive functioning skills. I am so excited to implement many of the strategies and techniques I learned from the course and through chatting with Megan on a weekly basis. I have also decided to look at the relationship between executive functioning skills and reading comprehension for my thesis. Thanks again for everything!” - Leslie Thompson, Resource/In-Class Support Teacher, Hillsborough Township Public Schools, NJ

(6 weeks) Executive function is critical to all students’ academic achievement.  Research has shown us that these skills can be developed and accelerated. IDE Corp. consultants will facilitate a six-week online course to create lesson plans which foster the six key aspects of executive function. Participants will design lesson plans with implementation ideas to use in their schools that will intentionally build these executive function skills in students.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding how executive function is inextricably linked to the academic achievement of students at all developmental levels
  2. Understanding how executive function develops and how growth can be accelerated
  3. Understanding the difference between learning and practice activities, and the importance of purposeful “grappling” with content
  4. Developing learning and practice activities aimed at building executive function across the seven key components: working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and self-regulation
  5. Creating a plan to implement structures that build executive function in the learning environment
  6. Learning to facilitate instruction by asking questions that lead to the development of greater executive function

Watch Dr. Nancy Sulla’s YouTube videos “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement” and “All Students Can Learn with Executive Function“.

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Participants in “Creating Lesson Plans That Build Executive Function” will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, It’s Not What You Teach But How as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to the IDEportal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC.

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2) Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units

(6 weeks) IDE Corp. consultants will facilitate a six-week online course to design a problem-based task, a rubric to drive instruction, and a scaffold of rich and diverse learning activities to implement with their students.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding how “Raising Academic Rigor,” “Engaging Students in Learning,” and “Building Student Responsibility for Learning” go hand-in-hand
  2. Developing authentic, open-ended, problem-based tasks that create a felt-need to learn (expectations adjusted if the participant has taken the introductory course)
  3. Designing analytic rubrics to offer clearly articulated expectations, a roadmap for all learners, and challenges for gifted learners
  4. Designing a scaffold for learning to develop differentiated learning and practice activities
  5. Developing one or more other structures to support the unit, e.g.:
    1. Formative Assessments to drive instructional planning
    2. Facilitation Questions to probe students’ thinking at higher cognitive levels
    3. Facilitation Grid to manage your ongoing student facilitation

Watch IDE Corp.’s YouTube video “What’s the difference between project-based learning and problem-based learning?“.

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Participants in “Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units” will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Students Taking Charge as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to the IDEportal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC.

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3) Cloud Infusion: Making Technology Count in the Quest for Student Achievement

(6 weeks) IDE Corp. consultants will facilitate a six-week online course exploring themes of transformational technology, collaboration, differentiation, assessment, and more. They will design specific activities that embrace technology infusion in their classroom. The course is designed for all levels of technology use, from beginner to advanced. Participants will explore a selection of the most innovative cloud-based software available to learners, reflect on their use of digital resources and plan for upcoming lessons/units in their classroom.

Topics include:

  1. Using technology in transformational ways
  2. Using technology to build responsibility in students towards becoming digital citizens and digitally literate
  3. Designing instructional materials that allow students to build a collaboration mindset
  4. Infusing transformational technology to enhance formative and summative assessment
  5. Becoming a reflective practitioner related to to technology use in the classroom
  6. Using technology to differentiate learning and practice activities in the classroom

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4) Building Student Responsibility for Learning

(6 weeks) IDE Corp. consultants will facilitate a six-week online course that will cover structures and strategies teachers can employ to help students take greater responsibility for their own learning, including self-assessment, goal-setting, self-regulation, and reporting.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding how student responsibility impacts student achievement
  2. Designing structures and strategies to build student responsibility in the classroom
  3. Building executive function skills that promote responsibility
  4. Exploring the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

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5) Creating a STE(A)M Culture in Your Classroom

(6 weeks) We’re all familiar with STE(A)M courses and STE(A)M hours; but what about a classroom or school that exudes a culture of STE(A)M thinking? How can we position students to use design thinking, exemplify the use of math practice standards, and experience the cross-cutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards throughout the day? This course will focus on designing instruction to reflect a STE(A)M culture across all activities of the day. Participants will design lesson plans and structures to use with their students.

Topics include:

  1. Exploring the concept of developing in students the mindsets of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians throughout the day
  2. Understanding and infusing the IDE Corp. Design Process into the learning environment
  3. Connecting the NGSS, Standards for Mathematical Practice and design thinking across content areas
  4. Developing structures and strategies that build a STE(A)M mindsets

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6) Using Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction

(6 weeks) IDE Corp. consultants will facilitate a six-week online course that will allow participants to explore structures and strategies teachers can use to gather formative assessment data and then use it to differentiate instruction.

Topics include:

  1. Developing formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-­directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments
  2. Using formative assessment data to differentiate classroom activities
  3. Using formative assessment data to drive facilitation of instruction
  4. Designing formative assessment grids to allow participants to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction

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7) Problem Solving Through the Design Process

(6 weeks) During this course, participants will engage in solving a real-world problem by using the IDE Corp. Design Process. They will gain a deeper understanding of how the design process can be used in their classrooms to foster an environment of engagement, higher-order thinking, and student responsibility.  Participants will also develop authentic, open-ended problems for their own classrooms and give their students an opportunity to engage in the design process as well.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding the “place” of design process as creating that which does not exist (referencing the STEM science/engineering juxtaposition but realizing that the IDE Design Process can be used in all subjects)
  2. Exploring the difference between convergent and divergent thinking
  3. Understanding the six steps to the IDE Design Process (formulate, explore, ideate, sift, simulate, advocate)
  4. Understanding the importance of empathy in the IDE Design Process
  5. Engaging students in activities that require them to use the design process
  6. Understanding the importance of efficacy in the classroom
  7. Exploring the importance of consensus in decision-making and the tools students can use to achieve consensus

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SESSION SCHEDULE
2nd Winter Session 2016-17 School Year
Executive Function Feb. 28 – Apr. 11
Cloud Infusion Mar. 14 – Apr. 25
Problem-based Learning Feb. 28 – Apr. 11
STE(A)M Mar. 14 – Apr. 25
Spring Session 2016-17 School Year
Executive Function Apr. 18 – May 30
Design Process May 9 – Jun. 20
1st Summer Session 2017 (2 Week Course)
Executive Function Jul. 11 – Jul. 25
Cloud Infusion Jul. 11 – Jul. 25
2nd Summer Session 2017 (2 Week Course)
Problem-based Learning Aug. 8 – Aug. 22
STE(A)M Aug. 8 – Aug. 22

 

Call 201.934.5005 or email solutions@idecorp.com.