Professional Development Update



On November 15, George Couros took to the floor of the Educational Services Center and teams of educators took to Twitter! Enthusiasm ran high throughout the Innovator's Mindset workshop and we're excited to keep this great energy flowing into the new year!

Speaking of the new year, The 2019 Winter/Spring Professional Development Guide has exciting new speakers and diverse opportunities as well as the return of some favorites and familiar faces. The new guide will be coming your way after the holidays but, as always, we've highlighted some opportunities below guaranteed to keep your educator's juices flowing.

Best wishes,

The CIPD Team

"We know the transformative power of educators, particularly teachers, to improve the life chances of children and youth who live in poverty."

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Drawing upon decades of research and myriad authentic classroom experiences, Kathleen and William share the powerful voices of teachers—many of whom grew up in poverty—to amplify the five classroom practices that permeate the culture of successful high-poverty schools:
(1) caring relationships and advocacy,
(2) high expectations and support,
(3) commitment to equity,
(4) professional accountability for learning, and
(5) the courage and will to act.

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This session will help teachers reclaim a playful and joyful spirit by teaching the myriad of ways play can be used to facilitate social emotional and academic growth.

This session will outline the ways play can be infused within a day, as well as the instructional strategies teachers can utilize to support children’s learning at this valuable time. Teachers will learn how strategies like focused lessons, conferring, small group play, and whole class conversations can build literacy skills, STEM skills, and critical social emotional skills.

Kristine Mraz is coauthor of the new Kids First from Day One: A Teacher's Guide to Today's Classroom, which provides a practical blueprint for increasing the child-centeredness of your teaching practice. She also coauthored Purposeful Play, the book that helps you make play a powerful part of your teaching.

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