Marzano Center Essentials

For Achieving Rigor 6-day Series

Hosted by ESC-20 / San Antonio, TX

Essential Teaching and Learning Strategies

In partnership with Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Learning Sciences International researchers have identified the essential classroom instructional strategies most effective for developing higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis, reasoning, hypothesis generation and testing, and decision-making. These strategies move instruction toward a learner-centered pedagogy, where students have increased autonomy and responsibility for their own learning.

Student-Centered With Rigor Instruction and Assessment

This cohort series of hands-on workshops helps educators increase instructional

rigor, develop students’ critical thinking skills, and impact learning. In essence,

it offers a detailed map of the instructional shifts necessary for success with

rigorous new standards.

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Each Session Aligns and Supports Development for One or More T-TESS Dimensions

Participants get a firm foundation of the essential strategies that increase instructional rigor, along with support with standards-based planning, clear criteria for success, conditions for learning, data-reflection and action, and peer collaboration.

Bring Your School or District Team for Maximum Implementation!

Session Descriptions

1st Session: Monitoring for Learning

July 24, 2018

In a TEKS-based classroom, teachers need to continuously check where students are in their learning. In Monitoring for Learning, participants learn how to build monitoring into their lessons to determine who is cognitively engaged and who is simply being compliant. This hands-on session gives teachers techniques and tools to adapt instruction based on timely student evidence. Aligns to T-TESS Dimensions 1.2, 2.1, and 2.5

2nd Session: Developing Critical Content with Core Instruction

July 25, 2018

In Core Instruction, Teachers will learn to construct and implement instructional strategies that help students build foundations when learning new grade-level specific TEKS content. Highly effective strategies, such as identifying critical content, processing content, organizing students to interact with new concepts and skills, and more will be modeled for use when introducing new content to students. Teachers will strengthen the instructional strategies they currently utilize by practicing intentional planning to monitor for evidence of

the desired result. Aligns to T-Tess Dimensions 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 3.3

3rd Session: Guiding Students to Deeper Thinking & Proficiency in the TEKS

July 26, 2018

In Guiding Deeper Thinking, teachers will learn to construct and implement research-based instructional strategies that support students as they expand, apply, and deepen their understanding of the TEKS student expectations. Highly effective strategies such as tiered

questioning, reviewing content, examining similarities and differences, and more will be modeled to demonstrate the cognitive progression of thinking required to deepen knowledge. Teachers will uncover other strategies and criteria required to guide

deeper thinking to reach rigorous standards. Aligns to T-TESS Dimensions 1.1, 1.4, and 2.3

4th Session: Strategies for Facilitating Relevant Learning

July 27, 2018

In Facilitating Relevant Learning, teachers will learn to construct

and implement research-based instructional strategies that ask students to utilize the TEKS student expectations they learn. Highly effective strategies will be modeled and recommended for use when facilitating students as they engage in cognitively complex tasks. They will uncover strategies and criteria required to engage students in complex learning to reach rigorous standards. Aligns to T-TESS Dimensions 1.2, 2.1, and 2.4

5th Session: Strategies for Planning & Implementing Rigorous TEKS-Based Learning Goals & Scales

July 31, 2018

In Goals & Scales, teachers will learn to construct and implement rigorous TEKS-based learning goals and performance scales that not only help students understand what they

are learning but also drive instructional decisions. Creation and implementation of standards-based goals and scales will be modeled, and teachers will create or strengthen goals and scales for their own classroom. Aligns to T-TESS Dimensions 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2

6th Session: Are They Learning? Using Marzano Strategies to Develop Formative Assessments to Track Student Progress

August 1, 2018

In this hands-on session, teachers learn how to use rigorous TEKS- based learning goals and performance scales to make instructional decisions and drive formative assessment.

Participants will create formative assessments to track student progress, plan to monitor

student learning and discover how to encourage student ownership of learning by helping students track their own progress. Aligns to T-TESS Dimensions 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5

Meet the Presenter

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter & author who has more than 27 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including strategies for at-risk learners, guided reading and math Instruction, RTI, technology integration, reading, writing, and instructional strategies highly effective teachers use to increase student achievement. Ms. Harmon works as an instructional coach for schools and districts across the United States. In addition to consulting, she also works with the Bureau of Education and Research, as well as Learning Sciences International, Marzano Center.

All sessions Align to T-TESS Dimension 4.1

Registration Information

Audience (Max 65):

Instructional Coaches, Teachers, Administrators, Curriculum and Instruction Directors.


8:30 am - 3:30pm


$150 Per Attendee Per Session


ESC 20 Conference Center

(BLDG 4)

1314 Hines Ave.

How to Register:

ESC-20 Contact:

Joel Rodriguez, M.Ed.