Half-day Virtual Learning
To answer the needs of teachers, coaches, and leaders, we have developed half-day live virtual professional learning sessions that support the shifts educators need to make to ensure more meaningful, engaging, and affirming instruction. We recommend these 3-hour professional learning sessions to dive deeper into concepts explored in our Virtual Summits. Each session provides an introduction to educators on the following topics:
- Meeting the Needs of English Learners in Your Classroom for K-5 and 6-12 teachers
This session focuses on meeting the literacy needs of English learners in the ELA, History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical subjects. Teachers can advance equity for their students by learning how to identify and ensure entry points to grade-level texts and tasks, implement language goals, and plan grade-level lessons inclusive of their learners’ English proficiency levels. By the end of this session, participants will be able to increase access to grade-level lessons for students at all levels of English proficiency.
- Affirming Math Identity Through Equitable Instruction for K-5 and 6-12 teachers, coaches, building leaders, and district staff
Mathematics identity can be defined as the way students see themselves and how others, such as teachers, parents, and peers view them as agents of mathematics. This session will guide educators to examine their own math identity and see how it impacts their views of student mathematics identities. Participants will also examine how students' mathematics classroom experiences shape their views of mathematics and themselves as learners and doers of mathematics. By the end of this session, participants will be able to plan for instruction in ways that intentionally affirm students’ mathematics identity through equitable instructional practices.
- Equitable Access to Early Literacy for coaches, building leaders, and district staff
This session focuses on the regular and systematic approach to foundational skills through the Science of Reading at the early elementary level and the role of administrators and instructional leaders in empowering students’ equitable access to literacy. By the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize ways the Science of Reading is critical to educational equity and enact a prioritized set of steps so teacher practice at the elementary level is grounded in the Science of Reading.
- Scaffolding to Support Culturally Relevant Teaching for K-5 and 6-12 teachers
Effective scaffolding and developing cognitive routines for students are two important practices that support culturally relevant teaching. In this session, participants will be introduced to and will practice with a scaffolding framework that can be used during planning and in the classroom across multiple disciplines. The scaffolding framework adheres to important principles of scaffolding including maintaining the grade-level goal of instruction, creating visible routines for students, and leveraging students’ existing background knowledge, academic knowledge, and funds of knowledge. By the end of this session, participants will be able to use the scaffolding framework to plan supports that foster academic success with grade-level learning.
Learn more about UnboundEd’s half-day virtual learning sessions