In a Virtual Workshop, expert coaches introduce small groups of teachers and leaders to specific topic areas like Fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Authentic Assessment, and Mathematical Discourse.
Virtual Workshops reinforce key district initiatives, helping educators integrate new curriculum, instructional skills, and learn-by-doing PD models into their schools.
Areas of Focus
BetterLesson supports educators in the Essential Elements of student-centered teaching and learning:
In a Virtual Workshop, BetterLesson coaches use a learn-by-doing approach designed to advance teacher practice.
Each Virtual Workshop is built around the Define-Explore-Build model. Coaches start with a community-building activity to establish the learning community. Then, they define key concepts and invite discussion from participants. During the Explore section, participants will review strategies and test tools that relate to the topic. Finally, during the Build section, participants will create a plan to apply what they’ve learned to an upcoming lesson.
Flexible, Small Group Professional Learning
Virtual Workshops leverage technology to provide professional learning when it’s most convenient for teachers and leaders, in a small group or learning community format. But this is no webinar – Virtual Workshops are collaborative, active, and tailored to teacher, school, and district priorities
The Lab allows educators to:
- Select from thousands of curated strategies that align with the specific elements of practice they are focused on improving.
- Gain insights on the ways other educators have implemented a strategy to determine how to best adapt it for their students.
Virtual Workshops for Teachers:
Small groups of teachers, often from the same grade level or content area
Unpack, practice, and reflect on key strategies that engage students and deepen their learning
Aligned to school or district priorities – often a new curriculum or instructional shift
Virtual Workshops for Leaders:
Small groups of leaders, such as in-school coaches, teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals, and district leaders
Unpack, practice, and reflect on key strategies for leading teacher teams, schools, and district initiatives
Aligned to school or district priorities – often change management around a new curriculum or instructional shift
Having participated myself in the BetterLesson PD, I know the caliber of the presenters is extremely impressive. Their energy, experience and passion comes through in every session – and they offer practical hands-on suggestions from their personal teaching lives.
My BetterLesson coach introduced me to accountable talk. The impact this strategy had in my classroom was still being felt a couple of years later. The students from my math class retained and used their skills as speakers and listeners and applied this to their other classes. The 8th-grade teachers were so surprised when they posed a question and the students began speaking about the topic using the strategies taught to them in 6th grade.
Our students have multiple teachers in one subject, attend when they can, and work at their own pace. Our teachers are part time and are spread over 11 campuses. We needed a customized professional development program for our teachers that could be delivered on-line at the teacher’s convenience. Our goal was to improve students achievement as measured by our state standardized tests. BetterLesson leaders and coaches listened to us to understand the nature and specific needs of our school.
The partnership was established because of the quality and scope of services offered by BetterLesson, including the adaptability and customization to meet district needs. The largest benefit has been the coaching and personalized support that allows exposure to resources and instructional methods.
BetterLesson has been a great resource and support for new teachers and teachers changing assignments that provides more consistent development and feedback that what we can provide.
Teachers feel supported in trying new things that they wouldn’t have tried without BetterLesson’s support. Teachers are more thoughtful due to the reflection built into the cycle. And, our veteran teachers really appreciate it as they are often the ones providing support to others.
- Cyrel BrudnyPrincipal, Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ
- Michelle ScadeInstructional Coach, Woodridge School District 68, IL
- Scott GordonRegional Director for Instruction, Foothills Education Charter High School, GA
- Amalia LopezTSL Grant Project Manager, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
- Todd PrusatorSuperintendent, Rochelle CCSD, IL
- Adriana HarringtonDirector of Project Management, Tennessee Department of Education, TN