BetterLesson Design Workshops

Workshops Reimagined

Focused, collaborative professional learning intensives with ongoing support.

A professional learning experience that empowers educators to integrate student-centered instructional approaches into their teaching or coaching practice.

These workshops range from targeted half-day workshops to two-day deep dives into specific concepts and are fully customizable to meet the unique goals of individual schools or districts.

Areas of focus include:

  • Student-Centered Classroom Culture & Design
  • Project-Based & Experiential Learning
  • Ownership, Choice, and Voice
  • Student-Centered Assessment & Feedback
  • Mastery-Based Progressions
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning
  • Social-Emotional Learning & Habits of Success
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Collaborative Professional Learning
  • Curriculum Implementation Support

The Design Workshop breaks implementation into manageable steps, models active learner-centered pedagogy, and encourages risk-taking.

During this blended Workshop facilitated by BetterLesson’s expert coaches, participants experience the power of BetterLesson’s “learn by doing” pedagogical model. Coaches support educators to build knowledge about student-centered learning as they explore high-leverage instructional strategies and adapt them for their own classrooms. Participants leave the Workshop with a specific plan for implementation.

Continuing Support

The learning doesn’t stop at the end of the session. Every Design Workshop participant receives job-embedded implementation support from a BetterLesson coach in the weeks after the Workshop. This support includes a 1:1 virtual coaching session where educators reflect on the success of the strategy and discuss next steps.

Every participant receives full-year access to the online BetterLesson Lab which contains premium research based instructional strategies including videos, templates, and other planning tools.

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.
  • Collect and share evidence that demonstrates educator and student progress in a selected growth area.
  • Reflect on progress and track professional growth.

Design Workshops for Teachers & Teams focus on

Building understanding of a school or district focus area in a collaborative and concentrated manner.

Engaging with BetterLesson’s vast resource library and documenting big ideas for continued work focused on student achievement.

Collaborating with peers to share experiences and apply relevant concepts.

Creating actionable plans for implementation that lead to student growth.

Design Workshops for Instructional Leaders focus on

Maximizing understanding of instructional design and pedagogical techniques in a specific focus area.

Building confidence to create a vision for teacher growth and student success.

Increasing internal capacity to support effective implementation of new initiatives.

Creating actionable leadership plans that lead to teacher and student growth.

Testimonials

This is my first year of teaching. My coach help me to establish clear goals for my planning and student’s engagement. The evaluation helped me reflect on my teaching practices and identify new areas of growth. My coach help me with feedback and identify new strategies that I can used in class for effective classroom management.

Wanda Colon-Cesario
Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School, WA

My BetterLesson coach encouraged me constantly and helped me work through setbacks on a regular basis. Her encouragement and positive outlook, as well as her understanding of real-world conditions for teachers, helped me to be more confident in my own classroom.

 

Debby Penny
6th Grade Science Teacher, Skyview Middle School, CO

The presenters were both very informative and positive about everything. I liked getting to see the materials, and having someone here in person to answer questions that came up.

 

Amy Allemon
ELA Teacher, Marysville Public School, MI

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.

 

Cyrel Brudny
Principal, AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ

Providing teachers with opportunities to grow and improve their practices is so important. All teachers deserve individual attention to their development.

 

Jacqueline Erickson Russell
Education Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation, MO

I believe it is a transformative experience- especially for effective teachers. I feel as though many effective teachers slide through their evaluations and don’t get the feedback they truly need. On the flip side, struggling teachers can have candid and honest conversations without fearing repercussions. They’re able to be vulnerable and find solutions in an efficient manner. My coach is the definition of Teacher Leadership. Her actions alone can inspire teachers to take ownership of the profession. When the example she sets is coupled with her advice, the outcomes have endless potential.

Michael Skomba
High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools, NJ
  • Wanda Colon-Cesario - Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School
    Wanda Colon-Cesario
    Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School, WA
  • Debby Penny - 6th Grade Science Teacher, Skyview Middle School
    Debby Penny
    6th Grade Science Teacher, Skyview Middle School, CO
  • Amy Allemon -- Middle School ELA Teacher, Marysville Public School
    Amy Allemon
    ELA Teacher, Marysville Public School, MI
  • Cyrel Brudny Principal — AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion
    Cyrel Brudny
    Principal, AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ
  • Jacqueline Erickson Russell Education Program Officer — Kauffman Foundation
    Jacqueline Erickson Russell
    Education Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation, MO
  • Michael Skomba - High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools (NJ)
    Michael Skomba
    High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools, NJ

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