advanced academics speaker series at region 13

Advanced Academics Speaker Series - Lisa Van Gemert

Nov. 29, 2016

Interested in critical thinking in the classroom but not sure exactly what that means?

Examine and practice strategies for increasing the level of critical-thinking in the classroom in this session that covers the theory and practice of critical thinking.
Learn different ways to help students think more deeply and analytically while exploring options for creative directions to improve student achievement.
Participants will experience and practice different methods for incorporating higher levels of critical-thinking into their lessons as they gain an understanding of the importance of higher-level thinking to the learning process.

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Advanced Academics Speaker Series - Bertie Kingore with "Differentiating with Rigor and Engagement: Practical Applications"

Feb. 10, 2017

Many educators differentiate less for gifted students than struggling students.
To decrease that disparity, we need high-impact, low-preparation strategies that realistically help us integrate standards and transform classrooms into rigorous learning environments.
With humor and fast-paced ideas, discover how to balance research findings with practical suggestions that provide information and inspiration to extend differentiation.

  • Experience applications of the five instructional priorities characteristic of rigorous learning environments: relevancy, complexity and depth, cognitive development, support systems, and refined assessments.
  • Explore assessments that provide actionable data to guide students and instruction.
  • Transform lessons and products with rigor, relevance, and higher-order thinking skills.
  • Engage students so they are motivated to exert the effort required to reach higher achievements.

Participants will receive a copy of Bertie Kingore's book "Rigor and Engagement for Growing Minds".

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