Lapeer Community Schools Professional Learning Series

Teach Students How Their Brains Work: How Executive Function, Self-Regulation and Mindset Can Help Them Learn

Speaker: Kathleen Kryza 

We are at an exciting time in education when we understand so much more about how the brain learns. Kathleen shows you how to share this valuable information with students.


Links to videos:
Escalator Failure
Thumbs up for rock and roll
Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don’t give up


The Self-Regulating Learner: How to Help Students Take Control of Their Learning and Make Progress Toward Their Goals

Speakers: Sandra Herbst and Brenda Augusta

How can you help students own their learning?  Sandra and Brenda walk you through the practices of self-regulating learners, from self-monitoring progress based on evidence of learning to planning strategies for meeting future learning goals.


Sharpen Student Focus and Motivation With Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Speaker:  Thom Markham

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach without the Bored, Passive Student at the edge of the class? Welcome to project-based learning.  PBL guru Thom Markham shares best practices.


Best Grade 6-12 Math Instructional Strategies to Help Any Student Progress to Grade-Level Math

Speaker: Paul Riccomini

Here are some high-impact instructional strategies to help students remember and apply critical mathematical concepts and skills with greater fluency and automaticity.  Paul introduces Interleaved Working Solutions, a practice that is very effective for independent work.


“Interleaved” independent work strategy
IES Practice Guide: Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning


How to Use Math Error Analysis to Improve Instruction

Speaker:  Paul Riccomini

Look no further than your students’ own math errors for corrective feedback. Math error analysis helps you redesign lessons based on specific error patterns you identify in simple performance data such as chapter tests, progress monitoring measures and benchmark assessments.

Error Analysis Handout

Strategies to Enhance Learning
Error Patterns in Computation
Response to Intervention in Math (book description)
Teaching Elementary Mathematics to Struggling Learners (Book Description)
Interleaved Worked Solution Strategy

“Breakthrough” Math RTI Strategies and Instructional Techniques to Help K-8 Students Progress in Learning Key Concepts and Skills

Speaker:  Paul Riccomini

Add to your repertoire to reach students who are not “getting it”. This webinar helps you build more sophisticated instructional techniques and strategies to guide your more challenged students to breakthroughs in math learning.



More High-impact K-8 Math Strategies with Paul Riccomini

Speaker:  Paul Riccomini

Struggling K-8 math students demand the best from you.  Here are more high-impact teaching strategies for optimal learning.


Good Homework, Bad Homework: How to Tell the Difference

Speaker: Harris Cooper

Are you often uncertain about when and how to give your students homework so that it is relevant and worthwhile, not frustrating and pointless?  With research so mixed on homework’s impact on learning, Harris helps you make sense of a lot of seemingly conflicting evidence so that you can assign only the “good” homework.


Teach More Complex Texts While Managing Student Frustration

Speaker: Tim Shanahan

To get students reading outside their comfort zone, you need to make nuanced changes to your teaching practices. Tim explores the use of scaffolding and other strategies to support more advanced reading.


Turn Your Students into Lexophiles (Word Lovers): Make Word Study Engaging and Fun

Speaker:  Tim Rasinski

Put away the worksheets, vocabulary lists and spelling tests. Your students are about to discover how fun and fascinating word study can be.


Getting to the root of word study
The Latin-Greek connection
Washington Post article on spoken Latin


The Male Brain in Your Classroom: 10 Strategies for Teaching Boys and Managing Their Behavior in the Classroom

Speaker: Mike Gurian

Learn about the science behind boys’ specific challenges, needs and strengths in the classroom.



How to Talk Effectively with Students: Speak the Language That Makes Them Feel Supported and Engaged

Speaker: Jenny Edwards

Jenny shares her powerful language tips for building positive relationships with students, deepening learning and exerting a positive influence on their lives.




Create a Culture of Feedback: Increase Learning With More Student Feedback, Not Just Teacher Feedback, But Feedback From Peers and Self-assessment

Speaker:  Jane Pollock

High-achieving students already know how to use feedback is to increase learning. Imagine if all your students tapped the power of feedback from teachers, peers and assessments .



Improve Student Study Skills: 7 Brain-Friendly Strategies to Optimize Motivation, Organization & Learning

Speaker: Susan Kruger

No matter how hard you work to be a great teacher, your students can’t learn what they need to learn unless they develop effective study skills.


Multiple Intelligences Test
Article on study skills and math
Article on study skills and the Common Core


How to take the leap from letter grades to standards-based reporting of student achievement with Ken O’Connor

Speaker:  Ken O’Connor

Your curriculum, instruction and assessment have increasingly become standards-based. Your grading system, not so much. Ken guides you in making the transition to a reporting system that keeps everyone focused on the grade-level skills students must master.


Common grading issues

Grade Smarter Not Harder: Updated Grading Practices That Are Both Fair and Practical

Speaker: Myron Dueck

Myron helps you resolve many of your most vexing grading dilemmas such as late or incomplete work or how to handle homework. He also provides many user-friendly templates that can be quickly modified for any age group and discipline.



15 Grading Practices to Make Grading More Accurate, Consistent, Meaningful and Supportive of Learning

Speaker:  Ken O’Connor

Many teachers have strong opinions about grading that are shaped by their own experiences.  For this reason, many grading practices are based more on bias than on sound evidence and principles. Ken helps you sort out which practices do and do not serve the true meaning and purpose of grading–student learning.



What Does Your Data Really Mean? Strategies and Protocols to Keep Data Inquiry Focused, Productive and Collaborative

Speaker: Laura Lipton

Learn how to successfully create and lead a culture of inquiry. Laura shares a 3-phase framework to explore assumptions, engage in data-focused inquiry and develop a shared understanding of problems and possible solutions.



Get Real Results from Data-driven Instruction: How to Collect and Talk About Data, Set Up a Plan and Take Action

Speaker: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Paul shares key insights on the 4 elements of data-driven instruction: Assessments, analysis, action, and a data-driven culture.


Video on leading analysis meetings


Simple Whole-Class Differentiation Strategies to Help You Meet More of Your Students’ Learning Needs Earlier and in Less Time

Speaker: Karen Hume

Welcome to whole-class or proactive differentiation. Learn how to anticipate individual learning needs by teaching foundational concepts and skills in a wide variety of ways.  This is a practical and manageable approach to differentiation!


Increase participation
Multiple entry points
Individuals differences
Taking the next step in offering choices                                                            

The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar
Paradox of Choice, by Barry Schwartz (ebook)