Professional Learning Series for South East Cornerstone Teachers

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 best share this valuable information with students so that they can learn and achieve more in your classroom.



Resources from Kathleen Kryza website
Education Week article by Carol Dweck on “growth mindset”

Links to videos:

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


First Weeks of School: Best Practices for Teachers

Speaker: Mike Anderson

in the critical first weeks of school, teachers need a special set of practices to make a positive first impression and set the tone for the year ahead. Here’s how to get the new year off to a running start.



Recommended Resources for Teachers
Effective Modeling for Teachers
Rule-making Guide for the Classroom 


Get Surprising Results with Underachieving Students by Addressing Executive Function Deficits

Speaker: Margaret Searle

The importance of executive function is often overlooked when it comes to academic performance and behavior issues in the classroom. Discover how you can identify and address executive function deficits early on before discouraged and frustrated students develop major behavior problems.



Root causes of problem behaviors
Learning and attention issues
Self-reflection strategy

Bring Out the Best in Your Adolescents: Use Developmental Psychology to Unlock the Learning Potential of Grades 6-10 Students

Speaker: Karen Hume

Early adolescence is second only to the first two years of life for growth spurts and dynamic change in all areas of a child’s development. Just as parents of toddlers need to be ever aware of developmental psychology to parent effectively, so do educators need a solid understanding of adolescence to effectively support their students during this rich learning time.


Diverse groups 
Entry points 



Improve Behavior, Increase Learning: How to Use RTI to Promote Positive Learning Behaviors in the Classroom

Speaker:  Tom Hierck

Patient with your students when they have learning problems but not so much when they have behavior problems? Tom will convince you to approach behavior problems with many of the same tools you use to address learning problems.



Behavioral RTI Roadmap
Behavioral Screening


RTI Strategies for Grades 6-12: How to Reach Your Struggling Students Earlier

Speaker:  Susan Fitzell 

Here are  RTI strategies developed especially for the grade 6-12 level: How to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, top evidence-based interventions, how to monitor student progress and adjust the intensity and nature of interventions based on student response.


42-page excerpt from RTI book

How to Effectively Use Classroom Number Talks to Teach Fractions to Grades 3-7 Students

Speaker:  Sherry Parrish

The top reason students struggle with fractions is that they must follow rules they don’t understand. If they want to add, subtract, divide or multiply fractions, they either can’t remember the right rule (e.g. to add fractions with a common denominator, just add the numerators, to add fractions without a common denominator...) or can’t apply the rule because they don’t yet understand what a fraction is.

Sherry shows you how to guide classroom conversations to increase understanding.


Visual Teaching of Math Concepts

Speaker:  Marian Small

Have you ever noticed how a simple pie chart can immediately turn your classroom into a group of fast learners?  Our brains process visual information, the brain’s native language, much more efficiently than words and numbers. Here’s how to make greater use of visual information in your math classes to accelerate student learning.


Marian’s website

Algebraic Generalization in Grade 3? Really?

Guided Math for K-8: Help Your Students Move Ahead in Learning With Differentiated Small-Group Instruction and Workstations

Speaker: Laney Sammons

Your students don’t enter your math classes on a level playing field. Even if they all receive the same instruction from you, as the year progresses, the gaps among them will only widen. Here’s how to set up small-group instruction and workstations to support children with similar learning needs.