Stay Sharp!

We care about our collective ingenuity, so we are offering both in-person and virtual Think Tank options. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to  email Ruth.

When you register, you will be emailed agenda and location information and a link to join virtually. (It is a synchronous meeting.)

September 15, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Caston

September’s theme is

RENEWING & RECONNECTING.

Host School Presentation:  Stephanie Mollenkopf, first grade teacher at Caston, shares how she uses SeeSaw with her traditional and virtual students.

Coaching Focus: Consider how to strengthen professional relationships for better coaching.

Instructional Focus: We will take a deep look into establishing workshop norms in traditional, as well as, virtual ways.

October 13, 2020
10:00 -12:00 pM
Wawasee

October’s theme is

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTION.

Member Presentation: Jen Court, from Southwest Allen County Schools, will share ways she is building professional connections and positivity among the staff while safety precautions make it difficult to meet in person and share staff celebrations.

Coaching Focus: We will discuss the importance of modeling and share tips to hone this practice.

Instructional Focus: Spend some time considering the procedures and importance of notebook work.

November 19, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 pM
Wawasee

November’s theme is

SUSTAINING TRUST.

Coaching Focus: Bring your best form to offer feedback to teachers. We will look at different kinds of feedback. 

Instructional Focus: Learn to listen to students in order to offer better feedback in conferences, small group meetings and minilessons.

AGENDA

Engage learners.
Sharpen educators.

Welcome
Member Presentation
Coaching Conversation
-Video
-Article (link emailed)
-Resources to Share
-Discussion
Instructional Conversation
-Video
-Article (link emailed)
-Resources to Share
-Discussion
Professional Resource Share
-Books, Podcasts & Websites
-Workshops & Webinars
-IDOE Updates
Celebrations & Pebbles

January 12, 2021

January’s theme is CREATIVE STUDY GROUPS.

As the calendar changes to a new year, we will consider creative ways to encourage professional reading and reflection. 




 

February 18, 2021

February’s theme is DIGITAL LITERACY.

In a Very Weird school year, we will lift up members to stay positive and inspired. This month we will talk about digital literacy — what we are learning and what we want to learn.



march 16, 2021

March’s theme is STAYING SHARP.

How can we personalize professional learning in ways that are meaningful and hold true to the core beliefs of your district? With so many resources flying around the internet, how do we find the right ones and share them with teachers?

Host a Think Tank

If you are interested in hosting a Think Tank, please complete this form. Our director, Ruth Ayres, will be in touch.

2019-2020 Think Tanks

Engage learners. Sharpen educators.

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