ConnectEd offers a wide array of professional development services that are designed to assist both districts and school site personnel implement a Linked Learning approach. These include program design, engaged learning, system supports and data and accountability, outlined in our certification criteria and district framework. ConnectEd focuses much of its professional development on districts who are part of the Linked Learning District Initiative, but many of hte opportunities are available to other districts and sites.
Pre-Algebra Support Curriculum
Target audience: Middle and high school pre-algebra and algebra teachers
This four-day workshop trains teachers to implement a problem-based pre-algebra curriculum, which is appropriate for a mathematics summer camp, an after-school program, or for use in a middle school classroom. It focuses on pre-algebra skills, such as measurement, number sense, fractions/percents/ decimals, and simple equations. The curriculum integrates arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric reasoning to solve hands-on engineering and technology problems.
Algebra I Support Curriculum
Target audience: Algebra teachers
This four-day workshop trains algebra teachers to implement drop-in, problem-based curriculum units for Algebra I courses. These units can be used to supplement and reinforce major Algebra I standards from six chapters, including solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations, rational expressions, exponents, and polynomials using a hands-on, inquiry approach.
Train the Trainer for Math Support Curriculum
Target audience: Math teachers and district/county math specialists who have previously been trained in the ConnectEd math support curriculum
These day-long workshops prepare teachers and math specialists to become trainers for the two ConnectEd math support curricula (Pre-algebra and Algebra I). We recommend that participants have previously attended the math support curriculum training, and have implemented the curriculum in the classroom for at least one year.
Multidisciplinary Integrated Curriculum Development 101
Target audience: Cross-disciplinary teams of pathway teachers
This one-day workshop introduces cross-disciplinary teacher teams to the integrated curriculum development process. Participants begin by watching a video of a team in action in order to unpack the elements critical to the development process. They are introduced to a framework with which to critique existing integrated projects, and then they begin work on their own units. The workshop guides teams through performance mapping, identification of a standards-based unit theme, development of essential questions, linkages to industry and post-secondary connections, and design of the culminating project.
Multidisciplinary Integrated Curriculum Development 201
Target audience: Pathway teachers who are working together and are read to create multidisciplinary units
This 3-5 day workshop can be tailored for the needs of the pathway and is designed guide and facilitate teams through the entire process to design a project, prepare for implementation, and how to assess the project.
Target audience: Pathway teachers
This 3 hour workshop introduces teachers to ConnectEd Studios and focuses on how to integrate this online platform into the classroom. The workshop delves into the main components of ConnectEd Studios including a database of standards-based curriculum projects with multimedia resources, project planning tools, digital portfolios and publishing opportunities for students, connections to industry professionals and virtual work-based learning opportunities and media production tips and resources for students and teachers.
Integrated Curriculum for Health Science Pathways
Target audience: Health Science pathway teacher teams
This one-day workshop introduces cross-disciplinary teacher teams to ConnectEd’s model for multidisciplinary curriculum for health science. Teachers rotate through lessons from a mini version of one of the ten ConnectEd integrated health science units, discuss the format, challenges, and implementation considerations of integrated curriculum. They are given tools to help with selection and adaptation of units for use at their school site.
Integrated Curriculum for Engineering Pathways
Target audience: Engineering pathway teacher teams
This series of one-day workshops prepares cross-disciplinary teacher teams to adapt and implement the ConnectEd multidisciplinary integrated curriculum units in their engineering pathways. In the workshops, teacher teams review the major lessons and curriculum connections and build a mini design project for each unit. Although the ConnectEd units are designed for use with the five of the Project Lead the Way engineering courses (Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Aerospace Engineering), they focus around common engineering pathway projects.
Digital Media Arts Year 1 Core Curriculum
Target audience: Arts, Media, Entertainment pathway teachers
This three day workshop introduces arts, media, and entertainment teachers to implementation of the year 1 course of ConnectEd’s Digital Media Arts core technical curriculum, Foundations in Visual Arts and Design. Created by EDC, the course covers video production, audio production, animation, and video game design. The curriculum also includes integrated lessons for academic teachers.
Digital Media Arts Year 2 Core Curriculum
Target audience: Arts, Media, Entertainment pathway teachers
This series of webinars introduces arts, media, and entertainment teachers to implementation of the year 2 course of ConnectEd’s Digital Media Arts core technical curriculum, Digital and Media Principles and Applications. Created by EDC, the course follows on the year 1 course, Foundations in Visual Arts and Design, and covers video production, audio production, animation, and video game design. The curriculum also includes integrated lessons for academic teachers.
Law and Justice Year 1 Core Curriculum
Target audience: Public Services pathway teachers
This four-day workshop trains teachers to implement ConnectEd’s year 1 law and justice pathway course, Foundations of Law. The workshop introduces teachers to an inquiry-oriented, project-based approach to legal, government and protective services and careers. The curriculum provides an understanding of how and why governments and laws are formed, while examining democracy, justice and rights Participants will also explore curriculum integration strategies and become familiar with the associated integrated academic units.
Program of Study/Master Schedule for Pathways (Provided by Mike Neubig)
Target audience: Master schedule staff, pathway lead teachers and counselors
This 1 day workshop provides tips and strategies for developing the Program of Study and master schedule to support the pathways on a campus. Prescribing and reducing offerings to achieve cohort scheduling for teacher and students will be explored.
Instruction and Assessment Practices (Provided by Billie Donegan)
Target audience: Pathway teachers, site admnistrators and counselors
This one day workshop introduces teachers to designing units with an effective opening salvo, developing a classroom framework and unit design for engaging reluctant learners, and grading assessment practices as key instructional practices.
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