Future-Forward Learning Labs

WMEP LEARNING LABS – October 24 | November 9 | December 12
Standards Navigation: A National Equity Model
What does a rigorous and relevant future-forward learning environment look like?  How do I design a standards-based curriculum that guides all learners to high expectations and skills?  This trimester series focuses on shifting our mindset, practice, and skill towards a more intentional and rigorous learning environment.  Work with skilled practitioners to integrate theories and research on cognitive rigor, backwards planning, and standards-based instruction in order to increase effectiveness in instructional design.  Build a learning community of cutting-edge educators focused on accelerated growth and equitable outcomes for racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse learners.

»  Day 1: Backwards Planning for Inclusive Classrooms

»  Day 2: Standards Deconstruction: Intent, Design, and Implementation
»  Day 3: Living in Quad D: The Age of Innovation

WMEP LEARNING LABS – January 29 | February 21 | March 5
Teaching to the Whole Child Everyday: Blending Social, Emotional, Physical, and Academic Learning
What am I looking for in a classroom that is global ready?  What key skills do I need to build in students to be successful in our ever-changing global workforce?  Which hard and soft skills will make students the most successful and competitive in a future that beyond tomorrow?  Workforce and global readiness grows equity and achievement in communities of color. Engage around key indicators and practices that help prepare learners for a global future through rigorous and relevant teaching strategies. Feel energized to collaborate, problem-solve, and get multiple perspectives for Future-Forward thinking in the 21st century and beyond.

»  Day 1: Understanding Indicators for Global Readiness
»  Day 2: Foundations for Blended Learning Models
»  Day 3: Developing the Soft and Hard Skills Needed for Job, Work, Career, and College Readiness Levels

– April 19 | May 8 | May 30
Standards Navigation: A National Equity Model, Continued
This course begins with a focus on building a common understanding of the difference between cognitive rigor and difficulty through an examination of Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge framework.  Participants will apply their learning to create proficiency-based pathways and indicators of success for all students to achieve at high levels through engagement in rigorous and scaffolded learning environments.  Educators will also evaluate their assessment and instructional practices for cognitive rigor, eliminate bias in grading, and learn how to communicate authentic student performance to students and families.  In order to ensure the students are adequately prepared for an unknown future, participants will also consider the importance of interdisciplinary and career/technical approaches to instruction. Participants will be asked to continually engage in extended thinking and connect their new learning to their unique context, which will increase participant capacity for change.

»  Day 1: Depth of Knowledge: Developing Learning Progressions
»  Day 2: Foundations for Standards-Based Instruction and Grading
»  Day 3: Career/Technical Educational Integration into Core Instruction