Closing the Achievement Gap Workshop

How to Close the Achievement Gap in Your School?

Get answers with an acclaimed course taught by experts.

Throughout our workshop series you will:

  • Learn criteria for quality systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Identify standards to prepare all students for life and career in the 21st century.
  • Create a curriculum guide that defines programmatic coherence for prioritized life and career standards.
  • Establish strategies to develop students’ personal and civic responsibility, global competence, and workplace skill development.
  • Develop a non-invasive assessment system that promotes personalized learning with a mastery based learning model.
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Closing the achievement gap conference

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Future Forward Institute

Wondering if our workshops are a good fit for your team? You should join us if:

  • You aren’t satisfied with merely “pockets of success.”
  • You care about closing the achievement gap and reducing disparity.
  • You want to implement a system-wide solution that addresses the root causes, rather than just the symptoms.
  • You recognize your community’s need for students who are prepared to make a contribution.
  • You aren’t looking for temporary change, but sustainable and lasting transformation.

It’s no longer one and done; it is a yearlong, intense, meet-people-where-they’re-at type of service.

— Dr. Renee Corneille, Principal of St. Anthony Middle School

National Facilitators / Sessions

Our year-long workshop series features 10 events featuring 9 national experts. We are currently accepting registration for the full year, individual trimesters, or individual sessions.

All workshops take place at our West Metro Education Program facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Trimester 1: Quality Instruction

Lissa Pijanowski

September 21st, 2017

Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning, Part I

Equity Problem of Practice:

What is the impact on student engagement and underachievement when the system denies students of color access to rigorous tasks and coursework?

Equity Based Solution:

Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning for ALL Students.

Equity Problem of Practice:

What is the impact of restricting learning opportunities that grant access to the culture of power?

Equity Based Solution:

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Equity Problem of Practice:

What happens when learners’ access to standards-based core instruction is limited due to preconceived deficits and skill gaps?

Equity Based Solution:

Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework

Trimester 2: Curriculum Planning

Equity Problem of Practice:

How does our system need to change in light of recent research on how students learn, further advancements to technology, and the educational inequities that have existed for centuries?

Equity Based Solution:

Purposeful and Strategic Digital Learning to Transform Education

Cassandra Erkens

February 13th, 2018

Getting to Instructional Agility ⇨

Equity Problem of Practice:

How do educational systems provide feedback to learners that results in accelerated growth for all learners?

Equity Based Solution:

Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills

Jabbar Beig

February 28th, 2018

Teaching at the Core ⇨

Equity Problem of Practice:

How can we apply brain and language based systems to support all learners in their acquisition of rigorous content and academic language?

Equity Based Solution:

Teaching at the Core

Trimester 3: Authentic Assessment

Lissa Pijanowski

April 17th, 2018

Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning, Part 2

Equity Problem of Practice:

hat is the impact on student engagement and underachievement when the system denies students of color access to rigorous tasks and coursework?

Equity Based Solution:

Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning for ALL Students

Tamika Fuller

April 18th, 2018

Data to Instruction Framework: Embedded Assessment & Feedback Loops for Personalized Learning

Equity Problem of Practice:

How does the misidentification of root cause in relationship to student and adult-level data lead to inequitable outcomes, particularly for children of color?

Equity Based Solution:

Data to Instruction Framework: Embedded Assessment & Feedback Loops for Personalized Learning

Jay McTighe

May 10th, 2018

Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework, Part 2

Equity Problem of Practice:

What happens when learners’ access to standards-based core instruction is limited due to preconceived deficits and skill gaps?

Equity Based Solution:

Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework

Ken O'Connor

May 22nd, 2018

15 Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit for Grading

Equity Problem of Practice:

When grades are used as a punishment for behavior, to what degree are students’ grades an accurate reflection of their academic achievement?

Equity Based Solution:

15 Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit for Grading

CLOSING EVENT

June 14th, 2018

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you join after the first trimester has begun?

Yes, you can join us at any time! We offer registration options for the full year, an individual trimester, or even a single session.

Learn More and Register Here

Do Future Forward Workshops count toward CEU hours?

Yes, our workshops count for hours.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in building academic equity is welcome. Our attendees are primarily district and school leadership teams, superintendents, administrators, principals, and teacher leaders.

What are the sessions like?

All sessions are interactive and designed to allow for metacognition as well as application in order to ensure transfer of learning to practice.

What if I can’t attend each session?

Districts may jigsaw the trimester or year-long learning with a team. Assign team members to attend a specific workshop then each team member presents their learning to the whole team.

Is there a discount if I sign up for the whole series?

Yes, if there are four or more workshops left in the series you will receive a discount.

Is there time to plan with our team during the workshops?

Yes, during Trimesters 2 and 3. Trimester 1 is primarily to build background knowledge and shared understanding so that teams can plan effectively.

View More Frequently Asked Questions Here

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  • Who We Are

    We guide communities with care toward academic equity. Using research and evidence-based practices, Future Forward Leadership Redesign Institute leads school districts through a process of transformation. It is guided by a comprehensive needs assessment to generate system and strategic implementation for change. Progress is monitored through the use of embedded formative assessments that focus on effective transfer of professional learning into classroom practice for equitable student outcomes.

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