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Professional Development Topics


"Kathy shows a tremendous wealth of curriculum knowledge and a wide range of successful instructional delivery ideas, which she clearly tailored to the varying curriculum needs at each grade level. The greatest payoff from Kathy's workshop has been our instructional team's heightened enthusiasm and inspiration to develop curriculum that reaches all students, through well-organized, student-friendly lessons. I recommend Kathy's workshop to any school or professional group interested in creating or extending their instructional programs around any of her areas of expertise."
—Nancy Hendry, Principal/Menlo Park City School District


Below are various offerings for workshops and seminars that Kathy can provide and tailor to specific audiences. Most workshops can be customized to suit the time available for professional development. Furthermore, the descriptions provide a reference for discussion about what the district's professional development needs are and can be altered to better meet your goals. Access this link for a more comprehensive listing of PD topics.


1. Build and Use Text Dependent Questions to Engage All Learners in Complex Text

The Common Core states that educators should support students in reading closely and comprehending complex text so they can make inferences and gather evidence and knowledge. Therefore, teachers need to center instruction on text dependent questions and tasks that allow students to examine aspects of rigorous text to make meaning. Writing the questions is critical. Equally important is how teachers incorporate them into an instructional program to engage all learners. Kathy Glass will demonstrate how to craft text dependent questions, share examples of these questions, model compelling strategies utilizing them, and present assessments around complex text. Publication: Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, Grades 6-12 by Kathy Tuchman Glass with a foreword by Cindy A. Strickland (© 2012, Corwin Press)


2. Instructional Strategies

What a teacher teachers is just as important as how a teacher teaches it. Many teachers are incredibly knowledgeable about a subject area but could use support to deliver the information in an engaging and effective manner. In this workshop, Kathy presents a myriad of instructional strategies that assist teachers to deliver compelling and enticing curriculum. As students pose text dependent questions to assist students in critically examining complex text, engaging instructional strategies should be incorporated into the curriculum. Additionally, teachers can implement the ideas presented in this workshop to check for understanding, review information studied, preview upcoming content, and interact and apply new information. This workshop addresses a combination of learning styles to engage students in the learning process. Publications: Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, Grades K-5 by Kathy Tuchman Glass (© 2012, Corwin Press); Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, Grades 6-12 by Kathy T. Glass (© 2013, Corwin Press); Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction by Kathy T. Glass (© 2009, Corwin Press)

3. Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation is not a novel notion to educators.  Even those who are not aware of the exact term differentiation realize that in a classroom of students, there are those who are more advanced learners and those that are far below grade level expectations. There are students who have a proclivity for the arts and others who have a tendency to favor the sciences. Some students are content sitting for most of the day at a desk, whereas others are clamoring for time to move about the room or school campus. Teachers who employ differentiation are aware of student differences and capitalize upon opportunities to challenge all learners taking into account learner readiness, interests, and learning styles. This workshop presents the definition of differentiation, suggestions for introducing differentiation to students, engaging instructional strategies, concrete differentiation strategies and specific examples that can be used directly or adapted to meet the needs of all levels of learners. Publication: Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-9 by Kathy Tuchman Glass (© 2009, Corwin Press)

4. Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction

Getting students to produce their best writing is sometimes challenging. In this workshop, Kathy presents a step-by-step backward curriculum design process for standards-based writing units incorporating lessons and assessments that improve students' writing performance. The design process emphasizes the need for teachers to define success for students prior to writing and measure achievement through appropriate and well-articulated genre-based assessments.  Presentation includes explanation and modeling of step-by-step curriculum design process, genre-based writing rubrics, other assessments, and standards-based writing lessons that can be used immediately in classrooms. Targeted writing type(s) for this workshop emanates from state or national standards and is based on request from client. Publications: Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction: Standards-Based Lesson Plans and Rubrics by Kathy Tuchman Glass with a foreword by Carol Tomlinson (© 2004, Corwin Press); Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, Grades K-5 by Kathy T. Glass (© 2012, Corwin Press); Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, Grades 6-12 by Kathy T. Glass (© 2013, Corwin Press)

5. Unit Design and Curriculum Mapping

Unit/Lesson Design: Kathy works with educators to design curriculum. She introduces a backward design model and collaborates with teachers to apply what they have learned to revise or create a comprehensive unit of study or series of lessons aligned to content area state or national standards. In this hands-on workshop, participants experience the process of creating unit maps as Kathy explains and models a multitude of examples for each template component (e.g., grouping content area standards, crafting essential understandings, articulating guiding questions, defining skills, designing assessments, etc.) and offers ideas for differentiating instruction. Using the unit map as a guide, she models and shares engaging instructional strategies and teaching methods for lesson design. If needed, she can offer an overview of the ELA common core standards and their expectations (e.g., organization, key benefits and shifts, rationale, vocabulary, complex text) and suggestions for incorporating them into lessons across content areas. Publication: Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K-5 (© 2012, Corwin Press) and Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, 6-12 (Spring, 2013, Corwin Press)


Yearlong Curriculum Maps: Educators work with Kathy in grade level teams or representatives to create a curriculum map that defines a comprehensive instructional path for the school year. Many teachers have a draft of a yearly plan or the standards plotted, but this project is much more involved. Using a process to delineate teaching requirements in a given school year, teachers establish meaningful connections between content areas, account for national or state content standards, and personalize their maps with specific information that includes: school adopted texts and related materials; subject-specific resources and materials; interdisciplinary connections; guiding questions; skills, activities, and assessments. During the process of creating the map, teachers collaborate in a meaningful way to coordinate instruction both horizontally and vertically. Publication: Curriculum Mapping: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Curriculum Year Overviews (© 2006, Corwin Press)

6. The Six Traits of Writing: Instruction and Assessment

Vicki Spandel and a whole host of teachers, along with Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, created a model for writing called the Six Traits. This model refers to six qualities of good writing:  word choice, organization, idea development, sentence fluency, conventions, and voice. Research findings support that students show a considerable improvement in writing performance when the six-traits model is used appropriately in the classroom as an instruction and assessment tool. This workshop provides teachers with an overview of the model, plus engaging lessons, rubrics, other assessments, and strategies with an emphasis on how they can be incorporated into an existing standards-based curriculum instead of used as a stand-alone program. This workshop can be tailored to those who are new to the model or those familiar with the six traits and need further support. Publication: Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction: Standards-Based Lesson Plans and Rubrics by Kathy T. Glass with a foreword by Carol Tomlinson (© 2004, Corwin Press)  



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