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Instruction Training For Teachers



EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION: SUPPORTING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TEACHING

Administrative leaders have performed observations of teaching practice for years, but those observations have often been seen as superficial at best and subjectively biased at worst. And yet, observation, when done well, can play a vital role in increasing teacher effectiveness, and has become an important part of teacher evaluation systems. What can teachers really gain from being observed in the classroom? And what should the observers be looking for?

In Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching DVD, researcher and author Robert J. Marzano presents a framework for observing classroom instruction based on the questions and frameworks he first laid out in the best-selling book The Art and Science of Teaching (see inside). Marzano presents a detailed observation protocol and demonstrates how to use it-not only as a tool for analyzing classroom instruction, but also as a starting point to encourage professional dialogue among teachers. As you observe teachers in a variety of classrooms, Marzano and a panel of teachers identify critical aspects of instruction that can help all teachers move their practice from good to great. The interplay between the lessons and the discussions will yield "aha" moments for teachers of all ages and subject areas. This is an essential tool for supervisors, administrators, coaches, and teacher leaders, and can also assist professional learning communities in their ongoing work.


DVD / 2012 / 55 minutes

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DEVELOPING EXPERT TEACHERS

By Robert J. Marzano

Gain a blueprint for how schools and districts can develop teacher expertise. Beginning with the premise that excellent teachers are made, not born, Dr. Marzano walks through research-based techniques on how districts and schools can emphasize professional growth, with ties to teacher evaluation. Dr. Marzano delivers specific techniques through research, audience participation, and personal reflection.


DVD (With CD) / 2011 / 130 minutes

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STRATEGIC TEACHER, THE

Using this DVD in professional development activity or teacher meeting convinces teachers in every grade and subject of the need to acquire a repertoire of research-based strategies and to match those strategies to teaching objectives and student needs. Author and consultant Harvey Silver starts off the program with a basic overview of the Strategic Teacher, including the four styles of instructional approaches: mastery, interpersonal, self expression, and understanding. Then, classroom scenes demonstrate how the research-proven strategies presented in the book work and how teachers can use the strategies for lesson design and differentiated instruction. In dialogue among teachers and school leaders, hear how planning techniques from the Strategic Teacher can foster improved instructional practice schoolwide. Plus, scenes with groups of teachers working together in Professional Learning Clubs illustrate how to use the Strategic Teacher PLC Guides to

  • Plan an effective lesson that uses a research-based teaching strategy.
  • Identify what to look for in student work to tell how effective the strategy was.
  • Evaluate the lesson results and use the experiences to deepen understanding of the strategy.

    DVD / 2011 / 70 minutes

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    TEACHING ESL STUDENTS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM

    It is vital for teachers to consider the language used in their subject area from an ESL learner's point of view. This informative program helps teachers accommodate ESL learners with real-life classroom examples and practical strategies. We explore how teachers can consider the language demands of their lessons and use non-verbal cues to enhance language comprehension. We then explain how language modeling builds learner confidence and how to differentiate between language and content when correcting. Finally we demonstrate the "Think- Pair-Share" strategy for concept checking and discuss the importance of integrating cognitive taxonomies and learning styles to build thinking skills.

    DVD / 2011 / 16 minutes

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    INSTRUCTIONAL POWER! CO-TEACHERS SHARE INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES

    Hosted by Dr. Marilyn Friend

    Instructional Power is a collection of simple yet effective strategies and ideas for increasing student engagement and participation. You'll see elementary, middle school, and high school teachers and students in action though filmed in co-taught classes; these techniques are easily adaptable for use by any teacher.

    This DVD give teachers and administrators looking for ways to add "punch" to their instruction that can help improve student outcomes. It's a great starting point for conversations about classroom use of simple technology, the importance and feasibility of differentiation during instruction, and the impact that brisk pacing and high levels of student participation combine to boost student outcome.


    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / 32 minutes

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    MORE POWER: INSTRUCTION IN CO-TAUGHT CLASSROOMS

    Hosted by Dr. Marilyn Friend

    The Forum's Co-Teaching Video Series presents nationally renowned co-teaching expert Dr. Marilyn Friend. More Power: Instruction in Co-Taught Classrooms, builds on the six co-teaching approaches Dr. Friend made famous in the Forum's Power of 2 DVD by presenting seven key dimensions of effective instructional practices across K-12 settings. This next generation of co-teaching empowers teachers and gives students a richer and deeper classroom experience. This DVD incorporating evidence-baced strategies, demonstrates how to get more power from your co-teaching to improve outcomes for all students.

    The seven dimensions shown are:

    Assessment & Planning (23:30)
    Content, Materials, & Technology (26:00)
    Instructional Environment (19:40)
    Instructional Presentation (19:00)
    Student Participation (15:30)
    Evaluation of Performance (19:10)
    Adult Interactions (18:10)

    Review
  • "I am excited about this video for staff development. It will take us beyond the initial components of co-teaching and into the next level of instruction." - Alexa Tate, Educational Consultant, Edwardsville, IL

    DVD / 2010 / 160 minutes

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    SUPERVISING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TEACHING

    A New Approach to Lesson Observation and Design

    By Robert J. Marzano

    This fully loaded presentation delivers Dr. Marzano's best and most effective strategies for lesson design and observation. After outlining 10 critical areas of instructional practice, he guides you through practical design questions, fundamental segments of classroom instruction, expectations regarding teaching behavior, three critical interventions, four phases of effective teaching, and a protocol for monthly reflective practice meetings.


    DVD / 2010 / 90 minutes

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    TEACHING WITH POVERTY IN MIND: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Program One in the series takes you into elementary classrooms where teachers attend to the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students. See examples of elementary teachers engaging their students in standards-based instruction while providing scaffolds and strategies that ensure success both in and out of the classroom.

    DVD / 2010 / 30 minutes

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    TEACHING WITH POVERTY IN MIND: SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Program Two explores school and classroom success factors that support the academic achievement and life readiness of older students.

    DVD / 2010 / 30 minutes

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    EASY WAYS TO USE E-LEARNING

    Students of today are more technologically advanced than ever before. They live their lives with technology at their fingertips. In this program we discuss how education systems are undergoing a transformation, and how e-learning is becoming further integrated into the classroom. We look at the benefits of e-learning, and how by engaging students on a level and with material to which they will respond can make a teacher's job easier. Introducing e-learning methods and strategies, we also investigate the benefits of Learning Management Systems and how this change in teaching methods is benefiting both teachers and students.

    DVD / 2009 / 25 minutes

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    APPLIED DIFFERENTIATION - MAKING IT WORK IN THE CLASSROOM (ELEMENTARY)

    Featuring Gayle Gregory, Cindy Strickland, and other experts

    How successful are your teachers in implementing differentiation practices in their classrooms? You will be excited to learn that School Improvement Network and The Video Journal of Education just released the most comprehensive tool available to help teachers understand and use differentiation with their students.

    Applied Differentiation: Making It Work in the Classroom features Gayle Gregory, Cindy Strickland, Lin Kuzmich, and exemplary teachers and administrators.

    These powerful programs can provide hours of group training for teachers and administrators on a school or district level as well as job-embedded professional learning. Teachers can see how successful teachers design lesson plans and deliver them in their differentiated classrooms---and specific templates and frameworks are included that will help teachers identify learning styles and differentiate lessons using the newly released Applied Differentiation Map..

    Program 1: Knowing the Learner
  • Understand the What and Why of Differentiation
  • Differentiation creates motivation in all learners, especially those who have not been excited about school.
  • Educators intentionally use data to recognize student needs and interests that provide links to successful learning.
  • Identify Student Readiness
  • Connect to students with where they are. The constant pull to greater knowledge or skills will engage students not otherwise ready for the learning.
  • Crystallize Student Interest
  • As teachers tie what students like into topics, interest will increase and learning will result.
  • Create a Learning Profile for Each Student
  • Use the Learning Profile Matrix to help understand how students learn best through their learning styles, intelligence inclinations, culture, race, and gender.

    Program 2: How to Differentiate
  • Educators Understand Themselves as Learners
  • Begin small by starting with familiar topics.
  • Apply learning styles, techniques, and strategies teachers know.
  • Manage Differentiation
  • Sustain a positive safe climate.
  • Establish and practice routines.
  • Provide anchor activities to engage students without direction.
  • Plan with the Applied Differentiation Map, a dynamic tool for lesson planning
  • The map will help teachers understand: WHERE to begin. WHAT is differentiated and WHAT are student needs. HOW students will learn and HOW learning is to be demonstrated.

    Program 3: Leadership and Implementation
  • This program is designed to help educational leaders start the process of differentiation within their schools.
  • Create a Climate for Differentiation
  • Teachers, like students, have differing needs and styles.
  • Provide Training and Leadership
  • The principal must take responsibility to initiate improved instruction. Allow teachers to observe other teachers, to coach or be coached, and to participate in learning communities.
  • Offer Ongoing Support
  • Help teachers feel empowered, accountable and professional.
  • Examine Structures That Work
  • Training and sustaining structures need not be rigid, but must be sensible and consistent.

    4 DVDs (With Implementation Guide, Audio CDs) / 2006 / 185 minutes

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    APPLIED DIFFERENTIATION - MAKING IT WORK IN THE CLASSROOM (SECONDARY)

    Featuring Gayle gregory, Cindy Strickland, and other experts

    How successful are your teachers in implementing differentiation practices in their classrooms? You will be excited to learn that School Improvement Network and The Video Journal of Education just released the most comprehensive tool available to help teachers understand and use differentiation with their students.

    Applied Differentiation: Making It Work in the Classroom features Gayle Gregory, Cindy Strickland, Lin Kuzmich, and exemplary teachers and administrators.

    These powerful programs can provide hours of group training for teachers and administrators on a school or district level as well as job-embedded professional learning. Teachers can see how successful teachers design lesson plans and deliver them in their differentiated classrooms---and specific templates and frameworks are included that will help teachers identify learning styles and differentiate lessons using the newly released Applied Differentiation Map..

    Program 1: Knowing the Learner
  • Understand the What and Why of Differentiation
  • Differentiation creates motivation in all learners, especially those who have not been excited about school.
  • Educators intentionally use data to recognize student needs and interests that provide links to successful learning.
  • Identify Student Readiness
  • Connect to students with where they are. The constant pull to greater knowledge or skills will engage students not otherwise ready for the learning.
  • Crystallize Student Interest
  • As teachers tie what students like into topics, interest will increase and learning will result.
  • Create a Learning Profile for Each Student
  • Use the Learning Profile Matrix to help understand how students learn best through their learning styles, intelligence inclinations, culture, race, and gender.

    Program 2: How to Differentiate
  • Educators Understand Themselves as Learners
  • Begin small by starting with familiar topics.
  • Apply learning styles, techniques, and strategies teachers know.
  • Manage Differentiation
  • Sustain a positive safe climate.
  • Establish and practice routines.
  • Provide anchor activities to engage students without direction.
  • Plan with the Applied Differentiation Map, a dynamic tool for lesson planning
  • The map will help teachers understand: WHERE to begin. WHAT is differentiated and WHAT are student needs. HOW students will learn and HOW learning is to be demonstrated.

    Program 3: Leadership and Implementation
  • This program is designed to help educational leaders start the process of differentiation within their schools.
  • Create a Climate for Differentiation
  • Teachers, like students, have differing needs and styles.
  • Provide Training and Leadership
  • The principal must take responsibility to initiate improved instruction. Allow teachers to observe other teachers, to coach or be coached, and to participate in learning communities.
  • Offer Ongoing Support
  • Help teachers feel empowered, accountable and professional.
  • Examine Structures That Work
  • Training and sustaining structures need not be rigid, but must be sensible and consistent.

    3 DVDs (With Implementation Guide, Audio CDs) / 2006 / 152 minutes

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    HOW TO COTEACH TO MEET DIVERSE STUDENT NEEDS

    When special education teachers and general education teachers work as equal team members, your school has a powerful way to provide differentiated instruction to meet a wide range of student learning needs. Help make that happen in your school with this 15-minute DVD. Explore the qualities of effective coteachers, see how coteaching works in one classroom, and understand the planning and support that ensure coteaching works. Hear coteachers discussing the rewards and challenges of coteaching, and see classroom examples of effective strategies, such as

  • How students with disabilities are helped by both teachers
  • How coteachers communicate and interact in the flow of teaching
  • How coteachers plan curriculum and instruction together

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    POWER OF 2

    Hosted by Dr. Marilyn Friend

    Over the past several years much has changed in schools: Federal education laws have raised student academic standards; professional accountability for student outcomes is a requirement--everyone counts; and access to the curriculum is the expectation for all students--it is no longer an option. As these changes have occurred, co-teaching has increased in importance. Its practice is now broader, but not necessarily deeper, and many questions concerning creating and sustaining co-teaching as a service delivery option still come up.

    The Power of Two (Revised Edition) provides a comprehensive look at co-teaching as part of the foundation of an inclusive and collaborative school, and it is designed to assist professionals to maximize student outcomes through classroom partnerships. The core concepts are included here--for example, clear and detailed demonstrations of six co-teaching arrangements that make up the heart of this service delivery model. In addition, lessons learned from those who have considerable experience with co-teaching and the shift in the context in which school programs now operate are emphasized, as are the suggestions made by professionals in the field who work with co-teaching on a daily basis.

    These changes in the Power of Two are still intended to assist educators-first-year teachers and those with extensive experience-to collaborate and share their knowledge and skills in order to help their students maximize their potential.


    DVD / 2005 / 107 minutes

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    DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION: A FOCUS ON THE GIFTED

    This video will target customized practices that are most effective in classrooms that seek to challenge gifted/high achieving students.

    DVD / 2003 / 50 minutes

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    PLEASE! NO SURPRISES! STEP-BY-STEP TO EFFECTIVE PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION

    Emily Morrison explores four areas of Parent/Teacher Communication with elementary school teachers. Parents and teachers have a common ground in their deep care and concern for the child's success. The presentation includes suggestions for introductory, ongoing and scheduled parent communication so that it is a regular part of the school week and parent is ever surprised by a report card grade. Ms. Morrison gives you the keys to creating and maintaining a dynamic partnership.

    DVD / 2003 / 45 minutes

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    STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR SECONDARY MATHEMATICS TEACHERS

    Featuring Outstanding Teachers

    Learn that quality mathematics teachers take students where they are and move them through the standards of mathematics, helping them connect what they learn to the real world.

    Mathematics teachers will
  • Learn the importance of connecting knowledge of mathematics to pedagogy.
  • Use the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics principles and standards of mathematics.
  • See teachers facilitate the usefulness of mathematics for students
  • Make Mathematics interesting and captivating for all learners.
  • Observe how writing brings meaning to mathematics.

    DVD (With Implementation Guide, Audio CD) / 2003 / 45 minutes

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    STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR SECONDARY SCIENCE TEACHERS

    Featuring Outstanding Teachers

    Quality science teachers inspire each student with the excitement of discovery.

    Topics include:
  • Planning inquiry-based programs
  • Guiding and facilitating learning
  • Assessing teaching and learning
  • Developing learning-focused environments
  • Creating communities of learners

    DVD (With Implementation Guide, Audio CD) / 2003 / 40 minutes

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    STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS

    Featuring Outstanding Teachers

    See how the quality social studies teacher connects his or her students with the real world for impactful learning.

    Topics include:
  • Utilizing effective strategies
  • Personalizing the context
  • Creating active learning communities
  • Nurturing thinking and expression
  • Focusing on the learner

    DVD (With Implementation Guide, Audio CD) / 2003 / 42 minutes

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    ESTABLISHING RULES AND CONSEQUENCES: STEP-BY-STEP THROUGH WEEK ONE

    Award-winning teacher, Emily Morrison, guides elementary teachers through the process of establishing a system of simple, fair, and effective classroom rules and consequences that work for all students. This is a critically important first week task that sets the tone for the entire school year. The presentation includes suggested first week activities that reinforce an understanding of classroom rules, ideas for classroom meetings that serve as an aid to discipline, and methods for establishing fair procedures and non-material rewards that give emotional satisfacton.

    DVD / 2002 / 28 minutes

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    ORGANIZING FOR SUCCESS: STEP-BY-STEP THROUGH DAY 1 AND DAY 2

    Join award-winning teacher, Emily Morrison, as she brings her dynamic hands-on approach to the important first few days of the school year. This video contains specific practical ideas for setting up an enriching, positive classroom environment. Empowering students through structured choices, creative jobs and job charts, and a simple plan for regular and meaningful communication with parents are a few examples of the many substantive topics that are covered.

    DVD / 2002 / 38 minutes

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    LEARN FROM THE PAST - PLAN FOR THE FUTURE: MULTI-CULTURAL VALUE PREFERENCES AND DOMINANT U.S. CULTURE

    Become familiar with how cultures may differ in what their members' value. Study the different traditions and value preferences between the dominant U.S. culture and other cultures. These include divergent views of family relationships, how children are disciplined, how the teacher is viewed, and how extended family may be called upon to confer with the child's teacher.

    DVD / 2000 / 34 minutes

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    WHISPER AND SMILE: VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION STYLES

    Communication is the core of understanding. Learn how understanding communication styles of different cultures will help you understand what is being said - and what is NOT being said.

    DVD / 2000 / 32 minutes

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    ENHANCING INSTRUCTION: TEACHING IN THE QUALITY CLASSROOM

    This course will give you the theory to enhance your instructional skills and develop strategies that will raise your students' achievement to a new level of quality. Course assignments and activities introduce you to Dr. Glasser's Quality Schools concepts and practices and demonstrate how they can be combined in a comprehensive program of instruction and behavior management.

    In this course, you will learn how to:
  • teach your students problem-solving skills to improve achievement.
  • help your students become better listeners and stay on task.
  • manage your classroom in a manner that promotes quality work.

    2 DVDs

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    TEACHING IN THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ALL STUDENTS

    In this program, you will learn practical strategies to maximize learning for all students, including those with special needs. You will learn inclusive teaching techniques first hand with video visits to classrooms where teachers are successfully educating both general and special education students. Course learning activities will teach you how to design and implement curriculum modifications and activity adaptations based on the strengths and needs of your students.

    In this course, you will learn how to:
  • utilize differentiated instruction to benefit both general and special education students.
  • select, implement, and evaluate lesson modifications to accommodate the needs of students with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities.
  • offer choices to help students develop self-management skills.
  • implement assessment strategies appropriate to your students individual abilities.

    In addition to providing ways in which you can individualize your instruction, this course will also cover remedial methods, instructional techniques, and assistive technology that can be used to more effectively address the diverse learning levels of both your special and general education students.


    3 DVDs

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    CO-TEACHING: OUR CLASSROOM, OUR STUDENTS

    The following are the main topics covered in this program:
  • How Is Co-Teaching Different from Other Collaboration Models?
  • Why Should I Consider Co-Teaching?
  • What Difficulties Could I Face and How Can I Overcome Them?
  • What Does Co-Teaching Look Like in Practice?

    DVD / Approx. 35 minutes

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    DOING THE RIGHT THINGS I: BEST PRACTICES IN TEACHING

    The first few years of teaching are extremely important to both the success of the early career teacher and the success of your school. New teachers need to develop the right professional attitudes, perspectives, skills, and support to become true assets to you and your school. Providing the right guidance from the start is essential to ensuring that your teachers enjoy a long and rewarding career with students.

    This 26-minute program covers the following topics:
  • Motivating students to learn to their fullest potential.
  • Dealing with all the things students need from you--besides instruction.
  • Preparing and adjusting lesson plans to meet student needs.
  • Evaluating levels of student learning and measuring academic growth.

    DVD / 26 minutes

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    DOING THE RIGHT THINGS II: MASTERING THE ART OF TEACHING

    The first few years of teaching are extremely important to both the success of the early career teacher and the success of your school. New teachers need to develop the right professional attitudes, perspectives, skills, and support to become true assets to you and your school. Providing the right guidance from the start is essential to ensuring that your teachers enjoy a long and rewarding career with students.

    This 22-minute program covers the following topics:
  • Using reflection to hone your skills and improve your performance.
  • Mastering content area instruction.
  • Getting the most from your opportunities to observe and learn from veteran teachers.
  • Providing parents with strategies they can use at home to help raise their child's academic achievement.

    DVD / 22 minutes

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    TEACHING FOR RESULTS

    Topics covered in this disc are:

  • The what, why, and how of instruction.
  • Offering supportive information and examples.
  • Modeling, reviewing, and checking comprehension

    DVD / 41 minutes

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    TEACHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: NEW SOLUTIONS TO NEW PROBLEMS

    This course will explore five areas that are critical to effective teaching in the 21st century. These areas are the vital connection between student-teacher relationships and academic achievement, teaching strategies that take advantage of multiple-intelligences theory, approaches to character education, strategies to deal with increased student hyperactivity, and learning projects that develop self-management skills.

    In this course, you will learn how to:
  • successfully teach those students who have previously been labeled as "unreachable."
  • gain valuable new skills that will help you build positive relationships with your students.
  • create classroom activities that will help students who are continually hyperactive in your classroom.

    DVD

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