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College Ready trainings offered free

http://youtu.be/4oT9HVfH6kcSchools can now register for Battelle Education’s College Ready Literacy and College Ready Math trainings, thanks to support from the Ohio Department of Education.

Register by October 8 for this free training series focused on the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Mathematics Design Collaborative.

Piloted at some of Ohio’s most innovative schools, a team from your school can take part in this popular, hands-on training series.

Which schools are eligible? All Ohio schools are now invited to apply.

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Free training in literacy

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“Sometimes a tool not only helps you get your job done, but helps you understand how to do your job better.” – Peter DeWitt, Assistant Principal on the value of this training

In today’s digital world, students need literacy more than ever. Modern careers and college require students analyze, synthesize, and communicate at great speed. While literacy education can be found in many classes like social studies and science, this teaching is only rarely coordinated in any consistent way. Our training brings teams of teachers from across content areas together to lay a common foundation for teaching literacy. Scientists read and write differently than social scientists. By collaborating, teachers can see what types of writing make sense in which courses. Strategically placing writing in all courses where it makes sense for each discipline, schools see the quality of student work rise. This training is based on the Literacy Design Collaborative method or LDC. Check out our toolbox of sample LDC strategies and read about how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports LDC.

For the literacy training, we encourage teams of at least three teachers, your school principal and a representative who coordinates district wide literacy alignment. We encourage teams to include teachers from the following areas: English/language arts, science, social studies, career technical.

Throughout these trainings, we’ve consistently seen that teachers need support to make the jump to this new, more effective practice. Our trainees constantly report that both a community of peers and a dedicated administrator in support of the practice were essential to their success with the College Ready Literacy trainings. Register your school’s team for free College Ready Literacy training.

lit-calendar-thumbWill this training be specific to my content and my grade level?
After a general overview, the training is organized to provide time to focus on your specific content and grade level standards while working in disciplinary teams. Teachers are supported in creating authentic reading, research and writing experiences which make sense for their class and discipline.

Would participants get some kind of certification from this program?
All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program which includes the achieved learning outcomes and number of completed learning hours.

Free training in math

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hTM272JKqjFBT5fD3k9gOADz2j_m71YHllJvIn5xGz8/viewformTurn students from recipients of teaching to math content leaders with innovative classroom strategies. The College Ready Math course helps teachers make shifts in their everyday instruction to embed formative assessment teaching. Piloted at nationally-recognized Ohio schools including Metro Early College, this training is based on the Math Design Collaborative method or MDC. Read our summary about MDC and details about why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports MDC.

Each team must consist of four or more staff at the school or from the district: at least three math teachers, your school principal and a representative who coordinates district wide mathematics alignment.

Throughout these trainings, we’ve consistently seen that teachers need support to make the jump to this new, more effective practice. Our trainees constantly remark that both a community of peers and a dedicated administrator in support of the practice were essential to their success with the College Ready Math trainings. Register your school’s team for free College Ready Math training.

How are these methods different from the way I already teach? Lessons based on the Math Design Collaborative method look and feel different than a traditional math lesson. As one participant noted: “My students are ‘discussing math” The class shifts so the lesson is driven by students.  Students are required to draw on what they know.  Students talk and write about the concept individually, then in a small group, and then as a whole class. Students drive the conversation.  The training equips teachers with the tools and supports they need to make this shift.

Will this training be specific to my grade level?
We’ll start off with an overview of strategies across grade levels. The College Ready Math training includes math teachers in grades six through high school. After the general overview, we structure time for you to work with our coaches and grade level teams to see how these strategies can be applied to your grade specific math standards.

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On College Ready Math job embedded professional development: When someone comes into our classroom, will they be teaching the lesson to model strategies or will they be observing our teaching strategies to provide feedback?
Our coach will be in your classroom for at least one class – during this time the coach will assist you by modeling sections of the Math Design Collaborative method lesson as needed and provide an opportunity for feedback and reflection after the class.

Would participants get some kind of certification from this program?
All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program which includes the achieved learning outcomes and number of completed learning hours.

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