Date(s): August 5-6, 2019
Location: Kasson Mantorville High School
101 16th St NE Kasson, MN 55944
Time: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM both days
Cost: $375.00 per person or $350.00 per person for teams of 15 or more .
Registration fee includes: access to all keynote and breakout sessions, access to online materials, lunch on both days, and unlimited coffee, soda and water

Breakout Presenters

About This Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Institute:

Is collaborative time a challenge for you in your school? Would you like to have more effective teacher collaboration that has observable impact on teacher learning and student outcomes? If you are looking for ways to create better and more meaningful learning experiences for you and your students, this institute is perfect for you and your team!
Come spend two practical and powerful days of learning with our team of educational experts to help your school and district move forward to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students and in ALL schools through an enhanced Professional Learning Communities model – Professional Learning Communities 2.0! This institute will afford you an immersive learning experience with leading experts in the field complete with ready-to-use tools so you can create a more effective learning environment for the students and staff in your context. Our presenters have extensive knowledge pertaining to the Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Model:

Our presenters have a wide-range of knowledge and experience working with educators around these critical topics to ensure your support learning as a professional learning community. Research and experience has shown to include all aspects of this model to guarantee high levels of learning for every single students. Our PLC 2.0 Institutes will give you the theory and the tools to allow you to better understand how all elements systematically flow together to create better learning structures for today’s students. Our team of presenters will also customize your learning experience at this institute by sharing their research, knowledge and implementation strategies around the Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 model. Engage in this process with colleagues on the following questions that must be asked to ensure high levels of learning for all students and a Learning FIRST culture:

  • What type of learning environment and culture do we strive to create in becoming a Learning FIRST school?
  • How we best develop meaningful and lasting relationships to engage our students in authentic learning experiences?
  • How to we ensure equitable learning opportunities for every student that walks into our buildings?
  • What does leadership look like at all levels in Learning FIRST environment?
  • What does collaboration look like in a Learning FIRST environment and how do we make it a priority at all levels?
  • What are the most important and critical standards and learning targets our students must learn?
  • What approaches to innovative learning will keep our students engaged in our schools?
  • How do we create the engaging tasks that connect to our students and cause the learning that we want in our classrooms?
  • How do we move effective practice from one classroom to ALL classrooms?
  • What types of assessments (both formative and summative) will we use to gather evidence of proficiency against our standards and learning targets?
  • How will we provide clear and constructive feedback to ensure our students are proficient within our learning intentions?
  • What is our collective response to our students when they are not learning what is has been identified as our learning intentions both academically and behaviorally?
  • What do we collectively do for students that come to us with pre-existing knowledge and already know our learning intentions?

Through these guiding questions and discussion, you will be afforded the opportunity to learn how to best take these practices and create sustainable PLC 2.0 structures that will lay the foundation for meaningful change in the best interest of students. This institute is loaded with four great keynotes packed with ideas that support student learning in all situations. Participants also have the ability to personalize their own learning experience by picking from six breakout sessions that best meet their individual learning needs.

Participants who attend this institute, will: (not limited to)

  • understand the role that creating and fostering a culture of learning for ALL has on increasing student achievement in a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • learn about the power of relationships in development and maintaining a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • understand the role in relationships within classroom management, differentiation, and how both strategies lead to higher levels of learning.
  • understand what equity means in today’s schools to ensure every student is afforded the right opportunity to learn in way that best supports his/her own life experiences.
  • learn how to best support ALL students through a highly effective and systematic approach through collaborative systems of support via PLC 2.0.
  • learn what effective leadership looks like in creating a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment, regardless of the role one serves in their school or district.
  • learn how standards and learning targets align to assessments in all grades and content areas.
  • learn how to create strong formative and summative assessments to help gather evidence of learning and guide the instructional process.
  • understand the role of feedback in the classroom and how to engage in consistent feedback practices to create a Learning FIRST environment.
  • understand how to effectively turn data and evidence into action for our students.
  • Utilize a specific and descriptive observation protocol that allows schools to move from ‘pockets’ to ‘proliferation’ of effective teaching practice.
  • Analyze and create effective and engaging tasks for today’s learners.
  • develop an understanding of effective approaches to homework, reassessment, late work, and grading life skills and behaviors in a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • gain the necessary knowledge and skills to accurately assess, grade, and report achievement against content standards and learning targets.
  • increase student motivation through effective use of data, goal setting, and feedback.
  • understand some of the misconceptions about grading practices, and identify how to make grades meaningful and motivating.
  • understand how to provide extensions tied to the standards and assessment for some of our most able learners.

“Come Energized, Leave Prepared!”

If you have questions about this institute, please do not hesitate to contact us at (920) 479-6504 or email us at info@firsteducation-us.com and we would be happy to assist!

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Travel Information:
Nearest Airport: Rochester International Airport (ATW)
Distance from Kasson-Mantorville High School: 24 miles
Alternative Airport: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Distance from Kasson-Mantorville High School: 68 Miles
Hotel Recommendation:
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
155 16th Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Distance from Kasson-Mantorville High School: 15 Miles
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