Developing Teaching and Learning Strategies for Student Success

PLEASE NOTE: You can find some of the results of the pilot project in our Community Resources section!

 

Pilot Project 2011-13     REVISED SCHEDULE 

Target Audience & Focus:

This Professional Development opportunity is created to meet the needs of all administrators and classroom teachers and is not intended only for educators working with students who have special needs.

The focus of the Project is two-fold:

  • To reach a common understanding of the term “differentiated instruction”;
  • To build on this understanding and knowledge through the development and sharing of teaching and learning strategies that directly influence student success.

Presenter & Facilitator:  Kathie F Nunley, EdD

Kathie delights teachers from around the world with her practical and inspirational solutions to the challenges of today's diverse classrooms. Her popular seminars and workshops combine classroom experience with her current brain-imaging research. A noted speaker at state, national and international conferences, Dr. Nunley is the author of many books and articles on the brain and teaching in mixed-ability classrooms. Her work has been used by institutions and publications around the globe, including Family Circle magazine, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Canada Living, and the Washington Post. She is the developer of the Layered Curriculum® method of instruction and has spent over 15 years as a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban schools.

For more information on Dr. Nunley go to help4teachers.com and click on “About Kathie”.


School Team Participants

Each of the nine English boards, Kativik, Cree and Littoral boards, General Adult Education & Vocational Training Centres and the associations are being given the opportunity to invite secondary school teams, composed of 3 teachers and 1 administrator, to apply for participation in the Project. It is strongly recommended that one of the teachers has less than five years experience while the other has more in an attempt to promote mentoring opportunities and to maintain stability of the team over an extended period. The total number of teams will be 20.

Project Applications & Team Selection

Prospective school teams are required to complete a simple and brief
application form. Applications are available on the LCEEQ web site www.lceeq.ca

The deadline for application submissions is March 2, 2012.

Applications will be vetted by the LCEEQ Review Committee of 2011-12. Every
effort will be made to include a minimum of one team from each of the boards and organizations invited to participate.

Duration: Spring 2012 – Fall 2013


Scheduling & Process:

Session I – April 30, 2012
School/centre teams will participate in a Professional Development session given by Dr. Kathie Nunley. The focus will be “The Adolescent Brain How It Works” and Differentiating Your High School Classroom.
Location:  Sheraton Laval Hotel

 

School/Centre Team Support – 1 Day May OR June 2012

A designated team member is responsible for scheduling the day in his/her school. Within the context of the information provided in Session I, members of the School Team and the Consultant/Resource Person will spend time reviewing the information garnered during the April 30, 2012 session with Dr. Kathie Nunley. This will allow for a deeper understanding of the process which underlies the layered curriculum instruction design. The School Team and the Consultant/Resource Person will begin to explore the information and the models of layered curriculum that are available on Dr. Nunley’s site at http://www.help4teachers.com/workshops.htm

 

School/Centre Team Support – 1 Day Fall 2012

A designated team member is responsible for scheduling the day in his/her school. Members of the School Team and the Consultant/Resource Person will continue to familiarize themselves with the units/models that have been created and are posted on the site http://www.help4teachers.com/workshops.htm.The day will culminate in an initial brain storming session and consideration of possibilities for the team project. The Project will illustrate “Best Practice” that encompasses differentiated instruction as it is evidenced in the layered curriculum instruction design; it would be important to remember that the Project must ultimately include a component of qualitative (by observation) or quantitative evaluation for/of learning.

Session II – January 14, 2013
School/centre teams are invited to a follow-up session with Dr. Kathie Nunley focused on deepening the topic of “Differentiating the High School Classroom with Layered Curriculum”; a half day will be set aside for school teams/centres to begin planning their projects in an interactive format with Dr. Nunley.
Location:  Sheraton Laval Hotel

School/Centre Team Support – 1 Day Winter 2013
A designated team member is responsible for scheduling the day in his/her school/centre; within the context of the information provided in Sessions I & II, the school/centre team is expected to continue to work on their project planning.

Session III – April, 2013 (precise date to be finalized)
School/centre teams are invited to a third follow-up session with Dr. Nunley who will provide additional in-put more directly related to the projects; a half-day will be set aside for school/centre teams to report on the nature and progress of their projects. Feedback will be received from peers and the expert; a Q & A will be held.
Location: TBD

School/Centre Team Support – 1 Day Spring 2013 
A designated team member is responsible for scheduling the days in his/her school; within the context of the information provided in Sessions I & II & III, the school/centre team will complete its project presentation.

Session IV – Fall, 2013 (precise date to be finalized)
Each school/centre team will be required to make a project presentation; a “fair/carousel” format will be utilized. The project presentation is expected to illustrate a “Best Practice” which encompasses Differentiated Instruction and includes a component of qualitative (by observation) or quantitative evaluation for/of learning.
Location: TBD


School Team Project Subsidy & Full Group Session Subsidy

Each team will receive a total Project Subsidy, over the two year period, in the amount of 3,000$ to cover school/centre day substitution for teacher members, meals and miscellaneous expenses incurred by the team to exclude equipment and/or material resources. The Project Subsidy would be rendered only after the team’s project presentation at Session IV in the Fall of 2013.

Teacher substitution will be subsidized in the amount of 180$ per day for each of the four full group sessions; these sessions will also be subsidized as per the LCEEQ Cost Sharing Policy 2011-2013.
                                   
Support for School/Centre Teams:
Possibilities being considered include board pedagogical subject area consultants supplemented resource personnel hired for this purpose.

Delivery Models:
In addition to the face-to-face sessions, communication among teams, during the project, will be facilitated electronically.

Anticipated Outcomes:
Participants will

  • reach a common understanding of differentiated instruction;
  • apply their knowledge of differentiated instruction by completing action research;
  • be provided with an opportunity to contribute to and take away knowledge and application of differentiated learning with their peers;
  • be given the possibility of mentoring & coaching within their school/centre team;
  • become a resource for the English educational community at large by determining ways and means of sharing with home school or centre colleagues and community members, other schools or centres within the school board or association, and any other schools or centres in Quebec who may be interested. Participation at provincial events such as the LCEEQ Conference, QPAT Convention, MELS workshops, etc. would also be considered.