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Launching October 26, 2020

This course is designed for instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school administrators who want to effectively lead teachers through the change process to place conceptual learning and transfer at the heart of curriculum and instruction. All assignments are designed to work seamlessly with your existing commitments as leaders -- because we know time is too precious a gift to waste!

The course will last 8 weeks and will include short videos and short readings you can conduct on your own schedule, a community message board for questions and discussions, as well as two optional live sessions each week to ask questions and receive feedback. Each participant will coach one or two teachers (in-person or in a virtual setting) and design action plans for effectively leading toward conceptual learning that transfers (tools and strategies included for both in-person and virtual settings). 

Space is limited to 50 people for the first cohort because we will provide individualized feedback and support.

We hope you'll join us! 

Please reach out with any questions julie@edtosavetheworld.com 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Welcome

    • Course Welcome

    • Course Orientation

    • Community Building

  • 2

    Module 1: Intro to Conceptual Learning and Collective Efficacy

    • Module 1 Success Criteria

    • Complex World: Video & Discussion

    • The Change Process

    • Intro to Conceptual Learning and Transfer

    • Intro to Collective Efficacy

    • Application: Leadership Audit

    • Module 1 Reflection

  • 3

    Module 2: Coaching for Acquiring & Connecting Concepts

    • Module 2 Success Criteria

    • Identifying Concepts in Outcomes or Standards

    • Common Misconceptions

    • Strategies for Acquire and Connect

    • Case Study: Teacher Scenario

    • Case Study: Coach Scenario

    • Application: Coach a Teacher

    • Module 2 Reflection

  • 4

    Module 3: Coaching for Learning Transfer

    • Module 3 Success Criteria

    • The Learning Transfer Spectrum

    • Transfer Strategies and Tools

    • Case Study: Teacher Scenario

    • Case Study: Coach Scenario

    • Application: Coach a Teacher

    • Module 3 Reflection

  • 5

    Module 4: Deeper Exploration of Collective Efficacy

    • Module 4 Success Criteria

    • Sources of Collective Efficacy

    • Nourish Collective Efficacy

    • Case Study: Learning Community Scenario

    • Application: Engage a Learning Community

    • Module 4 Reflection

  • 6

    Module 5: Short Cycle Planning

    • Module 5 Success Criteria

    • Stages of Concern

    • Change Management

    • Short Cycle Planning

    • Peer Feedback

    • Module 5 Reflection

  • 7

    Module 6: Deepening and Refining Understanding

    • Module 6 Success Criteria

    • Evaluate Progress

    • Peer Feedback

    • Continue Audit

    • Optional Further Resources

    • Module 6 Reflection

  • 8

    Module 7: Deepening and Refining Understanding

    • Module 7 Success Criteria

    • Including Teacher Voices

    • Instructional Leadership

    • Transformational Leadership

    • Peer Feedback

    • Module 7 Reflection

  • 9

    Module 8: Reflection and Long-Term Action Planning

    • Module 8 Success Criteria

    • Theory of Change

    • Advisory Group Session

    • Long-Term Action Planning

    • Course Feedback

    • Course Reflection

Course Syllabus and Calendar

Click here to view the course syllabus, click here to view the course calendar and click here to view the schedule of optional live Q and A sessions via Zoom.  

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Participants will effectively lead teachers through the change process to place conceptual learning and transfer at the heart of curriculum and instruction; and nourish the sources of collective efficacy so that change can flourish.

  • Investigate and audit current curricular and leadership practices.

  • Promote organization of learning around transferable concepts that facilitate retention and transfer of knowledge.

  • Coach teachers on planning for conceptual learning that transfers and reflect upon the results.

  • Select and implement one leadership strategy that nourishes collective efficacy and reflect upon the results.

  • Make and implement a short-term action plan to increase conceptual learning and collective efficacy; provide peer feedback

  • Create and implement a long-term action plan to increase conceptual learning and collective efficacy; provide peer feedback on plans.

Course Instructors

Julie Stern

Julie Stern is a three-time, best-selling author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary, and Visible Learning for Social Studies. She is the thought leader behind the ​global ​workshop series, Making Sense of Learning Transfer, and is a certified trainer in Visible Learning and Concept-Based Curriculum. Her passion is supporting educators in moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being​.

Kayla Duncan

Kayla is a personalized instruction coach for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. Her passion centers around empowering student voice through meaningful, authentic experiences and increased ownership. Kayla currently supports personalized learning cohort schools in creating their new vision for education through the design thinking process. She believes the voices of students and the community should drive what happens in the school building. Before her coaching role, Kayla taught elementary physical education and middle grades mathematics.
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Overview Video

Julie explains the basic structure of the course.