Teacher Workshops

Carroll School's teacher workshops and trainings provide opportunities for educators and administrators to get best practice tips and classroom ideas from experts in the education field.


Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Registration for Teacher Workshops is on a first come, first serve basis. Please complete the linked registration form and follow the instructions provided. Questions? Please contact Ann French by email or call 781-314-9730.

Engaging the Whole Child: Fostering Self-Regulation and Intrinsic Motivation among Struggling Readers

Presenter: Melissa Orkin, Ph.D.
July 19, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm

The means by which students are motivated in the classroom is a critical concern to many educators. Learning environments that foster versus undermine intrinsic motivation have been widely investigated in the fields of education and psychology. Yet there is often a disconnect between research findings and classroom instructional strategies.

This workshop will provide educators with an evidence-based framework and practical strategies that support the self-regulated learning and intrinsic motivation of struggling readers. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how achievement motivation develops, and the social, cognitive and emotional factors that impact students’ willingness to engage and persist in challenging reading tasks. Participants will also be introduced to a series of teaching activities and instructional language that focus on developing students’ sense of belonging, enhancing their feelings of competence, and providing opportunities for autonomy and ownership of the learning process. In recent randomized controlled studies, students who received these motivational strategies embedded in their specialized reading instruction demonstrated significant decreases in task avoidance, increased engagement, and improved learning outcomes compared to their peers who received the same curriculum with incentives like stickers and prizes.

Workshop Fee: $160

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Data-Driven Intervention, Part I – Understanding Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities

Presenter: Lesley Egler, Ph.D.
July 23 - 25, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm

This workshop is for professionals who want to make discerning use of test results to maximize student academic progress, but do not have specific knowledge of what these tests measure or how to analyze and critique the results. It will expose participants to the rationale behind a broad range of tests commonly used in the evaluation of children and adults with reading, language, and related learning difficulties. Specifically included are: tests of intelligence/cognitive functioning, achievement, perceptual abilities, memory, attention, executive functioning, language skills, and a wide range of reading tests.

Selected case studies will serve to demystify the basic statistical concepts and properties of standardized, norm-referenced tests. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a collaborative setting among peers. We will also gain exposure to the administration guidelines and procedures for selected tests, and analyze the task demands of representative items. This will lead to a stronger understanding of test validity, as well as knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of particular tests for investigating types of learning difficulties.

Participants will leave with a working knowledge of sample test batteries and test profiles. The workshop is designed to empower educators to become competent, confident consumers of evaluation reports that diagnose reading, language, and learning abilities, as well as an understanding of the implications of specific test profiles for strategic instructional programs and plans.

Note: Participants are invited to continue with Part II of the Assessment series (see below), but Part I may also be taken separately.

Workshop Fee: $480

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Data-Driven Intervention, Part II – Using Assessment to Formulate Reading Profiles and Target Remediation

Presenter: Melissa Orkin, Ph.D.
July 26 - 27, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Enrollment is limited.

This workshop was created to introduce participants to an evidence-based framework which uses assessment outcomes to create distinct learning profiles and target instruction. Similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), there is now a substantial body of evidence to suggest that reading disabilities can be subtyped by deficits in specific cognitive and linguistic areas.

In the first part of the workshop, attendees will learn about the multiple cognitive and linguistic processes involved in reading and better understand their individual contributions to development of literacy. The focus will then shift to the formulation of an assessment battery, and participants will have an opportunity to learn about the various standardized and benchmark assessments that can provide insights reading achievement. They will also have a hands-on opportunity to practice with the evaluation measures.

In the second part of the workshop, participants will work with decision trees and case studies to formulate student profiles, and match needs with target intervention programs. Essential characteristics of instruction will also be identified. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have a clear assessment framework from which to develop learning profiles, and recommend instruction that is most efficient for remediation and support.

Prerequisite: Working Professional Knowledge of Standardized Assessments and/or Completion of Part I of this Assessment series

Workshop Fee: $320
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Math Workshops

Carroll School's math workshops and trainings provide opportunities for educators and administrators to get best practice tips for how to teach math the "Carroll" way. Our math curriculum is designed to teach students how to think by emphasizing number sense, problem solving, and visual representation over memorization.

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had
Making Math Class More Like Mathematics

Presented by: Tracy Johnston Zager
August 14-16, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Carroll School: 1841 Trapelo Road, Waltham

Workshop Fee: $600
Register 3 or more teachers from your school: $550 each
*Workshop fully enrolled, waitlist available (email Ann)

How can we create classrooms where all students engage in authentic mathematics while we teach the content we’re required to teach? It starts by experiencing for ourselves the type of genuine mathematics that’s done by actual mathematicians. In this 3-day workshop, participants will do rich mathematics and learn how to engineer similar opportunities for their students. Emphasis will be on fostering ways of thinking that are important in doing mathematics -- relating and connecting mathematical ideas as well as using intuition -- yet are often neglected in math class. Participants will also learn techniques for embedding formative assessment into lessons to gain more and better insight into students’ mathematical thinking and make thoughtful instructional decisions.

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