Margo M. Criscuola, Ph.D.


Professional Development

Instructional tools to meet the standards

Standards guide, but instruction drives learning.
Long before the Common Core, teachers strove to bring their students to mastery of academic reading and writing. But for challenging students, skill-by-skill or strategy-by-strategy lessons and casual workshops have fallen short.
Teachers need research-based instructional tools designed to cultivate in students the flexible thinking skills and intellectual initiative the standards demand.   
  • A process of reading that leads students to deeper engagement
  • Questioning to guide intensive practice in thinking
  • Organic development of academic writing from students' interests and ideas
  • Lesson planning focused on learning outcomes and motivation 
  • Assessment of higher-order skills and attitudes 
  • Discipline-specific strategies for Science and Social Studies literacy 
Teachers can make these their own through a variety of interactive, ongoing learning opportunities firmly based in their school's goals and culture.   
Workshop. Introduce practical, easily adopted instructional tools. Teachers can adjust them to their own styles because they take away full print explanations. Choose from the list above.
Curriculum and lesson planning. Make coherent plans to incorporate new standards and instruction. Sessions can be one-on-one or in grade-level, vertical, or content-area groups.
Data review. Take a fresh, comprehensive look at the data in discussion with your team. Empower teachers to consider needs, propose goals, plan for changes.
Research study. Share understanding of the principles behind the strategies and build a school learning community. Get strong, relevant pieces of research with incisive discussion questions; facilitate the sessions yourself or bring me in.
Classroom coaching. Give teachers maximum support. Sensitive feedback and problem-solving based on the issues each teacher identifies. School leaders can co-coach to prepare to take over.  
Use the full array of services, or choose among them to fill gaps in your current professional development program.

| 1.31.2013 | Print |