Teacher Trainings New

  • Home
  • /
  • Teacher Trainings New

On-Site Professional Development 

(or Virtual)


Ensure learning for all with customized, results-driven PD.

strobel education consultants

On-Site and Virtual Training Sessions for Your Team

Kim Strobel and her team of coaches will help your team learn the most effective strategies to promote learning and growth—all in an onsite training session or via virtual learning. Our trainings are known across the nation because they are results-driven, yet practical and easy to implement. And our special sauce is that we bring high, contagious energy and are known for being, 'not your traditional PD experience.'  Yet, we get the results!

Types of On-Site PD

Reading PD Topics

Launching Literacy Stations

In this training you will learn how to launch literacy stations the first weeks of school and how to make them purposeful and connected to instruction and state standards the rest of the year. You will also learn how to differentiate your stations to meet the differentiated needs of your students. This workshop will include practical simple suggestions for establishing, managing, and using literacy work stations in grades K-6. You will also leave with the first 15 days of your launch plotted and planned for you.

The Fluent Reader

This workshop teaches the skills necessary for students to become fluent readers. It’s a systematic approach that stimulates word recognition, develops word attack skills, and exposes students to daily “fluent” reading. You will learn numerous strategies and resources for helping students increase their reading rate and accuracy, expressive reading, word recognition and word attack skills, and vocabulary.

Reading Mini-Lessons and Comprehension Strategies

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to deliver power- packed mini-lessons in reading instruction that teaches each of the comprehension strategies. These everyday lessons are quick, effective, and engaging and will help every child in your classroom make more effective use of the reading strategies! Readers are thinkers and the research states that comprehension instruction requires explicit instruction through mini-lesson modeling. This powerful workshop will show teachers how to spiral through the strategies in a year-long map through scaffolded mini-lessons. The presenter will “model” comprehension lessons throughout the day. 

Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Did you know it takes the average reader fourteen exposures with a word to place it in long-term memory? And for the struggling reader it takes fourteen exposures! In this workshop we walk you through the 6 step process of implementing an effective vocabulary program for all your students. This workshop is for grades K-12 and will help your students dramatically increase comprehension by immersing them in a deep understanding of the core academic vocabulary. We will help you implement a system that will ensure your students can understand complex texts, engage deeply with content-area concepts, and participate in academic discussions.

Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questioning 

All of the latest research says there is a huge gap in reading levels between twelfth grade and college. The good news? It’s fixable. In this training we will explain the process for teaching effective close-reading lessons and help you understand the characteristics of text-based questions and how to incorporate the three phases of questions to support close reading instruction. You will leave this training ready to teach Close Reading & Text-Dependent Questioning and have the resources and lessons to begin teaching immediately.
Writing PD Topics

Writer’s Workshop

Writing is one of the areas where many teachers feel they struggle. “Do I even know how to write proficiently myself?”“How do I plan for the first weeks of school?”“What routines and procedures can I put in place to set up my workshop for success all year?”“Most importantly, how do I motivate my students to develop the writing skills they will need to be proficient and successful with their learning?”

This workshop provides teachers with a structure and framework to launch their writing year with confidence and enthusiasm—which develops into a workshop of enthusiastic students who love writing. Using research, skills, and superb resources gleaned from Lucy Calkins and Nancy Atwell, Kim guides teachers through the process, helping to plot and plan a 4-6 week calendar for teaching writing that will guide them through the first weeks of school and set the groundwork for success all year.

The Six Traits of Writing

Teachers can feel so overwhelmed with how to teach writing in a way that helps each and every student regardless of their writing level. The Six Traits of Writing explores the six researched-based traits of high quality writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) that need to be introduced and taught to students. You will learn about the traits and specific trait-based lessons so you can provide meaning bite-sized lessons to students that help them become successful writers.

Assessing The Six Traits

Assessing writing can be cumbersome for teachers and can sometimes lack the specific feedback students need to truly grow in their writing skills. In this workshop, we teach you how to create rubrics specifically tailored around the six traits for good writing. You will learn how to create “kid-friendly” rubrics that grow all year as students grow. We also teach you how to convert the rubric score to a grade. And you will learn how to grade writing quickly and methodically without it taking forever!

Mini-Lesson Modeling

It’s sometimes hard to really understand exactly what an effective reading or writing mini-lesson looks like in front of students. In this training a Strobel Education consultant will review the 4 Steps to an Effective Mini-Lesson and then she will step into a classroom and teach the lesson live based on the teacher’s choice. Each live mini-lesson is 10-15 minutes long. Afterwards, teachers will meet with the consultant to share observations, debrief, ask questions, and discuss follow-up lessons. We can schedule multiple mini-lessons to be taught back-to-back in order to provide several different lessons for teachers to observe in one day. 

Content Area PD Topics

Trauma-Informed Schools: Understand Trauma—Unlock Potential

46% of students under 17 have experienced a traumatic event, and 26% of children under 4 have experienced a traumatic event.

Students entering the classroom with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues are often at a disadvantage and struggle to keep up with the demands of traditional learning. Brains affected by trauma require a different kind of instruction—and a special kind of care.

  • Learn how to unlock the potential that exists within every student
  • Develop an instructional approach that recognizes and works past behaviors that can limit learning and achievement.

Growth Mindset: Boosting Motivation & Achievement

This workshop will help teachers implement a growth mindset curriculum, which has been proven to lead to greater motivation levels and higher achievement for students, in their classrooms. Through experiential and interactive activities, you’ll learn strategies to increase your own growth mindset as an educator, as well as how to develop and integrate the growth mindset philosophy in the classroom.

Also, you’ll receive the tools and strategies to implement a growth mindset curriculum that is super-easy, but offers big benefits for your classroom community. And you’ll leave with ready-to-go mini-lessons that will help develop gritty, determined, self-reliant students who know that if they work hard enough they can and will accomplish great things.

Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation

It is our job as educators to encourage critical thinking and inspire creativity—skills that are needed for the 21st century learner. Learners at all grade levels come alive in Genius Hour. The future belongs to creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers, artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, innovators, and big picture thinkers—and Genius Hour is where it can all begin. In this training we will walk you through every single piece of what it looks like to get Genius Hour up and running in your classroom. We will work through brainstorming, creating an inquiry question, research, create a product, and presentation. You will leave with all the resources and mini-lesson you need to make this come alive for your students.

Standards-Based Grading and Assessing

Implement effective grading practices. Transform your school's grading system into one that really shows what students know and can do. Your team will explore specific aspects of standards-based grading implementation, from identifying prioritized standards and creating proficiency scales to creating aligned high-quality assessments and revising report cards. Each step of the process is thoroughly explained. Our goal is for you to leave understanding how to create vertical and horizontal alignment in your school along with a viable and guaranteed curriculum so you can ensure a high level of reliability between and within all grade levels.

Effective Vocabulary Strategies

Did you know it takes the average reader fourteen exposures with a word to place it in long-term memory? And for the struggling reader it takes fourteen exposures! In this workshop we walk you through the 6 step process of implementing an effective vocabulary program for all your students. This workshop is for grades K-12 and will help your students dramatically increase comprehension by immersing them in a deep understanding of the core academic vocabulary. We will help you implement a system that will ensure your students can understand complex texts, engage deeply with content-area concepts, and participate in academic discussions.

Formative Assessment

Research has shown that short-cycle formative assessment is the most effective practice and makes the biggest impact on student learning. In a nutshell, short-cycle formative assessment urges teachers to gather information from their teaching day-by-day, minute-by-minute.

During this workshop, you’ll learn how to determine what your students already know, what they need to know, and what kind of instruction will prove most effective. You’ll leave with a new understanding of formative assessment and a host of easy-to-implement practices that will make a real, measurable difference in your classroom.


PD That Inspires Results

Connect

Take the first step by contacting us and letting us know your top priorities and challenges. 

Match

Based on your specific needs, we'll custom match you with one or more of our education consultants. 

Inspire

Receive personalized training with targeted advice, strategies, tools, and techniques that inspire your staff to become the best they can be.

Strengthen

We work hard to create sustained, reciprocal relationships developed between consultants and educators. Turning knowledge into action that gets real results!

Sustain

Developing reciprocal relationships between consultants and educators is important. After you've achieved your goals, we can help you maintain your results or take the next steps to make your school or district even better.


Ready for On-Site PD Headline

Stay In The Know

Receive email updates on the Strobel Education's free resources, upcoming PD events, and blog articles.