HTH teachers, school leaders, and faculty from the GSE and Center for Research on Equity and Innovation are available to visit your school and facilitate professional development with faculty. We offer the following workshops, as well as personalized professional development based on the interests and needs of your school. HTH workshops are interactive and hands-on, model progressive teaching practices, and often use student work, video, and protocols to facilitate reflective conversations. HTH On the Road facilitators may visit schools for a single day, multiple days, or establish longer-term, large scale projects for professional learning and guiding school change.

 

If you would like HTH educators to visit your school and facilitate a workshop, please contact us today.

 

Project-based Learning

Project Based Learning: Core Practices

These workshops are designed for educators to rapidly develop high-impact, actionable project ideas, then collaborate to design engaging and rigorous projects for their students, which they critique with colleagues. Faculty reflect on significant learning experiences from their own lives to extract core features of meaningful learning experiences, analyze exemplar projects from HTH K–12 schools, and use project-planning and project-inspiring resources from HTH schools. Participants leave with a project proposal and feedback on that proposal to guide their next steps and an array of resources for future project plans.

 

Improvement Science

Improvement Science to Guide Systemic Change

How can educators tackle persistent problems of practice, and know that these efforts are leading to improvement? In this workshop, participants explore improvement science as a promising framework for innovating and scaling good ideas, and creating more equitable, engaging learning environments for all students. Faculty from the Center for Research on Equity and Innovation work with a team, school, or district to design a 1-2 day workshop that supports educators in:

  • Using empathy interviews, data and root cause analysis to develop a deeper understanding of a problem and the system that produces it
  • Developing a measurable goal and a theory of action to drive next steps
  • Engaging in quick tests of “high leverage” change ideas to guide learning
  • Identifying and designing practical measures for tracking progress

Participants experience various tools and protocols that they can use in their own contexts to guide systematic improvement, and leave with a clear plan for moving forward.

 

Utilizing Protcols

Utilizing Protocols to Structure Conversations About Teaching and Learning

Faculty explore the art of facilitation and use of protocols to guide purposeful conversations about teaching and learning. Participants engage in various protocols—including project tunings to critique curriculum, consultancies to explore dilemmas in teaching, learning and leadership, and looking at student work protocols to analyze work samples—and reflect on how to improve teacher-led dialogue about teaching and learning at their schools.

 

Improving the Quality of Student Work

Improving the Quality of Student Work Through Critique & Revision

Inspired by our work with Ron Berger in fostering an ethic of excellence with students, HTH teachers incorporate student-driven processes for critique and revision to support the creation of beautiful work. Participants learn how to support the design of high quality products in project-based learning environments, and how to create classroom cultures where students see each other as useful resources in improving their work.

 

Design Thinking

Design Thinking for PBL Educators

Inspired by our work with the Stanford Design School, SchoolRetool, and others, these human-centered design workshops guide educators to dive deeply into understanding the persona of a particularly memorable “extreme student” or “extreme colleague” who breaks the mold. Participants then create an array of “hacks” that they can quickly prototype and iterate on, in a larger effort to quickly gain traction and generate information about how to best serve their broader community. These workshops generate quick, test-able ideas and practices that can bring PBL to the classroom or school seeking innovation and equity.

 

Curation and Exhibition

These workshops are geared towards educators who aim to transform school culture and the teaching and learning experience by bringing student work into the public sphere. Educators learn core practices to facilitate students sharing their learning in a variety of contexts: student work will have a life beyond the classroom, and students will share their learning with meaningful, authentic audiences. Exemplar projects are used by participants to develop their own plans of how students can present their learning and how student work can be of service to the school and community.

If you would like HTH educators to visit your school and facilitate a workshop, please contact Randy Scherer today.

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