Educator Programs

Educator Programs

Because of the urgency of this moment, and the financial challenges faced by schools, these programs are being made available by WPS at no cost to participants or their schools.


Upcoming Program(s)


Winter

Ways of Increasing Motivation and Engagement

Designed as a follow-up program to our 2020 program Tending to Students Social-Emotional Needs through Trauma-Informed Practices.  We will focus on challenges teachers are now facing, a few months into the school year, to keep students engaged and motivated. This four-session program is open to teachers who have participated in either the July or October SEL program. 

For more information and to register, email us at info@wpsinstitute.org.


Building Community Through Routines in the Math Classroom

The program will kick-off with a WPS case study discussion on routines and will include three subsequent sessions where teachers engage in, analyze, and refine routines for classroom learning. Our goal is to help teachers leverage new technologies in ways that enable new approaches to individual, paired, small-and whole-group routines. This four-session program is for k-10 math educators.  

To register, enroll here.  

For more information and to register, email us at info@wpsinstitute.org.


Tending to Students’ Social-Emotional Needs through Trauma-Informed Practice.  

Through inductive, peer-to-peer online learning and collaboration, school teams from across the country will explore how best to support students, including those who have experienced significant trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that school leaders and teachers currently have tremendous demands on their time, we have been sensitive to creating a condensed, three-session program, prioritizing educators, and school leaders not on the East Coast.  

For more information, email us at info@wpsinstitute.org.


Spring

Ways of Increasing Motivation and Engagement (West Coast)

For both students and teachers alike, the 2020-2021 academic year has posed challenges to sustaining motivation and engagement.While lack of engagement and motivation have been highlighted by remote and hybrid learning models, the challenge is one that transcends virtual learning. This set of 3 sessions will be case-based and grounded in research on motivation, engagement, and self-determination theory. The session is open to teachers and school leaders who attended either the July or October programs on Tending to Students’ Social-Emotional Needs through Trauma-Informed Practice.  

April Dates: TBD


Past Programs


Using Discourse-based Approaches to Cultivate Classroom Community & Evidence-based Thinking (November 2020)

With the proliferation of remote and hybrid models of learning, keeping students engaged is undoubtedly becoming a salient issue for many teachers. This program will introduce teachers to tools and approaches to online learning experiences that foster peer exchange, evidence-based analysis, and student-led discourse. This four-session program, in partnership with the Boston Debate League, is open to any and all teachers — grades 4-12 — on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tending to Students’ Social-Emotional Needs through Trauma-Informed Practice.  

Through inductive, peer-to-peer online learning and collaboration, school teams from across the country will explore how best to support students, including those who have experienced significant trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that school leaders and teachers currently have tremendous demands on their time, we have been sensitive to creating a condensed, three-session program.


Designing remote learning centered on student engagement (September 2020)

As the first weeks of school progress, keeping students engaged in meaningful learning will be increasingly challenging for educators. This session, in partnership with education technology expert Tom Corbin, is designed to provide teachers with ways to optimize remote learning for engagement using no- or low-cost platforms that foster collaboration, exchange and interactive learning experiences.


WPS · 196 Herrick Rd. · Newton, MA · 02459 · info@wpsinstitute.org