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PD: Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work With Teachers

Great VASCD Professional Development Opportunity
Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work With Teachers

Participants in this session will learn three basic approaches to coaching that exist along a continuum of practice and will practice matching their coaching strategies to teachers’ professional learning needs. The basic skills of coaching– listening, questioning, and feedback – will be illustrated and practiced. Scenarios will be used to link these approaches and skills to the reality of coaches’ daily work.
February 5, 2014, The Place at Innsbrook, Richmond
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration fee $115. (A 10% discount is available for active VaASCD members. Use the promo code VASCDMEMBER at checkout.)



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VASCD Professional Development


Virginia Professional Development Institute 2013
February 22, 2013 in Chester, Virginia
“Strategies and Methods for Teaching and Learning
in the Modern Era”

The age of information surplus is upon us. Continuing with classrooms and schools that do not shift to this reality invites irrelevance into the schooling equation. Join me for a day of exploration into the strategies, tools and resources that yield teaching and learning agile enough to evolve with the shifting information and standards landscape we all navigate in the profession. It is time to move beyond asking what our students know and asking what they can create, innovate and imagine from that knowledge. The resources are widely available to modernize our classrooms and schools. It’s time for our classrooms to meet the exciting realities of a modern educational approach. Specific teaching units, resources and strategies will be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring units, lessons or objectives that they are currently using in the classrooms and/or schools.

Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies over the past 15 years. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and regular contributions to
You can fax your registration form, and/or purchase order to (540) 832-7666. You can include your credit card information on the registration form or call us at (434) 466-7466.

Virginia ASCD
(434) 466-7466
(540) 832-7666 (fax)

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Helpful form for School Adminstrators

School Calendar Month-to-Month Checklistf_revised PDF

This may be helpful in future planning.

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Should we talk Common Core?

Proudly post your Common Core opinions if you dare. As division reevaluate their current status for the 2012-2013 school year with many districts going into school improvement. Is it time to revisits the Common Core discussion? Colleagues, I’m looking for your feedback.


VDOE and the Board of Education are using the commonwealth’s established process for adopting and revising academic standards to incorporate content from the Common Core State Standards into the Standards of Learning (SOL). In doing so, the board and department are ensuring that expectations for teaching and learning in Virginia schools are comparable to, or in some instances exceed, those of the voluntary national standards.

            VDOE Website retrieved November 16, 2012

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