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Our Workshops

Uncommon Schools focuses on developing actionable, high-quality professional development for our schools, and we share this training with educators and leaders around the country through one-and-two day workshops located primarily in New York and New Jersey.

Key Workshop Elements

  • Focus on practices that educators can use in their schools immediately on "Monday morning."
  • Emphasize the use of video and role play practice to ensure techniques and concepts transfer to the classroom.

 

To see our workshop offerings, click below:

Behavior and Culture

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Darryl Williams, Colleen Driggs, and Hilary Lewis.
  • Build a culture of excellence to enable academic achievement.
  • Techniques Covered: 100%, What to Do, Systems and Routines, Strong Voice, Do It Again, Positive Framing, and Precise Praise.
     
Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
March 7-8, 2019 (Nashville, TN) Attend
May 9-10, 2019 (Albany, NY) Attend

Engaging Academics

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Colleen Driggs, and Hilary Lewis.
  • Learn how to help your teachers design and engage students in rigorous academic work.
  • Techniques Covered: Cold Call, Show Call, No Opt Out, Right is Right, Stretch It, Everybody Writes, Wait Time, Check for Understanding
     
Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
September 13-14, 2018 (St. Louis, MO) Attend
April 11-12, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) Attend

Ratio

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, Erica Woolway, and Hilary Lewis.
  • Ensure all students participate fully and deeply. In this workshop, we’ll analyze the two dimensions of Ratio – breadth of participation and depth of thinking. Based on that framework, we’ll explore 3 pathways teachers can take to increase rigor in their classrooms: Writing, Discussion, and Questioning.
  • Topics Covered: Participation Ratio, Think Ratio, Knowledge Building--a pre-requisite for Ratio, Everybody Writes, Art of the Sentence, Turn and Talk, and “Slow Call” – a slower implementation of Cold Call
     
Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
January 17-18, 2019 (New Orleans, LA) Attend
June 6-7, 2019 (Albany, NY) Attend

Check for Understanding

  • Join Doug Lemov and his team to prepare to deliver high quality training on Check for Understanding
  • Ensure all students master rigorous content that requires teachers engineer their classrooms to Check for Understanding systemically and effectively.
  • Analyze and practice gathering data effectively through Teach Like a Champion 2.0 techniques, including Tracking Not Watching, Show Me, and Affirmative Checking
Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
November 2018 (London, UK) Attend

Systems and Routines

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Darryl Williams, and Hilary Lewis.
  • Gain an understanding and vision for rolling out the academic, behavioral, and cultural systems that drive student engagement and achievement across classrooms
  • Analyze and practice Teach Like a Champion 2.0 techniques that enable teachers to design, install, transfer ownership, and maintain Systems and Routines

 

Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
June 21, 2019 (Albany, NY) Attend

Reading Reconsidered

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Colleen Driggs, and Maggie Johnson.
  • Gain an understanding of a variety of instructional techniques that support students in becoming college-ready readers
  • Topics and techniques include: Analyzing text complexity to select texts beyond lexiles, Close Reading, Knowledge Building, Implicit Vocabulary, Writing for Reading, Maximizing Road Miles (the amount of reading students do, through a variety of shared and silent reading)

 

Teach Like a Champion 2.0
Upcoming workshops
September 27-28, 2018 (Tarrytown, NY) Attend
February 7-8, 2019 (Albany, NY) Attend
May 16-17, 2019 (Chicago, IL) Attend

Pricing

Attendance: $1,000 per person per 2-day workshop, $500 per person per 1-day workshop; 10% discount applies for organizations that send more than 5 attendees to a given workshop.

Materials License: $1,000 per school per 2-day workshop (or $300 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop), $500 per school per 1-day workshop (or $150 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop); for details on License pricing, please see our FAQ

 

 

Great Habits, Great Readers: K-4 Reading

  • Learn from the experiences of the highest-achieving K-4 reading teachers what it takes to make all of our students great readers—especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before.
  • Topics Covered: Text Selection, Guided Reading, Habits of Discussion, Prompting Guides, Reading Data Analysis
  • Please note: all participants in this workshop are required to be covered by their schools under a workshop materials license
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Great Habits Great Readers
Upcoming workshops
January 25-26, 2018 (Morristown, NJ)
Questions: Email us at GHGR@uncommonschools.org

Reading Reconsidered: Rigorous Literacy Instruction in the Common Core Era

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Colleen Driggs, Maggie Johnson
  • By providing concrete techniques teachers can use immediately, this workshop tackles two of today's most urgent challenges: the new, more rigorous Common Core and SAT standards and the disrict demands of closing the achievement gap in literacy.
  • Topics Covered: Text Selection, Close Reading, Embedded Non-fiction, Writing for Reading, Implicit Vocabulary, and Maximizing Road Miles (the amount of reading students do)
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Upcoming Workshops

Reading Reconsidered
September 21-22, 2017 (Albany, NY) Inquire
February 1-2, 2018 (Albany, NY) Inquire
May 17-18, 2018 (Albany, NY) Inquire

Pricing

Attendance: $1,000 per person per 2-day workshop, $500 per person per 1-day workshop; 10% discount applies for organizations that send more than 5 attendees to a given workshop

Materials License: $1,000 per school per 2-day workshop (or $300 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop), $500 per school per 1-day workshop (or $150 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop); for details on License pricing, please see our FAQ

 

 

Practice Perfect

  • Facilitated by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Katie Yezzi, Colleen Driggs.
  • Accelerate the development of your teachers and instructional leaders through effective practice. This workshop prepares instructional leaders and school leadership teams to design effective practice and coach during practice for maximum impact.
  • Topics Covered: Designing and Facilitating Effective Practice, Isolating Key Skills, Modeling, Delivering Feedback Effectively, and Creating a Culture of Practice
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Practice Perfect
Upcoming workshops
June 7-8, 2018 Inquire
Albany, NY

 

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Attendance: $1,000 per person per 2-day workshop, $500 per person per 1-day workshop; 10% discount applies for organizations that send more than 5 attendees to a given workshop

 

Materials License: $1,000 per school per 2-day workshop (or $300 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop), $500 per school per 1-day workshop (or $150 upgrade fee for schools that have already attended the workshop); for details on License pricing, please see our FAQ

Leverage Leadership

Practice PerfectRegister your team to learn the fundamentals of strong instructional systems based on the work of Paul Bambrick-Santoyo in his book, Leverage Leadership.

These sessions - Observation and Feedback, Weekly Data Meetings, and Leading School Culture - are ideal for anyone who coaches at least one teacher or who will be preparing to coach in the coming year.

This training is offered by members of the Leverage Leadership Institute, a select group of district and charter leaders with a proven track record of results.

Upcoming workshops

May 18 & 19, 2018 (New York, NY) (Register)

  • Get Better Faster: Observation and Feedback

  • Leading Weekly Data Meetings

  • Leading School Culture

Attendance: The cost to attend the one-day session will be $450 per person including all materials, breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Get Better Faster. Spaces will fill up fast, so register soon!

 

 

Save time. Dive deep. Plug and Plays are ready-to-use modules designed to Improve Teaching. The modules allow leaders to present high quality training for teachers on specific Teach Like a Champion techniques, while requiring minimal preparation time by leaders. Each Plug and Play provides leaders with:

  • Ready-made PowerPoint presentations with embedded videos of the technique in action
  • Facilitator notes for what to say and do for each slide
  • Detailed analysis of all the video clips
  • Carefully designed practice activities
  • Feedback “cheat sheets”—prioritized success points for coaching teachers on the technique
  • Participant handouts for interactive note taking
  • Next steps to ensure what's learned in the session carries over into the classroom

 

Behavior and Culture

Least Invasive Intervention

Correct nonproductive behavior consistently and with finesse.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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What to Do

Provide students clarity to enable their success.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Precise Praise

Maximize learning and strengthen student-teacher relationships.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Joy Factor

Infuse joy to create happy and high-achieving classrooms.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Systems and Routines

Design, install and maintain systems to enable order, productivity, and excellence.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Strong Voice: Going Formal

Convey confidence, formality, and warmth while giving directions and corrections.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school-wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Developing and Maximizing Radar

Better manage and respond to student behavior.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school-wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Private Individual Correction

Correct privately with skill and finesse.

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Recommended for: Leaders who have attended a Teach Like a Champion Behavior and Culture or Expanded 100% workshop. This module presumes leader experience with and school wide use of core Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Art of the Consequence

Deliver consequences that work.

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Recommended for: Leaders who have attended a Teach Like a Champion Behavior and Culture or Expanded 100% workshop. This module presumes leader experience with and school wide use of core Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Strong Start

Build positive, productive habits as soon as students enter class.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Positive Framing

Motivate and inspire students to improve.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Engaging Academics

Art of the Sentence

Elevate syntax and precise thinking.

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Recommended for: This module presumes leader experience with and school wide use of core Teach Like a Champion techniques. It is recommended for leaders who have attended a Teach Like a Champion Engaging Academics or Ratio workshop.

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Plan for Error

Anticipate and turn student errors into learning.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school-wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Show Call

Engineer accountability and rigor for students’ written work.

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Recommended for: Leaders who have attended a Teach Like a Champion High Academic Expectations or Ratio workshop. This module presumes leader experience with and school wide use of core Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Turn and Talk

Ensure efficiency, accountability, and deeper student thinking.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Format Matters

Ensure students speak audibly and in the language of opportunity.

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Circulate

Move strategically around the classroom to build relationships with students and to maximize engagement and achievement.

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Reading

Embedding Nonfiction

Help students read more nonfiction, better, by deepening their understanding of the fiction and nonfiction they read.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Close Reading Bursts

This session is designed to prepare teachers to execute Close Reading Bursts: short durations of Close Reading that occur in the midst of a lesson.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Explicit Vocabulary

Help students understand important and useful words deeply.

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Implicit Vocabulary

Teach important and useful words during reading to expand students’ word knowledge and support text comprehension

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Recommended for: Any school. This module does not require leader experience with or school wide implementation of Teach Like a Champion techniques.

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Pricing

Cost: $375 per title. (Note: The exception is Systems and Routines, which costs $450). The cost includes all materials and licensing. Our Plug and Play licensing agreement entitles the purchasing school to train solely its teachers on the techniques using the materials.

 

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