At Wolfpack Consulting we are committed to customized professional development that meets the precise needs of each client. Topics on which we are most often asked to provide support include:
- using best practices in formative and summative assessment
- building student involvement and self-management
- developing curriculum and instruction that match Common Core expectations
- creating systems for continuous school improvement
Each session below has been presented for past clients and can be offered to your school and customized as needed for optimal results.
From Standard to Student
In six easy steps, this session will help you learn how to take a standard and confirm you’re assessing in the most appropriate way. You’ll gain confidence in your ability to:
- target the right Depth of Knowledge level
- use the most appropriate assessment method for that skill or concept
- select the right metrics for scoring and feedback
Creating Type 3 Assessments in a Type A World
Reduce the stress and increase the quality of Type 3 assessments for student growth. Learn this step-by-step system for analyzing assessments that can be used for a pre/post test or the Student Learning Object (SLO) model.
Developing Dynamic Professional Development on Assessment
Done well, assessment is one of the most powerful tools teachers can use to build student success. That means your staff needs to build expertise in this area. Through this session you’ll learn 10 ways to create a professional development experience on assessment that is positive, motivating and inspiring.
A Guidebook To Assessment
It’s vital to distinguish between the roles formative, interim and summative assessments play in your standards-based classroom. Understanding the Depth of Knowledge and how to choose the most appropriate assessment method at a particular point in time gives you confidence in the data and what you can infer about your students’ progress.
Being a Champion for Students in Poverty
Based on Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty, learn ways to connect with your students and families in poverty. We’ll explore the hidden rules of poverty and the resources all students bring to the classroom. This session will offer practical ideas to transform your classroom culture so you can extract the very best from all the learners you serve.
Creating Assessments with Colleagues
Collaborating with colleagues to create high quality assessment that align to standards requires an array of specific skills. We’ll focus on developing a shared assessment language and specific work habits that yield results - all while maintaining respect for each person’s unique teaching style.
Why Evidence Matters
Meta-analysis gurus John Hattie and Robert Marzano have proven the day-in-day-out classroom choices made by teachers can have a tremendous impact on student achievement. Learn about some of their key findings and the reasons teachers must operate on evidence, and not opinions, when making instructional decisions.
Teacher Leader Toolkit
Leading and managing change is hard. But when you have to do so with your own colleagues, it can be downright daunting. Learn quick tools for:
- running an effective team meeting
- handling difficult conversations
- creating trust among your colleagues
- reaching consensus
Levels of Learning
Gain confidence using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge as a powerful assessment tool in your classroom. In four easy steps you can ensure your assessments are leading to the learning you want to prioritize for your students.
Data to Decision
How do you make sense of the wealth of information we have access to in today’s classrooms? We’ll explore five quick methods that help you understand the story behind the numbers. That way you’ll know you’re reaching data-informed conclusion and making valid decisions for your students.
Mindset to Mastery
Teachers and students can cultivate a growth mindset that helps learning soar. Based on the exceptional work of John Hattie and Carolyn Dweck, you’ll learn seven simple statements can be transformed into powerful learning directions. After this session you’ll feel like you’re ready to conquer the world of assessment in three quick bounds!
Reasons for Relationships
When James Comer said, “No significant learning can occur without significant relationships,” he was absolutely right. Research indicates positive classroom relationships increase student achieve. Get the research and great ideas to build meaningful connections with students, parents and colleagues.
Success Through Student Involvement
Let’s make sure school isn’t something we “do to students”, but rather something we create “with them”. Learn seven quick changes in classroom structure that yield engaged and enthusiastic learners without causing chaos.