PL-CI-519 The Effective Teacher - Leading and Learning: Addressing Standards III & IV


PL-CI-519 The Effective Teacher - Leading and Learning:  Addressing Standards III & IV

Wednesday, February 15, 2017               3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                     3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017                   3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017                   3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017                     3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017                      3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17, 2017                          3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Snow Date)

Total: 15 hours 

The Teachers 21 Effective Teaching program is designed to provide teachers with the strategies, conditions and interactions necessary for understanding and increasing their impact on student learning and engagement.  In order for teachers to create the reflective learning culture needed for all students to learn optimally, they must be leaders of the classroom and life-long learners themselves.  Focused on process over product, participants learn to implement a cycle of inquiry (assess → learn → plan → teach → repeat) to measure the impact of their actions and use that learning to continually adjust their practice.

Throughout this course, which focuses on Standards III & IV of the MA model rubric for educators, teachers are immersed in the learning environment we want them to establish and enjoy in their own professional practice.  Teachers will improve their skills in using collaborative structures to give and receive feedback, to engage in dialogue around student work, to take risks by publicly sharing the results of their efforts and experiments with high impact practices, to embrace a growth mindset for themselves and others, and to learn how to use the group's collective experience and wisdom to make productive adjustments to their practice.  Teachers will expand their toolkit with strategies and techniques to employ in building a rigorous, relevant, student-centered classroom that fosters both individual and collective accountability.

In PL-CI-519 The Effective Teacher, participants will focus on developing knowledge, skills and habits embedded in Standards III and IV of the model educator rubric around collaboration with colleagues and community members.  Through protocol based experiences, they will examine practices and key issues in Standards III & IV so that they will be equipped to answer the following essential questions:

  • To what degree are parents partners with educators?
  • To what degree am I creating a culture of continuous improvement?


  • High Functioning Teams
  • Communicating and Partnering with Parents and the Community
  • Reflective Learning Culture and Continuous Improvement Process
  • Rigorous Relevant Content and Effective Teaching Strategies

In class and out of class activities may include readings, written assignments, videos, small and large group discussion/activities, protocols, mini and full lectures, role plays, presentations, classroom experiments, student surveys, peer observation, peer feedback and simulations.

All techniques and tools are supported by the research of leading theorists in the field and build on the Common Core State Standards, as well as the 2011 MA Framework for Educator Evaluation.

About the Facilitator:  Deb Merriam, Teachers21

Deb Merriam is a founding teacher and current Academic Dean at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA.  Established by Ted and Nancy Sizer, the progressive charter school is based on the 10 Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools and is known for its performance-based assessments, integrated curriculum, student-centered pedagogy, and democratic decision-making.  Early in her career there, Deb taught Arts and Humanities (Integrated ELA and History/Social Studies) in middle and high school, and she oversaw the year-long independent projects that characterize the school's Senior Project.  She started her career at the school almost two decades ago and has assumed multiple leadership roles along the way.  Deb earned a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning at Harvard and has her principal certification.  She is a trained Critical Friends Group coach, and she frequently works with teachers across the country through the Sizer Teachers Center.  Deb's consulting work extends across the state and is focused on student-centered teaching and learning practices; innovative curriculum, instruction, and assessment design; teacher leadership; and nurturing professional learning communities.


Who May Enroll:  Grades PK-12 Educators, Specialists, Instructional Assistants, Coaches, Special Educators, Administrators

Location:  Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Upper Level Conference Room

Credits:  15 PDPs and 1 in-house credit upon successful completion of course requirements (optional 1 graduate credit offered for purchase through provider)

Class Size:  25




Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 19 of 25 available.
Last day to register: 1/27/2017

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Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Upper Level Conference Room
146 Maple Street
Lexington, MA 02420The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.