PL-CI-200 That’s a Good Question! Improving Student Engagement through Questioning


PL-CI-200 That’s a Good Question! Improving Student Engagement through Questioning and Accountable Group Work (PK-12)


Thursday, March 2, 2017                                3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 9, 2017                                3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017                              3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 2017                              3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 27, 2017                                3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 2017                                  3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Snow Date)

Total: 15 hours

Have your students ever struggled to work collaboratively in a group?  Has a class discussion ever petered out as students look back to you for direction?  Today’s students will be expected to work effectively in a range of collaborative settings, and they will need to be able to demonstrate their understanding at high levels of cognitive complexity. In our instruction, can we deliberately use social-emotional learning skills to support individual and group work?  Social-emotional learning undergirds and supports the academic work at all levels, PK-12, and our students are more successful when we thoughtfully plan for, and support, their social-emotional growth in service of academic achievement.

In this course, participants will learn how to use a variety of techniques to increase academic and social-emotional skills through:

  • Assessment (self, peer, formative, summative, and project-based)
  • Accountable, scaffolded group work from dyads to Socratic Seminars
  • Questioning using Bloom’s Taxonomy and Hess’ Depth of Knowledge
  • Accountable academic talk

Participants will learn immediately relevant tools and strategies for questioning and assessment, and will develop and share plans for implementation and differentiation in their classrooms.

About the Facilitator: Deborah Brady, Ph.D.

With over thirty years in public and private education, Deb Brady has had experience both as a teacher and administrator. Deb has served as an Assistant Superintendent in two districts, a college teacher and director of a writing/learning center, a secondary reading and English teacher. In addition, Deb has served as a Director of a Learning Center at Dean College, and as an adjunct professor at Lesley College, Assumption College, Worcester State College, and Fitchburg State College where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum, reading, literacy, and writing. Deborah earned her doctorate at Lesley in educational studies where her research focused on the impact of a standards-based curriculum on teaching, learning and assessment. Her special areas of interest include curriculum assessment, development, and improvement; instructional leadership; assessment and the use of data that improves instruction and student achievement; building the capacity of a district through collaborative work within professional learning communities, data teams, and administrator collaboration; writing and its assessment; and literacy. She is an education consultant for Ribas Associates.

Who May Enroll: All General and Special Education Teachers & Administrators

Location: TBD

PDPs/Credits: 15 PDPs and 1 in-house credit upon successful completion of

course requirements

Class Size: 25


Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 19 of 25 available.
Last day to register: 2/9/2017

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