Upcoming Events

We are always adding new professional learning opportunities, so check back often and join our mailing list!

March 2024

Empowering Teacher Leaders: Fostering Excellence in our Schools

Audience: Teacher leaders, aspiring teacher leaders, Directors of Learning and other admin responsible for the development of teacher leaders in their institution.
Dates: March 2-3, 2024
Location: International School of Portland campus

Registration closes on February 24.

In today’s dynamic educational landscape, the significance of teacher leadership in our schools cannot be overstated. This interactive workshop delves into the pivotal role that teacher leaders play in shaping and enhancing the quality of education.

Participants will explore the essential qualities and skills that define effective teacher leadership, including collaboration, communication, and effective team management. Through thought-provoking discussions and hands-on activities, attendees will gain practical strategies to build their leadership capacity.

By embracing the importance of teacher leadership, schools can unlock a wealth of benefits. Teacher leaders serve as catalysts for innovation, driving positive change in curriculum development, pedagogy, and student engagement. Moreover, they inspire a culture of professional growth and mentorship, nurturing the talents and potential of their colleagues.

Intro to Concept-Based Inquiry with Rachel French

Audience: Teachers and school leaders committed to implementing a concept-based approach
Dates: March 9-10, 2024
Location: International School of Portland campus

Registration now open!

Unlock the power of a Concept-Based Inquiry approach!

An intensive 2-day workshop for Teachers and School Leaders committed to implementing a Concept-Based approach. This workshop has practical strategies that invite you to rethink the unit design process.

Discover the Concept-Based Inquiry model developed by French and Marschall, and unlock a framework for intentional teaching and learning. Immerse yourself in various teaching strategies carefully crafted to cultivate students’ conceptual thinking.

June 2024

Transforming Schools Institute

Audience: International and independent school leaders
Dates: June 24-29, 2024
Location: International School of Portland campus

Registration now open!

What pushes your thinking and will have impact on your school?

The goal of this conference is to explore how a school’s systems come together to meet the mission and create impactful student learning experiences. We aim to examine the connections between different components of the educational ecosystem and how they shape the overall culture and environment for students and teachers alike. By examining current research and engaging in thoughtful discussions, we inspire attendees to develop impactful schools that prioritize both academic excellence and the well-being of their students and educators.

This event seeks to provide ample opportunities for intentional planning, professional development, and networking. There will be a strong focus on implementation and impact as our collaboratives believe that vision leads to action and action leads to impact. Our objective is to ensure attendees leave feeling inspired by a shared collective vision which emphasizes leadership and creating environments where everyone thrives.

Join a team of internationally known leaders and consultants to dig into systems in our schools with the following global themes:

  • Growth and Feedback Systems to Support Teacher Growth and Development
  • Whole School Processes
  • Systems and Structures for Teaching and Learning
  • Focusing on Teacher Impact

One-day and two-day sessions are available, or join for the whole week!

August 2024

Responsive Classroom

Audience: Elementary and middle school teachers or admin
Dates: August 6-9, 2024
Location: International School of Portland campus

Registration now open!

This link will take you to the Responsive Classroom website to register.

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching that is deeply rooted in social-emotional learning and focused on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.

Whether you are brand new to Responsive Classroom approaches or you want to deepen your knowledge and strengthen your application of the approach, there is a course for you.

We are excited to be offering three different workshops:

  • Elementary Core Course
  • Elementary Advanced Course
  • Middle School Core Course

Fall 2024

Crafting Inquiry 2024

Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Join us at Crafting Inquiry, our annual conference. More information and dates will be available soon!

Curious about what Crafting Inquiry is like? You can check out photos and speaker information about our past conferences here.

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