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Designing Instruction to Foster Student Engagement

Teachers have spent a year learning new technologies, adapting their instructional practices to accommodate virtual learners, and piecing together strategies to connect students who are in the classroom with students at home. While the fundamentals of good instruction have not changed, remote and hybrid learning have highlighted the educational inequities that effective instruction is intended to address.

In this institute, educators will reflect on their learning from the past year, consider their strengths and needs in relation to the framework of the Elements of Effective Instruction (EEI), and explore resources and strategies that lead to increased student engagement in schools and classrooms. Educators will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues in learning and planning for:

  • Safe and supportive learning environments
  • Clear, shared outcomes, including essential learnings, transferable skills, and success criteria
  • Varied content, process, and product to meet student needs and provide choice
  • Practice and formative feedback
  • Complex thinking and transfer through interdisciplinary assessments and problem solving

Participant Outcomes

  • Identify challenges and opportunities in our current reality.
  • Reflect on personal strengths and areas for growth related to EEI.
  • Explore the Elements of Effective Instruction and the research base that supports these elements.
  • Collaborate to improve teaching practices in a virtual or hybrid learning environment.

June 29 - Day 1 Agenda

9:00 AMWelcome, Overview, & Agreements
9:15 AMReflecting on Our Learning Experiences
9:40 AMIntroduction to Elements of Effective Instruction
10:05 AMActivity: Exploring Instructional Scenarios
10:40 AMBreak
10:50 AMInstructional Self-Assessment & Reflection
11:25 AMExplore Instructional Resources
12:30 PMReconnect & Share Learning
12:45 PMReflection, Feedback, & Closing

June 30 - Day 2 Agenda

9:00 AMOpening & Connections
9:10 AMVideo & Discussion
9:30 AMDiscuss Instructional Challenges: Quickfire Consultancies
10:20 AMReflections on Learning from Day One
10:40 AMBreak
10:50 AMGoal Setting & Individual Work Time
11:40 AMSmall Group Sharing
12:40 PMClosing & Feedback
1:00 PMAdjourn

Dates: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 29-30, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
Where: Virtual, via zoom
Cost: $325/person
Registration is now closed.


Jun 29 2021 - Jun 30 2021


Eastern Time
9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Online Zoom Meeting
Don Weafer, Senior Associate


Don Weafer, Senior Associate

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