June 2021




    RETHINK | RENEW | REIMAGINE ~ A virtual three-day Summer Institute for Educators on June 15th-17th.

    Grant-funded and free for Marin Educators, we are offering over a dozen workshop options for teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and support staff. Two Dominican CEUs will be available for those who attend all three days. We are particularly excited to highlight the Marzano and Kate Kinsella workshops on June 15thClick here to R.S.V.P.  


    Teachers Guide to Standards-Based Learning (Elementary & Secondary sessions) with Tammy Heflebower, Ed.D. of Marzano Resources

    Transitioning to a standards-based classroom is a major change but one that is highly beneficial for both teachers and students. Rather than focusing on abstractions and theories, this session provides teachers, and those who guide change in their classrooms, with practical, hands-on strategies and advice for shifting to standards-based learning, including:

    • The role of standards and proficiency scales in a standards-based classroom.
    • How to apply standards-based procedures for planning and delivering instruction.
    •  Effective ways for students to set goals and track their progress.
    •  How to use proficiency scales as the basis of creating and scoring quality classroom assessments.
    • Strategies for configuring grades in a thoughtful manner and communicating them effectively.


    Celebrating Multilingual Learner Identity Through Personal Narrative Instruction (Upper Elementary and Secondary sessions) with Kate Kinsella, Ed.D.

    Personal narrative assignments provide multilingual learners in grades 4-6 and 6-12 with unique opportunities to explore their heritage. The social isolation youths have experienced during virtual learning have left many in need of lessons that affirm their identity while advancing their academic communication skills. Well intentioned educators often underestimate the complexities of crafting an effective personal narrative for academic English learners and reticent readers from all language backgrounds. Dr. Kinsella shares research-informed instructional routines and practical resources to implement a successful personal narrative writing unit that honors diversity and builds a more cohesive community of learners. Proven practices include well-designed discussion and writing prompts, scaffolded interaction guides, accessible rubrics, analysis of appropriate writing models, and targeted language lessons.