Lessoncast PD2020

Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith

Lessoncast PD2020 is a self-paced online course for teachers and leaders of professional learning communities. This course provides access to the same lessoncast creation tools and coaching offered to our concierge consulting clients including major universities, districts, and state departments of education. The overarching goal is to help participants create and publish professional learning resources tailored to meet their learning community’s needs.

Commitment? ~15 hours of effort over 8 weeks
Format? Lecture? What Lecture? Expect quick, scaffolded, and chunked bits of insight and direction for you to immediately put into practice.

You may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. Your 8 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

Craft a lessoncast to address a specific professional learning challenge in order to support student learning needs.

Share the lessoncast with peers and incorporate feedback to improve the effectiveness of communicating a new instructional idea.

Publish the lessoncast(s) to support ongoing professional development in your learning community.

Literacy Strategies

Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith

The Common Core Literacy Standards emphasize an increase in informational texts, text complexity, citing evidence, and academic vocabulary. This course examines six strategies proven to support students in developing these literacy concepts and skills across grade levels.

Course participants will learn the fundamentals of each strategy and be able to apply them in their educational setting. Beginning with a set of starter lessoncasts, participants will be able to customize the multimedia resources to address the specific needs of their learning community. By the end to the course, participants will have a bank of customizable resources demonstrating how to immediately implement the strategies.

While the course opens on June 2 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after June 2, your 8 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

View the fundamentals of six literacy strategies proven to improve student comprehension.

Customize lessoncast resources to address the specific needs of your learning community.

Apply Common Core literacy strategies in your educational setting.

Build a bank of tailored resources demonstrating how to immediately implement literacy strategies to improve student learning.

Teacher Roles in Personalized Learning

Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith

True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning. This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator.

Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options. Participants may choose between the assignments according to which one is more applicable for implementing personalization in their learning environment. Some participants may create lessoncasts while others may build on resources already created to support putting new personalized learning methods into practice in their classroom.

While the course opens on July 21 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after July 21, your 12 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

Define personalized learning and identify key characteristics for effective implementation.

Recognize the shifting roles of teachers in personalized learning environments and reflect on their current level of comfort and expertise.

Design resources to support assessment, instructional design, facilitation, coaching, and family-school collaboration in a personalized learning environment.

Develop and implement the personal learning plan process.

    Every Student Response Strategies

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    Author: Nicole


    When a teacher asks a question to a whole class, how many students get to respond? Often it’s just one. What are the other students thinking or doing? Every student response strategies engage every student. This lessoncast focuses on the use of student response cards. There are different types of cards depending on the type of question and content.


    First we have True False or Agree Disagree cards. These cards are double sided. True and false are on opposite ends of one side and agree / disagree are on the other side. In response to the question asked, students hold up their answer. Multiple Choice pinch cards work in a similar fashion. Students show the appropriate side (ABCD or 1234) and pinch their selected response. This low-tech version of student response clickers allows teachers to gather a quick look as to which students understand the content. Whether using multiple choice or agree disagree cards, provide opportunities for students to explain their reasoning and give details to support their answer. Processing cards (or table tents) also help teachers to know which students are on track and who needs assistance. The processing card has three sides– I’m ready; I’m thinking/working; or I’m stuck. Students have to consciously choose one of the options.


    For higher level questions that require more than a multiple choice selection, think-pair-share is a common strategy that allows students to discuss their understanding with a peer. Appointment clocks help students quickly move into pairs or small groups. Each student gets a personal copy of the clock. The name of another student or a group assignment goes at each hour mark. The teacher should purposefully assign some of the time slots. For example, 1:00 is for mixed ability pairs, 4:00 designates common readiness levels, at 7:00 students may have similar interests, and 11:00 could be students’ choice. This technique involves significant preparation, but it facilitates student engagement throughout the year. 


    Student engagement is critical to making gains in achievement. Every student response strategies fuel engagement, energize learning, and improve ongoing informal assessment. 


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    Key Skills

    • Routines
    • Calling On Students
    • Every Student Respond
    • Classroom Climate
    • High Expectations


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