Teacher Coaching with PRI Educational Consulting
Teaching is a rewarding and challenging career. At times, it can also be isolating as we work in the silos of our own classrooms. Oftentimes, our schools are not built to offer teachers regular feedback in order to ensure professional growth. Whether you are a new teacher just starting out, a mid career teacher on a steady path or a veteran teacher who is always seeking growth opportunities, coaching can work for you. Teacher coaching helps educators practice what is best for their students, reflect on their practice, and move forward intentionally in order to improve.
Leadership Coaching with PRI Educational Consulting
Often promising educators are placed in leadership positions with much hope for success. They quickly learn that leadership in schools is a complex puzzle with many constituencies, and frequently each one has a different point of view and competing needs. They may feel pulled in multiple directions while juggling the varied responsibilities of the position. How do I balance my time? How do I communicate effectively? How do I prioritize goals for myself and for my school, division, or department? How do I keep students at the center of my work? Coaching is a way to help them realize their capabilities, develop skills, and gain self-awareness. I am committed to the growth of leaders of color in schools and firmly believe that strong coaching is a key component to growing dynamic leaders. Through practicing what is best for their constituencies, reflecting on this practice, and moving forward with intention in order to improve, educators are able to lead with clarity and focus.
Curriculum Development with PRI Educational Consulting
As an early childhood educator of 27 years, I have extensive experience in elementary school and in curricular design. My background in curricular design uses Understanding by Design methods, elements of the Design Thinking process, and the Inquiry Approach in order to keep student learning and outcomes at the core of all curriculum design. I am also familiar with using standards such as the Education for Sustainability Standards developed by the Cloud Institute. Supporting our students of color through intentional classroom curricula is a vital and necessary component in creating a stronger community for all our students. I have been fortunate to learn from diversity, equity, and inclusion experts such as Alison Park, Dr. Steven Jones, and Robert Greene. I have explored curricula and designed activities as well as attended workshops that continue to inform my ever-growing thinking and work. I collaborate with school leaders, Academic Deans, Directors of Teaching and Learning, and curricular task forces to review and develop curricula that meet the needs of the students and keeps in mind the school’s mission and philosophy.
Educator Workshops with PRI Educational Consulting
In order to maintain a vibrant community of learners, the adults in schools need professional development that meets specific goals. PRI collaborates with schools to create customized on site educator workshops that work for your faculty and staff needs and for your divisional and school goals. These workshops allow you to use your already scheduled In Service or Faculty Meeting times to provide training through collaborative and interactive workshops. Here are sample workshop ideas:
- How to be a strong mentor
- How to be a strong associate/apprentice teacher
- Building relationships in the classroom: the importance of getting to know your students
- Auditing your classroom library: Do your students see themselves represented? Whose voices are being heard? Whose voices are not represented?
- Weaving Social Emotional Learning into daily classroom practices
- Examining your own identities/biases
After some initial communication to identify your needs and goals, PRI will develop a plan, which may include one or more interactive experiences for your faculty and staff that engages them as active learners towards a specific goal. Once again using the principles of continual practice and intentional reflection, we improve in our craft as educators, no matter where we are in our careers.