July 20-21, 2016 (two-day event for attendees of the 2015 academy)
July 20-22, 2016 (three-day event for first-time attendees)
July 20-21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 22 (for first-time attendees only): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visioning, T-TESS, and Neuroscience
We all recognize the need to take student learning below the surface while relating learning to the world we live in. We must prepare students for an unknown future. At the same time, we are implementing the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)
and need to see the connections between transforming our schools and transforming teaching. The answer might be understanding the science of learning!
Part of 21st century learning is understanding how the brain actually works. This year's Rural Schools Initiative Academy is focused on working with educators to design tomorrow's learning for yesterday's brain. The brain we have is the only one we get; trade-ins aren't available!
Teachers will learn to design more effective instruction and principals will become more aware of instructional principles to look for when conducting observations under the T-TESS.
Principles of Learning
Syfr's Principles of Learning are based on the emerging neuroscience about how we learn. Attendees will learn how the principles apply to the visioning document and can help unpack the language in the T-TESS rubric.
Who Should Attend
Teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office curriculum and instructional staff, and superintendents in small rural school districts. Both first-timers and those who attended the 2015 Rural School Initiative Academy are encouraged to attend. This is a three-year program of study. Topics change annually and will include topics in neuroscience as well as social and emotional learning.
The goal of the academy is to train a small cadre of a school's teachers
and their principal on how people learn and self-assess. The teachers
can then design their own learning improvement strategies and
measurement metrics to create change in their own classrooms and share
their training with fellow teachers to inspire change across the campus