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A Day of Learning at St Thomas Aquinas College

On May 19 I will be spending a day with teachers at St Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York.

This will be the first time in about three years that I have done a day in the NYC area!  I began my career as a teacher in the Bronx and spent the early part of my career doing staff development at the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. So, in many ways this feels like I am coming home.

I am excited to come and share some of the key themes from my book, The Lesson Planning Handbook, as well as new ideas I have learned from working with teachers across the country. As always, I will try to make this a practical session, with plenty of time for reflection and questions. I will share concrete ways to build classroom community and how to plan lessons that seamlessly integrate academic and social development.

More specifically, during our day together we will:

  • Reflect on the importance the classroom and school community plays in student learning
  • Think about what makes our lessons full of life, engagement and learning
  • Discuss what teacher moves make lessons effective
  • Review the lessons learned from planning with teachers
  • Participate in lesson experiences and reflect on classroom video vignettes
  • Experience learning protocols teaching teams can use back at their school sites

We will also spend time unpacking the core principles that make up a collaborative classroom and examine what happens when teachers incorporate these principles into their daily practice.

This should be a fun, engaging, and active day. Whether you are a teacher, student teacher, administrator, or teacher educator we invite you to come and share your thinking.

The flyer for the day is here and you can register for the event here. I hope to see you there!

Peter Brunn is the vice president of organizational learning and communications at Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC). Previously at CCC, he was the director of professional development, director of staff development, the assistant director of CCC’s Reading Project, and a staff developer. Before coming to CCC, Peter was a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and worked in New York City public schools helping teachers implement reading and writing workshops in their classrooms. Peter received his master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his undergraduate degree in history from Marquette University. Peter is also the author of The Lesson Planning Handbook: Essential Strategies That Inspire Student Thinking and Learning, published by Scholastic. Follow Peter on Twitter at @pdbrunn.

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