Professional Development: Ensuring 21st Century Readiness

Levels of Support

Starting the Conversation

A two-hour engaging workshop at no charge


Teaching a New Generation of Learners
The world is rapidly changing. The new millennium demands a generation of learners who understand the importance of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Participants explore innovative, interactive techniques and lesson structures that inspire student thinking and learning in the context of a caring and collaborative classroom community.

Format Option

  • In-person workshop

Beginning the Work

An interactive introduction to get started


Through lesson experiences and classroom examples, participants learn facilitation techniques and cooperative structures that empower students to do the thinking and talking as they acquire complex skills essential for learning and living in the 21st century.

Format Options

  • In-person workshop
  • Webinar: DSC-hosted
    • Introductory sessions can be offered as live webinars hosted by a DSC national education consultant.

Deepening the Practice

Options for taking the work to the next level

Follow-up Topics

  • The DSC Way: Creating a Culture for Learning
  • Integrating Standards into Instruction
  • Building Student Responsibility
  • Increasing Student Talk
  • Instructional Planning with the 21st Century Learner in Mind

Format Options

  • All-staff sessions
    • Topics chosen from the list above
  • Model lessons/Facilitation tips
    • Observe DSC pedagogy in action
  • Grade-level team planning
    • Collaborative lesson planning
    • Q+A about lessons, pedagogy, and facilitation