Professional Development Workshops

Challenge Success offers high-quality professional development workshops tailored specifically for elementary, middle, and high schools. Our interactive workshops are designed for educators who are interested in learning practical tools for improving student well-being and engagement with learning. Want to bring Challenge Success to the educators in your community? Contact us using the form below.

During this unprecedented time, we are offering all of our workshops virtually with a live presenter via Zoom.

Challenge Success offers limited financial assistance based on need. Click here to apply.


Connection & Well-Being Workshops

NURTURING STUDENT CONNECTIONS IN REMOTE LEARNING
Length: 60-120 min  •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators

Students and teachers need to feel connected to foster healthy and engaged learners — wherever learning is happening. But can this connection be forged when students and educators are not in the same physical location? Participants will leave with practical strategies for building connections with and between students synchronously, asynchronously, with a particular eye towards students that may be hardest to reach. Inquire here.

WELL-BALANCED STUDENT
Length: 60-90 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*) or Video (6-12 only)   •   Audience: K-12 educators

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school climate. This presentation is also available for your parent community. Inquire here.

STUDENT “FISHBOWL” FOCUS GROUP
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)   •   Audience: 6-12 educators

“Listen in” as a small group of students share their experiences on a particular topic – remote learning, assessment, connection to teachers, and more. The learnings from this workshop can help drive the policy and practice decisions you make. We’ll help you prepare, execute, moderate, and draw insights from this event. Inquire here.


Assessment Workshops

GRAB & GO: STRATEGIES FOR ASSESSING REMOTE AND FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators

Assessment practices are often optimized to justify grades and cajole students into doing their work, not as a way of deepening the learning process for the student and teacher alike. In this session, participants will reconsider how an approach that values assessment-for-learning translates into easily implementable classroom strategies.  Inquire here.

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT IN REMOTE OR HYBRID ENVIRONMENTS
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators 

Traditional tests are limited in what they assess, and they rarely translate to remote and hybrid learning environments. In this workshop, participants will explore the elements of effective performance assessment design and will leave with a student centered performance assessment for an upcoming unit of study. Inquire here.

RETHINKING ASSESSMENT
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)   •   Audience: K-12 educators 

How do you know when your students full grasp the material you are teaching? How do you encourage more authentic learning experiences while minimizing grade-grubbing and cheating? This interactive workshop reviews the “backwards design” process and focuses on multiple assessment strategies that allow students to demonstrate what they know. Inquire here.

MAKING HOMEWORK WORK
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*) or Video (6-12 only)   •   Audience: K-12 educators

Homework is a hot topic today for educators, parents, and students. Teachers struggle to meet standards and prepare students for tests without assigning unreasonable amounts of homework. This workshop examines critical questions for educators to consider: What is the purpose of homework? How much homework is appropriate? In this workshop, you’ll learn the latest research on homework and will discuss best practices in creating effective homework assignments. This presentation is also available for your parent community. Inquire here.


Curriculum & Development Workshops

DESIGNING ENGAGING CURRICULA FOR REMOTE & HYBRID LEARNING
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators 

Especially when faced with fewer hours of instruction, educators must rethink how to craft their curricula to prioritize deep learning, not coverage.  This workshop uses a “backwards design” model to help teachers plan engaging units and effective assessment techniques that bring learning to life for students. Inquire here.

GRAB & GO: PEDAGOGY FOR ENGAGEMENT IN REMOTE LEARNING
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators 

The need for teaching strategies that engage students – and that don’t rely on grades to do so – has become more evident during this period of distance learning. In this session, you’ll interact with an array of pedagogical tools designed to engage students in deep, meaningful learning, whether online or off. Inquire here.

ADAPTING CURRICULA FOR STUDENT IDENTITIES
Length: 60-120 min   •   Format: Live (Virtual or In-Person*)  •   Audience: K-12 educators 

Research has shown that learning is impeded when students’ identities aren’t reflected in the curricula or honored in class. In this session, participants will explore and practice strategies for designing curricular units that engage students through a deeper understanding of their individual identities and community values. Inquire here.


Presentation Format

*LIVE EVENT (VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON)

Bring a member of the Challenge Success team to your community to facilitate a live workshop – virtually or in-person. Note that during this time of school closures and shelter-in-place restrictions, our facilitators will be presenting virtually via Zoom. Additional fees for travel and accommodations may apply to events held in-person that are 30 miles or farther from Stanford University. Contact us for pricing. 

VIDEO EVENT

When we can’t travel to a community, we offer pre-recorded, interactive video workshops, designed for groups of educators to view together. We currently offer the Well-Balanced Student and Making Homework Work presentations as video events. Contact us for pricing via the form below. 


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