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This workshop is a corollary to "Leading Schools Into the Future"

This one-day workshop is
scheduled three times:
October 17, 2019 
December 10, 2019 or
December 11, 2019

Select the day that works best for you, and register below.

185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051
(Formerly the Institute of Technology and Business Development)

Parking is available at the Municipal Garage behind the 185 Main Street building for a small fee.

The workshop will begin at 8:30
a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Coffee service and lunch are provided.


Participants are invited to bring a multi-day lesson that they would like to refine along with the standards on which their students
will be focusing. Schools are urged to send teams of three or more educators. Administrators are encouraged to attend with their teams.

Please register according
to the date you are attending:


Register for December 10, 2019

Register for December 11, 2019

Our world is changing exponentially, and so must our system of educating students. There is a great demand for classroom learning experiences that are dynamic, authentic, and personalized. The purpose of the workshop is to provide future-focused educators with rich resources, thoughtful dialogue, and differentiated support as they engage in making the shifts in their daily lessons that align with the skills and qualities in their Portrait of a Graduate. During this interactive and highly practical workshop, participants will design engaging lessons that they can implement immediately to ensure that their students are future ready. Each workshop will be divided into the following three sections

Prepare Students for the World of Work by Cultivating Future-Focused Competencies
Section one builds a deeper understanding about the demands of the future world of work captured in the attributes and qualities from districts' Portrait of a Graduate. Teachers examine how they can easily change teaching methods to better address the competencies that students must cultivate in order to be future ready. This information will lay the foundation for the development of rich, interactive multi-day lessons.

Examine and Apply a Future-Focused Learning Sequence to a Multi-Day Lesson
This section concentrates on easy-to-apply steps that ensure future-focused learning and student success. Through a multi-day lesson sequence that is designed for this workshop, educators will learn to engage students in inquiry-based processes that put them at the heart of leading their own learning and feature teachers as activators of learning. Student voice and choice are stimulated, and students are provided with an authentic connection to a real-world situation or problem. Components of formative learning are also seamlessly interwoven in the learning experiences of each student, ensuring multi-tiered systems of support.

Apply Researched-Based Practices to the Learning Experiences Included in the Multi-day Lesson
The final section provides research-based tools to refine and differentiate the learning experiences included in the multi-day lesson. Participants will be given the opportunity to use these tools and to provide and receive suggestions for lesson enhancement. Participants will also be invited to share their lessons with other educators from the same grade level and/or content area.