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Memphis Teacher-Led Practice Network 2017-2018

Registration Now Open for the Memphis Teacher-Led Practice Network (TLPN)

You are invited to join a dynamic group of educators in the Teacher-Led Practice Network.  Through our collaborative networks,  teachers will acquire new resources, strategies, and information that will empower them to refine their instructional practices and promote student achievement over a period of 6 months during the 2017-2018 school year.  

Joining the collaborative network is FREE and Shelby County Schools teachers will receive professional development credit for attending sessions. In addition to free standards-based training, free meals will be provided for all attendees.  Collaborative network sessions will be held once a month from September  to February, and  will vary by content and/or grade level. 

What is the TLPN?

  • A series of teacher-led, collaborative network sessions with teachers from various schools in Memphis
  • 6  three-hour sessions from September to February
  • Facilitated by teachers with expertise in specific instructional resources and standards-based instruction
  • Content/grade level specific support in aligning curriculum with appropriate resources, developing lesson plans, and analyzing student work samples.

Over the course of six months, typical Teacher-Led Practice Network sessions may include the following:

  • Acquisition of new skills and strategies linked to standards-based resources as determined by the needs of teachers in the network  (e.g., EngageNY, Literacy Design Collaborative, EQuiP, Newsela, ReadWorks)
  • Collaboration among teachers regarding application of acquired skills and resources in planning and successful implementation during classroom instruction
  • Teacher leaders lead teachers in identifying problems of practice and finding solutions
  • Teachers finalize a commitment plan which will be used to guide the implementation of observable changes in instructional practices as identified during the sessions 
  • Each session will result in new or improved standards-based practices and/or strategies for participants to test in their classrooms before the next monthly session

Which Collaborative Network will you join?
All collaborative network sessions will be held at the Memphis Teaching and Learning Academy.  
2485 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

*Dates are subject to change. 
All classes will take place from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Dinner will be provided for all participants. 

The K-2 Elementary ELA Collaborative Network

Teacher Tools: Instructional  Resources and Strategies to Build Success 
Facilitator: Candace Hines
Are you continuously looking to expand your professional learning network and enhance your elementary ELA instructional practices? Join a network of like-minded educators to further develop and expand your daily instructional practices. These collaborative network sessions will allow you to examine resources including ReadWorks, the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), and Perspectives for a Diverse America (Teaching Tolerance).  You will develop activities and obtain strategies that support student growth and accommodate students’ various learning styles. Take advantage of this opportunity to foster professional relationships  with other educators and explore resources that will help you bolster student achievement!

The 3-5 Elementary ELA Collaborative Network

Literacy Challenges: Creating the Path to Success
Facilitator: Tanya Hill
Do you have struggling readers and writers in your classroom? How do you remediate these students while adhering to school and district mandates? If you are a solutions-oriented teacher, this collaborative network session is for you! This network session provides a unique experience allowing the facilitator and participants to work collaboratively by engaging in the problem solving cycle to develop solutions for challenges with implementing effective reading instruction. Together we will explore tools like ReadWorks and the Academic Word Finder inside of to analyze data, set SMART goals, and create and implement lesson plans. Become an agent of change by joining a team of highly qualified educators in creating evidence-based solutions that will promote literacy success in the urban classroom. 

The K-5th Grade Mathematics Network

Connecting Resources & Strategies in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom
Facilitator:  Melissa Collins
These sessions will provide opportunities for teachers to understand how standards are scaffolded and to gain an understanding of mathematical concepts and the coherent progressions from kindergarten to fifth grade. Teachers will take a deep dive into Eureka Math by evaluating mathematics instructional modules which will include the module overview, topic overview, daily lesson plan, and assessment. These components will aid with the successful implementation of the Eureka Mathematics curriculum. In addition, these network sessions will provide several opportunities for educators to collaborate with peers in devising solutions to positively influence teacher practice changes and to promote student achievement.

The 6th-8th Grade Mathematics Network

A New Approach to Middle School Mathematics
Facilitator:  Marvin Jones
Are you looking forward to successfully implementing Eureka Math in your middle school classroom? Would you like to acquire additional strategies and skills that will enable you to provide mathematics instruction with fidelity? Come and explore the 6th-8th Grade Eureka Math curriculum with your peers in a collaborative and solutions-oriented environment.  These collaborative network sessions will provide opportunities to dialogue and address challenges regarding Eureka Math. Let’s work together and positively impact our students’ academic achievement in the mathematics classroom!

The Middle School Social Studies and ELA Network

Effective Teachers of Literacy: Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies
Facilitator:  NaShea’ Goetzendanner
Are you looking to effectively integrate language arts and history in your classroom? Do your students struggle with extended writing tasks and experience difficulty answering text dependent questions? If so, this social studies collaborative network is for you! Using the problem-solving cycle, we will explore data-driven instructional strategies and resources to address challenges that arise when integrating language arts and history. We will explore research-based strategies and tools such as ReadWorks and The DBQ Project to create literacy rich environments for our students. Take advantage of this opportunity to effectively devise data-driven solutions for improving literacy by joining our network!

The Middle & High School ELA Network 1

Innovative Literary Techniques: Reflect, Regroup, and Respond
Facilitator:  Alberta Coats
Are you interested in joining a network of goal-oriented educators who strive to increase student achievement?  Let’s strengthen our instructional practices through collaboration by using resources from  Tools Being Talked About. We will use the 3 R's to: Reflect on our current instructional techniques and make necessary adjustments, Regroup using collaborative network sessions to foster a positive attitude regarding instructional strategies, and Respond by crafting dynamic lessons with tools and resources that will aid you in meeting the needs  of your middle and high school ELA students. Come share your ideas as we examine and develop realistic solutions to improve middle and high school literacy!

The Middle & High School ELA Network 2

Investigating Instructional Tools and Resources
Facilitator:  Nikki Alston
Teachers will delve into instructional tools and resources proven to enhance and reinforce instructional practices and provide students with opportunities to actively engage with ELA content in high school and middle school classrooms.  Teachers will examine free resources such as CK-12 and ReadWorks to promote learning and increase student achievement through experimentation, data analysis, and reciprocal sharing. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn online adaptive practices infused with cross-curricular concepts. Let’s work together in a flexible and collaborative environment to bolster student achievement.