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Igniting passion: Retain teachers & improve learning through innovative & personalized professional development

Instructor: George Couros

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Overview

George Couros is the best-selling author of the Innovator’s Mindset, a sought-after keynote speaker and one of the world’s leading voices on instructional innovation and delivery.

As schools struggle to retain teachers, the need for engaging training and professional development resources that ignite educators’ passions has never been greater.

In this five-session virtual cohort, Couros shows you how to create innovative professional learning experiences that not only improve learning for students, but adults as well. Learn how to engage a room full of educators, get their creative juices flowing, and use that energy to power an active and engaged school culture, all toward one universal goal: improved student outcomes.

Dates

Weekly Wednesdays, starting in October, 2024

Cost

$495 per person
(discounts available for teams)

Who should attend

Professional development coordinators, instructional trainers, team leaders, classroom teachers

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Meet your instructor

George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. In his 20-plus years in the field of education, he has worked at all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has keynoted hundreds of conferences, including national conferences on five different continents and his work on innovation has been translated into multiple languages due to its worldwide impact.

The experience

Join best-selling author, educators and internationally recognized speaker George Corous for a collaborative, practical and action-oriented virtual cohort-based learning experience.

90-minute live interactive video sessions

Engage with George Corous and colleagues from around the world via a series of (5) live virtual learning sessions, conducted online via Zoom, featuring discussion, interactive polls, breakout sessions & more.

Access to the RocketPD Learning Portal

Access session recordings and related practical learning resources, including tools, learning guides and discussion boards, via your own password-protected learning portal.

Plus, FREE access to George’s online course on presentation delivery

As a bonus, you’ll also receive free registration for George’s online course: Creating & Delivering Incredible Presentations for Any Space ($125 value).

The outcomes

Whether you’re an experienced educational trainer, or an educator tasked with developing professional training for colleagues or team members, you (and/or your team) will emerge from this experience with understanding and capacity to:

  • Create professional learning experiences that not only improve learning, but inspire your best teachers and staff to want to stay in the profession.
  • Transform the adult learning experience to model what we hope for in our classrooms.
  • Learn to use professional learning to engage and empower your community, including students and families.

What educators are saying…

Dr. Jill M. Siler

“Working with George Couros has been a gamechanger for my speaking events. His coaching sessions helped me focus on ways to connect with my audience – particularly in a virtual setting, how to utilize multimedia to deepen the learning and how to personalize my message for each audience.”

Dr. Jill M. Siler

Deputy Executive Director, Professional Learning, Texas Association of School Administrators

John Cabral Superintendent, Taunton Public Schools, MA

“Be prepared to experience a wide range of emotions, as George’s unique ability to break down today’s complex educational issues through the art of story, innovative videos and imagery will leave audiences laughing, crying, and motivated to take immediate and meaningful action.”

John Cabral

Superintendent, Taunton Public Schools, MA

Jennifer Casa-Todd teacher-librarian, student, author of Social Ledia

“Whether you are interested in becoming a better public speaker for your own personal growth, or are hoping to speak professionally in person or online, George is a master at his craft and can help you hone yours.”

Jennifer Casa-Todd

teacher-librarian, student, author of Social Ledia

The sessions

Session #1

October 2, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

The Before: What are the considerations we need to have before people enter into professional learning experiences?

  • What is the feel of the space that people are walking into and why does it matter?
  • Are we creating spaces and environments for adults to learn in the same manner that we would create these spaces for our students?
  • Who is in the room to start the learning session, and how can that create a deeper accountability?
Session #2

October 9, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

The During: How to focus on helping adults create their own learning.

  • Learn to strike an effective balance between individual learning reflection and collaboration.
  • Create learning that has meaningful evidence and information, while also creating an emotional impact.
  • Focus on innovative ways for learners to share and deepen their own learning.
Session #3

October 16, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

The After: Ensure the learning works, and establish a ‘cadence of accountability.’

  • Tap into the staffs’ strengths, debunk the notion that you cannot be a “prophet in your own land.”
  • Focus on what is imperative, and what needs to go. Be intentional with the idea that “less is more.”
  • Follow up on feedback; what was learned and heard from your community, and how do you ensure that meaningful feedback is acted upon?
Session #4

October 30, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST

The In-Between: How to continue growth and development between in-person meetings

  • Identify opportunities to make great learning ‘go viral’ in your school or organization.
  • Maintain positive momentum for what was learned on in-person learning days.
  • Empower staff to connect within and outside your organization for continued growth
Session #5

Nov. 6, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST

The Adjustment: Determine what worked and what didn’t.

  • Go ‘beyond data’ and collect evidence to show what was learned, and where people need to grown
  • Understand what challenged you? What has been reaffirmed? What will you do moving forward? (And why do these questions matter)
  • Learn to measure evidence in different ways, to determine if professional learning improved.

Packed with benefits

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Expert-led

Connect live with top people, on topics you care about

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Collaborative

Join colleagues from other schools for lively discussions

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Mobile app

Create flexibility & learn on your time with our mobile app

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Recorded sessions

Never miss a beat with available recordings (for 30 days)

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Certificates of completion

Get credit for your hard work with personalized certificates

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Build a team of any size and save.

Individual

$495

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical learning outcomes

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

Plus, George’s online course on presenting

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Team of 5

$480

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical learning outcomes

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

Plus, George’s online course on presenting

Register now

Team of 10

$465

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical learning outcomes

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

Plus, George’s online course on presenting

Register now

Want to bring a team of 10 or more?

Contact us for large group rates.

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Please complete the form below to register as an individual or team up to 10 people.

Frequently asked questions

What is Retain teachers & improve learning through innovative & personalized professional development — and how can it help?

As schools struggle to retain teachers, the need for engaging training and professional development resources that ignite educators’ passions has never been greater. In this five-session virtual cohort, best-selling author and internationally recognized presenter and educator George Couros shows you how to create innovative professional learning experiences that not only improve learning for students, but adults as well. Learn how to engage a room full of educators, get their creative juices flowing, and use that energy to power an active and engaged school culture, all toward one universal goal: improved student outcomes.

Why do this as part of a cohort?

The RocketPD cohort experience is designed to give school district leaders, ESCs and instructional trainers and coaches an actionable, affordable and convenient way to facilitate effective professional development at a time when schools and school communities face both intense initiative fatigue and competing distractions. ESCs and school districts can register select members of their organizations and/or building or central-office teams for this interactive, five-session, live-virtual cohort.

What’s included in this program?

Delivered over five weeks, the program includes (5) scheduled structured learning conversations, delivered virtually over Zoom. Plus, password-protected access to the RocketPD Learning Portal, where participants can access practical resources, including a custom “playlist” for each session and, for a limited time, the sessions recordings.

Who should participate?

Retain teachers & improve learning through innovative & personalized professional development is an (5)-session (90 minutes each) collaborative professional-learning experience for ESC leaders, professional development coordinators, district and site-level administrators, instructional coaches and teachers. Participants will emerge with practical and proven strategies to deliver effective instructor and expert-led professional development that retains and engages staff, while improving student outcomes.

How will this help my team?

The RocketPD cohort experience provides a unique opportunity for ESCs, professional development coordinators, school district leadership and their staff teams to have candid conversations with a nationally recognized educator and best-selling author on the subject of staff retention and the power of effective professional development design and delivery. Unlike one-off seminars and keynote speeches, the cohort provides a clear opportunity for sustained development and the basis for a framework that school leaders can use to create stronger, more supportive environments for sustainable success.

What is the schedule?

This (5)-session cohort-based experience will take place between October and December 2024. You can view the the full schedule, including dates and times on the schedule section above. If you want to participate in this cohort, but the dates and times do not work for your schedule, keep in mind that, while live participation is always encouraged, the sessions are recorded and accessible via the RocketPD Learning Portal for a limited time. If you have a large team (10 or more), and the schedule dates and times do not work for you entire team, reach out using the form below to inquire about the formation of a custom cohort for your district.

How can I participate?

If you’re interested in joining the Retain teachers & improve learning through innovative & personalized professional development cohort, save your spot now by following the button on this page. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about the program, including payment and invoicing details. You’ll also receive a detailed follow-up email with information about your cohort, including scheduled session dates and times. Should you have questions at any time throughout the process, you’ll receive the phone and email of our project coordinator to ensure a positive experience.

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