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Summer Academies
from the Upstate PDRC

Youth Club Meeting

Re-booting Classroom Culture for
Post-Pandemic Teens
Grades 7-12

Why is SEL so much easier to accomplish in elementary classrooms, and how can we successfully bring these much-needed mindsets and skills to middle and high school students? In this academy, we will explore what makes a teenager tick, and find out how to develop a classroom culture that promotes learning, engagement, and a sense of belonging. Middle and high school teachers will learn the elements of adolescent SEL and apply them to their own content area to help students re-boot, re-engage and find a path forward in their learning.

July 11-14
10:00am - 12:00pm 




Art Teachers: Creativity, Connection, Collaboration and You

Welcome teaching artists of all levels to a restorative virtual experience to kickstart your creative energy for the 2022-23 school year. This session will include activities that can be applied to your classroom and to your own practices as an artist. Creativity through collaboration and connection offers potential, as well as an essential goal of educators to knit our classrooms, ourselves, and our communities together. Come play and learn with fellow teaching artists. Participants will need to assemble the following art supplies prior to the session: markers or poster paints, 8.5 x 11” drawing paper sheets, glue, a notebook, pencils, crayons, and scissors. 

July 12, 19, 26

9:30am - 10:30am 


Colleagues Working Together

Clarification, Culture, and Connection: An Onboarding Workshop for
Leaders and Mentor Teachers 

How can school leaders create a streamlined, informative, and welcoming onboarding process for new to campus teachers? 
The purpose of this series is to ensure a sustainable and supportive culture for new staff. Through active collaboration, participation, and feedback this series will guide leaders to refreshing an existing onboarding (mentoring) process for new staff. For those wishing to create an onboarding process within their school community, this series can support leaders to make their initial steps in the right direction. Panelists will share experiences with a variety of onboarding structures, as well as encourage questioning. Anticipate the sharing of stories from the field to infuse ideas for the daily discussions surrounding creating an ongoing culture of clarity and connection with new staff.

July 18-21

10:00am -11:30am


All Hands In

Classroom Practices that Promote
Equity and Inclusion

This week-long session begins with a brief overview of systemic inequities in education and invites participants to begin addressing issues of equity and inclusion in the classroom. We will use an equity lens to look at community and family partnerships, curriculum and instructional materials, assessment practices, and classroom protocols and procedures.  

August 1-5



Working on Laptop

Identify, Develop and Adapt: Leadership Tools for Supporting Instructional Practice

This series is designed for leaders, instructional coaches, or mentor teachers who support the continuous improvement of teachers’ instructional practice. This series will explore how to identify and leverage teacher competencies to develop appropriate support strategies for professional learning. Rubrics will be used as a tool for productive discussions with teachers. Discussion-based scenarios will lead to uncovering ways to support teachers in their current levels of practice so growth feels both realistic and measurable. 


August 8-12



Numbered Stones

Meaningful Math Play
From the First Day

The first days of school are filled with new enthusiasm and momentum for both the teachers and students. In this session, we will work collaboratively to explore meaningful activities that will impact your secondary math classroom from takeoff. We will focus on how to start doing math on the first day of school, while simultaneously establishing a positive classroom environment built around a growth mindset and community of learners. By the end of the session you will leave with activities that are meant to spark your students’ interest and motivation, as well as establish an engaging classroom culture that allows that energy to last throughout the upcoming year. The audience for this session is for middle and high school math teachers, however the concepts are transmissible to elementary teachers as well. 

August 10



Elementary Classroom

New/Novice Teacher Academy: Creating a Student-Centered Classroom

Back by popular demand from last summer: An introductory, interactive course to help teachers in their 1st to 3rd year prepare for September, with a focus on:

  • Managing the classroom environment

  • Designing and delivering high-quality instruction

  • Embedding assessment to ensure success 

  • Getting ready for fall with templates, organizational strategies, tips for classroom setup, etc.

August 15-19



Math Tutoring

Turn Your Classroom Into a
Mathematical Playground

The classroom environment leaves an impression of how your students capture math content from September through June. In this session, we will share ideas of how to transform your learning environment into a space of engaging mathematical thinking and activity. We will focus on a variety of tasks to include: how to set up and maintain a vibrant student-centered classroom, how to create access for all types of math learners, and validating and supporting students to rise to a challenge. The purpose of this session is to take away tasks, puzzles, and problems to differentiate for all the learners in your classroom as well as offer an entrypoint into deeper math thinking and discussions that will last the entire school year. The audience for this session is for middle and high school math teachers, however the concepts are transmissible to elementary teachers as well.

August 16




Coaching for Increased Results

This 3 module course equips new and experienced coaches with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to advance their practice for increased student learning.



Current school leaders, instructional leads, and teachers interested in peer coaching


Course Outline:

This course is organized into 3 modules. Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Participants will be provided with a digital sourcebook: The Fieldbook for Coaches.


Course Objectives:
1. Establish your identity as a coach, preferred coaching style, and goals for continuous learning

2. Learn the science behind adult learning, resistance to change, and tools for making coaching initiatives stick

3. Advance their communication and feedback techniques for high-impact coaching

Module 1: The Role of Coaching Across Programs 

Module 2: Navigating Resistance & Designing Structures for Change

Module 3: Coaching Techniques and Essential Skills 

Monday, August 22, 2022 9am - 2pm 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 9am - 11am 



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