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EOS Education

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Professional Development

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Our Approach

At Eos Education, we know that well-designed and professionally-executed Professional Development is a key driver for improved student achievement. We also believe that technology, without focused and specific integration with educational goals, will not offer teachers or students any gains in the classroom. Creating programs that combine technology and practical, research-based instructional strategies is at the heart of everything we do.

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EOS’ Professional Learning Programs are designed by a multi-specialized team of former school administrators, educators, and technology integration experts. It is unique in that it maximizes the opportunities for its educator participants to collaborate with one another and interact with the material at hand. We also model for teachers the concepts, strategies and practices presented, making it easier to take know-how back into their own classrooms.
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How We Do It

We believe that Professional Learning cannot be an “add-on”, but should be part of everyday activities of teachers.

We are not big believers in half-day or full day large group sessions with no follow up. Many research studies show that the key to success is purposeful implementation of new skills and knowledge. To make our Programs truly beneficial, we always come back to teachers and work with them either in small groups (e.g. during PLCs or Prep Time) or individually – often in their own classrooms. We also provide easy “on demand” access to our coaches, either virtual (online meetings, video chats, emails) or face-to-face.

We also offer Competency-Based PD Programs aligned with both district/school priorities and individual professional growth objectives. The important difference between EOS’ programs and traditional PD is that there are no obligatory sessions or materials. Instead, teachers have different and differentiated PD opportunities to choose from to meet the program objectives. In this model, teachers are responsible for their professional development and EOS coaches serve as development mentors to consult on the best resources and strategies for the individual teachers’ specific needs. Further, for the demonstrations of professional growth, formal assessments often replaced by collecting evidence of implementation in the classroom.

EOS’ Micro-Credential Programs are great tools to recognize the professional growth of teachers. Each time an educator masters a new concept and shows evidence of that mastery through the competency-based learning rubric, they receive a badge showing their mastery. Each badge, or micro-credential, adds up to show an overall picture of a teacher’s competency and progress.

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Using Video to Capture and Share Great Teaching

Administrators are looking for solutions utilize that existing District resources to help teachers maximize their positive impact on student achievement in the most cost-effective way possible.

Video Programs were prepared by Eos Education for one main reason: the most impactful instructional activities happen in classrooms, but there are limited opportunities to share in classroom teaching practices with other teachers and use them for their professional growth.

Videos can play an important role to exemplify implementation of chosen instructional models, give teachers inspiring materials for their own self-reflection, as well as show best practices and areas for teaching improvement.

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Videos For Flipped
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Turning the Traditional Classroom Upside Down and Inside Out!

Most of today’s students are visual learners – videos can be a powerful way to improve student engagement, help them to learn faster and maximize the efficiency of time spent with the teacher. Videos can also help to differentiate instruction and make it relevant for students with different skills and knowledge levels.

Videos can be successfully implemented at all grade levels. They can be a great tool for students to learn new content and watch teacher’s lectures on their own time and then spend their time in the classroom applying what they learned at home. This allows students to learn at their own pace with the ability to pause, rewind, or watch the lecture and instructions as many times as they want. Videos can also be used to remind students of skills that they may have forgotten or when they struggle with new content.

Videos can be watched at home (when majority of students have access to internet) as a “flipped classroom”, but they can also be viewed in the classroom and allow students to learn in the way that is meaningful for them.

The Eos Education Video Program helps teachers to implement videos in their instructional practices. We believe that well implemented videos can be a powerful tool to shift teaching paradigm, help students take ownership of their learning and develop their higher thinking skills.

Eos Edu supports teachers at all stages of successful videos implementation:

  • Flipped and blended classroom fundamentals
  • Effective video creation & sharing (tips, trick, recommended websites)
  • Teaching students how to watch videos and interact with it
  • Teaching in class differently – applying knowledge in the classroom and create personalized learning experience for students, helping them individually or in small groups.
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Self-Reflection and
Peer Review

Structured self-reflection plays an important role in teacher’s professional growth. It is one of meaningful ways to teacher development and professionalism.

Teachers have limited opportunities to observe themselves and they often need to rely on their memory. It requires remembering their own past actions, being able to evaluate them, and draw conclusions about required future practices.

Videos with recorded lessons can be a very good material for teacher’s self-reflection. They can also be a very valuable resource for peer-review giving teachers the opportunity to observe their colleagues, provide them feedback, and implement best teaching practices in their own classrooms.

Well implemented Video Self-Reflection Program can accelerate the process of opening up instruction to observation and feedback and reduce classroom isolation of teachers.

Eos Education offers:

  • Program Set up and Management
  • Specialized Equipment (both hardware and software)
  • Tech Training and Support for Educators
  • Professional Development on Self-Reflection with the use of videos
  • Professional Development on Fundamentals on Peer-Review
  • Standards Development and Recommended Rubrics
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Virtual Coaching and
Evaluation

School and District Specialists provide intensive and differentiated support that helps teachers improve student achievement and implement evidence-based practices in a variety of educational settings. Eos Education helps to do it in more flexible and efficient way – not only in person, but also through videos.

In this process, teachers record and provide the examples of their classroom teaching and the Specialists (e.g. School Principal, Instructional Coach) watch the video at their convenience, makes notes and annotations. Then, both Teacher and Educational Specialist during the conference discuss the feedback provided, areas for improvement and next steps.

Well implemented Video Coaching and Evaluation Program can make classroom observation process easier to implement, less costly, and more valid and reliable.

Eos Education offers:

  • Program Set up and Management
  • Specialized Equipment (both hardware and software)
  • Tech Training and Support for Teachers, Coaches, and Observers
  • Documentation, Trick and Trips, and Recommended Standards for Video Coaching and Observation Feedback
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District-Owned Lesson Libraries

Administrators are looking for solutions that existing District resources to help teachers maximize their positive impact on student achievement in the most cost-effective way possible. District Lesson Libraries may become an important part of such solutions.

The Program begins by defining the areas of focus. In general, there are two directions here:

To concentrate on chosen teaching practices

(e.g. checking for understanding, engagement strategies, formative assessments etc.) that are priorities for district and school leaders or are simply challenging for teachers.

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Teaching a given content area

(e.g. fractions in 3rd grade or Geometry for HS). In this approach, lesson library should be aligned with District Curriculum Map.

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Of course, all possible variations of the above two areas are possible.

We recommend to build the lesson library that is composed on lesson packages:
videos, lesson plans, in classroom artifacts etc.

The main benefits of building Lessons Library are:

  • Teaching Standardization: Easy access to Lesson Repository for New and Current Teachers
  • Assuring consistent and high quality of lesson materials
  • Time Savings: No need to prepare lesson materials by every Teacher (lesson plans, assessments, assignments etc.) and search for high quality educational resources
  • Attracting great specialists with little or no teaching experience

The main components of a program to build Lesson Libraries are:

  • Program Set up and Management
  • Specialized Equipment (both hardware and software
  • Lesson Package Definition and Standards Development (Lesson Design Rubrics, Lesson Design Templates)
  • Training and Support for Educators

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Google Apps

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Google Apps for Education provides an easy to use, manageable platform for administrators, teachers, and students to work collaboratively, share and save everything in the cloud

We not only help teachers understand what tools are available in Google Apps for Education suite and feel comfortable using them, but what even more important – how to pick the right tools for supporting different teaching and learning objectives. We start small – from chosen apps and basic functionalities that will be followed by their implementation in the classroom. Then, we add more apps and advanced features which usage will be aligned with the curriculum.


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Microsoft Office 365

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Office 365 is a great productivity application suite for staff and students. When implemented well, it helps students to increase their outcomes, enhance teaching and learning experience, as well as develop such competencies as critical thinking, problem solving, and deductive reasoning.

We help teachers to understand the whole portfolio of tools available for this platform and implement them for educational purposes in their classrooms. We support teachers in building collaborative classrooms and giving immediate feedback with OneNote, use Office 365 for blended learning, as well as flip their classroom with Office Mix. Another level of sustainable implementation may be personalizing student learning with OneNote Class Notebooks. We assist teachers in finding the best Office 365 functionalities to meet their teaching and learning objectives and effectively integrate technology with everyday instructional practices.


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Student Mobile Devices

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The first step to implementing student devices in the classroom is to feel fully comfortable with them.

Participants explore the devices (e.g. iPads, Chromebooks or laptops) to become familiar with their features and functionalities. Depending on the platform used in the district, they will also learn how to use chosen available options for different purposes (e.g. collaboration, presentation etc.). We also show teachers how to organize classroom to achieve best educational results in one-to-one and one-to-many environments (learning centers).


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Connected Classrooms

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Technology can be an impactful tool that supports achieving instructional goals or a distraction in the classroom.

How to determine when and how to use technology? How to make using technology by students not only engaging, but also purposeful and aligned with lesson objectives? We help teachers to think about what things technology can do that cannot be efficiently done with pen and paper. While answering these questions, teachers will create different lesson scenarios and lesson plans, use different Open Educational Resources to find materials that can be used during a lesson, as well as prepare the concept for differentiated instruction with the use of mobile devices or other available technologies.


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Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Learning management systems allow teachers to work with students in an organized and easy to follow platform from their device.

The LMS allows for consistent communication and lesson collection for all students both in and out of class. Parents also can receive the same communication and lesson expectations that students are receiving. We help teachers not only to communicate and share with parents and students with the use of a LMS, but also how they can share and learn from their colleagues in building their professional learning network through the LMS.


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Future Ready Skills

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Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills are all essential for future successes of today students.

We help educators effectively teach these skills using technology to foster ongoing student learning. Depending on technology items available in classrooms, we build programs that use available tools to develop student collaboration and communication skills – e.g. working together on projects, giving constructive feedback, articulate ideas clearly in multiple formats. One of the objectives is to build a toolkit of online resources by every teacher to encourage a collaborative environment. Together with us, teachers examine different methods to inspire and allow for creativity with student devices. By examining creative tools for digital storytelling and video creation, participants will have a better understanding of what is available to inspire creativity in the classroom. The Program also includes some strategies to support student critical thinking and their exemplifications relevant for a given content and grade level. We show the ways to support these strategies with student devices and free online resources.


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Blended Classroom

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Blended Learning is a powerful way to engage students in their learning process and allow for learning to go behind the classroom walls.

It also helps teachers to differentiate instruction depending on student knowledge, skills, and preferred learning style. The successful implementation of blended learning requires planning the whole process having its planned benefits in mind. For someone who’s just beginning to blend, the multitude of web tools, computer programs, and learning management systems that are now available can be overwhelming. Eos help teachers to find the right fit of tools that will complement their classes and add more going ahead.


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Differentiation

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Differentiation is a student-focused way of effective teaching that provides different avenues to learning depending on students’ needs.

Teachers can differentiate both the content and the learning process, based on student readiness, interest, or learning style. It is difficult to successfully implement this philosophy with no ongoing, formative assessment and recognition of diverse learners. We help teachers to use available technology tools to easily check their students’ understanding, collect data, analyze it and use of whole-group, small-group, and individual tasks. With the support of technology, we support teachers in creating lessons designed around patterns of student need.


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Project Based Learning

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Project Based Learning is a teaching model in which students gain knowledge and skills by actively exploring real-world problems and challenges.

To be well implemented, this method requires some discipline and adherence to certain guidelines to bring the required educational outcome and allow students to acquire a deeper knowledge. We help teachers to create a meaningful PBL unit for their grade level, develop rubrics that promote student ownership, and ways to keep students accountable for group and non-group work during the length of the project.


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Inquiry Based Learning (IBL)

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Inquiry Based Learning is a method of instruction that is focused on leading the student through their own learning.

Inquiry requires possessing both the skills and attitude that allow students to seek knowledge and information through questioning. In this approach, students are given tasks requiring conjecture, problem solving, experimentation, creativity, and exploration. EOS helps teachers include IBL in their teaching practices in the way which is relevant for their specific grade level and content area.

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