Institute for Educational Development

6:00 am – 12:30 pm

March 1, 2022

$279.00 per person

Do More for Students by Doing Less for Students (Grades 3-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Shango Blake

Outstanding Educator and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 3-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • How to enable and empower your students to be more successful learners
  • Practical methods to cultivate resourcefulness, resilience, and other vital traits your students need for success
  • Innovative ideas to engage students in productive struggle, and how to avoid short circuiting this important process
  • Keys to assessing and addressing diverse learning needs in ways that build students’ momentum and drive to succeed

Practical Strategies

This highly innovative and interactive seminar by presenter Shango Blake will enhance your ability to engage and empower students as self-reliant, resourceful, and resilient learners. You will learn how to empower students through teaching them how to be better problem solvers. You will learn about an approach to teaching that unites academic skills as well as key character traits students need to succeed in school. As a result, you will be better equipped to assess and address the diverse needs of all your students. You will not want to miss the opportunity to participate in this one-day seminar created for you, focused on innovative and practical strategies to help your students take control their own education. Prepare yourself to be inspired to implement alternative practices that set your students up for success!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What Every Educator Needs to Know About Enabling Student Success
    Discover why many commonly used classroom practices set students up for future failure … Learn numerous strategies and practices you can employ that will truly enable your students to be more successful
  2. Reverse the Trend of Learned Helplessness and Increase the Opportunity for Students to Demonstrate the Power of Their Resiliency
    Discover how we as educators often unintentionally contribute to students overly relying on us … Learn the keys to reversing this tendency, so our students can demonstrate their strong self-reliance
  3. Cultivate Non-Academic Traits and Identify Alternative Assessments Students Need to be Successful
    Explore practical ways to help your students develop resourcefulness, resilience, persistence, and other vital traits they will need to be successful in school and in life
  4. Strike an Optimal Balance Between Student Independence and Collaboration
    Discover proven strategies and methods designed to optimize students’ opportunities to think and learn both on their own and in collaboration with others
  5. Energize Students Through More Active Learning
    Learn powerful ways to accommodate students’ innate desire to explore … Innovative strategies to engage students in “learning by doing”
  6. Help Your Students Embrace their Mistakes
    Create a culture where mistakes are celebrated as building blocks of meaningful learning … How to liberate your students from fear of making mistakes
  7. Normalize Struggle as an Essential Part of the Learning Process
    Explore essential ways to plan and facilitate powerful learning … Discover how to engage your students in productive struggle in order to maximize their learning
  8. Support Students Through Scaffolding, Not Hand-Holding
    Examine effective scaffolding strategies you can use with your students … Proven methods to avoid inadvertently short-circuiting the learning process
  9. Enable Your Students’ Full Learning Potential
    Discover practical, research-based approaches and techniques you can use to unlock students’ full learning potential in your classroom … Learn proven ways you can maximize student effort
  10. Target Key Skills and Receive a Comprehensive Resource Handbook
    Explore highly effective ways to help students develop self-discipline, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-determination … You will also receive a comprehensive resource handbook specifically designed to help you do more for your students by doing less for your students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies to help your students to take greater control and master their own learning
  • Empowering ways to cultivate the non-academic traits students need for success
  • Powerful and actionable ways to maximize student ownership of their learning at school
  • Innovative practices that cultivate self-reliance and collaboration among students
  • Proven, replicable models for engaging students in active learning
  • How to build and sustain a culture where mistakes are embraced as “learnable moments”
  • How to use students’ experience and resiliency to overcome mistakes rather than prevent them from making mistakes
  • Tips and tools for engaging challenging students in productive struggle
  • Alternatives to common practices that stifle college and career readiness
  • Policies and practices that stress, reinforce, and elicit maximal student effort
  • How to recognize students’ representation of their core values, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-discipline and use those values as a motivation for learning
  • How to ensure the right balance of support and accountability for students as learners
  • Learning activities that simultaneously target academic content and higher order thinking skills

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

We live in an unprecedented time where we have a unique opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. Parents as well as the general public have a newfound appreciation for the level preparation, planning and execution that teachers are engaged in on behalf of their children. Now more than ever the importance of creating a connection through lessons that embrace who students are is critical. We educators have a genuine desire to help our students succeed. Even with the best intentions, our efforts can inadvertently lead to doing too much for them, defeating our purpose. The question is how do we support students in a manner that empowers them to take more control and responsibility for their own learning? How do we step back to encourage students to lean in? In this one-day seminar, you will learn how to help students apply critical thinking skills and cooperative teamwork necessary to begin taking more active control of their own learning and simultaneously position yourself as a facilitator of learning as opposed to a purveyor of knowledge. With these strategies, you will be able to step back and have your students more willing to step up.

The re-imagining of teaching practices and the upliftment of student voice and collective power to solve problems and learn together is empowering and gratifying for both the teacher and the students. The challenge is how to create such opportunities with curriculum and pedagogy that is often scripted and restricted? In addition, how can we give students time to learn more independently and still find a way to get through the required curriculum? And how can we prevent students from becoming so frustrated that they shut down or disrupt class? We will explore a variety of strategies that you can use to get started or take your current practice to new levels.

Join me for a practical and thought-provoking day filled with ideas that both empower you as a teacher and improve student outcomes by doing less for your students. “I am a movement by myself but I’m a force when we’re together.” I am looking forward to our time together!

Dr. Shango Blake

P.S. In this unique and innovative one-day seminar, you will learn how to step back so your grades 3-12 students can more easily step up and take control of their own learning.

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 3-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Strategies and tools that promote student ownership of learning
    • Resources for planning and facilitating instruction that engages students in productive struggle
    • Tips and tools for reinforcing non-academic behaviors students need to be more successful
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enabling and empowering students to be more successful learners.
  3. Consultation Available
    Shango Blake will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.