The Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) consists of more than 130 public schools from 42 districts where educators believe and act on the belief that both adult and student learning are critical to high achieving schools.
The Network includes both elementary and secondary schools, which meet as separate groups on a quarterly basis. One of the four meetings is actually an Instructional Round at a school.
PCN meetings last a full day and are organized around whole-group and small group learning activities, where participants are engaged in interactive strategies aligned with best practices for adult learners. Networking opportunities are provided throughout the day.
The focus for both elementary and secondary schools in 2013-2014 will be on helping school teams better understand and effectively implement Alabama’s new College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). We’ll also continue our emphasis on student engagement and formative assessment, but under the umbrella of the CCRS.
As always, we’re designing interactive sessions and will be using How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core by Bellance, Fogarty and Pete.