To serve a variety of district goals and school initiatives, each Map has a destination that aligns to one of today’s most pressing issues — such as technology integration, data use, or family engagement. By developing “maps” instead of typical, linear courses, Professional Learning Maps is able to offer individual learning paths that lead to a common destination. No matter where each educator or leader begins, they all end up at the destination with a collective understanding of that issue. Professional Learning Maps gets the entire school staff on the same page to best engage and inspire student learning.

The following are our pre-designed Maps currently available; if you would like to discuss customizing a Map, please contact the PLM team.

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    Close Reading of Complex Texts

    Our Close Reading of Complex Texts Maps, co-developed with literacy experts Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, provide hands-on close reading practice as well as strategies and resources to choose appropriate complex texts, develop text-dependent questions, and promote classroom discussions.

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    Conceptual Understanding of Fractions, Ratios, and Proportions

    In this Map, educators of Grades 5 – 8 learn about the common misconceptions students have around fractions, ratios, and proportions and then practice concrete strategies to develop students’ conceptual understanding so they can apply mathematical procedures effectively — a requirement in higher levels of math, college, and career.

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    Data Use

    Based on our proven Taking Action with Data methodology, educators learn how to apply research-based practices to pinpoint student strengths and needs, develop and implement targeted instruction, assess effectiveness, and reinforce learning through ongoing conversations with students, families, colleagues, and the community.

  4. A family

    Family Engagement

    Learn how to enrich the K – 12 learning environment by empowering parents, families, and guardians to play an integral role in their child’s learning and to serve as active partners in the classroom, school, and surrounding community.

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    Leadership In partnership with Learning Forward

    Provides K – 12 leaders with a personalized learning Path and corresponding leadership-focused content to support a collaborative environment for professional and student learning.

  6. Students and teacher

    Student Engagement

    In this Map, discover key strategies to engage students and support their development. Learn how to foster respectful and quality relationships with peers, teachers, and community members; to promote exploration through relevant inquiry-based learning; to challenge students to access their higher-order thinking skills; and to assess students authentically.

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    Technology Integration

    Offers K – 12 teachers new research-based tactics to design classroom structures and implement procedures conducive to technology-supported teaching and learning.

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    Writing Using Evidence

    Our Writing Using Evidence Maps, co-developed with literacy experts Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, provide hands-on practice as well as the strategies and resources to teach students how to write using evidence from informational and literary texts, and facilitate and encourage classroom discussions around the texts.