CHARLESTON, WV-Edvantia, Inc., a nonprofit education research and development firm, will hold national institutes for educators this summer in Tennessee. Attending one or both institutes prepares teams and/or individuals to incorporate research-based strategies in their ongoing school improvement efforts. These strategies can work in schools of all levels and in all locations.

Effective Questioning (QUILT) Training for Trainers trains teachers and administrators (often in teams) to use effective questioning techniques to revitalize classrooms and schools. The model used for this training is QUILT (Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking). QUILT helps teachers and students use effective questioning to raise classroom discourse to a higher level on Bloom´s Taxonomy. It makes metacognition a regular feature of classroom practice. QUILT also benefits the whole faculty by bringing teachers together to learn from one another as they reflect on their own practice. The training-for-trainers format of this institute prepares participants to facilitate the QUILT professional development program in their school or district. Trainers: Dr. Susan Hudson and Ms. Rusha Sams, Edvantia National Faculty members and Tennessee Exemplary Educators (3 days, June 25-27, Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport, Nashville, Tennessee)

Foundations of School Performance Coaching prepares participants to use coaching techniques to help a school or district create community, bring focus to improvement efforts, lead change, develop accountability, build capacity, and grow professionally. This institute presents a research-based framework for supporting school improvement and shows participants how to use coaching standards to achieve results. The training is designed for school and district leadership teams, improvement specialists, math and literacy coaches, and anyone facilitating school improvement. Trainers: Georgeanne Oxnam, former Tennessee Exemplary Educator, and Rusha Sams, Tennessee Exemplary Educator/former Tennessee Teacher of the Year (3 days, July 23-25 or July 30-August 1, Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center, Knoxville, Tennessee)

Both institutes offer early-bird discounts to individuals and teams who register by April 15, 2007. Additional information about Edvantia´s summer 2007 institutes is available on Edvantia´s Web site, www.edvantia.org. Questions should be directed to Karen Witt, karen.witt@edvantia.org or 800.624.9120, ext. 5424.

"These institutes will give educators a chance to learn with and from one another as they examine research, reflect on their own practice, and try out new strategies," says Steven Moats, director of the Tennessee Exemplary Educator program and codeveloper of the coaching institute. "It´s a time for professional growth and a renewed focus on student achievement. Our goal is for institute participants to leave here with the knowledge, practical skills, and enthusiasm needed to make a positive difference in their home schools or districts."

About Edvantia: Edvantia is a nonprofit education research and development corporation, founded in 1966, that partners with practitioners, education agencies, publishers, and service providers to improve learning and advance student success. Edvantia provides clients with a range of services, including research, evaluation, professional development, and consulting.

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