Ignite Academic Teaming Professional Development

The Ignite Academic Teaming professional development series focuses on igniting student ownership, increasing student achievement, and improving student behavior through academic teaming. It blends training, coaching, and a suite of classroom and leadership tools to produce sustainable transformations (with visible next-day results) in core instruction. Ignite Academic Teaming includes full day and half day sessions for teachers and teacher mentors, instructional/curriculum coaches, and building administrators.

Half Days

Team Talk

Learn how to effectively implement teaming structures in their classrooms and shift teaching from direct instruction to increase student ownership of learning.

Team Ownership

Learn how to effectively increase the use of teaming in your classroom by preparing students to use evidence to support their thinking when interacting in a group setting.

Supportive Teams

Learn how to teach and prepare students to coach each other within their groups, allowing student teams to navigate productive struggle without seeking help from the teacher.

Target-Task Alignment

Learn how to plan tasks that allow students to demonstrate progress toward a standard using learning targets.

Purposeful Task

Learn how to develop tasks that are meaningful, appropriately rigorous, and will engage students in productive struggle to increase their understanding of content.

Rigorous Task

Learn how to support more autonomy within student teams and prepare a task that requires students to coach each other through productive struggle in order to meet the learning target.

Learning Targets & Success Criteria

Learn how to teach students to use the Learning Targets and Success Criteria to guide their work and strengthen a teacher’s ability to verify that learning has occurred.


Learn how to plan lessons into mini-lessons that involve structuring classroom instruction in chunks.

Planning for Success

Companion support session that combines with any 3-hour professional development sessions to help participants in planning for a successful implementation. This is an opportunity for teacher teams or PLC groups to further explore the topic discussed during professional development, with the same LSI consultant, to gain a deeper understanding, answer questions, and deliberately plan to implement the topic within lessons and units.

Full Days

Forging a Vision

Learn about the vision of rigor and discuss instructional shifts in the classroom to implement that vision. In addition, learn how to plan tasks that lead students to the standards. Planning time is incorporated through the training to allow for next-day implementation.

Igniting Student Ownership

Learn and plan to empower students to use Learning Targets and Success Criteria to own their learning, learn how to verify that learning is occurring as students work, and plan for effective student teaming structures to facilitate responsible academic student-to-student interaction.

Engaging Productive Teams

Learn how to align small segments of a lesson to standards; support students to share their thinking with other students as they work; and support academic conversations.

Building Team Ownership

Learn how to scaffold tasks toward a Learning Target and plan how to monitor, verify, and support students who are not moving toward the Learning Target. Prepare for students to interact responsibly by sharing their thinking using evidence.

Coaching Improvement

Coaching for Implementation

Coaching for Implementation connects the professional learning to immediate classroom actions to ensure next-day implementation results and builds the capacity of school-based coaches to help lead this work.

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is an opportunity for principals and school leaders to optimize their skills and knowledge in order to impact teaching and learning. Through coaching, principals and school leaders clarify a vision for their schools and strengthen their personal capacities to lead and influence.

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