Professional Development Workshops
Since 2013 Genevieve has delivered training for hundreds of educators in a variety of countries including Greece, Kenya, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Tanzania, Australia, Morocco, Belgium and Egypt.
The workshops described below are uniquely designed and based on the best published educational research. They are not IB workshops. For official IB™ certified workshops visit the International Baccalaureate PD brochure and request Genevieve for an in-school workshop.
Authentic Assessment Design and Implementation
Students thrive when learning about topics that are truly relevant to their lives. Designing units and assessments around 'real-world' contexts that children and adults encounter every day ensures that learning objectives are meaningful, and increases student motivation and achievement. Engaging students while still meeting state-mandated curriculum standards requires a creative approach to curriculum design. It's also easier and more enjoyable when teachers work together.
Many school districts and national education programs are calling for more interdisciplinary projects to bring out the deeper analytical thinking that runs throughout and across disciplines. Understanding how to work collaboratively between departments, how to design authentic learning experiences that mirror complex, real-life situations, and how to harmoniously integrate it all within state-mandaded frameworks requires a strategic approach.
Concept-based Teaching and Learning
In the 21st century, education is more than just memorization. Real understanding happens when we extend from the factual foundations of 'content' and explore the conceptual frameworks interlinking the world around us. Analyzing concepts has become the new measure of success in academia and in business, and requires a keen revision of how we design and deliver our curriculum content.
Differentiation and Inclusion
Diversity makes any group stronger, and as we strive for equity in our society, students need schools that care about their individual learning styles as well as model inclusion and justice throughout the community. Listening and keeping an open mindset are crucial attrubutes for all teachers, but support and training are also key in helping educators and administrators to create inclusive learning environments. Curriculum choices, assessment formats, and physical environments can all be chosen with a mindful approach of the needs of all types of learners.