Professional Development

Teachers doing sample inquiry lessons in Social Studies

Teachers practicing engaging strategies using primary sources

Jana collaborates with educators to design professional learning experiences on a variety of topics to target teacher and school needs and goals. The list below includes samples of recent PD sessions, but contact Jana to discuss your individualized school or district needs.

Sample PD Topics:

Social Studies & Inquiry

        Inquiry-Based Lessons in Social Studies: Strategies to Engage         Students

        Questions, Clues, and Hypotheses: Designing Inquiry Lessons

        Developing Readers and Thinkers in Social Studies

        Teaching Social Studies Content through Children’s         Literature

        Teaching with Primary Sources

Gifted Education

        Gifted 101: Myths and Truths about Gifted Students 

        Differentiation Strategies that Work 

        Parenting Gifted Children 101

Instructional Strategies

        Content-Area Literacy Strategies

        Teaching Strategies for Student Engagement

        Preparing for the First Days of School

        Teaching with Visuals: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

        Strategies for Improving Classroom Discussions

        Classroom Management Strategies that Work!

        Aligning Instruction and Assessment to Standards

Parents of GT students brainstorming traits of gifted kids