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Professional Development Services

The Create training team offers customized professional development to meet school/district’s individualized needs.  Trainings can be delivered face-to-face or through webinars.  Below is a typical schedule of a two-day training with follow-up sessions.  The learning targets for each session are identified.  If you would be interested in discussing training options, please select the “Contact Us” tab above.

Day 1

Learning Targets
  • Identify the components of Create
  • Describe the levels of the Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Classify assignments at various Bloom’s levels
  • Create assignments/assessments at the highest three levels of the Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Describe the levels of real-world applications
  • Analyze the level of real-world applications in sample assignments
  • Design assignments/assessment at the highest three levels of the  “R” component of the Create framework

Day 2

Learning Targets
  • Identify the different levels of engagement
  • Classify assignments as to their level of engagement
  • Create assignments/assessments at the highest 3 levels of the “E” component of the Create framework
  • Describe the levels of technology integration
  • Determine the level of technology integration in sample projects
  • Describe assignments/assessments at the highest 3 levels of the “T” component of the Create framework

Following-Up Sessions

  • Share assignments implemented in classes
  • Identify ways of address challenges with implementation
  • Leave with ideas of additional Create projects

Workshop Sessions by Dr. Janet Tassell include:

  • Literacy and math with a problem solving twist: How to Design math literature centers
  • Professional Noticing:  How to develop the skills to diagnose early numeracy skills levels in students
  • Math and literacy — What is the comprehension connection?
  • Descriptive Feedback, Assessment, & Grading in a Formative Mathematics Classroom
  • Formative Assessment in a Mathematics Classroom
  • Orchestrating Mathematics Discussions:  Why Should We Take the Time to Carefully Design our Discourse?
  • What is True Problem Solving?
  • The Create Excellence Framework: Enhancing gifted mathematics through Instructional planning.
  • The Peak in the Middle: Developing Mathematical Promise in the Middle Grades Through Articulation
  • How to Plan and Incorporate Problem Solving for Gifted Students in a Mainstream Classroom


Workshop Sessions by Dr. Marge Maxwell include:

  1. Create Excellence framework: the 4 components of the Create Excellence Framework
  2. Teaching Online Courses or Blended Courses
  3. Digital Citizenship and Safety
  4. Instructional Design with Technology
  5. Partnering, Collaboration and Student Directed Learning: Teachers, Students, Outside Experts
  6. Real World Learning incorporating Technology and Standards
  7. Flipped Classrooms: Create your own Videos, Screencasts, Podcasts, TED Ed
  8. Formative Assessment with Technology Tools
  9. Globalizing your Classroom through Technology
  10. Service Learning Projects
  11. Specific Technology topics
    1. Web 2.0 Tools
    2. Creating a Classroom Blog Website (WordPress preferred)
    3. Specific Technology Skills: Websites, Animation, Video Editing, Digital Storytelling, Infographics, Collaboration Tools, Mindmapping, Surveys and Polling, Video Conferencing, Word Clouds and Wall Boards, Google Apps, Google Earth, Interactive YouTube Videos, Microsoft Office: Advanced Word, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Creating your own interactive iBooks for the iPad, convert to interactive pdfs,  iPad Apps, and Adobe Acrobat Pro: interactive pdfs, forms

 Workshop Sessions by Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh include:

  • 21st Century Schools
  • Assessment
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Formative Assessment
  • PARCC Assessments
  • Rigor
  • Standards
  • Technology Integration