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Mitzi Hoback

Mitzi Hoback

Mitzi Hoback is director of professional development at Educational Service Unit 4 in Nebraska, where she has worked for 10 years in the areas of curriculum, assessment, instruction, leadership, and school improvement.

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  1. Teaching Basic, Advanced, and Academic Vocabulary to Secondary Students

    Participants will learn how to construct a strong foundation for literacy development and academic achievement through direct vocabulary instruction.

  2. The New Art and Science of Teaching

    The New Art and Science of Teaching is a well-researched instructional framework that comprehensively addresses the most alterable effect on student achievement—quality instruction.

  3. Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools

    The Next Step in PLCs

    Learn how to transition from teachers who work in isolation to teachers who work in collaboration and from stakeholders who think in terms of my responsibility to stakeholders who think in terms of our responsibility.
  4. Classroom Games to Enhance Argumentation and Reasoning Skills

    Enhance students’ argumentation and reasoning skills. Classroom games have been found to be associated with significant gains in student achievement, increased student curiosity, and more positive student attitudes toward the content being learned.

  5. School Leader's Guide to Standards-Based Grading

    Implement effective grading practices. Transform your school's grading system into one that really shows what students know. Your team will explore specific aspects of standards-based grading implementation, from identifying prioritized standards and composing proficiency scales to creating aligned assessments and revising report cards.

  6. Using Questioning Sequences in the Classroom

    Elicit higher-order thinking from students. Learn a four-phase process for questioning that prompts students to use the argumentation and reasoning skills highlighted in the Common Core State Standards.

  7. Becoming a High Reliability School

    The Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) framework serves as a strategic planning framework to help schools focus on specific, research-based conditions for continuous school improvement. The HRS overview workshop introduces participants to the five levels of the framework and the hierarchy in which they are organized.

  8. Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives

    Focus instructional activities on what matters most. Clear, specific learning goals lay the foundation for effective teaching. Learn what effective teachers do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success.

  9. Coaching Classroom Instruction

    Provide targeted, constructive support for instructional change. Coaching can play a significant role in broadening educators' instructional repertoire and improving both teaching and learning. Effective coaches build positive relationships and follow protocols that lead to lasting changes in classroom instruction. This workshop provides instructional coaches and administrators with step-by-step guidelines for working with teachers to increase their effectiveness.

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