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Going, Going, Gone. Breaking Down the Barriers to Student Success

November 3
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Leadership/Professional Development
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Teaching is incredibly complex and educators need ongoing ways to investigate and learn about how students learn best. In addition to academic expectations that increase student outcomes, teachers often face social and emotional difficulties that plague students. Add that to the pressure to make connections to the real world, the educator is overwhelmed. Educators continually ask, “How can I do all that when there are so many standards to teach?” or “How do we do all that when students won’t engage?” and “What does/can my classroom look like when trying to…..?”

This session will look at teachers’ expectations and leverage that to increase student achievement while studying areas where we can get the greatest return on our investment. Based on John Hattie’s research on Visible Learning, and Fisher, Frey & Smith’s book Removing Labels, this session will give strategies and guidance on how to peel back and remove barriers and labels that prevent students from learning. In addition, this workshop will provide ways to break down the masks of disengagement to make learning possible. This session will use real-world questions and issues across all disciplines and grade levels to develop an understanding of what that would look like in the classroom, with your students by giving concrete, research-based strategies and recommendations/examples to use in your practice.

Kim Paulus
Kim Paulus
Instructional Coach, Central CUSD 301

Kim Paulus, Ed.D. is an experienced Instructional Coach, teacher and presenter employed at Central 301 in the Chicago Suburbs. She spent 2 decades in the middle school classroom and is in her 6th year as an Instructional Coach. Kim is a strong believer in the power of a growth mindset and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to grow and develop. She loves to research and share ways to help educators and students achieve their full potential. When she is not at work you can find her reading at home or working in her garden.