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Manage It All: Students, Curriculum, and Time


Course Description

Good classroom management begins long before the first day of school, and in this course, veteran teacher Dr. Debbie Silver offers educators the strategies they’ll need to succeed. From arranging the furniture to establishing rules, from modeling expected behavior to communicating privately with disruptive students, Dr. Silver provides classroom-tested tips for creating an environment conducive to learning for all students. With strategies in place for managing the classroom, Dr. Silver shifts to designing high-quality curriculum using backwards design principles and activities developed to suit different learning styles. Dr. Silver explains how she uses “discrepant events” to challenge students’ prior assumptions, a technique that improves learning and increases retention. Finally, because teachers never have enough time in the day to do everything, they learn how to evaluate and prioritize their own activities, delegate, and make time to reach their personal and professional goals. Designed for new and veteran teachers, this course provides timesaving strategies, practical tips, and great ideas for all teachers to create an effective learning environment for their students.


Course Presenter

Debbie Silver, Ph.D.

Debbie Silver, Ph.D., has 30 years’ experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. A Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states, Canada, Europe, and Asia. A featured teacher for the PBS OnLine Teacher Chat, Silver has authored Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Teaching Differentiated Learning, which has been updated and re-released by Incentive Publications. Songs she co-wrote with Monte Selby are featured on his CDs.

Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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