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Instruction Professional Learning

  • BUILD effective relationships with students and help them see achievement as a reachable target
  • EFFECTIVELY TEACH diverse learners and make your content meaningful to every student
  • CONNECT data analysis to instructional practices
  • EXAMINE current practices and identify areas for improvement

Our On-Site Instruction Professional Learning

Establish innovative instructional strategies and teaching methods to effectively engage, empower, and motivate all students to succeed. Through our resources and services, we can help you develop and implement high-yield instructional strategies, tools, and best practices that lead to thriving classrooms for all learners—including differentiated instruction for special education students, English learners, and high-achieving individuals.

Your Goal

Building Your Skills

One‑Day Services


A keynote supports and motivates your teachers to use best practices and new research related to classroom instruction. Solution Tree authors and associates are available and capable to customize their work for your needs.

Implementing Culturally Responsive Instruction

Support underserved students using culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies across content areas and grade levels.

  • Examine techniques for culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.
  • Access sample activities that can be used in classrooms immediately.

The Will to Lead, The Skill to Teach

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The Literacy Triangle: High Impact Strategies to Accelerate Learning Using Reading, Discussing, and Writing

Today’s educators face any number of challenges when trying to satisfy their students’ literacy needs, including heated debates within the profession on best practices. Authors LeAnn Nickelsen and Melissa Dickson examine today’s literacy wars by combining educational neuroscience, the formative assessment process, and differentiation to create The Literacy Triangle, a three-sided model incorporating reading, discussing and writing tools.

Compatible with nearly any reading curriculum and subject area, this session's user-friendly tools are designed to help transform students into active learners and independent thinkers. During this one-day workshop, you will get high impact tools to help you:

  • Strengthen students’ comprehension of challenging texts (Reading)
  • Deepen student discourse (Discussing)
  • Build writing fluency across the curriculum (Writing)

Your Goal

Deepening Your Skills

Two‑to‑Four‑Day Services

Daily Differentiation Strategies for the Classroom

Discover how to determine students’ learning needs and help them reach their fullest potential.

  • Explore various lesson plans and activities.
  • Unite curriculum design, assessment, and instruction through the lens of differentiation.

Best Practices at Tier 1 Elementary, Best Practices at Tier 1 Secondary

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Motivating Students

Motivate students who are disengaged in the learning process. Explore a range of strategies for connecting with these students, developing their competence, and creating a fun learning environment.

  • Access proven strategies for engaging students.
  • Explore the impact of positive reinforcement and feedback.

The New Art and Science of Teaching

Discover a framework for substantive change that comprehensively addresses the most alterable effect on student achievement: instruction.

  • Utilize ten design questions and a general framework that will help determine which classroom strategies you should use to foster student learning.
  • Analyze the behavioral evidence that proves the chosen instructional strategies are helping learners achieve academic success.

The New Art and Science of Teaching

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Succeeding as a Beginning Teacher

Designed for teachers in the early stages of their careers, as well as mentors, coaches, and supervisors, this two-day training identifies six phases every beginning teacher goes through, offering crucial advice and strategies for each.

  • Explore the six phases of beginning teachers—(1) anticipation, (2) survival, (3) disillusionment, (4), rejuvenation, (5) reflection, and (6) second anticipation.
  • Understand the feelings and challenges associated with each phase.
  • Discover practical strategies for instruction, classroom management, and relationship-building.
  • Learn how to practice self-care to avoid early career burnout that so often leads to teachers changing careers.
  • Develop a plan for decreasing stress and increasing student achievement.

Beginning Teacher Field Guide

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Establishing a Learning Culture

Lead your school to success with key strategies and practices that establish a learning culture, such as creating an inclusive environment and inspiring teachers to become leaders.

  • Explore the four principles of systems thinking—relationships, communication, responsiveness, and sustainability.
  • Study the critical characteristics of unstoppable learning leadership.

Leading Unstoppable Learning

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Adapting Instruction for Diverse Populations

Provide effective differentiated instruction to students with varying needs, from disabilities to twice-exceptionality.

  • Learn how to adjust curriculum in ways that maintain appropriate levels of rigor for all students.
  • Consider the importance of collaboration and communication in learning adaptations.
  • Explore a plethora of high-tech and low-tech accommodations for student input and output.
  • Examine graphical and content assessment changes for maximum accessibility.

Adapting Unstoppable Learning

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Supporting Classroom Growth Mindsets and Increasing Learner Autonomy

Cultivate meaningful student engagement by understanding the theories and teaching strategies of learner autonomy, motivation, self-determination, and participation in the classroom.

  • Become familiar with the different student engagement mindsets and gain classroom instructional strategies that help establish a growth mindset for all students.
  • Consider differentiated instruction and classroom scenarios that increase participation and boost intrinsic motivation for students.
  • Boost students’ competency and independence to help deepen their learning by tapping into student engagement strategies designed to consolidate their thinking.

Launching and Consolidating Unstoppable Learning

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The New Art and Science of Teaching Art and Music

Ensure your art and music programs thrive with music- and arts-based teaching strategies built upon the research-based framework of Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s New Art and Science of Teaching. Educators will learn how to enhance their daily practices and promote the artistic expression, creative growth, and critical thinking skills of every student.

  • Explore a model for strengthening instructional strategies for art and music.
  • Understand which elements of instruction are best suited to teaching art and music and prioritize the specific suggestions and techniques for implementing these elements.
  • Discover time-tested strategies and ideas to improve teaching and learning in art and music classrooms.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Art and Music

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The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics

Make the most of The New Art and Science of Teaching model in math classrooms. Discover tools and instructional strategies for math that will aid teachers in articulating learning targets, conducting math lessons, tracking students’ learning outcomes, and more.

  • Explore how The New Art and Science of Teaching framework can optimize instruction methods and establish best practices in teaching mathematics.
  • Discover a four-step process designed to help math teachers deepen their expertise of math teaching strategies.
  • Articulate learning targets and conduct math lessons to engage students, track progress, and celebrate successes.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics

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Brain-Friendly Teaching Strategies

Implement a four-step instructional cycle based on the synthesis of educational neuroscience, formative assessment, and differentiated instruction. As teachers are able to gradually release learning to students, these high-impact strategies, tools, and concepts have the power to double the speed of their learning and transform students into active learners and independent thinkers.

  • Examine effective teaching strategies and differentiation practices so you can adjust instruction according to student needs.
  • Consider the four-step instructional cycle and understand the components of chunk, chew, check, and change.
  • Learn how to plan instruction and preassess efficiently so that daily learning targets and formative assessments enable each student to meet standards.

Teaching With the Instructional Cha-Chas

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Differentiation and the Brain

Explore ways in which findings from educational neuroscience inform the big ideas and key practices of differentiation, and how applying those ideas helps teachers create brain-friendly classrooms. You’ll also gain instructional strategies and practices that support teachers in addressing the varied learning needs of their students.

  • Learn which practices support the brain in learning—and which ones create roadblocks.
  • Discover findings from education neuroscience and psychology that can help you plan more effectively.
  • Understand why an invitational learning environment is key to student success, and how to work with your students to create one.

Differentiation and the Brain

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Engineering Creative Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Bring the real world into your classroom and encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and innovation with activities and projects based on engineering design thinking. Model and develop strategies and approaches to connect your current curriculum to real-world challenges and to engage all learners in designing solutions.

  • Explore the engineering design process (EDP) and unpack the key stages of problem definition, background research, brainstorming, prototyping, testing, and optimizing.
  • Model activities designed to build agility, resilience, and lifelong learning skills in your students as they learn to think like engineers—learning from failure, evaluating multiple options, and exploring the positive and negative aspects of possible solutions.

Designing the Future

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Strategies for Instructional Coaches

Instructional coaches play a crucial role in helping educators meet the ever-changing demands placed on teaching and learning. In this on-site professional learning engagement, coaches will discover seven drivers they can use to best support teachers in their daily work: (1) collaboration, (2) transparency, (3) inquiry, (4) discourse, (5) reverberation, (6) sincerity, and (7) influence.

  • Gain strategies to strengthen relationships and improve outcomes with teachers and teacher teams.
  • Access tools to help self-assess and adjust daily coaching practices.
  • Understand the sociocultural psychology and education research that support the seven daily drivers.
  • Learn approaches you can use to keep pace with the demands on today’s educators, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Everyday Instructional Coaching

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Personalizing Learning Through Voice and Choice

The term ”personalized learning” carries all kinds of connotations for all kinds of people. When considered from the perspective of the learner, this term becomes more accessible and even exciting for educators. Engage with practical, proven strategies, stories, and resources that empower individual educators, schools, and districts to authentically personalize learning.

  • Receive inspiration that will help you change the culture of learning for students.
  • Learn the roles of students, teachers, school site administrators, and district administrators in this culture change.
  • Explore readiness tiers, indicators, and supports.

Personalizing Learning Through Voice and Choice

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Making Learning Flow

Rethink student engagement and bring flow to the classroom to inspire students to love learning and reach optimal achievement. Using the key components of flow, generate a state of flow in the classroom every day to spark optimal student performance.

  • Learn the fundamentals of flow.
  • Reimagine student engagement to create conditions that foster a state of flow regularly.
  • Motivate students to become naturally curious, creative critical thinkers.
  • Make learning inherently fun—encouraging students to love learning.
  • Gain effective strategies for improving motivation, instruction, pacing, and feedback in the classroom.
  • Understand how intrinsic motivations can better inspire students’ learning than extrinsic rewards.
  • Grasp how to effectively match students’ perceived skills with an equal level of challenge.
  • Issue immediate and effective feedback to help students monitor their own learning progress.

Making Learning Flow

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Your Goal

Sustaining Your Skills

Multi‑Day Services

Embedded Coaching

Ensure best-practice instruction is adopted throughout your school or district with job-embedded coaching. Our expert coaches will provide professional development tailored to the needs of each staff member, with a custom mix of classroom observations, lesson-planning support, targeted feedback, and more.

Customized Services

Give your team personalized support and guidance focused on instructional best practices. Together, we’ll develop a customized learning plan featuring on-site professional development and virtual training opportunities specifically designed to help your staff provide quality instruction that leads to quality learning.

Global PD

Access hundreds of instructional videos and resources that reveal specific, proven actions you can take to ensure all students achieve academic success. Additionally, with The New Art and Science of Teaching video playlist, you’ll gain access to select Marzano Compendium videos where you’ll learn:

  • How to provide and communicate clear learning goals
  • How to conduct direct instruction lessons
  • How to engage students in cognitively complex tasks

Choose the professional learning timeframe that fits best with your schedule:

  • One full-day session
  • Two half-day sessions
  • Three two-hour sessions

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