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Mission Statement
To provide current and accurate support for school communities that are embracing curriculum change, from the first inquires to advanced applications.

 

Dr. Marie Alcock – President
As president of Learning Systems Associates, Dr. Marie Alcock serves as a national and international education consultant. Her work focuses on the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment design.  She has spent the last twenty years working in public and private education as a teacher, administrator, and public advocate. She is the founder of Tomorrow’s Education  Network ‐ a  nonprofit  dedicated  to promoting student literacy.  Alcock has been working with schools to improve student motivation and literacy development through digital tools and game design.

Dr. Alcock is a co‐author, with Allison Zmuda and Michael Fisher, of the new book, The Quest for Learning: How to Maximize Student Engagement, being published by Solution Tree in Oct. 2017.  She is also co-author, with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, of a new book: Bold Moves for Schools, How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments published by ASCD in Feb. 2017.  She has coauthored with Dr. Bena Kallick, A Virtual Continuum for Thinking Interdependently in Costa, A and O'Leary, P (Eds.) The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning and Using Interdependent Thinking, published by Teachers College Press in 2013. She is also a co-author with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Dr. Debbie Sullivan, and Dr. Ann Johnson, of the Live Planner Book, Mapping to the CORE: Integrating the Common Core Standards with Your Local School Curriculum, published by Solution Tree in 2012.

Additional publications include Gaming in the Classroom, and co‐author credit with Bill Sheskey for Classroom Websites in Jacobs, H (Eds.) Mastering Digital Literacy, both published by Solution Tree in October of 2013.

Marie has written a number of papers and articles about student mobility, innovative models of education, curriculum mapping, gaming in education, leadership, and organizational change.



 

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Skills Based Curriculum Design and How to Differentiate It
This session focuses on three types of differentiation: 1) differentiated learning, 2) differentiated instruction, and 3) differentiated assessment. Participants will be exploring curriculum designs that support differentiation and how to structure learning experiences that are differentiated for students.

Standards Based Grading and Reporting Practices
This session defines standards based grading and provides specific examples of what it might look like when reported. Participants will be able to ask specific questions and the session will be customized to the group needs.

Brain Research and Some Impacts on Curriculum and Instruction
This session explores some of the brain research available and presents the connections to curriculum and instruction. Participants will look at literacy development in the brain, how to teach comprehension directly to the brain, and what is different about brains today and the impact on curriculum designs.
 
Creating a Data-Informed Culture
This session will define six types of data. Participants will explore how to use data in a specific process and exactly what that might look and sound like.
 
Becoming a Lead Learner
The contemporary teacher is a professional learner. Participants in this session will explore what it means to be a professional learner and the contemporary capacities of a teacher.
 
Contemporary Literacies: Digital, Media, and Global Literacy
This session will look at contemporary literacies and define them. Participants will get specific examples of curriculum and instructional pedagogy within each literacy form. Finally, free resources to support teachers as they continue to develop units will be provided.
 
Developing Objectives-Based Assessment
This session defines objectives-based assessment and provides specific examples of what it might look like. Participants will explore different types and purposes for assessment, and will be able to ask specific questions related to their own contexts.

Creating a Data-Informed Culture
This session will define six types of data. Participants will explore how to use data in a specific process and exactly what that might look and sound like in the Canadian context.

Administrators as Lead Learners
The contemporary leader must be a professional learner. Participants in this session will explore what it means to be a professional learner and the contemporary capacities of a leader in the process of leading change.

Reporting Practices
This session will explore specific examples of what objectives-based assessment might look like when reported. Practical reporting strategies for both elementary and secondary levels will be explored.