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April 6, 2018

Featured Speakers: Franzi Kuster and Brian Sachs, 5th grade teachers, Cherry Creek Schools, Colorado

Topic: How to use flexible seating, co-teaching, and project based learning to make your teaching both more effective and less effort.

As promised, for your inspiration, here is a PBL Franzi looked at, and the modifications she made to use in her class. Please be aware that these are only examples and possibilities to spark your own thinking. These are not for use or sale, as other people hold the copyrights on them, and we certainly do not want to infringe on anyone’s rights.

Here’s the original PBL: 

Here’s Franzi’s thoughts on it: 

Thank you to Franzi for sharing this all with us!


Friday, October 5, 2018 4-5 PM (Mountain time)

Featured Speakers: Mindy Groves and Tiffany Hengel, 5th grade teachers, Cherry Creek Schools, Colorado

Topic: Culturally Relevant and Innovative Education

The diversity rate is growing in Colorado at an exponential rate, however the rate of diversity in the teacher workforce is not.  We are here to share the journey we have taken as educators toward creating a classroom environment where culturally relevant pedagogy and innovation both thrive.  As teammates, we come from different backgrounds, approaches, and individual bias, however our goal of inclusive excellence is the same.  We’ll be reflecting on what has allowed us to challenge our own beliefs and assumptions, seek to better understand the cultural identity of our students, and foster an atmosphere of innovation and creativity.

Zoom call code (you can connect via computer or telephone): https://zoom.us/j/933674522

Telephone: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833


Friday, November 2, 2018 4-5 PM (Mountain time)

Featured Speaker: Molly Nealeigh, 4th grade teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

Topic: How to use mastery-based learning to empower students to set and achieve their own goals

Molly was featured in an article by the Hechinger Report for her innovative classroom practices. Read the article here.

In Molly Nealeigh’s 4th grade classroom, she helps her students analyze their own standards-based assessments and choose what they want to learn in the classroom. In her two-hour math block, Molly spends 45 minutes teaching a new lesson. The rest of the block is for students to work on their own goals, using online pathways she’s created for each standard in the 4th grade curriculum. Each student is working towards mastery of each skill, regardless of whether that takes one week or four. 

She’s seen tremendous empowerment amongst her students thanks to the mastery-based learning program. 

We will hear directly from Molly about how she set up her classroom, the nitty gritty of how this works on the ground, and things she’s learned. You’ll be able to ask her questions on the call. 

Zoom call code (you can connect via computer or telephone): https://zoom.us/j/752275181

Telephone: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923