Events

Events

The David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching hosts numerous events throughout the year that contribute to the professional development and advancement of educators.


Upcoming Events

Spring 2023

Join the Movement - Professional Development Series

The David C. Anchin Center for the Advancemnet of Teaching welcomes you to Join the Movement: Harness the Power of the Mind-Body Connection to Supercharge Engagement, Accelerate Learning, and Close Gaps! Offered in partnership with Smart Moves Academy, this professional development series is filled with rich opportunities to learn, connect, collaborate, and re-commit ourselves to ensuring all students enjoy healthy, engaging, and cognitively enriching educational experiences grounded in best practices. The professional learning experiences offered in this series will highlight cutting edge research in educational neuroscience to help all of us who care about student achievement and growth to better understand the connection between the brain, the body, wellness, and learning.

Each of the sessions (listed below) in this series builds upon the other, allowing you to add unique knowledge and strategies to your teaching and learning toolboxes  that are effective, easy to implement with students, and that require no to very limited and low cost tools and equiptment.  Each session also stands tall on its own, allowing the flexability to take any number of sessions that interest you.

Recognition of Learning:

We love that you’re here, learning and growing to impact the lives of others. We want to recognize your effort with credentials marking your journey of learning about the brain, education, and movement.

ATTEND ALL 6 SESSIONS:

  • Above and Beyond Personalized Desktop Keepsake
  • Anchin Center Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Mind, Brain, Education
  • Smart Moves Academy Movement for Learning Series & Innovator Digital Badges

5 SESSIONS:

  • Anchin Center Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Mind, Brain, Education
  • Smart Moves Academy Movement for Learning Series Digital Badge

4 SESSIONS:

  • Smart Moves Academy Innovator Digital Badge

ANY 1-3 SESSIONS:

  • Smart Moves Academy Participation Digital Badge

WHAT IS A DIGITAL BADGE?

A digital badge is a new type of credential allowing you to show specific skills you’ve gained through learning experiences. You can put badges on social media sites such as LinkedIn, add to your digital resume, or embed in a digital portfolio. Digital badges are web-based dynamic icons containing metadata about who issued the badge, when it was issued, the criteria for earning it, and evidence that the learner has met the criteria.

If you have any questions about this professional development series, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Rachel Hatten.


MNRI Treasure Box to Facilitate Learning (Session 2)

MNRI Treasure Box to Facilitate Learning

January 21, 2023 // 9:00am-4:00pm

Registration Fee: $175

What you get: Powerful brain based strategies to help those you work with of any age to reach their maximum potential, a tasty box lunch, and a fun paced day with like-minded people.

The early movements, prime motor, and reflex patterns that are the foundation of human development are some of the most important functions of the brain and are the basis of successful learning. The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) method is based on activation of the innate nature of the sensory-motor reflex system to increase self-regulation. This session is all about the skills humans need for optimal learning that are housed in the brain and accessible through specific movements.

THE WHY – Rationale & Research

  • The development of academic skills depends on the appropriate development of the brainstem and sensorimotor integration.
  • As the number of non-integrated primary motor reflex patterns in neurotypical children increase, the number and severity of learning challenges correspondingly increase.

THE HOW – Top 3 Learner Objectives for Participants

  • Learn how the six primary motor patterns (1) act as the biomechanics of human development and (2) effect cognitive functioning and neurodevelopment overall.
  • Explore the maturational role primary sensory-motor reflexes play in the formation of specific academics and social skill sets that affect self-regulation in a classroom setting.
  • Apply and practice hands-on training for each of the six primary motor patterns and these reflex patterns: Hands Grasp, Finger Squeeze, Hands Supporting, Foot Guard, Automatic Walking, Asymmetrical Tonic Neck, Spine Side Flex, Bonding, Confidence Response, and Eye Tracking & Convergence / Divergence.

The New IQ (Session 3)

The New IQ

February 25, 2023 // 9:00am-4:00pm

Registration Fee: $95

What you get: An introduction to the frontiers of assessment in mind, brain, and education, a tasty box lunch and a chance to celebrate yourself and likeminded educators who have participated in any number of sessions in this series.

The New IQ® is an assessment developed by Minds-In-Motion’s Candace Meyer to help educators, parents, and therapists better understand how movement impacts learning, cognition, and self-regulation. Using technology developed for astronaut research at NASA, as well as everyday tools, the various tests included in the New IQ® (Integration Quotient®), we are given a pioneering perspective about the importance of the vestibular system as it relates to optimal human performance.

THE WHY – Rationale & Research

  • Movement changes the brain, legacy testing practices are outdated.
  • An overwhelming number of children labeled with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Attentional Deficits, and Speech and Language challenges exhibit significantly underdeveloped motor, balance, and coordination systems. 9

THE HOW – Top 3 Learner Objectives for Participants

  • Understand the various tools associated with non-clinical movement based assessments.
  • Participate in a set of movement based assessments that will deepen your understanding of the connection between movement, learning, cognition, and selfregulation.
  • Assess yourself and peers using simple tools that can be translated to classroom or home practice to understand more about brain integration.

Understanding the Science of Reading

Understanding the Science of Reading

Spring 2023 Session Dates: February 27 - April 9, 2023

This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading.

A focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics we will explore throughout the 6-week session. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges.

The goal of this course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual "coffee talks" will be offered for participants to network and discuss course content.

Meet Your Facilitator:

Rachel Hatten Headshot

Dr. Rachel Hatten is the Associate Director in the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Literacy and English Education and an M.A. in Literacy Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on sociocultural theory and detracking efforts in privileged classroom spaces. As a practicing teacher, Dr. Hatten has presented at national and international conferences and led numerous professional development workshops related to her work in literacy, equity, and best practices in instruction.

Prior to joining the Anchin Center, Dr. Hatten led literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Pasco County Schools as the Senior Instructional Specialist for Literacy. In this role, she was responsible for writing and delivering professional development to teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators related to best practices in literacy instruction and intervention. She also wrote curriculum, made recommendations to the Superintendent’s Senior Staff, and made plans for literacy development in response to district- and school-wide data systems. Dr. Hatten is also a former Literacy Coach, Racial Equity Coach, and high school English teacher, roles she served in for thirteen years in Minnesota prior to moving to Florida.


Cultivating Leaders and Intentional Culture

Cultivating Leaders & Intentional Culture

March 11, 2023 // 9:00am-3:00pm

Supercharge your school with student leaders who can positively impact your school’s culture! Cultivating Leaders and Intentional Culture (CLIC) is partnering with the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching to offer a pilot student leadership institute program for interested schools. CLIC has been successfully operating in schools in both Pasco County and Hillsborough County, and we’re looking to expand this opportunity to the broader Tampa Bay area.

When students understand the value of building relationships to meet school-wide goals, the goals are more meaningful. Students who are an integral part in implementation and execution of their school's improvement plan have a true feeling of ownership towards the school and its mission. Creating a culture of empowered, compassionate, and confident students will also generate a legacy of leaders who enter high school to learn, and depart to serve their respective communities. CLIC is designed to develop leaders who will create positive relationships, community connections, and intentional kindness in and out of the classroom.


Brain Gym (Session 4)

Brain Gym

March 25, 2023 // 9:00am-4:00pm

Registration Fee: $155

What you get: An introduction to the field of Educational Kinesiology, a tasty box lunch, and a fun paced day with like-minded people.

Brain Gym® is in the field of educational kinesiology — the study of movement and its relationship to learning. It is based on a series of 26 seemingly simple movements performed in a very specific, intentional way. The movements are safe and effective for people of all ages, and thousands of practitioners all over the world have used them to bring about rapid and dramatic improvements in reading, writing, organization, communication, focus, attention, and self-regulation. Brain Gym® is used in over 80 countries and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

THE WHY – Rationale & Research

  • Physical development lays the foundation for intellectual development.
  • Developmental movement patterns are universal. The dynamic nature of the brain allows those patterns to be revisited with intentional movements.
  • New neural pathways grow when we move with intention.

THE HOW – Top 3 Learner Objectives for Participants

  • Learn Brain Gym® movements to support the physical skills of learning as they relate to seeing, listening, fine and large motor, crossing the midline, organization, emotional processing, focus, etc.
  • Interpret the effects of specific movements on posture, musculature, sensory and emotional processing, and more.
  • Determine one’s sensory intake preferences, “Learning Profile;” and explore the potential gifts and challenges evident in each possible profile.

BAL-A-VIS X Part 1 & 2 (Session 5)

Minds-in-Motion

April 22 & 23, 2023 // 9:00am-4:00pm

Registration Fee: $175*

What you get: Powerful brain based strategies to help those you work with people of nearly all ages to reach their maximum potential, a tasty boxed lunch, a fun paced day with likeminded people.

Bal-A-Vis-X® is a brain integration program that integrates the senses of BALance, AUDitory, and VISion using rhythmic eXercises done with beanbags or racquetballs while standing on the ground or on a balance board. The program consists of 200+ exercises, each rooted deeply in rhythm. Exercises address visual tracking deficiencies and auditory imprecision, impulsivity, balance, and anxiety issues. By virtue of teachable techniques (not athleticism), Bal-A-Vis-X® enables body systems to experience the flow of a pendulum, thereby affording brain systems calm and sustained focus.

THE WHY – Rationale & Research

  • Aerobic exercise elevates neurotransmitters, creates new blood vessels that pipe in growth factors, and spawns new cells. Complex activities put all that material to use by strengthening and expanding networks. The more complex the movements, the more complex the synaptic connections.

THE HOW – Top 3 Learner Objectives for Participants

  • Learn the relationship between balance, auditory, and visual systems of the brain and how they impact learning and behavior.
  • Learn partner exercises by exchanging bean bags and racquet balls in multiple patterns with multiple goals while learning to maintain or achieve auditory synchronicity via visual cues.
  • Practice the safe, slow, steady, repetitive, rhythmic physical movements of Bal-A-Vis X® with a master teacher who prepares you to teach others.

* Participants will have an additional opportunity to purchase personal sets of take home equipment at the end of the training.

 

Summer 2023

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

APSI 2023 Save the Date
  • Week 1 (ONLINE): June 26-29, 2023
  • Week 2: July 10-13, 2023
  • Week 3: July 17-20, 2023
  • Week 4: July 24-27, 2023

The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute, is a College Board endorsed program that provides professional development to AP teachers. Through the Advanced Placement™ program, College Board provides a way for high school students to earn free college credits while taking high school courses. Taking Advanced Placement courses exposes students to college level coursework and begins preparing them to think more critically.

The AP Summer Institute provides teachers the opportunity to learn how to teach their course from College Board-approved consultants. These consultants are experts in their subject areas and work with College Board as AP readers, graders, and table leaders. Not only is this an opportunity to learn directly from College Board experts, but also from other instructors from all over the world! This 4-day intensive training is designed to enhance the AP teacher's skills, ability, and knowledge of their subject regardless of their experience level.

Hosted by the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at the University of South Florida (USF) offers a unique learning experience for teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. In addition, the workshops afford teachers the opportunity to interact with colleagues and to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the AP courses they will teach.

Learn more on the Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute website page.

 

Past Events

Fall 2022

Growing Readers and Supporting Independent Reading

Growing Readers & Supporting Independent Reading

August 22, 2022 

In this two-hour online workshop, we’ll explore how to support independent reading and grow readers. We’ll talk about challenges to developing reading fluency, ways to re-engage readers, titles to ignite reading lives and identities, and genres/formats that get people talking about the books they read.


Cultivating Leaders and Intentional Culture

Cultivating Leaders & Intentional Culture

August 27, 2022

Supercharge your school with student leaders who can positively impact your school’s culture! Cultivating Leaders and Intentional Culture (CLIC) is partnering with the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching to offer a pilot student leadership institute program for interested schools. CLIC has been successfully operating in schools in both Pasco County and Hillsborough County, and we’re looking to expand this opportunity to the broader Tampa Bay area.

When students understand the value of building relationships to meet school-wide goals, the goals are more meaningful. Students who are an integral part in implementation and execution of their school's improvement plan have a true feeling of ownership towards the school and its mission. Creating a culture of empowered, compassionate, and confident students will also generate a legacy of leaders who enter high school to learn, and depart to serve their respective communities. CLIC is designed to develop leaders who will create positive relationships, community connections, and intentional kindness in and out of the classroom.


Understanding the Science of Reading

Understanding the Science of Reading

Fall 2022 Session Dates: September 5 - October 14, 2022

This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading.

A focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics we will explore throughout the 6-week session. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges.

The goal of this course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual "coffee talks" will be offered for participants to network and discuss course content.


Reading K-12 Exam Prep

Woman reading a book in a classroom

Fall 2022 Session Dates: October 3 - November 11, 2022

In partnership with USF’s Literacy Studies program, the Anchin Center launched a fully online Reading K-12 exam preparation course for Florida educators. This online, asynchronous professional development course was created to support teachers studying to complete the state’s Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam.

A new session of the course will be offered this fall from October 3 - November 11, 2022. The cost to participate is $85.


Join the Movement - Professional Development Series

The David C. Anchin Center for the Advancemnet of Teaching welcomes you to Join the Movement: Harness the Power of the Mind-Body Connection to Supercharge Engagement, Accelerate Learning, and Close Gaps! Offered in partnership with Smart Moves Academy, this professional development series is filled with rich opportunities to learn, connect, collaborate, and re-commit ourselves to ensuring all students enjoy healthy, engaging, and cognitively enriching educational experiences grounded in best practices. The professional learning experiences offered in this series will highlight cutting edge research in educational neuroscience to help all of us who care about student achievement and growth to better understand the connection between the brain, the body, wellness, and learning.

Each of the sessions (listed below) in this series builds upon the other, allowing you to add unique knowledge and strategies to your teaching and learning toolboxes  that are effective, easy to implement with students, and that require no to very limited and low cost tools and equiptment.  Each session also stands tall on its own, allowing the flexability to take any number of sessions that interest you.

Recognition of Learning:

We love that you’re here, learning and growing to impact the lives of others. We want to recognize your effort with credentials marking your journey of learning about the brain, education, and movement.

ATTEND ALL 6 SESSIONS:

  • Above and Beyond Personalized Desktop Keepsake
  • Anchin Center Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Mind, Brain, Education
  • Smart Moves Academy Movement for Learning Series & Innovator Digital Badges

5 SESSIONS:

  • Anchin Center Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Mind, Brain, Education
  • Smart Moves Academy Movement for Learning Series Digital Badge

4 SESSIONS:

  • Smart Moves Academy Innovator Digital Badge

ANY 1-3 SESSIONS:

  • Smart Moves Academy Participation Digital Badge

WHAT IS A DIGITAL BADGE?

A digital badge is a new type of credential allowing you to show specific skills you’ve gained through learning experiences. You can put badges on social media sites such as LinkedIn, add to your digital resume, or embed in a digital portfolio. Digital badges are web-based dynamic icons containing metadata about who issued the badge, when it was issued, the criteria for earning it, and evidence that the learner has met the criteria.

If you have any questions about this professional development series, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Rachel Hatten.

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Minds-In-Motion Maze (Session 1)

Minds-In-Motion

October 22, 2022 // 9:00am-4:00pm

Registration Fee: $150

What you get: A full day of pioneering professional learning, a full color 72 page MAZE® handbook for Elementary or Middle grade levels, a tasty box lunch, and a fun paced day with like-minded people.

Minds-In-Motion’s revolutionary program, using movement and brain integration, jumpstarts the brain’s neural pathways to help children maximize potential by building a better foundation for learning and equips them with the tools for success in school, in sports, and in society. In this session, you will learn the Minds-In-Motion’s MAZE®, 15 simple steps to enhance the brain processing abilities of PK-12 students.

THE WHY – Rationale & Research

  • Recent research is proving that poor integration and inefficient coordination between the numerous brain systems involved in the learning process can be dealt with through sensory integration and motor development exercises.1
  • Exercises that improve balance through vestibular stimulation can also improve motor planning, orientation, self-regulation, and behavior.
  • “Pre and Post COVID, the need for sensory and motor integration continues to increase in school aged children” – C. Meyer

THE HOW – Top 3 Learner Objectives for Participants

  • Learn why movement and physical activity are critical for all students’ success.
  • Learn how to implement the 15 MAZE® stations at home or school, each connected to a powerful brain process and movement.
  • Participate in the MAZE® with your peers and feel your brain and body changing before your eyes.
    Minds-in-Motion is part of the larger Mind Brain Education professional development series offered through the Anchin Center.

Sage on the Side: Methods and Practices for Teachers that Bring Students to the Center

Sage on the Side

November 3, 2022 // 6:00pm-8:00pm (Dinner starts at 5:30pm)

Cost to attend: FREE

Registration includes dinner and on-campus parking.

Join us for “Sage on the Side,” a workshop designed to assist teachers in centering student voice, engagement, and productivity in the classroom.  “Sage on the Side” is a teaching method that aims to enable student mastery of curriculum by focusing on building knowledge in students with the teacher in the role of the resident expert.

We do this by considering the following:

  • What are a teacher’s models and defining ideas?
  • What are your teacher voices saying?
  • Why do your past teachers stand out? What are the qualities of that teacher that resonate? What methods did they use? Are these qualities and characteristics a part of your teaching model?
  • How does one create this new method of learning and re-think their classroom model?
  • What about Assessment and Summative realities?

Our goals:

  • To make the student the center of the process
  • Engage in the mental and physical practice of “Sage on the Side” so that teachers can implement this strategy in their classroom immediately
  • Transform classroom culture

Meet Your Facilitator:

Don Baeszler Headshot

Dr. Don Baeszler has established a novel means to the end of preparing teachers for leading the instruction of Advanced Placement European History (APEH): his student centric method, emphasized in the Summer Workshop, places the student as primary and the teacher as the “sage on the side”. He is a teacher of A.P. World History and a long time Teacher/Reader of APEH. Don also works as a Teacher/Examiner for the International Baccalaureate in The Theory of Knowledge and as the Director of I.B. Dance.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts from NYU, has Master’s Degrees in Education and History. He wrote his Doctoral Dissertation on the use of Heuristics in Historical Education (awarded 2011). He is also an accomplished artist and musician having worked as a Choreographer and Composer in an earlier part of his life. He has lived and taught in multiple disciplines in South America, Denmark, Finland and Australia. In Australia, Don was the recipient of numerous awards for his work with Indigenous Studies as Chair of Social Studies at St. Joseph's College, Melbourne. He currently teaches both APWH and APEH at Riverview High Schools' International Baccalaureate Program, in Sarasota, Florida.


Integration Month

INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING CONVERSATION SESSIONS TO FIT YOUR SCHEDULE

One to One Virtual or Face to Face

Registration Fee: $0*

What you get: One 30 min. 1:1 coaching session. Expert coaching in applications of mind, brain, and education to make the most of your new learning as you implement movement strategies in your classroom, at home with your child, or in other settings.

Personalized coaching has been shown to lead to feelings of greater satisfaction when learning and doing something new.

In these 1:1 conversation you may:

  • Get personalized answers to your questions about the sessions you attended, implementation, fidelity, and any other related topics.
  • Problem solve individual students or your own child, accessing answers to adapt movements, schedules, MAZE® design, etc.
  • Plan for the continuation of your learning with a discussion about upcoming sessions in the series and how to maximize your goals

* Included with paid registration and attendance at either or both of the October and November sessions in this series.

Please register after November 13, 2022 for individual sessions.

Summer 2022

Clinical Educator Training

Clinical Educator PD Graphic

May 31 - July 12, 2022

The Clinical Educator Training (CET) course is designed to provide both school-based and university-based teacher educators with skills needed to instruct and supervise teacher candidates completing initial teacher preparation programs. The course meets the Florida Department of Education's state mandates for CET and addresses the following required skills:

  • Applying the research around mindset to work with developing educators
  • Conducting content planning conferences
  • Being expert observers and diagnosticians of teaching and learning
  • Providing evidence-based, non-evaluative feedback

In addition, the CET course at USF addresses the collaborative triad of support between the university, school site, and the candidate. It provides guidance to address mentee struggles and challenges as well. The course is asynchronous and can be completed at your own pace, over a series of five engaging modules. Upon successful completion, teacher participants receive a certificate of completion credentials that allows them to host USF candidates and final interns in their classrooms.

Teachers working in any of the following school districts can request a discount promotional code: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, Sarasota, or Manatee.


Reading K-12 Exam Prep

A woman reading a book in a classroom

Summer 2022 Session Dates: June 13 - July 22, 2022

In partnership with USF’s Literacy Studies program, the Anchin Center launched a fully online Reading K-12 exam preparation course for Florida educators. This online, asynchronous professional development course was created to support teachers studying to complete the state’s Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam.

A new session of the course will be offered this spring from June 13 - July 22, 2022. The cost to participate is $85.


Effective Online Teaching

Effective Online Teaching

Summer 2022 Session Dates: June 13 - July 22, 2022

The David C. Anchin Center is proud to offer this course free of charge to participants.

Online technologies have changed the shape of teaching and learning. Teaching in technology-infused classrooms that prepare students for a global 21st century demands new approaches to facilitate learning.

Whether teaching fully online or using technology tools to enhance face-to-face instruction with students, this online professional development series will support participants in exploring best practices in online teaching and learning.

This course is fully online and asynchronous. Participants progress through the course material at their own pace and there are no required live sessions. All course materials will be provided for participants in the course learning management system.

Participants who complete the six-week course will earn a Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Effective Online Teaching from USF’s David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Understanding the Science of Reading

Understanding the Science of Reading

Summer 2022 Session Dates: June 20 - July 29, 2022

This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading.

A focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics we will explore throughout the 6-week session. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges.

The goal of this course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual "coffee talks" will be offered for participants to network and discuss course content.

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 Advanced Placement Summer Institute

APSI Save the Date
  • Week 1: July 11-14, 2022 (Online options available for six foreign languages sessions)
  • Week 2: July 18-21, 2022
  • Week 3: July 25-28, 2022

The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute, is a College Board endorsed program that provides professional development to AP teachers. Through the Advanced Placement™ program, College Board provides a way for high school students to earn free college credits while taking high school courses. Taking Advanced Placement courses exposes students to college level coursework and begins preparing them to think more critically.

The AP Summer Institute provides teachers the opportunity to learn how to teach their course from College Board-approved consultants. These consultants are experts in their subject areas and work with College Board as AP readers, graders, and table leaders. Not only is this an opportunity to learn directly from College Board experts, but also from other instructors from all over the world! This 4-day intensive training is designed to enhance the AP teacher's skills, ability, and knowledge of their subject regardless of their experience level.

Hosted by the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at the University of South Florida (USF) offers a unique learning experience for teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. In addition, the workshops afford teachers the opportunity to interact with colleagues and to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the AP courses they will teach.

Learn more on the Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute website page.

Spring 2022

Reading K-12 Exam Prep

Woman reading a book in a classroom

Spring 2022 Session Dates: January 18 - March 5, 2022

In partnership with USF’s Literacy Studies program, the Anchin Center launched a fully online Reading K-12 exam preparation course for Florida educators. This online, asynchronous professional development course was created to support teachers studying to complete the state’s Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam.

A new session of the course will be offered this spring from January 18 – March 5, 2022. The cost to participate is $85.


#DisruptTexts Speaker Series

DisruptTexts Speaker Series

Spring 2022 Session Dates: January 26, February 16, and April 27, 2022

#DisruptTexts is a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon and create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum that our students deserve. It is part of the mission of #DisruptTexts to aid and develop teachers committed to anti-racist and anti-bias teaching pedagogy and practices.

In these two-hour workshops, we’ll critically examine one text together and discuss how to work with students and the text in culturally responsive and sustaining ways.

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Queering the Narrative

Queering the Narrative

February 16, 2022

Throughout the United States, particularly the Deep South, states' legislative assemblies are introducing and considering bills designed to undermine or even illegalize equity and social justice work in educational spaces, particularly in relation to racialized and LGBTQ+ identities.

Drawing from queer theoretical concepts and real-time work, this talk will explore efforts (successful and not) at the university and state levels to resist and rewrite these attempts to undermine academic freedom—particularly the value of narratives in these efforts. Our conversation will also explore what actions individuals invested in doing this work and resisting these legislative efforts might take.

This event is hosted by the USF Qualitative Advisory Group in collaboration with the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the College of Education Graduate Student Council.

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An Introduction to Textured Teaching

Introduction to Textured Teaching

February 23, 2022

A hands-on workshop, you'll learn about the four traits of Textured Teaching and how to think of your subject area through this framework. You'll have a chance to brainstorm ideas with other educators and plan for some of your upcoming lessons and units.

Thank you for your interest in Introduction to Textured Teaching. Due to high volume in registrants, we’ve reached capacity for this event. To join the waitlist for this event, please click here.

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Advanced Microsoft in Education Training

Advanced Microsoft in Education Professional Development

February 25, 2022

This spring, we are excited to offer an advanced session to deepen and expand upon information shared in the introductory session from fall 2021. 

Join us for a specialized advanced training event to learn about the many tools Microsoft has to offer pre-service and practicing teachers. Throughout the day, you will participate in a series of immersive learning activities that will help you increase efficiency, enhance communication and collaboration, and improve instruction to meet the needs of your students, all while modeling the innovating and effective use of educational technology.

This advanced course is intended to build upon the introductory material covered in the first session. This workshop will be hands-on and allow for work-time to develop, practice, and apply what you're learning in the session.

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Understanding the Science of Reading

Understadning the Science of Reading

Spring 2022 Session Dates: March 1 - April 9, 2022

This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading.

A focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics we will explore throughout the 6-week session. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges.

The goal of this course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual "coffee talks" will be offered for participants to network and discuss course content.

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Introductory Microsoft in Education Training

Introductory Microsoft in Education Professional Development

March 4, 2022

Join us for a specialized introductory training event to learn about the many tools Microsoft has to offer pre-service and practicing teachers. Throughout the day, you will participate in a series of immersive learning activities that will help you increase efficiency, enhance communication and collaboration, and improve instruction to meet the needs of your students, all while modeling the innovating and effective use of educational technology.

This is an introductory course intended to expose preservice teachers to Microsoft offerings for education. This is not a deep-dive instruction into any one tool. Additional trainings and resources will also be available throughout the day for educators who would like to learn more about the topics presented in that day’s training.

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5K for K-12

5K for K-12

March 26, 2022

The University of South Florida’s David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching will host its inaugural marathon, the 5K for K-12, on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
 
The event will serve as a fundraising opportunity to support the Anchin Center’s professional development activities. Each year, the Anchin Center welcomes thousands of educators and school leaders from across the state of Florida to participate in innovative trainings and professional development opportunities to strengthen their work in K-12 schools.  
 
The event will take place on USF’s Tampa campus and is expected to draw more than 2,000 Tampa Bay area teachers, students, community members and education advocates who will participate as runners, volunteers and advocates in support of K-12 schools and the teaching profession.

The Anchin Center’s mission is to work with K-12 teachers toward restructuring schools in ways that improve the quality of education, and to restructure the teaching profession in ways that enhance schools’ ability to attract and retain able teachers.

Registration for the event is available through the event’s website.

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Critical Reflections on Sense of Place, the IRB, and What it Means to Stand Strength-to-Strength with Beloved Community Webinar 

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Thursday, April 14th, 4-5 pm EST

The Qualitative Advisory Group, in collaboration with the David C. Anchin Center and the College of Education Graduate Student Council, are excited to bring the University of South Florida community into conversation with Dr. Marie Vea.

Marie serves as an Assistant Dean for Student Services at a school of environment and natural resources in a predominantly white institution in the second whitest state. She aspires toward a world where human and more-than-human communities may thrive and loves asking good questions in good company which is partly why it took 10 years to complete her dissertation. What might happen during the hour together? Marie shares some thoughts on sense of place and positionality within academia (and she will ask you to do the same), her journey toward a just IRB process, and what it might mean to stand strength-to-strength with beloved community.

MEET THE SPEAKER:
Marie Vea serves as Assistant Dean for Student Services and Staff Development in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, working with staff, faculty, and students toward building a community where all beings may thrive.  Her interests include exploring radically inclusive education and multiple ways of knowing.  She believes there is no more compelling time than right now to ask, “How do I meet this moment with courage, vulnerability, and creativity?” 

If you have any questions about this event, please email Dr. Jennifer Wolgemuth or Rachel Hatten.

Fall 2021

Racial Justice in Literacy Webinar

Racial Justice in Literacy Panel

August 18, 2021

Join us for a webinar as we discuss how the field of literacy has responded to race and racism through an examination of equity and racial justice in literacy research. During the session, we will present an overview of how race has operated as a construct in literacy research, teaching, and assessment.

Through scenarios that draw on practical experiences with literacy in and beyond classrooms, we invite parents, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders, to identify how racism functions daily in literacy. In turn, we will provide recommendations for advancing racial justice in literacy research.

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Understanding the Science of Reading

Understanding the Science of Reading

Fall 2021 Session Dates: August 23 - October 1, 2021

This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading.

A focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics we will explore throughout the 6-week session. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges.

The goal of this course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual "coffee talks" will be offered for participants to network and discuss course content.

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Tampa Bay Literacy Leadership Collaborative: A Professional Development Series for Educators

Literacy Leadership Collaborative

The Literacy Leadership Collaborative is a multi-district team of literacy leaders working together to harness the power of evidence-based, equitable instructional practices while implementing the Florida B.E.S.T. standards and a newly adopted curriculum to accelerate literacy achievement for each student in their district.

Nine (9) sessions take place on Thursday Evenings from 6:00 –8:00 p.m. (Dinner Served at 5:30 p.m.)

2021-2022 Session Dates: 

  • August 26, 2021
  • September 16, 2021
  • October 7, 2021
  • October 28, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December 9, 2021
  • January 13, 2022
  • February 3, 2022
  • February 24, 2022

Instructor: Angela Schroden, Ed.D.

 Angela Schroden earned her Ed.D. from the University of South Florida in 2011 with a focus on principals as instructional leaders. She’s studied leadership content knowledge in literacy and the connection between content knowledge and actions taken to support teachers.

Angela’s career began in Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 7th largest school district in the nation, where she worked at all levels of the school system as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, assistant principal and as part of a district level literacy team. She currently works with school districts around the country to develop effective literacy programs and create sustainable systems of practice. Dr. Schroden is also an adjunct instructor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at USF.

Cost: $495 per participant

Your registration fee includes:

  • All nine sessions
  • A complimentary dinner
  • On-campus parking at USF’s Tampa campus

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Microsoft In Education (MIE) Faculty Training

Microsoft in Education Faculty Training

Fall 2021 Session Dates: September 17 and October 8, 2021

Join us for a specialized two-day event to learn about the many tools Microsoft has to offer professors and pre-service teachers. Throughout each day, you'll participate in a series of immersive learning activities that will help you increase efficiency, enhance communication and collaboration, and improve instruction to meet the needs of your students — while modeling the innovative use of educational technology. 

This is an introductory course intended to expose faculty and staff to Microsoft offerings for education. This is not a deep-dive instruction into any one tool. Information about additional trainings and resources will be available throughout the day for educators who would like to learn more about the topics presented in this training. 

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Education for Justice: The 2nd Annual Anchin Conference

Education for Justice

October 15-17, 2021

After shepherding students through a global pandemic that highlighted so many longstanding inequalities that serve as a barrier to achievement, teachers and administrators are returning to school this fall with a new unknown—what does education look like as communities adjust to the post-pandemic world?

Campuses and school buildings are reopening their doors for a “return to normal,” though this approach doesn’t fully encompass the complexity of what teachers, students, and families have endured since March of last year. Questions remain about how to best accelerate learning for students who have experienced learning loss, teachers’ well-being and emotional health, teacher recruitment and retention, primary and secondary trauma, and the health and safety of everyone in schools.

This conference will explore these questions as we collaboratively forge a path forward towards a more socially-just, equitable education for students, especially those underserved in our current school structures.

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Microsoft In Education (MIE) Staff/Student Training

Fall 2021 Session Dates: October 22 and October 29, 2021

Register for a specialized two-day event to learn about the many tools Microsoft has to offer (Teams, OneNote, Forms, etc). Throughout each day, you'll participate in a series of immersive learning activities that will help you increase efficiency, enhance communication and collaboration, and improve instruction to meet the needs of your students — while modeling the innovative use of educational technology. 

This is an introductory course intended to expose pre-service teachers to Microsoft offerings for education. Attendees will earn a code to redeem the MIE badge on the Microsoft Educator Center as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator certificate of completion to add to their portfolio. 

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Summer 2021

Advanced Placement Summer Institute: Summer 2021

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Summer 2021 Session Dates: 

  • Week of July 12, 2021
  • Week of July 19, 2021
  • Week of July 26, 2021 

The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute, is a College Board endorsed program that provides professional development to AP teachers. Through the Advanced Placement™ program, College Board provides a way for high school students to earn free college credits while taking high school courses. Taking Advanced Placement courses exposes students to college level coursework and begins preparing them to think more critically.

The AP Summer Institute provides teachers the opportunity to learn how to teach their course from College Board-approved consultants. These consultants are experts in their subject areas and work with College Board as AP readers, graders, and table leaders. Not only is this an opportunity to learn directly from College Board experts, but also from other instructors from all over the world! This 4-day intensive training is designed to enhance the AP teacher's skills, ability, and knowledge of their subject regardless of their experience level.

Hosted by the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at the University of South Florida (USF) offers a unique learning experience for teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. In addition, the workshops afford teachers the opportunity to interact with colleagues and to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the AP courses they will teach.

To learn more visit Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute.


ACT for Justice & Change

ACT for Justice and Change

July 27, 2021

Race, Racism, and Speech in the K-12 Classroom

What should teachers and administrators know about this rapidly evolving topic?  Six states have banned critical race theory from their classrooms, and 16 more are considering a ban during their state’s next legislative session (Brookings Institution,2021). In Florida, critical race theory was deemed by the State Board of Education as “inconsistent with State Board approved standards.”

To keep teachers and school administrators informed about these changes and these ongoing national discussions, our featured panelists aim to explore the following questions in the webinar:

  • What is critical race theory? What isn’t critical race theory? What should educators know and understand about critical race theory?
  • What should teachers know and understand about student discussion, voice, and speech in the classroom? What student speech is protected?
  • What should teachers know and understand about their rights to free speech in the classroom? What speech is protected?
  • How can educators—teachers and administrators, alike—continue to advance efforts for justice and support students’ comprehensive and candid understanding of our national history?
  • How are state and national politics influencing the passage of legislation and policies regarding classroom speech when it comes to race and racism?

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For more information about upcoming events at the David C. Anchin Center, please contact us.