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Carolyn Coil, Ed.D. -- Presentations



Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat?
A thermometer is an instrument that can accurately measure what is. It gives us the facts. A thermostat, on the other hand, can change the temperature. It doesn't just tell us what is; it has the ability to change the status quo into something better. In this keynote, Carolyn compares thermometers and thermostats to the attitudes and actions we may have as educators. This keynote will inspire you to live your life as a thermostat rather than as a thermometer!

Educational Leadership in a Time of Change
Our world has become a global village, and this has immense implications for educators! Like the explorers of long ago, we are forging into new territory as we lead students into the 21st century. In this motivational keynote, Carolyn helps us to see our dreams, set our visions and communicate clearly. She then points us, our students, and our colleagues in the direction where we might journey together.

Encouraging Achievement
So many of the mind sets common to 21st century life discourage rather than encourage achievement. How can we reverse this and be the encouragers, the nurturers and the promoters of student achievement? In this keynote filled with both enthusiasm and practicality, we will consider ways to encourage all of our students to be passionate about learning, persist and grow through times of failure and discouragement, and take responsibility for their own work.

Sparking Your 'Sparkle' Throughout the School Year
How can we spark our own enthusiasm? What are the keys to self-motivation? How do we encourage others? In this upbeat keynote, Carolyn answers these questions as she talks about developing and maintaining our 'SPARKLE' &endash; Strengths, Participation, Attitude, Recognition, Kindness, Laughter, Enthusiasm and Energy.



Solving the Assessment Puzzle
How and why we assess students are the essential questions of this workshop. We will look at how to develop and use types of performance and authentic assessments, especially when differentiating classroom instruction. Included is how to link standards to curriculum units, how to develop assessment criteria for specific products and performances, how and when to create complex rubrics, how and when to use product criteria cards and the use of student logs, rating scales, checklists, portfolios, student self assessments and group assessment procedures.

Challenging the "Hidden" Gifted Underachiever
Many gifted students slide by in school, getting reasonably good grades and scoring well on standardized tests, but put forth little or no effort.  Following a different pattern of underachievement than the one traditionally recognized, these students could be called "hidden" underachievers. In this session (or keynote) we will look at reasons for this type of underachievement and examine ways to guide such students to embrace academic challenges and choose demanding learning activities instead of the easiest ones.  We will discuss how to encourage them to persist through times of disappointment or failure, how to learn from their mistakes and how to take responsibility for and find joy in their own learning. 

Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
This workshop gives teachers the opportunity to learn the basic principles of both creative and critical thinking, and shows ways to teach these skills in a standards-based classroom. Thinking skills in all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy are considered and workshop participants are active participants in learning how to incorporate higher-level questioning into their classroom activities. Questivities, a new way to encourage and teach research skills, higher level thinking and active questioning using a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences, are introduced in this exciting and motivational workshop.

Differentiating Curriculum for AP and Pre-AP Students
The Advanced Placement Program provides rigorous curricular guidelines with a reliable common assessment for all students.  Students of differing abilities, learning styles and modalities, study habits, etc. are likely to be enrolled in AP and Pre-AP courses.  Differentiated curriculum will help students attain this national standard for excellence.  Lots of practical strategies and planning formats that can be used right away! 

Differentiating Curriculum for Middle School Students
Differentiation works best when students are motivated to learn, have good time management, study and organizational skills, and know how to work productively both independently and in various types of small groups. Most middle school students, regardless of ability or readiness level, need structure and guidance in learning how to do these things. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to develop these skills, consider how to best manage classroom organization and flexible grouping and see sample planning formats for differentiated units of work. 

Differentiating Curriculum in the Multi-Ability Classroom
How can teachers meet the needs of all their students when these needs and ability levels are so diverse?  This workshop focuses on practical strategies showing teachers the "how-to" of differentiation.  Strategies include flexible grouping, tiered lessons and units, curriculum compacting, independent study, learning centers, learning contracts, ways to give students choices of learning activities, classroom management strategies in a differentiated classroom and more. 

Differentiating for Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
Similar to the workshop described above including many of the same strategies, but with an emphasis on meeting the needs of gifted and high ability students.  Teachers will learn how to assess and document what their students already know, how to plan for and monitor challenging alternate activities, and how to design and implement learning activities that promote higher level thinking. 

Differentiation for LEP (Limited English Proficient) Students
LEP (or ESL) students need different approaches to learning due to their cultural backgrounds and/or level of language acquisition. We'll look at cultural differences and discuss of several basic principles of second language development.  These provide us with guidelines that can be used as a basis for differentiation. In this workshop, you will learn 30 practical strategies for working with these students in a regular classroom setting and will receive a copy of Carolyn's teacher-friendly "Push-In Unit Planner" to help you plan differentiated units for LEP/ESL students. 

Differentiating Instruction in American History
In this practical and interactive workshop/workshop series, participants will explore differentiation strategies that work to engage all students as they learn more about American history and government.  Rich in both content and innovative strategies, it will help teachers instruct their students more effectively, thereby increasing their understanding of and appreciation for our nation and our democracy.

Encouraging Achievement: Challenge, Responsibility and Persistence
How can we encourage students to embrace academic challenges and choose demanding learning activities instead of the easiest ones? How do we encourage them to persist through times of stress, disappointment or failure and take responsibility for their own learning? How do we teach students to plan long range assignments and independent study so that they make the best use of their time? How do we encourage discouraged students? Find some answers to these and other similar questions in this workshop. 

'Giftedness': What It Is -What It Isn't: How To Deal With Those Who Are 
In this workshop Carolyn gives a broad overview of giftedness, including myths about gifted students. Identification, service delivery models, scheduling and logistics, appropriate curriculum, grouping patterns and strategies, and ways to work with parents are discussed. Provides excellent overview for administrators and/or general education teachers. 

Motivating Underachievers
Frustrated by students who have potential to achieve but somehow do not? This workshop focuses on these students...our underachievers. We will examine the causes of underachievement, and explore numerous practical strategies that can be used by teachers, counselors, and parents to help and encourage underachieving students. Suggested strategies are practical and can be implemented in any school setting. 

Seven Steps to Successful Student Achievement (3-12)
Discover seven steps that will lead your students to higher achievement:
• Developing self-confidence
• Setting short and long term goals
• Becoming motivated to learn
• Managing time and organizational skills
• Improving study skills
• Learning how to take tests and other assessments
• Dealing with 'the system'
In this practical and interactive workshop, you will learn a variety of proven strategies for each of the seven steps that you can use with your students immediately!

Standards-Based Activities and Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom
Today's classrooms focus on the standards. Mastering them is the goal for all students. How does this goal fit with the philosophy and implementation of differentiation? In this workshop, examine three approaches to differentiation that can be used with your standards. Learn how to develop both the differentiated activities and the corresponding assessments, including appropriate extensions that challenge gifted and high ability students.

Teaching Tools for the 21st Century
This session provides practical, concrete methods for individualizing lessons and units which meet the needs of all students, and gives specific teaching strategies and techniques which can be used with a variety of learning styles and ability levels. Includes opportunities for student choices, multiple intelligences, learning modalities, Bloom's taxonomy, use of new technologies and alternative assessment strategies. Teachers attending this workshop will develop lesson plans which they will be able to use in their classrooms.

Using Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences in the Differentiated Classroom (K-12)
How do we meet the needs of the many different types of learners in today's classrooms? In this workshop we will review learning styles, learning modalities, and multiple intelligences and learn practical strategies for meeting individual student needs. Learn how to create individualized lesson plans and units you can take back to your classroom and use immediately!

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