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THOUGHTFUL CLASSROOM PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SUITES

A Professional Learning Suite

The Five Episodes of Effective Instruction

Tools and strategies for designing powerful lessons and units

Featuring Dr. Harvey Silver, today’s leading expert on instructional tools and strategies

Better Design = Deeper Learning

Great learning experiences rarely just happen; great learning is designed. As instructional expert Dr. Harvey Silver says, “The best lessons and units are the ones that are designed by teachers for their students.”

At the heart of this suite is a simple design framework called the Five Episodes of Effective Instruction that makes it easy for all teachers to design lessons and units that increase student engagement, make learning active, and promote deep understanding. In addition, the suite presents a wide range of tools and strategies for meeting key goals and addressing common challenges of instructional design.

The Five Episodes framework is designed around the research-based principles of the science of learning. Click here to learn more.

What Tools & Strategies Will I Find In This Suite?

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MODULE ONE: Introducing the Five Episodes

  • Introduction – Dr. Harvey Silver presents an overview of the Five Episodes and how they support the science of learning.
  • Sample Five Episode unit designs developed by teachers
  • Access to an ASCD EXPRESS article featuring the Five Episodes framework
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MODULE TWO: Tools and Strategies for Instructional Design

For each of the Five Episodes, you’ll find these components to help you achieve the instructional goals of each episode:

  • Design Considerations – Brief video tutorials highlighting simple design principles for achieving the goals of each episode
  • Focus Tools (Video Tutorials) – Expert-guided walkthroughs of tools and strategies that best address the design principles
  • Additional Tools (PDFs) – Full-text tools for addressing specific design goals and challenges (excerpted from our award-winning Tools for Today’s Educators® book series
  • Episode in Action (Classroom Video) – Footage showing what the episode looks and sounds like in real classrooms
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MODULE THREE: Planning and Implementation Resources

  • Learning Window (Tool & Organizer) – A simple process for unpacking standards and clarifying instructional purposes before planning
  • Five Episodes Planning Template
  • Pre-Implementation Troubleshooting Guide
  • Learning from Student Work – A collaborative process ideal for helping teams and PLCs analyze student work and use it to guide instructional decision-making
  • Reflecting on My Learning Sequence: A Self-Assessment Guide

Click above for an advance organizer of the tools and strategies in this suite.

Your Path to Improvement Starts Here

Check Out a Sample TOOL Tutorial

Testimonial: Mary Belcher: Suites 2
“These on-demand suites empower both instructional leaders and teachers to use tools and strategies to improve instruction, engage students in deeper learning, and customize each teacher’s own professional growth path.”

Mary Belcher

Instructional Lead and Learning Acceleration Specialist,

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) • Hazard, KY

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“The Thoughtful Classroom Online Suites naturally and easily expanded my ability to deliver tailored and targeted professional development for my teachers. These suites have been a driving force in my school’s improvement process.”

Mike McQueen

Principal,

C.W. Davis Middle School • Flowery Branch, GA

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“The Thoughtful Classroom Online Suites naturally and easily expanded my ability to deliver tailored and targeted professional development for my teachers. These suites have been a driving force in my school’s improvement process.”

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Principal,

Wagoner Elementary School • Sauk Village, IL

Testimonial: Mary Belcher: Suites

“Together, the Four Cornerstones and Instructional Designer’s Toolbox suites provide the professional learning foundation that has made it possible for us to build a large-scale PD initiative focused on deeper learning.”

Mary Belcher

Instructional Lead and Learning Acceleration Specialist,

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) • Hazard, KY

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