Virtual Learning Communities

What if you could bring back more than just good intentions from professional learning experiences?

At EdQuiddity, we believe professional learning should:

  • Model innovative practices
  • Provide new learning
  • Have participants design materials to use in school immediately

We now offer an option beyond our in-person professional learning! Online engagement, 25 hours of self-paced engagement, in addition to continual feedback and assistance, and video conference sessions. Work at times convenient for you and have fun challenging your pedagogical thinking.

New For the Fall: Open Enrollment!! Now offering open enrollment periods so you can begin, and complete, your course at a pace that works with your schedule.

Only $595 per seat or $4,950 for a 10-pack of seats.

Click the images below for course descriptions.

Facilitating Academic Resilience
Building Executive Function to Support Learning Acceleration
The Equity Lens: Reflecting On Your Learning Environment
New Teacher Seminar – Key Topics in Creating a Student Driven Classroom
10 Mindsets for Transformational Leadership
Using Formative Assessments to Drive Instruction
Teaching in the Block
Creating a Powerful Co-Teaching Partnership
Teaching Through Power-Standards
Facilitation Strategies for Standards-Based Learning
Fostering Student Empowerment Through Structures
PBL Implementation – Next Steps in Student-Centered Authentic Learning Unit Design
Designing Differentiated Digital Activity Lists
Reinventing the Classroom Experience
Problem Solving through the Design Process
Prioritizing Social and Emotional Learning
Creating a Climate of Executive Function in Your Classroom
Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units

“…so different from the other ‘virtual’ courses…”

"This course is so different from the other 'virtual' courses I've taken because I can implement the ideas right away."

Danielle Crenny, Kindergarten Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T19:55:10-05:00

Danielle Crenny, Kindergarten Teacher

"This course is so different from the other 'virtual' courses I've taken because I can implement the ideas right away."

“…a wonderful job of providing teachers great resources”

Over two years, 7 different classes and 6 different instructors, I can assert that IDE does a wonderful job of providing teachers great resources and fresh ideas to improve instruction, and therefore, the student experience. The instructors are enthusiastic, polite, attentive and resourceful. 

Bryan Horn, HS English Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T20:05:14-05:00

Bryan Horn, HS English Teacher

Over two years, 7 different classes and 6 different instructors, I can assert that IDE does a wonderful job of providing teachers great resources and fresh ideas to improve instruction, and therefore, the student experience. The instructors are enthusiastic, polite, attentive and resourceful. 

“…extremely informative…”

"This course has been extremely informative in the methods of increasing executive function in students."

Victoria Barthel, 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T20:24:19-05:00

Victoria Barthel, 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

"This course has been extremely informative in the methods of increasing executive function in students."

“…many takeaways from this course…”

"There are many takeaways from this course that I plan to use in my classroom in the fall."

Kristina Pace, 7th Grade Math Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T20:30:38-05:00

Kristina Pace, 7th Grade Math Teacher

"There are many takeaways from this course that I plan to use in my classroom in the fall."

“…numerous resources, strategies, videos, and articles that I will use…”

"I think there have been numerous resources, strategies, videos, and articles that I will use in the fall. I think, overall, I have become better aware that I am doing things in my classroom that promote executive functioning skills in my students."

Sarah Collins, Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T20:33:37-05:00

Sarah Collins, Teacher

"I think there have been numerous resources, strategies, videos, and articles that I will use in the fall. I think, overall, I have become better aware that I am doing things in my classroom that promote executive functioning skills in my students."

“…so excited to implement many of the strategies and techniques…”

"I learned that there was so much more I could be doing with my students to foster their executive functioning skills. I am so excited to implement many of the strategies and techniques I learned from the course and through chatting with the consultant on a weekly basis."

Leslie Thompson, Resource Teacher

Edquiddity Inc
2019-02-22T20:47:55-05:00

Leslie Thompson, Resource Teacher

"I learned that there was so much more I could be doing with my students to foster their executive functioning skills. I am so excited to implement many of the strategies and techniques I learned from the course and through chatting with the consultant on a weekly basis."

“…opened my eyes to different strategies in the classroom…”

“I really enjoyed this course. It opened my eyes to different strategies in the classroom and basic skills that I was looking over. Thank you, again, for your flexibility while I was traveling! You are an awesome instructor and I really learned a lot from this course.”
Edquiddity Inc
2020-02-28T12:03:08-05:00
“I really enjoyed this course. It opened my eyes to different strategies in the classroom and basic skills that I was looking over. Thank you, again, for your flexibility while I was traveling! You are an awesome instructor and I really learned a lot from this course.”

“My VLC facilitator was amazing!”

“My VLC facilitator was amazing!. He is well spoken, educated and motivating. He truly cares for his profession and career. I am lucky now to call him a mentor!”
Edquiddity Inc
2020-02-28T12:06:04-05:00
“My VLC facilitator was amazing!. He is well spoken, educated and motivating. He truly cares for his profession and career. I am lucky now to call him a mentor!”

“…so interesting and presented in such a great way…”

"I wanted to thank you for such a great VLC. The topic was so interesting and presented in such a great way. I never felt overwhelmed by the work. In fact, I really felt I was able to think about the applications to my job and felt like I was always filled with new ideas for next year. Thank you for everything and I look forward to our last hangout tomorrow.”
Edquiddity Inc
2020-02-28T12:07:10-05:00
"I wanted to thank you for such a great VLC. The topic was so interesting and presented in such a great way. I never felt overwhelmed by the work. In fact, I really felt I was able to think about the applications to my job and felt like I was always filled with new ideas for next year. Thank you for everything and I look forward to our last hangout tomorrow.”

“…absolutely loving this class…”

“I am absolutely loving this class so far! I not only feel I have learned so much already, but have had so many opportunities to use the strategies in my classroom. The activity lists and discussion boards are really user friendly too!”
Edquiddity Inc
2020-02-28T12:07:48-05:00
“I am absolutely loving this class so far! I not only feel I have learned so much already, but have had so many opportunities to use the strategies in my classroom. The activity lists and discussion boards are really user friendly too!”
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Available VLC Schedule

Aug
9
Mon
2021
2 Weeks Prioritizing Social and Emotional Learning
Aug 9 – Aug 22 all-day

Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a major role in one’s success in life and career. Being in touch with emotions, controlling them, setting and achieving goals, engaging with others in socially appropriate ways, demonstrating empathy toward others, establishing positive relationships, and taking responsibility in life are critical skills that are not necessarily included in school curricula. How can these critical skills be developed while students are not physically in school every day? In the hybrid learning model, synchronous instruction is redesigned to allow for, and in many cases, prioritize, Social and Emotional Learning. In this course, participants will explore a hybrid learning model, and develop strategies to prioritize collaboration, self-awareness, and responsible decision making skills. They are skills that are fostered every day in student-driven learning environments like the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom. Develop structures and strategies you can employ to build SEL in your classroom or school.

Syllabus

  1. Developing an understanding of the core competencies of SEL as defined by CASEL.
  2. Developing an understanding of the interplay among problem-based learning, structures, and teacher facilitation in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  3. Exploring how each of the core competencies of SEL are addressed through the goals of engagement, empowerment, and efficacy in a student-driven classroom.
  4. Developing a set of structures for building SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  5. Developing a repertoire of teacher facilitation strategies for building SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  6. Developing learning activities that promote SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.

Participants in this course will use Reinventing the Classroom Experience by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 credit hours.

Closed Reinventing the Classroom Experience
Aug 9 – Aug 22 all-day

Throughout history, major events have disrupted the norm to produce innovation. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged students, teachers, and parents to identify new ways to provide “schooling” via remote connections. No one could have imagined that schools would close for months, leaving students to learn at home based on remotely delivered lessons. The pandemic was a wake-up call for schools: to be prepared to provide high-quality instructional experiences through structures and strategies that work as well at home as they do in school, such that students can learn anywhere, anytime. This course will help you rethink your instruction to foster academic resilience, facilitate learning acceleration, and ensure achievement and social emotional learning for all students. You will explore structures and strategies to support an innovative learning environment that works regardless of where students are, allowing students to learn anywhere, anytime.

Syllabus

  1. Explore the unique nature and nuances of instruction that promotes learning anywhere, anytime
  2. Map out plans and begin to design resources that promote the following:
    1. Student engagement
    2. Content delivery
    3. Executive function
    4. Social and emotional learning
    5. Assessment
  3. Gain strategies and structures around 7 Attributes of a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  4. Explore strategies and structures for addressing the needs of students with special needs, those who struggle academically, and English Language Learners.
  5. Build knowledge of the capabilities of your district’s remote learning platform.
  6. Explore opportunities to advance learning acceleration through purposeful facilitation strategies.

Participants in this course will use Reinventing the Classroom Experience by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 credit hours.

Closed The Equity Lens: Reflecting On Your Learning Environment
Aug 9 – Aug 22 all-day

Equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices raise the level of rigor and maximize potential for all learners. In this course you will explore the role of teacher as curator to reflect on your learning environment that accepts, appreciates, and advocates for cultural differences and social justice. Participants will explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional and social equity. They will navigate and design culturally responsive resources, structures, and teaching practices to address bias in and beyond the classroom. This course will position participants to leverage students’ culture, language, and life experiences into rigorous academic achievement.

Syllabus

  1. Establish working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
  2. Develop strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs-identification, resource-access, and tuned-facilitation
  3. Develop learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
  4. Design opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
  5. Explore facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
  6. Brainstorm problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood

Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Sep
1
Wed
2021
Enroll Anytime Before 10/04/21 Building Executive Function to Support Learning Acceleration
Sep 1 – Oct 29 all-day

Executive function is critical to all students’ academic achievement; and we now know it can be developed and accelerated. Enhance your academic lesson plans by fostering the six key aspects of executive function, intentionally building critical achievement prerequisites in students.

Syllabus

  1. Understanding how executive function is inextricably linked to the academic achievement of students at all developmental levels through the lens of six levels of increasingly complex life skills
  2. Understanding how executive function develops and how growth can be accelerated
  3. Understanding the difference between learning and practice activities, and the importance of purposeful “grappling” with content
  4. Developing learning and practice activities aimed at building executive function across the seven key components: working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and self-regulation
  5. Creating a plan to implement structures that build executive function in the learning environment
  6. Learning to facilitate instruction by asking questions that lead to the development of greater executive function

Watch Dr. Nancy Sulla’s YouTube videos “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement” and “All Students Can Learn with Executive Function“.

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 10/04/21 New Teacher Seminar – Key Topics in Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom
Sep 1 – Oct 29 all-day

Creating a learner-centered classroom requires teachers to design opportunities for students to actively engage in their learning and maximize their potential. Designing differentiated learning activities, facilitating those learning activities with meaningful questioning, using a variety of formative assessment strategies and student reflections, and leveraging strategies to build students’ executive function skills all lead to putting students at the center of their educational process. Craft a plan for positioning your students to be active participants in the learning process as you design a classroom learning environment that engages and empowers students, building a greater sense of efficacy for them and for you as their teacher.

Syllabus

  1. Exploring opportunities to know and understand your students
  2. Designing differentiated learning activities for engaging different types of learners
  3. Developing meaningful questions to promote learning through teacher facilitation
  4. Designing formative assessments for teacher use and for student self-assessment
  5. Exploring basic strategies for building executive function in your students

Participants in this course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, It’s Not What You Teach But How as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 10/04/21 Prioritizing Social and Emotional Learning
Sep 1 – Oct 29 all-day

Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a major role in one’s success in life and career. Being in touch with emotions, controlling them, setting and achieving goals, engaging with others in socially appropriate ways, demonstrating empathy toward others, establishing positive relationships, and taking responsibility in life are critical skills that are not necessarily included in school curricula. How can these critical skills be developed while students are not physically in school every day? In the hybrid learning model, synchronous instruction is redesigned to allow for, and in many cases, prioritize, Social and Emotional Learning. In this course, participants will explore a hybrid learning model, and develop strategies to prioritize collaboration, self-awareness, and responsible decision making skills. They are skills that are fostered every day in student-driven learning environments like the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom. Develop structures and strategies you can employ to build SEL in your classroom or school.

Syllabus

  1. Developing an understanding of the core competencies of SEL as defined by CASEL.
  2. Developing an understanding of the interplay among problem-based learning, structures, and teacher facilitation in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  3. Exploring how each of the core competencies of SEL are addressed through the goals of engagement, empowerment, and efficacy in a student-driven classroom.
  4. Developing a set of structures for building SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  5. Developing a repertoire of teacher facilitation strategies for building SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  6. Developing learning activities that promote SEL in a Hybrid Learning Environment.

Participants in this course will use Reinventing the Classroom Experience by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 credit hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 10/04/21 Ten Mindsets for Transformational Leadership
Sep 1 – Oct 29 all-day

In this course, participants will engage with the “Ten Mindsets for Transformational Leadership” from Students Taking Charge: Implementation Guide for Leaders by Dr. Nancy Sulla, Julie Marks, and Tanya Bosco. Participants will gain insights, tools, and strategies for leading schools and districts in ways that transform practice and mindsets. They will design action plans to inspire the adaptive change at the core of schools focused on improving student achievement and experience through engagement, empowerment, and efficacy. They will engage in a variety of virtual settings over the course of each month and will engage in collaborative learning with other school and district leaders seeking the same transformational outcomes.

Syllabus

  1. Engage with Ten Mindsets across multiple activity lists throughout the course
  2. Gain insights, tools and resources for use in faculty meetings, observation conferencing, PLCs, learning walks, book clubs and more…
  3. View the Mindsets through a systems-based approach, making connections to key components of school and district goals, mission and vision
  4. Collaborate and engage with the authors and other school leaders across schools and districts
  5. Explore scenarios and develop actionable steps to take each month to move from engagement to empowerment to efficacy

Participants in this course will use Students Taking Charge: Implementation Guide for Leaders by Dr. Nancy Sulla, Julie Marks and Tanya Bosco as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 10/04/21 Using Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction
Sep 1 – Oct 29 all-day

Explore the structures and strategies you can use to gather formative assessment data to drive instruction that is targeted for increased student achievement. Design formative assessments for use with your students.

Syllabus

  1. Developing formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-­directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments
  2. Using formative assessment data to differentiate classroom activities
  3. Using formative assessment data to drive facilitation of instruction
  4. Designing formative assessment grids to allow participants to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction

Participants in this course will use Reinventing the Classroom Experience by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 credit hours.

Nov
1
Mon
2021
Enroll Anytime Before 11/29/21 Creating a Climate of Executive Function in Your Classroom
Nov 1 – Dec 23 all-day

Explore how executive function supports the critical life skills of conscious control, engagement, collaboration, empowerment, efficacy, and leadership. Develop activities and strategies for classroom use, as well as targeted facilitation to improve students’ executive function.

Syllabus

  1. Understanding the six levels of increasingly complex life skills that depend upon executive function
  2. Identifying activities and structures that build executive function focused around the critical six levels of life skills
  3. Understanding how teacher facilitation builds the executive function skills around the critical six levels of life skills
  4. Designing structures for the classroom to create a culture of executive function
  5. Developing tools for teacher facilitation to create a culture of executive function

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 11/29/21 Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units
Nov 1 – Dec 23 all-day

Explore the power of problem-based learning in the classroom. Design a problem-based task, a rubric to drive instruction, and a scaffold of rich and diverse learning activities to implement with your students

Syllabus

  1. Understanding how “Raising Academic Rigor,” “Engaging Students in Learning,” and “Building Student Responsibility for Learning” go hand-in-hand
  2. Developing authentic, open-ended, problem-based tasks that create a felt-need to learn (expectations adjusted if the participant has taken the introductory course)
  3. Designing analytic rubrics to offer clearly articulated expectations, a roadmap for all learners, and challenges for gifted learners
  4. Designing a scaffold for learning to develop differentiated learning and practice activities
  5. Developing one or more other structures to support the unit, e.g.:
    • Formative Assessments to drive instructional planning
    • Facilitation Questions to probe students’ thinking at higher cognitive levels
    • Facilitation Grid to manage your ongoing student facilitation

Watch IDE Corp.’s YouTube video “What’s the difference between project-based learning and problem-based learning?“.

This course will use your choice of Dr. Nancy Sulla’s books, Students Taking Charge In Grades K-5 or Students Taking Charge In Grades 6-12 as a resource. Only one is required. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 11/29/21 Problem Solving Through the Design Process
Nov 1 – Dec 23 all-day

The engineering design process is a set of steps for creating that which does not yet exist. Help your students develop thoughtful solutions to open-ended problems, no matter what the subject area. Design authentic, open-ended problems for your students to solve using IDE Corp.’s Design Process.

Syllabus

  1. Understanding the “place” of design process as creating that which does not exist (referencing the STEM science/engineering juxtaposition but realizing that the IDE Design Process can be used in all subjects)
  2. Exploring the difference between convergent and divergent thinking
  3. Understanding the six steps to the IDE Design Process (formulate, explore, ideate, sift, simulate, advocate)
  4. Understanding the importance of empathy in the IDE Design Process>
  5. Engaging students in activities that require them to use the design process
  6. Understanding the importance of efficacy in the classroom
  7. Exploring the importance of consensus in decision-making and the tools students can use to achieve consensus

Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

Enroll Anytime Before 11/29/21 The Equity Lens: Reflecting On Your Learning Environment
Nov 1 – Dec 23 all-day

Equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices raise the level of rigor and maximize potential for all learners. In this course you will explore the role of teacher as curator to reflect on your learning environment that accepts, appreciates, and advocates for cultural differences and social justice. Participants will explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional and social equity. They will navigate and design culturally responsive resources, structures, and teaching practices to address bias in and beyond the classroom. This course will position participants to leverage students’ culture, language, and life experiences into rigorous academic achievement.

Syllabus

  1. Establish working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
  2. Develop strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs-identification, resource-access, and tuned-facilitation
  3. Develop learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
  4. Design opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
  5. Explore facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
  6. Brainstorm problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood

Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.