Experience Camp Explore
Fireside Chats (Group Coaching)
According to Joyce & Showers (1980, 2002, 2011), professional development limited to theory yields minimal impact to teachers' knowledge, skill, and practice; however, when professional development includes theory, modeling, practice, and coaching, the impact increases to 95% for teachers.
Participants of Camp Explore will learn the theory behind the instructional strategies and social-emotional learning shared during the three-day workshop. They will also see the content modeled and have the opportunity to practice, and apply their learning to their own lesson plans.
Campers continue their learning throughout the school year with monthly Fireside Chats (Group Coaching). Campers reunite with bunkmates (grade-level peers) during chats to share evidence and celebrate, learn new strategies, and receive teacher-centered coaching. Connecting with friends made during camp isn't just good for the soul, it organically leads to accountability.
Student engagement can be used to foster a positive learning environment, meet students’ preferred learning styles, encourage collaboration and teamwork among students, and maximize academic learning, but what happens when a teacher is not equipped with engaging instructional strategies?
Just as student achievement is significantly influenced by effective teaching practices, effective instructional coaching impacts quality teaching. Camp Explore participants receive teacher-centered coaching during the three-day workshop and nine group coaching sessions throughout the school year. Teacher-centered coaching is focused on the teacher's mindset, knowledge, and skillset and follows the Active Learning Cycle.