Teachers who would like to see student engagement improve in their classrooms are invited to attend Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) workshops in January. Dr. Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri's College of Education will facilitate the sessions.

The IPI process:
    •    focuses on student engagement in learning, not teacher behavior;
    •    provides a detailed profile of school-wide student engagement across six categories, including two categories of higher-order, deeper learning and four categories that are lower-order and more passive or non-engaging;
    •    provides engagement data that serve as the basis for critical faculty-wide collaborative conversations; and
    •    builds an objective, valid profile of student engagement “snapshots” collected throughout the school day that teachers will view as fair and accurate, and thus be willing to study reflectively.

The Level One Workshop will be held on Jan. 17 at Sioux Center Middle School or on Jan. 19 at Phillips Middle School in Fort Dodge. Level Two Workshops will be held on Jan. 18 at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Cherokee. The fees are $50 per participant for Level One and $25 per participant for Level Two.

More information, including registration, can be found in the attachment.

The workshops are sponsored by Northwest and Prairie Lakes Area Education Agencies.