Design and Coaching

Pathways, SLCs, and Academies

We work with teachers and school leaders to design and implement career pathways, small learning communities and academy programs. Key topics addressed through coaching and technical assistance include:


  • Program themes, outcomes, and design principles
  • Curricular mapping and integrated project development
  • Strategies for building classroom community
  • Employer partnership and Advisory Board development
  • Work-based learning development, including capstones and internships
  • Program evaluation and communication strategies

Targeted Initiatives

Many clients draw upon our deep experience in other areas to help them advance specific programs and initiatives. Examples include:

  • Strategic planning and facilitation
  • Small school and charter school design
  • Arts education design and coaching
  • Design and writing of assessment tools, rubrics, and curriculum

Professional Development

Integrated Project-Based Learning

During the past decade we’ve trained over 1000 teachers in the powerful project-based approach. Teachers find our workshops engaging and our training tools to be some of the most useful materials available anywhere. Contact us to find out how we can customize a PBL workshop for your teaching team or school staff. PBL topics include:


  • Project samples and exemplars
  • Designing projects that map to performance standards
  • Integrated project design
  • The “Six A’s” of quality projects
  • The “Nine Steps” of project delivery
  • Scaffolding key project implementation elements
  • Raising student work quality
  • Project assessment and evaluation

Classroom Instruction

We all need to brush up on fundamentals from time to time. Our instructional training sessions can help teachers fill their teaching toolbox with proven strategies that engage students and produce results. Customized workshops are available on topics such as:

  • Effective feedback and assessment
  • Improving student work quality
  • Rubric development and use
  • Using data to drive classroom instruction
  • Marzano’s Nine High Yield strategies
  • Collaborative groups in the classroom