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Using Penda with Confidence to Engage Students & Motivate Learning
Gamify Science Instruction for Academic Gains

Using Penda with Confidence to Engage Students & Motivate Learning

No matter how simple an educational tool like Penda is, it’s important to properly understand and implement the platform to maximize your investment. Penda offers many ways to engage, train, and refresh educators, administrators and coaches to ensure that your experience with Penda is seamless, that teachers are supported, and that student achievement soars.

Introduction to Penda Learning

Delivered on-site or virtually through Penda’s on-demand professional learning platform, “Introduction to Penda Learning” introduces the major mechanics of Penda. Educators will not only gain an understanding of Penda’s key features and functions, but will have a chance to experience scaffolded activities for themselves. We’ll also guide educators through a sample Penda Class Mastery Report to be sure they are ready to act on the insights provided in our comprehensive reports.
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Penda Travels Anywhere, on Any Device

Penda Learning Refresher

Delivered on-site, this course provides educators that already have an active Penda account with a professional learning experience that blends review and new content. Through collaborative dialogue, educators will discuss their implementations and experiences with a Penda Learning Certified Trainer. Educator feedback will be used to tailor the experience as major features and functions of Penda Learning are revisited in greater depth. Educators will reconstruct their skills and knowledge through guided instruction and independent practice, before gaining proficiency in creating student groups – educators are encouraged to bring recent student data for this activity. Educators will learn how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of varying student groups (RtI levels 1 and 2, continuous improvement, enrichment) within Penda Learning and explore other ways Penda can be used to support school initiatives, pedagogical best practices, and highest student achievement.



Integrating Penda Learning into Instruction

In this professional learning session, educators collaboratively discuss common challenges associated with differentiating instruction. Through guided instruction and independent practice, educators learn innovative ways to use Penda to support pedagogical best practices, no matter the class size. This session provides actionable tactics that educators can use immediately.

Educator Outcomes:

  • Explore the research-backed impact of data-driven instruction on student achievement
  • Build capacity by developing data-driven instruction protocols and highlighting supporting best practices
  • Master advanced Penda platform features to support differentiation, RtI intervention, continuous improvement, and enrichment
  • Understand various ways to implement and use Penda
So Engaging They’ll WANT to Learn at Home



Comprehensive Progress Monitoring — No Matter
               Where They’re Learning

Gamifying Higher Order Thinking Questions

Remote teaching requires specialized skills which many teachers did not learn in their teacher preparation programs. In partnership with the Schlechty Center, we offer an interactive, online leadership seminar designed to help educational leaders support teachers in the transition to remote teaching.

Educator Outcomes:

  • Gain proficiency in evaluating HOT question efficacy
  • Self-evaluate effectiveness in developing HOT questions
  • Increase teacher competency in the development of scaffolded, HOT questions
  • Master advanced Penda platform features via activity builder and SHARE to develop teacher-generated Penda activities that contain high quality HOT questions for students to interact with



Integrating Penda Learning into Instruction

In this professional learning session, educators collaboratively discuss common challenges associated with differentiating instruction. Through guided instruction and independent practice, educators learn innovative ways to use Penda to support pedagogical best practices, no matter the class size. This session provides actionable tactics that educators can use immediately.

Educator Outcomes:

  • Explore the research-backed impact of data-driven instruction on student achievement
  • Build capacity by developing data-driven instruction protocols and highlighting supporting best practices
  • Master advanced Penda platform features to support differentiation, RtI intervention, continuous improvement, and enrichment
  • Understand various ways to implement and use Penda
Automat Differentiated Instruction & Student
               Supports



Penda Travels Anywhere, on Any Device

Penda Learning Administrator Training

Delivered on-site or virtually through Penda Learning’s on-demand professional learning platform, this training is designed for school-based administrators, content support personnel and academic coaches. Administrators will gain a deeper understanding of what Penda is, how it works and its impact on student achievement.

Educator Outcomes:

  • Understand the research-based strategies and mechanics that Penda Learning is built upon
  • Gain student and teacher perspectives of the platform through hands-on experiences
  • Review administrative features and reporting capabilities
  • Understand how Penda supports various national, state and district initiatives and content and pedagogical best practices
  • Gain implementation strategies and ideas for ways to effectively use Penda to support instruction and RtI/MTSS



Penda Learning Coaches Academy

Delivered on-site, this 6-hour course is ideal for district or school-based academic coaches, academic specialists, intervention specialists, district/ administrative resource teachers, or equivalent staff assigned to support science instruction at a particular school or group of schools. During the training, participants will learn how to support teachers in using Penda to drive science outcomes. The training consists of three parts:

  1. Penda Learning for Coaches: Introduction to Penda Learning Refresher Coaches will start with a quick review of the Penda platform and then take a deeper dive into the administrative features of Penda, including student and teacher account management. Reporting capabilities are highlighted in support of school improvement goal monitoring, teacher professional development planning (IPDP), RtI/MTSS, high stakes assessment prep/boot camp, grade recovery program, extended school year program/summer school, and vertical articulation.
  2. Train-the-Trainer: Leveraging the Power of Penda to Influence Instruction Coaches will learn how to teach the content and skills covered in the Leveraging the Power of Penda to Influence Instruction PD course. They’ll be provided with guidance on how to engage with teachers through formal coaching, school-based professional development, or job-embedded professional development to increase teacher effectiveness related to data- driven instruction and differentiating instruction using Penda.
  3. Train-the-Trainer: Gamifying Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Questions Coaches will learn how to teach the content and skills covered in the Gamifying Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Questions PD course. They’ll be provided with guidance on how to engage with teachers through formal coaching, school-based professional development, or job-embedded professional development to increase teacher effectiveness related to HOT question development and rigor.
So Engaging They’ll WANT to Learn at Home

Educator Outcomes:

  • Gain implementation strategies and ideas for various ways to use Penda as a school coach through meaningful coaching interactions
  • Master advanced Penda platform features to encourage and support teachers in differentiation, RtI intervention, continuous improvement, and enrichment
  • Master advanced Penda platform features via activity builder and SHARE to develop coach-generated Penda activities that contain high quality HOT questions for teachers and students to interact with
  • Build a professional learning community among Penda coaches that inspires ongoing collaborative discussion, problem solving, creativity and strategizing, and support



Comprehensive Progress Monitoring — No Matter
               Where They’re Learning

Customized Penda Learning Coaching

Delivered on-site or remotely, educators can work one-on-one with a Penda Learning Certified Trainer who will assist them in completing a school-based needs assessment to determine where additional Penda support is needed. Based on the findings of the assessment, your Certified Trainer will customize a full day of learning experiences ranging from: before-school Penda briefings, teacher planning-period clinics, rolling in-service, job embedded professional learning, coaching, modeling, collaborative data analysis with continuous improvement model (CIM) planning, or after-school debriefs.

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