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Carolyn does a variety of stimulating and practical workshops. She is well regarded in the educational community both nationally and internationally. Read about Carolyn's expertise, types of training and overseas experience. Scroll down the page to read about the workshops that Carolyn offers. 

Carolyn custom designs keynotes, workshops and other training activities based on your specific needs and your requests.  For more information about scheduling Carolyn to come to your school, school district, group or region anywhere in the world, click here to e-mail her.

To find out more about Carolyn's online courses, click on this link: www.kdsi.org/carolyncoil

International Experience:

Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Germany, Spain, Marshall Islands, Japan, Croatia, Ecuador, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and Abu Dhabi.

Expertise in:

  • Common Core Standards
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Motivating Underachievers
  • Gifted Education
  • Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Learning Styles/Modalities/Multiple Intelligences
  • Parent/Teacher Collaboration 
  • Creativity 

Types of Training Provided:

  • Sustained long-term professional development
  • Keynotes
  • Full day teacher workshops
  • Small group sessions
  • One-on-one teacher training and mentoring
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Study groups based on any of Carolyn's books
  • Train-the-trainer sessions
  • Developing curriculum with teachers
  • Presentations for Parents
  • Classroom visits with evaluative feedback
  • Student observations 

 

Carolyn working with a group of Teachers in Texas

Carolyn working at the EARCOS workshop in Uijeongbu City, Korea

The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, 2014

Keynote Descriptions from Carolyn Coil

Carolyn will design a keynote specifically for your event, or you can choose one of the descriptions below.

Differentiation and the Common Core Standards

In this keynote, Carolyn sets the tone for using the Common Core Standards as tools for assisting students to be both critical and creative thinkers. She shows how teachers in diverse classrooms can differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all students. This keynote provides an excellent overview and is best when followed by one or more breakout sessions for more in-depth information.

Educational Leadership in a Time of Change

Our world has become a global village, and this has immense implications for educators! Like the explorers of long ago, we are forging into new territory as we lead students into the 21st century. In this motivational keynote, Carolyn helps us to see our dreams, set our visions and communicate clearly. She then points us, our students, and our colleagues in the direction where we might journey together.

Encouraging Achievement: Igniting a Passion for Learning!

So many of the mind sets common to 21st century life discourage rather than encourage achievement. How can we reverse this and be the encouragers, the nurturers and the promoters of student achievement? In this keynote filled with both enthusiasm and practicality, we will consider ways to encourage all of our students to be passionate about learning, persist and grow through times of failure and discouragement, and take responsibility for their own work.

Sparking Your 'Sparkle' Throughout the School Year

How can we spark our own enthusiasm? What are the keys to self-motivation? How do we encourage others? In this upbeat keynote, Carolyn answers these questions as she talks about developing and maintaining our 'SPARKLE' - Strengths, Participation, Attitude, Recognition, Kindness, Laughter, Enthusiasm and Energy.

 
Common Core Standards Workshops presented by Carolyn Coil

Recommended resource:Differentiated Activities and Assessments Using the Common Core Standards

For information on booking a workshop for your school or district, email Emily(emily@piecesoflearning.com)

Differentiating Instruction Using the Common Core Standards

The Common Core Standards are based on the most effective standards from states throughout the country and from other countries around the world. They provide guidelines about what students should know and be able to do as a result of their schooling. Clear and understandable, they include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order thinking skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate these standards into your curriculum using a number of practical, user-friendly differentiation strategies. You will leave this workshop with many realistic and doable teaching ideas that you can use right away!

Using the Common Core Standards with Gifted Students

The Common Core Standards are based on the most effective state standards and on standards from other countries around the world. A big advantage in using them with gifted students is that they are broader in application, incorporate evaluative thinking and research skills, and can lead to higher level thinking, rigorous work and problem solving. In this session, see a variety of practical differentiated activities with corresponding assessments that use the Common Core Standards, extend learning, and are appropriate for gifted kids.

Using the Common Core Standards with Diverse Learners

In this interactive workshop, we will consider and reflect upon the needs of Special Education students, English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented students as the Common Core Standards are implemented in schools and school districts nationwide. Examine connections between Differentiation, RTI and the Common Core Standards. Discover practical strategies, interventions, policies and organizational structures that can be used by school districts, schools and teachers to implement these standards while continuing to meet individual student needs.

Informational Texts and the Common Core Standards

One major characteristic of the Common Core Standards is that they emphasize analysis, reflection and research based on informational texts. In an age where anything and everything can be put on the Internet with no screening, editing or outside evaluation and review, teaching our students how to read, use, assess and evaluate informational texts is essential. In this workshop we will identify many of the Common Core Standards that focus on informational texts. See how to meet these standards by using differentiated activities and assessments in many subject areas and correlating them to the appropriate standards.

Differentiated STEM Activities and Assessments Using the Common Core Standards

This workshop focuses on the “how-to” of differentiation. Participants will examine a number of Common Core Standards and learn how incorporate them into a variety of practical differentiated STEM activities with their corresponding assessments. Strategies include: Curriculum compacting Tiered lessons/units Learning preferences Individual Lesson Plan™ format Tic-Tac-Toe learning activities Assessments using mini-rubrics and criteria cards Questivities™ (Higher level questions) Participants will leave this workshop with many realistic and doable teaching ideas and examples focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math that can be used right away!

 
RTI Workshops from Carolyn Coil

RTI and Differentiated Instruction: How They Work Together

What should teachers do to meet the needs of all students from those who struggle academically or behaviorally to our gifted and talented students? How do we know when interventions are working and when they are not? The RTI approach uses research-based interventions and monitors each student’s progress toward success. Differentiation is a way to design curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of each student. These two concepts are a natural pairing in helping teachers meet individual student needs.

In this workshop, learn how to implement a number of practical differentiation strategies. Find ways to accommodate different learning styles and modalities. Understand how to use pre-assessments to determine individual student strengths and weaknesses and formative assessments to assess and monitor the effect of each strategy on individual students. You will learn how to use the Coil RTI Progress Monitoring Form™ and will leave this workshop with many strategies and interventions you can use immediately.

Recommended resource: Differentiation, RTI, and Achievement: How They Work Together

 

Motivating All Students: Strategies to Use with the RTI Approach

What strategies and interventions can regular classroom teachers use to help students be successful in school? Some students need interventions to deal with specific academic skill deficits. Others need help with motivation, organizational skills, study skills or appropriate classroom behavior. Gifted students as well as struggling students may need help in becoming motivated for success in school.

In this interactive workshop, explore numerous achievement strategies and interventions. Learn how to identify student needs through the use of pre-assessment and formative assessment. Find out how to successfully implement many interventions and strategies. See how to monitor student progress using various versions of the Coil RTI Progress Monitoring Form™ - a graphic organizer that helps show problem areas for an individual student, the interventions tried, and ways to measure student progress.

You will leave this workshop with many tools to help your students succeed in school!

Recommended resource: Differentiation, RTI, and Achievement: How They Work Together

 
Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom Training PowerPoint

Excellent resource for your in-house differentiation training. Help teachers implement successful, high-quality differentiation practices using Coil's practical, ready-to-use PowerPoint and slide/book correlated Guidebook in conjunction with her book Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom. Divide the presentation into several sessions or present as a full-day or half-day training session. Over 190 slides accompany the differentiation topics: curriculum compacting, learning preferences and profiles, differentiated assessment, special groups, flexible grouping, independent learning, formats for lessons and units, and other differentiation strategies. Call for quantity discounts for participants for accompanying book Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom.

Write It... Remember It... Reproducible Participant Handout Packets include reduced reproductions of each of the slides with room for note taking and comment.

Recommended resources: PowerPoint and Guidebook/Trainer's Manual and Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom (Book and CD)

 
Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Successful Schoolwide Differentiation

This two or three day workshop is designed for school leaders--administrators, coordinators, and teachers:

  • who are already familiar with differentiation
  • who recognize the value of differentiation in the classroom
  • who want to become Trainers or Resident Experts in differentiation in their own schools or school districts

The workshop includes:

  • an overview of basic differentiation concepts and ideas
  • an introduction to and review of numerous differentiation strategies.

Through interactive discussion, the focus is on classroom implementation of those strategies and how to instruct teachers to incorporate the strategies into their classrooms.

During the final day, participants will develop a Plan of Action for their own in-house training.

  • Carolyn will offer practical suggestions and approaches toward implementation of a schoolwide plan, working with the whole group, small groups, and each participant as needed.
  • Each educator will then choose specific differentiation strategies on which to focus in developing his or her Plan.
  • Carolyn will also include "How-to's" for becoming a successful Trainer, presenting a number of specific techniques and tips.

    Based on Carolyn's best selling book: Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom.

 

Workshop Descriptions from Carolyn Coil

Solving the Assessment Puzzle

How and why we assess students are the essential questions of this workshop. We will look at how to develop and use types of performance and authentic assessments, especially when differentiating classroom instruction.

Included is how to link standards to curriculum units, how to develop assessment criteria for specific products and performances, how and when to create complex rubrics, how and when to use product criteria cards and the use of student logs, rating scales, checklists, portfolios, student self assessments and group assessment procedures.

Recommended resources: Solving the Assessment Puzzle

 

Challenging the "Hidden" Gifted Underachiever

Many gifted students slide by in school, getting reasonably good grades and scoring well on standardized tests, but put forth little or no effort.  Following a different pattern of underachievement than the one traditionally recognized, these students could be called "hidden" underachievers. 

In this session (or keynote) we will look at reasons for this type of underachievement and examine ways to guide such students to embrace academic challenges and choose demanding learning activities instead of the easiest ones.  We will discuss how to encourage them to persist through times of disappointment or failure, how to learn from their mistakes and how to take responsibility for and find joy in their own learning.

Recommended resources: Encouraging Achievement and Becoming an Achiever

 

Creativity X 4

21st century learning skills - problem solving and critical and creative thinking - are showcased in this interactive workshop. See four user-friendly formats, Questivities?, SCAMPER, Six Thinking Hats and Encounter Lessons, that enhance and encourage creativity. Understand how each provides ways for students to use their imaginations, work on research skills, storytelling, listening skills and creative project activities. You will actively participate in four lessons and will take back samples of all four formats.

Recommended resources: Creativity X 4

 

Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

This workshop gives teachers the opportunity to learn the basic principles of both creative and critical thinking, and shows ways to teach these skills in a standards-based classroom. Thinking skills in all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy are considered and workshop participants are active participants in learning how to incorporate higher-level questioning into their classroom activities. Questivities, a new way to encourage and teach research skills, higher level thinking and active questioning using a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences, are introduced in this exciting and motivational workshop.

Recommended resources: Teaching Tools for the 21st Century

 

Differentiating Curriculum for AP and Pre-AP Students

The Advanced Placement Program provides rigorous curricular guidelines with a reliable common assessment for all students.  Students of differing abilities, learning styles and modalities, study habits, etc. are likely to be enrolled in AP and Pre-AP courses.  Differentiated curriculum will help students attain this national standard for excellence.  Lots of practical strategies and planning formats that can be used right away!

Recommended resources: Teaching Tools for the 21st Century, Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom

 

Differentiating Curriculum for Middle School Students

Differentiation works best when students are motivated to learn, have good time management, study and organizational skills, and know how to work productively both independently and in various types of small groups. Most middle school students, regardless of ability or readiness level, need structure and guidance in learning how to do these things. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to develop these skills, consider how to best manage classroom organization and flexible grouping and see sample planning formats for differentiated units of work.

Recommended resources: Standards-Based Activities & Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom and Becoming an Achiever

 

Differentiating Curriculum in the Multi-Ability Classroom

How can teachers meet the needs of all their students when these needs and ability levels are so diverse?  This workshop focuses on practical strategies showing teachers the "how-to" of differentiation.  Strategies include flexible grouping, tiered lessons and units, curriculum compacting, independent study, learning centers, learning contracts, ways to give students choices of learning activities, classroom management strategies in a differentiated classroom and more.

Recommended resources: Standards-Based Activities and Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom and Teaching Tools for the 21st Century

 

Differentiating for Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

Similar to the workshop described above including many of the same strategies, but with an emphasis on meeting the needs of gifted and high ability students.  Teachers will learn how to assess and document what their students already know, how to plan for and monitor challenging alternate activities, and how to design and implement learning activities that promote higher level thinking.

Recommended resources: Standards-Based Activities and Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom and Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom

 

Differentiating Instruction Using the Common Core Standards

The Common Core Standards are based on the most effective standards from states throughout the country and from other countries around the world. They provide guidelines about what students should know and be able to do as a result of their schooling. Clear and understandable, they include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order thinking skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate these standards into your curriculum using a number of practical, user-friendly differentiation strategies. You will leave this workshop with many realistic and doable teaching ideas that you can use right away!

Recommended resources: Differentiated Activities and Assessments Using the Common Core Standards

 

Differentiation for English Language Learners

English Language Learners need different approaches to learning due to their cultural backgrounds and/or level of language acquisition. We'll look at cultural differences and discuss of several basic principles of second language development. These provide us with guidelines that can be used as a basis for differentiation. In this workshop, you will learn 30 practical strategies for working with these students in a regular classroom setting and will receive a copy of Carolyn's teacher-friendly "Push-In Unit Planner" to help you plan differentiated units for English Language Learners.

Recommended resources: Teaching Tools for the 21st Century

 

Encouraging Achievement: Challenge, Responsibility and Persistence

How can we encourage students to embrace academic challenges and choose demanding learning activities instead of the easiest ones? How do we encourage them to persist through times of stress, disappointment or failure and take responsibility for their own learning? How do we teach students to plan long range assignments and independent study so that they make the best use of their time? How do we encourage discouraged students? Find some answers to these and other similar questions in this workshop.

Recommended resources: Encouraging Achievement

 

'Giftedness': What It Is -What It Isn't:
How To Deal With Those Who Are 

In this workshop Carolyn gives a broad overview of giftedness, including myths about gifted students. Identification, service delivery models, scheduling and logistics, appropriate curriculum, grouping patterns and strategies, and ways to work with parents are discussed. Provides excellent overview for administrators and/or general education teachers.

Recommended resources: Teaching Tools for the 21st Century

 

Motivating Underachievers

Frustrated by students who have potential to achieve but somehow do not? This workshop focuses on these students...our underachievers. We will examine the causes of underachievement, and explore numerous practical strategies that can be used by teachers, counselors, and parents to help and encourage underachieving students. Suggested strategies are practical and can be implemented in any school setting.

Recommended resources: Motivating Underachievers

 

Seven Steps to Successful Student Achievement (3-12)

Discover seven steps that will lead your students to higher achievement:
• Developing self-confidence
• Setting short and long term goals
• Becoming motivated to learn
• Managing time and organizational skills
• Improving study skills
• Learning how to take tests and other assessments
• Dealing with 'the system'
In this practical and interactive workshop, you will learn a variety of proven strategies for each of the seven steps that you can use with your students immediately!

Recommended resources: Becoming an Achiever

 

Standards-Based Activities and Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom

Today's classrooms focus on the standards. Mastering them is the goal for all students. How does this goal fit with the philosophy and implementation of differentiation? In this workshop, examine three approaches to differentiation that can be used with your standards. Learn how to develop both the differentiated activities and the corresponding assessments, including appropriate extensions that challenge gifted and high ability students.

Based on Carolyn's #1 best selling book: Standards-Based Activities and Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom

 

Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap

Every educator faces the challenge of raising achievement for all students. The "achievement gap" refers to the disparity in academic performance between sub-groups of students, particularly low income and minority students. This workshop focuses on a variety of research-based strategies that can be used in schools to help raise student achievement. In this practical and interactive workshop, you will learn a variety of proven strategies to help students:
• Set short and long term goals,
• Manage time and organizational skills,
• Improve study skills, and
• Learn how to take tests and understand other assessments.
You will also learn ways to:
• Address different learning styles while teaching the standards to all students,
• Design tiered lessons and units, and
• Use formative assessments to drive instruction.

Recommended resources: Becoming an Achiever, Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom, and Differentiation, RTI, and Achievement: How They Work Together

 

Teaching Tools for the 21st Century

This session provides practical, concrete methods for individualizing lessons and units which meet the needs of all students, and gives specific teaching strategies and techniques which can be used with a variety of learning styles and ability levels. Includes opportunities for student choices, multiple intelligences, learning modalities, Bloom's taxonomy, use of new technologies and alternative assessment strategies. Teachers attending this workshop will develop lesson plans which they will be able to use in their classrooms.

Based on Carolyn's best selling book: Teaching Tools for the 21st Century
 

Conference Break-out Sessions from Carolyn Coil

Each of these can be presented in 1-1.5 hours.

Challenging the "Hidden" Gifted Underachiever

Many gifted students slide by in school, getting good grades while putting forth little effort. These students can be called "hidden underachievers". In this session, we will examine ways to persuade such students to embrace academic challenges and choose demanding learning activities instead of the easiest ones. Learn ways to encourage them to persist through times of failure and take responsibility for their own learning.

 

Creativity x 4

21st century learning skills &endash;problem solving and critical and creative thinking &endash; are showcased in this interactive session. See four user-friendly formats, Questivities?, SCAMPER, Six Thinking Hats and Encounter Lessons, that enhance and encourage creativity. Understand how each provides ways for middle school students to use their imaginations, work on research skills, storytelling, listening skills and creative project activities. You will actively participate in two mini-lessons and will take back samples of all four formats.

 

Criteria Cards: Tools for Formative and Summative Assessment

Learn how to develop criteria cards that can be used for student self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher grading. Criteria cards are generic assessment tools that can be used multiple times as students work on similar products or master a learning process. Used as formative assessments, they encourage students to be more responsible learners. As summative assessments, they make the grading of differentiated projects and performances quick, easy and accurate.

 

Differentiating Curriculum in the Mixed Ability Classroom

In this session we will discuss a number of practical, user-friendly strategies that teachers can implement in their classrooms immediately. These include flexible grouping, curriculum compacting, resident experts, tiered lessons and Carolyn's Individual Lesson Plan (ILP™) format. You will leave this session with examples of differentiated lessons and an understanding of how to organize and manage a differentiated classroom.

 

Flexible Grouping: It's More Than Just Moving Their Seats!

Flexible grouping for the delivery of instruction is the cornerstone of differentiation. When implemented well, it leads to success for every student. While this sounds good in theory, how is it actually implemented in real classrooms? In this practical session, we will discuss 13 Guidelines for Managing Flexible Groups, advantages and disadvantages of various grouping patterns, and the logistics and management of group work. You will come away with ideas and strategies you can use in your classroom immediately.

 

Giftedness: What It Is, What It Isn't

In this session, Carolyn gives a broad overview of giftedness, including myths about gifted students and the relationship (or lack thereof) between giftedness and high achievement in school. Identification, definitions of giftedness, grouping patterns and delivery models are discussed. Provides an excellent overview for those new to gifted education.

 

"If It's on the Internet, It Has to Be True!"

What a statement… yet this is what many kids believe in this age of information explosion. In this session we will look at ways to teach students how to become savvy information consumers as they look at various print and Internet resources. To accomplish this, we must structure our schools and classrooms to target skills in critical thinking and independent learning. This session focuses on practical strategies to build these skills and help students develop the ability to understand, evaluate and integrate information from a wide variety of sources

 

Planning for Successful Schoolwide Differentiation

How can we change schools so that differentiation is an approach used by teachers every day? There is no quick fix! In this session, Carolyn will discuss a long-term approach with several important components:
1. A motivational introduction to the concept of differentiation
2. Ongoing training showing teachers practical strategies for differentiation
3. Time to write differentiated lessons/units and to gather resources
4. Practice and implementation in the classroom
5. Regular follow-up sessions and/or sharing in Professional Learning Communities

 

RTI and Differentiated Instruction: How They Work Together

Learn how to incorporate practical differentiation strategies into your RTI Action Plan. Find ways to accommodate different learning styles and modalities. Understand how to use pre-assessments to determine individual student strengths and weaknesses. Discover the benefits of formative assessments to assess and monitor the effect of each strategy on individual achievement. You will leave this session with strategies, interventions and easy-to-use Progress Monitoring Forms you can use immediately.

 

Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom

In this presentation, we will discuss a number of practical strategies to use when differentiating curriculum. Emphasized are strategies that challenge students, focusing on developing higher level thinking skills. Strategies include curriculum compacting, learning contracts, resident expert, anchoring activities, and Tic-Tac-Toe. Each of these strategies can be implemented in any classroom setting.

 

Top Ten Parent Questions

Parents of gifted students have a wide range of questions encompassing the academic, social and emotional needs of their children. Other questions focus on the concept of giftedness, cultural diversity, the use of new technologies and the proper relationship between home and school. In this session, you will hear both the questions and the answers to the "Top Ten". This workshop can be designed for parents, for teachers or for both groups.

 

Using 'Questivities' to Develop Creative Thinking

This session introduces 'Questivities', an easy-to-use format that encourages creativity in the differentiated classroom. It provides a way for students to brainstorm answers to creative thinking questions before beginning a project or research activity. These questions stimulate 'outside the box' thinking, give practice in research skills and extend any project activity. In this session, you will see examples of the Questivities format, participate in brainstorming answers to sample Questivities Thinking Questions, and discuss applications of this strategy for your own classroom.

 

Using the RTI Approach with Gifted Underachievers

What can be done to help gifted underachievers when they lack motivation, struggle academically or display behaviors not conducive to high achievement in school? The Response to Intervention (RTI) approach identifies the needs of each underachieving student and links those needs to specific strategies and interventions that can lead to success. In this session, learn how to identify student needs, become familiar with many practical strategies and interventions and find out how to implement these strategies and monitor each student's steps to success.

 

What to Do for Stressed-Out Kids: Dealing with Stress and Perfectionism

This presentation focuses on stressors faced by children and some of the things parents and teachers can do to help alleviate them. Carolyn discusses the causes of stress in modern society, with an emphasis on those factors which most affect children such as perfectionism, the fear of making mistakes, our hurried lifestyles and too many activities. We'll look at a number of practical ideas and strategies we can use to deal with stress in children and help them live more relaxed and less stressful lives.