Field Trip & Guest Expert Session | Virtual & Seated | Paid
The Westminster Field Trip package includes a virtual pre-visit and a follow-up face-to-face learning session in Denver, Colorado with national student learning expert Dr. Robert Marzano. Also included is a site visit to a nearby nationally renowned school district.
After arriving in Denver, attendees will be welcomed with dinner, spend the next day on a guided tour of Westminster Public Schools, a district Dr. Marzano has worked with directly for several years to create a model for implementing competency-based learning. Finally, the group will enjoy a day of learning with Dr. Marzano before heading back to Missouri.
Build background knowledge about personalized competency-based education, especially as used by Marzano Academies and Westminster Public Schools.
Gain familiarity with the Marzano Academies models of CBE leadership and instruction, using recently published texts by Dr. Marzano and practicing CBE educators.
Engage in strategic planning and identify next steps in their own journey toward personalized competency-based education.
💡 Learn more about the Marzano Academies Model
This experience is designed to help educators better understand what competency-based learning means and how it looks in a district where this type of system is effectively utilized. Like most educational practices, it is more meaningful to practitioners when they can see the work in action.
This field trip is also designed to build GOCSD members’ foundational understanding of the work happening within the Success-Ready Students Network (SRSN). Many GOCSD districts are great candidates for engaging in the upcoming SRSN Innovation Zones' opportunities. Both DESE and legislators have indicated strong support for this learning system approach; GOCSD wants to ensure our districts have the information and understanding to engage in this very effective practice that puts student learning at the forefront of practice and assessment.
Marzano Resources is offering this unique opportunity just for GOCSD members. But, slots we do not utilize will go to other districts in the nation. The maximum number of attendees per visit is 30 with a minimum of 20. We currently have 2 possible field trip dates for attendees to choose from: December 5-7, 2022 OR February 20-22, 2023. Attendees can indicate their preferred date when registering.
Dec 1st at 10-11:15 AM CST for December Group
Feb 16 at 10-11:15 AM CST for February Group
During this virtual, 75-minute training session, Dr. Marzano will help the group build their background knowledge in preparation for their observation experience with Westminster Public Schools. Particular attention will be paid to specific strategies that Dr. Marzano recommends the group look for during their observation experience. Based on participants’ level (elementary or secondary), Dr. Marzano will also highlight specific information from the books below that he recommends participants review and become familiar with before their visit.
December 5-7 OR February 20-22
Dinner with Marzano Resources Team in Denver, Colorado
Led by Westminster Public Schools staff, this visit will be tailored to the needs of the participants. It typically begins with an overview of Westminster’s competency-based system, concluding with school visits in the afternoon. Lunch is included, along with materials supplied by Westminster Public Schools to support participants’ learning and understanding of the WPS competency-based system.
During this onsite training day with Dr. Marzano at the Marzano Resources Denver Training Center, participants will be guided through processing and reflecting on their observation experience at Westminster Public Schools. Dr. Marzano will also extend participants’ learning using as resources the two texts listed below. There will be time for teams to engage in strategic planning and identify next steps as they return to their schools and districts. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Superintendents & Assistant Superintendents, Principals & Assistant Principals, Teachers, Instructional & Tech Coaches, Curriculum Directors, University Professors
Registration closes September 30, 2022.
When registering, attendees can indicate their preferred field trip date (December or February) and their book preferences. No payment is required at this point.
GOCSD will monitor the registrations and be in touch with participating Districts after the registration closes to verify that the registration quota has been met.
Once all the Field Trip participant lists are finalized, Districts will be sent invoices. Districts can then begin booking their flights, lodging and transportation. Substitutions will be encouraged as refunds will not be provided.
GOCSD Members: $1200 per person
Registration Fee includes:
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast and lunch, transportation between the hotel and school
Day 3: Breakfast and lunch, transportation to the training center
75 minute virtual training, and an in-person, 5 hour training, both with Dr. Marzano
Westminster Public School guided visit
2 books per person: “Teaching in a Competency-Based Elementary School” and “Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School” OR “Teaching in a Competency-Based Secondary School” and “Leading a Competency-Based Secondary School.”
Items NOT included in the registration fee that are the attendees responsibility:
Transportation to the hotel from the airport upon arrival
Dinner on Day 2
Transportation at the end of Day 3 back to the hotel or airport
Check-in at hotel: Hyatt Place Denver / Westminster
Catered dinner provided at the Hyatt Place Hotel with the Marzano Resources Team
Breakfast provided at the hotel
Charter bus transportation provided from the hotel to Westminster Public Schools
Lunch provided at the school during the visit
Charter bus transportation provided from the school to the hotel
Charter bus transportation provided to the Marzano Resources Training Center
7:30 Breakfast provided at the Marzano Resources Training Center
8:00 Professional learning with Dr. Marzano
12:00 Lunch provided at the Marzano Resources Training Center
1:00 – 2:00 Professional learning with Dr. Marzano. The recommendation is to leave the Mazano office 3 hours before flight departure.
Districts can choose to travel home the evening of Day 3, or instead travel on Day 4. It will be up to the District to schedule transportation on Day 3 from the Marzano Resources Denver Training Center to either the airport or hotel.
To assist you in planning we are providing a document of travel tips and resources.
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