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Simple, Smart, Effective

Let's be honest...simple is NOT a trending concept in education. But there is a place for simplicity. We don't trivialize school improvement by suggesting it's easy. But when we embrace the values of simplicity and efficacy, teams of teachers and leaders can promote change, keep colleagues on course, and provide value to each other, day by day. 

While professional development is a business that provides a service, most educators don't think of themselves as service providers who fulfill client needs. Because you’re busy teaching and leading, you don’t have time to study your craft as carefully as you’d like, to try out new strategies, read books and articles on methodology, stay on top of contemporary research, or explore opportunities for professional development. ACS and Steve Ventura take pleasure and pride in doing those things for you, and show you what works best —including free resources and information that will help you do your job better.

Finally, we know something about organizational improvement. Success is not how many initiaitves a school or district can implement. It's the degree of implementation that is the most important variable when comparing student achievment results to initiatives.  We don’t do philosophies, big-picture thinking or strategic planning – nope.  We talk about all of the how-tos that you can use to create an effective teacher and leadership profile.

Because every event and group is different, Steve will customize a package of services for your unique needs, including pre-event consultation and resources your group can continue to use long after the event has come and gone. 

Key Note Speaking and Hot Topics:

  • From Outdated to Outstanding: Retooling Your Collaborative Leadership Profile
  • Leadership Implications and Collective Teacher Efficacy
  • Assessment Literacy and Short-Cycle Assessments
  • Five Truths of Teaching that Matter the Most
  • Five Truths of Leadership that Matter the Most
  • Evaluating Your Leadership Impact: The Key to Continous School Improvement
  • How Effective Teams Collaborate: The Science of Collective Teacher Efficacy
  • Achievement Team Accelerators: From Ideas to Implementation

Featured Services List

Corwin Professional Learning       

Steve provides additional professional development through his partnership with Corwin. He is a certified trainer for three major professional development seminars. Corwin offers a host of independent and integrated professional learning options that conform with your budget, your timeline, and your objectives. The content is rich, contemporary, and research-based.

  • Visible Learning

Steve is one of 20 North American consultants certified in Visible Learning. Visible Learningplus is an in-depth school change model of professional learning and development that has been designed for school-based teams to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to determine the "impact" on student achievement and learning. By considering the effects of the practices of teachers and leaders, schools will be able to make substantial gains in student achievement. For more information, click here.

  • Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

We are living in what is called a “Clarity Crisis”— the perfect storm of brand-new standards, or a change of standards from Common Core to a new version of state standards, new assessments, and potentially new curriculum. Teacher Clarity, on the other hand, can be defined as clear learning intentions, clear success criteria, and clear learning progressions for every unit of study which empowers students to eventually own their own learning.  With an effect size of .75, Teacher Clarity supports and makes all other influences on student achievement possible, including Assessment-Capable Learners, Response to Intervention, Classroom Intervention, and Meaningful Feedback, to name a few.

Participants attending this institute will learn how to:

  • Learn each step of the process, including understanding the “what” and the “why”
  • Break into teams, take their existing curriculum and standards, and work every single step of the process
  • Complete two entire units of learning intentions, success criteria, and learning progressions 
  • Common Formative Assessments 2.0

Whether you're completely new to common formative assessments (CFAs) or have deep experience, the Common Formative Assessments 2.0 (CFA 2.0) team can help you take CFAs to the next level. Bring educators and grade-level or course-level teams together to collaboratively create assessments that gauge student learning within a curricular unit of study. The teams will intentionally align their pre- and post-common formative assessments and generate high-quality questions to match the same level of rigor seen in the unit's learning intentions derived from the standards. For more information, click here.

  • Student Voice and Aspirations

For over 30 years, Dr. Russell Quaglia and his team have been collecting information about what students think, believe, and feel about school. The data has shown time and time again that students must exhibit an active voice in their learning if they are to reach their fullest potential.

When students know they’re being heard, they report a much higher level of academic motivation. Likewise, teachers who feel they have a voice work harder toward their career goals and are more equipped to value the growth of student voice. For more information, click here.


If you would like to learn more about any of the content we offer, please contact us for a free webinar*. There is no commitment or obligation here. Steve is known for providing service well beyond profit and when you request a webinar, you will receive an hour's worth of professional development for you and your entire staff.

*Corwin content is not available for webinars.