Through our highly interactive one-day workshops, participants explore practices and strategies to develop positive, supportive relationships with students and build high-functioning, high-performing groups of learners.

Engaged Classrooms: Learning and Teaching for Rigor, Creativity, and Ownership

One-Day Open Enrollment Workshops in Colorado, April 2015

Engaging Schools’ Engaged Classrooms program offers an approach to instruction, classroom management, and discipline that fosters academic, social, and emotional learning and development in each and every student. Through this highly-interactive workshop, participants explore practices and strategies to develop positive, supportive relationships with students and build high-functioning, high-performing groups of learners. Engaging Schools workshops provide “learn-it-today, use-it-tomorrow” tools and strategies that you can apply immediately in your classroom, including:

  • Six Conditions of Engagement
  • Engagement vs. Compliance
  • Five Elements of a Well-Paced Lesson
  • Activators: A Core Engagement Practice
  • Ramping up Engagement: Three High-Impact Teaching Strategies
    • Problematizing a Lesson: Teaching for Thinking
    • Differentiation: Challenge by Choice
    • Making Meaning: Using Text-Based Protocols
  • Creating a High-Performing Group: Organize and Manage Your Class for Student Success
    • The Power of Procedures
    • Group Learning Protocols

Participants will gain a full understanding of how to use Activators, plus a teaching strategy, a procedure, and a group learning protocol to embed in upcoming lessons to support greater student engagement. Participants will also receive a copy of Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students.

Who should attend? School leaders and classroom teachers working in middle and high schools – new teachers will find it particularly beneficial. Learning support staff and teacher aides will also benefit from this workshop.

Cost for the one-day workshop is $200.00 per person which includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of our best-selling resource Activators: Classroom Strategies for Engaging Middle and High School Students.

Dates, Location, and Presenter:

April 13 and April 23, 2015 | Bill Roberts School, Denver, CO | presented by Michele Tissiere, Engaging Schools Director of Professional Services

The workshops open at 8:00 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast, begin at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at 3:30 p.m.


Registration Cancellation Policy/No-Show Policy: Cancellations received no later than one week before the workshop date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after that date will result in forfeiture of the entire registration fee. Fees that have been forfeited will not be applied to registration for other workshops. If you have registered for an Engaged Classrooms workshop, and you are not able to attend after the cancellation deadline, you are encouraged to send a substitute. Please contact Engaging Schools if you are unable to attend: or 617-492-1764, x10.

Inclement Weather Policy: The workshop will be cancelled if the Denver Public Schools are closed that day for bad weather. If the workshop is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for a later date in that location, and you will be automatically enrolled in the workshop on the new date.

Payment Information: Official school or district purchase orders will be accepted. You can also pre-pay by check (made out to Engaging Schools), or by credit card (we accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express). All attendees must register, fees must be paid, and purchase orders submitted to Engaging Schools at least one week in advance of the workshop date, as we cannot accept walk-in registrations or payment on site. Checks and purchase orders may be mailed to Engaging Schools, 23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Purchase orders may also be emailed to, or faxed to 617-864-5164.

Space is limited to no more than 40 participants per workshop. Please email or call 800-370-2515 x20 if you have questions or need more information.



About the Presenter


Michele Tissiere has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and senior administrator in secondary schools. She works collaboratively with district leaders, school leaders, and teachers on systems, structures, and processes for effective change, helping to shape faculty, peer, and classroom cultures in the areas of youth development, student centered teaching and learning, and schoolwide climate and culture. Michele is committed to co-constructing differentiated professional learning opportunities to maximize adults’ capacities, school improvement, and student achievement.