Tune Up Tuesday is a monthly professional development event that empowers teachers, promotes collaboration, and provides a variety of next-day strategies to “tune up” your craft!

Program Overview

Tune Up Tuesday is a paid professional development opportunity open to all district PreK to 12th-grade teachers. Twice a month, Tune Up Tuesday offers a variety of sessions, where teachers get to choose the session that is most relevant their professional growth. Tune Up Tuesday 2021-22 will be held virtually on ZOOM from 4:30-6:00pm. Our diverse selection of sessions are designed to support teachers in “tuning up” their craft in order to support student academic growth and socio-emotional development. Every session is ACT-48 eligible and is aligned to school district goals and initiatives to support our students.

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*Payment may take up to 8-10 weeks from the event to be received.


2021-2022 Session Dates & Locations:

*All sessions run from 4:30-6:00pm

Zoom Session 1:  Zoom Session 2:
September 14 September 28
October 12 October 26
November 9 November 16
December 7 ———
January 11 January 25
February 8 February 22
March 8 March 22
April 5 April 26

For additional questions regarding Tune Up Tuesday, please contact professionaldevelopment@philasd.org

The Tune Up Tuesday Video Library

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Ed Tech/SMART Sessions

Learn how Google forms can be used in the classroom to collect student data and assess student progress. Understand and practice the workflow for creating a Google Form. View and understand the Response Data Spreadsheet and Summary of Responses. (Danielson Domain 4)

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During this workshop teachers will explore ways to leverage SMART Learning Suite Online to create interactive “Checks For Understandings” in their lesson. The lesson components that teachers will be creating will range from entrance tickets to exit tickets, meaning they can happen at any point in the lesson, but they help both the teacher and student when achieving competency. By the end of this workshop, teachers will have ready made “Check For Understanding” lesson components to implement during lessons. This session is for SLSO beginners. (Danielson Domains 1,3)

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During this workshop, teachers will explore ways to leverage SMART Learning Suite Online to create interactive “Checks For Understandings” in their lesson. The lesson components that teachers will be creating will range from entrance tickets to exit tickets, meaning they can happen at any point in the lesson, but they help both the teacher and student when achieving competency. By the end of this workshop, teachers will have ready made “Check For Understanding” lesson components to implement during lessons. This session is for teachers with experience using SLSO. (Danielson Domains 1,3)

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Google’s Tour Builder is a wonderful way to organize presentation content that can be related to locations.  Whether you are looking for a clever way to tell a story, explain the steps of a process, retell events in history, create an adventure, review concepts, or explore topics, there are countless ways to couple this tool with curricular content. You will learn how to use this tool so that you can explore your own unique ways to combine it with your content area or focus. (Danielson Domains 1,3)

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During this workshop, teachers will create and share learning opportunities with student Chromebooks. Participants will walk through how to access, save and organize interactive Lumio lessons using Google Drive. No SMARTBoard needed! This session is for Lumio (SLSO) beginners. Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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During this workshop, teachers will create and share learning opportunities with student Chromebooks. Participants will walk through how to access, save and organize interactive Lumio lessons using Google Drive. No SMARTBoard needed! This session is for Lumio (SLSO) beginners. Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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During this workshop, teachers will learn how to create interactive lessons using SMART Notebook software. This session will provide participants with an overall introduction to Notebook as well as tips and tricks for creating engaging lesson elements. It is highly recommended participants have updated Notebook software downloaded prior to the session. This session is for SMART Notebook beginners. Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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During this workshop, teachers will explore student independent and collaboration opportunities for the ELA classroom. Content created during this session can easily be delivered to students’ Chromebooks in all learning opportunities. No SMARTBoard needed! This session is for teachers with experience using Lumio (SLSO). Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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In this session, participants will learn how to use Lumio (SLSO) to support Math instruction. Participants will explore how Lumio and other math tools can be used to in conjunctions with each other to give students engaging and enriching activities. Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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In this session, participants will learn how to use the publish to web feature in Google Slides to create stop motion videos. Participants will create a stop motion video and discover how it can be used to facilitate learning. Danielson Domain(s) 1, 3

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Office of Climate and Culture: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

This session will highlight the translation of Positive Behavior Support research into virtual and in-person classroom practice for educators. Emphasis will be placed on rapport, clarity of expectations and positive reinforcement in order to assist teachers in the management of their classroom and alignment to school-wide expectations in a virtual and traditional setting. (Danielson Domain 2)

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Office of Curriculum and Instruction: ELA

Text Comparisons: This session will highlight excerpts from contemporary literature that provide a modern spin on the classics.  Teachers will leave with the ability to use contemporary literature to engage students in texts from the traditional cannon.

Pairings a classical book with a modern book that promotes diversity. For example, pairing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Ibi Zoboi’s Pride. The goal is to show teachers how to use culturally relevant literature as an access/entry point to classic literature.  (Danielson Domain 3)

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Office of Curriculum and Instruction: Math

Educators will discuss and identify the components of executing a formative task within their classroom.  We will discuss the “launch”, “monitor”, and “debrief” and its implications to promote productive mathematical thinking and access for all students during a lesson.  Educators will discuss and identify strategies to engage students with K-2, grade level formative tasks. Educators will be able to identify and plan to increase student engagement by exploring research based practices that promote student participation, discourse and conceptual understanding. (Danielson Domain 3)

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Educators will explore a variety of math instructional routines to support launching every math lesson. Participants will identify and plan 2-3 routines to use in upcoming K-3 grade level lessons. (Danielson Domain 3)

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Educators will participate in an exemplar model using Guided Instruction in place of Gradual Release to develop student understanding on grade level content. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to engage students with new learning skills and concepts. (Danielson Domain 3).

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Educators will explore strategies to provide entry points for all students to engage with K-3 grade level concepts and skills. Participants will identify how to create flexible student groupings, temporary scaffolds, and integrate technology to support student mastery of grade level standards. Grades PK-3. (Danielson Domain 3)

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Teachers of K-3 math will engage in discussion on how to leverage curricular materials to plan for math instruction. We will dive deep into the metacognitive thinking behind planning for instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Danielson Domain(s): 1

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Teachers of K-3 math will discuss how to utilize talk moves to increase student discussion during mathematics instruction. We will focus on how to use talk moves to develop student number sense, give all student opportunities to think creatively, build a community of mathematical thinkers, activate prior knowledge of skills and content, and provides access to all students. Danielson Domain(s): 3

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Office of Curriculum and Instruction: Science

What is scientific modeling and how do I get my students to create their own models? The process of developing and revising models is an integral aspect of science that encourages students to actively process concepts, to unpack and reveal their thinking, and to consider how the available evidence fits or not with their ideas. The term “models” is used to refer to representations of how we think something works or to the mental constructs in our heads. In this session, participants will learn techniques that can be used to incorporate in their units scientific models that are revised over the course of the learning process in order to move the class towards full understanding of the anchoring phenomenon. (Danielson Domain 3).

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Grades 6-12 – How can I engage students in leading rich, scientific discussions? Effective science instruction includes activating students’ prior knowledge, uncovering misconceptions and making connections. In this session, participants will learn techniques that can be used to facilitate student-centered discussions that move the class towards full understanding of the anchoring phenomenon. Participants will engage in a scientific discussion as learners and begin the process of planning to include this strategy in their upcoming lessons. (Danielson Domain 3).

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This workshop on scientific argumentation is intended to introduce K – 5 teachers to scientific argumentation within the framework of claims, evidence, and reasoning (CER). Participants will explore common challenges that teachers and students encounter in using evidence and reasoning. Participants will engage in argumentation in several ways, including: analyzing videos of classrooms engaging in argumentation activities, engaging in student activities using evidence and reasoning, and evaluating student work. Participants will leave with a concrete plan for promoting student use of evidence and reasoning in at least one upcoming lesson. Danielson Domain(s) 1a, 1c, 1f, 3c, 3d

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Office of Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies

Join facilitators from the National Constitution Center for a workshop designed to study various topics in all history subjects with a revisionist approach. Participants will practice text analysis and civil discourse. Participants will also gain access to resources for implementation in their classrooms by attending this workshop. Danielson Domain 3.

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Office of Curriculum and Instruction: World Languages

The best way to get language to “stick” is by engaging students in conversations that interest them and that they understand. We will move the planning focus from long lexical sets (all clothing, all the parts of the house) to ways of engaging students in conversations. We will start by unpacking language functions and features, and develop a unit framework organized around an essential question. (Danielson Domain 3)

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We will look at how to find materials, what features aid comprehension, and how to adapt activities to different proficiency levels. Teachers will evaluate materials using rubrics and choose from design templates to adapt their own materials for their classes. Samples provided in a variety of languages. Grades K-12 (Danielson Domain 1)

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For teachers of Spanish as a World Language in HS Level 1 and 2 classes only. Teachers will receive a class set of a short, Novice-Mid/High level novel. Using this, they will collaboratively design instructional lessons according to the guidance in the Lesson-cycles for Extended Stories. Danielson Domain(s) 1e, 3c

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Office of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

This session will highlight the translation of Positive Behavior Support research into classroom practice for educators. Emphasis will be placed on rapport, clarity of expectations and positive reinforcement in order to assist teachers in the management of their classroom and alignment to school-wide expectations. Danielson Domain(s) 2, 3

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Office of Prevention and Intervention

Staff in the Philadelphia School District are exposed to high levels of stress and traumatic experiences, whether directly or vicariously experienced.  Transformative Wellness is focused on acknowledging the impact of this increased exposure to trauma, and the need for self-care. Understanding the impact of traumatic experiences on our students and on ourselves is imperative to continuing our commitment to serve our students and communities.  (Danielson Domain 4).

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Office of Specialized Services

In this session, participants will learn strategies to: Establish a consistent, organized, and respectful learning environment; Provide positive and constructive feedback to guide students’ learning and behavior; Teach social behaviors; and Conduct functional behavioral assessments to develop individual student behavior support plans. (Danielson Domain 1)

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In this session participants will learn virtual and in-person strategies to collaborate with a variety of professionals to increase student success; organize and facilitate effective meetings with families and professionals; and collaborate with families to support student learning and secure needed services. (Danielson Domain 4).

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Office of Teaching and Learning

Do you want to upgrade your word study lessons? Are you wondering what word study even is? In this session, we’ll use current brain science to talk about the levels of word knowledge necessary to become a great reader, and how you can teach those elements in a fun and engaging way. (Danielson Domain 3).

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Office of Teaching and Learning + Drexel University

Dr. Michael Kozak and Dr. Samantha Mercanti-Anthony from Drexel University’s Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Tap into your students’ interests and prior knowledge to inspire and motivate your students to want to attend class. This interactive workshop will focus on various online strategies and free software aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students. Be prepared to work individually and in groups throughout this workshop. Now, fire up those laptops! (Danielson Domains 1, 2, 3)

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