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 growth. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Tune Up Tuesday 2020 will be held virtually on ZOOM. Every session is ACT-48 eligible and is aligned to school district goals to support students emotionally and academically. Each session has time allotted for the application of a targeted skill or strategy in order to ensure that teachers leave confident in their abilities to implement what they have learned to their classroom the next day.

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


2020-2021 Session Dates & Locations:

Zoom Session 1:  Zoom Session 2:
September 15 September 22
October 13 October 27
November 10 November 24
December 8 ———
January 12 January 26
February 9 February 23
March 9 March 23
April 6 April 20
*All sessions run from 4:00-5:30pm

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 create and share asynchronous learning opportunities with student Chromebooks. Participants will walk through how to access, save and organize interactive SMART Learning Suite lessons using Google Drive. Content created during this session can easily be shared with students using Google Classroom. No SMARTBoard needed! This session is for SMART Learning Suite beginners. (Danielson Domain 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 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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During this workshop, teachers will explore additional ways to foster student collaboration during synchronous learning opportunities. This session will encourage participants to experience and create small group and whole group collaborative learning lessons. Content created during this session can easily be delivered to students’ ChromeBooks during synchronous lessons. No SMARTBoard needed! This session is for teachers with experience using SLSO for collaboration and synchronous learning. (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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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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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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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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