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Time is precious. Teaching and learning are hard. We seek to help with both by providing teachers with practical and proven instructional ideas, strategies, and resources. It’s not about wowing with flashy, innovative tech tools (though if relevant, we’ll include that too!), it’s about finding and implementing the right strategy at the right time with as little strain on teachers as possible

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    Founded in 1991, Communications by Design supports districts, schools, and individual teachers in technology integration and professional development. We focus this work on what matters most: successful students, innovative classrooms, and thriving schools. Whether equipping teachers with practical and proven strategies like during our Project-based Learning Academy or Fostering Engagement workshops or helping district leaders make and implement technology decisions, our work begins and ends with effective teaching and learning.

    Take a look at some of our most popular programs and services!

    Virtual coaching anchors all our work with teachers and administrators. We don’t leave teachers to figure things out on their own after a training– we provide ongoing support throughout the year to ensure teachers are able to implement what they’ve learned and get the just-in-time coaching and support they need.

    Using years of top research, we’ve developed a framework for student engagement that any teacher can use to improve student motivation, effort, and achievement. Participants will learn over 20 practical strategies they can start using in class tomorrow!

    PBL Academy helps teachers develop authentic learning experiences that engage students in deep, rigorous learning to improve student achievement. Participants experience three unique PBL frameworks, over 15 PBL strategies to implement with their students, and leave with a fully formed PBL unit!

    This immersive, in-person experience dives deep into the fundamentals of good teaching and learning, exploring strategies and tools in interactive and collaborative learning activities that revitalize teachers and refresh their classroom practices.

    Coaching Academy is designed to expand coaching and leadership skills for instructional and technology coaches. Participants learn essential coaching questions, practice powerful coaching conversations, and workshop real-life coaching scenarios. Coaching Academy is an essential training for anyone in an educational coaching role.

    Professional learning is most effective when ideas are practical and concise and target the aspects of our work that matter most. Our Micro Learning Courses are the solution for educators inundated with time-intensive tasks who want to learn but don't have hours each day to devote to it.

    Facilitated by literacy expert Annemarie Johnson, school and district literacy teams can join this 1-day event to develop a design-focused blueprint for literacy transformation and the tools to support a literacy coaching system.

    This immersive, in-person experience prepares teachers, and thus their students, for an ever-changing future. Leveraging the power of educational technology, teachers will gain knowledge, skills, and strategies to prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond.

    Facilitated by literacy expert Annemarie Johnson, elementary teachers and administrators are invited to learn more about how to apply proven literacy instruction to enhance teaching practices and leverage current research.

    Learn about the current landscape of artificial intelligence and its relevance in education for both teachers and students, including how to enhance lesson planning, assessment and feedback, student support and tutoring, and much more!

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