Building Blocks Workshop

The Building Blocks workshop is a professional learning opportunity to support program teams to initiate and lead efforts to improve the development of teacher candidates through cohesive, well-designed clinical experiences. This workshop is based on a framework, informed by qualitative research conducted at 18 programs, that draws on scientific learning principles and focuses on design elements common to programs that prepare confident, skilled teachers: modeling, practice, feedback, and alignment.

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Workshop Overview

The Building Blocks workshop will support teams of program leaders and teacher educators to:

  • Explore how the Building Blocks framework can support programs in improving teacher-candidate learning, and use the framework as a lens to assess program strengths and areas for improvement;
  • Collaborate with teams to imagine and design ways to improve teacher-candidate learning in clinical experiences, drawing on concrete strategies used by other programs;
  • Develop plans to initiate improvement efforts, grounded in strategies for organizational learning and change leadership; and
  • Build professional relationships with peers from other programs.

The two-day workshop will introduce teams of program leaders and teacher educators to a framework that draws on scientific learning principles, and focuses on design elements common to programs that prepare confident, skilled teachers. Teams will gain access to tools and protocols grounded in the framework that will support them in examining their programs, and will see how other leaders in the field have tackled the challenges of improving clinical experiences. Throughout the workshop, program teams will have opportunities to collectively imagine a coherent and consistent teacher preparation experience and draw on leadership strategies to develop plans for improvement.

For more information on the Building Blocks framework, click here.


Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for program teams of two to five people, comprised of leaders responsible for designing and implementing clinical experiences for teacher candidates (e.g., clinical directors, program directors, department chairs, and teacher educators including faculty, supervisors, and school and district partners). Leaders should have a deep commitment to improving candidate development and an orientation towards collaborative learning. We’re committed to building a diverse set of participating teams that represents a range of institutions and educator-preparation programs.


The Cost

The fee for the Building Blocks Workshop is $500 per person and includes all materials and breakfast and lunch for the two days. Payment or purchase order must be received within 30 days of acceptance into the workshop.

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