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(Re)Designing Lessons and Units for Deeper Learning and Student Engagement

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Monday, June 24, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Location: Franklin 1-2, Marriott

Dr. Scott McLeod  
Schools around the globe are using the 4 Shifts discussion protocol to push their pedagogy to new levels. We will (re)design lessons together for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work and rich technology infusion. We will use actual lesson plans and video exemplars to facilitate our work.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants need an Internet-connected computing device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session we will utilize a detailed discussion protocol that provides concrete, specific 'look fors' and 'think abouts' that help educators move lessons toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. The 4 Shifts Protocol is being used by schools around the world to help them translate 21st century learning initiatives into day-to-day classroom practice. In this session we will use actual lesson plans and video exemplars as we practice using the protocol. Participants will walk away with numerous tips and strategies for implementing the protocol in their schools and classrooms.


10 minutes - Introduction to the challenge (interactive whole group conversation)
60 to 150 minutes (depending on session format) - redesigning lessons and units together using the protocol - this is active, hands-on, small group work and will include numerous opportunities to ask question, apply to local practice, etc.
15-20 minutes - Tips, strategies, and suggestions (interactive whole group conversation)

Supporting research

McLeod, S., & Graber, J. (2018). Harnessing technology for deeper learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree. Available at

McLeod, S. (2015). Facilitating administrators’ instructional leadership through the use of a technology integration discussion protocol. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 10(3), 227-233.

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Dr. Scott McLeod, University of Colorado Denver

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