Tipping Point Cohorts Fall 2009

Tipping Point Cohorts are a new way for teachers to get support and inspiration to propel their practice forward. Tipping Point Cohorts gather small groups of teachers at a specific grade level who meet once a month for video observation and discussion of cutting-edge instructional techniques. Each Tipping Point Cohort is facilitated by an experienced teacher who uses their own classroom as the basis for the sessions each group is grounded in the real work of a high-poverty urban school.

In the Fall of 2010 five grade-level Tipping Point Cohorts will gather to observe highly effective elementary reading instruction. At each monthly session, teachers will:

  • OBSERVE. Step into a classroom at your grade level by viewing a videotaped reading lesson taught by your group facilitator.
  • REFLECT. Reflect on the lesson exploring strategy instruction, differentiation techniques and classroom management.
  • TRY. Take away written lesson plans and techniques to try in your own classroom.
  • DISCUSS. Return the next month to discuss how it went, your questions and challenges.


The tipping point is the moment when the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. Let's get to the tipping point.



Every Participant will Receive

3 credits and 45 CEUs

Real Tools at Your Grade Level

  • 4 different reading units with daily teaching points
  • Copies of tested lesson plans at each session
  • Sample charts and graphic organizers
  • 6 focused cohort sessions
  • Access to videos of 5 reading lessons

Real Conversation and Support

  • Small group conversation focused on your questions and needs
  • On-line community for group participants
  • A new group of committed colleagues

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