OUR WORKSHOPS

Participate in interactive workshops, designed to address teaching and learning.

  • Improve academic proficiency in both language and content

  • Communicate effectively with parents and develop skills that improve cross-cultural communication and understanding.

  • Improve classroom management by understanding tacit student behavior and work to develop a productive learning environment.

  • Evaluate transcripts.

  • Make grade-appropriate placements.

  • Develop culturally-responsive curricula.

  • Improve student interaction and help them to become active participants rather than passive learners.

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

*We can customize any workshop to accommodate your needs.

THE NEXT GENERATION: TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THEIR WORLD. A hands-on approach to differentiating instruction by recognizing one's own teaching style and comparing it to student's learning styles


This interactive workshop will focus on the impact of the Common Core Standards for ELLs, level of language proficiency as they align with higher order thinking skills and how differentiated instruction differs from individualized instruction. Participants will investigate their own learning and teaching styles and learn strategies to align student learning styles with their teaching styles. The works and findings of Carol Ann Thomlinson which explain how teaching needs to address the differences that occur within students’ learning profiles, Gregorc Learning Styles of teaching and learning and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences are incorporated into the workshop. During this interactive workshop, Participants will 1. Explore one’s own learning and “teaching” style and compare it to the different ways in which students learn and think. 2 Explore strategies to address different student styles in three specific curricular areas: Content, Process, and Products. 3. Explore ways in which instruction that emphasizes student decision-making and research is more natural and effective than one in which students are served a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum. 4. Identify appropriate strategies that will move students to higher achievement levels. 5. Differentiate the same lesson for success at each level of language proficiency. Recommended for all K-12 teachers Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




CREATING A TOOLBOX OF BRAIN SMART STRATEGIES


Student achievement is more dependent upon how a student thinks about his or her thinking as we provide instruction that builds cognitive skills. How many of us have taken a test and couldn’t remember anything; yet, as we got up to exit the classroom the information flooded our brain “just in the nick of too late”? This interactive workshop will focus on five components outlined in the BrainSMART Model developed by Conyers and Wilson, and will incorporate the brain research of Dr. Zadina. Participants will: 1. Explore key features of the brain and factors that link brain sense to common sense 2. Learn how to make learning meaningful , 3. Learn how help students develop memory and focus strategies
4. Create a toolbox of strategies to help students transfer classroom learning to achieve success on tests and in real life, and
5. Learn the diet that supports brain health!
Recommended for all Teachers Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




ESOL STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING LANGUAGE AND CONTENT


The focus of this training is to provide practical strategies for building on common classroom techniques and activities that increase teacher effectiveness in meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of secondary school English Language Learners. The workshop will… 1. Explore language development and content-specific issues as they relate to cultural understanding, 2.Address the challenge of teaching in multicultural classrooms, 3. Define language learning as an academic skill in learning content, 4 Introduce strategies for using content as a vehicle to teach language in an integrated approach. 5. Provide suggestions for: √ modifying assignments √ adapting personal teaching techniques √ adapting classroom-based assessments Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




PERSPECTIVES ON DIVERSITY: CULTURAL PORTRAITS


The focus of this training is to provide a framework for developing cultural competence in the classroom in order to avoid miscommunication and ineffective productivity by bridging the culture gap in our ever-changing environment. Interactive sessions have been designed to address:

  • Viewing culture through different lenses
  • Communicating effectively with diverse populations
  • Improving parent/ student/ teacher interactions by becoming aware of objective data on selected countries
  • Understanding cultural behaviors gleaned from research-based information such as
√ family and name structures √ cultural caveats √ cultural patterns √ student grouping strategies √ acculturation vs. assimilation Recommended for Teachers K-12: full day and Administrators: Half or full day sessions Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




A FRAMEWORK FOR WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH ESOL BILINGUAL ASSISTANTS


The goal of this workshop is to prepare ESOL Bilingual Assistants for an expanded role as members of the instructional team. The workshop will prepare ESOL Bilingual Assistants to use a limited number of flexible strategies that teachers generally use in the classroom and to structure simple collaboration to use these strategies to support the teacher’s regular curriculum. This Professional Development Program has three objectives: 1. Support content instruction for English Language Learners 2. Facilitate academic language learning for English Language Learners 3. Work collaboratively with teachers and others in an instructional role Recommended for ESOL Bilingual Assistants and teachers Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




YES, I CAN! SUPPORTING TEACHERS TO EMPOWER ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS


The rationale for a Texas project in closing the achievement gap between English Language speakers and English Language Learners is simple:”improved understanding of how to teach ELL students will result in improved student achievement.” The focus of this interactive workshop is to set the optimum conditions for teaching and learning through the participatory demonstration of a “hands- on” lesson from preparation to assessment: LA PAELLA AL ESTILO BEATRIZ EL ORIGEN DEL PLATO TRADICIONAL DE ESPANA The Cognitive Learning Model comes alive as participants become engaged in a learning process that is fun with significant ROI! Attention is given to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as the lesson incorporates essential second language strategies including personalizing vocabulary, cognates, language and content standards, lesson delivery, student interaction and assessment. All teachers Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




TEACHING IN A DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM


Overview 1. Instructional Models 2. Benefits of dual language programs 3. Key features of effective dual language programs 4. Criteria for success Click the calendar to schedule this workshop.




CULTURAL PORTRAITS & EDUCATIONAL PROFILES


The focus of this training is to provide a framework for developing cultural proficiency based on the latest research in Cultural Portraits, A Snyoptic Guide, in order to avoid miscommunication and ineffective productivity by bridging the culture gap in our ever-changing environment. An interactive presentation has been designed for all school personnel and will address:

  • Viewing cultures through different lenses
  • Communicating effectively with diverse populations
  • Evaluating transcripts and making grade-appropriate placements
  • Understand foreign school systems and method of grading
  • Improving social interactions by becoming aware of objective data on selected countries represented in your district
  • Understanding cultural behaviors such as:
√ Cultural caveat √ Cultural patterns √ Structure and expectations of foreign edcuational systems Recommended for resource teachers and guidance counselors. Click on the calendar to schedule this workshop.




WIDA MADE SIMPLE FOR THE CLASSROOM: WORLD CLASS INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT


Do your students participate in multiple opportunities for language practice?

Are students engaged in all language domains during instruction?

How can students achieve higher levels in academic content and language development?

The focus of this workshop is to present an overview of the new WIDA standards for Florida ELLs in a hands on interactive session. Participants will plan and create language rich academic classrooms at various levels of English proficiency by providing appropriate language support. They will incorporate the elements of the Model Performance Indicators (MPI) into content area lessons aligned to the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS)

Recommended for all teachers K-12 and bilinugal assistants

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REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING BASED ON "CAN-DO" PLANNING


The focus of this hands-on workshop is to provide relevant practice for all classroom teachers K-12.

Participants will:

  • Correlate WIDA Performance Descriptions with grade-level Can-Do statements

  • Review student Access 2.0 and FSA scores

  • Plot each student in each language domain according to level of proficiency

  • Work with the trainer and with colleagues to apply the plotted information into their current plans for teaching and learning.

All teachers K-12

This workshop can be delivered at targeted school sites or at a district coordinated workshop.

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CULTURAL COMPETENCE: THE DYNAMICS OF DIFFERENCE, DIVERSITY AND CHANGE


The first steps in understanding the dynamics of difference, diversity and change is to recognize conflict and then develop strategies and insights that will lead to successful outcomes. This workshop addresses conflict management strategies for recognizing the importance of facts, values, personalities, perceptions and cultural differences. Activities include approaches to managing conflict, adapting to diversity and changing how instruction

Impacts these dynamics in a multicultural classroom.

Based on the works of Randall B. Lindsey, Delores B. Lindsey, Kikanza Robbins, and Raymond Terrell.

Recommended for classroom teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and guidance counselors.

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HELPING ELLs UNDERSTAND THE SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF THE "HIDDEN CURRICULUM”


Stumbling through the unwritten rules of school on an as-needed and trial-and-error basis can delay our ELLs’ cultural adjustment process, second language acquisition, and overall academic development. In this session presenters and participants will examine ways to introduce students to the hidden curriculum of U.S. school culture.

School culture varies significantly from country to country; yet many of the differences are tacit rather than explicit. As a result, ELLs all too often gain access to the unwritten rules of their adoptive school culture by unwittingly making painful or embarrassing mistakes.

Not only do such experiences delay the learner’s cultural adjustment process but it can negatively affect second language acquisition and overall academic growth.

The interactive workshop will focus on strategies that make this common and expected rite of passage less awkward and the “rules of school” more transparent, thus providing ELLs with a more expedient path to academic success and the dignity that they need and deserve.

Recommended for teachers and paraprofessionals.

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