All of our workshops are job embedded and equip teachers with hands-on materials, activities, assessments and lesson plans that can be implemented in the classroom the very next day.

We don’t tell teachers what to do; we show them what works, how to implement it, and provide the lesson plans, materials and classroom activities they need to execute protocols the very next day in their classroom.

Teachers leave our workshops confident and experienced in using the new tools and perspectives in their classrooms.  To achieve this level of instruction, we limit participation in our workshops to ensure that all participants are engaged.

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TEACHER TRAINING

  1. New Teacher Bootcamp

This workshop addresses common problems experienced by new teachers and offers a variety of protocols to correct them.  The most frequent needs addressed include:

  • classroom management
  • addressing all learning styles
  • creating powerful lesson plans
  • generating authentic informative and summative assessments
  • implementing practical and focused test preparation
  • establishing effective communication with parents and colleagues.

NJSLA TEST PREP

  1. How to write a high scoring LAT and RST for the NJSLA

* Ideal for Test Preparation

This workshop demonstrates how to read and analyze a passage in order to write a claim-evidence essay that earns points on the rubric used by test scorers and the algorithms used by the intelligent Essay Assessor (computer graded)  used by Pearson, the company responsible for grading the essays.

Discover the formula for high-scoring essays on the NJSL and how to convey this information to students.  Practice holistic scoring that simulates the scoring process on the NJSLA writing sections.

  1. Multiple Choice Strategies to Raise Reading Scores: Develop Higher Order Thinking (“HOT”) Skills    (Recommended with our on-line HOT Skills Lessons)    Half-Day 

* Ideal for Test Preparation

This workshop is geared toward RAISING NJSLA READING SCORES.

Learn how to distinguish between correct answers and BEST answers in multiple choice questions.  These lessons show students how to utilize powerful strategies that enable them to choose the BEST answer on standardized tests by accurately interpreting questions and recognizing DISTRACTORS.   

  1. How to Improve Writing and Conventions through Grammar Based Writing Lessons Two Full Days

* Ideal for Test Preparation

Learn why grammar should not be taught in isolation, but rather in Writing Revision Lessons®.  This workshop covers the entire spectrum of grammar from parts of speech to compound complex sentences and immediately applies each lesson to writing revision.  Teachers will learn strategies to shift the responsibility for revision from teacher to student, and enables students to improve conventions in their writing.  (Includes materials for teachers)

  1. Narrative Writing for the NJSLA (NEW)   Full Day

* Designed for Test Preparation

Learn how the two forms of narrative writing are graded on the NJSLA.  Discover strategies for a narrated continuation and a narrated retell that will raise test scores in this category. 

  1. How to Teach the Novel: Half-Day

This workshop offers timelines, blueprints, and templates that will organize and advance the teaching of a novel.  Attendees will receive and adapt a planning guide for a novel that includes:

  • character analysis
  • plot development
  • interpretation of quotes
  • assessing the importance of setting and
  • identifying literary conventions
  • culminating with a meaningful writing analysis

Protocols for the activity of a Socratic discussion will be demonstrated and concrete methods of assessing participation will be presented as participants conduct a mock Socratic seminar.   (includes materials for teachers)

  1. Close Reading: What it is, How to teach it, Why it works.    Full-Day     

Attendees learn how to transform a piece of literature into a close reading lesson  by examining sample close reading lessons that demonstrate the protocol, and receive templates that they can use to create their own close reading lessons.  Participants also learn and apply strategies that will enable their students to mine literature for meaning and message.  (includes materials for teachers)

  1. Vocabulary: It’s more important than ever.    Full-Day

About one-third of the questions on the NJSLA reading section are vocabulary questions. 

Attendees learn the 10 learning modalities identified by research that help put vocabulary into students’ long-term memories, focusing on academic and domain-specific words and the six decoding strategies to decipher words while reading.  Attendees participate in using new strategies for teaching vocabulary by examining the essential pedagogy, engaging in fun activities, and playing powerful word-games that can be immediately emulated in the classroom. 

  1. Learning Styles: Identifying and understanding students’ learning styles will enable teachers to increase effectiveness in the classroom.   Full-Day

Attendees discover how to modify their instruction to motivate and reach students with different learning styles.  By uncovering their own learning and thinking styles, the participants will be able to improve their relationships in the classroom and among the faculty. They will also discover new ways to deal with out of esteem behavior.

  1. Writing Informational Papers: Full-Day

Discover how to teach the note-taking and outlining process that lays the foundation for an informational paper. Learn how non-fiction conventions factor into the writing process of an informational-based paper and discover strategies to empower students to research and write independently.  (includes materials for teachers)

  1. Creating Greater DOK Questions and Assessments: Half-Day

Examine how greater DOK (Depth Of Knowledge) questions are constructed, learn to identify the kinds of greater DOK questions, and receive templates that enable you to quickly and easily create these kinds of questions for your classroom.  Discover how these kinds of questions mirror the multiple-choice items on the NJSLA and other assessments   (Suitable for LA, science and history teachers.)   (includes materials for teachers)

  1. Narrative Writing: The creative writing process      Full-Day

Explore the narrative writing process from personal memoir to original short story. Turn narrative writing into group projects supported by powerful, writing strategies that produce authentic characters, memorable settings. intense conflicts, and strong themes in independent writing.  

  1. K – 2 Teaching Strategies: Half-Day

Examine multi-tiered lessons and powerful reading and writing strategies.  These master lessons begin with a grade-appropriate text and end with writing an essay based on a text-based claim.  The workshop shows teachers how to prepare students for the rigors of 3rd grade standards and requirements for making and proving claims with text-based evidence.   (includes materials for teachers)

  1. Social Awareness: Instilling Social Awareness into Current Curriculums  Full Day

Participants learn how to seamlessly incorporate social awareness activities and lessons into existing curriculums.  The benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) are examined and discussed.

  1. Microaggression and Social Justice In the Classroom: A powerful, must-have PD for all teachers   Full-Day

This compelling, interactive full-day Professional Development session will give your teachers the insight and tools they need to effectively deal with microaggression in their classrooms

Presenter:  Dr. Valorie James – recognized Microaggression Scientist.

Ideal for all teachers and administrators

TEACHER WELLNESS

  1. The Balanced Teacher Path

A step-by-step method for educators to banish burn-out and enjoy a balanced life in and out of the classroom.  12-week on-line coaching and support program, or, a full-day on-site workshop.

This program provides teachers with the tools and techniques to become aware of burn-out and how to address it to become more effective in the classroom.

Presenter:  Heather Garcia - Veteran Teacher with specialty in Social and Emotional Learning