Foundation Level II – Build Teachers’ Skill Level Capacity*
Our second level is Building Teachers Skill Level Capacity, focusing on classroom instruction through a series of workshops. Level two emphasizes the how-to of the instructional strategies and activities. In this tier, educators are provided with specific, detailed instruction on how to infuse the Culturally and Linguistically Responsive (CLR) pedagogies on a day-to-day basis.
Although culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is not a curriculum, there are steps classroom teachers can take each day to impact learning for their Standard English Learners or underserved students. Delivered by the real experts, classroom teachers with a practitioner’s focus, each of these workshops ranges from 90 minutes to 4 hours or can be combined into full days of training.
Focusing on the Latino Student as a Standard English Learner
This workshop is a complement to the foundational piece for participants to gain more clarity in distinguishing Mexican American students from Central Americans and South American students. In addition, the following questions will be answered: What are the cultural and linguistic needs of the Mexican American student in comparison to these other populations? What instructional strategies work best for these students as Standard English Learners?
CLR in Social Studies and AP Classes
What do CLR strategies look like in Social Studies? Why do AP students need CLR? In this workshop, participants will discuss and explore why CLR strategies are both essential and effective for Social Studies and AP classes.
Culturally Responsive Standardized Test Preparation
Standardized test prep does not have to be boring. Teachers will learn how to engage their students in test prep in an interesting, relevant way. Workshop can include a school assembly and bonus CD with music video, comic book, and images of students.
Creating A Critical Friends Group For Sustaining Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
How to sustain the work once the professional development has ended? How do you have culturally responsive cadre members engaged in the process of ongoing learning? We can show you how through our critical friends group which focuses on review of research, collaborative lesson planning, peer coaching, and analysis of student work. This workshop will train cadre members how to begin and sustain a community of learners centered- around CLR.
Creating A Learning Environment that Invites Success for all Students
We call it re-imaging the school. It is essential to create an environment that is responsive to those students who do not see themselves in the environment of the school. This session covers basic elements of environmental changes, including hallways, classrooms, and offices.
How to Support Teachers: Instructional Coaches Workshop
This workshop focuses on how to instructionally support a teacher through CLR. Participants will focus on how to support coaches/potential coaches on how to observe a CLR lesson and how to ask guiding, reflective questions in order to move teachers towards effective CLR infusion.
Mainstream English Language Development
This workshop is an introduction to Mainstream English Language development or MELD strategies (includes a MELD make-n-take). Closely aligned to English Learner Strategies, teachers will learn how to apply second language methodology with Standard English Learners. Variations of this workshop include focus on the linguistic features of non-standard languages.
Culturally Responisve Leadership
Based on the collaboration of Dr. Anthony Muhammad and Dr. Sharroky Hollie, in their book The Will to Lead, The Skill to Teach, this workshop gives administrators and skill leaders a time to be reflective about how to create a school culture that will be validating and affirming.
Culturally Responsive Mathematics and/or Science
What does it mean to be culturally and linguistically responsive while teaching mathematics and science? Teachers learn from practicing math and science teachers how to infuse culturally responsive pedagogy into these content areas.
Culturally Authentic Texts in the Classroom
Identify and utilize culturally authentic texts for responsive literacy instruction. Although many core texts are not culturally authentic, this workshop will help teachers to identify alternative and supplemental CR texts and show how to create culturally responsive literacy experiences in all content areas.