Mental Tryout and Real World Tryout 

Jumpstart Workshop

You have attended the CLR foundational training and you are ready to VABB! You see the value of moving beyond traditional modes of teaching to be more culturally and linguistically responsive to your students. You want to jump in the CLR pool and perfect your strokes. Your mindset is there, but you are looking for additional support with your skill-set.  For many teachers, the link between the CLR strategies (skillset) and the purpose (mindset) is foggy at first.  The Jump Start Workshop is designed to help teachers with their use of the strategies through modeling and immersion. Teachers will learn how to use CLR strategies by doing them.  The workshop also helps teachers begin to understand the WHY of the CLR strategies and how they can be used to validate and affirm cultural behaviors.  Get ready to JUMP START your responsiveness!


Every CLR cadre benefits from a session that prepares them for the CLR coaching experience. You can do this with your team on your own or we can offer it as an alternative to the Coach I, coordinated and facilitated by the lead coach. This is a 60-90 minute session designed to review the use of the protocols, movement activities, and the attention signals as well as prepare the cadre for the coaching.


(Establishes baseline after management/engagement workshop and collaborative)

• Each cadre member will be visited for a 15-minute observation. The observer will be looking at student engagement, classroom management, and any preliminary use of the CLR strategies.

• The observer uses a Classroom Walk-Thru tool to be used for a post-observation discussion with the cadre member, if possible (requires coverage or scheduling during lunch, conference period, or after school. If not possible, then written feedback will be provided).

• We like to meet briefly with the administrator in charge or designated lead before and after the observations.

• The observer will need a map of the school, a bell schedule, and a list of the room numbers of the cadre members.

• The observer will do the observations alone. We find that teachers respond more positively and openly when we are alone.

• Upon leaving, the observer will need a list of the cadre members with their email addresses for a follow up correspondence.



(To occur after model demonstration day in vocabulary, literacy, and language)

• Minimal substitute coverage needed (1-2 subs at maximum).

• All cadre members are observed by a CLR coach for 30-minutes on a specific lesson.

• Coach debriefs with each cadre member individually or in small groups for 15-20 minutes after each observation (may need brief coverage depending on schedule).

• Copies of written observation notes are either given during the debrief or sent electronically to each cadre member, if a post-meeting is not possible.


(To occur after a workshop in vocabulary, literacy, and language)

• CCRTL team will provide 1 to 3 on-site demonstration lessons, modeling CLR instructional strategies based around the 4 focus areas of instruction. The lessons are done in the cadre members’ classrooms only.

• The primary audience are the cadre teachers and other teachers who will most likely benefit from observing the demonstration lessons.

• The first round of demos will take place in the 1 to 3 classrooms selected during step one of the cycle.

• Each demonstration lesson lasts 45-60 minutes for grades 4-12 and 30-45 minutes for grades K-3.

• Included in the day is a pre-brief session (10-15 minutes), the demonstration lesson, a debrief session (30 minutes), and an optional lesson plan collaborative (preparation for step 3), if requested or possible.

• The CCTRL team will facilitate the entire day.

Binder Study

(To occur after between coaching rounds)

Binder studies are cadre-facilitated groups that review Dr. Hollie’s book, Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, on a monthly basis. Each group will be provided an extensive guide to facilitate each session.

It is our experience that teachers benefit most from the coaching experience when they have the opportunity to come together at least once a month as a cadre in-between coaching rounds. Teachers benefit from the mutual support when they share their successes and discuss their struggles with other teachers who are infusing CLR. It also helps when they get “fed” with more CLR theory and strategies between trainings.