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The Content Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success program– also known as CLIMBS– is designed to assist teams of K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their English Language Learner students, to build capacity and increase collaboration among educators at the local level. CLIMBS provides an introduction to the use of research-based approaches to scaffolding instruction in classrooms that include ELLs.
Over the course of a full semester– in five full-day, face-to-face meetings– teams of educators learn to implement the WIDA ELD Standards in ways that support ELLs’ development of academic language and help ensure their access to intellectually challenging grade-level content. They do this by:
• Exploring cultural practices and the processes of acculturation
• Developing foundational understanding of second language acquisition processes
• Practicing strategies to differentiate instruction according to students’ English language development levels
• Exploring formative assessment as a strategy to expand language learning for students
• Integrating WIDA ELD Standards, Features of Academic Language, and Performance Definitions for planning and instruction
• Collaborating with other one another to support ELL success
CLIMBS was originally developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics on behalf of the WIDA Consortium. Pairs of educators become CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators through the CLIMBS Facilitator Institute. Then, CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators offer the CLIMBS program in a district or local educational context, for teams of ESL/bilingual and general education teachers. EducationPlus’ Marlow Barton is co-facilitating today’s session in the Rockwood School District.
Yesterday, EducationPlus’ new initiative, Principles for Principals, kicked off with more than 100 area principal and assistant principals gathered to hear from Dr. Sue Szachowicz. A retired high school principal, she shared the story of how her high school went from failing state tests to acing them. She spoke about how every school has their own DNA, and how leadership brings out collaboration in staff, which provides a united front to ensure positive outcomes for students. Several attendees tweeted during the session using #EdPlusP4P. In addition, Dr. Szachowicz, a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, provided access to her presentation deck: Szachowicz | Leadership | St. Louis.
The event with Dr. Szachowicz was a free kick off to the new Principles for Principals Academy. EducationPlus, starting October 14, offers a comprehensive professional learning opportunity. If you were unable to make it yesterday, you are still able to register for the academy.
[photo by Jen Tiller]
Our new, year-long learning opportunity for principals and assistant principals starts this fall. EducationPlus has partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education for this seven-session program. Up to three cohorts of principals and assistant principals will be created to accommodate geographic considerations of those participating. Additionally, content will be based on needs of the group. All will be facilitated by a representative from the International Center for Leadership in Education; participants must enroll is all sessions in the ongoing academy.Creating a Culture of High Academic Expectations, October 14
During this interactive course participants will learn about the benefits of a systems approach to improve student achievement.
Establishing Structures and Communicating a Shared Vision, November 11
Building leaders will take a closer look at the structures that are in place to support a successful implementation of a shared vision, including transforming learning and teaching.
Leading Change for Rigorous & Relevant Learning, December 9
Building leaders will take a deeper look at creating effective learning environments through the lens of the Daggett System for Effective Instruction.
Developing and Implementing Rigorous & Relevant Instruction, January 21
This course focuses on building a supportive, collaborative process with instructional staff to increase levels of rigor and relevance in their teaching and student learning.
Facilitating Data-Driven Decision Making, February 11
Instructional leaders will learn about data and how it is collected and used at district, school, classroom and individual student levels.
Leading Professional Dialogue to Support Rigor & Relevance, March 4
This training is designed to allow building leaders to take a deeper look at their roles in encouraging interconnectivity and collaboration through professional dialogue.
Sustaining a Culture of Instructional Excellence, May 6
Leaders will continue to develop an understanding of the organizational leadership that can transform learning and teaching.
Principles for Principals will help good principals become great,
and great principals become better.
EducationPlus Member Early Bird Rate: $1,500 until Sept. 30 | Member Rate: $1,800 after Sept. 30 | Non-member Rate: $2,000
EducationPlus is also hosting a free kickoff event to this academy for administrators to learn more about the content being offered. Taking place September 23, Susan Szachowicz (author of Transforming Brockton High School: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses) will keynote and there will be an opportunity for attendees to network with one another. Register online to participate at the kickoff.
This series from EducationPlus will be a 5-day program geared to new Special Education Teachers. Special Education Compliance Consultant Jeanne Rothermel will take time for discussions about issues participants may be struggling with and share resources that might be helpful to them.
Topics to be included:
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Special Education Process 101, to include information on Quality Eligibility Determinations
Day 2 – Monday, November 10, 2014
Managing Problem Behaviors, to include doing a FBA and writing a BIP
Day 3 – Friday, December 12, 2014
Standards-based IEP Development
Day 4 – Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Writing an Effective IEP, to include writing goals based on the standards
Day 5 – Monday, March 9, 2015
Wrap Up: Topic to be determined based on needs through out the series
Included in the package price will be the opportunity to attend one of the other professional development opportunities offered through the Special Education Division of the RPDC.
The Special Education Teacher Academy will be a total package cost of $150. The academy is designed for teachers new to Special Education, though veteran educators are welcome to participate in one or all sessions for a refresh.
These programs will be offered for individual enrollment if you choose not to register for the entire series. Register at www.edplus.org by September 17.