Training

Among its many activities, the Early Learning Foundation works with:

Preschools and K-3: The foundation trains staff to use a competency based learning model which emphasizes personalized learning pathways to help students develop proficiency for every essential skill and behavior.  We offer a license to use the Essential Skill Inventories as a framework to use systematic formative assessment as children develop the foundation skills needed for success.

Training on the development of behavior, self-regulation, numeracy, sensory-motor skill development, oral language, literacy, phonologic and other key skill areas are available to school and community organizations.

Parent Education:  Projects include long-term parent education series which are described as transformational. Using a four or five part training sequence allows parents to learn, practice, and develop new patterns of behavior in the home.  Single topics trainings are also available.

Community Organizations and Planning: Training and consultation is available to communities interested in developing comprehensive planning to support high-quality early childhood learning, parent education, building community networks of support for young families, considering the needs of single-parent families, and supporting high-quality health care for young children.

Our most requested individual training topics: 

Competency-Based Learning 

The principles of competency based learning ask educators to identify a manageable set of learning and behavior outcomes, assess the learning needs and readiness of students, design instruction to match the learning needs of students, and systematically monitoring progress toward essential skills and knowledge.  In this interactive workshop we will explore the history of both competency-based and curriculum-driven instruction, the principles underlying each model, and offer participants a clear path to better learning outcomes for your schools.

CBL is fundamentally different than curriculum-driven instruction, which gives priority to covering a standardized set of content objectives in each grade or course.  This one-size-fits all approach, especially in it modern version, has failed to help a vast majority of students build proficient learning skills and fall in love with learning for life.

Competency based learning is focused on student learning outcomes, and is built with the following design principles in mind:

  • Students advance upon mastery, not age.
  • The pathways to competency are built with explicit and measurable learning objectives.
  • Assessment is primarily formative, and skills or concepts are assessed in multiple contexts to guarantee both deep understanding and application

 

Love of Learning

In the rush to cover more content, educators could easily lose track of some basic truths about teaching and learning.  To become a lifelong learner, it is crucial to fall in love with learning during the early childhood years.  To be a highly effective teacher, it is important that you love the daily experience of working in your classroom.  Explore the conditions which help young learners fall in love with learning and help teachers find joy in building a highly effective classroom culture.  Keynote or 90 minute session

 

Developing Self-Regulation, Empathy, and Resilience

Children with self-regulation skill can calm themselves, focus, persevere, and delay gratification.  Empathy gives children the foundation for social skills and emotional intelligence.  Resilient children have the ability to struggle, believe in themselves even when things get tough, and solve the problems that come along in life.  They also are healthier, happier, and achieve more in school.

In this workshop you will understand the sequence of attachment, self-regulation, empathy, and social learning experiences which help students become resilient.   You will consider the correlation between self-regulation, empathy, resilience, school success, and life success.  You will learn and practice specific teaching strategies and skills to help students develop self-regulation, empathy and resilience.

Full day, half day, or 90 minutes

 

Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach

Great learning is far more likely to occur in a classroom or learning environment in which the teacher loves to teach.  Participants will learn the crucial skills that allow you to teach joyfully.  You will learn to establish routines, build connections with students and parents, create powerful expectations for success, offer challenges at the optimal level of difficulty, connect meaning to learning, take anger out of the classroom, and more.

This workshop offers you a chance to connect to basic values about creating respectful classrooms, build skills to make this possible, create a clear personal plan, and create a support network to help you follow your plan.

Full day, half day, or 90 minutes

 

Building Number Sense and a Love of Math for Life

Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values.  With the right sequence of enjoyable kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.

In this workshop you will:

  • Understand the essential sequence of early number concepts
  • Learn how children can learn to fake their way through mathematical learning if they miss out on learning essential skills
  • Make mathematical learning fun in the early years
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts
  • Smile a lot!

Full day or half day session

 

Competency of Coverage: The Essential Pre-K to Grade 3 Math Skills

With all the content teachers are asked to “cover”, it is easy to understand how difficult it could be to carefully assess each child to determine if there are gaps in the foundation skills that allow math learning to be fun and successful.  In this workshop we will explore efficient ways to determine exactly which numeracy skills a child has, and which skills she is ready to learn.  We will also discuss strategies for instruction that focus on the specific needs of each child.
You will learn:

  • Learn to difference between coverage and competency
  • How to assess the essential sequence of early number concepts
  • Keep track of which skills a child has, and which she is ready to learn
  • Develop instructional strategies at the correct level of challenge
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts  and enjoy math

Full day or half day session

 

Improving Motor Skills to Enhance Learning

Many children today do not develop the sensory-motor skills needed for basic, much less optimal, success in the early years of school. These children may have difficulty sitting still, maintaining attention, balancing, catching a ball, running, skipping, listening, or using visual-motor skills for cutting, coloring, drawing and printing.

Along with language and behavior skills, sensory-motor skills are an important part of the foundation of early learning success. In this active workshop we will explore the typical sequence for the development of sensory-motor skills, and the importance of developing these skills.  Sensory-motor experiences and skills are needed for optimal listening, language, visual spatial awareness, self-regulation, sustained attention, near-point visual skills, and integration of brain functions.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The sequence of normal sensory-motor development
  • How to optimize brain develop through sensory-motor activity
  • The connection between motor and social or academic learning
  • How to help students improve sensory motor skills through activity and play

Full day or half day session

Parents

Developing family routines

This session will focus on building the consistent patterns of routine behaviors in the home. Daily routines including morning, dinner, chores, homework, access to video time, and bedtime will be addressed. Participants will begin the process of building a network of parent partners who can help each other along the way.

Rules and Relationships

Learn to maintain good relationships while setting firm limits in your home.We will consider the use of choices, using enforceable statements, and helping children learn to solve their own problems.

Low Stress Parenting for Raising Highly Successful Kids

Join Bob Sornson, Ph.D., and learn to apply the principles of low-stress parenting. Kids win because they learn how to solve their own problems while at the same time gaining the confidence to meet life’s challenges. Adults win because they learn how to establish healthy controls without resorting to power struggles—and they gain the confidence they need to positively influence their children’s lives.

Developing Self-Regulation and Empathy

Children with self-regulation skills can regulate their own emotions, calm themselves, persevere and focus their attention. Children with empathy have the foundation for social-emotional learning.  Children with self-regulation and empathy are far more likely to be successful as learners, as workers, and as human beings.

In this workshop, parents/guardians will learn specific techniques to help kids regulate themselves and develop social intelligence in school and in life.

Highly Effective Families

Highly effective families have worked to develop clear family routines, respectful patterns of communication, use thinking time without anger, set basic limits on food, and ask everyone to help with chores for the family. Enjoy the stories, humor and interactions as you learn to set limits without anger or frustration.

Improving Motor Skills to Enhance Learning

Many children today do not develop the motor skills needed for basic, much less optimal, success in the early years of school. These children may have difficulty sitting still, maintaining attention, balancing, catching a ball, running, skipping, listening, or using visual-motor skills for cutting, coloring, drawing and printing. Along with language and behavior skills, these motor skills are an important part of the foundation of early learning success. In this active workshop we will explore the importance of developing these skills and learn to easily match appropriate activities to a child’s skill level.

Developing Early Numeracy Skills

Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values. With the right sequence of enjoyable kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.

In this workshop you will:

• Understand the essential sequence of early number concepts
• Learn how children can learn to fake their way through mathematical learning if they miss essential skills
• Make mathematical learning fun in the early years
• Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts

Setting essential behavior limits in the home

This session will focus on teaching parents to establish basic limits on respectful speech, thinking time, food issues, and chores for the family. Techniques to deliver consequences without anger will be discussed, including delaying consequences and using more encouragements than discouragements.

Stand Up/ Speak Up for Yourself and Others

Bullying exists in the world. We are surrounded by examples of bullying behavior in the media, in politics, and among adults in our communities. There will be children who try it out, and others who are vulnerable. But we can teach our children a set of values and behaviors that includes standing up and speaking up for ourselves and others. Learn to build a community of learners who hold to a strong belief in building a respectful environment for learning and growing.

Meeting the Challenge: Parenting Strong Willed Children

How fortunate we are to have strong-willed children. They push us to offer better parenting and greater consistency in our homes. They inspire us to think more about what great parents must do to nurture children who will be successful in the world. And with a bit of luck and a lot of work, it is our hope that their strong wills will help them make this world a better place for us all!

Chores, Homework, and School Success

There is a strong relationship between children doing chores for the family, and then going on to be successful in school and in life. This workshop is filled with stories and ideas about how to help your children feel valued, give value, and learn to be responsible for building healthy futures. Be prepared to laugh and play as we tackle one of the most challenging parts of great parenting.

Raising Teens and Tweens

As our children grow older, the challenges often grow larger. How do we help them develop the wisdom and personal strength they need to make good decisions in modern America? In this workshop we will explore the basic limits in the home that still apply to adolescents and teens. We will also consider the most important tool to help our children develop self-efficacy, which is the belief that with great effort we can cause good things to happen in our lives. Enjoy this lively and interactive workshop which will help parents face the challenges of raising big kids!

Helping Children Develop Self-Regulation and Empathy

Would you like your children to learn to calm themselves down, sometimes wait or work for what they want, and handle small disappointments in life without becoming overwhelmed? Would you like your children to notice the well-being of others and develop social skills? In this interactive workshop you will learn the skills to help your children develop emotional control, empathy, and raise the odds for long-term success in life.

Resilience

Resilient children have the ability to struggle, believe in themselves even when things get tough, and solve the problems that come along in life. They also are healthier, happier, and achieve more in school. Learn the characteristics of resilient children and the adult behaviors which support the development of resilience.

Behavior and Self-Regulation

Developing Self-Regulation and Empathy

Children with self-regulation skills can regulate their own emotions, calm themselves, persevere and focus their attention. Children with empathy have the foundation for social-emotional learning.  Children with self-regulation and empathy are far more likely to be successful as learners, as workers, and as human beings.

In this workshop, parents/guardians will learn specific techniques to help kids regulate themselves and develop social intelligence in school and in life.

Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn

In this lively and interactive session you will learn to create a classroom culture which builds care, connection, and competence. Only when students feel safe and connected will we be able to achieve extraordinary academic and social learning. Learn how to put the joy back into your classroom for you and your students using the principles of Love and Logic. This workshop is based on Bob Sornson’s best-selling book, Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach ans Students Love to Learn.

Dr. Sornson’s storytelling, humor and interactive style will make this one of the most enjoyable and meaningful workshops you have ever experienced.

Love and Logic for Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms

Love and Logic is a win-win approach to teaching children how to be responsible decision makers.  Kids win because they learn how to solve their own problems while at the same time gaining the confidence to meet life’s challenges.  Adults win because they learn how to establish healthy controls without resorting to power struggles—and they gain the confidence they need to positively influence their children’s lives.

Learn to:

  • create a classroom environment where students feel safe and ready to learn
  • set firm limits in your classroom without ranting and raving
  • help your students develop confidence and problem-solving abilities for life
Love and Logic for Secondary Classrooms

Love and Logic is a win-win approach to teaching children how to be responsible decision makers.  Kids win because they learn how to solve their own problems while at the same time gaining the confidence to meet life’s challenges.  Adults win because they learn how to establish healthy controls without resorting to power struggles—and they gain the confidence they need to positively influence their children’s lives.

Learn to:

  • create a classroom environment where students feel safe and ready to learn
  • set firm limits in your classroom without ranting and raving
  • help your students develop confidence and problem-solving abilities for life
Building Home/School Connections

This workshop is for educators who recognize that building strong, positive home-school connections will help students achieve more in school.  It is also for educators who wish to reach out and offer hope to parents who are struggling with the behavioral and learning needs of their children.  It is also for educators who recognize how difficult it can be for a parent to ask for help.  Lots of stories and activities will help make this workshop a life-changing experience!

Becoming a Center for Parent Learning

There has never been a more important time to help children become successful learners and to develop academic and social skills which help them become learners for life. In addition to offering great learning opportunities at school, outstanding schools are beginning to see their role as community educators, offering training in child development, learning theory, and behavior and social skill development to maximize learning success for children in their schools and in the community. Become the center for parent/guardian/grandparent learning in your community.

In this interactive workshop, you will discover how to make your school a center for parent learning. Learning goals for the day will include:

  • Building trust and respect
  • Identifying parent learning needs
  • Building a culture that supports parent learning
  • Key elements of a successful plan
  • Developing a plan for your school

Schools should consider sending a team of teacher leaders, division head and/or head
of school. Teams could also consider including parent team members. All grade levels
welcome.

Principles for Developing Safe, Connected Classrooms

In the competitive world that faces our children, we choose to create schools and classrooms where great learning is the norm.  Great learning requires a foundation of trust, safety, and connection.  In this interactive workshop, we will explore the conditions needed for great learning in a classroom.  We will discuss the importance of carefully building classroom and school culture as a precondition for optimal learning.

You will learn:

  • The essential elements of a caring classroom
  • The skills a classroom teacher uses to develop a safe, connected culture
  • Skills to help you build trust and respect in your classroom
  • The importance of class culture for optimal academic success
Building a Respectful School Culture

The culture of a school affects the quality of teaching, the depth of learning, and the relationships we develop among educators, students, and parents.  In this session we will explore why building a positive culture is important to the quality of a school, and how to build a culture that serves our community.  Only when students feel safe and connected to their teachers and peers will we be able to achieve extraordinary academic and social learning.  Learn the five characteristics of educators who build classrooms where teachers love to teach and students love to learn.

Building Boys

The challenge of helping boys grow to be strong, respectful, and responsible humans can be especially complicated in the modern world.  Learn the differences between boys and girls that can help you more effectively support the development of great boys.

Working with Difficult or Angry Parents

There was a time when parents seldom questioned the authority or decision making skills of teachers.  If a student misbehaved, it was assumed that parents would support school decisions.

That was then.  Today teachers and principals must be ready to work with parents who are busy, stressed, overprotective, and angry.  This workshop will challenge you to learn new skills which can help build connections with parents, bring upset parents into a thinking state of mind, and create opportunities for collaborative problem solving.

Love and Logic on the Bus

Laugh and learn, and take the frustration out of managing behavior on the school bus. During this presentation, Bob Sornson, Ph.D., offers effective techniques to:

• Build relationships with students.
• Identify and teach the non-negotiable procedures on your bus.
• Use skills to set limits without anger.
• Give consequences with empathy.
• Develop a personal plan to manage your bus.

Behavior Analysis and Planning

The most useless behavior plan in the world is a brilliantly devised plan presented by an expert (or group of experts) to a classroom teacher, who does not understand, appreciate, or have time to follow the plan.  Sound familiar?

This workshop will teach you to use a simple two page behavior analysis and planning format, best used when a teacher and support staff member work together to carefully follow these simple but powerful steps.  The unique features of this planning process support the development of a plan that works, and a collaboration that supports the teacher in her vigilant use of the plan.

Skills for Behavior Management

Participants will learn skills to build relationships, establish routines, create powerful expectations for success, offer challenges at the optimal level of difficulty, connect meaning to learning, and take anger out of the classroom. Participants will gain awareness of important ideas that influence great teaching and learning, and skills to support choices to teach well, even in challenging school environments.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities.  It offers you a chance to connect to basic values about creating respectful classrooms, build skills to make this possible, create a clear personal plan, and create a support network to help you follow your plan.

Mentoring with Love and Logic

Love and Logic is a win-win approach to teaching children how to be responsible decision makers.  Kids win because they learn how to solve their own problems while at the same time gaining the confidence to meet life’s challenges.  Adults win because they learn how to establish healthy controls without resorting to power struggles—and they gain the confidence they need to positively influence their children’s lives.

Mentors will learn to:

  • build a relationship so students feel safe and ready to learn
  • set firm limits on behavior without ranting and raving
  • help your students develop confidence and problem-solving abilities for life

Early Learning Success

Essential Skill Inventories (Preschool to Grade 3), training and implementation

Full implementation of the Essential Skill Inventories drives changes in instructional practice, awareness of student learning needs, and increases collaboration among staff. The ESI gives teachers clear learning targets by explicitly defining learning and behavior outcomes which require competency, not just coverage.

A one day training, followed by additional coaching and/or training for each grade level, is recommended.

The impact of using the Essential Skill Inventories has been researched and reported in several respected journals.  Students improve learning outcomes and test scores.  Teachers report significant improvement in their relationship with students, and with the quality of their differentiated instruction.  The number of students who need special education are significantly reduced.

Learn to help your students achieve competency in each essential early learning skill.  Competency based early learning sites will improve instructional outcomes, reduce the need for special education referrals, and help teachers and students find lots more joy during the crucial early learning years.

Early Learning Success Site Training

An intensive development program for model sites can be developed for your school or district.  Contact Bob@earlylearningfoundation.com to begin planning.  

Competency or Coverage?

In this busy one or two day workshop, you will learn to:

1. Identify crucial skills and behaviors for success in the early years of school, and which lead to greater success throughout life.

2. Simplify classroom planning by defining the outcomes which deserve teaching, re-teaching and practice to proficiency for every child.

  • Know the learning needs of each child
  • Deliver instruction at the correct level of challenge
  • Allow practice time when needed
  • Build a pathway to competency
  • Build a solid foundation for each child based on competency

3. Use data collection tools and processes which support differentiated instruction.

  • Pre-K to Grade 3 Essential Skill Inventories
  • Developmental Skill Profiles for listening, speaking, literacy, numeracy, gross motor skills, visual motor and visual thinking skills, phonologic skills, and behavior and social skills
  • Behavior Analysis and Planning Process

4. Develop a classroom methodology which helps you focus on each child’s most important learning needs.

Essential Math Skills Pre-K to Grade 3

Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values.  With the right sequence of kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.
With all the content teachers are asked to “cover”, it is easy to understand how difficult it could be to carefully assess each child to determine if there are gaps in the foundation skills that allow math learning to be fun and successful.  In this workshop we will explore simple and efficient ways to determine exactly which skills a child has, and which skills she is ready to learn.  We will also develop strategies for instruction that help us ensure that children deeply understand every essential numeracy skill and concept.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the essential sequence of early number concepts
  • Learn how children can learn to fake their way through mathematical learning if they miss essential skills
  • Learn to assess the essential sequence of early number concepts
  • Learn to develop instructional strategies at the correct level of challenge
  • Make mathematical learning fun in the early years
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts
  • Smile a lot!

This workshop is for teachers and administrators in preschool through grade three.

Developing Number Sense in Preschool or K-3

Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values.  With the right sequence of kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.  This workshop focuses on the skills that can be deeply and joyfully learned in the early childhood years.  Prepare to have fun!

Pre-K to Grade 3 Numeracy Assessment

With all the content teachers are asked to “cover”, it is easy to understand how difficult it could be to carefully assess each child to determine if there are gaps in the foundation skills that allow math learning to be fun and successful.  In this workshop we will explore efficient ways to determine exactly which numeracy skills a child has, and which skills she is ready to learn.  We will also discuss strategies for instruction that focus on the specific needs of each child.
You will learn:

  • How to assess the essential sequence of early number concepts
  • Keep track of which skills a child has, and which she is ready to learn
  • Develop instructional strategies at the correct level of challenge
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts  and enjoy math.
Improving Motor Skills to Enhance Learning

Many children today do not develop the motor skills needed for basic, much less optimal, success in the early years of school. These children may have difficulty sitting still, maintaining attention, balancing, catching a ball, running, skipping, listening, or using visual-motor skills for cutting, coloring, drawing and printing. Along with language and behavior skills, these motor skills are an important part of the foundation of early learning success. In this active workshop we will explore the importance of developing these skills and learn to easily match appropriate activities to a child’s skill level.

Early Learning Success, Overview or Keynote

Children with gaps in basic skills and behaviors when they come to school are at a disadvantage for ongoing learning success.  Children with significant gaps by the end of third grade are at a disadvantage for life.

In this workshop we will explore six powerful ideas which support the Early Learning Success Initiative, a systematic and comprehensive approach to intervening in the K-3 years. Rich, poor, urban, suburban or rural, all children in the information age deserve a real opportunity to build the solid foundation of early learning experiences that make lifelong learning possible.

Building Home/School Connections

This workshop is for educators who recognize that building strong, positive home-school connections will help students achieve more in school.  It is also for educators who wish to reach out and offer hope to parents who are struggling with the behavioral and learning needs of their children.  It is also for educators who recognize how difficult it can be for a parent to ask for help.  Lots of stories and activities will help make this workshop a life-changing experience!

Early Learning Success: 2 to 3 Day Institute Training Model

A series of on‐site 2‐3 day workshops, which offer training in the essential elements of the Early Learning Success model is available to districts or consortia. The focus of the Institutes is on developing a competency based learning model in the early childhood years.  Institutes include:

Language and Literacy,

Numeracy and Motor Skills,

Behavior & the Home/School Connection,

Using the Essential Skill Inventories PreK-3. 

Visualization and Visual Memory

Some of our children have normal vision, but experience difficulty learning to apply visual thinking skills to reading, writing, math, and social skills.  These children may learn to over-rely on auditory skills and become slow, phonetic readers/decoders, terrible spellers, and often learn math by memory, but without understanding basic concepts.

In this active learning workshop, you’ll develop techniques to help these children integrate visualization and visual memory skills with academic learning.  You will learn:

  • How language, imaginative play, and visual-motor play contribute to the normal development of visualization and visual memory.
  • The sensory-motor skills which contribute to readiness for visual memory
  • Specific activities to support normal development
  • Specific activities to help children with delays in the development of visualization and visual memory

This workshop is for teachers in Preschool through Grade Five.

Response to Intervention in the Elementary School

Response to Intervention can be viewed as a model for considering whether a child should be given eligibility as a Learning Disabled student.

Response to Intervention can also be viewed as a call for a redesign of our early education efforts to help every possible child find learning success in the early years of school.

In this workshop we will explore a comprehensive model of early intervention which has been described as the gold standard for Response to Intervention.

You will learn about:

  • Response to Intervention as a new model of early learning success
  • The multi-dimensional needs of young learners
  • A comprehensive model of Early Intervening
  • Data that drives instruction
  • The science of maximizing learning
  • The Instructional Support Team model
  • Tools to support collaborative problem-solving
  • Response to Intervention as a framework for LD eligibility
  • Barriers to change
  • A time-frame for supporting change to an early learning success model
Collaborative Problem‐solving

One of the important tools for a successful support team is the use of collaborative problem-solving.  You will learn a process that allows for quick response when teachers ask for support, careful analysis of student needs, and design of a plan, implementation and evaluation of the support plan.

Learn to be part of a high-quality problem-solving team!

Developing an Instructional Support Team

No teacher is an island, not in the world of complex children, and with the importance of early learning success.  Successful educators acknowledge the need to create support networks, to allow us to ask for help when we face difficult academic or behavioral challenges.

In this workshop we will explore teaming structures which allow teachers to get help quickly when difficult challenges are presented.  We will look at the qualities of effective support teams, and the culture of collaboration which must be built and maintained for effective teaming.

You will learn:

  • The importance of collaborative problem solving
  • Reasonable requests a teacher should be able to make
  • Teaming structures that work
  • How to build the culture of collaboration
  • Procedures and paperwork that is field tested and simple to use
Instructional Match: The Key to Optimal Learning

Time on task at the appropriate instructional level enhances learning in reading, math, tennis, piano, baseball, or any other skill.  Children learn at optimal levels when instruction is delivered in a way that allows for understanding and success, mixed with an appropriate degree of challenge.  This is the instructional match.

Great teachers, coaches and parents have always recognized the value of instructional match.  Unfortunately, today many teachers feel pressure to move quickly through the curriculum even if some students are clearly unsuccessful, experiencing significant frustration, and beginning to turn off to learning.

In this active workshop you will laugh, move, and develop your ability to apply one of the most powerful concepts in human learning.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • The science of creating an appropriate instructional match for students
  • The formula for helping every child optimize learning
  • Specific examples of assessing the zone of proximal development
  • The sequence of essential skills in certain key areas of development
  • Methods for organizing your class to know what each child understands, and is ready to learn
  • Instructional practices which support the design of instruction that lets children learn at their appropriate instructional level
  • How to consider the instructional match of students without overloading the classroom teacher
Behavior Analysis and Planning

The most useless behavior plan in the world is a brilliantly devised plan presented by an expert (or group of experts) to a classroom teacher, who does not understand, appreciate, or have time to follow the plan.  Sound familiar?

This workshop will teach you to use a simple two page behavior analysis and planning format, best used when a teacher and support staff member work together to carefully follow these simple but powerful steps.  The unique features of this planning process support the development of a plan that works, and a collaboration that supports the teacher in her vigilant use of the plan.

Skills for Behavior Management

Participants will learn skills to build relationships, establish routines, create powerful expectations for success, offer challenges at the optimal level of difficulty, connect meaning to learning, and take anger out of the classroom. Participants will gain awareness of important ideas that influence great teaching and learning, and skills to support choices to teach well, even in challenging school environments.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities.  It offers you a chance to connect to basic values about creating respectful classrooms, build skills to make this possible, create a clear personal plan, and create a support network to help you follow your plan.