Cara and Sarah have worked together as Professional Learning Facilitators for the past 10 years. They are both former middle and high school ELA teachers turned Instructional Coaches and literacy researchers with the University of Illinois. For the past decade, Cara and Sarah have worked side-by-side with educators across disciplines in classrooms, sharing research, co-planning, teaching side-by-side, modeling instructional practices, and facilitating teacher inquiry groups. Their work is based on job-embedded principles and places students at the center of everything they do. Their work in school districts is designed to sustain and deepen learning for both teachers and students and support those districts in the development of systemic and sustainable change.
Cara and Sarah are able to provide professional development on a wide variety of topics. They are available for one day, multi-day, and even yearlong projects. Cara and Sarah prioritize responsiveness to your school and/or district’s needs and will work in conjunction with leaders on the ground to develop meaningful professional learning based on your district’s improvement goals, the needs of your teachers, and, most importantly, the needs of your students.
Single or Multi-Day Topics: Reading and Writing Workshop in Secondary Schools, Instructional Coaching seminars, Argumentative Writing across the Content Areas, Disciplinary Literacy, Small Group Work, Developing Collaborative Teams, Creating Sustainable Cycles of Continuous Improvement, Protocols for Looking at Student Work
Sample Framework for Year-Long Projects: Our work is designed to be sustainable and work within existing structures your school or district has that can support on-going professional learning. Ideally, we would work in conjunction with school or district leaders: principals or other administrators, instructional/literacy coaches, teacher leaders and curriculum development staff.
Day 1 – entire staff/department training
Days 2 – 4 – grade level or departmental training
Day 2 – 6th grade ELA
Day 3 – 7th grade ELA
Day 4 – 8th grade ELA
Days 5 – 9 – individual and grade level coaching cycles with staff in classrooms
Day 10 – reflection and forward planning with staff/department