Confianza's PD Model in Framingham Public Schools 2015-2016
The diversity of our district is a critical strength. In order to have everyone value that growing diversity, we need to show teachers how to value that and reach all kids. [Our collaboration] had the teachers together by subject which helped them discuss ways to immediately integrate ELL strategies in their classrooms with follow-up coaching.
-Peter Erbland, Framingham High School Tech Ed Department Chair
Framingham Public Schools, MA, partners with Sarah Ottow, Confianza's ELL Coach and Certified WIDA Trainer. Our goal is for Specialist teachers (art, music, PE, health, tech) to become more competent at differentiating for English Language Learners (ELLs) by implementing the WIDA ELD Standards Framework effectively through the district's Sheltered Instruction model. Through a thoughtfully designed series of workshops and coaching sessions, participants learn about ELL best practices and practice competencies through "fieldwork" activities. Through the Confianza model, teachers are set up for success because they are provided time and space to try out new skills in their classrooms. We model a successful collaborative environment focused on ongoing improvement through embedded professional learning. To demonstrate their competencies, teachers complete an "Action Cycle" capstone individually or in teams around an ELL-focused problem of practice.
Research on professional development (PD) models tells us that participants need hands-on practice with strong collegial coaching in the classroom in order to fully transfer knowledge attained in training (Joyce & Showers, 2002). Thus, our model is designed to provide meaningful, context-based learning experiences for teachers to learn new skills and knowledge that they can immediately apply to the classroom.
For more on the problem with the current state of PD, see here.
For more on the importance of continuous improvement for teachers and collaborative communities of practice, see here.
For more on coaching and evaluation tips for educators of ELLs, see here.
Check out our powerpoint from our presentation at the 2015 WIDA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 15, 2015. We also presented at the MATSOL Conference, May 2016!