Asking questions, diving deeper, reevaluating tools for bias, recognizing your own personal bias, defining and understanding the qualities of effective instruction--I found this insightful and inspiring.
--Ronald Watson, Professional Learning Community Leader, NY
Confianza has been able to, in a welcoming and safe way, build the capacity of each of our instructional coaches in every instructional discipline to coach through the lens of accessibility.
--Rebecca Westlake, ELL Director, Salem Public Schools, MA
I have a more conscious ELL lens when I meet with teachers for co-planning. Based on quarter 2 report card data, all of our transitioning ELLs passed ELA, so we have been doing a great job with them!
--Amanda Minck, Literacy Coach and Department Head of Humanities, NY
Confianza’s Change Agents for Equity, Language and Literacy Program is designed for educators who identify as change agents dedicated to the mission of improving culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy through a social justice education and action research-based approach.
Confianza’s action research, inquiry-based model and practical tools for working with other educators as a coach, department head, dean, teacher leader or administrator are integrated throughout the program. For on-site training, the units of study can be presented in 3 units or 7 units for schools/districts. For online cohort learning and support, consider joining our Change Agent Cohort opening for the public Fall 2019.
The units of study are built around key Confianza tools and other curated content that has been proven effective in Confianza’s Professional Learning Partnerships for change agents in positions to influence other educators' mindsets and practices.
Holistically this program targets the following change agent competencies:
+ define and fortify your role as a change agent who strengthens equity-based mindsets and improves language and literacy practices in classrooms through data-based coaching actions
+ articulate and apply specific strategies to infuse social justice education and anti-bias practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment for the benefit of student groups, including all proficiency levels and all student subgroups and demonstrate shifts in practice through a portfolio of artifacts
I have used what I learned in the sessions in my own coaching practice -- both as how I give feedback as well as reflecting on my own practice and improving along the way.
--Ritu Pablay, Academic Dean, NY
I want to thank Confianza for creating the opportunity and environment for developing this mutual respect and trusting relationship where can discover expanding learning opportunities to improve our pedagogy.
--Teacher Leader, RI
If you identify with the messages in this article, Identifying our Spheres of Influence as Change Agents of Equity, Language & Literacy, this could be the professional learning offering for you and/or your team!
Hear below from Rebecca Westlake, ELL Director, Salem Public Schools, MA on how important it is expand beyond the "ELL silo" to building the capacity of ALL educators.