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Online Courses & Face-to-Face Workshops 

 The growth is amazing!!  Thanks for everything!  I learned so much! 

--Jennifer Wheeler, 1st Grade Teacher, Conway, MA; Online Course 116

 

Sarah knows the needs and demands of the field well due to her ongoing work in schools and with ESL teachers, which allows her to focus her instructional topics on things that are most relevant. She's connected to the national level work of WIDA, and could incorporate resources from them. She has a lot of classroom experience, and understands that teachers need concrete tools as well as time to apply them to real-life situations.

--Lina Musayev, Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, Managing Director, Capacity Building Network

 

I was so pleased to find Evaluation and Leadership for ELL Equity in my search for professional development opportunities. The structure of the course and valuable feedback from the facilitator allowed me to come away with a toolbox of best practices to address the needs of our students and guide our teaching staff. I highly recommend this course and look forward to future courses provided by Confianza!

--Shannon Hayes, Coordinator, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Boston, MA; Online Course 118

 

The class and the assignments truly were helpful! I’ve already started seeing ways they are influencing my thinking and my teaching practice. So cool! 

--Jackie O'Doherty, ESL Teacher, Needham Public Schools, MA; Online Course 116

 

When I take a professional development course, I really want to get something out of it.  This course really applies more to my position as a school counselor, and it has helped me gain some insight as to how other support personnel deal with the ELL population in their school systems.  It has also has given me some good tips on how to integrate the family piece.

--Beth Czech, Guidance Counselor, Seekonk, MA; Online Course 119

 

Thank you so much for this course and your guidance and instruction! I hope that I said it clearly enough on my course evaluation, but I wanted to thank you for helping me to better my teaching techniques through open and honest collaboration and leadership. The benefits of this class will be far reaching for me. 

--Mary Murphy, Director of Drama Productions, Bourne High School, MA; Online Course 120

 

The Action Cycle has helped teachers improve teachers' practice through reflection and action planning. Regardless of the topic (Writing, Collaboration Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Assessment), Confianza's professional development model supports teachers in their work to increase student achievement with English learners.

--Paul Teixeira, Director of ELL and Title III, Malden Public Schools; Customized Courses with content from 117, 116, 120

 

Thank you for welcoming me into the studies of ELL through Confianza these past several weeks. I have learned a great deal and will continue to be in touch with our ELL specialist and find the parallels of the ELL and Arts teaching strategies. I look forward to enriching my teaching with the knowledge you have given me!

--Karen Romero-Leger, Art Teacher, Lenox, MA; Online Course 116

 

Sarah knows the needs and demands of the field well due to her ongoing work in schools and with ESL teachers, which allows her to focus her instructional topics on things that are most relevant. She's connected to the national level work of WIDA, and could incorporate resources from them. She has a lot of classroom experience, and understands that teachers need concrete tools as well as time to apply them to real-life situations. Sarah led a full day statewide workshop for EL Administrators and ESL/SPED teachers on the topic of Collaboration Strategies for English Learner Success. We appreciated her thoughtfulness as we collaboratively planned the session based on the needs from the field. 

--Lina Musayev, Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, Managing Director, Capacity Building Network

 

Coaching

Working with Sarah Ottow and her team enhanced the capacity of our district to teach all students. Our building principals, central office staff and teachers have been inspired by their engaging hands on professional development. Confianza has helped us to create vibrant co-teaching teams and provided us with valuable observational data about our language and literacy practices.

--Daniel Mayer, Westborough Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent

 

Sarah facilitated training for non-core specialists' teachers during the 2014-2015 school year in the Framingham Public Schools. General education specialist teachers benefited from Sarah's coaching on using the WIDA Framework to differentiate for the various English proficiency levels in their classes. Teachers participated in follow up coaching sessions at the school level and were also able to produce differentiated lesson plans, MPIs for their specific areas etc. and thus were able to fulfill the 15 PDPs needed for recertification for their DESE license.

--Genoveffa Grieci Bilingual Director Framingham Public Schools, MA; Support Package Plus Coaching and Courses

 

Sarah has served as an external thought partner/coach to the director of a new and innovative program in our district. Her ability to ask the right questions, provide insightful feedback, and model the use of observational tools has added to the success of the program.

--Kinnon Foley, Director of English Language Learners, Lawrence Public Schools; Coaching for School Leader of ENLACE Newcomer Academy

 

I have had the opportunity to work with Sarah as we've launched the ENLACE program. She has been an incredible support and coach during our first year of existence as a program and my first year as a school leader. Through her visits and phone calls, she has provided invaluable feedback on our classroom instruction, professional development sessions, student support structures, etc. Her feedback has helped us prioritize areas of growth in our teacher coaching and PD cycles. She has also just been an incredible sounding board and source of support on some of the tougher days of launching a program. Finally, she has helped facilitate some helpful connections and shared the work we are doing.

--Allison Balter, ENLACE Program Director, Lawrence Public Schools, MA; Coaching for School Leader of ENLACE Newcomer Academy

 

Consulting

Our collaboration with Sarah helped us open new territory at the Teaching Channel. Using the Teaching Channel Teams platform, she designed a learning plan about ELLs and academic language and guided a group of teachers from across the globe through her learning sequence. Her facilitation of the group was top notch! And participates gained a lot by working with Sarah.

--Paul Teske, Senior Director of Engagement, Teaching Channel Teams

 

Sarah is very knowledgeable about teaching English Learners and is a wonderful presenter. She was able to tailor her presentation in order to make it as useful as possible for our group. All of her planning paid off and our group was very impressed!

--Amy Duma, Director, Teacher and School Programs, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; Customized Training for Teaching Artists

 

See Confianza's Professional Learning Processes to learn more about our evidence-based approach.