Workshops: Pre 2012_2013

Below please find a list of the workshops, training courses, and leadership activities I have participated in for professional development for the years 2005-2011.

Authentic Assessment and Digital Media in the Classroom
February 4th and 5th, 2011
Yokohama, Japan

Description: An EARCOS weekend workshop led by Andrew Churches and Kim Cofino to help teachers understand how to successfully and enjoyably bring the exciting world of digital media into the classroom environment.

 Learning 2.001
September 8th through September 10th, 2011
Shanghai, China

Description: An educational conference focusing on technology and change in the classroom rather than on teaching a set of tools to use in the classroom. The focus of the conference is about how to change classrooms to improve learning and how students can become valuable participants in the world of 2012 and beyond.

Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC)
June 18th through June 25th, 2011
Miami, Florida

Description: Focused on leadership to efficiently explore and harness the power of technology to maximize learning, improve teacher effectiveness, and reinvent school-wide systems.  Explored the practical aspects of technology and curriculum, professional learning communities, classroom practice, ‘change’ and teacher supervision and evaluation.

Apple Education Leadership Summit
March 4th through March 6th, 2011
School of The Arts, Singapore

Description: An interactive event for education leaders committed to finding innovative ways to help teachers teach and students learn.

 21c Leadership Academy
November 29th and 30th, 2010
Hong Kong, China

Description: Based on current research and best practices, the workshop facilitated a hands-on, learner-centric experience for educators to explore the current and emerging trends for digital learning, and what it means to be a learner in the 21st century classroom. This workshop explored issues facing administration and to understand how technology can be used to meet the needs of next generation learners.

ASCD Understanding by Design (UbD)
September 18th and 19th, 2010
American International School of Guangzhou, China

Description: Two-day, 15 hour ACSD approved EARCOS Weekend Workshop focused on developing UbD curricular units, including developing essential questions, enduring understandings, and assessment.  Units developed for use on Atlas Rubicon.

Building Academic Language for English Learners With Dr. Gini Rojas
September 10th and 11th, 2010
Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

Description: Two-day EARCOS Workshop focused on developing time-honored EAL strategies, strategies for increasing English Learners’ vocabulary usage, reading comprehension, and writing engagement, and strategies for differentiating instruction in mainstream content-area classes.

Imagine Learning (English Learners) 
Chula Vista Elementary School District 2009

Description: A computer program used to help develop literacy, vocabulary skills, and listening and speaking skills in English Language Learners.

Chula Vista Elementary School District 2008

Description: Focus on vocabulary instruction

Fourth Grade Writer’s Workshop 
Chula Vista Elementary School District 2008

Description: Focus on teaching writing for 4th grade writing test (Summary, Narrative, Response to Literature, grammar, revising, and editing).

Wilda Storm – Write Up a Storm
Chula Vista Elementary School District  2005

Description: Instructional program to teach students the basics in conventions, grammar, sentence fluency, organization, topic development, and the use of explicit vocabulary

Rick Morris – Classroom Management
Chula Vista Elementary School District 2006

Description: Tips and techniques for classroom management

DIBELS Training
Chula Vista Elementary School District 2005

Description: Training course to administer an exam for students that focus on fluency and reading comprehension

Leadership Activities:

  • Technology SIT at Shekou International School 2010-2012
  • Instructional Leadership Team at Thurgood Marshall 2007-2008
  • Technology Committee at Thurgood Marshall 2005 to 2010
  • District Science Leadership Team at Harborside Accelerated 2004 – 2005
  • District Curriculum Mapping Team for Science at Harborside Accelerated 2004 – 2005

Fleet Inquiry Institute: 2004-2005

  • an open-ended, inquiry-based strategies to teaching science
  • exploration of basic principles in questioning techniques
  • process skill development
  • learning through investigation
  • enrich understanding of the inquiry process through formative assessment
  • science note-booking
  • adapting curriculum toward student controlled learning

Inquiry Learning Partnership: 2005-2007

  • M.A. at the University of San Diego in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.
  • A teacher training program modeled after the Fleet Inquiry Institute and funded through a California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant (CaMSP) designed to increase student academic achievement through the deepening of teacher content knowledge and inquiry-based pedagogy.

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