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District Workshops

NOTICE: All district trainings will be VIRTUAL until further notice, or unless specifically requested and deemed safe.

Virtual Training is fundamentally different than In-Person Training. In the same way that teachers must adapt their teaching models and their expectations for virtual instruction, so has The Comprehensible Classroom adapted our training models. 

We have worked really hard to create a virtual model for professional development that provides the same level of training as our in-person experiences. 

What to expect from virtual trainings

In order to make this training experience both valuable and impactful, we ask that all partner organizations review the following expectations:

Training blocks

Rather than offer full-day workshops, as we would for in-person professional development experiences, we break down each workshop into a series of sessions, spread over at least two days. Click here to read the options for scheduling the sessions. The time frame and attendance constraints of each session are optimized in order to maximize engagement and learning. For this reason, you will see that each workshop is listed as a “series”, rather than a standalone event. 

Sequential sessions

The sessions in each series are designed to be sequential and to build on each one, so someone jumping into the 2nd one might feel like they are missing some key information. We do not recommend that teachers participate out of order. We also ask that once teachers join the session, they remain for the duration of the session.

Interactive sessions

Each session is interactive and participatory; it will be helpful for organizers to communicate to participants from their organization that your Comprehensible Classroom training will NOT be a “show up and tune out” sort of professional development. We hope that all participants will participate fully and take advantage of the interactive opportunities presented. Knowing how hard it can be to fully attend to online training, we limit the length of each session and build a break into back-to-back session bookings.

Hosted sessions

Sessions are hosted through The Comprehensible Classroom’s Zoom account. This guarantees that we will be able to access various platform features in order to maximize opportunities for engagement. We will provide a link to share with all participants that will be the same for each session.

Investment

Each VIRTUAL workshop series is a flat fee of $2500.00. 

Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

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Intro Series 1: Teaching and Assessment for Acquisition

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Number of sessions: 3

Time per session: 90 minutes

Max participants: 25

Outcomes:

  1. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of how to approach comprehension based teaching in virtual, asynchronous, and face to face formats. 

  2. ​Participants will leave with an overview of assessment and grading in a comprehension based class as well as resources to help develop assessments that celebrate what students can do. 

 

Content:

  • Introduction to language acquisition theory and how it relates to comprehension based instruction.

  • Demonstrations of input focused strategies at a variety of language levels, experienced as a student.

  • Debriefing to unpack what teacher skills are necessary for a comprehension based class.

  • Overview of assessment and standards based grading with a focus on communicative proficiency and reporting what students CAN DO in the target language in a classroom context.

Intro Series 2: Assessment for Acquisition:

The Deepest Dive

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Number of sessions: 3

Time per session: 90 minutes

Max participants: 25

Assessment for Acquisition: The Deepest Dive  is a series of three sessions focused on assessment and grading in a comprehension based class. Participants can expect to dive deep into standards based grading, research pertaining to Ordered Development for language acquisition, the realities of assessment vs. ideals, grading practices that can reduce bias and promote equity, practical solutions, and even participate in collaborative and competitive activities. 

 

Session A:  The Theory of Ordered Development 

 

Participants are recommended to have a tablet or phone to use in addition to a laptop or desktop computer for session 1.

 

In this session, participants will be grouped in small groups and engage in an activity (using Pear Deck and breakout rooms) as students to read, interact with, and respond to research about the developmental order of language acquisition in learner’s brains, and follow up with a discussion of classroom implications for assessment and teaching practices.  The presentation will use examples from Spanish but will be applicable to other languages. 

 

Session B:  Standards Based Grading and How Do We assess for Acquisition? 

 

Participants are recommended to have a tablet or phone to use in addition to a laptop or desktop computer for session 2.

 

In this session, participants will dig into the reasons for Standards Based Grades and examine some of the problems with traditional grades.  We will also offer reasonable solutions to combat some of the challenges traditional grades present.   

 

Session C: The Practical Stuff: What do Assessments Look Like and How do I Grade Them?  

 

In this session, participants will look at a variety of assessment types from comprehension based classrooms.  We will also discuss practical strategies to simplify grading and create systems to reduce bias, increase accuracy, and most of all, celebrate student success with assessments.

Introductory Series 3: All About the Input

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Number of sessions: 3

Time per session: 75 minutes

Max participants: 25

All about Chats

  • Learn about different conversational routines to use as a way to connect with your students and the value of just talking. 

  • Discover different scaffolds and supports for all levels of language learners to keep the language flowing. 

  • Experience different ways to engage in chats. 

 

Participants should come out of this session feeling like they  a) understand the importance of just chatting in the target language, b) strategies for scaffolding different levels of learners, and c) have an idea of how to use different techniques to keep student engagement high.  Note: Demonstrations will be conducted in Spanish with language translation.  

 

All about the Music

Songs are a great way to connect students to music, dance, culture, and more, and they can be great tool for language acquisition. Learn how to keep song-based lessons comprehension-focused and interesting for students– and to break away from just using CLOZE activities!  

  • Learn how to use songs as vehicles for input. 

  • Experience different kinds of scaffolded activities for songs with a focus on reading and comprehensibility.

  • Consider songs as vehicles to connect students to different aspects of culture. 

 

Participants should come out of this session feeling like they have an understanding of how to use songs and music as a source of input that students understand.  Note: Demonstrations will be conducted in Spanish with language translation.  Due to the availability of input-focused music activities, most examples and suggested resources will be for Spanish teachers, but the ideas are applicable to all languages.

 

All about the texts

Comprehension-based teachers use a variety of texts in their classroom to further language acquisition. In this session, participants will learn what comprehensible really means when we talk about reading as well as different strategies that we can use to create class texts. Participants will also receive a brief introduction to working with class novels and an overview of creating a free choice reading program.  Please note: this session will NOT include time for discussing recommendations for specific books at specific levels.  This extension can be added.  

 

  • What does it mean to be comprehensible when we talk about texts?

  • How can a teacher use student lives and interest to generate texts?

  • Where can a teacher access free and for-purchase texts?

  • What does it mean to “teach a novel”? (Brief introduction)

  • How do I create a free reading program (overview)? 

 

Participants will leave with an understanding of the importance of comprehensible reading, strategies for creating high interest, comprehensible exts for use in class or in reading programs, as well as brief introductions to teaching a whole class novel and free reading programs.

Advanced Series 1: Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Number of sessions: 3

Time per session: 90 minutes

Max participants: 25

Session 1: Thoughtful Differentiation

 

  • Strategies for differentiation that focus on learner interest and learner readiness.

  • Face to face or virtual input focused student activity templates that are tiered for learner readiness and/or learner interest.

  • Considerations and strategies for collaborative groupings and partnerships.

Participants will leave an understanding of how to use groupings (virtual or otherwise) and face-to-face time to support different learners, and how to adapt and create input focused tasks that are tiered for learner interest and readiness.  Note: This session will not focus on solutions for differentiating for heritage learners. Many of the strategies will be applicable, but this is not a session designed specifically for teaching Heritage learners of Spanish that are enrolled in Spanish as a Second Language classes. 

 

Session 2: Using Pear Deck for Input

 

Participants are recommended to have a tablet or phone to use in addition to a laptop or desktop computer.

 

Harness the power of interactive activities and google slides that actually works and doesn’t require logins, much technical knowledge beyond google slides, and works with copyrighted material!   I am obsessed with Pear Deck and found it to be simple, reliable, and incredibly flexible with how it can provide students input and work with existing materials, and I want to share it with you!  

 

  • Some of the features that will be demonstrated are only available with a paid pro subscription and some features are available with a free one. 

  • This session will focus on using Pear Deck in an asynchronous environment, with synchronous adaptations. 

  • This is not a Pear Deck tutorial session, but rather a session focused on how to harness the many features to support comprehension based teaching.  

  • The only prerequisite for this course is a basic understanding of Google Slides.

 

Participants will leave with a series of adaptable templates and student facing instructions for using Pear Deck with students. 

 

Session 3: All about Chats 

  • Learn about different conversational routines to use as a way to connect with your students and the value of just talking. 

  • Discover different scaffolds and supports for all levels of language learners to keep the language flowing. 

  • Experience different ways to engage in chats. 

 

Participants should come out of this session feeling like they  a) understand the importance of just chatting in the target language, b) strategies for scaffolding different levels of learners, and c) have an idea of how to use different techniques to keep student engagement high.  Note: Demonstrations will be conducted in Spanish with language translation.  

 
 
 
 

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