Survival Tools for New Teachers

Vickie Gill

Presenter: Vickie Gill
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 1.512.477.8200 to schedule this institute at your location.

Summary:  When one teacher really wants to insult another teacher, he or she will say with a slight sneer, "That wasn't very professional of you."  As we head for our first teaching job, our professors wave goodbye and murmur, "And remember, above all, be professional."  We nod knowingly, yet walk away without a clue as to what that specifically means.  It's kind of like telling your class to "Be good!" when you have to run to the office for a few minutes.  You have to define your terms.  One student may think that means to read quietly in the textbook until you return, another may think you'll be quite pleased that she didn't set anything on fire.

In this workshop, we will discuss how to be professional with our students and with our colleagues.  This program covers the essentials (major and minor) for new teachers, such as getting organized and keeping up with the required paperwork, dressing in an appropriate way for the job, dealing with stress and frustration, communicating with parents, and learning to respect the power that is given to us as educators.  We will also discuss how to create and implement a logical, efficient, and effective plan for maintaining discipline, both inside and outside of the classroom.  In addition, participants will find a clear and persuasive answer to the dreaded question that at least one student will ask every year: "Why do we have to learn this stuff?"  Teachers do not always have a great deal of control in choosing what to teach, but finding a way to communicate the importance and usefulness of what they teach is key to their success.

Vickie Gill is the author of The Eleven Commandments of Good Teaching, The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers, and The Ten Students You'll Meet in Your Classroom, all published by Corwin Press.  She has taught English, Remedial Reading, and Journalism in high schools in Central California and rural Tennessee for the past 29 years.  Vickie has won numerous teaching awards and was a finalist for Tennessee State Teacher of the Year in 2000.  Over her career, Vickie has specialized in working with junior high and high school students who struggle with reading and writing, as well as with students who have been labeled as "behavior problems" or "at risk."

Who Should Attend: Administrators, Principals and Classroom teachers

The Principal As Inspirational Leader

Dr. F. Jane Cobia

Presenter: Dr. F. Jane Cobia
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this institute at your location.


Workshop overview:
All great leaders are able to inspire others to take positive action.  Principals will participate in a book study with emphasis on discussion on modeling effective instructional behavior and learning/relearning leadership skills.  The principal is the key to success in any school and so it is important that he/she understands this role and is able to communicate just what is to be undertaken. 

F. Jane Cobia
F. Jane Cobia is currently the chair of the Department of Education at the Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.  She teaches curriculum, methodology, and seminar classes.  Over the past 28 years, Jane has had a wide range of experience in education, from being an instructor, to an educational specialist, to Assistant Superintendent, to Coordinator of Career and Technical Programs, to Superintendent of a district in Alabama.  Dr. Cobia holds many positions with educational associations and currently sits on the International Board of Directors with ASCD.

The Principal's Leadership Challenge

Jane Cobia

Presenter: Dr. F. Jane Cobia
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Two-Days)
Registration fee: $349, ($295 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this academy at your location.

Workshop overview:
The principal is expected to be able to handle any problems with parents, teachers and students, manage the facility, enable teachers to teach, and to know the latest information on curricular issues.  This seminar will address Texas and national standards, challenges with regard to creation of learning communities, and possible curricular trends for the 21st century. 

This session will provide strategies to:

  • Strengthen your own leadership skills
  • Build leadership teams and learning communities
  • Review Texas curriculum standards and compare them with national core standards
  • Develop a plan of action to be used by the principal to build teams in the school building with a focus on curriculum

A curriculum leadership plan of action will be developed and/or revised for actual implementation. Jane Cobia


F. Jane Cobia

F. Jane Cobia is currently the chair of the Department of Education at the Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.  She teaches curriculum, methodology, and seminar classes.  Over the past 28 years, Jane has had a wide range of experience in education, from being an instructor, to an educational specialist, to Assistant Superintendent, to Coordinator of Career and Technical Programs, to Superintendent of a district in Alabama.  Dr. Cobia holds many positions with educational associations and currently sits on the International Board of Directors with ASCD.

Classroom Management

Vickie Gill

Presenter: Vickie Gill
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this institute at your location.

Summary:  Every year bright, energetic young teachers enter their classrooms armed with lesson plans and a sincere desire to improve the lives of their students.  Unfortunately, an alarming percentage of these teachers quit the profession after the first year because they cannot get the kids to behave.

In this workshop, we will talk briefly about the behavior problems teachers face in a typical classroom, but we will spend far more time discussing why these students act this way-in other words, what does the student gain by disrupting a class and disrespecting a teacher?  We will work together to create a few simple, yet all-inclusive classroom rules, focusing on clear and effective consequences and rewards.  We will also take a look at the theory of Transactional Analysis to clarify the motivations behind negative behaviors, so that teachers can learn to handle disruptive students without inadvertently creating even more problems.  Each teacher will leave with an individualized plan for implementing an effective behavior management program in his or her own classroom.

Vickie Gill is the author of The Eleven Commandments of Good Teaching, The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers, and The Ten Students You'll Meet in Your Classroom, all published by Corwin Press.  She has taught English, Remedial Reading, and Journalism in high schools in Central California and rural Tennessee for the past 29 years.  Vickie has won numerous teaching awards and was a finalist for Tennessee State Teacher of the Year in 2000.  Over her career, Vickie has specialized in working with junior high and high school students who struggle with reading and writing, as well as with students who have been labeled as "behavior problems" or "at risk." 
Who Should Attend: Administrators, Principals and Classroom teachers

Maximizing Student Success: Building Background Knowledge and Academic Vocabulary

 Presenter: Tim Westerberg - ASCD International Professional Development Cadre member - K-12

Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Two Day)
Registration time
: 8:30 am
Registration Fees: $385.00  ($335 for Texas ASCD members)
Dates and Locations:

Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this academy at your location.

Vocabulary


There is also the option to PRE-ORDER, from us, two books by Robert Marzano,  "Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement" and "Building Academic Vocabulary" for an additional $50


Background Knowledge


 

Tim Westerberg

Quotes
  • Superb!  Made complete sense.  I feel building background knowledge is the first step to teaching.
  • Great job!  After 24 years of teaching, I feel like I learned some new techniques that I will use in my classroom.
  • Wonderful - I've learned great things to use in the classroom!
  • First day - Exciting, Second day - Thrilling!
  • Great training... containing state-of-the art strategies.

 

Summary: Students come to school with different levels of background knowledge that impact their academic success.  Knowing what to do to support those students who do not have the background knowledge to be successful in school has not always been clear.until now.  Attend this workshop, based on Robert J. Marzano's Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement:  Research on What Works in Schools, to discover how to help students to become more confident and successful learners by building the background knowledge they may have missed in earlier years.  A variety of strategies for building background knowledge that can be implemented, K-12, will be explored, modeled, and practiced, with special emphasis on the Six-Step Process for Teaching Academic Vocabulary in each discipline.

discussion

Tim Westerberg has served as a school principal for 25 years, the last 19 of which have been in Littleton, Colorado. Before entering school administration, Westerberg taught social studies and coached at the high school level in Illinois and in Iowa. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctorate in educational administration from Iowa State University.

In addition to his work as a teacher and administrator, Westerberg has been active in a variety of school transformation, staff development, and leadership training initiatives in the United States and other countries. Westerberg served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Carnegie Foundation Commission on the Restructuring of the American High School, which produced the seminal report, "Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution," and he played a significant role in the development of "Breaking Ranks II," which was released in February, 2004.

Recently, Westerberg has served as a site evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education's New American High Schools project, an IDEA '97 trainer for the NASSP, a member of the National Staff Development Council's Results-Based Staff Development Initiative, a member of ASCD's What Works In Schools cadre K-12, and president of the Colorado Association of School Executives.

Supplemental material: can be downloaded here

Who Should Attend: Principals, Teachers, Curriculum administrators, Curriculum designers and Professional developers.

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