Our professional development is designed to be rich, customized and challenging in order to best assist educators, thus strengthening the potential of our region.
During this course, we will explore some of our preconceived notions of student success. As an educational system, we have been given low requirements for target growth especially for certain demographics. This influences instruction in the classroom. A school (teachers and administrators) with lower expectations will convey this to students who meet those low targets (self-fulfilling prophecy). Our unique model is firmly rooted in research and has been field-tested in multiple districts for the past 25 years. We have found along with others, such as Richard Sagor, that by setting high expectations and creating a clear pathway students will reach amazing success. We cover Wiggins & McTighe’s well-recognized method to plan instruction using Understanding by Design (UbD). By creating a clear target, it makes it easier for educators and students to then reach the goal. Methods for intentionally designing academically rigorous units of study will be modeled. Our research has shown a thoughtful blueprint integrating language art skills with content increases success for all demographics. Be GLAD’s award winning ‘Give Me Five’ will be used to then provide instruction for the designed unit of study. The strategies teach students how to learn and be stronger with their own critical thinking regardless of their beginning levels. We create a classroom environment that values the student, provides authentic opportunities for use of academic language, maintains the highest standards and expectations for all students while fostering voice and identity. Typically, we find students are not successful when the instruction in the classroom is not successful. By changing our pedagogy, we can create success in any classroom regardless of demographic.
Equity Problem of Practice:
How can we apply brain- and language-based systems to support all learners in their acquisition of rigorous content and academic language?
Teaching at the Core with Jabbar Beig
Facilitator: Jabbar Beig
Jabbar Beig is the Executive GLAD Officer for BE GLAD. He is also a teacher, licensed marriage and family therapist, Certified Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Trainer, and Authorized Sheltered English Immersion Trainer for the Arizona Department of Education. His background includes: neurolinguistics, child development, biopsychology, and memory. Currently, he empowers teachers with instructional practices that have eliminated the achievement gap in schools throughout the country.
WMEP Professional Learning Center
WMEP Member Registration
Participants must have district approval to register for the yearlong leadership series. Please email your district’s Future-Forward Leadership contact below if you’re interested in attending. This individual will verify your eligibility for participation in the 2017-2018 Future-Forward Leadership Series: