SETTING UP A GUIDED READING PROGRAM ACROSS GRADE LEVELS

For Administrators/Coordinators - The Guided Reading Program at the Netherlands Inter-community School was originally designed to accommodate shifting student needs (triggered by a decrease in the student body), and was the ideal solution for our school. But this program could also work at schools that have multiple classes of the same grade.

THE POWER OF PLANNERS

For Administrators/Coordinators - Planners are a powerful educational tool when used properly. Planners can transform the way teachers think and teach, inspiring them to grow and develop a deeper understanding of a school’s philosophy and vision.

THE EARLY YEARS FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - The vision for this framework was to design and document an Emergent Curriculum that follows the principles of the Reggio Emilio philosophy, is guided by the Early Years Foundational Stages (EYFS) milestones, and uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for ESL and Modern Foreign Language benchmarks. The implementation of this custom designed framework will have a huge impact on a school and its’ environment, transforming it into a genuine Reggio-inspired community of learners at all levels and across all subject areas.

THE TRANSITIONAL FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - The Transitional Framework was originally designed for the Papuan government, which had established a scholarship program for Indonesian students who qualified to study at English-speaking universities; however, the concept of this framework can be applied universally. 

THE LANGUAGE FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - My task as Language Coordinator at the Netherlands Inter-community School was to connect every subject taught at the school to language - the vision was the whole language umbrella. The Language Framework is based on this vision of the language umbrella, and all the decisions I made while creating the Language Framework supported this vision. A few months after it was implemented, the framework became the foundation of the school, and the impact on the students and student learning was simply stunning.

WHAT IS AN EDUCATIONAL FRAMEWORK?

For Administrators/Coordinators - What is a framework? The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines a framework as “an essential supporting structure or a basic system. At a school, a framework is the most essential supporting educational structure, and when designed correctly, it becomes the foundation upon which everything else is built.

SHALA EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING SERVICES

Shala Educational Consulting Services takes a unique and innovative approach to educational development and training. We know that no two schools are alike; therefore, no two professional development plans will be the same. We learn everything we need to know about your school before we develop educational frameworks or offer you language related in-services. Depending on your school’s vision, values, and mission, we tailor planning and assessment tools for your staff, then we use the results as part of our training sessions. At Shala Educational Consulting Services we are passionate about designing innovative educational strategies that evolve with students’ needs. We look forward to working with you!

MY ROLE AS AN EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

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For Administrators/Coordinators - As an educational consultant I specialize in developing frameworks and planners. My role is to make your ideal learning environment happen by designing the frameworks and planners that meet your school’s needs. When I take on a job, I come as a blank slate with no preconceived ideas about how you should run your school. It is your school, and you know your staff, your clientele, and your students. Most importantly, you know your vision, your philosophy and your values. My job is to make your vision a reality.

 

THE EMERGENT READERS COLLECTION

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For Parents - I began writing the Emergent Readers collection when my daughter was at her previous school, where they were learning how to read through a phonics program. She was learning to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words with flash cards and phonics activities. Then the teacher sent home a phonics reader with several CVC and sight words on a page, asking us to practice with our child. My daughter and I went through a painstaking experience – by the time my daughter sounded out each word the storyline of the book was lost. At this moment a thought occurred to me: Wouldn’t it be great if she could practice reading individual CVC words in a book format?

MY JOURNEY AS AN EDUCATOR

I grew up in a household where neither parent was a native English speaker. I was in the French Immersion program from Kindergarten to Grade 9, and although my English was conversationally excellent, it was academically weak. When I attended an English high school I had a lot of trouble understanding terms in core subject classes; the Math teacher - he might as well have been speaking Greek for all I understood of the terms he was throwing about! My marks dropped - not because I couldn't do the math, but because my academic English was weak. No teacher at my high school would have thought to use ESL strategies with me - but perhaps they should have.