SHALA EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING SERVICES

Jun 15 2017

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. It is our belief that for professional development to be effective teachers must be provided with the tools to implement new strategies. We can offer follow-up sessions with your staff upon request – we are committed to making your school’s educational journey rewarding and fruitful. 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! For more information about any of our programs, or to request a quote, please contact us at consultingservices@shalabooks.com

 

1. Developing Educational Frameworks

a) Whole School Educational Framework (Consultant will develop for the school):

Target: Administrators/Curriculum Coordinators/Teachers

Overview:

Developing a whole school framework at any level - Early Years, Primary Years, Middle School, High School or all of the above.

Benefits:

·        The framework will provide a bird’s eye view of the curriculums at the school.

·        Specialist classes will be linked to the rest of the school. 

·        The framework will link the school from Early Years to High School.

·        Any new teachers arriving at the school will be able to plug-in immediately.

·        The school teaching culture will be cohesive.

·        Student learning will be impacted as connections are made between all classes.

Time: Time-dependent on size of school and scope of work.

Basic Package: Consultation at the Administration/Coordinator Level:

o   Consultation – What is the school’s vision? Values? Philosophy?

o   Developing the whole school educational framework.

o   Handbooks/Teacher Training Manuals/Unit & Lesson Planners for:

-          Modern Foreign Language  English as an Additional Language (EAL)

-          Mainstream Teachers

-          Specialists (P.E., music…)

-          Mother Tongue Maintenance

o   Timetable recommendations

Add-ons: 

o   Teacher training: Whole school – half-day

o   Teacher training: Separate Departments – 1 or 2 hour sessions with each department

o   Follow-up visits with admin/coordinators

o   Mother Tongue Program: either during or after school – Handbook/teacher training (4 weeks)

o   After school Modern Foreign Language classes: Handbook/teacher training (4 weeks)

o   Library Curriculum development and training (2 weeks)


b) How to Develop a Whole School Framework – Full Day (Consultant will offer training, but does not develop the framework.)

Target: Administrators/Curriculum Coordinators 

Overview:

Learn how to develop a whole school framework at any level - Early Years, Primary Years, Middle School, High School or all of the above.

Benefits:

·        The framework will provide a bird’s eye view of the curriculums at the school

·        Specialist classes will be linked to the rest of the school. 

·        The framework will link the school from Early Years to High School.

·        Any new teachers arriving at the school will be able to plug-in immediately.

·        The school teaching culture will be cohesive.

·        Student learning will be impacted as connections are made between all classes

Considerations:

o   School’s vision, philosophy & values

o   Timetabling

o   Integration of subjects including specialists

o   EAL

o   Teacher planning tools (unit/lesson) – Utilizing the “Power of a Planner” to change the mindset and teaching culture


2. Professional Development for Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teachers

a) Improving Speaking & Listening Skills - Half-day

Target: Teachers of any Modern Foreign Language

Benefit: Teachers learn strategies to improve their students’ speaking & listening skills.

Session includes:

o   Defining what makes a good speaker/listener

o   Classroom activities, games, websites

o   Planners/Rubrics

 

b) Creating Reading Materials – Half-day

Target: Teachers of any Modern Foreign Language – Upper Primary & Middle School

Benefit:  Teachers can create the necessary reading materials for students aged 10 and older who are beginning to learn a second language. 

Teacher training includes:

o   How to create audio eBooks and reading materials (Word/PDF/Flipbooks)

o   Planners/Rubrics

o   Creating resources and how to share them on the Education by Shala Books website

 

c) Writing: Improving student writing and ensuring consistent grading – Half-day  

Target: Teachers of any Modern Foreign Language

Benefits: Ensure consistent grading amongst teachers and improve student writing skills in a second language.

 The following will be looked at:

o   Linking 6 +1 Writing Traits to second language classrooms

o   How to use moderated writing for consistent grading in foreign language classes

o   Planners/Rubrics

Add-on:

2-hour follow-up visits for moderated writing discussions – once per term or semester

 

d) Linking Modern Foreign Classes to other School Curriculums: 

Target: Teachers of any Modern Foreign Language/Coordinators     

Benefit: Connecting themes in the mainstream classroom to modern foreign language classes improves student learning.

The following will be looked at:

o   Setting up a curriculum

o   Planning and assessment tools

o   Activity and project ideas

o   Creating resources and how to share them on the Education by Shala Books website

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks, depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.

 

e) Bringing Language to Life: Using Literature Circles to promote active student engagement in learning a second language.  (Half-day with optional follow-up visits)

Target: Teachers of any Modern Foreign Language – Upper Primary & Middle School

Benefits: Literature circles will introduce a fun, dynamic environment into any classroom, allowing students to practice all four aspects of their second language education: reading, writing, auditory and oral. 

For more info:

o   http://shalabooks.com/School/Resources/Literature-Circles-in-a-Second-Language-Classroom

o   http://shalabooks.com/Portals/0/html5/LITERATURECIRCLESPRESENTATION%20-%20ONLINE/index.html

 

f) Meaningful Modern Foreign Language Classes in the Early Years

Target: Early Years MFL Teachers

Benefits: Teachers can make MFL classes in the Early Years engaging and meaningful by linking them to themes being taught in the classroom.

Teacher training includes:

o   Using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or equivalent

o   Planning and assessment tools

o   Games/activities/websites/resources

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks, depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.

 

3. Professional Development for English as an Additional Language (EAL)

a) Improving the Rate of Language Learning:

Target:  Teachers/Coordinators teaching students in mainstream classes whose mother tongue isn’t that of language used. Example: Korean students in mainstream English class that need support.

Benefit:  Improving the rate at which EAL students learn English.

The following will be addressed:

o   Planning and assessment tools

o   Scaffolding reading/writing/speaking/listening activities & assessments

o   Defining roles of EAL teachers (mainstream teachers might want to be part of in-service)

o   Using the CEFR or equivalent

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks, depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.

 

b) Mother Tongue Maintenance/Additional Language Learning (ALL): 

Benefit: Teachers will learn strategies EAL teachers use that can be implemented in any language setting.

Teacher training includes:

o   Planning and assessment tools

o   How to scaffold reading/writing/speaking/listening activities & assessments

o   Using the CEFR or equivalent

o   Use of teacher assistants to facilitate student learning

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks, depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.

 

c) Academic English Training – an alternative to EAL Departments

Target:  All educators in the school. This training and system is for schools who choose not to have a separate EAL department, and who would like their mainstream and specialist teachers to be able to accommodate all language needs in their classrooms.

Benefit:  Teachers will understand that all students in their classes are Academic English learners. 

Training includes: 

o   Planning and assessment tools

o   How to scaffold reading/writing/speaking/listening activities & assessments

o   Using the CEFR or equivalent

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks, depending on scope of work required: in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.

 

d) EAL in the Early Years (Half-Day)

Target: Early Years Mainstream Teachers

Benefit: Teachers will learn skills to help EAL students in their classrooms.

Training includes: 

o   Using the CEFR or equivalent

o   How to scaffold classroom activities for EAL students

o   EAL strategies

o   Planning and assessment tools

 

4. Professional Development for Mainstream Language Teachers/Coordinators

a) Implementing a Guided Reading Program:

Target: Primary Years Teachers/Coordinators

Benefit: Improve student reading skills (K – P3) at your school. 

Teacher training touches on:

o   Assessing students

o   Forming student group

o   How to run the lessons

o   Planners/student tracking tools

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits. 

 

5. Professional Development for Librarians 

a) The Library as a Classroom  

Target:  Primary and Middle School Librarians/Coordinators/Administrators

Benefits: Library time has a clear focus, and skills taught are linked to classroom teachers’ needs.

Librarians and Administrators will: 

o   Develop a library curriculum that links to the rest of the school

o   Develop planning and assessment tools

* Time frame can range from a half day, full day, several days or weeks depending on scope of work required – in-service vs setting up a program with follow-up visits.