Our professional development program is a direct outgrowth of CLASE's research, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, to study the impacts of the Instructional Conversation pedagogy on the academic success of English-language learners.
Instructional Conversation is a research-based model for collaborative, conversation-based, culturally responsive, small-group instruction that is ideal for teachers concerned with how to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. CLASE's model for implementing Instructional conversation, the Arch system for collaborative, conversation-based instruction, focuses on developing students' cognitive and language skills by increasing the rate and intensity of their interactions with peers and teachers. Furthermore, the Arch system positively impacts students' social emotional learning while increasing their academic achievement.
CLASE offers several professional development options for teachers, instructional coaches and districts.
What an amazing experience I had at the institute in Athens! It was, without a doubt, the most impactful PL I have ever attended. As someone who facilitates professional learning on a regular basis, I was simply amazed by the way you created such a cohesive learning community in such a short amount of time. Just wow!— Beth McMichael, instructional coach, Barrow County Schools
In my experience with CLASE, this summer and throughout the year, I have never been more supported in any moment of my professional career, graduate school included ... From the week this summer, to the webinars, learning labs, observations and videos with feedback, and renewals. You guys don't just introduce us to your powerful pedagogy and send us out into the world to use it or not. You are there for us every step of the way, celebrating our successes and cheering us on through the challenges. Thank you for that!— Shelly Salom, ESOL Teacher, Jackson County School System
I just had the privilege of attending the Integrating Collaborative, Conversation-based Instruction into your Classroom summer session. It was by far the best professional and personal development instruction I have participated in. To put that in perspective, I've participated in many professional development opportunities as a teacher for 10 years, from conferences to our school's weekly professional learning. It's like your team has thought, "What doesn't work for people who are learning new content, skills, and processes?" and then you removed those things from your training.— Andrea Antepenko, teacher, Franklin County School District
Thank you, thank you, thank you--for making me a better teacher...and a better student! I love what you are doing! You are helping to change the world.— Rita Cevasco, speech-language pathologist, Mason, Ohio