Professional Development

Billingsley Education Professional Development 2016-2017

bikeDo you see a professional development you are interested in but would like to tweak it to meet the specific needs of your district/campus? Not a problem. My pledge is to work with you to provide the best professional development for your educators. Contact me (joanne@jmbillingsley.com) about designing a session that will specifically meet the needs of your campus.

Making Words REAL – Proven Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary FAST across ALL Content Areas!
How to dramatically Increase Opportunities for Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing Using Academic Language. Experience high-quality instructional strategies that engage students in vocabulary and language interaction. Transform mundane vocabulary lessons into a multi-sensory interactive experience using music, technology and imagery. Learn to create and implement card sorts, multimedia trailers, sentence puzzlers, vocabulary in-a-bag and word games to expand academic language and increase content comprehension and retention. Note: This professional development is based on Joanne’s newest book – Making Words Real (Routledge -Eye on Education publication 2016)

Making MATH Words REAL
develop the vocabulary/language skills students need to think, talk, read, write and assimilate new math concepts

Making SCIENCE Words REAL
develop the vocabulary/language skills students need to think, talk, read, write and assimilate new science concepts

Teaching ELLS & Diverse Learners the Words They Need to Succeed
Proven Targeted Strategies to Accelerate the Acquisition of Academic Vocabulary Dramatically Increase Opportunities for Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing Using Academic Language in ALL Content Areas. This seminar will model proven & practical instructional strategies that engage all students in vocabulary and language interactions. Discover NEW highly engaging, field-tested strategies that make content comprehensible and words REAL! Note: Special emphasize on sheltered instruction and small group learning experiences.

Unleashing a Mindset of Achievement – What to Do When Student Won’t Try or Don’t Give Their BEST Effort
Acquire NEW learning strategies and tools for developing academic mindsets that have a lasting positive impact on academic performance.! Identify how academic mindsets strongly influence academic performance. Outline an action plan for developing positive academic mindsets. Examine factors that influence and accelerate language acquisition. Discover tools that transform students’ motivation to learn.

Build a Language-Rich, Student-Centered Classroom
How to build & implement highly effective learning centers and anchor activities. Joanne’s learning center instructional model has produced remarkable results with Ells & diverse learners in both traditional and inclusion classrooms. Her philosophy; “When you provide students with a rich variety of novel, multi-sensory experiences, and structured opportunities to acquire academic language, students will engage, respond, learn and succeed.” Differentiated instruction has never been more compelling or more FUN! Note: This training is appropriate for all content areas or can be modified specifically for science or math teachers.

Object & Project Based Learning
Using Simple Objects & Projects to Generate Complex Thinking, Deep Understanding and Spark a Love for Learning

Becoming Experts: Read, Think, Talk, Write Cycle
Strategies that will help all students, Read Deeply, Think Critically, Have Academic Discourse and produce Quality Writing

Content Trailers: Student- Based Technology Projects That Spark Interest, Deepen Understanding and Assesses Learning
Teach students to create media presentations that combines technology, images and music to create a powerful tool for learning, Learn to create a media -rich presentation that sparks learning at light speed! Experience the power of this compelling and engaging “Hook” that combines technology, images and music to create a powerful tool for learning.

Learning Center Magic: Learning Centers aren’t just for little ones
Develop and utilize Learning Centers in the middle and high school classroom. Differentiated instruction has never been more compelling or more FUN!

Teaching is the Art of Sculpting the Brain: Understanding how the Brain Learners & Remembers
Relating important discoveries in Neuroscience to the real world of the classroom! Topics include quieting the angry brain, sharpening focus skills, improving memory & retention, whole-brain teaching and learning.

First and Last, Five Minutes –“Prime Time Rituals” and “Blinking Students at the Door”

Techniques to successfully start and end each class period. Leave this session armed with practical techniques that will set your classroom up for achievement. Have fun with reading facial expressions and interpreting body language, all so that you can create a better learning environment. Spend less time on discipline and more time inspiring and teaching.

Keynote:
Contact us for topics and ideas. Keynotes are designed to address the specific needs of our clients. We promise to inspire, motivate and educate! To view a sample keynote, go to www.jmbillingsley.com/keynotes.