If you are looking for someone to increase engagement, as well as teacher knowledge, using technology then you need to use Cultivating the Learning!
Our professional development has teachers asking for us by name. Whether you just went 1:1 or have had devices for a few years, our training and coaching can help your teachers grow. We design our professional development based off data we collect from your teachers to meet their needs.
We offer both synchronous and asynchronous professional development to meet the busy schedules of your teachers and the budget or your school/district.
Cares Act Funds Available Through GEER
Did You Know?
Now, you can use Cares Act funds to cover teacher training for remote learning. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to help your teachers.
Did you know that Cares Act funds may be used for teacher training related to remote and hybrid learning?
Supporting your teachers could be FREE for you.
How Districts Can Use ESSER Funds
Districts have the flexibility to use the ESSER funds on any “activity authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.” Additionally, ESSER II and III legislation specifies that funds can be used to address learning loss. Your ESSER funds can be used for:
- Professional development
- Software, hardware, connectivity
- Teacher pay
- Identifying and addressing learning loss
- Instructional materials
- After school/extended day
- Summer learning
- Mental health services
Not all online trainings are created equal. We strive to survey your teachers’ skills and meet them where they are. We use both synchronous and asynchronous strategies to model for teachers what they can do for and with their students.
Most teachers prefer 1:1 coaching support the same way student prefer 1:1 support from their teachers. We provide in-person and remote coaching support both during class as well as in planning sessions. Our coaches are available to plan, execute, and debrief lessons for creativity and reflection.
Google Classroom has become the LMS of choice for a majority of American classrooms. Teachers need Level 1 training to get started at substitution level and Level 2 training to dig deeper and get creative. We also offer an asynchronous online course for tight budgets. Click to read more about our Google Classroom trainings.
G Suite for EDU Training
Are your teachers just getting by, or are they rockin’ it out in G Suite? How is their confidence level? Are they functioning at substitution level or redefinition in SAMR? Are they including the 4 Cs (communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration)? We can help your teachers from beginner through advanced. Pick one of our popular G Suite Trainings or let us build a training just for you.
Increasing Student Engagement
Student engagement is hard in person, and online we have to figure out who or what our competition is and bring students back to class. Get their heads in the game. It is possible using new strategies and some existing and possibly new-to-you tools. We focus on the tools you already have access to and can make some recommendations if you are willing to purchase some. Read more here.
The best teachers in your building have strong relationships with their students; their students know they care. Building relationships online takes a conscious effort and time. We model for teachers how to use the tools at hand to build relationships. We analyze why we do certain activities in the classroom and ask whether they are appropriate or necessary in an online setting. Finally, we share out a collection of ideas that teachers can use immediately in their classes.
While Chromebooks are more like a laptop than a tablet, there is a learning curve before using it. Let us provide professional development either synchronously or asynchronously to help your teachers, paraprofessionals, and students start using their chromebooks like pros.
We offer beginner through advanced levels of PD as well as accessibility training for your exceptional students.
Whether you are using Apple software or G Suite, our professional development is designed to help you improve your use. Our trainings have been fire tested in 1:1 settings, and teachers leave with a renewed confidence and energy.
We offer hardware professional development including taking the pad out of the box, choosing an MDM, organizing them on carts, and protecting the charging cables and bricks from theft and loss. We also cover student SOPs (standard operating procedures) and how to handle shared devices.
We also offer software and app covering the installed Apple software and G Suite apps on the iPad.
Finally, we have a special training for accessibility features on iPads to help your exceptional students as well as your littles who cannot read yet.
Device Management & SOPs
All the purchases in the world are no good if there is not a device management system in place with SOPs. We’ve seen $15,000 worth of devices sit unused at backs of rooms because teachers were too nervous or didn’t have time to bother.
We learned the hard way in the trenches. We know what teachers need. As a result, our professional development training gives teachers exactly what they need to get started and manage their devices with little to no trouble.
We encourage student empowerment as “device geniuses” to take responsibility and manage the devices with initial training. Who doesn’t want to be on the poster of iPad or Chromebook Geniuses?
If you are interested in working together, book a FREE 30-minute consultation.
Your Teachers Can Feel Success, Too!
“[Taking part in the Digital Learning Cohort] has been a life and teaching changing experience.”
If you are interested in working together, book a FREE 30-minute consultation.
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