Professional Development Activities For Teachers

The Bilingual Teacher Exchange Program enhances global language learning in local and international schools through teacher recruitment, retention, training, and support services. We provide local and international schools with qualified bilingual teachers, which promote language and culture while improving the world language curriculum. Preparing our teachers is critical for success in the classrooms and schools. These are required workshops that outline some critical areas that we promote for teacher development.

BTE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Legal, Cultural, and Ethical Challenges in the Classroom

4.0

A mandatory workshop to explore legal, ethical, and cultural challenges in US and global classrooms. Topics include Sexual Harrassment, Ethical Dilemmas, Personal Lifestyle, Religion, Social Media, and Life Skills.

Classroom Management Tools & Strategies

8.0

Exploring critical classroom management strategies and tools that support classroom learning and providing teachers with time to meet classroom objectives.

Surviving the First Year at A US School

2.0

Best practices explored in classroom management, teaching strategies, data development and tracking, and other important technical skills for success in the classroom.

Exploring Leadership Development for Teachers

2.5

A mandatory workshop to explore and discuss leadership development and practice for teachers.

The What, When, How, and Why of what is required for obtaining licensing to continue teaching in a US School

1.5

Webinar to support step by step process towards understanding Praxis and Licensure actions required by DCPS/and other school Districts.

Understanding US Tax Law, Policies, Filing Requirements, and Tax Treaties that apply to J1 Holders

2.0

Annual Tax Education that supports BTE Tax Filing Services are provided for all BTE teachers to include the 2 tax years covered each academic year.

Developing a Cultural Education Plan for your classrooms and community.

2.0

A key requirement in J1 Exchange Programs is the Cultural Exchange element. Developing a plan to implement within the US classrooms.

Best Practices in Teaching a Foreign Language

2.0

A workshop that explores and outlines the best modern and practical strategies in teaching foreign languages to students who speak one dominant language.

PD ACTIVITIES VIA WEBINAR

Webinars will last 90 minutes

Creating a Classroom Website on Google

In this session, teachers will learn how to create a Google site that will enable them to further communication with parents and students.

Co-Teaching Strategies

Focus:

Supportive co-teaching

Parallel co-teaching

Complementary co-teaching

Team Teaching

Co-Teaching is defined as two teachers (teacher and cooperating teacher) working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space.

In co-teaching, the pair is encouraged to co-plan and quickly incorporate the co-teaching strategies in their practice, providing more opportunities for the students to engage with both adults in the classroom.

In this session, teachers will learn different co-teaching techniques that are used to enhance and have more effective instruction in the classroom.

Guided Reading in the Classroom

Focus:

Working with small groups

Matching student reading
ability to text levels

Guided Reading Programs

Text Introduction

Probing Questions

Listening to Individuals Read

Engage students in text
conversation

ESL students need support to develop strategies to apply through independent reading. In this session, teachers will learn how to work using the Guided Reading model for reading instruction.

Teachers will learn how to use a Guided Reading program and choose appropriate level texts to promote literacy.

Literacy Stations

Focus:

Planning Vocabulary as a
Literacy Station

Planning Writing as a Literacy
Station

Planning Reading as a Literacy Station

Literacy Stations tend to only happen during early childhood education. We have paradigms that stipulate that when a child reaches elementary, that child no longer needs to work in small groups. However, research has proved that students are benefited from working in small groups, where they practice important skills, such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Working in stations also lays focus on increasing comprehension, vocabulary and fluency of oral language. In this session, teachers will learn the importance of including literacy centers in daily classroom practice, and will learn of how to use literacy centers as a review of the skills students should be mastering.

Close-Reading Strategies to Enhance Comprehension

Focus:

Modeling Close Reading

Reading Short Texts

Choosing Complex Texts Questioning

Close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. If reading closely is the most effective way to achieve deep comprehension, then that's how we should teach students to read. But that description doesn't match much of the instruction that is being taught, where students are “spoon fed” content.

In this session, teachers will learn how to “activate” great reader strategies.

Implementing Common Core Standards for Instruction

Focus:

Instructional strategies using
Common Core

Instruction that is reflected in a consistent pattern throughout grade levels, sets the pace for teachers to instruct their students. In this session, teachers will learn to organize, present, and explain the content of Language Arts for first through fifth grade.