No educators should be asked to sit through professional learning simply to comply. It’s our role as instructional leaders to keep the big picture in mind, to wrestle with the goals for our students, and make the decisions about how we support our teachers in order to help our students reach and exceed those goals.
Grand Haven Christian’s Heather Grisales is a veteran immersion educator who understands the value of add.a.lingua partnership.
Although very complex, immersion-specific pd done right possesses the limitless capacity to make the end result oh-so-sweet when the following conditions are taken into account, how it’s planned, the way it’s purposefully mixed, and who’s in the kitchen.
As add.a.lingua continues to grow in partnerships across the nation, our small but mighty team grows too. The addition of longtime teacher colleague, add.a.lingua trainer, and friend, Sarah Vander Laan brings additional depth to our curricular development and instructional support services. Sarah’s teaching career in… Read More
What does it mean when a teacher says that they’ve been trained by add.a.lingua?
In a teachers’ first three years in one of our partner schools, they experience roughly 20+ hours of add.a.lingua immersion specific professional learning. The crazy part? That’s not a total number. It’s literally 20+ hours per year!
We’re big fans of collaborative learning. In fact, we’ve designed our 5 year immersion teacher certification process around collaboration and reflective practice. This spring we took another step forward in professional learning by creating space for administrators from add.a.lingua’s partner immersion programs to gather and… Read More
In the past nine months, we’ve released over 150 LESSONS for our partner educators! Not only that, but we continue to build our learning library which includes supplemental content covering topics relevant to our immersion partners.
We’re offering our very first add.a.lingua un-conference on April 12–a time for collaboration and learning among immersion leaders of all experience levels.
“When I taught in an add.a.lingua school, I didn’t realize how unique it was that we were provided with all of these resources! add.a.lingua took the guess work out of planning because we all knew what we needed to do to support our students’ language development.” – Sarah Vander Laan
We’re sometimes asked what a max (or minimum) number of students in an immersion classroom should be. Because smaller class sizes are universally touted as a selling point, parents in particular want to know how many students is right. It’s not hard to see the logic: If a smaller… Read More