The Art of Professional Development: Getting the Right Fit

When it comes to professional development, you don’t want a one-size fits all plan. Each school and district is unique, with different goals and different needs. That’s why we offer a full range of consulting services, from introductory workshops and institutes on the Collins Writing Program to advanced train-the-trainer models. Working together, we’ll create a professional development blueprint from the options below that’s a custom fit for your staff, budget, and timeline.

Workshops & Institutes

These sessions cover a variety of topics and may be offered for one day or as a series of workshops throughout the year. We take great pride in ensuring that our workshops are informative, fast-paced, and entertaining. Our associates all possess extensive knowledge of K−12 education, outstanding teaching ability, and expertise in the writing field. They also have superb presentation and communication skills and believe wholeheartedly in the lifelong benefits students receive from using the Collins Writing Program. Our workshop evaluations average an outstanding 9.2 out of 10.

Because Institutes offer the opportunity to receive FREE training, they are a very popular professional development option for schools and districts. If you are willing to host an Institute and open the session up to colleagues from other schools or districts, you’ll receive a $100 credit for each outside person who attends. View the brochure.

Collins Online Conversations

Our online sessions complement face-to-face training and offer an affordable way to provide targeted support for teachers and administrators as they implement the Collins Writing Program. These sessions work especially well with groups of teachers looking for targeted feedback on their use of the Collins Writing Program. Each online session is structured to facilitate peer-to-peer sharing and in-depth discussions with a Collins consultant around topics chosen from a menu of common implementation issues or teacher generated questions. Learn more.

In-Class Demonstrations

One of our most powerful support activities is doing classrooms demonstration lessons. In these lessons, we demonstrate techniques and strategies from our workshops using your content! Feedback from clients is consistent: The demonstrations and debriefings have a profound impact on teachers and their implementation of the Collins Writing Program.

Individual and Team Support

Another popular professional development activity is meeting with individuals or instructional teams to address specific grade or subject issues. This support for professional learning communities directly addresses teachers’ individual concerns and questions.

Co-Teaching and Observations

Some clients opt for their teachers to co-plan and co-teach lessons with the CEA Associate. If desired, a CEA Associate may observe writing lessons and provide feedback for teachers.

Advanced Training for Literacy Coaches

Providing more in-depth training for a cadre of teachers and coaches is an excellent way to build self-sustaining capacity within a school or district. Teachers can even earn graduate credit for this advanced training.

Coaching for Instructional Leaders

CEA can also provide specially designed coaching plans for administrators and instructional leaders. From assessing programs and setting goals to designing focused professional learning communities to identifying and developing leaders, CEA can support those whose job it is to lead their school to higher student achievement.