New York State educators: The Educator Collaborative is an Approved CTLE Sponsor. Every hour learning = an hour earned.*
Looking to arrange In-Person Professional Development for 2020-2021? Visit our Consulting Page (here).
Distance Learning Support
Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative talks about Distance Learning Support in his Spring 2020 Gathering Pre-Session
Staff Virtual PD Options:
Leadership Support Options:
We have extensive experience in online professional development for K-12 Literacy pedagogy. Including:
Literacy Content and Pedagogy
Reading and Writing Workshop
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Content Area Literacy
Differentiation for IEPs
Virtual Learning Methods
Literacy Leadership Methods
And many more!
Research-Driven, Whole Child Informed, Practical
Since it's founding, The Educator Collaborative has been at the forefront of online learning communities and online professional development. We are seasoned in creating a blend of synchronous and asynchronous professional development for literacy educators. In fact, our own internal professional development model, formed over years of study, has be cited by members and our Associate cohorts as some of the most impactful learning they have every been involved in.
We have a range of ways of supporting you and your colleagues, whether you are an individual educator seeking to grow your literacy practice for an online environment or a school or district looking for literacy professional development options to support your staff leading distance learning.
Our team is made up of recognized experts in literacy education, and as our Think Tank is comprised of practicing classroom teachers, leaders, professors, authors, and consultants, we have practical, real world experience with the challenges and opportunities of this current Distance Learning time we are all navigating.
Let's be clear: No one knows the exact best way to do this current moment, to this scale and with this rushed roll out, under these challenging and frightening circumstances. Anyone saying they do is likely not being critically conscious enough.
What we can promise is to provide the inspiring, practical, and caring professional development support we have been known for, one that provides practical expertise and purposeful collaborative problem-solving. As always, we believe collaboration leads to opportunity.
District/School Distance Learning Professional Development
Literacy Virtual PLCs™ - On-Going Literacy PD for School Teams
- We have experience creating virtual PLCs like:
- Coaching PLCs to stay elevated, connected, and able to support
- Early Childhood Literacy PLCs to engage young learners
- Upper Elementary PLCs to move to higher order thinking
- Middle School ELA PLCs to stay grounded in best practice for our zany-wonderful preteens
- High School English PLCs to support engaging methods
- Content Area PLCS to support digital content area literacy practices
- and more...
Based on The Educator Collaborative's rigorous and inspiring online, adult-learning model, our staff can organize Literacy Learning Communities to meet the specifications of your staff and district goals. These Literacy Virtual PLCs™ take into account the full range of adult-learning needs, including social-emotional care and interaction, practical application, cohort based learning, flexibility, and research-based literacy methodologies applied to virtual school environments.
Distance Learning Literacy Consultations - Help For District and School Decision Makers
The Educator Collaborative team are experts in K-12 pedagogy, curriculum, anti-bias education, multingual education, digital literacy, content area literacy, and more. Our team members can be engaged to provide District, School, or Team level consultation support. Here are a few common formats:
Virtual School "Snapshot":
Similar to an in-person site evaluation, but for the Distance Learning model, our staff can provide a review of your current literacy-based courses, assignments, and teaching methodologies.
The goal of this review is to provide you with a strengths-based understanding of your current system.
We can help you get a global look at your current virtual school setting and help you see what expertise lies within your current staff that you can further leverage; what structures and formats are effective; what methods, tasks, assignments, and resources are effectively meeting the needs of students.
You will also be provided with a report of strengths, recommendations, and next steps based on our expertise in online learning, and research-based literacy and leadership.
Literacy Expert "On-Call":
You likely have many new needs arising and problems to solve.
Having a trusted, expert voice to bounce ideas off of and collaboratively plan helps leaders make smart, practice-based decisions you can feel confident in.
We can be engaged to phone, video, or offline consult on a current project; attend a virtual meeting to provide input and support; or provide other mentoring or support.
We will match a team member or members to your needs, goals, and their expertise. Questions about supporting your English Language Learners in a virtual environment? Making decisions about rethinking your curriculum for use online? Wondering how to best support the social-emotional health of your staff? We can help you bounce ideas, evaluate options, and understand broader perspectives beyond your district.
Custom Online Workshops & Institutes - Tailored to Your Literacy PD Needs
- Please see our Workshops and Institutes Topics page for some of many sample topics.
- We can design synchronous and asynchronous workshops and institute for your staff to attend online, from anywhere with an internet connection.
- Anything from a 1 time workshop all at the same time to a string of workshops to watch as staff members are able, and more.
- Attendance taking options available.
The Educator Collaborative members speak at national and international conferences, events, and professional development days—both in person and online.
We are known for practical, inspiring, research-based, and rigorous sessions. Educators return again and again to hear our members speak.
We can be engaged for online, virtual workshops, tailored to the needs of your district. Workshops can be synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination. All are tailored to your needs and based on our anti-bias, practical, and research-based literacy pedagogical approach.
Study Series™ Season - Webinars by Literacy Experts
is now Pay What You Are Able
The heart and strength of TheEdCollab is our people. We bring together incredible, talented, passionate voices—with a particular focus on under-represented voices in literacy pedagogy.
During this challenging time, we have decided to open up all new registrations to our 2019-2020 Study Series Season to be "Pay What You Are Able." Providing more access to learning from our amazing educator family.
You have just one option: the Full Year Season, giving you access to all 12 Sessions through June 30, 2020. Most can be viewed On-Demand right now, with a few left to view live.
TheEdCollab Gathering™ - Free, Biannual, K-12 Literacy Conference Day
Each September and April we put on our gift to the global educator community, TheEdCollab Gathering!
The Gathering is a full K-12 Literacy Conference day, streaming all online, free, and with no registration. The day includes Opening and Closing keynotes given by incredible educators and authors, as well as many workshops on a range of literacy topics. Just visit our conference website: Gathering.TheEducatorCollaborative.com to view an upcoming conference Agenda, or if we are between conferences, you can view recorded sessions!
Our Gathering is open to not just view, but be a part of! Our proposals open each gathering for the next. You can submit a proposal to present or apply to join our behind the scenes volunteer tech team.
Move your School's Literacy Goals to your School's Literacy Growth
Please contact us to discuss your goals and help us plan a path of support that best meets your needs.
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*NYS educators, schools, and districts: we are permitted to award hours during both in-school and out-of school learning. Though rare, some districts may limit in-school or during the school day CTLE earning, regardless of vendor. Review district policy before seeking CTLE hours during our professional development offerings.