Professional Development for Educators

Bridges professional development is “blended,” combining face-to-face sessions with online learning. We use the Teaching Channel, an online platform, to maintain contact with and support a community of learners in between our face-to-face sessions. This support includes live and recorded webinars,  troubleshooting challenges, reflecting on practice, and sharing resources.

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We offer a series of four sessions for teachers implementing Bridges Stand-alone ENL. These sessions are designed to train teachers to target language and literacy instruction and practice in a centers-based learning model:

  • Orientation to Stand-alone ENL
  • Leveling Readers
  • Small Group Reading & Writing Instruction
  • Conferencing & Progress Monitoring

These four sessions support teachers to implement our language arts-based curriculum, Integrated ENL/ELA, designed to build academic thinking, language, and literacy for SIFE with Developing Literacy:

  • Overview of Curriculum & Resources
  • Developing Active Readers
  • Writing Instruction & Evidence-Based Feedback
  • Targeted Language Instruction

We work alongside district and regional bilingual administrators to support their ability to conduct needs assessments of schools and train educators on SIFE with Developing Literacy as learners. In addition, we provide an overview of our curriculum to inform and support schools’ decision to implement Bridges.

We offer professional development to bilingual administrators at the school, district, and regional level in order to strategize and plan around:

  • Intake and assessment procedures for SIFE with Developing Literacy

  • Support in implementation of the curriculum alongside teachers

Participants walk away with resources – and a community of practitioners to contact when setting up systems for their schools.