Educational Training Specialists Goes Broader with New Teacher Staff Development Offerings

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New Creative, Interactive Teacher Workshops offered to assist teachers in receiving Continuing Education Units for Recertification

Anne Swigard, President of Educational Training Specialists

Traditional methods of educating students no longer work with today's student. We have culled the research and found ways new ways of educating not only students, but their teachers. We've based our workshops on several bodies of research, including that of Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering and Jane Pollock.

Beginning this fall, Educational Training Specialists, LLC will offer Arizona teachers and educators nationwide a new menu of continuing teacher education classes to help them gain valuable recertification hours. While the company is nationally renowned for its training of teachers of English Language Learners, enthusiastic workshop attendees requested that Swigard offer more for teachers. After having surveyed prior workshop attendees, Anne Swigard, President of Educational Training Specialists, believes she has created a menu that offers 'something for everyone.'

"We are catering to the teacher who wants to be the best and most relevant in his or her school or district," says Swigard. "Traditional methods of educating students no longer work with today's student. We have culled the research and found ways new ways of educating not only students, but their teachers. We've based our workshops on several bodies of research, including that of Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering and Jane Pollock."

A national consultant since 2000, Swigard's focus in Arizona became meeting the training mandates of Proposition 203 (which limited bilingual education in the state), as well as the consent decree pertaining to the federal lawsuit, Flores v. Arizona. Every teacher in the state of Arizona is now required to take 60-90 hours of Structured English Immersion training as a result of laws enacted by the state legislature. Her mission became to create a mandatory workshop that teachers would enjoy. At the request of teachers and districts who participated in the first training, she expanded to include two more trainings that would be as well-received as the first.

Soon Educational Training Specialists became the largest private provider of Structured English Immersion training in the state. But that was not Swigard's goal. "I merely wanted to help as many teachers as I could approach their classrooms and students, refreshed and renewed, with confidence. The testimonials of teachers using the strategies in the training tell me that our proprietary training method leaves them very well-prepared to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape." Swigard has over 400 testimonials from teachers who agree that there is no other training like it, anywhere.

Swigard reports that she is excited to expand the staff development offerings the company offers to schools and districts nationwide. The new workshops include such exciting topics as:

  •     Yoga for the Class/room Teacher
  •     Maintaining Creativity while Increasing Student Achievement
  •     WordSmart: Powerful Vocabulary Development for Every Classroom
  •     Manage THIS! Classroom Management Strategies that Really, REALLY Work
  •     Making Every Moment Count: Maximizing Instruction in the English Language Development Classroom

Swigard says the company will continue to expand its teacher professional development menu. "Our workshops for teachers of English Learners have been performed from Alaska to Michigan, California to Texas. We now want every teacher to experience the feeling of really understanding their craft, all the while having a great time doing it."

About Educational Training Specialists:
Anne Swigard, president of Educational Training Specialists, has been involved in the education of English Language Learners since 1990, as a bilingual and Spanish immersion classroom educator, a teacher coach, and a staff developer. She has lived in Mexico, and taught in Korea and Japan. After realizing the limited number of professional programs available to teachers of English Learners, she started her educational consulting company to meet the needs of ELL educators nationwide. Her company now offers continuing teacher education for all educators. For more information on the programs available to school districts, visit her website at http://www.training4teachers.com or contact her at 1-800-279-7135.

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