K-12 Classroom Management: Creating Effective Private Schools and Teachers

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The Association of Private Schools Teams Up With Harry and Rosemary Wong to Provide Professional Development for Private Schools and Teachers

Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong

We’re honored to team with the Association of Private Schools and help provide opportunities for teachers to become the most effective they can be.

The school year was grueling for first-time teacher Tracie Norris. "I dreamed about becoming a teacher, and had everything setup perfectly for the first day of school, but I wasn't ready for what was coming," said Tracie. She only had 11 students in her class at her small private school, but those 11 seemed like 30. "Students would get up and dance, laugh, talk to each other, interrupt the lesson--they basically did what they wanted to do." Like many first year teachers, Tracie learned pedagogy while completing her B.S. degree in education, and she completed a teaching internship, but she was still not fully prepared to teach independently--she didn't have any classroom management skills. Noticing her distress, her Principal gave her a copy of the #1 book on classroom management and teaching, Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong's "The First Days of School." The bestselling book was an eye-opener for Norris, and she quickly began to use some suggestions, but didn't fully implement the techniques. However, this summer she plans to take the Wong's online Classroom Management course and Effective Teacher Series offered at a discounted rate through the Association of Private Schools. "I want to be a better teacher, I know I can do better and be more effective if I am able to manage my class well," said Norris.

    The Wong's participate in the Association of Private School's group purchasing cooperative and offer their best package at a discounted rate. Bundle 3 includes Classroom Management (online course, printing packet, course binder, and "First Days of School" book) and the Effective Teacher series (a digital 8-part DVD series). "We’re honored to team with the Association of Private Schools and help provide opportunities for teachers to become the most effective they can be. We are experts in creating effective teachers—and it all starts with organizing and managing the classroom so there is time to teach. Success can happen overnight," said Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong. Debbie Shaibu, Executive Director of the Association of Private Schools, attended the Effective Schools seminar in Chicago where she meet with the Wong's and discussed the possibility of offering a conference for K-12 private and independent school teachers in the future. "We are excited about the potential of offering an effective private schools and teachers conference and partnering with the Wong's. This is a major step in improving small-scale private and independent schools, and we hope to provide this opportunity in the near future," said Dr. Shaibu.

The Association of Private Schools is a professional association with the mission of strengthening and supporting small-scale private and independent schools. One of the ways the Association accomplishes this is by providing member schools with a group purchasing cooperative for discounts on necessary school purchases, including professional development. For more information on the Association of Private Schools, visit their website at http://www.iapics.org and their blogsite at http://www.privateschoolsuccess.org

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