Professional Development by Experienced Teachers
The ability to read, write, think, speak, and listen, in different ways and for different purposes begins early and becomes increasingly important as students pursue specialized fields of study in high school and beyond. These abilities are as important in mathematics, engineering and art courses as they are in science, social studies and English. (Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects)
It has been well documented that many students have difficulty crafting an evidence-based argument. The importance of argumentation is underscored by its widespread treatment in Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and state-level standards and assessments.
The Tapestry Educator Initiative provides teachers and administrators with tools to improve student learning in multiple content areas through argumentation and to increase engagement with a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies, media, and technology.
Argument and Evidence: Written and oral argumentation in STEM and ELA, formative feedback strategies, and peer revision.
Tech-Savvy Classroom: Teacher-friendly web design, digital organization, cloud storage to make teachers’ professional lives easier, and integrating digital literacy and media into student work.
Fostering Quality Professional Development in your District: TeachMeet, Teachers With Open Doors, and teacher-led professional learning communities.
Students with Disabilities: The workshop provides training that satisfies Florida’s new re-certification requirement:
- The current state of SWD policy
- Deciphering common documentation (IEP, 504)
- Differentiating content-specific lessons to meet student needs
Workshops are led by practicing classroom teachers with nearly 70 years of combined teaching experience. We are also new teacher mentors, active professional leaders, and curriculum and assessment developers. All workshop material is classroom-tested.
Adam LaMee has taught high school Physics for 10 years. He is a standards consultant for the Florida Department of Education, national professional development leader, and CERN teacher fellow.
Paco Fiallos has taught English and Creative Writing in Leon County for 10 years. He has received both local and national awards for his instructional practice, and earned his Specialist degree in English Education at Florida State University.
Reggie Grant has taught Media Production, Introduction to Mass Media, and Journalism for 12 years in high school and community college. He has been nationally recognized for his innovative use of media technology in instruction.
Kat Spradlin has been an educator for over 15 years. She has taught high school English and university-level teacher preparation courses. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Jen Tibbitts has taught in the field of exceptional student education for 22 years. She is a National Board Certified teacher and a professional development facilitator with the Florida Diagnostic Learning and Resource System.
Phone: (850) 778-5719