New Elevate CI members get free copy of Zaretta Hammond’s book!

Rachelle and I are opening doors on the Elevate CI membership for Culturally Responsive CI teaching for four days only, January 25-28 (this Friday-Monday). Go to elevateci.com to learn more & to join the waitlist— we’re uploading videos this whole week giving an overview of each stage of the membership.

 

Once you’re on the waitlist you’ll be the first to know exactly when we open the membership tomorrow… and if you’re one of the first ten new members you’ll get a FREE COPY of Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brainthanks to our new collaboration with Corwin Press! 

 

The membership costs only $20/month and you can cancel at any time. Many of our Teaching with CI graduates are finding that being in the membership allows them to really deepen and put into practice what they learned in the workshops. 

 

You can also take a look at the Elevate Facebook page—we’re doing Facebook Lives every day this week and those videos are available on our page. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to access our page. 

Here’s what a few of our members are saying:
“This is an investment. What do you get for this investment? I am a woman that spends over $1000 once a year to go to these national conferences out of my own pocket. I really care about professional development. I am an addict. And what I can say from this program is that this is like a full-quality, ongoing conference all the time.” —Rhonda Eastman, NBCT (French), Bellevue, WA

“I’m really excited about how the subscription has helped me focus more on student equity … I can see things a little better, for fairness, through their eyes. Not overly politically correct, but fair. I [can] … see it better, like the way to direct the conversations.” —Elaine Gonzales, French, Chantilly, VA

“It’s easy to fall into old ways and drift away from trying to do CI, so I feel that when I listen to the modules I get back on track. It’s very worthwhile, and it’s energizing. It really does help you out when you don’t know what to do next.” —Ellen Pulupa, Spanish, Bethesda, MD 

“[The membership] is a wonderful opportunity for professional developmentand due to all the parts that are involved… the presentations and the slides, the audio and video recordings, they are all very well done, in a professional manner. There’s access to fantastic resources as well…. It [is] great to be a member because of the facilitators, you and Rachelle, you are tremendous! [You do a] phenomenal job at facilitating the sessions, because you’re genuine and enthusiastic, creative, and of course very knowledgeable about what you present, and caring too…. The material is just outstanding.Thank you!”—Dawn Solevad, French/ESL, Washougal, WA

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Language learning for the new year!

Want to be as happy as Rachelle feeding Amor-a-Bull the adorable?

This is the year you’re finally going to learn French or Spanish… or reacquaint yourself with the language you love & haven’t spoken in too long… and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear just like Rachelle.

Join us!! No homework or grammar exercises! Your brain will acquire the language as you have fun.

Rachelle and I are delighted to announce that Elevate Education Consulting has a full schedule of winter term language classes beginning Jan 7. (Contact us here to let us know that you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for a friend or family member.)

We are offering:

  • Beginner French & Spanish both in person and online.
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes in person.

*AND*

  • A 6-week session of online French for French teachers and Spanish for Spanish teachers starting Feb. 14! (These classes are also open to non-teachers with proficiency in French or Spanish.)

Check out the schedule and register for Spanish classes here: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-spanish

Check out the schedule and register for French classes here: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french

Happy New Year from Amor a Bull
Amor-a-Bull the adorable wishing you a happy new year full of language learning! Don’t you love the heart on his head?

French & Spanish classes starting Jan 7 – a great gift for yourself or for others

Want to be as happy as Rachelle holding a sloth? Is this the year you’re finally going to learn French or Spanish… or reacquaint yourself with the language you love & haven’t spoken in too long?  Join us!! No homework or grammar exercises! Your brain will acquire the language as you have fun.

Rachelle and I are delighted to announce that Elevate Education Consulting has a full schedule of winter term language classes beginning Jan 7. (Contact us here to let us know that you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for a friend or family member.)

We are offering:

  • Beginner French & Spanish both in person and online.
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes in person.

*AND*

  • A 6-week session of online French for French teachers and Spanish for Spanish teachers starting Feb. 14! (These classes are also open to non-teachers with proficiency in French or Spanish.)

Check out the schedule and register for Spanish classes here: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-spanish

Check out the schedule and register for French classes here: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french

 

 

Two new French classes starting… NOW!

Your Brain Can Learn French!

(And once you’ve voted and volunteered, your brain will need something to think about besides the election.)

Two classes, one for beginners, one for intermediate/advanced, both on Tuesdays.

Register here: https://www.elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french/

Class # 1

Online beginner French starts Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day – VOTE!)

NO HOMEWORK, NO GRAMMAR EXERCISES

6:15-7:15 pm EST

6 classes – 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11

$210

Class #2

Speak & Write with Savoir Faire: Refining Your French

Refine your writing and speaking so that you are more eloquent and precise!

In-person class in Silver Spring starts Tuesday, November 13

1:30-2:30 pm EST

6 classes – 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Questions? Visit my website elevateeducationconsulting.com, email me, or feel free to use the contact form!

Intent vs. Impact: Unfair coverage in MD gubernatorial race

Here’s the text of a letter to the editor of the Washington Post that I just sent this morning.  

By consistently restating non-news about polls, fundraising, and negative accusations (such as Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign), the press too often amplifies the voices of the rich and powerful, making it difficult for voters to stay engaged and for grass-roots change to occur.
Yesterday’s article about Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous in the paper yesterday is a case in point. The positive effect of the headline “Civil rights still drive Jealous in run for Maryland governor” was immediately undone by the bolded caption next to his picture: “Ben Jealous (D) has consistently trailed Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in fundraising and in polls.”* I could immediately feel my interest in the article dissipate as I essentially learned from the paper that Jealous was not a viable candidate while at the same time seeing yet another free shout-out to the governor. These two things in an article that was supposed to be profiling the Democratic nominee for governor!
When compared with the caption this morning for Gov. Hogan, the unfairness is even starker. Hogan’s positive image is only reinforced by the sentence next to his photo: “On the trail and as Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan (R) has billed himself as an everyman.”
The Post has been faithful in its mission to speak truth to power in calling out our current president’s daily lies. It is time for the Washington Post to take this commitment further and to take careful note of when it is still amplifying well-funded voices that are already loud enough instead of raising up those that deserve to be heard above the fray.
*I now see that the online version of the article about Mr. Jealous looks different from the print version.

Advanced French for French Teachers – sign up by Monday

Dear French teachers,

Can you say “yes” to any of the following questions?

  • Would you like to have better and more interesting resources for your classes?

  • Is your own French stagnating because you’re only talking with your students?

  • Are you lonely because you don’t get to have intellectual conversations?

  • Are you nervous because your French isn’t as good as you wish it were?

Join me starting next week for a friendly, engaging, 6-week online class for French teachers (via Zoom video conferencing). Each week you’ll get a (short!) reading based on one of the AP themes. We then take time to talk with each other and break into small groups to discuss the reading. At the end of each session you have a text and discussion questions that you can use in your own classes… and plenty of ideas about how to engage students more & to have more fun yourself.

Two different sections (limit 12 per section)

  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm ET
  • Thursdays 4:30-5:30 ET

Register here by Monday, September 17 to reserve your spot.

Starting soon! Elevate CI Membership, French classes, Spanish classes!

Elevate CI Membership: Solid, sustained, support for culturally responsive world language teachers.

Rachelle and I have been working all summer to get the online membership ready, and we’re just about there. If you’re on Facebook, check out (and “like”) the Elevate Education Consulting page and you’ll see a series of videos we made this week about our new membership (we did Facebook Lives for the first time ever!) & lots of other information as well.

The membership will officially open doors this Tuesday, September 4 (we’re waiting until after the long weekend). Sign up for the wait list now to be the first to hear when it opens and to get information. People on the wait list will get a few special extras to start off the school year as well. 🙂

Your Brain Can Learn French!

Fall French classes are starting up, and I’m offering them both online and in person. You can register & see a list of classes, dates, and prices here. Highlights include two new sections of Advanced French for French Teachers (online), a Beginner French class (online), and in-person classes for all different levels. Oh, and have you seen our new website? Our fabulous intern Aidan Creamer spent the summer redesigning it and it is BEAUTIFUL! Take a look at www.elevateeducationconsulting.com. The French class page is elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french.

Your Brain Can Learn Spanish!

Rachelle will be offering Spanish classes this fall as well, again both online and in person—and she’s got lots of options this year! Believe me when I say that you will not regret spending an hour a week in her company. You’ll learn a ton and you won’t believe how much fun you’re having. Take a look at elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-spanish. If you’re already ready to register, click here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!